Year in Review: 2017

IMG_1580I know I have been delinquent in my posts but I’ve been, you know, trying to LIVE the life.  I like to do an annual look back at the past year.  Here are my posts from 2015 and 2016 if you want to go down memory lane.

But 2017, without further ado…
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How I Get More “Nutritious Movement” in My Life

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“The notion that we must work intensely (read: do a lot of exercise) to stay healthy inside our zoo-like environment is not necessarily invalid, but it implies that there is nothing we can do about our captivity or that we’ve agreed to staying in our cage of comforts.”

Katy Bowman, Move Your DNA

When I read this quote about two years ago, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  In so many ways I felt that I was trapped in a cage, slowly dying in the captivity of the city and the concrete and my job and my routine.  “I didn’t agree to this!” I yelled.  I wanted to be wild(er).  This quote, and many other ideas put forth by Katy Bowman in her podcast Katy Says, set a lot of changes in motion (*pun*) for me, ultimately leading me on a search for “more” outside my cage… Long story short, I quit my law firm job and now I live in Boulder.  But I’ve made other changes too…

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Weekend Adventure Recaps: Skyline Traverse, Bierstadt Summit, Snowy Grays and Torreys Summits, Boulder Trail Runners Church Run

IMG_1396I am finally getting back into a groove after my move to Colorado and weeks of home improvement tasks.   I even when to Orangetheory this week for the first time in way too long.  It was tough — way tougher than when I was going regularly — but it was so, so good to be back.  Definitely planning to go more often, especially as we have these rainy and colder days of fall.  Maybe I’ll even do Hell Week this year… Anyway, the purpose of this post is to recap some (but not all!) of the fun running and hiking adventures I’ve had over the past several weeks: (1) completing the Boulder Skyline Traverse (previously mentioned  here); (2) summitting Mt. Bierstadt (our 2nd 14er); (3) summitting Grays and Torreys Peaks (our 3rd and 4th 14ers); and (4) joining the Boulder Trail Runners for one of their infamous Sunday “Church” runs.  Also don’t forget you can stay up to date on these adventures and much more on Instagram.  Let’s dig in…

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New Home Projects Update #1

IMG_1498About a month ago we bought a house here in Boulder, Colorado.  There are a lot of things I really like about the house, including the space (4 bedrooms!) and the backyard and that it’s in Boulder.  But I didn’t love all of previous owners’ design choices, so I quickly set to work towards making the place ours.  We still have a long way to go, including knocking down a wall, removing popcorn ceilings (and related asbestos and/or lead!), and doing a total remodel on the master bathroom.  We also haven’t begun to decorate the master bedroom.   There are also some improvements we want to make so that the home is more efficient and better insulated.  And we want to paint the outside.  And we want to add solar panels.  And… Anyway, first things first…

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Boston Marathon Registration, My Next Race, and More RP News!

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Hi all!  I know I’ve been out of it for the past several weeks on this blog, but I’ve been moving to Boulder, starting a new job, buying a house, doing all kinds of home improvement and decorating activities, etc. etc.  I haven’t been running a ton, but I did do the classic Boulder Skyline Traverse a few weekends ago (mostly hiking, admittedly!), swept a portion of the Never Summer 100K, and have done some cool hiking in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  Photos and other updates available on Instagram.  Now that I’m fairly settled in Boulder, I’m finally getting focused back on races!  MOST IMPORTANTLY…

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Big News! Also, A Week and a Half Until Mt. Hood 50K

img_2212If you follow me on Strava or Instagram, you might have noticed that I haven’t been doing a ton of running lately.  I had the Bayshore Marathon a month ago, and then the Ultimate Direction Golden Gate Dirty 30 the following week (my first ultra! — here’s what I ate and wore).  Since then, I’ve been in recovery/rest mode and adjusting to the heat of the summer.  And eating Hello Fresh.  But I have some news!

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Hello Fresh Vegetarian Meal Kit Review

Ain’t nobody got time to make dinner, and that’s why I’ve been trying out and writing about meal kit programs such as Green Chef (organic, vegan option; referral link available at end of that blog post) and Blue Apron (vegetarian option).   We liked Green Chef a lot and were less impressed by Blue Apron.  Most recently, we tried another popular service, Hello Fresh.  Here’s the review…

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What I Wore, Packed, Ate, and Carried at My First Ultramarathon

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Last weekend, I ran the Ultimate Direction Dirty 30, a 50k race in Colorado.  Read about it here.  As promised, this post is all about those pesky logistics of ultrarunning:  what to carry, what to pack in a drop bag, what to eat at aid stations.  These are things I’d never given much thought to during a road marathon, and they seriously stressed me a little bit for the ultra.  I think I did a pretty good job packing and eating, so here we go…

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Ultimate Direction Dirty 30 Recap and Review ((Ultra)Marathon 24, State 19 — Colorado)

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This past weekend I completed my first ultramarathon and and am no longer a trail runner wannabe!  This was the first time in a very long time that I’ve gone into a race with serious questions about whether I would even finish, but *spoiler alert* I made it!  I will separately write a post about what I wore, carried, ate, drank, packed, etc. for this ultramarathon in the mountains, but here are the normal post-race deets…

Race:  Ultimate Direction Golden Gate Dirty Thirty

Location:  Golden Gate Canyon State Park, Golden, CO.  Approximately 45 minutes from Boulder or Denver.  The race occurs between 7,500 to 9,500 feet above sea level.

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