2015 In Review

(Please excuse as typos or grammar mistakes. I really wanted to get this post out before I left of a vacation adventure! So, I didn’t have much time to edit!)

Hello all! I know it’s been awhile, but I’m still here..I’m alive! Returning to the blogging world just in time for a 2015 Review!

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Oof. What a mess. I feel like 2015 was kinda of messy…I don’t know what happened. I’m not saying it was a bad year, not at all, just that if you look straight at my New Year’s resolutions, I didn’t get much done! Or at each individual aspect of my life, running in particular, it’s just messy.

In reality, I did A LOT this year, and 2015 was GREAT OVERALL!

Looking back at 2015…the fine print…

Here’s the resolutions I set at the beginning of the year:

PR for the Half Marathon Well, that didn’t happen! I ran TWO half marathons this year and was no where near a PR.

-I would love a PR in the 5K as well. Nope, not this either! I ran a ton of 5ks, but no where near a PR for me!

-I want to ramp up my running fitness, get back in to what I call “half marathon shape.” This happened, but not 100%. I definitely changed my running fitness and trained like I never have before, but definitely not to “half marathon shape.”

I want to run at least 1000 miles. I ran WAY more than I did in 2014, but not quite 1000. My total for 2015 is 733.32, plus or minus about 25 or so miles. If anything, I would say I missed a couple in my log book. That’s pretty close! 

-I want to start adding in some speed workout to my regular running routine. I definitely did this! Especially once I started coaching those Golden High School kids!

-I GOTTA get a new state in this year! DONE! Checked off Oregon with the Huckleberry Half Marathon!

Huckleberry Half

Huckleberry Half

I want to regularly strength train. 2x/wk. This was off and on for me through out the year. 

Get back into climbingEasy to do when you start dating a climbing guide…

Work hard with 3W Races. Check. I feel like I put in a valiant effort at this job! 

-I really want to post more often on my blogThat’s a negative. While I didn’t 100% neglect my blog, I still didn’t regularly keep it up.

Knock off another 14erDANG! Guess I’ll have to do at least two next year!

Visit TWO places in CO that I have not been. Conundrum Hot Springs and Grand Junction!

Conundrum Hot Springs

Conundrum Hot Springs

Actually, that’s not too shabby. It’s mainly my running goals that didn’t get done….

Looking back at 2015, OVERALL, the REAL stuff….the stuff that matters…

Here’s a little more detail into what I did all year:

Running: I started of the year with big goals in mind. I never actually reached any other those goals, but I’m not disappointed at all. I ran more when I felt like it rather than because I had to. I did a ton of racers, randomly, here and there, mostly with the company I work for, but a few just on a whim. I knocked off a ton of 5k’s and two half marathons, one being in another state. Later in the year, when I realized I wasn’t going to be coaching for the same school I coached Cross Country with last year, I kinda of got bummed and didn’t get in shape for the cross country season. Then, out of the blue, I got a call from a good friend to coach at Golden High School (which is actually the city I live in now), and was ecstatic! BUT, I wasn’t as nearly in shape as I wanted to be! But, I ran and trained with the kids, pushing as hard as they did! I got fit, fast! At the end of the season, I had some weird rib injury and after taking a week off, I lost my running motivation…the weather got colder, and I just don’t know what happen. I plan on hitting 2016 with a rejuvenate running spirit.

Running in the Colfax Marathon

Running in the Colfax Marathon

Blogging: Well, I love this blog, I just literally ran out of time. I was busy between all of my jobs, one being on the computer a lot, which left me not wanting to stare at a computer screen when I did get free time. I really want to revamp my blog, the look, the theme..everything in 2016.

Relationships: Ooo, I like this topic…finally, for once in my life! I started off the year in strange, “I-don’t-know-what-we-are” type of relationship. While we had great times together, I knew we were on different pages, so I ended things. Shortly after, while being on a sorta-of-date with a friend, I ran into my crush co-worker. 😉 We hung out that night, exchanged numbers…our first date was about a week later (rock climbing, of course), and the rest if history!

That's the boyfriend!

That’s the boyfriend!

Career: WOAH! Finally, I had one full time job for a WHOLE year! I got hired in November of 2014 by 3W Races doing marketing and race production. It’s been a blast! It’s great to actually get paid for something you love very much (i.e. running). I did a lot of marketing, volunteer coordinator for our big races, promoting at run clubs and going to other races to promote our company. In addition to 3W, I have still been personal training and teaching group fitness classes (including the TRX) at the Golden Rec Center as well as coaching Cross Country at Golden (fall) and Track & Field (jumps coach in the spring seasons). Yes, it makes me very busy, but I can’t let go of any of those part time jobs because frankly I love all of them and well, it helps pay my debt off faster (student loans).

That's me, in the pink, working at a race!

That’s me, in the pink, working at a race!

In between all the BIG stuff (see above), I had plenty of other adventures all year long….

January– Ran the Resolute Runner 5k (third year in a row), Started back up as a 3W ambassador AND employe (being both got a little bit technical, but all around fun). Ran one of 3W’s Six Pack Series events (first in my age group).

FebruaryRan the Heart Throb 5k with my mom.

March– Ran the Dream Catcher Half in Grand Junction. Ran the Erin Go Braugh 7.77k (third year, I think). Got certified as a RRCA Running Coach! Started the Brew Tour run club with my job.

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April– Saw my first country concert (Dan + Shay). Celebrated my birthday (28!). Became a Skirt Sports Ambassador!

May– Helped coach Track and Field at Green Mountain High School and watched some of our kids at the State meet! Ran the Women’s Classic 5k (placed, but can’t remember what..). Ran the Colfax Marathon Relay. Ran the Bolder Boulder.

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June– Ran the Beer Relay (SO FUN!). Ragnar Trail Relay in Snowmass. Met Started dating a wonderful guy (we had already known each other). Ran the Father’s Day Classic. Saw Joan Jett in concert!!!

July– Camping, hiking and lots of climbing! Went to Portland and ran the Huckleberry half!

August– Ran Road Ragnar. Did my first backpacking trip to Conundrum Hot Springs. Joined a fantasy football team. Started coaching Cross Country at Golden High School.

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September– Visited my Grandpa in Seattle (RIP), Went to London! And Paris! Ran the Tough Mudder. Ran the Race for the Cure

October– Took some amazing athletes to the Colorado State Cross Country Meet. Had fun at the Chilli Cook off in Golden. Spent wonderful time with the boyfriend.

The girls team at Regionals!

The girls team at Regionals!

November- CSU v Wyoming game. Rail Road Museum. Spent an awesome Thankgiving working a race and then napping and eating and napping with the family.

December– Ran the Fa La La and got 1st in my age group! Had an amazing holiday season with my family and the wonderful boy’s family.

I’m sure there’s a few note-worthy events I have left out, but that gives you an idea of my 2015. Overall, amazing. A couple sad moments (my Grandpa passed away and a month later my cat passed away). A lot of wonderful experiences, adventures and great company.

Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!

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September Updates

Oh, it’s been awhile…but all for good reason!

Let’s see if we can get organized here…

I last updated you in August, right before I headed off to Ragnar Relay.

10628490_726775990690791_5668219240384764260_nRunning Updates:

I completed Ragnar Relay – CO, you can check out Part I and Part II. After Ragnar, I have run a few races. I did the Skirt Chaser in Westminster. That was a BLAST, but I haven’t recapped that race yet. I will for sure!

At the end of August, I was the warm-up trainer for the Runapooloza, but didn’t get to run the actual race because I had to zip off to the Mutt Strut, the 5k that benefited the Arvada Cross country Team, whom I coach for.

That puts us into September, and as you saw, I did the Area 13.1.

Following that, I volunteered at the Patriot Day 5k and 10K for 3W Races. And finally, last weekend, I actually ran the Fall Priairie Dog Half with 3W and lets just say, it wasn’t a good race for me. The event was GREAT. My race was not. I will recap that soon.

imagesRunning – Training Updates:

I’m not sure if a lot of you know, but I WAS training for a marathon; pretty much for the whole year it feels like. It was a prolonged training plan for a few reasons. I was aiming for the Bismark Marathon which would have been last weekend but I had that crazy knee pain/injury stuff a few months ago. That combined with the fact that the friend I was also going to visit was having her family visit that same time – that just sounded too hectic to me. I then picked the Route 66 marathon, giving me some extra months to build up mileage again, but after running last weekend, I decided I am over it. I haven’t had a chance to collect all of my thoughts on this yet. But basically, I am NOT going to run the Route 66. This means I probably wont get any new states under my belt for 2014 nor marathon #2. I’m not really ok with this fact, but A) Finances have been extremely tight this year and B) my body is just too stressed from life that running wasn’t going well. Running was losing its fun. So, since I had won that Key West Half in January, I am going to shoot for a serious training plan and aim for getting a respectable time at that race! I like the idea of a short distance race right now. Training for that is much more manageable.

14923_10101713735157993_6153590363402329482_nCareer Updates:

A few new things to report here! I am still coaching Cross Country over at Arvada, and well, we wont get into that too much. Let’s just say the sports culture at that school is not what I would like it to be. But I do have a few kids that I’m rooting for – those that keep me coming back!

I am still doing a lot of promotional work. I did indeed work as Mr. Peanut at a Walmart convention…and it was a BLAST! I’m still waiting to receive those pictures. I picked up some regular gigs with Two Mom’s in the Raw (a local organic/granola company) as well as a ZumXR (an endurance athlete’s energy drink! You HAVE to try this stuff! You’ll understand where I get all my energy from). I want to tell you more about these companies in a future post!

10649440_10101761597291893_582227580228055102_nThe big thing to report: I have been hired as Personal Trainer and Running Coach at a new gym in Golden, CO called Novera Fitness. It literally just opened and is not a traditional gym. I can’t wait to actually start working there!

AND I have been working as a group exercise instructor at the City of Golden Rec center and have been officially hired as a personal trainer there as well!!! I’m really excited about this one – I really like working there! I already have a couple clients waiting for me!

In addition (yes, there’s MORE and yes, I am very busy but I like it and need the money), I started substitute teaching – as in at high schools! I have thought about using my Zoology degree to be a biology high school teacher, and I thought subbing would be a good way to see if I like it (plus, I make decent money doing it).

I think that’s all the jobs I have to report…It’s hard to keep track because I have so many! I would never survive without my planner. (oh yeah, I was also house/pet sitting a couple of weeks ago too)…

THE BEST UPDATE:

But the main reason I have been slacking a little in the blogging world is because….drum roll please…

golden.coloradoI MOVED!!! I MOVED!!! I MOVED!

Depending how long you have been following this lovely blog, it has been a goal of mine to move out for a few years now and I have made a new year’s resolution to do so for a while. However, this last weekend, I finally made it happen! I was living at my family’s house in Denver since, well, pretty much college graduation (I’m 27 – don’t judge me!). The original goal was to save some money and get my own place. Due to some unfortunate bad luck with jobs and then a career change and more bad luck with jobs, I wasn’t able to do that.

There’s many reason why I wanted to get out of the house, none of which I would like to recap here, but the gist is that I just knew I would be less stressed and more comfortable on my own!

So, I moved out and to Golden, CO! I’ve only been here a week and I LOVE it. I mean, I’ve been working here since the beginning of the year and I have a few friends that lived in the area already, so I was pretty much hanging out in downtown Golden every weekend. PLUS, it cuts about a half hour of my drive to the mountains…Hello snowboarding season made easier!  But seriously, Golden is so awesome. The town is adorable and the people are so nice!

I have two very nice new roommates that I get along with very well. The idea of non-family roommates scared me at first. Through college I had a series of different roommates. Most of which did not work out what-so-ever. My last year in college I roomed with four crazy boys and it was the best situation and super fun, but I had no idea what to expect with trying to do the roommate thing again! I’ll keep you updated! But I’m sure it’ll be fantastic. We’re all pretty similar – at least very active and on the same page socially.

And that’s about it!

Whew. Pretty exhausting listing it all out!

Yes, this is Lisa and I at the Skirt Chaser. Not the most flattering picture, but super hilarious!

Yes, this is Lisa and I at the Skirt Chaser. Not the most flattering picture, but super hilarious!

LAST NOTE! 

A very good friend of mine is running the Chicago Marathon in a few weeks. She is raising money for Girls on the Run. Here is here story:

“Girls On the Run is a non-profit that empowers every girl to embrace who she is, to define who she wants to be, to rise to any challenge, and to change the world.

Together, let’s support young ladies in the Chicagoland and Denver area to run toward positive esteem, a healthy lifestyle, and that natural runner’s high we are all addicted to! Money raised will go directly to the Girls On the Run program, and will allow me to run the Chicago Marathon 2014.  This is an incredibly important race for me in a town that embraces my spirit…this is why I run!

Everyone who donates $10.00 or more qualifies to win raffle prizes.  Please visit my public Facebook page to see photos/description of prizes.  Drawing will be held as soon as $1,000 is raised and names will be drawn at random for prizes.  If I don’t already know you, please include your name and contact information on the donation form so I can get your prize to you if you win.”imgLogo

The website to donate is HERE. And more information on Girls on the Run can be found HERE.

She only has a little bit left to reach her goal! She asked me to reach out to you, my lovely blog followers to help support her cause! If you do decide to donate and get entered into her raffle, make sure to provide your contact info so she knows where to sent the raffle items too, and let her know Racing The States sent you!