Monday, May 28, 2012

Impossible to Be Sad

Today was the Bolder Boulder 10K. I ran this race in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. This year I couldn't run it due to my back issue. But, aside from a few twinges of regret on seeing the buses and the bibs as we drove through Boulder, I was OK with the DNS (for once). Why? Well, because exactly seven years ago today, this is what I was doing.

Walkin' down the aisle with my brand new husband Dan, May 28, 2005. Yes, I did wake up that morning at 4 a.m. to run!
Cheesy pose......Note that I am wearing make-up, a rare thing reserved for weddings and other such special occasions.
We're not Jewish, but our Jewish friends made sure we had a hora. We had break dancing too.
So given that today was our 7th anniversary (with nary an itch in sight!), we decided to commemorate it with 2,700 feet of elevation gain: a hike up Green Mountain, an 8,100-foot landmark in Boulder's foothills. (Ultrarunner Anton Krupicka is famous for running this trail almost every day of the year. We didn't see him today.)

With many of Boulder's badasses down below, burning up the streets with Deena Kastor and company, the trails were emptier than they usually would be on a crystal-clear and cool holiday morning. We made it to the summit in an hour and a half and took our time up there soaking in the views of Indian Peaks.

The Indian Peaks, looking west from Green Mountain.
On the way up, with Boulder in the background.
We got a nice runner wearing a Barr Trail Mountain race shirt and a worn pair of New Balance minimalist shoes to take our photo at the top, but apparently he's a better runner than he is a photographer because the photo was so blurry it's not worth posting. We took our time getting down, stopping to watch the military planes whose flyover always concludes the Bolder Boulder festivities. Unlike in the past, this time we were actually higher than the planes! And once down, we retired to an Indian restaurant and stuffed ourselves at the buffet. Bucking my usual "Sunday-only" rule for sweets, I let myself enjoy chocolate and rice pudding and some jelly beans.

Afterwards, we took the kids over to the home of Karen, the family friend who watched the kids for us as we hiked....and has a swimming pool. I took this picture of Dan, Ruthie and Will:

It was a great day NOT to be sad about not being able to race.

Next year, the Bolder Boulder isn't on my anniversary. It's the day before. Hmmmm.....race on May 27, 2013, and an 8th anniversary hike the next day. Sounds like a plan!

24 comments:

  1. Sounds like an awesome day!  Happy Anniversary!  Next year, the Bolder Boulder can serve as a dual celebration - 8th wedding anniversary and a return to the race in good health!  Bank on it!  :-)

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  2. Saaaay, I think I see Eric behind Dan's shoulder in that first picture! ;)
    Lucky number 7 - where has the time gone?
    I woke up early this morning and felt a little bittersweet about BB. Then I rolled over and went back to sleep and woke a few hours later feeling just fine!
    Next year we'll back back in the land of belly dancers and free beer and bacon. Sounds like a plan!

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  3. BostonboundbrunetteMay 28, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Happy Anniversary!  I know the feeling but hang in there.  Things are already looking up for you :)

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  4. Sounds like a great day together! Happy anniversary, you crazy kids! Hoping next year sees you running and faster and happier all around than ever.

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  5.  You were the prettiest bride ever!!  :)

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  6. Happy anniversary! What a great hike and definitely a day not to be sad about a race.

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  7. happy anniversary!
    you were a beautiful lovely bride!!!

    I love it when we get to see wedding pics of bloggers friends!!!

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  8. Sounds like an amazing day - ever since I heard Anton speak about Green Mountain I've wanted to do that hike/run. Where did you start? Could you imagine running it at some point??

    Happy anniversary and see you at the BB next year - well, hopefully before that, but you know what I mean.

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  9. such a sweet post. I love the wedding photos!  you are as beautiful now as you were then.   Glad you had such a wonderful day.  :)

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  10. Happy Anniversary!  Your hike sounds way better than a 10K anyway (although I do understand the popularity of the Bolder Boulder - it's the only 10K I'd consider travelling for)!

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  11. Happy Anniversary!!  You look gorgeous, LOVE your dress.  What a really happy day :).  How fun you took a little (haha) hike up Green Mountains, how perfect to celebrate the special marriage that took place 7 years ago.  Looks like you have a new anniversary tradition brewing. :)

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  12. Happy Anniversary!  I believe you found the best way to celebrate!  I hope you have many more years of happiness together!

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  13. Happy Anniversary! This is the right spirit, get well soon and come back to run.
    Great pictures. Interesting to learn something about the Jewish traditions. 

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  14. Happy happy anniversary!!! I love the pics and you both look GREAT!!!! I am so glad you had a great day and weren't too sad. :) Next year you will rock that Bolder Boulder. :)

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  15. What a perfect anniversary celebration day!  Happy 7 years to you!  I love seeing people's wedding pics, too.  :)  I love next year's race-anniversary plan!

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  16. Pretty!  Happy anniversary and congrats on 7 years!

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  17. Your wedding photos are so awesome! Congrats! It sounds like an awesome day!

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  18. Happy Anniversary! What an awesome way to spend the day with your husband!!  The hike pictures look amazing!

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  19. Love the attitude! And you looked so pretty on your wedding day. What a great way to mark your anniversary. I've probably said it before, but I am SO envious of you Boulder peeps!

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  20. Congratulations!  My wife ran 10 miles the morning of our wedding and it brought us good luck.  Something about women who run that make great wives!

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  21. Happy Anniversary!  Your wedding pictures are beautiful!!!

    What a great way to spend your anniversary!  I like your plans for next year too!

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  22. Happy Anniversary!!! Looks like it really was a great day for you guys. My 13th anniversary was on the 29th. Time flies! 

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  23. Happy anniversary! I'm glad you're doing okay in spite on missing the Bolder Boulder. Next year I'm sure you'll be back on that starting line.

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  24. Happy Anniversary, Terzah!! You were a stunning bride :)

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