Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Week in Review (January 15 - January 22)

Tuesday (15,914 steps) - Strength class during lunch. Headed over to a new run club - Sunnyside at Factotum Brewhouse. The route was kinda meh, but it was fun running with my Belmar peeps. We stuck around for drinks after, but it was a bummer that there was no trivia like advertised!
Wednesday (13,007 steps) - On my way to work I called into a local radio station and... WON TICKETS TO SEE 2CELLOS!! What an exciting morning! Core during lunch. We skipped going to Boulder to go to the Denver store for Sip &  Paint with Saucony. Easy 5K with A, Mo & Colfax and then a fun time painting! My random watercolor earned me second place and a $15 gift card to the store! Woot!

Thursday (10,180 steps) - Supposed to go to lunch with my team, but canceled at the last minute. Ended up going to Rock Bottom and getting a burger instead. Stopped by the Pepsi Center on my way home to pick up the tickets I won (woot!)
Went to BRC in Boulder for an event with Dave Mackey. A didn't want to run since she had been at track earlier in the day, so we just did a walk around the area - a deer even ran in front of us in middle of downtown Boulder! (But apparently no pics from the event...)
Friday (10,158 steps) - Nada! Went to Joyride after work to hang out with Joni (and others) for a going away "party." Didn't stay too long since A was at home. Quick walk - cold and super slick out because it snowed all day.
Saturday (30,635 steps) - Runners Edge season kickoff! It was super cold, but I still managed to get in 12 miles AND I saw two bald eagles! Plus, there were pancakes after, so that was nice.

Sunday (12,350 steps) - Walk with A in the neighborhood before she had a Girl Scout field trip to the planetarium.
I thought maybe I might go do something while she was gone, but I ended up just going to Target and then went for a walk around the lake. Lots of cleaning for the rest of the day. Boring. Tried to stay up for the "Super Blood Wolf Moon," but only made it about halfway thorough because it was late/cold.
Monday (18,757 steps) - Stayed in bed until 8. Felt like getting outside, but not for a run. Ended up walking for a few hours. Watched a movie, picked up lunch and did more cleaning. A was dropped off around 2:30. Went for another walk, dinner, early to bed.

  • 111,001 steps
  • 31.8 miles run/walked
  • 2 gym classes

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Week in Review (January 8 - January 14)

Tuesday (13,188 steps) - Strength class during lunch. Walk to the lake with A after work.
Wednesday (23,844 steps) - Boulder run club! For the first time EVER, I was able to get through the first 2ish miles without a single walk break. Woot! I felt pretty strong the whole run.
We had enough time to color A's hair after run club - she loves it! (Better pics to follow at some point).
Thursday (11,475 steps) - Core class during lunch, encountered the Stock Show parade on my walk back to the office. 
Walking at Berkeley Park.
I convinced A that she had time to put highlights in my hair.
And it turned out FANTASTIC (pics are actually from the next day, obviously)

Friday (9,905 steps) - Not sure how I didn't get 10,000 steps for the day - weird! Rain/snow all day long. Met up with friends for lunch at the new pizza place downtown. Grocery shopping. Went for a walk with A to the lake (yes, even though it was snowing).

Grocery shopping. Went for a walk with A to the lake (yes, even though it was snowing).
Saturday (20,344 steps) - Up early and decided that since it was no longer snowing that we would attempt to go to Brainard Lake for snowshoeing since it was an off week for Runners Edge. The roads were actually not awful, although I had to drive a lot slower than I normally do. Saw two moose on the way!

Snowshoeing was a lot of fun and not as cold or windy as I feared it might be. Over 5 miles around the lake.

Then we went to James Peak Brewery in Nederland for lunch with Michelle and Scott.

Home to shower, then met up with Kristin and family for Kokopelli's 5th anniversary.
AND THEN, down to Dulce's for Second Saturday. Busiest day ever.

Sunday (16,192 steps) - Slept in!!! Head up to Boulder for the Leadville Lottery reveal. Once again, even running a 10 minute pace was too slow to keep up with the group, so I kinda got lost. Luckily, it's "just Boulder," and I was able to get my bearings without too much difficulty. Ended up running 6 miles (instead of 5), and a pretty fast pace.

Panel was interesting, and fun to see so many people there, lots of friends got in! Spur of the moment decision (thanks, Jared) to sign Ariel up for the Heavy Half (and apparently, I'm in for the marathon again. Sure. Why not.) We shut the place down, dinner, bed early.
Monday (16,031 steps) - Core class during lunch. Stapleton run club after! A actually decided to run with me and paced me for a pretty speedy 5K.
Station 26 after for beers - it was great to chat with Carol, we never see her now that we don't run much in Denver.

  • 110,979 steps
  • 15.9 miles run (is this right? haha)
  • 3 trips to the gym, snowshoeing & a few walks

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Week in Review (January 1 - January 7)

First off - how is it 2019 already??? Madness. This year FLEW by. Just a quick recap  for the last year - still at my same law firm downtown (well, same one for the last year and a half). Work has been a lot better (more bearable) now that A can walk to school and I don't have to drive her to and from. I am able to come in earlier and avoid all the traffic. Plus, when I'm extra motivated, I can go to the gym before work! If you missed the "subtle" insertion, I have been dating someone for a few months now. So far, going well, but we are taking it slow/easy and both of us aren't putting any pressure on "where is this going." A is still awesome/amazing and is doing great at school - half her classes are advanced, so that's been a change - love seeing her challenged! As for running, we are both running, she is currently running with the track team at school - hopefully I can convince her to run a few races, although she seems somewhat uninterested. I happily ended 2018 with my highest mileage year (1800!) and way more vertical than in years past (156,155'!!) What's next? I have only a handful of races on my schedule - but they are BIG ONES, with the first one in just over 4 weeks... looking forward to 2019!

Tuesday (13,368 steps) - We had a ton of options for our run. Decided we didn't want to get up early, so we opted to run Bear Creek with the group Laurie Williams organized. It was almost as cold as the day before, the difference being that the sun was out. A ran with the fast ladies, and I ran with Dulce, Mo & Colfax.

Mostly second Saturday peeps
Holiday Bar after for snacks, a beer, and a really fun white elephant gift exchange.

This is one of my favorite "terrible" pictures of me - the gift I got - night vision glasses!
Ben came down later in the day. We went to 4 Noses and then picked up pizza on the way home.
Watched a SUPER weird movie - Arrival. (I think I do need to re-watch though, I had enough beer that I was having trouble focusing).
Wednesday (15,355 steps) - Felt junky allll day. Kind of glad that we were going to be doing the "easier" road run. I forget that basically everyone in Boulder is elite, though. I started out with Kristin, running a bit of an uncomfortably fast 10 minute mile pace and we quickly lost the group. Not super fun, especially since we were running an unknown route to the Colorado Athletic Club.
Anyway, managed to get there (slowly) - did a quickie free "boot camp" class, then ran back. Should have been about 4 miles, ended up being about 5.5. Blech. The way back was a miserable struggle with pretty severe numbness in my feet. Ick.
Thursday (14,789 steps) - Core class during lunch. Belmar run club! I didn't "need" to run, but decided I would go out with Mo and Colfax. I had another pretty crappy run. More numb feet and just overall fatigue.
Friday (11,447 steps) - THANKFULLY, the January streak challenge doesn't require running. A and I went for a nice walk to the lake after I got home from the grocery store. Yay for a "rest" day!
Saturday (36,212 steps) - Ecstatic that we didn't have an aid station. Lisa and Jandy tried desperately to talk me into running 20 miles. I was not having any of it. I decided on 16 miles, as that was my longest run before Javelina, and everything was fiiiiine.
When the weather is nice we have a pretty big group!
I struggled a bit on the way out, and I was glad that I had opted to turn after 8 miles instead of running the 10 mile loop with the group and going back out. I put in my headphones for the last 8  miles and they really weren't bad, although I got HOT. I had been wearing a thin Oiselle top, but after about 13 miles I was unbearably warm and actually ran the last 3ish in my sports bra...

Sat around at the store chatting for a bit before heading home to shower before meeting Kristin and Doug at Kokopelli. Good beer, great pizza, and even better company! Fun afternoon!
Pho for dinner, which I wasn't sure was a good idea the night before a race, but, eh. Life is short, right?
Sunday (20,451 steps) - RMRR January trophy series! For the last 4-5 months I've been pretty successful doing intervals for an overall faster pace (mainly because I have absolutely no idea how to pace short distances anymore). This did not work out like that. Having run this race 3 other times, I knew that the first 5K would be a gradual uphill. That didn't seem to matter to my brain. First mile went fine. Second mile I wanted to die and walked a lot. Third mile I tried to redeem myself. Back half wasn't great, but certainly better. Disappointing finish for sure.

Distance - 6.20 miles
Garmin time - 1:03:05
Elevation Gain - 131'
Mile 1 - 9:43
Mile 2 - 11:13 (ick)
Mile 3 - 10:22
Mile 4 - 10:01
Mile 5 - 9:40
Mile 6 - 10:16
Mile 6.2 - 9:17

Meanwhile, A totally KILLED it and ran a new PR of 54:10! (And that is with basically no running over the last few months).

Belmar crew!
We went to Torchy's after with Mo (like last year). Always good food, conversation and company.

I convinced A that we were super motivated and we spent a few hours cleaning. Finally got rid of the last of the stuff I was holding onto after purging/minimizing last winter/spring.
Monday (15,649 steps) - Core class during lunch. There were three other people in class, all men (and I recognized all of them from last fall. Class to ME seemed really easy, but all the guys were struggling. I bet they felt emasculated when my trainer kept saying "Rebecca is doing fine! She is kicking your asses!!" He also told me I'm "gifted." I don't know about THAT, but it made my day! A spent the day with Ang and the girls, so we were able to make it to Stapleton for the Nuun Olympics.
After RMRR's tragic attempt at running fast, the pace I ran for the 5Kish route (only a few seconds per mile slower) felt easy. So that was nice.
I sadly don't have any pictures from the actual Nuun Olympics, which is a shame, because it was a lot of fun.
Team Shorty! (Othman, me, A, Michael & Jeannene)
Decided last minute to skip going to Station 26 and ended up sitting on 270 for over half an hour because there was a semi fire.

  • 127,271 steps
  • 39.4 miles run
  • 2 classes at the gym

Week in Review (January 15 - January 22)

Tuesday  (15,914 steps) - Strength class during lunch. Headed over to a new run club - Sunnyside at Factotum Brewhouse. The route was kinda ...