Screw Your Shoes [DIY Traction]


Guess what?! Winter is here…and it’s here to stay for a while. Unless you live in the south [or some other mythical place, you poor thing] where winter doesn’t include snow and ice you’re waging a daily war with the weather. Are the trails snow packed? Are the sidewalks sheets of ice? Is it even safe to drive to work, let alone run for the fun of it? If you’re busy living in the “winter wonderland” of snow and ice you have three options when it comes to running – giving up on running until spring arrives, running on the treadmill or risking it outside. Personally, I prefer the risking it outside option [primarily because I really like donuts and … Continue reading

It snowed!

It snowed. It snowed! IT SNOWED! Not very much, only a few inches. But it snowed! And I was – and am – all kinds of excited. I was in class all day Monday and on my lunch break I was outside in jeans and a t-shirt. It was warm, sunny and gorgeous. A bit like the new “typical” January day in Denver. When I left the building at 4pm I saw snow! Only about 3 snowflakes fluttering around, but snow! Still a pretty typical winter day in Denver…sun and snow! By the time I got home it was snowing. Legitimately snowing! I had to use my windshield wipers and everything. This all got a little exciting when my passenger … Continue reading

Frozen Finger Tips

Friday’s Workout Wanda: Rest and ice the janked up ankle.Saturday’s Workout Wanda: Outside run of 3.65 miles in 35:14, pace of 9:39.Sunday’s Workout Wanda: Long run of 11.05 miles with moving time of 1:51:11, pace of 10:04! Saturday’s Run… I almost didn’t run on Saturday. Almost. But then I read about 18 posts in my Reader about everyone out running in memory of Sherry Arnold. I put on my running clothes and headed outside! I may not have known Sherry and I normally avoid all the emotional stuff but all the talk of people running in her memory made me move…so for that, I thank you Sherry! …what I saw from my window vs. what really was…totally worth the layers … Continue reading

Xmas Virtual 5K Race Recap

Sunday’s Workout Wanda: An outside, snowy run of 3.1 miles in 30:42, a pace of 9:54.Monday’s Workout Wanda: An identical snowy run of 3.1 miles in 30:21, a pace of 9:47. Yesterday afternoon I headed out with a goal to run my 3.1 miles for the Christmas Virtual 5K race and I made it…I didn’t exactly love it at first but I made it. At first I just wasn’t feeling it until I randomly veered off the main trail to do some off-roading… The trails were lumpy and a little slick but they were rather well traveled so running was manageable. The hardest part was avoiding all the dog poop… Dear Dog Owners, Just because there is snow does not … Continue reading

Layer Up Lady!

Wednesday’s Workout Wanda: A total of 1.3 miles on the TM in 12:16/9:26mpm.Thursday’s Workout Wanda: About 2 untimed miles to pick up hamburger buns…efficient! For us Thursday is technically our Saturday and my Saturday turned out to be crazy productive for me! I managed to… – do laundry– organize and reorganize photos– get CO car insurance– visit the dentist and get fillings– retest and pass emissions test– verify VIN on my car– make lunch and dinner– bake cookies– wash dishes three times– blog {or not, I fell asleep half way through this post!} I was feeling all kinds of productive and on top of things! Then I realized I still had some running to do. This Run December Challenge with … Continue reading