Race Report: Hot Chocolate 5k and a PR

When a friend asks, “Hey, do you want to do a race next weekend that gives finishers chocolate?” you don’t hesitate and you say yes. One text is all it took to get me to sign up for the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Since it’s still early in the season, I opted for the 5k distance. Race morning hadn’t started as planned. First, I went to bed way too late the night before and only got about five hours of sleep the night before the race. I went to grab my standard English muffin and peanut butter for breakfast, and realized I was out of English muffins. Dang, Greek yogurt it is, then! I planned on taking the public rail system to avoid traffic. I drove to a station where there had previously been ample public parking, only to find out the public parking was no longer available. Well shucks. Guess I was going to be driving to the race this morning. Luckily, I made it to the race in plenty of time. Since it was rather cold, I stayed in my car for about 20 minutes before walking over to the start line. I warmed up with some squats, leg swings,...
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Fresh Mountain Air

My dad taught me to ski when I was four and we were living in Germany. He strapped me on (what felt like) two sticks and sent me downhill, and we’ve been skiing ever since. Now that I live in a different state from my parents, it’s so nice to have a week of the year to look forward to spending with my dad on the slopes. This year, we returned to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for a week on the mountain. Our trip was great. There wasn’t much new fresh snow the week we were there, but that’s just how the weather chips fell. I was sore the first two days, but once my mountain legs and muscle memory kicked in, I felt great! And how could you not love the view? Fresh mountain air does wonders to cleanse the soul and mind. Spending time on the slopes is surprisingly independent. It gives me time to spend with my dad, but also time to think through some things that have been on mind. I pondered: Getting a coach. I certainly see the value, but need to work on some more time and money budgeting before taking the plunge. Uh…when’s my...
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Fitness Apps That Support Rescue

I’m always excited when I can combine my love of exercising with animal rescue support. Luckily, I found 3 fitness apps that allow me to do just that! Simply download each app on your phone and take it with you when walking, running, or riding your bike. Just remember to open the app and log in before heading out, and the rest is taken care of! Charity Miles Free, App Store and Google Play For every mile you bike, run or walk, you earn money for your selected charity from Charity Miles’ corporate sponsors. Just launch the app, choose a charity and leave the app running while you walk, run or bike. The selected charity then earns money for every mile covered. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile, up to the initial $1,000,000 sponsorship pool. There are several great charitable groups supported, including two animal-friendly organizations: ASPCA and World Wildlife Fund. Walk For A Dog Free, App Store and Google Play WoofTrax, through the Walk for a Dog mobile app, creates fundraising opportunities for shelters and rescues while encouraging dogs and their humans to exercise together regularly.  First, set up your account and select the shelter...
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Wiggling and Jiggling: #DontSweatYourPants

I have a confession. Last night, I may have given more of a show than anticipated at bootcamp. And I’m not talking about the free gun show to my biceps, hardy har har. It took me less than two minutes into the warm up jog to realize my tights were too big in the waist. As I jumped, lunged, squatted, and ran through my workout, my waistband kept trying to head south. I repeatedly had to do the annoying pull-up tug and wiggle every few minutes, which was really frustrating. During a set of mountain climbers, I felt a bit of a breeze down my back and leapt out of fear of flashing anyone and everyone near me. I flopped around to yank my tights back up. Are you wiggling and jiggling to keep your pants in place? That’s it. These tights have to go. No offense to theses tights – they are in great shape, very cute, and ran through a half marathon with me. But it’s time they move on to a better life where they can help someone else and maintain their appropriate position on the waist. I’m so glad I was recently contacted by SIX:02 about...
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The Big Goal of 2015

Happy new year! It’s the beginning of a new year and a lot of folks are talking about setting resolutions. Well I don’t like to make resolutions. While most people are focused on creating resolutions that – let’s be honest – usually fall by the wayside by the time the weather warms up, I like to set goals that I can accomplish within the next calendar. And here is my big goal. I will complete a 70.3 Ironman in 2015. So there it is. Short and sweet. And slightly nausea inducing from excitement and anxiety. I’m trying to tackle another item on my race bucket list. I will be spending the majority of this year training for Ironman 70.3 Augusta in September. I’m finalizing my racing and training program and will be posting along my journey. What’s your big goal of 2015?1

Race Bucket List

Most athletes have a bucket list of races they want to do. I’ve been fortunate enough to cross a few off already – a half marathon, a triathlon, raced for a cause, Tough Mudder, etc. – but of course they just lead me to wanting to do more races. While the term “bucket list” indicates a one-and-done mentality, I usually find myself wanting to do more. Here’s my current list of bucket races.   IRONMAN 70.3 This is a bad a$$ test of physical and mental strength. A 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and then a 13.1 mile (half marathon) run isn’t for the squeamish or unprepared. I don’t have my eyes set on a particular location just yet, but I’ll figure one out soon. P.S. That’s my friend the Texan Triathlete blasting through the finish line at IM Muskoka last year. Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay, an 18 mile bike ride out the Great Highway, through the Golden Gate Park, and concludes with an 8 mile run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This race has a limited number of entries...
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Race Report: Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon

After the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k, our crew headed back to the hotel for a late dinner, stretching and an early bed time. No Vegas shenanigans for us – we had another race the next day. It was difficult determining how we should eat and fuel for a half marathon that started at night. Typically, races start at the crack of dawn so this was new to all of us. We slept in and enjoyed a brunch buffet maybe a little too much. But hey – we had to calorie load for the half, right? We made our way to the race venue around 2 pm. We chose our hotel because it had a package that included a shuttle to the start line. When you’re getting ready to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles, the last thing you want to do is walk an extra 1+ mile to get to the start line. And while I was prepared to rock out to Mister Snoop Lion Dogg, there was a last minute change to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis as the pre-race headliner. Initially I was more than irked about the change and ambivalent about bobbing along with Sir Thrift Shop – but...
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