If 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!
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…
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.
Regular Athlettuce readers will know that I have been spending part of each week in beautiful Colorado for work. I have been packing my mornings and evenings with amazing group runs. But Colorado offers another perk that I can’t find in DC: indoor skiing. That’s right, folks. I introduce SNOBAHN!
Next month I’ll be running the Kiawah Island Marathon, which will be my 20th marathon in my 15th state! (Nice round numbers.) I’m hoping to keep the momentum going after Chicago and come home with another PR as I inch my way towards that coveted BQ… Here’s my training plan, plus what I did this past week — my first week of real training.
We don’t have bears in DC. We don’t have mountain lions. And we don’t have “curious coyotes.” But Colorado, my part-time home for the next few months, has all of the above. Oh, and rattlesnakes! Thus, I have sought running friends! Here’s where you can find some too if you live here or come to visit. (Please check these running groups’ FB pages and websites before showing up for a run; I will try to keep this current but make no guarantees about the continued accuracy of these schedules.)
I have been totally delinquent — too busy watching the Olympics (eventing!!!) to blog. Oh, and running and hiking (Billy Goat, Old Rag) and sleeping and OTF-ing and reading some awesome books (Into Thin Air (read it twice in row…), How Bad Do You Want It, A Walk in the Woods) and listening to the Ultrarunner Podcast and watching awesome documentaries (Meru and Sherpa) and modern dancing and trying my darnedest to eat reasonably healthy. Busy busy but mostly good stuff! Training is going well for Mesa Falls, and Chicago is just around the corner so I am working on my A-race mentality and getting all the pieces in place to give myself the best shot at a PR/BQ. Oh AND I entered the Big Sur lottery. Slim odds, but as they say, if you don’t play you can’t win. But the BIGGEST update…