1st Half of August Updates

I know it’s way worse in the Pacific north-west, but this is our air quality for the last few weeks here in Colorado. It’s gross and makes running outside way more difficult.

Like a lot of bloggers, I’d like to regularly do “updates” posts talking about what’s going on, keeping me active on the blog and doing general updates related to my blog. Ideally, weekly updates posts would be relatable for people, but that might be too ambitious for me. I have tried this in the past without much success. So, twice a month to start, I’m going to try to keep some updates including current likes, obsessions, books I’m reading, tv shows I’m getting into, updates with each job have, etc.

If you’re up to date from my last updates post, you’ll know we are officially moved into our new place. It’s been quite the adjustment as we are still in the middle of renovating and basically living amongst boxes in two of the many rooms in our new house. It has been nice being closer to main downtown Golden and we have been walking around a lot when we go out to eat or just want some ice cream at the local shop, Golden Sweets.

The good news:
-Our office is officially done and almost set up in terms of unpacking the office boxes!
-Our bedroom is ALMOST done. We have stained and finished the floors and are working on the baseboards. Once that’s done we’re done with that, we can move all our bedroom stuff in there!

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The bad news:
-The next big room(s) to work on will be the living room and the bathroom. The living will be tough, especially with animals, as it is literally in the MIDDLE of the house and you have to walk through it to get to anything else. When we start that, we will literally have to walk outside and around the house to get to each side. Plus, the animals add a whole other level. We need to have someone watch the dog while we do the living room (DAD!?!)
-The bathroom, and thus the shower, can’t be worked on until the living is done because we have to walk through the living to get to the bathroom. Urg.

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Making lemonade out of lemons:
-Becuase we don’t have a working shower, we have been using our gym membership at the local climbing gym, Earthtreks, to take showers. I feel really weird going in there without working out, so, I’ve been working out a ton more! After cross country practice, I’ll head over the gym, do some strength training or rock climbing and then get my shower in. Healthwise, I’m feeling great, looking great (I guess), my running is getting easier, and I’m actually getting to climb a lot; something I haven’t been able to do for a while. Schedule-wise, it’s a pain in the butt because I then get home a lot later than I’m used to.

The first half of August was just normal as I adjusted to the new living quarters and cross country season started, but as the month has gone on, it has gone exponentially busier. I did get a chance to meet up with a friend of mine and hike up to South Table. It was nice to catch up with her and get in a hike, even if it was just across the street from our house.

New/current happenings in the world of Golden Mountain Guides:
We hit a tiny bit of a slow down with school starting but then it picked right back up this week. Earlier in the month, I helped guide a group of ladies for an Intro to Rock Climbing clinic. We also had a free clinic last Wednesday on Self Rescue techniques that should pull out some clients! Marketing for the win!

New/current happenings in the world of 3W:
The first half of the month was just normal 3W work and timing one of our races, but starting this weekend, it’s about a month straight of race directing and/or marketing events every weekend.

New/current happenings in the world of coaching:
The season officially started on August 6th and we practice 5 to 6 days a week. We’ve been hitting the streets and trails pretty hard but we also like to throw fun things in there like our water relay!  Our first scrimmage/meet is this weekend with our own fundraiser event, the Ram Run 5k on August 25th. I, unfortunately, can’t be there since I have to load a truck for a race for 3W, but I’m excited to see what the kids can do.

YOU can participate and help our program out! REGISTER here for the local event in Lakewood, CO or do the RAM REST (basically a “virtual” or a way to show your support and get a t-shirt!). Just put you want to support Cross Country!


What I’m reading:
I just finished up “Let Your Mind Run” by Deena Kastor. I highly recommend this for runners! It was a great read about resetting how you talk to yourself and ways to motivate yourself. I am already using pieces from this book and applying it toward my coaching. I also just finished “Dragon Teeth” by Michael Crichton. I am a huge fan of Michael Crichton and this is the third book to come out after his death. This book wasn’t my favorite of his, but it was still a fun read about the old west and the hunt for dinosaur bones!

What I’m watching:
Um…. we haven’t been watched much tv/netflix at this week, mostly because we moved the computer into the office finally and haven’t set up the tv. I do put on movies in the background while I work on stuff sometimes and for the past two years, starting at the very beginning, I have been watching every Disney movie. Yes, seriously. I’m up to the 1970’s and this week I watched Hamad and the Pirates and The North Avenue Irregulars.

This goal was started after a trip to Disneyland and I became fascinated with the Disney corporation as a whole. Actually, I’m not the only one that does this! While searching for some of the old movies, I came across a Jess! She’s an aspiring movie director/producer and is also watching every Disney movie and started a YouTube Channel to track and review all of them! Check her out and follow Every Disney Movie Ever; she’s adorable and educated about film/movies. I love her reviews and comments on the actual movie quality, new techniques, and overall movie opinions.

What I’m listening to:
I’m still trying to get through all of the Bib Rave Podcast! I’m almost there (I have a 30-45 min commute to work, to job #2 of the day and then home)! One I really enjoyed lately was about ice baths and icing in general! This hits close to home for me as icing chronic pain/injuries is a very common practice of our athletic trainer at the school I coach for and most studies these days are saying icing daily is actually preventing healing. I’m of this belief too and this trainer’s practices with our athletes is becoming a point of contention!

What I’m loving at the moment:
My Lush solid shampoo and conditioner. Since we still don’t have a shower at home, we’ve had to shower at the gym. I found an amazing product…a solid shampoo and conditioner! It’s easy to transport, better for the environment (no plastic waste), and lasts a really long time! Here’s an article on solid shampoos and conditioners. I found out about this product from a travel blogger. Even once our shower is done, I’ll probably keep using these. The company as a whole is amazing:

Noteworthy:
I’m running the Fortitude 10k in about two weeks! Check out my blog post on why I’m excited. Join me on Labor Day in Fort Collins! Use coupon code: WWINF15 to save $5!

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.

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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.

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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! 

Colfax Marathon Relay – Pre Race Review

downloadWhen a lady that regularly attends my bootcamp classes at the City of Golden Rec Center asked me if I wanted to join the Colfax Marathon Relay team, I said yes before she could even finish her sentence!

A couple weeks ago, I was asked to join the corporate relay team because one of the team members had to drop out. This “bootcamp regular” is an employe of the City of Golden and the relay team is paid for by the City, so it’s a must that it be an employee that runs it.

CCM12_UUT_transparent_smallWell, wouldn’t you know, I AM a city employee! I was really excited. It’s the corporate cup relay of the Colfax Marathon, a very popular race here in Denver. It’s a whole weekend of events. If we are to place, the winnings will be donated to charity. Last year, the City of Golden team took third – no pressure or anything!

Tomorrow morning, at 6am, I’ll be lining up for the first leg of the corporate cup. We’re called the Golden Foxes and will be sporting yellow shirts! Yesterday, I went to the expo and picked up my packet which was at Mile High Stadium (Sports Authority field – where the broncos play). The expo was nice, organized and not as crowded as I was expecting from the last time I was at a running expo. (When I did my first marathon, I was in an unfamiliar place, with no friends or family with me and the expo was chaotic and crowded. I nearly had a panic attack and had to sit down in a empty lobby for a moment. It was not fun). This expo was neatly laid out, and plenty of fun booths to visit and lots of workers to direct you to where you needed to be.

Let alone was the swag bag for the race pretty awesome, but the booths had some fun things for sale and to give away. I won a sweet water bottle from a yoga booth!

While meandering around, I ran into a few fellow 3W Ambassadors and we had some fun before we all had to go our separate ways.

3W Ambassadors!

3W Ambassadors!

I’m really excited for this race. Like, REALLY excited! I haven’t been this excited for a race in a really long time. Which is a GREAT feeling! I was beginning to wonder where my love of running disappeared to!

I want to try my best and push hard for the team. I’m feeling pretty confident and ready! I am the first leg of the relay, starting it off with a 6.4 mile run from City Park to Mile High Stadium. I let my team know I should be there in an hour, which is my goal: 60 minutes or under.

I’m really looking forward to the thrill of a big race, pushing hard, and of course the festivities after (free beer, duh). I have a lot of friends that will be running, working/volunteering at a booth, or helping a disabled runner. Expect lots of pictures, instagrams, tweets and Facebook posts, friends!

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By, the way, this is my first blog post from my phone. Please excuse an potential formatting or english mistakes. I write this as I wait for the next event at the Colorado State Track Competition!  I’ve been assistant coaching high school track and field (mostly long jump and triple jump) for Green Mountain High School and we have a bunch of athletes in multiple events competing!

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