Aaron's Crazy Race

DAY 5 -- No Day of Rest

What happened to the concept that Sundays were a day of rest? The weekends have gotten so busy I'm starting to look forward to Mondays as a change of pace -- downwards! I awoke at 4:00 pm, after a pitiful fours of sleep and got ready to run. Bill Anderson, one of my past running partners from the Lafayette YMCA, had e-mailed to say he would join me. We hit the trail off Valmont Road -- about 7 minutes from my house -- on Boulder County Open Space at a little after 6:30 pm. The trail was gorgeous. The sun was up, the water in the creeks crossing the property was at a high level and running fast, and the rest of the world was at peace as it began to awake.

Bill took pity on me and, as he related his latest relationship story -- he was the nicest guy in the world, met women easily, and always had an interesting story -- and sought my advice (which always is a foolish decision for anyone), he ran at a pace I could maintain. He could have gone twice as fast if he had so desired. Despite still recovering from the massive international food encounter of the previous day, I did the entire run of about 4 miles. Boulder County has some wonderful trails, thanks to the County's citizens deciding to tax themselves year after year to purchase Open Space. This particular trail was one in which I had encountered fox, coyotes, horses, deer, eagles, hawks, ducks, and other animals -- including several lost cows who found their way onto the trail. The views were spectacular and, at times, the sunrises were phenomenal. Today, I spent most of my time talking with Bill and looking down at the ground immediately in front of me as I worked hard to move my feet forward, step by step.

When we returned to the parking lot, I was drenched and exhausted but that didn't stop Bill from suggesting we try running the rest of the path, which ran in the opposite direction. I said, "What are you trying to do, kill me?" but begrudgingly agreed to try. Unfortunately, only half a mile later, I couldn't take another step and told him I needed to get back to Holly and Joel or my Mother would kill me. That was true but I also had run out of gas. We headed back and parted at about 8:00 am.

At home, I cleaned up and made breakfast for the kids. It consisted of a 10-egg omelet with half a pound of mozzarella cheese along with muffins and a pound of bacon as well as orange juice. The kids and I (OK, primarily me) devoured it all. Then everyone left and I went to work knowing I had gained twice as much weight as I had lost on the trail!

The afternoon was dominated by a TV show staff meeting at our favorite place -- Pint's Pub on 13th Avenue, just a block west of the Denver Art Museum. Pint's Pub is a great place to meet friends and even get some work done. I devoured spicy hot chicken wings with ranch sauce, tons of thin crackers with havarti cheese, and a full meal of fish (salmon) and chips -- all accompanied by nine large Arnold Palmer's. There were eight of us and It was a productive and fulfilling (burp!) meeting. Then I headed home to the Erie farm to take care of the dogs and to work some more before driving to Golden Gate State Park in the mountain foothills west of Golden to pick up Holly at her friend Monica Brandhuber's house.

The drive to Golden took an hour and offered memorable vistas of the sun's distinctive rays pouring through the clouds. After visiting with Phil and Barb Brandhuber for a while -- as parents of 5th Graders are wont to do -- I finally snagged Holly off the trampoline and drove back home while she slept. I made her a second dinner and decided to eat again myself -- a big mistake weight-wise. After tucking her in, I found the iced tea had me totally wired and stayed up until midnight. I decided to be a slug and watched television. To avoid depressing myself, I kept away from the scale before jumping into bed with my four dogs and cat. Although tomorrow would be another day, it also was the two-week point from the race. I knew I needed to get serious. Right...

Note: To enter in the Bolder Boulder and run with Aaron, go to www.BolderBoulder.com.

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