Birthday Trail Run

Last week I convinced Paula that a 27 mile birthday run on the Colorado Trail was a good idea! I’m pretty sure she occasionally regretted her decision to join me but the trails were gorgeous, the weather was perfect and we got more downhill than uphill! She even told me a time or two that she didn’t hate me! I’m taking that as a sign of a successful trail run! We met up well before the sun crept over the horizon, left a car at the base of Waterton Canyon then headed up to Buffalo Creek. Chris was kind enough to be our chauffeur and dropped us off at the Little Shaggy/FS 550 Trailhead at 7:15am. We were both fighting annoying, snot-filled head colds so we were all kinds of excited when Chris offered to meet us at the middle … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Bear Chase 50k – My First Ultra

I have officially ran my first ultra – the Bear Chase 50K – so I guess that means I get to start calling myself an ultra marathoner, right? It feels weird to say that. In the grand scheme of things 31 miles really isn’t that far, especially when you consider 50 miles or 100 miles or more. And this 50K was hands down easier than any of my marathons, both mentally and physically. That doesn’t mean I won’t talk nonstop about this race to anyone who will listen… We’re all actually really lucky this race even happened this weekend. The race is held in Bear Creek Lake Park which is apparently designed to dam up any flood waters before it can take out thousands of homes to the east. With all the rain in Colorado lately the park and its … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Crewing an Ultra – My Run, Rabbit, Run Weekend

Last Monday I was lazing around to “recover” from my weekend in Steamboat Springs where wandered around eating bacon, massaging tired, dirty runner legs and soaking up every tiny detail of my first ultra experience. I wasn’t running so it feels weird to recap the Run, Rabbit, Run ultra but it was an experience. An incredible experience I’d love to share, even if it only gives one other person in a similar situation the balls to go for it, meet the strangers and say yes to a crazy suggestion! How did I end up in Steamboat Springs crewing for a runner I’d never met before? Honestly, I don’t know exactly where it really started, but it all snowballed into a long, sleepless weekend in the mountains with one innocent Tweet from Paula… Want to see the full conversation complete with … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Getting Stronger…and Smarter

I’ve been doing a lot of mountain talk lately but you can’t blame me…did you see the photos? Unfortunately I have not yet figured out how to swing a life 100% in the mountains so I do return to the land of the living during the week. Luckily I live in an area that has gorgeous views even from town… Green Mountain & Matthew/Winters Park With the 50K race coming up I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible on the trails. Or that is my excuse to drive away from my house rather than run away from my house, no part of me really needs convincing to get out on the trails. I’m pretty sure we are in love with each other – we haven’t even gotten in a fight over a rogue, abusive rock yet! Most … [Click Here For the Full Story]