John & I had the opportunity to visit Boulder, Colorado on a super short trip. It was a blast & I got lots of requests to share where we stayed, are & what we did. We landed in Denver and arrived in Boulder just in time for dinner. We headed to West Flanders Brewing Co. for the outdoor seating on a gorgeous day. As none of the beer seemed up my alley – I like sour beers and more sweet beers – so I had a spicy margarita.
We stayed at the St. Julien hotel in the downtown area and it was amazing. Remember how I mentioned I had a big run the morning of our arrival? Nothing was better than sliding into this fluffy bed.
Boulder is at 5,430 elevation, so I was expecting to feel like I was breathing through a straw. But it was actually not bad at all. I think keeping the pace easy and talking while we ran helped. Well – I did most of the talking 🙂
One of my favorite things in downtown was the Boulder Book Store. It reminded me a lot of Powell’s bookstore in Portland. Multiple levels and more genres of books than I would have ever thought existed.
Lunch was at a restaurant called Next Door. I had quinoa with lemony kale and salmon.
Next up was a tour of running stores haha! Very important when you go to a new city. I started at Fleet Feet Boulder. Noah Droddy works here, but unfortunately he wasn’t working when I went in. For those that don’t know – Noah Droddy got a lot of people talking (he has long hair and a mustache) finishing last at the Olympic Trails. He’s made quite the name for himself since then, finishing 7th at the New York City half with a personal best of 61:48. My source for that info is Mario Fraioli’s interview with Noah, which you should go check out here.
Next up was Boulder Running Company.
There was also a big poster of Emma Coburn that she had signed. She is one of my favorite runners, so that was fun to see as well.
I walked all the way from Boulder Running Company back towards our hotel, and walked past a store selling oxygen. I remember seeing this many places in Peru when my Dad and I went last summer. Guess everyone is trying to make a buck somehow haha.
Walking for a few miles in the sun did make me pretty hot, so when I saw a specialty popsicle store (because why not?) it wasn’t hard to justify. I tried Le Pop’s Prickly Pear popsicle and it was so tasty. You also had the option to have it dipped in chocolate or vanilla and add toppings like granola, chocolate chips or M&Ms.
I put my phone away for dinner – I know, a meal without photos?! But its nice to go phone-less here and there 🙂 We went to Brasserie Ten Ten and it was so good!
But the best part of any trip is getting home to this guy!
Have you been Boulder?
Thoughts on running at altitude?