Trail Running - North Table Mesa - Golden - North Fork 50 Training
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The Game Plan [North Fork 50M]

Tomorrow morning I’m getting up early, slathering myself with sunscreen, pulling on a neon BRC singlet and pinning a bib to my shorts. I’ll start my second 50 mile race at 7am and by 9pm I’ll either be appropriately rehydrating with a pint glass or getting yanked off the course because I missed the 14 hour cutoff. I’m really hoping for the first option…

So, what’s my plan?

Survival. I’m going back to the Quad Rock game plan that worked out alright for me. For me this is a training run with aid stations along the trail and safety pins in my shorts. That is all, nothing more. Technically speaking the North Fork course will be easier than the Quad Rock course but it could be [and probably will be] toasty warm and we’ll be running through burn areas with minimal shade. This means my focus will shift from merely covering the distance to paying attention to hydration and nutrition.
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WIAW Dinner
friends + feelings

What I Ate Wednesday [Literally]

We’ve all seen them, every Wednesday Feedly and BlogLovin’ streams are filled with What I Ate Wednesday or WIAW posts featuring all of the food the blogger ate…although not necessarily what they ate on Wednesday. Sometimes it’s their weekend eats. Sometimes it’s food from an event. Sometimes it’s…I honestly don’t know. I’m not entirely certain what the purpose of the WIAW posts are, so I decided to give it a try myself to see what it was all about.
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A New Mindset! [Mt Evans Ascent DNF]

This past weekend I toed another start line…this time for the Mt Evans Ascent, a 14.5 mile run up a “Colorado 14er” mountain with over 4,000 feet of elevation gain. You finish at 14,264 feet above sea level and last year I learned that the altitude is real and it can kick your butt. This year…the wind was real, my mental mojo was missing and I only made it to the top because a motorized vehicle helped me get there.
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friends + feelings

Playing in Park City [Blend 2014]

On Friday morning I set out on another road trip – the Forester is definitely earning it’s keep! This time Natalie and I were headed west to Park City for Blend, a weekend getaway for a bunch of healthy + active living bloggers. We opted for the scenic route through the Colorado mountains on a mission to find donuts. Because it was National Donut Day, of course, no other reason. I had no idea Idaho Springs had a donut shop…turns out it does, and I will be back!
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A Weekend of Cliff Hangers!

I spent my long weekend roaming the wilderness of Utah, scouting out routes down canyons, chasing down a very sneaky river, camping on cliffs and experiencing a rainy night in the desert.

When Heather sent out the “whatcha doing Memorial Day Weekend” email I got excited. We’re on the same page when it comes to holiday weekends – head to the mountains but trek your way into the backcountry to avoid the crowds! When the follow up email had “CANYONLANDS” in the subject line I knew it was going to be a good weekend!
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I survived! [Quad Rock 50M]

In case the internet was wondering…I survived the Quad Rock 50M race on Saturday! I was out there playing on the trails, trekking my butt up hills and running the very welcomed rain for just 15 minutes shy of 13 hours, which I am incredibly happy with!

It was everything I expected, minus that endless miles of misery and self hatred. Yes, the miles were hard. Yes, I invented new swear words when the relentless hills of wobbly rock kept going up, up, up. Yes, my legs to tired.
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Bring on 50 miles…

…because I either get excited about the adventure or curl up in the fetal position under my desk and tremble as fearful tears streak down my face. As entertaining as the latter option may be for my co-workers I’ve decided to go with option one and channel my inner crazy girl excitement at the prospect of taking on 50 very hilly miles on Saturday.

At this point running more miles will do no good, so I’ve resorted to fueling. It’s safe to say running 50 miles will burn a bajillion or more calories so stock piling my cookie dough and donuts and gummy bears reserves is a great plan, right? If it’s not, don’t tell me. In my defense I’ve also been sucking down water like it’s Mt Dew…which it definitely isn’t, ftr.
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