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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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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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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Indoor Skiing at SNOBAHN Review!

fullsizer-1Regular 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!

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Five Weeks Until the Kiawah Island Marathon!

img_2619Next 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.

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Boulder-Area Group Runs, or How to Not Get Eaten by a Bear or Lion

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.)

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