Christmas Carol 5K {PR!}

I usually don’t talk about time goals on the internet. I never talk smack about my time goals on the internet. Except this one time. I got a little cocky on Twitter and Facebook about my plans for the Christmas Carol 5K that went down Saturday morning. I will never do this again. Some call the little voice in the back of your head saying “how will I spin an excuse for not being fast enough” motivation. Not me. I hated that voice. It did not make me want to run faster. It made me want to punch geese. Not that punching geese would have been the worst thing ever, there were oodles of geese milling around City Park! Once again I committed to this race at the last minute – last Tuesday night. I figure if I don’t have … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Santa Stampede 5K

I had plans to share lots of snowy Steamboat photos today but there is a minor I’m-too-lazy-to-deal-with-it technical difficulty that has the photos held hostage on my phone so you’ll have to wait for that. So while I think about emptying out my overflowing Dropbox here is a quick, recap-like post about the Santa Stampede 5K last weekend! As usual I jumped all over the chance to snag the 5K bib when it was offered up by Boulder Running Company. I have a problem. I just say yes to every race offered up. I can’t help it… I gave little thought to my Friday night plans when I decided to race but I was lucky enough to remember the company party before stupidly signing up for the 5K and 10K combo. I settled for just the 5K and still regretted … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Strength Training Survival Tactics

I am new to this whole ultra running thing, I’m even a little hesitant to call myself an ultra runner, yet. But I have learned one thing that I’m kind of loving. Apparently in ultra running (and maybe every other form of running?) there is an “off season”. A time to recoup from training plans, a time to run for fun or not at all, a time to eat an entire sheet cake because you’re a runner (maybe not a valid excuse, but I’d accept it) and a time to ramp up for the next onslaught of long training weeks, high mileage runs and “goal races”. In the past I’ve never really proclaimed an off season and I probably haven’t exactly earned this off season but that doesn’t mean I’m not avoiding anything remotely similar to a training plan while … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Snowy Trail Runs

Earlier this week I definitely felt needless guilt about not braving the cold to run. I even swore off all self inflicted hatred and misery for the sake of running when I want, because I want until legit training starts back up. Then I got a little stir crazy. I wanted to get outside and play in the snow. Heading into the mountains for snowboarding wasn’t in the cards so I opted for frigid, snowy runs. The hardest part of winter running (for me) is the dark. Its dark when I get up, its dark when I get home from work. Its always dark. Yes, I know the entire internet and social media sphere has already whined about this but its true. I don’t mind the actual dark but it makes trail time a challenge, especially with snow, ice and … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Oddly Guilty…

I am feeling oddly guilty today. It really is rather ridiculous and I’m fully aware of the sheer lunacy of this guilt but that doesn’t make it vanish. Nope. Not even a little bit. Not even multiple trips up/down the stairs to my 12th floor office just to stay warm is making this guilt go away. What have I done to bring on this guilt? I didn’t run. On a rare day in Colorado when the high didn’t make it out of the single digit temperatures I chose to stay burrowed under the blankets with the body heat of two toasty cats and a hot husband. They were all radiating heat and sleeping so peacefully. I didn’t want to wake them up. Besides, I was tired and none of my usually AM running buddies were meeting me. No motivation, no … [Click Here For the Full Story]