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]

Building Your Own Training Plan

In case you missed it…CHRIS IS RUNNING! Yea, that is a big deal. A huge deal. It makes me all kind of happy…I have a running buddy, a run-nerd (for real, he running and he’s a nerd!) and we have more running shoes in the house! Of course, this means I lost my freebie race photographer, but I’ll give that up for someone to run and race with! This is all sorts of exciting but it requires a little adjusting. I have to get used to running with someone who doesn’t want to talk about girly things. I have been over explaining the basic run chatter…for now. And I am back to researching training plans. Yup, training plans. After over a year of telling training plans to suck it I am once again befriending excel and numbers! I guess the … [Click Here For the Full Story]