Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Week in Review (June 5 -June 11)

Tuesday (16,136 steps) - Barre Express with Gabi. I've decided that at least one of my barre classes a week will be express. Same workout, but 20 minutes shorter. I can sleep a little later and still get in a workout. I don't know if that means I'm getting tired of the classes (I've been taking them for 2 years now), or if I'm just liking the faster pace of class? Sloan's Lake Tap & Burger run club! I was blah, and ran a solo loop. Just one. I was hot and tired. Pasta and then home.
Wednesday (20,484 steps) - Runners Roost Boulder run club!
Another challenging run this week, and hot AGAIN. Struggled with this one, was really happy to be done. Beer, pizza, and then a trip to Southern Sun after.
Thursday (17,446 steps) - Ran at Berkeley Park so that we could go to Lakeside after. It was so much fun!!!

Friday (11,385 steps) - Barre with Gabi.
Saturday (25,953 steps) - Up at 3:45 to go hiking! We got to Lisa's house just after 4:30 and drove up to Buena Vista/Leadville for our first hike/14er of the year. Lisa had picked Mt. Belford, mainly because the trail head would be accessible for her car (not a surprise that many of the 14ers require a high clearance vehicle, which neither of us has). This was one of the toughest ones we have climbed to date. Over 4500' of climbing, and not THAT long comparatively. For some reason both of us thought it was 3.5 miles each way, turns out it was almost 4.5. I think this was the best marked of any of the ones we have climbed, there were a lot of switchbacks (instead of just going straight up), and not a lot of scree.







A marmot!

It wasn't too cold and windy at the summit, so we had lunch/beer at the top (around 12:30, before coming down.



I think this was my favorite picture of the day - taken on the way down after leaving the switchbacks

We had expected the whole hike to take about 6 hours, imagine our surprise when it was closer to 8. When we realized Buena Vista was the opposite direction of home we decided to eat in Leadville at the brewery. Food selections were pretty dismal, but the beer was good.
Made a wrong turn on the way home, taking us out towards Minturn/Vail instead of Cooper Mountain, adding at least a half hour. We also had a scare with Lucky, who seemed to be struggling - so it was a stressful drive home. After we got our car, we stopped for FroYo, then in bed super early. What a long day!!
Sunday (28,985 steps) - The "best" part about training for your "A" race in the summer? Not having to get up early. I managed to sleep until 8:30, had a quick breakfast, then went out for my 10 mile run at the ungodly hour of 9:45. It was hot, but I've learned that once you're already hot, it really doesn't get "hotter" - (as long as you aren't starting in like 50 and ending up at 90. Start at 85 and 90 isn't that much different).
Hey, goats again!!



Pace was better than expected, and I got done with enough time to shower before going to Bear Creek for the trail running festival. Had a great time chatting with vendors (mainly the Brandons from Hoka) and having a burger/beer before we had to head out.
Yes, this was the only picture I took at the festival (and it's even my cooler!)
Next, we were going to Boulder to volunteer at Ironman, like we have every year since 2011. We were at the info tent with Jeannene again, and our volunteering was pretty limited, but we had a great time spectating! Headed home after 4 hours around 8:30. Long day (again).
Only picture (and I actually took it at home) - the backpack A got for being a super volunteer
Monday (18.093 steps) - New Terrain run club! Another hot day, and my legs were SO TIRED. I really felt incredibly out of shape on this one (more than usual, A wouldn't even stick with me on the climbs).
I'm in the back because I barely got there in time for the picture... can you spot my head? lol
Sean & A on the summit (I'm in the bottom right if you look hard enough!)

Once we were back at the brewery, I saw that A had taken her first fall of the season (I had warned her that she needed to move on to her newer trail shoes!) Stuck around for a drink and to clean up A's wounds before going home.
Phil & A
Battle wounds!
Stats:
  • 138,482 steps
  • 26.8 miles run
  • 2 barre classes and one 8.7 mile hike!

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Week in Review (May 29 - June 4)

Tuesday (15,193 steps) - My first time at RUNBARRE! An "easy" 3 mile run, then Barre Express, all before 8 am!
Wednesday (18,646 steps) - Dentist appointment before work. Runners Roost Boulder run club! It started raining (pretty heavily) on our drive up. We delayed the start of the run by just a couple minutes and it was barely sprinkling by the time we started.
Huge temperature drop, but lots of humidity. Probably the most challenging run we've done, up NCAR twice, nearly 1300' of vertical. Eeep.
Thursday (13,663 steps) - Skipped barre, was feeling very sore after the Boulder run. Belmar run club. Ran with Mo & Colfax.
Friday (10,415 steps) - Barre with Gabi! After work I met up with Denise & A at the Roost in Denver to help with packet pick up for Palmer Lake half marathon.
Saturday (24,383 steps) - Up at 4 am to volunteer at the Palmer Lake half marathon! First we helped out with bib pick up, then just kind of helped out wherever I was needed.

We were there until almost noon. The drive home was horrendous - so much traffic south of the city! We stopped by to visit with Phil. I still had to do my "long" run, so I headed out around 4:00 for 8 miles. So hot, and having beer/food before that probably didn't help. Ick. I did, however, get to see baby goats, and I consider that a win!

Sunday (15,103 steps) - Up early AGAIN, this time to volunteer at the mile 6/19 aid station at Revel! We met up with Ted and Mo, and spent 4 hours handing out water.

Quick trip to the finish line, then lunch at Mill Street/Holiday.
WARM 3 mile run with Mo & A in Bear Creek park before going over to Lisa's for a BBQ. Ended up staying way too late for a work night. First Sunday afternoon in ages that we weren't home and missed the big excitement of a FIRE in the building next to us :o
Monday (16,452 steps) - Felt pretty icky all day. New Terrain run club in the fiery hot heat. I hate summer.



Stats:
  • 113,855 steps
  • 27.9 miles run
  • 2 barre classes

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Bolder Boulder 10K (Race Recap)

Monday, May 28
Boulder, CO
Weather - Mostly overcast

In 2010, I ran my third Bolder Boulder and said I would never run it again. Too big, too much hassle, etc. Then I won an entry last year and had a fantastic time running it truly for fun. So this year, when Runners Roost opened up a "Rooster Wave," I immediately signed us up to run!

We left the house at 6:30 to arrive at the Boulder Runners Roost just before 7 am. We were given our special shirts (that we promptly altered) and had breakfast at the store.
Rooster hats and feather boas? Yes, please.
We had two party buses to take us to the start, and we left on time at 8 am.


I missed this pic because I was in the bathroom line :(
While we were waiting, we saw Ang, who was starting a few waves in front of us!

Somehow, the other bus didn't make it to the meeting place on time, and we stood around at the start waiting for them, missing our already very late start by another 20 minutes. By the time we finally crossed the line, it was almost 9:00, and we were deep in the waves of walkers. I had promised A a good time on course, so our first stop was just a few minutes in - the trampoline! The wait was pretty crazy, it was probably close to ten minutes before we got our turn. Did a few back handsprings and then off we went.
The next stop was the slip n' slide. The wait for this one was also pretty long. And... I didn't realize it at the time, but I lost my bib in the middle of my slide!
A half mile or so down the road at the "cartwheel" station was when I realized I didn't have my bib. I didn't want to go back for it, so off we went. It was pretty tough to even run when we wanted to because of the walkers and how crowded it was. It didn't help that we kept stopping to do things along the way. 

Like the keg stand (me) and the frat party (all of us) where Maureen and I got the only beer on course! (Last year we got full cans of beer a few times along the course, this year, nothing! (Maybe they had already run out because we were sooooo far back? (Keep in mind, the faster waves started more than two hours before we did).

After the marshmallow and Dorito station (we missed bacon AGAIN), we were running a bit more. We stopped at the Roost cheer station at mile 4.5, and then before we knew it, we were nearly done. The biggest excitement of the race was getting assaulted by a woman smaller than me who tried to pull me off course because I didn't have a bib! Luckily I had plenty of pictures and videos of me prior to the slip n' slide and I was finally let through. So dramatic! (So, no, if you were stalking results, I didn't DNF).
Garmin time - 1:49:01
Mile 1 - 19:53
Mile 2 - 25:34
Mile 3 - 11:35
Mile 4 - 20:48
Mile 5 - 11:28
Mile 6 - 11:53
Mile 6.6 - 12:54
Overall pace - 16:30 (lol)
Average "moving" pace - 11:58; overall time 1:19:06

A had an absolute BLAST running. Next year she wants to be in a qualifying wave and still do all the fun stuff. (We had told her that last year there were barely any lines).

We were able to watch the elite race, which I hadn't stuck around for in the past. Our friend (and local Hoka rep) was running and it was really cool to watch him finish!

Week in Review (June 5 -June 11)

Tuesday  (16,136 steps) - Barre Express with Gabi. I've decided that at least one of my barre classes a week will be express. Same worko...