Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The one time I ran the Bolder Boulder...

Since the whole point of going to Boulder was to run, I thought it deserved it's own post.

Our start time was at 7:21 am so I was up around 6:30 to get ready. Luckily, I used advice from elite runners (and my dad) to set up everything the night before. I had my gel, breakfast, and clothes ready for when I woke up.

I thought it was suppose to be cold so I wore my Nike Capris and a long sleeve shirt. Thankfully I thought to put a tank top on underneath since it saved me later.

Our hotel was right near the start so we were able to walk over and not have to deal with port-a-potties. Each wave starts within two minutes of each other so it was moving pretty fast. My dad was my pacer so we could attempt to make 55 minutes.

Moving on to the front.

We started and we were off. Our first mile was good and I felt like I could keep up the pace. The second mile was a little slower but I felt okay until after mile 3. Last year I hit a road block at the same mile. My fourth mile was the slowest. But I picked it to do a little bit but still not enough to cut 55 minutes. I did feel better then last year and I'm ready to beat 55 minutes next year for my fifth Bolder Boulder! 

After the race my dad and I picked up our lunch bags (my one lunch bag I "buy" a year) and beer. We ate our food and headed to the expo. I was in a rush since I knew that Kara Goucher was going to be at the Nissan Innovation for Endurance booth. She is a former CU Buff and going to London to run the marathon. by the time I got in line I was near the end but still had hope to meet her. When I got near the front, she was going to let Shalane Flanagan sign autographs. Luckily Kara was going to the front people to sign autographs. I decided to be brave and ask her to sign my bib which she nicely did. Then I even asked for a picture which she nicely posed for! My dad was ready to get us out of line but I made him let me say hi to Shalane. She also signed my bib and posed for a picture! 

I didn't think it could better then that, but Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, authors of Run the Edge and former CU Buffs were at a booth promoting their book. I grabbed my dad and stood in line to meet them. They talked to me for a few minutes and signed my bib! I asked for picture which they gladly pose for and told me to post on their facebook page (which I did!).

Shalane chilling before signing autographs.

Chilling with Kara! I was even able to wish her luck in London!

Me talking to Shalane.

Just posing with the Olympic trail champion :)

Waiting to see Adam and Tim.

Telling them about the race.

Go Buffs! 
Overall a great Bolder Boulder! I'm excited for next year and I cannot wait for all the races I have left this summer!

The one time I went to Boulder...

The Bolder Boulder will be always be a favorite race. It was the first race I ever ran. I credit this race to helping me love running and not seeing running as a punishment, it's actually fun! This year was the fourth time I ran it. It may not have been my best time, but I think it was one of my favorite races.

My dad and I went up on Sunday to stay in Boulder since our wave time was 7:21 am. There was no way  we would drive up in the morning! We left the Springs around 10ish and had a late brunch (well lunch) at Tangerine. My sister recommended it to us and really enjoyed it. The menu was full of organic healthy choices. I had lemonade since it said it was house made and it was delicious! I picked the asparagus and mushroom poached egg.

After lunch we stopped by the 29th Street mall, I picked up sunscreen and two tank tops from Lululemon. Since we had to wait to check into our hotel, we stopped by a coffee shop where I had the Boulder Hippie Smoothie. It had soy instead of regular milk.

After a long wait, we were finally able to check into our hotel! We were given free drink vouchers since our room wasn't ready on time. I was tired and able to take a power nap before dinner. 

Pearl Street is probably one of my favorite parts of Boulder. Pearl Streets has cute shops and delicious restaurants. We picked another place that we never tried before, Pizza Locale. It was featured in Food Network magazine awhile back and we always wanted to try it. 

We had the perfect view of the kitchen and watched our dinner be made!

Our yummy bruschetta we started with.

My pizza, the margherita, a classic.

My dad's eggplant, tomatoes, and zucchini.

Me chilling by the pizza bar.

After dinner I was able to chill with my friend Tyler and enjoy our free drink vouchers. It was great catching up with him! 

I'll post race info in another entry! 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Excuses, Excuses

Yeah my updates have been lacking. Between work, my social time, and playoffs (both NBA and hockey), my blog has been suffering.

My 5k went way better then expected. I'll do separate post about that one so stay tuned!

I tried something new at the gym! My friend Bri and I went to spin at 5:30 am. We did the stair master to warm up and an ab workout. Bri is actually a personal trainer so it's like I'm getting service for free.

Spin was intense! The music was okay but I would have more upbeat music with faster beats. Overall a good work that I will be making a habit of going again.

Next Saturday is my uphill 5k! I'm excited for this race since it's at the zoo. I'm not sure what kind of goal I want to set for this race yet. My training this week will determine how fast I should go. This is more of a training race for the Bolder Boulder.

Welp, better get back to my game! #BeatLA