All You Need Is Love. And Coffee

Meditations in Motion

Time for our monthly coffee talk. Sit down, pour yourself a cup and let’s chat.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you about our recent trip to Colorado to stay with our grandson during his pre-school’s spring break so that his mommy and daddy did not have to take time off work.

Meditations in Motion

We had lots of adventures, sometimes without ever getting out of our (fireman) jammies. Trips to parks of varying proximity to our house were high on our agenda. We also enjoyed getting a “surprise” from the toy department at Walmart during each visit to the adjacent grocery store.

Meditations in Motion

Running in Colorado was breathtaking. Literally. Our runs typically began at our son’s house, which sits at approximately 6800 feet of elevation and went up from there.

Late April was early spring at our son’s house in Steamboat Springs. Daffodils were not quite ready to bloom, none of the trees had leaves, and the snowpack still existed in shaded spaces. As we climbed the nearby ridge, the tentative signs of spring receded. Snow remained firmly ensconced on the ridge above our son’s house.

My lungs burned as I climbed, first on a gravel trail, then on a partially paved county road. The scenery was beautiful, but my hopes of running the Steamboat Springs Marathon faded as I climbed, due to my reaction to the reduced amount of oxygen in the air.

The older I get, the more altitude affects me. At one point, on the third day of my stay, I was so fuzzy in the brain, I couldn’t think straight. My daughter-in-law told me the condition was typical for flatlanders like me.

Meditations in Motion

If we were having coffee, I would tell you the weather was beautiful during most of our stay. We took walks in our shirtsleeves, our grandson played in his bathing suit at a local reservoir, and the Colorado sun shone on down on us. On the final day of our trip, however, the weather shifted, winter returned, and Steamboat Springs, which is located in the Yampa Valley, received three inches of snow.

The mountain pass out of the valley was in the throes of a winter storm the morning we left at 4:00 a.m. to return to Denver and our flight home to Pennsylvania. We are winter wimps in our corner of the world, not used to driving in snow. Our trip back to the airport was a white-knuckle one, but Bill drove uncharacteristically slowly and we made it to Denver International with plenty of time to spare.

Meditations in Motion

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that tomorrow Bill and I are running a 5K, sponsored by a local dairy (hence the huge cow in the background), which we ran last year. It occurred during one of the few times my hamstring injury was under control and I wound up winning my age group.

Now, of course, rather than looking forward to running a very fun 5K, I am nervous about repeating my performance from last year. Ugh! Why do I do this to myself? My plan, just allow me to put it out there, is to run comfortably hard, but not all-out race pace. I will let you know how this goes.

Meditations in Motion

Finally, if we were having coffee, I would tell you how much fun I am having watching this guy play soccer. His little soccer cleats and shinguards remind me of the times, years ago, his daddy and uncles played the same game.

I don’t know how many hours I spent at soccer, football, and baseball games and wrestling and tennis matches. When the two youngest boys switched from football to golf in the fall, I was in heaven. By that time I was burned out.

Golf, at least at the high school level, was not a spectator sport. I could say “Get a hole in one!” without actually attending a golf match.

Now, however, after a hiatus of many years, I am ready to resume watching boys participating in sports again. My grandson Henry reminds me of the teams my husband used to coach – players watching butterflies rather than the ball, more interested in the post-game snack than strategy, and enthusiastically cheering their teammates, but not quite sure exactly what they were cheering for.

Everything old is new again.

I am linking up with Coco from Running With Perseverance and Deborah from Confessions of a Mother Runner for their Ultimate Coffee Date, and Kooky Runner for Tuesday Topics.

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62 comments

  1. Such great pictures. Being from south Ga. originally and going to Colorado Springs when 15, I totally understand the fuzziness. Great getting to spend time with the little ones. Hope your run is wonderful for YOU.

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  2. It doesn’t get more perfect than this…coming full circle. Isn’t it wonderful? I am living this kind of life too… watching grandkids grow and blossom, doing the things their parents did. God is so good to give us these gifts of love, family, health … and even foggy brain! ;-). At least we have a brain to hold that fog! Ha ha

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  3. Smiled at the soccer photo and the butterflies and group cheers for – well to cheer- ha
    And does your son and family like the area they live in? The photos show Colorado beauty / I hate DIA and lives in Denver when it was being built – we called it Denver’s imaginary airport for a while – because it took so long and then had issues – anyhow – glad you all made it there and then home –
    😉
    And hope you enjoy the 5k

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      • Well that is great that they love it there 😉
        And nice place for you all to visit to see family – my step daughter is in destin Fl right now and we love going there to see them

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  4. Several years ago, I took a hiking vacation to the Andes in Peru. I had a huge headache the entire time I was there. This summer I’m going to the France side of Mont Blanc (the trail running capital of Europe). I’d love to do some trail running there just so I can say I have. I can’t believe that I’m going to be able to comfortably hike, much less run. What I need to do is go for a few weeks and acclimate. Maybe after I win the lottery.

    That cup of latte in your picture… that can’t be purchased in Gettysburg. Last time I was in Philly I got a drink like that. It was so tasty and such an artistic treat. A coffee shop with professional baristas is what my town really needs.

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    • Wow! You get around, Jeff! I would love to visit Macchu Picchu. I didn’t get a headache, just felt fuzzy. A friend of mine ran around the base of Mont Blanc last summer with her trail-running hubby and others. Sounds like a wonderful adventure. Maybe there are some preventative measures you can take to counteract altitude sickness? I read somewhere that you should drink a lot of water.

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      • Well, in Peru they drink coca-tea (which cocaine is derived from). My choice was no headache or no sleep. I opted for the headache after a few days. When we went, Macchu Picchu and the Inca Trail were still unregulated, so we were allowed to do pretty much anything we wanted there. Now I think you need to get a special permit for each. More hassle, but probably less crowds.

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      • Yes, no headache or no sleep is not a choice I would want to have to make. I think if I would go, I would travel with a group, but you are right, it is regulated. Only a certain number of people are allowed on the Inca Trail on any given day.

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  5. Don’t you hate when you set the bar high for yourself. LOL I do that all the time, I reach a new achievement, am super happy but then realize now I have to continue at this level or better or I will feel like a failure. LOL Good luck this time around.

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  6. It takes time to acclimate to altitude; I think that’s the secret. I’ve done a couple of half’s at altitude & both went well, but we go out there at least a week ahead of time. Of course a marathon is a different animal.

    We, unfortunately, are used to winter driving. But CO weather can definitely be tricky!

    Sounds like you had a great vacation. Good luck tomorrow!

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  7. Looks like a great trip, I hear Colorado is beautiful! Our vacation next year may be to Denver.

    Good luck tomorrow! Jason has not slept well all week and last night was especially awful because the bedroom was so warm, but our new AC is to be delivered today so I’m hoping he’ll sleep well tonight because he’s threatening to not run the 10k if he doesn’t. I was planning on letting him wear the Garmin and I would just run by feel, comfortably hard as you said as I have no “race pace” currently with my lack of training. If he doesn’t run though I’ll feel compelled to wear the Garmin and I’ll be stressing my mile splits more. Here’s hoping he runs! I will be in a Flying Feet racing team shirt if you happen to see me!

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    • Colorado IS beautiful. I love Denver. It’s a real foodie town – lots fo good places to eat and drink. I really enjoyed the aquarium too.

      I hope Jason runs tomorrow too, especially since it will be less stressful for you if he does. I am wearing my York Half Marathon T-shirt (blue) and pink shorts. I will look for you!

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      • Oh that’s great to hear Denver is a foodie town, trying new restaurants is one of our favorite parts of traveling! I’ll keep the aquarium in mind if we end up going next year.

        The AC is in the bedroom window and running well so I hope Jason has a good night of sleep. I’ll keep an eye out for you! My racing tshirt (had to decide which to wear as I have a few) is pink and my shorts are blue so we’ll be opposites!

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  8. You give me all the motivation to start running again after I heal up!!!!
    Good luck on that 5k tomorrow!!!!
    I always wonder how elevation would effect me – I’m sure I’d be the person who is always passing out.

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  9. That snowy picture is gorgeous, even though I’m with you on the snowy driving
    It’s weird how altitude impacts me. When I did Mesa Verde, etc. at 8200 feet I was OK, but Garden of the Gods was so bad that I didn’t dare do the railway on Pike’s Peak
    And then SD impacted me way more than I expected given it’s not as high as some CO areas I visited
    Wasn’t life so much simpler when we got toys for shopping

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    • I am not a lover of snow, especially on April 30! I did 2 marathons at altitude, and it didn’t really affect me. As I get older, it’s effect had increased dramatically, unfortunately! Buying the “surprise” was definitely the highlight of my day! 🙂

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  10. so so lovely spending time with your grandson and reminiscing about when your boys were young ❤

    my family still live in New Mexico. When we go back we always take iron tablets for a few weeks so that we don't crap out from the altitude. It is really stunning out there, isn't it?

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    • It IS stunning there. I did a marathon in New Mexico at altitude and it didn’t bother me. Now it does. One of the (many) adverse effects of aging. Sigh!

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  11. The altitude out there totally kicks my butt. I did a race in Aspen once and literally could not breathe! How nice to spend so much time with your grandson. I am sure he loved the attention. Thanks for linking up for coffee

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    • I ran 2 marathons at altitude without any bad effects, but now that I am older, the altitude kicks my butt too. I felt the same – I could hardly breathe! I had a great time with my grandson. He is so much fun! Thanks for hosting.

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    • Oh, it was hard to leave, no doubt about it. Even in the snow. I get tears every time we pull out of the driveway and head back to Denver. I know we’re going back soon, though, so this time wasn’t as bad as some others have been.

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  12. That was a nice recap of your trip to Colorado Laurie. I know about the altitude issues but I had no idea they would affect you to that degree! I wonder how long it takes a flatlander to get used to the atmosphere? Good luck in your race tomorrow – if they offer you chocolate milk as a reward at the conclusion of the race, go for it! (For old times’ sake.)

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  13. The older I get, the more everything affects me! I haven’t tried altitude since my teens. I’m game, tho.

    Sounds like a wonderful time with your family! Good luck on the 5k this weekend.

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  14. I have been through Colorado a few times, but have not actually spent any time there. It looks so scenic from all the pictures, and was quite beautiful when we drove through it (both times during the winter). Good luck on your 5K! I know that feeling of running “comfortably hard” vs. “too hard” and hoping I’ll know the difference on race day LOL

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  15. I’m sipping tea to your coffee Laurie, but so enjoyed our time together!
    What a delightful time you had with your grandies 😀
    I had a little giggle in your last paragraph, so true & so cute!
    Bless you,
    Jennifer

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  16. My adult children also live in Denver — so I know what you mean about the elevation (we don’t run, but we do hike when we’re up there, and I certainly feel it). Who knows, maybe we’ll run into each other one day when we’re both there. Well, you’ll be running. I’ll be walking. And breathing hard 🙂

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    • Oh, Denver is an awesome location to visit. My son and his family are about 3.5 hours northwest of Denver. We have started flying into Denver, spending a day (or sometimes 2), then driving up to Steamboat. To go the whole way in 1 day is exhausting! If I’m running in Denver, I’ll be breathing hard too.

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    • I just had a conversation with another traveling blogger about what locations to “count”. If I don’t leave the airport, I don’t count it! 🙂 I hope you enjoy Denver. We love it there!

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  17. Such fun with your adorable grandson! I find I need to drink a lot more water than usual when we visit our Colorado family. It’s so dry as well as so high! (For me, it’s just to be able to exist , not even thinking about athletic pursuits like you are).

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