Hiking out of a Hangover – Deer Creek Canyon 4/13/13

16 Apr
View of Denver

View of Denver sort of

Since I started hiking to healthy over a year ago I have been really good about not drinking on Friday nights before our hike, while it is my cheat day I never want to run the chance of a hangover hindering my hike on Saturday. That’s not to say that I still don’t get my drink on, I just wait until I have showered post hike on Saturday and then start knocking them back. This past Friday however, was special and so I drank! I had my best girls on deck to hit this place in Denver called the Green Russell, it is supposed to be like an old school speak easy with great drinks and atmosphere….and it was all that and more. Honestly I had so much fun that I didn’t really watch how much I drank and I tried to be really good about drinking a huge glass of water in between each drink.  I really thought I would beat the potential for a hangover and still knock out a tough hike on Saturday. After a safe ride home I passed out at a respectable 11:00.

A few hours later I woke up and knew I was in for a good solid hang over. I was determined to not give into it so I pounded water, took two Advil and tried to fall back to sleep only to lay there for a couple of hours getting mad at myself, chanting I was going to do the hike no matter what. Then at 4AM-ish Aaron got up and said he was feeling really awful, like can’t hike awful and was going to take his meds to see if it helped.  I am embarrassed to say I rejoiced and immediately shut off my alarm and fell right to sleep, clearly more concerned about myself than Aaron.

When I started waking up around 7:30, I looked at the weather and knew our only chance to hike this weekend would be on Saturday, if we left right then we could still get to Bergen Peak with enough time to get in our 13.5 miles. Unfortunately Aaron still wasn’t feeling well, so I decided I would torture myself do the taxes and if he was still not feeling well when I finished,  I would just hit Deer Creek Canyon on my own. Surprisingly, I didn’t start drinking while I did the taxes but mostly because I really wanted to get some hiking in.

When I finished my annual torture taxes, Aaron was waking up from a nap and feeling up to joining me for 6.5 miles at Deer Creek Canyon (Hike Details here). Now I will admit I was still hung over when we started, but we decided to try and go for time since we weren’t going for distance or stamina. Man was it hard, I was nauseous most of the hike but then there was a moment around mile 4 when I felt that last drop of alcohol sweat out of me. It was like someone had lifted a huge weight off of me.  The last 2.5 miles flew by as I finally felt better, and I really needed to get to the bathroom.  In the end, we managed to finish 6.5 miles with a total of a 1300 ft elevation gain in just over 2 hours, not to shabby.

A couple of things we noticed about hiking this trail later in the afternoon on a starting to get insanely windy day before bad weather hits.  First, it was surprisingly empty, something we have only experienced here when it is actually snowing while we hike.   I think we passed maybe 15-20 other hikers/runners the whole 2 hours it took us.  Pretty sure they were all hung over too, well except the group of pregnant women who were too cute not to just applaud and grin at, and so no one was very cheerful to be out.  The other weird contingent was the dates we saw, seriously 2 couples on dates and like early on dating, where one person didn’t prepare or dress appropriately but the other isn’t going to point it out because they are not sure if they like them yet- early on.  Or the one person wasn’t honest about their activity level but was trying their best to impress the other person, while also trying not to pass out because they can’t breathe heavy in fear of letting on to the deception…..  It led to really fun people watching.

All and all it wasn’t  what we wanted to accomplish this past weekend, and honestly has left me in a funk because I feel like I didn’t get a good solid hike in.  I am trying to remind myself that at least I got out and moved but I am struggling with motivation and staying on track.  This week we are getting hammered with snow, like 20 inches or more in the foothills have already fallen, with more expected tonight and tomorrow.  I am thrilled to have the moisture when we so desperately need it but sad because I have no idea where are we  going to hike this weekend if all the foothills got a couple of feet of snow.   It should be interesting for sure!

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19 Responses to “Hiking out of a Hangover – Deer Creek Canyon 4/13/13”

  1. Janet 04/16/2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Your people watching comments made me laugh. I came across one couple on a trail like that myself. She was wearing full make up, nicely quaffed hair, tight jeans, low cut top trying to keep up with her buff boyfriend who looked like he just stepped out of GQ. They looked so out of place and asked me how much farther until the end. I laughed to myself. They had a LONG way to go. I wonder if they ever made it? Anyway, you got out there and moved. That’s a good accomplishment under the circumstances. 🙂

    • hikingtohealthy 04/17/2013 at 1:52 pm #

      Ha! That is exactly like one of the couples we saw although it was the guy who was dressed inappropriately and she looked like an undercover model….

  2. ChgoJohn 04/16/2013 at 11:50 pm #

    There are few things more depressing than the 1 – 2 punch of snow on tax day. Blah!
    I must say, “Hiking our of a Hangover” gave me a good chuckle and I wondered if it were possible. Can you imagine the hiking trails if it were possible? 🙂

    • hikingtohealthy 04/17/2013 at 1:54 pm #

      It has been very depressing! I am waiting through ANOTHER snow storm wondering how many inches it will drop in my precious mountains… I always hate exercising when I am hung over but there always seems to be that moment when the alcohol finally gets out, but it is probably just me making it up.

  3. Baz - The Landy 04/17/2013 at 2:44 am #

    Strewth, hangovers, to be avoided like the plague, but will we ever learn?

  4. trekker2013 aka Bob 04/17/2013 at 4:07 am #

    6.5 miles, 1300ft. elevation change, 2hrs, Hung-over? Thinkin’ I would have said, “Just let me Die “!. My Heroes !!!!!

    • hikingtohealthy 04/17/2013 at 1:57 pm #

      Thanks Bob!!! It sure didn’t feel that way this weekend! I have all my fingers and toes crossed that we will be able to get a good hike in this weekend.

  5. walksandrambles 04/17/2013 at 9:03 am #

    Congrats on your dedication to task! You got spunk 🙂

  6. Lauren @ Peaks and Passports 04/17/2013 at 1:48 pm #

    You should feel proud of yourself – 6.5 miles on an iffy-weather day with a hangover? That would definitely count as a good solid hike to me! You’re an inspiration!

    • hikingtohealthy 04/19/2013 at 8:25 pm #

      Thanks Lauren! It feels good to be able to do something I couldn’t a year ago.

  7. couchtocdt 04/18/2013 at 11:05 am #

    Way to go, thats a good hike for being hung over. Hopefully the snow will stop soon and you can get back to the hikes you want to do. Your doing so great. Keep it up, I’ll be following you from the trail and then you better meet me for an overnight when I get to CO 🙂

    • hikingtohealthy 04/19/2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Thank you Pete, that means lot coming from you!!!! I will be following you while you are on the trail too and will be happy to meet up when yo make through Colorado! I cannot wait to hear about all that you experience on the trail! Good Luck!!!

  8. angieeatspeace 04/18/2013 at 11:28 am #

    Good for you for still getting out there and doing it!
    That speakeasy sounds like a blast.

    • hikingtohealthy 04/19/2013 at 8:28 pm #

      The speakeasy was a blast! Everything was so cool about it and of course my company was the best!

  9. Carol Page-Potter 04/19/2013 at 5:50 am #

    I saw your area was getting pounded by snow again. Is there anything indoors that would provide you with a new and different experience; like a rock climbing wall or laser tag, or an indoor pool where you can get a day pass? Good for getting out there.

    • hikingtohealthy 04/19/2013 at 8:32 pm #

      Great ideas Carol! I am just not an indoor sport kind of girl anymore! I think I will just have to keep moving forward, through all that snow!

      • Carol Page-Potter 04/21/2013 at 5:40 am #

        I understand, I much prefer to be outside! Did you get snowshoes? If not, this time of year might be a great time to find them discounted or on Craig’s list. Good luck!

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