Westminster Trail 10K [recap]


Alternate Title: Never Take Your Training Too Literally I ran a race on Sunday. As in, I actually raced a race with a time goal in mind and a PR staring at me. I knew going in I had slim-to-no chance of beating my PR but that doesn’t mean I didn’t look up my PR time + pace, just in case! While I wasn’t officially gunning for my PR I was toeing the start line of the ERS Westminster Trail 10K with the goal of testing out my speed. I wanted to run hard from the get go and see what I could talk my body into surviving. It was a gamble, but if I’ve learned anything about running in the past year it’s that the biggest road block is your brain, not your body! This race popped up on my radar when a friend, Sara, signed up for it and started talking about it. I had no business racing a 10K but…if she was driving down to the race why not!? We headed out early on Sunday morning and … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Pumpkin Pie 5K & 10K {hydrate…!}

I think I have gotten a little cocky with my racing. At least with what I expect from my body. My legs have been throwing down respectable distances one weekend then whipping out PR’s the next. I was getting a little too used to this and failed to give my body enough love…especially in the form of water. Going into last weekend’s races I wasn’t nervous. I knew I could cover the distance and a legit 5K PR was attainable. I was feeling a little cocky – racing has been good to me lately. The races were solid efforts that I’m proud of, my post-race Saturday was more miserable than it needed to be! Probably had something to do with running both the 5K and 10K while dehydrated… Race day started out normal and boring with a drive to City Park, some wandering, bib pinning and people watching. Chris and I headed into the 5K corral with 10 minutes until start time. It was crowded, especially in comparison the much smaller Home Sweet Home 5K. There would be no winning … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Home Sweet Home 10K {PR}

I can spend hours professing my love for trails but that doesn’t mean I’ve entirely given up on road races. Especially the shorter road races. There is a certain level of accomplishment in getting out on the pavement, pushing the pace and managing misery that I am yet to find on the trails. Last Saturday I ran the Home Sweet Home 10K on a bit of a whim. I have a really hard time turning down a bib when it’s handed to me and the Boulder Running Company had one just waiting for a runner to pin it on! A few days prior to the race I ran two miles with Chris at an 8:06 pace. It wasn’t excessively hard but it required enough effort to get me worried about pulling off a PR on the 10K. I’d need to hold at least an 8:13 for 6.2 miles to PR. I decided to run with my Garmin to reign myself in for the first few miles and hopefully have motivation to move my butt toward the end. I told myself … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Heart & Sole 10K {Surprise PR}

I walked away from the Heart & Sole 10K last Sunday morning thinking one thing…holy crap, my legs are loving life! Oh, and “drink more water, you idiot”. Short Story This was definitely not my favorite course but the sunrise was gorgeous and the field of runner’s was seriously competitive so the energy of the morning was refreshing. I started out faster than I should have, settled in with another woman for the last 5K and pulled off a PR…and broke 51 minutes with a 50:57 finish! All of this awesome happened the day after I ran up a mountain. I think its safe to say my legs like trails! Long Story This was a last minute race that I did not plan for in any way. I had completely forgotten about its existence until another BRC racer mentioned it at Wednesday night’s speed workout. There are many perks that come with being a Boulder Running Company racer…one of which is comp’ed entries into BRC races. When you dangle a free race in front of me I have a really … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Sand Creek 10K …so darn close

I had high hopes for the Sand Creek half marathon when I signed up for it. I’m not sure why, at that time it was starting at 8:30am in July – that is a recipe for heat stroke. They got smart and moved the race time for a 7am start…much better but still freaking hot since it has been hitting high 80’s by 9am. All my hope went out the window when my back decided to rebel against my home office set up. After two days of diligently working at my desk I woke up to an aching back. No stabbing, no throbbing, no severe pain but no break from the ache either. It didn’t matter if I walked, sat, stood or laid on the ground – the pain was relentless. There would be no half marathon. Maybe I’d run the 10K instead…or walk the 5K. On Friday night I had resolved to walking the 5K but the Saturday dawned a bit better so I decided to give the 10K a shot. Worst case scenario I’d end up walking. Movement … [Click Here For the Full Story]