This Just In! – Colfax Marathon Relay Update

images-2It’s been about a week and a half after the Colfax Marathon Relay I did. At the time, it was thought that we paced 7th in our division (women’s relay of the Government Cup), and thus not earning any money for the charity we ran for.

Easlier this week, I received a lovely email from one of my teammates….

It turns out there were a few teams ahead of us that had one or more men on their teams and were disqualified! How they figured that out, I’m not sure.

That means we took 4th! And we get $1,000 donated to the Golden Schools Foundation!

The Golden Schools Foundation supports academic excellence in the eight Golden Neighborhood Articulation Schools so that all students in these schools have the opportunity to maximize their potential. We seek volunteer and financial resources to support our programs that enable us to fulfill our mission.” For more info on the Golden Schools Foundation, click HERE.

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skirt-sports-half-5k-toyota-logoKeep in Mind, the Skirts Sports Half and 5K is this weekend. It’s not too late to register! Use code 3W20SKIRT for 20% off!

8256582And June 5th, the 6 Pack Series starts! A great package for beginner runners or a great deal on six 5K races, with a option of doing a 10k as the last one! Click HERE for more info. Code: WHITNEYV15 for 15% off.

race7338-logo.btlnGkLastly, the Father’s Day Classic 10K, 5K, and 1 mile fun run is June 15th. I will be doing this one, so come join me! I’ll be running the 10K trying to place in my age group! I’m pretty motivated. YOU, yes you, should register for it. Click HERE for more info. Code: WHITNEYV15 for 15% off!

First Run is set in stone!

Horsetooth Reservoir

I always get nervous about registering for races too far in advance… It usually freaks me out. For one, races cost a fair chunk of cash that I could definitely use on something else or save because most, if not all, are non-refundable. Also, I start thinking about the future, and the future freaks me out! What if I get injured? What if I can’t get that day off from work? What if I have a different job? What if I’m out of town? What if I’m sick? AHHH!! I don’t even know what I’m doing next week, let alone next month!

BUT, I did register for the Horsetooth half which is April 22nd. This will be my first run for my states series (even though I’ll probably do Colorado A LOT until I move).  I’ve done this race before, two years ago, but I chose it as my Colorado pick because I think it represents the state well. It’s located in Fort Collins which is where I went to school, so I have a small kind of fondness for the area. There are 3 HUGE hills to climb up, starting right in the beginning. The race starts at the stadium for CSU, and you literally go up! The scenery is beautiful, as you run along Horsetooth Reservoir. And, It ends at New Belgium Brewery, which has delicious local, Colorado beer!

When I last did this race, I trained for a half marathon, but I didn’t train hills. It wasn’t the up-hills that got me either (though, I was pretty slow climbing them) but rather the downhills from controlling my speed and catching my steps. This time, I think I’m good on the distance part, but really need to get some hill work in.  If anyone has tips on good hill drills, please let me know! I hope to beat my last time of 2 hours and 12 mins (which I feel is pretty decent for my first half), I think this is doable since I’m in a lot better shape that even two years ago.

Take a look at the race: http://www.horsetoothhalfmarathon.com/index.html