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A Few Pictures From My Busy Life

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I have lots of ideas for good posts, but have been so busy with work and training that I have not had time to sit down and do any writing. I figured instead of writing something quick and not so good I would just post some pictures of life outside of work.

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First half mile test swim of the year

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Sexy new bike shoes

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It may be May and snowing, but my bike wants to go for a ride.

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Ran a PR at the Bolder Boulder. Cut 5 minutes off last years time.

Sporting my sexy Pro Compression socks after the Bolder Boulder

Sporting my sexy Pro Compression socks after the Bolder Boulder

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New 5K PR from the Stroke and Stride #1. Not as fast as I would like, but a PR is a PR.

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Swam at the Boulder Reservoir on the morning of my birthday

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Part of my favorite running loop

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I have lived by the Picture Rock Trailhead for almost 2 years now and I finally made it to the top. Every time I have set out on the trail I am either sick or run out of time.

What have you been doing for fun this spring? Have any fun summer plans?

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Dash N Dine 5K

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What the Boulder Reservoir will look like tomorrow

One of my goals for this year is to run a 25:00 5K. Last night I decided to sign up for Dash-N-Dine #3 with the hope that I could run it in 30:00.

My goal today was to run a 30:00 5K. All day I ate good and then I got off work and had too much time before the start of the Dash-N-Dine and got a snack that killed my stomach. I got to the Boulder Reservoir 45 minutes early, grabbed my number, and went on a short warm up run. I felt great on my warm up run and I felt like I was sure to get my 30:00 5k.

I was on my way to line up for the start when I decided that I didn’t want to listen to music. So I headed back to the truck to get rid of my headphones. I stupidly decided to grab my rain coat because I was afraid I would be cold with the wind. Mistake number 2. When the race started my lungs felt like they were going to die, but slowly got better. About the time they got better I started getting too hot and light headed. After the first mile I physically felt amazing, but really light headed. I stopped and walked for a bit. When I started feeling better I picked up the pace and that’s when my stomach started bothering me. I’m not sure what it is with my stomach, but on shorter races I often have a lot of problems with it.

The rest of the race consisted of me running as far as I could before my stomach got too bad and I would have to walk. After about 2.5 miles my stomach started feeling better and I was able to finish the race strong in 33:40. I grabbed some Mad Greens and gave eating an attempt, but my stomach was having none of that.

I was amazed with how good my first mile felt, ran a 9:26. I think if I can figure out my stomach problem I will be able to start really improving my running speed.

And with that we will be saying good morning to snow. Hopefully for the last time.

February Fitness Goal

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This month my fitness goal was to run a half marathon. I finished the Ralston Creek Half Marathon on Sunday.
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Ralston Creek Half Marathon

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I ran my first half marathon on Sunday. I was very nervous about this race because I didn’t get to train like I would have liked to. My longest training run was 4.5 miles. No where near 13.1 miles.

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The starting area

The week leading up to the race I was checking the weather every few hours. The forecast was for snow and 35. I have no problem running in 35 degree weather, but I was not interested in running while it was snowing. We were out of town Thrusday through Saturday night which was really hard for me. On Saturday my brother told me that it was snowing at The moffit tunnel so I was pretty sure that I would be running on snow packed trails. Thankfully there was only a dusting of snow.

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Around mile 2

The first part of the course was covered in snow. Thankfully there was very little ice for this clutz to worry about.

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6 miles in and I see a storm over the mountains

I knew that at mile 7 the switch backs started, so when I got to mile 6 I started getting nervous. My knee was doing good, but up hills are when it acts up.

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Looking toward the switch backs

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About half way up the hill looking out toward Denver

The switch backs went on forever, but my knee was strong the entire way up. About half way up I was really happy that I got to see the Dnever skyline.

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It’s hard to see but it was snowing when I got to mile 9

The storm that I saw earlier in the race had caught up to me around mile 9 and it started snowing, but thankfully only lasted about 10 minutes.

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So close

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I can do this

By this point my legs were like lead. I wanted to walk the rest of the way, but my legs felt better when I was running. The last part of the race is on a road that felt like the longest hill of my life. I actually had to stop and walk with the finish line in sight because my lungs were shot. Being that I decided to start in the second wave I was one of the last people to finish. It was really nice to still have people cheering at the finish line. I got a picture taken of me trying to jump, grabbed a coke and burrito and headed to my truck. I did some minor stratching and headed back to Boulder.

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I FINISHED

For a few years I have been dreaming of doing long distance races, but I was afraid that I wouldn’t like them as much as I wanted to. After this race I have realized that I really do prefer longer races. Even though I wasn’t able to run the whole race I had a lot of fun running. I will definately be doing more half marathons.

Splits

mi Pace (min/mi) Elevation (ft)
1 9:51 -16
2 13:37 47
3 14:14 57
4 12:56 54
5 12:23 49
6 14:58 107
7 11:05 5
8 14:16 103
9 10:32 -187
10 11:51 -96
11 13:59 -52
12 12:58 -58
13 13:19 1
14 13:07 6

Totak time: 2:47:16

How I Will Live 2013

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Theme for the year: Conquoring fears and taking on the world

Racing: My Second Love

Finishing the Southern Hills Triathlon

Complete my 12 fitness goals When I started writing out my goals I noticed that a lot of them were physical in nature. I decided to make them separate from my other 2013 goals. There are 12 of them and 12 months in the year so they have morphed into a monthly challenge. The plan is to complete one fitness goal a month and take a picture of myself doing it.

30 by 30 goals  Two years ago I made a list of 30 things I wanted to do by the time I was 30. Each year I try to tackle a few items on that list. This year I am going to tackle the following 6 items:

Read 2 classics Going to read Moby Dick and The Scarlet Letter
Climb 2 14ners Long’s Peak and Castle Peak are the current scheduled ones. We will likely climb a few more in the front range.
Get over my fear of falling The initial plan is to climb at the gym to get myself comfortable on the rock again. We are going to buy a new rope this spring and at that point I will slowly get myself back on the real rocks.
Become an amazing telli skier I have been telli skiing for a few years now and have hit a wall. I have some fears of the steeps that have made it hard to continue to get better. This is the year I am going to conquer my fear.
Compete in an Olympic triathlon  I chickened out at the last-minute and switched to the sprint at the Southern Hills Triathlon. This year I am going do at least one olympic distance triathlon. I am thinking about doing the Steamboat Olympic.
Sell a photograph This one is pretty straight forward I think. Finish putting together my Etsy shop, print a few photos, post them, and do some advertising. Well that’s the plan at least.

Complete my sewing class I bought a class on how to sew with knits, but haven’t gotten to doing it because my machine wouldn’t sew on knits (Montgomery-Ward 19something). My mom got me a new machine for a very early birthday present so I can now start working through the class. There are five different patterns that came with the class and I am most looking forward to making the yoga pants as mine are slowly falling apart.

Complete my photoshop class Another class I bought and have yet to start working on. I have been wanting to learn more about photoshop for years and finally have everything I need to do it; DSLR camera, photoshop, and someone to teach me. I will have to make a schedule to keep myself from procrastinating until January.

Start my etsy shop This is something I have been trying to do for a year or so. I think I finally have got the courage to finish what I started and get my shop up and running.

Find a dentist This is a goal I am not looking forward to completing. I hate the dentist, but I really need to get my teeth cleaned. I had a bad experience with the first dentist I went to in South Dakota and haven’t put any effort into trying to find one in Colorado. This year is the year of conquering fears, so it is time to find myself a dentist.

Look into chiropractors Another one of those annoying health items I need to work on. I have scoliosis and even though I haven’t had much back pain recently I really need to find a chiropractor while I am still young.

Win my age group at the Southern Hills Triathlon I came in 2nd last year and it pissed me off because I was in first for the swim and bike segments and then got slaughtered on the run. You will likely notice that a lot of my goals this year are running related. That is because of my 2nd place at this race. I plan on dominating the race this year.

Improve my mountain biking skills I am a lazy climber and scardy cat descender. This really annoys J so I would like to get better at pushing the limits on my mountain bike.

Run with the Boulder Running Store once a month The local running store has a group run every Wednesday and when you go to 10 you get a sweet tech shirt. I really want that shirt.

12 months of physical fitness goals

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I do better with goals if I have a plan from the beginning. This year I want to get even more serious with my fitness goals. I have decided to work on one fitness goal each month. Some of them may have to be rearranged based on weather and my racing schedule.

January – 10 full push ups
February – Run a half marathon
March – 2 minute plank
April – Run a 25 minute 5K
May – Run a 10k in under 60 minutes
June – Hold tree pose for 60 seconds on each side
July – 100 Mile bike ride
August – 30 mile mountain bike ride
September – Swim a mile in 35 minutes
October – Get a PR mountain biking Picture Rock
November -10 pull-ups
December – Do a handstand without the aid of a wall

First Half-Marathon

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So I finally decided to commit to the Ralston Creek Half-Marathon on February 10th. This means I have 8 weeks to get my runs from 3 miles to 13.1 miles. I’m hoping that is enough time to train and finish in under 2.5 hours. I ran a 10K in May in 1:11 and I spent the first half dealing with my stomach, so I think with some quality training I could easily meet my goal. I am planning to do a half-ironman triathlon this summer and I feel a half-marathon will make me feel more confident come race day.

Training plan