Rock N’ Roll Denver 10k – Pre Race Prep

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I meant to write this post over a week ago, but here we are, the night before the Denver Rock n’ Roll. I’m doing the 10k tomorrow and I’m getting a little nervous.

It’s been a while since I’ve been to a running event as a participant, let alone a BIG running event. Although, now that I think about it, I did go to the Bolder Boulder earlier this year but that’s a repeat event for me and I have my routine down to a “T.” The Rock n’ Roll, on the other hand, is a big and unfamiliar event. I have to worry about parking, getting to the start line, checking my bag, finding my corral…. all on top of actually running!

This will be my first “race” postpartum and even though I don’t plan on “racing” it, I plan on using it to increase my mileage. I’m really excited to participate in a Rock n’ Roll event for the first time! I’ve heard great things about the series and can’t wait.

While my only goal for tomorrow is to simply finish, I am a little worried. The longest run I’ve done postpartum was 4.5 last weekend. My plan tomorrow is to run a mile at a time. I think I am going to run a mile, walk for a few minutes, run to the next mile marker and so on.  I feel like this would get me through the race without feeling too tired at the end and without being picked up by the “sag wagon” (the 10k course cut-off is only 1.5 hours)!

So, I’ve booked my parking spot, have the route mapped out to the start line and am prepping my clothes!

 

 

Five Reasons I’m Excited to Run the Fortitude 10k For The First Time

The Fortitude 10k is produced by the same people that bring you the Bolder Boulder and is held on Labor Day. 2018 makes this a second-year event. After my Bolder Boulder post from this year’s race, a marketing person from the race saw my blog post on twitter and emailed me, asking me if I’d like to be part of the Fortitude 10k Blogger program, aka be a FORT Ambassador! I get to run the race and promote it and I couldn’t be more stoked! I was already thinking about doing the race and this just sealed the deal! I’m actually really excited to run the Fortitude 10k up in Fort Collins and can’t wait!

This year’s Bolder Boulder

Here are a few reasons why I’m shaking with excitement:

1. I get to visit Fort Collins!
While the Bolder Boulder is in Boulder, CO and finishes in Colorado University’s stadium, the Fortitude 10k is in Fort Collins, CO and finishes in the Colorado State University stadium. It’s no secret that the Buffs (CU) and the Rams (CSU) are rivals and I am a proud RAM FAN through and through! I went to school at CSU and am excited to run through Fort Collins and see the new stadium they built. I miss Fort Collins a lot; it was a great city to live in!

The ironic part of this picture is that I’m with CSU’s mascot at CU’s stadium!

2. It’s another big 10k with the same production quality as the Bolder Boulder.
The Bolder Boulder is produced, managed and organized exceptionally well. From the pre-race experience (registration, packet pickups, and bus system) to race day experience (plenty of port-o-johns, the wave system, and the expo area, etc), they really have developed a great system to accommodate thousands of runners. The Fortitude 10k is brought to you by the same team and I can only expect good things.

3. A new lunchbox!
Part of the swag of the Fortitude 10k is a lunch box full of snacks and goodies! I have a fair few from my Bolder Boulder races, but again, one from Fort Collins will be AWESOME!

4. The fact that I get to race a 10k!
Cross Country season is in full swing and as a coach, I’ve been running with the team. I’m excited to see where my current fitness is. My goal is to just run as fast as I can; no watch to guide me! I want to push myself, feeling like I gave it all on the course, and see what I can do. The course looks fun and pretty fast!

5. I get CO socks!
In addition to the lunch box, the shirt, and the free beer at the finish line, you get a pair of Swiftwick socks! I think that’s a pretty fun addition for registering! If the images are true, it looks like they’ll be Colorado socks, too!


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Prediction Run With 3W Races

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Ok, ok, I know I said I didn’t have any racing schedule for this year! This was another random sign up.

For a second year in a row one of the owners of 3W Races, held a Prediction Run. It goes like this: You predict your time for a 5k. On race day, you run with NO timing device. No watches, no phone, no Ipods…nothing. The person that finished closes to their predicted their times WINS!

If you ever get a chance to do a race like this, I highly recommend it. It’s fun, challenging and unique. I love that fact that ANYONE can win – fast or slow, it just comes down to how well you can know your body, pace and stay steady on your run.

For this race, we had a competition with all racers and then a friendly competition between staff members as well. I’m not going to lie, I was kind of nervous! I didn’t really know what to predict. As you know, running has been the easiest for me lately. Do I predict a slower time and take my time (risking not getting close to my prediction) or do I predict fast and go all out??

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Here’s what I did: I predicted about 45 seconds slower than last weekend at the Six Pack Race given that this course was more flat. On race morning, I tried to replicate how I felt at the previous race (in terms of burn in my lungs).

I felt pretty strong on the run and tried to just run hard and hold my pace. I’m pretty psyched to have won (out of three) a free massage by being the closest of all 3W staffers to my predicted time! I predicted 25:45 and was off by 21 seconds (running  25:23). Overall I was 10th closest to my predicted time – the other runners were GREAT at predicting!


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First race of 2017 – Highland Ranch Six Pack Series – 5k

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It may have been my first race of 2017, but it wasn’t planned out. In fact, I still don’t have a race schedule planned out for the year. The only other race I know I’m running FOR SURE is the Erin Go Braugh 7.77k on March 11th because I never miss it. A lot of this is due to my up and down motivation for running in general, but that’s a whole other story.

Last weekend, “my boss” (she hates that word, but for the sake of my readers, that is who she is; she is also my friend), asked if I could help out at the Six Pack Series in Highlands Ranch and just time part of it. She suggested I run the race and then take over the timing while she announced awards. That sounded like a good deal to me! I then added on shadowing the course-set guy because in a couple of weeks I will be setting the same course.

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My friend Jen and I

So after getting up early, walking the whole course, I ran the 5k! I had no goals, none whatsoever, just to run and feel the sun on my face, the burn in my legs and feel my heart pumping. BONUS, a friend of mine and fellow cross country coach, decided to come run! I had no idea (and she was just hoping I would be there). It was such a good surprise and nice feeling to have a good friend on the course. She is also coming back from a non-running stint due to other reasons.

When the whistle was blown, I took off at a nice comfortable pace. For the first mile, three of us ladies were sticking pretty close together, one to my right and one slightly behind me. The first place woman was way in front of us, so it was us three trying for 2nd and 3rd place. I’m not sure when the lady behind me fell back but at about a mile and a half we hit a hill and the other lady pulled ahead, leaving me in third.

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I decided then that I wanted to hold that 3rd place spot and kept up my pace. I reached the turnaround, cheered on by fellow 3W Ambassador (a team of 50 runners that run and promoted 3W Races), and kept pushing, telling myself there’s only less than half of the race left.  My friend was running the 4 mile and I saw her after the turnaround (as she was about to turn). I yelled out to “come catch me”, hopefully giving her a boost of energy. I knew exactly where I was on the course, having set it, and kept counting down the half-miles in my head.

Finally, I rounded the last corner, finish line in site, and pushed it in for the finished! I maintained my 3rd place and felt pretty great! (My friend finished 1st overall in the 4 mile, almost catching me in the 5k).

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For my lack of running and being on my feet that morning, I’m pretty proud! This race gave me a huge motivational boost in my running.


Six Pack Series Highlands Ranch (new series starting Fall 2017!)

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