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High Desert Running

Whenever I visit Albuquerque, I always drag my 16 year old cousin out onto the trails with me.  Her old cross country team used to frequent these trails along the foothills at around 6,600 feet above sea level. Elite runners are also sometimes spotted on these trails. On that Sunday, however, we were the only ones out there if you don’t want to count the prairie dogs, rabbits, and sleeping rattlesnakes.


The dry air had a comfortable chill in it that numbed the skin but wasn’t cold enough to give you goose bumps as you were running.


It was quiet. Cars didn’t exist. It was just us, our breath, and our footsteps. Well, and good conversation when we weren’t trying desperately to catch our breath. 😉






The trails were wide enough so you could avoid being pricked by an evil cholla cactus. If you have never been pricked by one of those things, consider yourself very lucky!! If you have, I feel your pain.



Sigh. You can take the girl out of the desert, but you can’t take the desert out of the girl. Beautiful!

Of course after I got done with my desert trail run, I had to get New Mexican huevos rancheros with friends at El Pinto. This was mandatory.


Finally, it was nap time! At least for my husband and nephew. I couldn’t resist. 😉


Happy Running!!

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  • donna April 12, 2012, 9:28 am

    LOVE that last picture. That is priceless. Looks like you had some good weather while you were away…and some fun runs…and some sun. I almost forgot what that was but luckily you bought some back with you. See you at the pool 🙂
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    • Nicole April 12, 2012, 10:05 am

      Oh, I know! It ALMOST makes me want to have babies with him now! haha. It will be a while. 😉

      • Sana April 12, 2012, 1:40 pm

        Make a baby 🙂

        • Nicole April 12, 2012, 3:41 pm

          You are so bad!!! lol

  • Lisa Eirene (@LisaEirene) April 12, 2012, 9:46 am

    That looks fantastic! What a fun and refreshing run. When I went to Tucson last year, I ran several times and it was amazing. I loved the weather and the desert.
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    • Nicole April 12, 2012, 10:06 am

      I’m glad to see another desert lover is reading the blog. A lot of people think it is so ugly, but I find it fascinating and gorgeous. 🙂

  • Kristina April 15, 2012, 7:54 am

    What beautiful photos! I love the desert – and don’t get there enough!
    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Mhikai April 19, 2012, 4:01 am

    I have never been to desert and i think a lot of people are enjoying their stay in desert places like Qatar and Dubai..
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