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Boulder Trail Running

Posted by Michael Hughes    July 26, 2010

People are drawn to Boulder for its blue skies, 300+ days of sunshine, cultural activities, lifestyle, thought provoking people, dining and of course the running trails of every description. The Boulder area offers hundreds of trail running opportunities. If you’ve always been a cement or pavement pounder, it might be time to mix it up with a trail run. This run is about 6 miles.

The morning was crisp and clear with high clouds and intensely blue skies. The mountains reflected in the water as I ran and sweated and picked up the pace. This is part of my cross training for my Muay Thai Kickboxing program. Like P90X,  I believe muscle confusion (so you never plateau) is important to the sustainability of any physical regime.

Boulder Reservoir Loop. Easy, mostly flat dirt and accessible: Popular among hikers, cyclists and runners, the Boulder Reservoir is a great standby for an easy run with a convenient location. There are also numerous variations to add anything from .5 miles to 20 miles to the existing loop, actually 26.2 as this is the starting area for the Boulder Marathon (formerly The Boulder Backroads Marathon and Half Marathon

The most popular place to start this run is Coot Lake north of Hwy 119 and 63rd. There is also additional paring at Tom Watson park across the street. You can easily run clockwise or counter-clockwise. I’ll give directions for a counter clockwise circuit.

Start by running north on 63rd Street. It will turn to a dirt/gravel road when you turn left on Monarch Road. Go all the way west (toward the mountains) until the road T’s take a left on the continuing dirt road, wind all the way around unless you want to add some more distance (about 3.5miles) the Eagle Trailhead is a good place to do it, Otherwise, continue running south until you come to the entrance to Boulder Reservoir. The road will have turned to pavement by this time and you can run on the shoulders for a softer ride. Then follow the east side of the lake around back to Coot Lake there will be some minor bouldering and crossing a dry arroyo to get to the Coot lake side. Run toward the Coot Lake parking lot and your done (except stretching).

For a list of trail runs around and near Boulder, visit www.trails.com.

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Morning Perfection

Posted by Michael Hughes   June 5, 2010

I was on a 5 mile run the other morning with a friend of mine.  Demian is a fellow runner and an all around good guy. Competent, smart, tough and has a beautiful wife Kathryn.  Running this morning at 6 a.m. was inspiring, about the 3rd mile when we went over a fence to find a longer path the sun was rising and the clouds were shooting rays of gold. The water sparkled like no other morning. I could hear the pelicans on the pond. What a great and wonderful time of the morning. The gratitude I felt for this morning was somewhat overwhelming. The appreciation for the quiet, the moment, cold air going into my lungs, legs moving effortlessly. My lungs working better than ever, after having encountered a bout of pneumonia during the winter that seemed would never leave. The hills came and we mowed them down one by one. Morning runs, the better they get, the better they get. Perfection in less than an hour.

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Greatest City on the planet: Boulder, Colorado

Greatest city on the planet;  Boulder, Colorado!

By Michael Hughes November 25, 2009

We have so much to be thankful for; we live in the most beautiful Colorado town on the planet.  We have enviable weather where many people walk or bike to work or class.  The blue skys, the crisp mornings, the wonderful running, biking, hiking, climbing are awesome .  World class restaurants, chefs and foodinistas.  Life is supposed to be fun!  Boulder!

Parts of the movie “Sleeper,” with Woody Allen, were filmed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and at the clam shaped “spaceship” house along I-70.

Running, walking and bicycling are so highly regarded in Boulder that sometimes the city plows the Boulder Creek path before they plow the streets! Priorities!

The well known television show Mork and  Mindy utilized a house in Boulder on Pine St. for the exterior shots of the characters home.

Baseline Road is a significant east-west route to both Boulderites & cartographers, as it marks the 40th parallel on world maps. The total length of Baseline Road is about 38 miles.

A 1992 survey by the Centers for Disease Control found that Colorado had fewer overweight people per capita and more people who exercise than any other state.  Because we have numerous opportunities to workout and move our bodies.

A Colorado Daily poll found that seven out of ten Boulderites own bicycles. Another guidebook states that Boulder’s bicycle count is approximately 93,000 – almost equal to the total population!

The Chautauqua Auditorium is an all-wood structure built in 1898. In the evening, when the Colorado Music Festival musicians stop playing, you can often hear the rafters-dwelling owls hooting along with the music.

The Flatirons got their name by pioneer women who said they looked like flat, metal irons used to iron their clothes.

Flagstaff Mountain was named for the flagpole that sits on top of the summit, which was visible when Boulder was first settled, as it was a completely treeless plain.

Scott Carpenter, a NASA astronaut, grew up in Boulder. He named his space capsule after his home on Aurora and 7th St. The capsule was Aurora 7.

The University of Colorado at Boulder’s buildings are built with red sandstone, quarried in nearby Lyons.

With majors Coors, Anheuser-Busch this area has become the largest beer-producing area  in the world. Not to mention the microbreweries (Boulder Beer, Walnut Brewery, Left Hand, nearby Oskar  Blues and many more).

Robert Redford was a janitor at The Sink, before moving on to become famous!

Boulder has more used bookstores per capita than any other city in the country.

Boulder’s going to the dogs! Recent visitor counts to Boulder Mountain Parks found a ratio of 1 dog to every 5 visitors.

Every year, Boulder Mountain Parks core area receives 1.8 million visits.

In 1967, Boulder became the first city in the United States to tax itself for funds to be used specifically for the acquisition, management and maintenance of Open Space.

The Hotel Boulderado was named by combining Boulder and Colorado so no visitor would ever forget where they had stayed.

Best of Boulder

Boulder has won more accolades than any other city in America for its recreation, culture, health, business climate and overall quality of life.


America’s Smartest City – Forbes magazine, February 2008

The West’s Greenest Restaurant – The Kitchen – Sunset magazine, March 2008

Top 10 World’s “Greener Cities” – Urban Land Green magazine, Spring 2008

#5 in “Top 25 Best Green Places to Live” – Country Home magazine, April 2008

Top Pick for Food & Wine Vacations – Organic/Veggie – Orbitz, April 2008

Top 25 Destinations in the US – TripAdvisor, April 2008

Top 100 Destinations in the World – TripAdvisor, April 2008

#3 in “Top 10 Cities for Masters Runners” – Masters Athlete magazine, May 2008

The 10 Brainiest Places to Retire – US News and World Report, May 2008

#8 in “Top 25 Small Cities & Towns for Art” – AmericanStyle magazine, June 2008

America’s Top 5 Cities for Cycling – Bicycling magazine, June 2008


#8 in “Top 10 Cities for Artists” – BusinessWeek, February 2007

Top Triathlon Town – Inside Triathlon magazine, April 2007

#7 in “Top 25 Best Green Cities” – Country Home magazine, April 2007

#5 in “Best Cities for Empty-nesters” – Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, June 2007

Top 10 Hottest New Restaurants – Bon Appetit magazine, June 2007

#8 in “Top 25 Small Cities & Towns for Art” – AmericanStyle magazine, June 2007

#3 in “Top 10 Rooftop Bars” – Sunset magazine, July 2007

#6 in “Top 10 Farmers’ Markets” – EatingWell magazine, August 2007

Best Places to Retire – US News and World Report.com, August 2007

#1 “Top Small-City College Destination” – Denver Business Journal, October 2007

#4 “11 Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities in the World” – Virgin Vacations.com, Nov. 2007

Top 10 Best New Restaurants – 5280 magazine, December 2007

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Louisville, Colorado Named Top Place to Live

By Michael Hughes

Population: 19,405
Median home price (2006): $322,812
Average property taxes (2006): $1,979
Pros: Historic downtown; Farmers Markets, Running, hiking, biking, outdoor concerts (summer)  and skiing
Cons: Technology -heavy economy with a side of Bio Tech

Louisville was founded in 1882 and the iconic buildings give the town a feel of downtowns of long ago.  Near Boulder, Colorado. Where you can check out a house in Boulder, Boulder Real Estate or Homes in Louisville.  Louisville’s economy is nouveau tech: Technology firms are the area’s mainstay (IBM, Sun Micro, Ball, Level 3, Amgen  and more).  Not to mention the upcoming ConocoPhillips alternative energy campus in the works.  Louisville is only 6 miles from Boulder and 22 from Denver. Outdoor living at its best.  Panoramic views of the front range Rocky Mountains abound.  Louisville’s 26-mile wooded biking and running path winds through much of the town. On summer Friday nights, residents head to the downtown Louisville Street Faire, for concerts, entertainment,  artisans, beer and food. Saturdays head to the farmers market or in July the summer film series.  A great place to live with excellent restaurants that have been here forever.  Solid deals, nice people, all American type of town.
Home prices are up recently because this is one of the greatest places in America to live.  Family friendly.  A cool place to thrive.  It can snow one day and be gone the following day.  As Garrison Keillor says “where all the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are above average.”

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