The Colfax Marathon – Relay – Post Race Recap

downloadWhat a weekend! I’m still exhausted! I’m even exhausted just thinking about it!

What a great event. I am extremely pleased with the whole experience. To the Colfax Marathon Coordinators: You guys put on a great event!

I nervously anticipated the start of the Colfax Marathon Relay – the Government Cup (say that five times fast) for days before Sunday. I really wanted to start my team off well and I really wanted to make a comeback into the running world. I’ve been battling injury and motivation issues for quite a while now; going back and forth between loving and hating just not loving the sport. The night before, I nervously talked my boyfriend’s ears off about running, made sure to eat well and took time to form roll. I was determined to do EVERYTHING right before the race.

I work up that morning at (GASP!) 4am. Brutal. Although, I can’t complain too much, as I wake up at that time for one of my clients twice a week. Ick.

I tried to get my mind and body moving. I poured my coffee, made my breakfast (that I only ended up eating half of due to the butterflies in my stomach), and took both items to go in my car (open coffee mug to boot). I didn’t want to be late and I needed to find a parking spot. This is a HUGE event in Denver, and I knew parking would be rough. I lucked out and found a spot on a near by residential street.


I finished my coffee, walked over to the race start in the brisk morning air. I still had about 45 minutes until start time. I took the time to warm up efficiently (a jog, high knees, butt kickers, and a few other dynamic stretches). Not wanting to leave the warmth of my sweats behind, I reluctantly walked to bag drop to get ready to line up. With 10 minutes to go, my stomach nervously twisted in my stomach!


“What is with me!?” I thought, “I’m a veteran runner, here. I shouldn’t be this nervous!” But I really wanted to do well. The national anthem was sung, and we were off! I trudged on, focusing on my pace, my breathing and the music in my ears. I put one foot in front of the other and sure enough by mile 1, I was running at a comfortable 8min/mile pace! I felt great! I was confident I could stick to that pace!

Each mile maker I passed increased my confidence; not feeling like I had gone the distance listed. With Mile High Stadium in sight, I pushed it into high gear! I was feeling great! No aches or pain! My lungs were strong! It was wonderful!

The crowd split between the full marathoners and the relayers. They went left, I went right. A course marshal called out my bib number as I enter the hand off zone. I had never met my hand-off person, and I ran right by her. I had to back track a few feet once I found the bright yellow shirt. Then, she was off!


I checked my watch….. Remember what my goal was? 60 minutes, right? I made it 6.4 miles in 53:35!!!!!!!!!! Although, I stopped my watched a little after the handoff, so I thought it was 54:14…and was still ecstatic. Then to find out when I got home I was even faster!? Thrilled!


I grabbed some snacks, hopped on the RTD Bus back to the start, and waited around. And waited…and waited… I had about 2 hours to kill until the rest of my group would join me at the finish line. The downside was the waiting time. The bright side was that I got to see all the booths sans the crowd!


I walked around to each booth, got some free swag, learned a lot about local non-profits and charities, petted some adoptable pound puppies, and watched runners as they finished.

imagesOVERALL: 5/5!

I loved every minute of this event! It was put on very well. The course route was excellent (at least what I saw and what I heard from others). The people were great. The expo was great. The after party was great. Just great great great great great! I think next year, given I still work for the city, I would definitely still be down to run the relay again. I don’t see myself quitting this job, but you never know. IF for whatever reason I’m not able to do the relay, I would totally do the half. I would say the full, but honestly, I think when I do my marathons, I want to do them in other states, or with a more scenic, unique routes. The Colfax marathon is right down all the streets that I drive everyday. I don’t think I want to run that full marathon. But a half, or part of the full, I’m totally down for! To boot, the half goes through the Denver Zoo!

Race organization: 5/5

I’ve already said it a million times, this event is very well-organized from the start to the finish. From the expo to the after party.

Cost: ??

I’m not sure. I honestly don’t know how much the race costed. I fortunately got to run for free thanks to the City of Golden. For how well the event was put on and the swag we got, I’d wager to bet it’s worth the cost. With the entry fee, we got a t-shift (which is super cute might I add), the medal of course (which came with a charm to put on a necklace, the chain we got in our packet pick up), a Colfax Marathon Relay sticker, coupons to various things and restaurants around Denver, a free beer for after, BBQ lunch after in addition to the normal water, bagels, and snacks at the finish line, and since the event was sponsor by Kaiser Permanente (a health care system out here), there was a whole Kaiser section at the after party which had a contest for sweet water bottles (which I didn’t win), free exercise bands, smoothies, AND a whole bunch of fresh produce, as in fruits and veggies, for runners to go “shopping” through and take. Pretty awesome!


Post Run: 5/5

There was all those booths set up as I’ve mentions, food, beer, music, big grassy area to hang out in. It was all excellent.

To top it all off, I had more company at this event than any race I’ve done. Obviously I got to hang out with my relay team and we celebrated with victory beers, but there was another City of Golden Relay team from Public Works, two marathoners and one half marathoner, all sponsored by the city. There was also a handful of 3W Ambassadors there (one running her FIRST marathon that day), and a handful of my friends were volunteering at the local charity booths! I meandered around for a long while after the race, even after my team finished and finally left around 1pm to go home and crash on my bed.


My Race: 5/5

I set a goal to run my 6.4 miles in 60 minutes, which actually meant I needed to run under 10 minute miles. Now, I haven’t raced in a long time, and I wasn’t quite sure what kind of pace I could pull out. But I figured that goal would keep my motivated. I ended up running it in 53:35! Which, if you do the math, is about a 8:30 pace! I’m pretty proud of my time considering I’ve been battling injuries and motivation issues! But, I think with a race like this, I’m back in the game. Mentally and physically. Actually, I didn’t have any pains during the race! And post race, my calves were cramping a bit but that’s about it! The day after, I was a bit sore, but that’s normal!


So, the relay teams are in a couple of categories. There’s the open, for pretty much anybody that wants to run in a relay. There’s the government cup relay, for teams through city/state jobs. And there’s a corporate cup relay, for basically the same thing, just not a state job. For both the government and corporate cups, the top three teams in the women’s, mens and coed teams get money to donate to a charity. Unfortunately our team didn’t win any prize money for our charity, which was the Golden School District. We placed 7th out of 26 female teams, I believe, with a total time of 4 hours and 6 minutes. I guess last year the same team (minus me, of course) placed 3rd. This year, the team ran faster, but apparently there was a lot more fast-ER people who enter the government cup. Too bad!


Above all, we had fun! We were running in name of charity at a great event! I don’t think I have a single bad thing to say about this whole event, except maybe the unfortunate witness to the aftermath of someone having lost their bowels on the race course. No joke. Poor runner!


Read this heart warming story about the “average Joe” that won the marathon! LOVE IT!


2012 – Post Year Recap!

WOW. It’s the end of the year already!? I don’t believe it. Nope.

So, let’s say it IS actually the last day in 2012. IF it is…then it’s time to look back on the year.

Is anyone else like me, and when the end of a year comes, you feel like it came way too fast and there was so much stuff you wanted to do?? Well, the good news is: the world didn’t end, and you always have next year. This year was a slightly different feeling for me. I sat down to think about the past 12 months, 365 days (was it a leap year? I don’t remember..), and my brain first wanted to think…ugh, nothing accomplished…BUT WAIT!! I did SOOO much this last year! I even went through all my old pictures to recount the memories. I’d like to share my Post 2012 Recap with you, running and the non-running parts.

Here’s a bunch of pictures to entertain you before I jabber on:

My Post Year Recap:


I completed 14 total races!!!! I was super excited at that number! My favorite was probably the Crazy Horse Half in South Dakota. My least favorite was probably the Missoula Mile….BUT only because of the length! The trip and event itself was a blast. Most challenging: Horsetooth Half, hands down. Easiest: actually, I’m not sure! They were all challenging in different ways!

I finished 7 states so far. Now, it’s not that many to some people who have similar goals, but 7 is a lot to me. Especially considering I’m funding this myself and struggling financially. I think my “competitors” have it a little bit easier in that regard. Jealous? Yes, I am. I wish I had the money to fund my project and had the time to take off more. But I do what I can and I know that when I do complete my goal, I will feel all the more accomplished.

I made a bunch of PRs! My new Half marathon PR is 1:51:37 accomplished during the Crazy Horse (and as I’m writing this, I realized I didn’t up date that on my “about me” page). My new 10K PR is 51 minutes flat. And my 5K turned out to 24:15. I look forward to trying to beat these again in 2013.

I attempted to run a marathon…but we all know the story with that. I did make it to the 18 mile mark in training. Which, running 18 miles is quite the accomplishment in itself.

Other Physical Activities:

I fell in love with snowboarding and ventured in the mountains as often as I could.

I also completed my first 14er!!! In fact, I did do this year: Mt. Bierdstat and Long’s Peak. I’ve live 99% of my life in Colorado and this was the first year I climbed up 14,000 ft!


I started this blog this year…and I’m having a blast with it! Sometimes I get busy and it’s not my priority, but I still love it. And I love all the blogs I read and my regular readers as well (I love ANY reader actually) – it makes me feel cool.

Some of my favorite posts were: Horsetooth Half Marathon – Post Race Recap (which was also my most read), Running With Dogs, Mt. Marathon, Women Runner’s – Please Be Carefull! (I believe this was my most shared post), and Need Some Zombie Motivation? (this was the most fun to write, for me).


I’ve been through four jobs this year!!! UGH! I was at an emergency clinic as a veterinary technician starting this year and due to hostile work environments, I quit. I then worked at a holistic vet clinic for a bit, and because the other technician was a…rude person to say it nicely… and I wasn’t getting enough hours, I choose to take another job that made me lots of false promises. This vet turned into the worst situation ever, and I had to leave for my own ethical reasons. This whole round of horrible jobs lead me to completely switch careers, turn my back on being a vet tech, and go to school to become a personal trainer. I’m pretty sure this was the best decision of the year.


I’ve said it before, I have no desire to write a dating blog, even though I think I would have some fantastic stories to share with the world,  so I’ll keep this brief. I was in 4 actual, what I would call, relationships this year. Not sure if that’s good or bad. I’m definitely not sad about it now. They didn’t work out for one reason or the other, and that’s all there is to it. It’s nothing to be sad about, just is. Period. I am going into a new year single…for the first time since I was 17 years old. lol Weird. I didn’t think of that until now. But, I’m ok with that! I really do need to figure out what I need/want from life before I sucker someone along to join me.


I love my family. I think I’ve gotten a lot closer to my immediate family in the last year! It’s pretty awesome to have have an awesome support team – figuratively and literally!


This has been an interesting year in that regard. I’ve definitely learned who my true friends are, probably not in the most desirable way, but at least I know! I’ve lost a few friends, probably for the better. But I’ve gained, not a lot of friends, but in the quality of friendships. I have some of the best friends anyone could ask for. I always say that I would rather have a few GREAT friends than have a lot of decent friends. I have a track record of picking friendships (and relationships) with people who don’t treat me so well, but I’m glad that I have found the few who like me for who I am and are supportive and caring – they know who they are! I also got asked to be a Maid of Honor in a wedding for next year. Probably one of the nicest compliments someone can receive.


I give this year a rating of: WEIRD. There was some fantastically, awesome, wonderful moments. But there was also some horrible, awful, disappointing moments. I accomplished a lot, but I also feel like I am starting at the beginning in some a lot of aspects. I guess 2013 will definitely be a new beginning in more ways than one.

I learned a lot this year. In the literal sense: cooking, starting school, starting new jobs; and in the other sense: about myself and people. I literally DID a lot. I don’t sit still. In fact, I’m pretty exhausted. But I have no intention of slowing down!!! I have so many plans and ideas I want to get started on! A new year is perfect place to start. Actually, I’m starting it off by having out with friends, new and old and running in a 5K tomorrow morning.

I hope you all have a Happy (and safe) New Years!!

Tuesday Newsday – 11/6

First off: GO VOTE!!! I don’t care who you support, but everyone’s vote counts and matters.

Anyway, I’m going to keep this short and sweet – hopefully!

I think my marathon training is back on! Last week, after my 16.5 mile run on monday and my foot “injury”, I took it easy, hoping my foot wasn’t seriously injured. I tried running on Tuesday, but it was still super painful.

Here’s what my week looked like:

Monday: 16.5 miles

Tuesday: 0.25 miles! Hahaha, and this when I cried out to the blogging world about my training mishap.

Wednesday: Rested and GRE (I got my scores back from the quantitative and verbal reasoning – I am smack dab in the middle, average. Still waiting on my writing scores). Halloween. I did this:

Yep, that’s me. I may or may not have a beer in the left hand.

And if case you guys are unfamiliar with zombie films…those guys are dressed up as Umbrella Corporation soldiers…from Resident Evil. This picture is pretty awesome. Just sayin’. Look up Resident Evil if you have no idea what I’m talking about.

Thursday: New job OFFICIALLY begins. Not good. Bad, bad, HORRIBLE decision.

Friday: Work – Why do I have such bad luck with the work force!? Guys, this is awful! I feel so stupid for quitting my last job! I’m really not this fickle/hard to please, I swear…this new job is a mess – and I had no idea when I accepted it. The week I started, the owner fired the lady that suggested/hired me, took back all the promises she made me regarding hours and pay, and is asking things of me and my co-worker that we can’t do or are untrained to do. Her business is awful, and she has horrible quality of medicine (DO NOT take your pets to her if you live in CO). This all blindsided me…she had a whole different story when she offered me the job, so, NO, I did not know any of this going into it and feel like I burned bridges getting here.

Sorry for that outburst. I did trying running again this day. Since I got off after dark, I ran 5.5 miles on the treadmill at the gym. No pain!!! I was ecstatic!

Saturday: Rest day/Mess day at work. Does that rhyme?

Sunday: Guess what!?! I did 18 miles! Thanks to all of you who commented on my last post! You all gave me the motivation and encouragement to keep going!  I’m sorry I didn’t reply to you all, I promise I will, but all of you have awesome suggestions and said basically the same thing. The running/blogging community is awesome. I may make some bad decisions in the work force, but joining the blogging world was a fantastic decision.

My 18 mile run was alright. I made it halfway without walking. At the turn around, I walked, ate some energy chews, fixed my shoes, drank water and then picked my pace back up. I did walk a little bit on the way back, but that’s ok, right? You know, I had my normal distance aches and pains that everyone gets, but my foot pain didn’t return….until the next day! WTF!? The WHOLE run: nothing. No pain on top of my foot. The rest of the day, post-run: no pain. Went to bed: no pain. Woke up: wtf, my foot hurts! Super strange. Not sure what it is. I have been doing the tennis ball rolling trick and that seems to help ease the pain, but not alleviate it altogether.

Anyway, I’m still going to keep on with training and plan to do my marathon (assuming my foot is normal). But this week, I have some pretty important decisions to make about my career….I’ve been thinking about a career switch….involving health and fitness….I’m considering becoming a Personal Trainer! My idea: Become a personal trainer, get my running coach certification down the line and also eventually get my masters in nutrition INSTEAD of conservation biology. Thought? Questions? Concerns? For those of you that are already personal trainers, can I ask you questions??? 

So much for being short and sweet.

Tuesday Newsday 10/30

So, I don’t know how to explain this….I feel like a complete idiot. And frankly, I don’t even want to put this in my blog, but I have to.

Here it goes: I’ve been behind in marathon training by about 3 weeks. I have no idea how it happened, it just did. I must’ve counted wrong way back in the beginning when I picked my starting day and never checked it. I just assumed I counted right, and went on my merry way. I think I must’ve been counting only 16 weeks back instead of for the 18 week training program I selected.

Don’t make fun of me TOO much.

SO, here, I thought I was on week 10, but as I was looking at the calendar I noticed that November starts this week, which at first I was like, WOW only a month away from my marathon…..

…But then I started realizing…if I was only a month away, I should be doing my 20 miler soon….and that’s not right, I just did a 15 miler a couple weeks ago…..

Sure enough, I counted, re-counted, and triple counted about 500 times and I started out horribly wrong.

In actualality, I am SUPPOSED to be on week 13 of my training. UGH.

Am I allowed to blame this oversight on my level of stress from work, the GRE and life???

So, needless to say, I was feeling pretty down…and I was contemplating giving up. Here’s where I need all of YOUR help! Has anyone else done this, or am I the only silly one? What would you guys do? Give up? Aim for another marathon?? I really want to do this one…but I’m scared I physically wont be able to.

This is where I’m at running wise last week, based on where I thought I was:

Monday: Rest day. I did rest; this day was leftover-feeling-sick day anyway.

Tuesday: 4 miles. Complete.

Wednesday: 7 miles – not compete..12 hour shift at work

Thursday: 4 miles – not complete…12 hour shift at work..AGAIN. And I don’t run at night, by myself. My neighbor isn’t the best for alone running at night…. Hint, hint: I need a running buddy.

Friday: Rest day, but I did 4 miles. Yes,  I ran actually.

Saturday: rest day.

Sunday: Was SUPPOSED to be a 17-miler…but when I got home, and put on all my running stuff, I was checking my calendar and that’s when the realization hit me that I was completely behind. So, It crossed my mind that maybe I should just do the 19 miler that I was due for if I had counted right. But by the time I figured out what was going on, I ran out of daylight, and frankly, I don’t want to right in the dark, by myself. I’m scared to. So, I ran 4 miles instead.

Feeling pretty defeated and down about it all, I ended up getting Monday off from work as well (mostly to study) but I decided to challenge myself and see how far I could run.

That brings us to yesterday: Monday, I ran 16.5 miles (I walked the remaining half mile back home, so technically I did 17 miles, if you want to count that) but I hurt my foot pretty bad. AHHH! I literally was crying part of the way home. The top of my right foot was killing me! I’m so worried that it might be a stress fracture….so I took some anti-inflammatories, and iced it, hoping for the best. So, now, on top of being behind on my training schedule, my foot was hurting.

I woke up today, not as sore as I thought I would be from the actual run, and my foot doesn’t hurt to walk on at all…but then again, yesterday it didn’t either…only when I was physically running.

Here’s my idea about training, assuming my foot is un-injured: Pick up from where I’m supposed to be..if I started correctly. That means this weekend I would attempt a 19 miler, then the 20 miler the following week, and then taper….

So…HELP! Give me some motivation…or advise…what would you guys do??? Should I just continue training from where I’m supposed to be??

Lastly, the GRE is tomorrow…and I’m extremely nervous for it…but afterwards….I’ll be dressing up like this again:

Sexy Zombie??

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!! Stay safe, and eat lots of candy….Oh, come on, you’re all runners! You can afford to eat a piece or two…or 10!