When I woke up, the rain had soaked my tent (but luckily not me) but had since subsided. I cooked up some oatmeal really quick and broke down camp. I drove to Boulder without much excitement. When I got close I hit up a friend I knew through instagram who is an athlete and is vegan straight edge as well. We decided to meet at the trailhead of Mount Sanitas. It is a pretty crowded trail but seeing as we both only had a few hours it made sense as it is right in town. The distant wildfires had made the air extremely smokey and hard on the lungs (on top of me getting used to altitude) so the run was insanely difficult. It is a pretty steep and technical trail as it is but the conditions just set it over the top. However, despite all that, it was so nice to meet Jon in person and it was so nice to share stories about both endurance and music.
After the run he had to head to Denver so I decided to go to one of my favorite restaurants Native Foods. It was amazing, and well deserved after such a run. There were storms brewing and I still had an hour drive to Golden where I planned to camp. I posted a photo on instagram of being in Boulder and Lauren (who is in Portland) saw it and told her folks I was in town so naturally they wanted to meet up. I wasn't sure how I felt about the whole situation but I did miss them so we agreed to meet for dinner at their place (plus that meant I could shower!). Ultimately, I am very glad I did as it was nice catching up with them and the shower and real food were also much appreciated. With the storms rolling in and an hour drive left I decided to take them up on their offer to stay the night. This dashed any plans to run the trails in Golden but I didn't mind as I was just happy to be in a real bed and have real food in my stomach. I wound up sleeping at around 00:00.