2nd Half of August (and 1st Week of September) Updates

It’s Football Season! Go Broncos!

Like a lot of bloggers, I do regular “updates” posts talking about what’s going on, keeping me active on the blog and general updates related to my blog (running and travel). Ideally, weekly updates posts would be relatable for people, but that’s too ambitious for me; I have tried this in the past without much success. So, I’ve been doing (roughly) twice a month. I’ll also have current likes, obsessions, books I’m reading, tv shows I’m getting into, updates with each job have, etc.


Holy crap. I need more hours in the week.  The end of August and September has been so busy between all of my jobs and house projects. I haven’t had a chance to do much blogging. I have a bunch of posts half written or ideas ready to go. Hopefully, soon I’ll finish them! You can expect to see a Fortitude 10k Recap, a couple running-related book reviews, and some gear reviews via being a BibRave Pro! Until then, here are some updates since my last updates post!

From the last weekend in August, I have had quite the packed schedule and haven’t had a day off, until today (Sunday).  I finished up August by race directing our Erie Half/5k for 3W Races and a couple of Cross Country meets. That put us into September with more cross country meets, more 3W Races work and more races to direct.

End of August
-Race Directed the Erie Half and 5k. It was a full day of running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
-I did get to work a really cool event for 3W at the end of August. A local health center (UC Health) was filming a commercial that involved creating a fake 5k race. The artistic director for the commercial wanted the “race” to look real and borrowed a lot of our timing and race equipment and I was needed to go set it up and take care of it! I was so enthralled and fascinated by the whole thing; seeing a film crew and watching all that goes on behind the scenes just to make a one-minute commercial is pretty crazy. I can’t wait for the final product to come out! And no, I didn’t get to be IN the commercial! My break into stardom comes later…… (in case you didn’t get it, this is foreshadowing for something later in this post!) 😉


-August 31st: Arapahoe Invitational Cross Country Meet. This was our first real meet of the season and was a true cross country course with grass, dirt, water crossings, etc! Our kids did great, many had personal course records, and our new runners getting their feet wet (literally) in the cross country world.

September
-September 1st and 2nd were very busy!
-On Saturday the 1st, we took the cross country team up to Leadville for a great race! This super fun course at 10,000 feet elevation brought a lot of hardware home for our kiddos. Our JV and Varsity boys teams took first, our Girls Varsity took 3rd and our JV girls took second! In three of the races, we had the overall winner and in the 4th race, we had the 2nd overall winner.

The Leadville Meet

-Then I high tailed it to Denver to set up a 3W Booth at Mile High Stadium for the next day’s expo/race.
-Then I high tailed it up to Longmont for my Mom’s husband’s 60th birthday party.
-On Sunday, I woke up early to work the booth at Mile High Stadium (not my favorite thing to do for my job) and then back up to Longmont again for a family dinner with my Mom’s side of the family.
-MONDAY was fun as I ran the Fortitude 10k! I’ll do a whole race recap, but I met up with my friend Katja and we ran the 10k “together.” She’s way faster, but we hung out at all other times. I ran it in 51:56 which isn’t a 10k PR but is the fastest I have run a 10k in a REALLY long time! I also randomly got pulled to the side to be on Channel 2 News for an interview! So, now, I’m TOTALLY famous! 😉

-And Tuesday, it was back to the grind at 3W and cross country; I worked in the office at 3W HQ getting ready for the Denver 5k in the mornings and then had to jet up cross country practice in the afternoons!
-Thursday and Friday were packet pickups for the Denver 5k and truck loading.
-Saturday was the big day; The Denver 5k! I’m used to race directing half marathons and a 5k is much more fast-paced, but it helped to have four other staff members there since our lack of volunteers would have shown! (Side note: no one wants to volunteer anymore for races! What gives!?)

Enjoying a post race beer with the crew and racers

And finally, I get a day off… but alas, I have to get off the computer and help on the house… say la vie!


New/current happenings in the world of Golden Mountain Guides:
Not much new, just trying to keep up with it all between my other jobs. It’s slowing down a little bit, but every weekend has been fully booked. I just wish I, personally, had more time to work on some marketing stuff.

New/current happenings in the world of 3W:
Not much NEW. As I said earlier, yesterday was the Denver 5k and next weekend I am race directing the final of a four race series for the Prairie Dog Half Series and then the next race that I’m working is the first weekend in October when I time the K9 Canter.

New/current happenings in the world of coaching:
Cross country season is in full swing with meets every week and practices every day (except Sundays). I’ve missed a few here in there due to my other jobs, and I hate missing them because I love coaching those stinkin’ kids, but you do what you have to! Our next meet is Tuesday down in Elizabeth, CO and then next Saturday (but I can’t go due to race directing) at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.


What I’m reading:
-I just finished up Kara Goucher’s “Strong” which was pretty good. It’s a little too hokey for me, but I get the main point and purpose (using the power of the mind).
-I’m now in the middle of “End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood” by Jan Redford. No, I’m not pregnant, but the book is about a climber girl trying to figure out her place in the world as she deals with life and death in the mountains. So far, I’m really enjoying it even though there have been some terribly sad moments.
-You can see what I’m reading regularly on GOODREADS! Give me a follow! 

What I’m Watching:
I haven’t been watching much lately. In my last post, I told you about my Disney Movies challenge. This week, I did get to watch a few oldies like “The Watcher in the Woods” (CREEPY!) and “Herbie Goes Bananas” (Not a good one). I’m into the 1980’s!

What I’m Listening To:
I finished up all the OLD episodes on the BibRave Podcast but have a few more of the latest ones to catch up on, but I’ve been taking a break and actually listening to the radio! Weird, huh?

What I’m loving at the moment:
Coaching. Those two hours of the day that I’m coaching are the only thing getting me through the weeks. During those hours, coaching is all I’m thinking about and getting to interact with the kids and share running tidbits and advice is awesome. Plus the actual time running lets me clear my head a bit (until the next kid asks a question) and relax.

What I’m hating at the moment:
Feeling SO TIRED! Everyone knows me as the tired person and I hate that. Maybe someday in my life, people won’t see me as always being tired.

Noteworthy:
I’m signed up for the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Challenge and you should do! There are two virtual races for the challenge, one in September and one in October. They are meant to be something to do with your dog, but you don’t have to have a doggie to participate. You get a medal for each race AND a challenge medal (and so does your dog!). Plus, part of the proceeds goes to the Best Friends Animal Society!
-Sign up and join me! 🙂 Use coupon code: BIBRAVE for 10% off!

Greetings from Washington, state that is. (+Updates)

Hello from Ellensburg – er….now I’m in Seattle. The Sea/Tac Airport to be exact. And I’m on my way home.

I have been in Ellensburg, WA for the past 4ish days visiting with some family. As much as the travel bug has been biting me lately, this was not on the list. Not to say it’s bad – just unplanned.

You see, my Grandparents live in Ellensburg which is about 1.5-2 hours east of Seattle. Over the last couple of years, my grandfather’s health has been declining, as what happens in life, but after a recent trip to the hospital, my mom and I decided to just make the trip out to see him.

So, last Monday, we bought tickets and on Friday we packed our bags and headed to the airport. Well, I’m sure my Mom packed her bags within reasonable time. I, being a professional procrastinator, packed the hour before leaving. No joke.

As much as I was looking forward to camping and a 14er hike with the boyfriend’s family, I am glad we finally got out to see my Grandpa because that is more important. I hadn’t been out this way for 6 or 7 years, although I did see my Grandparents at my Mom’s wedding a couple of years ago.

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It was a good, relaxing break from work. There wasn’t even WIFI (gasp!) so I spent a lot of time reading, watching football with Grandpa, coloring and watching the Disney channel with my cousins and hanging out with my Mom, Aunt and Grandma in the kitchen.

I even got in a run with my some special running buddies!

My Mom and two cousins!

My Mom and two cousins!

(Follow me on Instagram to see more pictures from my travels.)

Updates:

Since my last post from Oregon (geez, I need to get better at this blogging thing), I have been keeping busy as always.

-The day after I got back, I organized another one of my Brew Runs.

-I ran road Ragnar the weekend after returning from Oregon.

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-Went on a lovely date with the boyfriend to the Melting Pot….mmmmm…

-Volunteered at the Splash and Dash, a kid’s Triathlon.

-STARTED COACHING CROSS COUNTY AT GOLDEN HIGH SCHOOL! This deserves all caps because A) I have been wanting to coach here for a while, for many reasons but also B) Because this is quite a refreshing coaching job!

These kids are super motivated, really respectful to the coaches and each other, and just all around good kids!

If you’ve been following Racing the States for a bit, you would know that I have been coaching Cross Country at Arvada High School for the last two years (my alma mater). This year, the head coach left, leaving the spot open, but the athletic director filled it with a non-runner-teacher without posting the job. For gosh sakes the guy didn’t even know my name or realize he had another coach on his staff! Don’t even get me started on that guy/school….

Anyway, I was pretty bummed that I didn’t get the job, nor the opportunity to apply for it, but accepted the fact that I wasn’t coaching that season. However, on my friends coaches at Golden High School, which is conveniently in the city I live, and said there was a spot open…without hesitation, I say “DUH!” and started coaching the following week. IT’S BEEN AMAZING!

And yes, I still will be coaching track at Green Mountain High School in the Spring. Besides, Golden does already have a Jump’s coach.

Back to my updates….

-I went on my first backpacking trip to Conundrum Hot Springs in Colorado.

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-Went to a Cross Country meet that we did REALLY well at (the boy’s team took first and individually we had a 1st, 3rd and 7th place boys and a 1st place girl)!

The smiling faces of the Golden HS Cross Country Team!

The smiling faces of the Golden HS Cross Country Team!

-That brings us to last week, I had another Brew Tour run and got on a plane to Washington.

All the while I have been working my normal job, marketing at 3W Races, and at the recreation center in Golden. Hopefully it wont be nearly as long till my next post and I’ll be getting some race recaps finished up!

Sedona Marathon Training – Week 1 Recap

Wow. What an overwhelming week last week was! Luckily, my training is off to a good start! At least I think it is.

Marathon #2 Training – Week 1:

IMG_20131017_122722Monday: 4 miles, easy due. 2.77 easy with my cross country girls. This week was filled with easy miles for cross country because Thursday was regionals!

Tuesday: 1 hr fartlek due. 3 miles (about 30 min) fartlek. I actually called it short because I wanted to check out a cross fit gym that just opened by my house. It’s literally about two blocks away. I’ve fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to resistance training so I’ve been thinking about ways to motivate myself to add it in my weekly regimen again. Since the gym is so close, walking distance, I’d have no excuse to miss training days. But, when I got to the gym, they weren’t even open; Closed for lunch break! I did contact them by email and I’m still undecided.

IMG_20131022_163742Wednesday: Rest day! But I actually got in 2 miles with the cross country girls.

Thursday: The plan called for 2 miles warmup, 2 miles tempo, 2 miles cool down. I got in 4 miles at home. Kinda threw in a tempo chunk. Kinda. The cross country team I coach had their final meet this day at Regionals and then we all went out to eat as a team at the Keg (expenses paid!), a very nice steak restaurant!

Friday: 3 miles easy due, 3 done! Here in Colorado, we had a lovely, short snow storm that I drove through in morning. But being Colorado, it was done and over with by 10am, the sun came out IMG_20131020_224017and I had a wet, cold run as I ducked under sagging branches weighted down with the moisture.

Saturday: Rest day. I wish I could say my mind got a rest day. I was bombarded with un-needed stress and pretty much had a melt down!

Sunday: 8 miles due. 9 miles! And what a great run!! I haven’t felt that good and accomplished in a long time! I ran the entire 9 miles without stopping (despite minor complications – see this post) and felt good! And strong!

Week 1, total miles: 23.77

So, I’ve started marathon training, what about all of YOU? Are you currently training for anything specific?? Let me know!

Living Out of Bags

This is what the passenger side of my car looks like on a regular basis.

This is what the passenger side of my car looks like on a regular basis.

Everybody has heard the phrase “living out of their car,” right?? Well, I live out of bags. I’m always packing, unpacking, and repacking bags. Constantly. Everyday. This is what I do, it’s what I’ve always done.

I’ve gotten really good and thinking ahead about what I will need or want. Ever since I was a kid, I would travel between my parents’ houses and have to be really good at knowing what was already at each house and what I needed.

Now, I’m packing work bags, gym bags, travel bags, race bags, camping bags, hiking bags, going over to the boyfriend’s house bags…

And this means I own a lot of bags…but not in the girly-girl way of having 500 Coach or Gucci purses (did I even spell those right??). I have ugly bags, practical bags, bags that actually are useful and not for an accessory. In fact, I think I’ve had my purse for at least 4 years. No joke.

Actually, I’m barely girly enough to carry a purse, I never used to until well into college, but I learn the hard way that I tend to lose stuff if it’s not kept together in a Bag.

But, this is what I do. I live out of bags. Just today I had my work back, my purse, and my gym clothes bag (for my own workout). There was one weekend, as I was driving down to Colorado Springs, I loaded my car with my regular bag filled with clothes, my work bag, and a separate bag with hiking stuff because we had planned to go hiking. Oh, and my purse.

That’s what my life’s been for, well, all my life, but more so in the last couple years has it gotten to the point of multiple bags loaded into my car on just one given day.

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Seg-way in into what’s been going on lately; a little bit of an update.

I haven’t been too active on my blog because I have been trying to figure out my professional world. I have been getting slightly more hours with the bootcamp I coach and do administrative work for, but it still isn’t quite enough. After TONS and tons of interviews, I decided that I might give it a go at doing my own business. I knew it would be rough in the beginning, and it is, but I like being in control of my own ideas of how I want to help people and using personal training to do that. I don’t like the way big corporate gyms view fitness and health…but don’t get me started on that. We would be here all day.

While running around town and promoting my business one day, my boss from the bootcamp called me up and offered me a “promotion” of sorts. She wants to start incorporating personal training and semi-private training into her business; she, herself, just doesn’t have time for it. So, she asked me if I would like to help develop it. I’d even get to use my business name if I wanted. “OF COURSE”, I replied. So there you have it. So I’ll soon be helping with personal training, in addition to coaching bootcamps, for Camp MissFits, and I can still have my business for clients that don’t live in the area.

Let’s see, since my last major post was about volunteering at the Leadville 100, what has happened since then????

-> We started off cross country season with a “scrimmage” of sorts called the Arvada Sr. High School 7th Annual Alumni Race (say that 5 times fast). So it was all the high school runners I coach, the alumni and community. And I took 1st of ALL women!

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My t-shirt and my gatorade “award”

-> We’ve also had a handful of meets. I love every aspect of coaching, I really would love to see where this takes me, because I could see coaching as a major part of my life!

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It’s funny though, I forgot how far 3.1 miles seems to a high schooler. Every meet I get the same question: “How long is this race?” 3.1, it’s always 3.1!!! My girls are great, though. We have a fairly big team, although only half a dozen are dedicated and show up 100% of the time. Oh well, what can ya do? We don’t want to exclude anyone, so, we promote cross country as a way to stay in shape and keep the kids out of trouble; but at the same time, we’d love to see them really try and see how far/fast they can take the sport. It’s such a journey!

-> I’ve been additional helping out my cross country team by working the Bronco’s games to raise money for the team. If you live in the Denver area and go to a Bronco’s game, come support our team; were the beer stand at 552, and the Philly Stand is like 556 or something like that.

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watchin’ the Broncos warm up.

-> One weekend, the boyfriend and I took a fun trip to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

No, that's not a real elephant

No, that’s not a real elephant

-> Then drove up through the zoo to the Shrine of the Sun, or something like that, I can’t think of what it’s called at the moment.

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hehehe love this picture. Yes, he’s running from me. Typical.

-> I was supposed to run in the Area 13.1 half, but that was when all the flooding was going on, and even though the race was safe and NOT under water, the boyfriend had to work, so I decided to stay home, warm and dry, and help my mom work on her wedding stuff.

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What will be the party favor

-> This most recent weekend I helped my boss put on a conference. It turn out to be a great event; I really enjoyed myself in between actually working, and took away a lot of helpful info. It was a conference called Highway to Happiness; basically a motivational conference to “reset your mindset” so to speak. Five speakers: My boss (spoke on Mindset and achieving your goals), a professional speaker (spoke about being a powerful female leader), A comedian (bringing humor into your life to make it less stressful), a Financially Fit Female (it’s in the name: speaking about being financially fit as a women), and an ex army drill Sargent (spoke on being the best YOU).

One of the Speakers, Karyn Ruth

One of the Speakers, Karyn Ruth

-> Last, but not least, and most recent, it was also the boyfriend’s birthday this last weekend. I baked a cake (no, it was not a healthy cake), we went out to dinner and a movie (Insidious 2 was great and SCARY!), and the next day, drove to the top of Pike’s Peak, a 14er (no, we didn’t hike it unfortunately – it was really a spur of the moment event!).

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Being spur of the moment, Yes, I was wearing shorts and flip flops in the SNOW!

And that’s about a sum of the last month or so!

YOUR TURN: Let’s see, how about: What is the most fun event/thing/activity you have done in the last week!