|Adobe home in Santa Fe, NM|
|Ski Santa Fe base lodge|
On my non-ski day, I managed a nice 7.3 mile run. I wasn't sure where to go, so I asked the hotel concierge. A lot of times, that doesn't work out. The hotel staff either has no idea why I would want to run outside as opposed to on their treadmill, or they detail a 1 mile loop for me (without understanding that I would prefer something in the 5-8 mile range). This time, however, the concierge handed me a printed and highlighted Santa Fe Running Map! There were three unique loops, all starting from and ending at the hotel, with street names clearly printed. The loops had multiple cut-offs with distances ranging from 2 to 7 miles. It was fantastic! I headed out on the 7 mile loop, which took me through the historic downtown, and then out along Canyon road, lined with art galleries and colorfully painted adobes. This road ran next to a beautiful park and winded up towards the mountains. It was breathtaking! I was treated to a fantastic sunset as headed back towards downtown Santa Fe, and finished up the run with an average 8:20 min/mile pace - fantastic considering the altitude.
This time around, I definitely noticed the effects of the altitude, which left me feeling winded for the first 20 min of my run. This part of the run was also a gradual but steady climb up the canyon. I do think I am adjusting somewhat to the thin air here, and I'll be able to test it again on my next run in Taos, NM.