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Great Sand Dunes National Park + May Challenge update 2

Wahoo, we are almost through the week. How is it already June by the way? I can’t believe it! I’ve been loving the warm weather and summer rain in Denver. Although, I did get caught on my bike in a summer rain storm the other day. Summer rain storms in Denver last for like 15-30 minutes, and during this one it started hailing while I was biking home. NOT FUN. Other than that, things have been good this week. Just getting in the swing of things with work after about a 1.5 weeks of vacation.

Last weekend, I was at bachelorette party in southwestern Colorado. We spent a lot of time outside (thanks to Mother Nature for giving us nice weather! we were nervous all week!). On Saturday morning I went on a long 7 mile run. Look at this elevation change on the out and back run. It was very pretty!

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After that, the whole group drove about 1.5 hours to the park. We planned to do a hike and then head to the Dunes, but there was a long line when we got to the park. It took us about 45 minutes to get into the park. We wanted to do a hike, but the weather looked like rain. Also walking uphill in sand is one of the hardest workouts ever. Calf burner for sure.

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May Challenge Update 2

  1. Things continued to go well with getting up early and avoiding my alarm.
  2. I have been able to drink less caffeine, wahoo, and enjoy my mornings a little more.
  3. After my triathlon on Saturday, I’m going to take a low key week and hoping to have some time to let my body sleep. But let’s be honest, I’ll never be a good sleeper.
  4. I hope to continue to avoid my snooze button, it really does make a difference on my mood in the morning.
  5. Over the weekend, I was considering a short run, I woke up naturally early (and hangover free) so my 4 mile run turned into 7 and I was really happy with it. It’s crazy how things change when you listen to your body in terms of sleep. The next day I slept in until almost 8am which is late for me. I was really happy with that.

Please let me know if you have anymore questions about my May Challenge. See the posts here: May Challenge, and May Challenge Update.

Thinking out loud with Amanda today

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  • pioneerpat1

    Wow, looks like a wonderful place to workout.

    • cmedwards08@gmail.com

      The sand dunes are awesome, its a workout while still having a lot of fun!
      Thanks for commenting!

    • Caitlin Edwards

      Thanks!

  • Ok sand dunes is still on my colorado bucket list!! we’ve only been here a year so I have a ton on my list, but so fun!!

    • Caitlin Edwards

      You will love it! It’s a long drive from Denver but definitely worth it!