Updates, Races (Running and Working), and Crazy Life Antics

Oh dear! It’s been awhile! My last post was…….when!?! Holy crap, the beginning or March! And I’ve only posted six posts this whole year. The whole year? THE WHOLE YEAR!? Oh dear.

I really would like to call myself a blogger, but with that reputation, I don’t know if I can!

I am chalking it all up to my new(ish) job. I love, love, LOVE  my job (with 3W Races), but I am on the computer for most of of the day working, so when I get home, the last thing I want to do it sit on my computer again! That’s the only reason I haven’t blogged in awhile. Well, that and I have literally no free time.

But I miss blogging! I really do! It’s the creative part I miss and getting to tell my stories because lets face it, no one listens to them in real life!! 😉

I know I have few posts since the beginning of the year, but let’s just start from the beginning… It shouldn’t take too long…

…..Well, I have been pretty busy…

Silly games at the 3W Ambassador Party!

Silly games at the 3W Ambassador Party!

January

  • The First 3W Ambassador Meeting/Party to welcome all the 2015 ambassadors! I got to help work and participate since I’m both an 3W Ambassador and an employee!
  • 1st in my age group!

    1st in my age group!

    Resolute Runner 5k by 3W Races (I actually ran it, I didn’t have to work it!)

  • “Arctic” Prairie Dog Half Marathon and 10k – Worked as volunteer coordinator (my first time doing this!)
  • A Six Pack Series Race (5K) from 3W Races – Ran and got 1st in my age group! 15 seconds shy of my PR.
  • Frosty’s Frozen 10k – Worked at a 3W booth to promote our upcoming events.

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  • Heart Throb 5k – Ran!
  • Silverstein Concert (my favorite band!)
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    Sledding in Boulder!

    Joined a volleyball team

  • Snowman Stampede – worked at a 3W booth again
  • Sledding with the 3W Crew!
  • Pre-Season track started (I’m an assistant coach and I coach the long jump and triple jump at Green Mountain High School)
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Erin Go Braugh 7.77k

March

  • The track real-season starts
  • Dream Catcher Half!
  • I helped create and start the 3W Run Club – The Brew Tour (first Tuesdays of every month!)
  • RRCA Coaching Class

    RRCA Coaching Class

    Erin Go Braugh 7.77k by 3W Races – RAN!

  • RRCA Coaching Certification Class!!!!!! (I passed my test in April and I’m now a certified run coach!!!)
  • Last snowboarding adventure for the season, the New Belgium Scavenger Hunt at Loveland Ski Resort
  • Became a SKIRTS SPORTS AMBASSADOR! Woot!

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We have a lot of fun at the ambassador parties!

We have a lot of fun at the ambassador parties!

April

  • Dan + Shay Concert – My first country concert
  • “Spring Fling” Prairie Dog Half, 10k and 5k – Worked as Volunteer Coordinator, again.
  • Bunches of track meets…
  • I MOVED! If you’ve been following me, I just moved to Golden back in September, but this time I just moved houses. I still live in Golden, just in a better, less-smelly/creepy roommate, kind of place (it’s a looooooonnng story).
  • Lots of trail running!
  • Another fun ambassador party/meeting!
  • Volbeat and Anthrax Concert

Woah. That’s a a lot. And to think, that’s just the highlights! What has May brought me so far? Glasses (just call me four eyes), 3rd place in my age group at the Women’s Classic 5k, Regional and State High School Track Meets, The Colfax Marathon Relay (today) and lots of work with 3W Races!

Colorado Women's Classic

Colorado Women’s Classic

Work Updates –

Yes, in recap, I’m still working full time for 3W Races doing a lot of marketing and a little bit of race production…. It’s great to be a part of the behind the scenes for a huge passion of mine!

Yes, I was still coaching track at Green Mountain. It just finished up yesterday and we have a banquet on Monday.

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Yes, I still work at the City of Golden Rec Center doing group fitness and personal training.

Yeah, I know, it’s a lot!

Other. Random, Stuff –

I’m now a Skirt Sports ambassador!

I am now a RRCA Certified Running Coach! Hooray!

Running Specific Stuff-

I have still been running. Although, I keep going through phases of hard-core training and feeling un-motivated. I got really sick right before I moved, so I had taken quite a bit of time off, but I’m back at it!

What’s next from Racing the States?

-I am making a vow (to my Dog, he’s sitting right next to me) to post more regularly! You’ll see race reviews/recaps (up next the Colfax and Women’s Classic), places to run, upcoming events (with discounts!), Skirt Sports #REALwomenmove campaign and more!

-Today, I ran the Colfax Marathon Relay again with the City of Golden, just like last year!

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-Bolder Boulder is NEXT week!

And that’s pretty much an update on my life. 🙂 I may not have been keeping an active blog, but I’m very active on Instagram! Follow me to see all my daily adventures!

Is it seriously JULY!?! (Updates)

I cannot believe it’s been over a month since I’ve last posted!

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I’ve even gotten a few new followers during that dead time. To those of you, Welcome! I swear, I do actually write a blog. Ideally, I would like to post at least once a week, and if I had time, more often. If you’re new, I write about all things running related: my training, my work (I’m a personal trainer, coach and group ex instructor), race recaps, group runs, places to run (in the Colorado area), book reviews on running, movies on running, traveling (when I do actually get to travel, hence the name “Racing the States”), and the occasional zombie topic (that’s not a joke. I love zombies).

Um, where to start…..where… to… start…that’s the question….

How about right from where I last left off.

My last post was my Bolder Boulder Recap….and so much has happened since that post (or even that race!) The Bolder Boulder actually took place on May 26 and I didn’t post about it until June 9th. Before that, I had updated you on my crazy life circumstances.  You can update yourself HERE if feel so inclined.

Since that month and race, I’ve done so much (running related) things it’s ridiculous. And a lot of non-running related things as well.

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The weekend after the Bolder Boulder, I took the Track and Field Level I Coaches Certification class. I thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot. Finally, as in yesterday, I sat down and took my test and passed! I am officially a Level I Track & Field Certified Coach!!

Then I did the Ragnar Trail Relay (I actually have MOST of that blog post written, I just haven’t finished the last little bit. You can expect to see that soon).

10351893_699423573426033_2397878816282477511_nThe weekend after that, I did the Father’s Day  Classic with 3W Races….where I took 3rd overall Female!!! WOOT!

The weekend after THAT, I was the warm-up trainer from the gym I work at for a different local racing company called All-Out Multisport. That was a flop. No one wanted to warm up with me. I kind of expected this because if you are like me, you already have your own warm up routine or you don’t warm up before races. That’s how the running community is. That’s what we do. Their concept of wanting a warm up trainer at all of their events is foreign to me, but I still will do it (as long as I’m working at this gym) because it could possibly open up business opportunities for me.

I also did my first double-digit run for marathon training that weekend (yes, I am marathon training. There’s a few reasons I haven’t written about it; one being that I don’t want to psych myself out about it – and I probably just jinxed myself). I actually had lovely company with a special friend for this sunset run, followed by delicious homemade food and hot tub. A lovely running date, if you ask me! (HINT: If you want to date a runner, this would be a WONDERFUL date idea!)

Olympian, Kara Goucher and myself

Olympian, Kara Goucher and myself

I attended a few Run Groups in the last month (the Boulder Running Company Wednesday nights and Bentgate Run Club in Golden Tuesday nights) where I saw Kara Goucher and Scott Jurek speak! I even got to run with Kara ….. for about a block until she passed me! And I spoke with Scott Jurek about his upcoming races and told him that I met him when he wasn’t looking so hot at last year’s Leadville 100 when I was volunteering. I used to own his book, but I had lent it out to a friend and never got it back. I wish I had it for him to sign! DANG IT!

And after that, the next weekend, I ran two races and did a pub crawl. The first race being with 3W, the Neighborhood fun run on saturday. Followed by the Surf’s Up Pub Crawl in Denver where I was one of the group leaders. It was a total blast! Then on Sunday, I randomly decided to run the Heart and Sole 10K in Boulder, CO….where I achieved a new PR (my last one being two years old). Since I am indeed marathon training, I needed more miles, so I found some company to get five more miles in. All followed up by pool party!

Somewhere in there, I got some outdoor climbing in! YAY! Love climbing!

IMG_0200 2That now brings us to the most recently passed weekend, 4th of July weekend. I spent four days in Snowmass, Colorado working for Kashi at the Wanderlust Festival. If you haven’t heard of Wanderlust, you should definitely check it out. It’s a yoga/outdoor activity/music festival. I mostly worked and didn’t get to participate in any of the yoga stuff, but definitely a fun experience. I got to go hiking, running, and enjoy free concerts all weekend in addition to making money!

And my last, but not least, running related event took place yesterday. I did the Westminster Road Runner Sport’s Adventure Run. It you have one of these in your area, you should definitely check it out! For one, it’s free. Two, simply, it’s a blast! You get a map emailed to you right at race time (or at the event, they hold up a map), and you run to as many check points as you can to get raffle tickets. At the end, you place all your raffle tickets in the bucket and they raffle off tons of prizes! It was a lot of fun, and I got in about 5.25 miles. With stopping at the check points, it was almost like an interval run!

You can expect write ups on each of those events. Duh.

Career Updates:

I am still working at Prestige Fitness, but only barely. Being a personal trainer in the summer is hard!! I’m really having trouble establishing a client base. I am working hard at it, but it’s just not paying the bills, hence why I take random jobs like working for Kashi for a weekend.

There’s been a lot going on with that, I’m really re-thinking what I want to do/be when I grow up… and when your boss tells you “to doll yourself up” to sell training, you may re-think being a trainer as well. That elicited a lengthy debate on my Facebook page!

I have a lot of moral dilemmas pushing people hard to spend money on something so expensive, even though a lot of them need the help health wise. There’s got to be a better way! Before I get too involved in that topic, I’ll move on…

I am still at the City of Golden teaching a handful of group exercise classes, and I am hoping to get on board again this year and help coach cross-country.

Other than that, I still pick up random promo gigs (like the Kashi thing), and I’m thinking about other things (like teaching…maybe!) for the future.

Yes, having summers off is persuading the possible teaching career. No joke.

Yes, having summers off is persuading the possible teaching career. No joke.

Personal-ish life updates:

Just kidding! I’m not going to write about that here. You can check out my dating blog for more info on that…..JUST KIDDING, I don’t write a dating blog, but if I did, you would get lots of laughs! I would call it….”Chronicles of: Just how many frogs DO I have to kiss before one turns into a prince!” Is that too long of a title?

What’s up next? This weekend I need to get in a 14-ish mile run at some point, but other than that, I have no official plans! Which is a WONDERFUL feeling, let me tell you! This is a first for a really long time. Maybe I’ll climb, maybe I’ll try SUPing, or maybe I’ll just sleep all weekend!  My next race coming up will be with 3W and its the Prairie Dog Half! Unless I decide to run another random one.

 Your turn: What have YOU all been up to??? (I do actually read your blogs, but for those of you that I have yet to discover, let me know)!

The Bolder Boulder – 2014 Post Race Recap

BolderBoulder2014ERLogoBolder Boulder 2014! What a day that was! What’s it been? Two weeks and some change? I haven’t had a day off to do nothing in…I don’t even know, so it feels like it was a really long time ago. But, I’m going to try to recap it like it was yesterday…

Like I said in the pre race review, the Bolder Boulder is quite the race. I do actually really like it. I love the atmosphere, the course, and the after party stuff. The only thing that I absolutely don’t like is the people, er the AMOUNT of people.

I’m a strange person in general, my friends will probably attest to that. Sometimes I can’t keep still and I’m super social. Actually 90% of the time, that’s the case. Lately, however, I’ve been so tired, stressed and busy, I want to just keep to myself. But those wants get conflicted with my love of other things, i.e. races.

Ambassador_Badge-1I received a free race entry to the Bolder Boulder from 3W races, so obviously I’m not going to turn that down! But there was definitely a tiny voice in the back of my head that didn’t want to deal with the traffic and the throngs of people.

Remember, 50,000+ people come to run this race. If you have a qualifying time, you can start your run sooner and thus not have to deal with AS many people. I didn’t provide a qualifying time, mostly because I forgot to send it in, but I’m also wondering if I even had one (it had to be within one year of the race date) and I think my previous 10K time is two years old.

Anyway, I was scheduled to run at 8:11 am. Meaning, there was TON of people in front of me. The wave I was in is called the “non-qualifying runners/joggers.” I do really wish people would be honest when registering for times, because I was already dodging walkers within a half mile. Seriously.

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a sea of people

I had already decided that I wasn’t going to race for time, that I was just going to enjoy the experience, but after sitting in traffic for a bit longer than I wanted to, I was already in a “I don’t want to deal with crowds of people mood,” Like I said, they happen sometimes. (Little bit of race info: the Bolder Boulder has a deal with the local transportation system, even from Denver, and has plenty of “park and ride” bus stations to get you to and from the race. I had to work at the Boulder Spring Creek Festival right after the race, so I had to drive that morning so that I could get home after working. Otherwise, I’m all for carpooling it there, which is how I’ve done it the other times I’ve run this race!)

My random photographer from the crowd wasn't very good! oh well!

My random photographer from the crowd wasn’t very good! oh well!

I parked my car near where I had to work, which is also near the END of the race. Unfortunately, that put me about a mile and a quarter from the START of the race. So what’s one to do? Run, of course. I jogged the mile over to the race started and called it my warm up. Actually, I’m pretty sure I should make my warm up this long all the time, because I had a pretty good run.

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Pre run

I lined up, popped my music in my ears, and just zoned out. That helped the “not wanting to deal with people” mood. Then, my wave was off with the start of a trumpet. I set into a nice comfortable pace, and enjoyed my surroundings. There is a band or performer on just about every block. Even in the neighborhoods people are blasting their stereos out the windows and cheering us on from their front lawn. It’s quiet an awesome experience.

For bands, I’ll pop my music out of my ears and cheer and throw my hands in the air. There’s one turn in the course that has a HUGE stage, but this year unfortunately, the band was on break, so I have no idea who was playing. I don’t blame them. If they were to perform straight through, they would be playing for 4+ hours.

I took to a nice comfortably pace that still made me feel like I was working hard. I would stop to take a few pictures where I thought you guys might enjoy seeing something (like the slip and slide!) but otherwise, I was enjoying the run.

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Eventually, with about two miles left, I ran into a fellow 3W Ambassador with her bootcamp ladies (she owns a bootcamp company called Mountain Girl Fitness). I stopped to say hi and walk with them a bit, then decided to go on my way making sure to hit every sprinkler and family spraying super soakers as I could – It was turning out to be a HOT morning!

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Eventually the CU stadium came in sight and I knew the end was near, not that I was wishing for it, in fact I was feeling great!

I charged up the last hill (for being such a huge, popular race, the course is actually pretty challenging if you’re running for time – there’s a lot of hills). Around the last corner, you enter the stadium, and the feeling of satisfaction hits you! It’s quite thrilling to run into the stadium. There’s already a ton of people waiting in the stands, either for their families or people who have already finished. The noise is loud and incredible and if feel likes they are cheering just for you. You can’t help but throw your hands up as you cross under the finish line!

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Breathing hard, I exited the finish line coral, let the volunteer cut off my timing chip and grabbed my lunch pail (Bolder Boulder always gives the post-race goodies to you in a sweet, iconic lunch pail. If you’re a runner in Colorado, you bring your lunch to work in this sack).

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The was a dozen or so 3W ambassadors running the race, so I set out to find some before I had to walk over to work. We took a picture with the few of us there at the time (we have our fingers up on both hands for 3W, get it? 3 – W??) And that was that! I went to work and stood on my feet for 8 more hours! Yes, my feet were  very sore for the following week!

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I wish I could have stayed, after all the waves have run, the elites get their chance at the course. Once they’ve charged through in a time that laughs at all the other runner’s time, there’s a great Memorial Day Celebration afterwards with a fly over and paragliders! It’s worth seeing and super touching, even for someone like me who doesn’t like feelings. Then you can explore the fitness expo after wards that has a ton of schwag to pick up at a bunch of booths.

The Bolder Boulder is definitely worth doing, for anyone. Coloradans and out of towners – this is a must-do race!

 

Bolder Boulder – Pre Race Preview

It’s been less than a week since my last race. And I’m still on cloud nine about it. Mostly for the mere fact that I seem to have reclaimed my running motivation.

I have kept my training runs this week pretty minimal just to recover from last weekend and to stay fresh for Monday because I will be running another race!

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The Bolder Boulder! Easily Colorado’s most popular race, but they claim to be America’s most popular 10K. Anybody who is anybody runs this race. Ok, just kidding. That’s not the case, but it has been quite the social gathering versus a race.

BolderBoulder2014ERLogoYou ready for a small history lesson? The Bolder Boulder was first run in 1979. The inaugural race started with 2,200 participants! The following year, participation doubled, and since then it has continued to grow and grow until nowadays there are about 50,000 runners (That’s a lot of people! To put this in perspective, the Boston Marathon attracts between 35,000 and 38,000 and the NYC Marathon attracts about the same, around 50,000)! A lot of big races these days of the “wave” system. The Bolder Boulder is no different; it takes a lot of time to get that many people through the starting arches! The “wave” system was started in 1983 to give all runners equally competitive chances. With start times from 7am all the way until after 9:30am.

I will give the Bolder Boulder this: It definitely combines ALL types of runners. There is the competitive runners, like me, that aren’t elite, but still care about their time. There’s the social runners that only show up to say they did the event and spend most of the time jogging/walking/drinking the free beer along the side. And, after all of those people finish the race, they release the Elites. While everyone is sitting in the CU Football Stadium, on the big screen they show the Elites racing down the same course we all just trotted along. They finish the 10k is a time shorter than my 5k. It’s ridiculous.

bolder boulderI actually love the Bolder Boulder. 90% of it anyway. I love the course and I love how you finish in the stadium and just because everyone is chattering, it creates an echo that sounds like they’re cheering for you as you come in! I love that neighborhoods get involved having the same things every year (slip and slide house, Doritos house, marshmallow house…and the beer houses). What I don’t like is the crowd. Now, they have a bazillion different waves. The faster you can run a 10k (with proof) the sooner you get to run, thus, less crowds. I have yet to get a non-crowded run time. This year, I would have been able to register for an earlier wave, but I didn’t send in my 10k time in a timely manner. No pun intended.
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I’ve done the Bolder Boulder three different times. The first year was in 2010 with a good friend of mine, Joanna. I joined her and her family and we ran together for the 6.2 miles. This was right after my first half marathon and the racing bug hadn’t quite bitten yet. Nevertheless, it was a great time.

The second time I ran it, it was with a guy I was dating at the time. This was before I started my blog, before I really go into racing. But, I was regularly running, and that guy started running with me. We would “train” after both of us got off of work, and run the streets that we grew up on (he and I had gone to the same high school, way before we even dated). That neighborhood is pretty hilly and definitely prepared us for the challenge of the Bolder Boulder. I remember my goal that year was under 60 minutes, but I think we ended up running in 60:02; so close, yet so far!

97705-4423-003fThe third time I ran it was a year after that. It was after I started my blog, after I really started racing, and after I knew how to push myself and train better. I ran it in under 55 min (not my PR. My 10K PR was achieved after that at a race in New Mexico). I ran it “with” my friend Theresa, but I was really concentrating on my time and met her before and after.

Last year, I did not run the Bolder Boulder. It was the day after my first marathon. I was kinda sad, because I was getting in the tradition of running the race, but I knew that it wasn’t a good idea after running a marathon (my FIRST marathon) and then sitting on a place for a cross-country flight.

This year, I wasn’t going to run it due to finances. That really bummed me out, BUT you’ll see from this post that I have regained my motivation and thanks to the lovely people at 3W Races, they somehow got a handful of Bolder Boulder entries for us and now I’m registered! Super excited!

I’ve been debating on if I have any goals. That sounds silly. Basically, I’ve been debating between trying to have a really good time and get close to or beat my PR, OR having a really good time running just for fun, stopping to take pictures and participating in the festivities.

There’s a few things to consider. 1. I just ran a really good race last weekend, and I really want to see what I can do with a slightly smaller race, an actual 10k. 2. But my start time is 8:05am, and that would put a lot of people in front of me, possibly making my attempt harder as I have to dodge people. 3. If I were to go the fun route, I would love to have company, and I’m not sure who of all my 3W friends have registered is going the fun route. 4. I have to work at 10:30am, after the race. I’ll already be in Boulder, where I’m working, but if I go the fun route, will I have time to change/clean up after the race??? That is the dilemma!

What would you guys do??

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Related:

Bolder Boulder Website

Bolder Boulder – Post Review (2012)