2019 and Into 2020

It’s not too late for a previous year recap, right?

2019 was not easy by any means. Many aspects of it made downright not fun, stressful and overall a weird year. But one thing made 2019 the best year I’ve ever had. That one this is obviously Layton.

In July, Ben and I welcomed this amazing little man into our lives. I know you’ve heard it before, but you truly don’t know how much you can love until you have a child. Sometimes I call myself the “Reluctant Mother” because for the longest time I wasn’t sure if I wanted kids or not. Even when Ben and I first got together, and a few years into our relationship, I wasn’t sure. When I used to think about having a baby, the idea freaked me out, to say the least. I was scared of pregnancy and labor as a whole and frankly, I thought I would be too selfish to be a good mom.

Well, life has a way of making decisions for you and I can tell you none of my worries even come into play. Selfish isn’t even a word in our house anymore and I am soaking up all the snuggles, midnight rockings and loud noises I can get.

Well, maybe not the loud noises.

Here’s a photo recap from 2019.

January, Little tiny baby bump

Jan & Feb, Working some pretty cold races

Feb 14th, Announcing our little Valentine

Feb, Trip to Florida for Ben’s Cousin’s Wedding and Disney World

April, Ben and I, a part of our friends’ wedding

April, Hiking super pregnant

May, Track season summed up. Me, food, cold.

June, Our baby shower

June, Our Nephew was born!

My due date, July 4th

July, Our Little Family

Aug, Coaching. The little one got to come to work with me a lot

Aug, The Thinker

Aug, Cousins!

Oct, Working with Baby

Oct, Babys First Road Trip! Drive out with an overnight trip to Grand Junction for our Cross Country Regionals meet. We also went to the Colorado National Monument

Nov, baby’s first flight and National Park! We flew out to Vegas to meet Ben after he took a rock guiding certification and all drove back together. On the way, we stopped in Zion for some sight seeing and hiking!

Nov, Shoes and Brews, Solemates 5k

Nov, Mac n Cheese 5k

Dec, Christmastime

Here’s to 2020! Even though it’s already February.

New Product Alert! Testing Out Turtle Glove’s latest design!

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Turtle Gloves Lightweight Turtle-Flip Convertible Running Mittens to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Let me start off by saying this: 

I was totally going to put Turtle Gloves on my Christmas list this year! I REALLY wanted a pair after seeing other Bib Rave Pros test them out. Then, I got the chance to test the latest model (and then I had to think of other things to add to my wish list which I always struggle with).

When I got the gloves in the mail, they were everything I had hoped for.

The Lowdown:
Turtle Gloves are convertible mittens. You can use them as mittens, flip them open to expose your fingertips OR slide them down to use as arm warmers. I really wanted them not only for running but for use at work. During the winter months of race directing, all us staff members know our hands are going to be cold. We use tablets and our phones a lot during the race and as everyone knows, touch gloves don’t quite work, so I’m constantly taking my gloves on and off on race day and getting really cold hands. I wanted a pair of Turtle Gloves so that I could work on the pads, with the gloves flipped open, while still keeping my hands warm.

The Specs:

Wear on left or right hand – Low-bulk flip-over design – No buttons, magnets or hook & loop – No cumbersome mitten piece to get in the way – Thumb piece naturally folds into place in Fingerless Gloves mode – Simply curl fingers and flip elastic trim piece over all fingers and thumb together – Fold over or under to adjust length of finger exposure – From fingerless mode; tuck in thumb and slide to wrist, pull up full length for arm warmer or fold twice neatly into cuff or roll as desired – From Fingerless Gloves mode, use similar flipping method to turn back into mittens

This product is the lightweight version of their main glove design. They suggest they would be good for spring and fall. I tested them during a Colorado Winter and they were still warm enough. If I need extra warmth in the future, I could probably put a pair of lightweight gloves under them and be great – but that would only be for the extreme cold!

The Pros:
For my job, the gloves worked just as I imagined! I was able to work a freezing cold winter race, use my phone and the tablets, write stuff down AND my hands stayed warm!

For running, they were perfect. In mitten form, my hands stayed warm and toasty and then when I got warm, I flipped them open to allow for a little bit of cold air with windbreaker protection! I really like this over other gloves that I would take off while running and then have to hold them, worrying that I would lose them.

The Cons:
I have never tested any of their other products out, but with this specific model, since they were still trying it out, I noticed the sizing was a little weird. I got a size small, which fit my hands themselves but the wrists are super loose. I felt like they were going to fly off if I didn’t keep my hands in a fist while running. When I wasn’t running, I would tuck in the wrist part to my jacket and the sizing issue was not a problem.

The only other con I have is the color. Right now they only come in grey, which is just blah. When they start putting them into more of a rotation, I bet they will do other colors!

The Verdict:
Get a pair! Seriously. For running, it makes your gear/clothing choices minimal since this one product has multiple functions. You can keep your hands warms in the winter and easily convert them when you get hot. Plus, there are so many other uses for these gloves, like working outside as I do!

Other Bib Rave Pros:

Jeremy | My Feet In MotionKen | Juan | Kelly | Daddy Did You Win | Crazy Hampster | Brandy | RunNerd Girl |

Find them online; click here.

NYRR Virtual Turkey Trok – Post Race Recap

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Virtual NYRR Turkey Trot 5k race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

I did it. I finally got it done. I ran my virtual NYRR Turkey Trot!

I missed the deadline.

I mostly walked.


I got it done!

Between all my jobs, being a mom, cold weather (and lack of an indoor place to workout), car trouble, family obligations…I’ve been finding it hard to get in some runs with or without baby Layton. Last week, I race directed TWO Thanksgiving races; one the weekend before and one on Thanksgiving. That’s why I signed up for a Virtual Turkey Trot so that I could run one on my own time! My “own time” ended up being a few days after the deadline, but such is life!

My Flat Runner picture…about 3 minutes before I ran.

I wasn’t able to get out for a run before December 1st when the Virtual race ended, but I was still determined to participate. All the stars aligned on Tuesday and I had a moment. I fed the baby, bundled him up, put him in the jogging stroller and off we went!

It was a relatively warm day compared to the last week, but the wind was fierce and there was still ice and snow everywhere. I even had to pick up the whole stroller at one point to get over a snowbank on the sidewalk. We mostly walked the 3.1 miles but it felt good to get out and about.

Virtual racing is such an interesting concept to me. I’ve done a few over the years.  A virtual “race” doesn’t mean much to some people. It definitely gives me some motivation to get out for a run, but at the end of the day, it’s just like going for a run on my own. I don’t need a title of a race to run. On the other hand, maybe I wouldn’t have gotten out for a run yesterday had I not had a “race” to do….

Virtual racing does make you feel like you’re part of a nation worldwide community. That’s what I like about the NYRR Virtual races. Through the Facebook group and Strava, you’re partnered with thousands of people around the world that all share at least one thing in common: running.

It’s motivational to be able to share your run with others and see their run through Strava and pictures! You are on the other side of the globe from each other, but you both have a love for running. And that’s pretty cool.

Check out NYRR Virtual Races HERE. They are FREE to sign up for!

NYRR Virtual Turkey Trot – Pre Race Prep

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Virtual NYRR Turkey Trot 5k race as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!

Did you know Thanksgiving Day is America’s biggest racing day? The second biggest day is the 4th of July. We like racing on the Holidays! Working in the industry I know this. All of our holiday events are definitely our biggest events starting with our Thanksgiving race at 2,500 people. What’s crazy is that our event is that big even with a dozen other Thanksgiving events in the area! That’s 12 events (I counted) less than an hour from each other, and I can only assume they have about as many as us!

I have been working on Thanksgiving morning for four or five years now. (I know it’s for sure been at least four years, because I’ve always worked Thanksgiving since I’ve been with Ben, but it could have been one more year before that). For the past years, I have been assistant race director and pretty much done anything possible on the holiday morning: I’ve helped in the registration tent, coordinated the course volunteers, parking, pie cutting (yep! We do pumpkin pie on race day!), and more. This year, our head race director for this event stepped down and I’ve been “promoted” to Race Director of our biggest event of the year.

Oh the pressure.

Needless to say, I DON’T get to run on Thanksgiving. Well, I guess I could in the afternoon/evening, but no. Trying to do anything active in the afternoon of a race day as race director is challenging!

Growing up, my Thanksgiving morning tradition was eating warm blueberry muffins while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. When I first really got into the running scene, I did a few Turkey Trots for a few years. I remember doing one in Arkansas while visiting my Grandparents with my Dads and I’ve done a few different ones here in the Denver area. When I didn’t register for an official race, sometimes I would go for my own run around the neighborhood. While the calories burned running a 5k no where match what I consume on the holiday, it did feel good to get out before sitting down and eating the rest of the day.

While I do miss those mornings, I love being involved with producing a Turkey Trot; I get to help others have a wonderful family tradition. It’s whirlwind, stressful, busy morning, but it’s fun and rewarding. Since I don’t get to run with those other 2,500 runners, I was super excited to get to participate in the NYRR Virtual Turkey Trot 5k with other BibRave Pros!

I don’t know when I’ll run, maybe Friday or Saturday, but I’m glad I get to join the community in my own way! I get to pick my course and my race time and do my own Turkey Trot 5k.

The NYRR Virtual  Turkey Trot is produced by the NYRR Running Club. Yep, the same people that produce the New Your City Marathon. They have a whole virtual racing segment for people to join their community from around the world!

The virtual races are powered by Strava. Once I decide to run my race, I’ll track my race in Strava and will be amongst a ton of people across the country (actually WORLD) also doing the NYRR Virtual Turkey Trot!

They also combine this virtual racing platform to do good within the community:

With NYRR’s Virtual Racing platform you also have the opportunity to give back to the running community—no matter where you live. Proceeds support NYRR mission’s to help and inspire people through running and benefit NYRR’s free youth and community programs, including Rising New York Road Runners, NYRR Striders, and more.

And the best part is, it’s FREE. That’s right. You can sign up for any of the virtual races and be a part of the community for FREE. (All about swag? Sure, you can get a shirt or medal when with you virtual entry as well!)

More info on the NYRR Virtual Turkey Trot 5k:

Race Page
Virtual Racing Home Page

Check out the race I help produce: BroomfieldTurkeyDay.com