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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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, … Continue reading

Surprise…I raced! {Hippity Hop 10K}

I surprised myself today. I ran my first race in months this morning. If you take a look at the Race Page on this site you’ll see that I’ve run a race at least every other month for the past five years. Not this year. My last race was September 2012. Months ago…six months to be exact. Today I ran a 10K…and it didn’t suck. At least not completely! I had no idea what kind of pace I’d be able to maintain, if I’d want to die or if I was anywhere near PR fast. Well, it turns out speed work actually works, even if you aren’t racing regularly! I surprised myself today! I finished in 51:xx…a definite PR from … Continue reading