As the sun rose over Colorado Springs, I laced up my running shoes, filled up my water bottle, and headed out for a Sunday morning run at the base of Pikes Peak. The crisp mountain air filled my lungs as I started my 8-mile run, and I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to run in such a stunning location.
The first few miles of the run were relatively flat and easy, but as I approached the base of Pikes Peak, the terrain became more challenging. I started to climb up a steep hill, and the views of the surrounding mountains began to open up around me. The red rocks of Garden of the Gods to my left, and the majestic Pikes Peak to my right, made me feel small but connected to nature.
As I reached the top of the hill, the trail flattened out for a while, and I was able to pick up my pace. I passed by several other runners, hikers, and bikers who were also out enjoying the beautiful day. Everyone seemed to be in good spirits, and it was clear that we were all grateful for the opportunity to be outside and active.
If you’re a runner or outdoor enthusiast, I highly recommend taking the time to explore the trails at the base of Pikes Peak. Whether you’re looking for a challenging run or a leisurely hike, the stunning views and peaceful surroundings are sure to make it an unforgettable experience.