Jingle Bell 5k x 2

I feel like I haven’t written about my races as frequently as I used to.  It’s all for good reasons though!  I’m enjoying living in Boulder SO much.  Our neighbors are so awesome.  Food trucks every Friday during the Summer and we recently had an “ugly Christmas sweater” party get together that was a blast!  The winner of the ugliest sweater got a home made trophy constructed with barbie in an ugly sweater and a plaque with some congratulatory phrase.

Here’s another example of how great our neighborhood/neighbors are:  Matt and I like to make really funny names for our wifi network.  So far, we’ve had “ShaquitaHoodRat” and “MichaelJordan”.  Mostly just to give people a laugh when they’re looking for a network.  Well, yesterday we noticed our neighbors hopped into the game with a new network name of “Fairy Pimps of Tiny Town”.  After laughing (a lot), we realized we need to step our game up.

Alrighty, I guess I should provide some running updates!

On December 6th, I ended up running the Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk for Arthritis in Fort Collins, CO.  I realize during this cycle of 5k training that I pretty much picked the most difficult time of year to find a fast course (ya, hello!  It’s December, what did I expect?!), but I am far too competitive to avoid racing (or any chance for improvement).  I went into this cycle of training knowing that a PR wasn’t likely, but that the workouts would provide benefit for next Spring’s races and a new set of PR’s.

With that said, the 5k in Fort Collins was a LOT of fun.  I was probably the only one not decked out in Christmas gear from head to toe.

One of the many entertaining costumes seen during this race!

One of the many entertaining costumes seen during this race!

There was also a group of 13 runners, 12 of which dressed like reindeer, while the 13th member was santa in a sleigh.  It was so great.

I did my warm-up and was really struggling to decide what to wear.  It was cloudy and cold, but I didn’t want to dress too warm b/c I know I would warm up quickly after the start.  I settled on my Runners Roost tank and Matt’s arm warmers (they’re a tad large on me, but It’s better than being cold)!

Off we went, and the first thing I heard was a group of little cheerleaders yelling “Yeah!  Go girl in the pink tank top!” (I sort of stood out because everyone else was decked out like a blizzard was approaching – I have living in Chicago to thank for that).  The first mile flew by in 6:36 (to be exact).  Mile 2(6:57) and 3(6:56) were quite windy. I was holding the lead so far.

As we neared the finish, the course spit us out into an oval shaped road for the “final lap”.  I had flashbacks of the Bolder Boulder race.  I was running very low on… well, anything.  I dug as deep as I could to drop the pace even further.  One girl passed me at mile 3.  She was on fire.  Although I was a bit defeated, I needed that.  It’s fuel to the flame.  Who would have thought that one year ago I would go from having a goal of finishing a race, to having a goal of winning a race?!  Not this gal.  Quite a jump.  It’s funny because some people may think I’m “obsessed” or just “crazy” for being so wrapped up in racing, but to me, it makes me feel alive.  The sound of my heart pounding, the wind flowing through my hair, and my lungs feeling like they’re going to burst… I thrive off of those feelings.  I know I often compare this to my experience in swimming, but that’s hard to do sometimes because running is so different.  Always pushing your body to a new limit is a very eye-opening, yet humbling experience.  Humbling because it reminds me that there are people out there with a lot more on their plate doing the same thing I am (or even more).  Eye-opening because just when I think I cannot possibly do one more 400 on the track, I do.

I ended up finishing the race with a time of 20:47.  Not a PR, but still a good race with the given conditions.

Fast forward one week and you’ll find me at yet another Jingle Bell 5k (hence the title of this post).  I’ll keep this write up short, because what I thought was going to be a road race was not.  I am not disappointed, I just needed to adjust my goal from a time goal, to a place goal at mile 0.75 when we hoped onto the hilly, winding, loosely covered dirt path.

The finish of my first "trail"-ish 5k race in Fountain, CO

The finish of my first “trail”-ish 5k race in Fountain, CO

I ended up finishing 3rd overall female in this race with 1st in my age group- I was very happy, but still hungry for more :-).  I’m extending this cycle by one week to make up for this mishap of running a trail race instead of a road one.  I think these legs still have some speed in them that wants to be let loose ;-).

In other news, is my nephew not the cutest little munchkin EVER?!



Runners Roost Race Team


After almost a year of quality training and racing under my belt, I mustered up enough courage to apply to be on a race team.  Runners Roost Race team.  Matt has been running for them for about 2 years now.  As a result, whenever I spectated for him or raced myself, Ifound myself surrounded by his Runners Roost teammates!  It may sound very corny, but they really are a genuinely great group of people.

If you do race (or participate seriously in any sport – maybe even activity) then you understand the time commitment and the toll that it takes on your body.  I don’t mean that in a negative way, because the physical benefits and mental strength far out weigh the sacrifices that it takes to get there.  My intent is to paint a picture of what it’s like to be part of a team.  You have very similar ups and downs, physically and emotionally.  As runners, we’ve all faced struggles and triumphs:  injuries, lonely winter night runs where you only hear the patter of your feet on the ice and snow, personal bests, personal worsts….too many things to name.  With that in mind, it is comforting to find a group of people who share very similar experiences.  While it’s not necessary, it’s definitely something worth having.

The only prior experience that I can somewhat relate this one too, is being on the swim team at Oak Lawn.  While I had been on many other teams up to that point (basketball – don’t even remind me, softball, dance, soccer, etc.), it wasn’t until swimming where the word “team” actually meant something and ignited a fire inside of me.  Maybe it’s because, similar to running, swimming is very mentally and physically challenging.  You battle against your mind’s “demons” on a daily basis.  Somehow, knowing other people were going through that same battle, made it a little easier.

Don’t get me wrong, I can still see myself grinding through track workouts and really wanting to quit- it will be no cakewalk (to say the least)…BUT, the thought of possibly (in addition to myself) letting a team down if I cut a workout short, gives it a bit more of an edge.  Isn’t anything worth doing, usually not easy anyways?  I’m looking forward to a year full of new friendships, continued old ones, and lots of sweat.

On a side note, look at the cute little ornaments my mom bought us!! She’s adorable.

40th Annual Longmont Turkey Trot

10k is a very awkward distance for me.  I may have said this before, but it resounded in my head as I was running this race.  I couldn’t quite decide what kind of effort I should be exerting.  It’s somewhere between that 5k “constantly uncomfortable” feeling and that half marathon “sort of relaxed but still uncomfortable” feeling.

I picked this race mostly because of proximity and the 9AM start time.  It wasn’t too long after Matt and I arrived at Alton Middle School that we realized there were some pretty serious runners showing up.  After my usual warm up, I trotted over to the start line to do some strides and saw the most shredded group of females lined up to race.  Decked out in their sponsor’s gear and ready to gut it out.  I actually got a little gitty seeing them!  This must be a pretty great course if these types of runners were coming out.

As usual, I feel like I blinked and the gun went off!  The only other 10k that I seriously raced before this was Bolder Boulder.  If you are not familiar with that course, it was anything but flat.  I believe it’s the biggest 10k in the nation, attracting about 50,000 runners.   Don’t be fooled by the size, it was anything but an easy course.  To paint some perspective; Ryan Hall’s last 10k in his marathon race is faster than his 10k time at Bolder Boulder.  My time there was 47 minutes and some change.  With that in the back of my mind, I decided to shoot for 7:10 pace for this race (about 25 seconds faster per mile).


Mile 5 of Longmont Turkey Trot

The course was relatively flat with two hills sprinkled in- one from mile 1-1.5 and the second near mile 5-5.5.  It wasn’t a spectator friendly course as it wound out into the middle of nowhere to the country roads of Colorado.  You are pretty much left alone with only the sound of your feet slapping the pavement and (in my case) your shaking breathing (I need to work on that).  I did find one girl in the distance that seemed to have the same race plan as me (although she was a little bit faster), so I aimed to keep her within 50 feet or so.

To be honest, that race flew by (easy to say now that it’s done, right?).  I remember being near mile 5 thinking this race would never end, but then the finish came up pretty fast (after me wanting to slap the next person that said it was right around the corner).  I was able to muster up whatever energy I had in the last half mile.

My garmin ended up reading 6.28, so I need to work on running those tangents I think!  I had a personal best of 44:35 seconds.  One mistake I made was not starting at the front because this race went off of gun time.  I’m still extremely happy with that time since it’s 3 minutes faster than my Bolder Boulder time.

As the I crossed the finish line and did the usual “hunch over and question life” routine, I ended up making friends with the girl I was chasing for the whole race.  After we both let out a slew of cuss words to describe how we felt, we found out that we live in the same neighborhood!  Thank goodness, I finally found a potential local running buddy!

The race organization was excellent and the course was wonderful as well.  I recommend this to anyone in Colorado looking for a 10k PR course!  You will not be disappointed.

Afterwards, Matt and I were able to enjoy the GREAT company of our best friend Karly Bloom!  We went to see Elephant Revival at the Boulder Theater.


My 2 Favorite People at Elephant Revival!

5k’s and Stress Reduction!

I’ve been terrible at updates lately, but this one will be brief because I want to share some great advice at the end!

I ran the Monument Downhill 5k in Grand Junction, CO on June 26th.  It was such a great race, however, it was extremely hot!  I think my feet caught on fire at some points!  This was my first time breaking 20 minutes in the 5k!  Although, I don’t really consider it a PR b/c of the downhill (I had a mental debate of elevation vs. downhill for a while, but gave in shortly after I saw the winning female run 20 seconds faster than her normal PR).  Regardless, I ran 19:50 and experienced that leg turn over.  If anything, it fueled the fire for future races!

The following weekend I ran the Evergreen Town Race 5k at an elevation of 7,200 ft.  This race was also partially downhill, but high enough to consider it a legit time (plus the first mile had gain).  I ended up finishing in 20:18 on very tired legs.  For some reason, downhill races really wear me out.  I was sore for about 2 weeks after that Slacker 4 mile, and I was still feeling the affects of the Monument race during this 5k.  It was a struggle from the beginning.  A mile 3.0 I thought I was going to throw up, but somehow pulled myself down to a 5:50 pace for the finish.  I also had a nice little t-rex pose for some entertainment!


Now, onto my off-topic portion of this post.  Stress reduction.  I find that in my every day life (and everyone’s I’m sure) stress plays a large roll.  Stress is completely normal and natural, but can be inhibiting if it’s not handled appropriately at certain points.  Matt shared an article with me, and I’ve summed it up below.  I’ve found it extremely helpful- even if you aren’t stressed- to redirect your focus onto the things that are important and healthy.  Hopefully you do as well.

Below is a summary.

10 Ways to Control Stress!

1) Take time to appreciate what you have- be grateful!

  • Cultivate an attitude of GRATITUDE

2)  Avoid “What If?”!

  • This throws fuel in the fire of stress and worry
  • The more time you spend worrying about the possibilities, the less time you’ll spend focusing on taking action that will calm you down and keep your stress under control
  • Calm people know that asking “what if? will only take them to a place they don’t want—or need—to go.

3) Stay Positive

  • Focus your brain’s attention onto something that is completely stress-free: consciously select something positive to think about
  • Any positive thought will do to refocus your attention.
  • When things are going poorly, and your mind is flooded with negative thoughts, this can be a challenge. In these moments, think about your day and identify one positive thing that happened, no matter how small.
  • The point here is that you must have something positive that you’re ready to shift your attention to when your thoughts turn negative.

4) Disconnect

  • When you make yourself available to your work 24/7, you expose yourself to a constant barrage of stressors. Forcing yourself offline and even—gulp!—turning off your phone gives your body a break from a constant source of stress.
  • If detaching yourself from work-related communication on weekday evenings is too big a challenge, then how about the weekend?
  • Choose blocks of time where you cut the cord and go offline.
  • You’ll be amazed at how refreshing these breaks are and how they reduce stress by putting a mental recharge into your weekly schedule.

5) Limit Caffeine Intake

  • Adrenaline is the source of the “fight-or-flight” response, a survival mechanism that forces you to stand up and fight or run for the hills when faced with a threat.
  • This is great when a bear is chasing you, but not so great when you’re responding to a curt email.
  • The stress that caffeine creates is far from intermittent, as its long half-life ensures that it takes its sweet time working its way out of your body.

6)  Sleep

  • I’ve beaten this one to death over the years and can’t say enough about the importance of sleep to increasing your emotional intelligence and managing your stress levels.
  • Your self-control, attention, and memory are all reduced when you don’t get enough—or the right kind—of sleep.
  • Sleep deprivation raises stress hormone levels on its own, even without a stressor present.

7)  Squash Negative Self Talk

  • The more you ruminate on negative thoughts, the more power you give them. – most are thoughts- not facts!
  • When you find yourself believing the negative and pessimistic things, your inner voice says, “It’s time to stop and write them down.” Literally stop what you’re doing and write down what you’re thinking.
  • If your statements still look like facts once they’re on paper, take them to a friend or colleague you trust and see if he or she agrees with you. Then the truth will surely come out.
  • Identifying and labeling your thoughts as thoughts by separating them from the facts will help you escape the cycle of negativity and move toward a positive new outlook.

8) Reframe Your Perspective

  • Stress and worry are fueled by our own skewed perception of events.
  • You can’t control your circumstances, but you can control how you respond to them.
  • Before you spend too much time dwelling on something, take a minute to put the situation in perspective.
  • If you’re thinking in broad, sweeping statements such as “Everything is going wrong” or “Nothing will work out,” then you need to reframe the situation.
  • A great way to correct this unproductive thought pattern is to list the specific things that actually are going wrong or not working out.
  • Most likely you will come up with just some things—not everything—and the scope of these stressors will look much more limited than it initially appeared.

9) Breathe

  • The easiest way to make stress intermittent lies in something that you have to do everyday anyway: breathing.
  • The practice of being in the moment with your breathing will begin to train your brain to focus solely on the task at hand and get the stress monkey off your back.
  • Close the door, put away all other distractions, and just sit in a chair and breathe.
  • The goal is to spend the entire time focused only on your breathing, which will prevent your mind from wandering. Think about how it feels to breathe in and out.
  • If staying focused on your breathing proves to be a real struggle, try counting each breath in and out until you get to 20, and then start again from 1.

10) Support System

  • To be calm and productive, you need to recognize your weaknesses and ask for help when you need it.
  • This means tapping into your support system when a situation is challenging enough for you to feel overwhelmed.
  • Identify these individuals in your life and make an effort to seek their insight and assistance when you need it.
  • Most of the time, other people can see a solution that you can’t because they are not as emotionally invested in the situation.
  • Asking for help will mitigate your stress and strengthen your relationships with those you rely upon.



If only we could live everyday with this guy’s perspective on life!

Year 2, Check! <3

I decided to break my little rule of “only blog about races” so that I would have this post to look back on. Matt and I had such a wonderful weekend, I never want to forget it!

Most of the weekend was kept a secret from me as Matt planned out the details only to reveal them to me moments before they happened. I knew we were going to the mountains and bringing our fur baby, Arthur, which was more than enough!

Thursday evening we loaded the car with a cooler full of food, and two bags chock full of running gear (although I will later discover that I failed to bring more than one pair of running shorts- and no, it did not stop me from running, however it may have kept people at a distance)!


Trail Ridge Road

The drive up to the cabin wound through the famous “trail ridge road”- an absolutely gorgeous route to take. If you are sensitive to heights, however, you may need to hand off the driving to someone else (as I did with Matt)!

We pulled up to the rustic cabin at about 5PM, at which point (after getting the jitters of initial excitement out from the beauty of…everything) we changed into our running gear, and were off for a 4 mile trail run together. The dense trees and narrow, winding trail made me feel like we were in another world. Gradual ups and downs sprinkled with the scent of fresh pine trees. If I were brave enough to close my eyes, even for one second, I would be taken back to my living room during Christmas time. I cherished my limbs too much to risk that, however :-). All of the sudden the woods seemed eerily quiet- and a feeling of “we aren’t alone” rushed through my blood. I glanced about 20 feet ahead and saw a gorgeous female Elk. Without words, Matt & I both retreated.

The night closed in quickly as we were exhausted from work & the very entertaining drive.

Friday we hopped onto a trail called “Adams Falls” that was just past the downtown Grand Lake strip. The path was overflowing with deep, rocky, jagged climbs followed by soft flat moss covered stretches. There were constant echos of water trickling down the distant waterfalls. I came into view of some twice and my breath instantly fled my chest.

Words will never do this place justice- thinking of it gives me shivers. It felt like the perfect sanctuary. Even though we were only 60 miles away from our house, in my mind, I was thousands- millions even!

After we pulled ourselves back down to somewhat of a reality finishing up our trail run, we headed to Winter Park to see the cute little mountain town in the Summer.

In the evening, Matt brought us to Grand Lake Lodge for dinner. We sat at a window seat which overlooked the entire lake that was tucked into gorgeous mountains at it’s perimeter. The view was breathtaking (as I’m sure you’re realizing, everything was)! We walked along a path after dinner that was infested with a rainbow of wild flowers.

We finished the night with cheese and crackers on the porch at the cabin.

The next day (Saturday) we stayed local (Grand Lake). After another outstanding trail run along the perimeter of the lake, we hung out downtown for a bit. These shops were absolutely adorable!


Cute little trinkets that are unique to this location. An adorable little dog shop which had us entertained for much longer than anticipated. Every time I thought things couldn’t get better, they continued to- exponentially. The best part (watch out, I’m getting corny) was that I got to share this all with Matt.


Dinner was quite a treat. We ate at “O Bistro” which felt like another world- a luxurious world tucked into rustic mountain stores. The dining room was small, lighting low, walls eclectically decorated with wine from all over (which our server gladly explained after she had a couple of bottles herself). It was such an intimate setting that I feel like many places strive to achieve, but rarely accomplish. We ordered a bottle of wine and began our six (yes, six!) course meal.

That evening we strolled along the board walk and did some people watching (Grand Lake is the perfect atmosphere for that).

Back at the cabin we watched “The Pursuit of Happyness” to close in the night.

The trip was so wonderful. Matt & I kept saying how we couldn’t believe the proximity of this place! It felt like another world- and a paradise for runners, hikers, or just outdoor lovers! We just happen to be all three :-). I highly highly highly recommend a trip up here to anyone local or visiting from out of town. For now, I like how it feels like Matt & my sanctuary.


Arthur was a bit exhausted from the weekend!

Superior Downhill Mile

This week has been a roller coaster in training, to say the least!  I’ve transitioned from the “interval workouts” phase to the “speed workouts” phase- who knew there were different phases to workouts (maybe everyone but me?)?!


Arthur enjoying being outside!

I started off the week with a workout that Matt nicknamed the “Texas 200’s”.  Yikes, Texans must be hard core, because these were not easy!!  I actually had the bright idea of bringing my best friend/dog, Arthur, along for the ride.  I tied him up to a nearby tree and began my workout.  The beginning of every workout is the hardest to me- I almost do this little pout where I put it off until I realize that I actually need to do it ASAP if it’s going to get done.  Things in the house magically become organized and clean in this procrastination of mine (if my house is super clean, you can tell I had a hard workout that day!).

Then later in the week, I truly felt like running was a chore!  I go through these phases (and I think many can agree) where I absolutely love and adore running, and then I wouldn’t say I hate it, but it takes every little ounce of convincing to get myself out on the trail (this week was the latter).

I begrudgingly dragged my feet out the door, despite all of my ulterior motives.

Matt, his friend from Illinois- Dirk, and I were all planning to run a one mile race on Friday (July 4th).  I had absolutely no idea what to expect of myself or this race distance.  Plus, we had bought tickets to a concert on July 3rd the month before we even knew we were racing, so quality sleep would be nonexistent.  Dirk actually had much less sleep as he drove from Illinois through the night arriving at our place 2 hours prior to leaving for the race!  It’s comforting to be surrounded be people just as crazy as I am sometimes!  I almost liked that aspect of this race, because it took a lot of pressure off of it for all of us.

Scars on 45 concert!

Scars on 45 concert!

It was a downhill mile in Superior, CO.  The race was actually pretty packed for such a short distance (the winning female ran 4:20’s last year- WOW!).  Just as expected it was over in a blink!

At the start of the race, I thought I had completely blown it.  “****, I went too ******* fast!  I completely screwed this race up!”  BUT, this isn’t a 5k, and the conclusion was much different.  Just as Matt had predicted, it was a roller coaster of emotions.  From “oh my gosh, I’m going too fast” to “come ON legs, move faster!”.  At some points I almost felt like I was (in some supernatural, nerdy way) trying to use any mental power I could to force my legs to increase in velocity.  I ended up running a 5:36, which I was extremely happy with!  Anything under six minutes is exciting in my book!

When I look back to how far this training has brought me, I’m blown away.  At the beginning of the season, my mile time trial was 7:11.  I don’t know what kind of magical unicorn fairy dust Matt sprinkles on his training, but it is definitely working!

Voo Doo doughnuts, Denver!

Voo Doo doughnuts, Denver!

Best trophy ever! ;-)

Best trophy ever! 😉

After congratulating each other and reminiscing about that whirlwind of a race, we headed home after making a pit-stop in Westminster to drop a random/awesome fellow runner off at his hotel.  How great is it that you can meet someone during a race and instantly become great friends?!  We even had time to stop at the famous “Voo Doo Donuts” to treat Dirk to their unique atmosphere and fun treats.

Now time to nap, relax, and maybe enjoy some 4th of July celebrations (as long as we don’t fall asleep early)!

Slacker 4 Mile

Given what happened after the Slacker Half Marathon last year, I decided to scale down to the 4 mile race this year.  Plus, it’s closer to the types of races I’ve been training for (5k’s).

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When Matt & I got to the start and began our plyos, I had the scare of my life.  In the middle of doing (what I call) the super mario’s… I landed on the side of my foot instead of the bottom.  Pain shot up my leg quickly.  I could barely walk with a limp, and began to panic.  Matt ran over, and told me just to walk it off- he’s had the same thing happen plenty of times where it feels like a break at first, but it settles and you’re (hopefully) fine.

Thank God that was the case!  I feel like in running, you’re always one run away from an injury.  It’s a constant battle to stay healthy.  I’ve learned that over the last year (more than any other time) this is the most important part of preparing for a race.

After I shook off that little scare, I was back in the game and ready to go!  I was a little nervous about this race in particular because of the downhill running.  It’s harder than some people think- and I wasn’t quite sure if I had mastered the “lean from your ankles” tactic yet.  We’ll find out!

Matt, Mike Quispe, and I lined up at the start.  Ten seconds to go.  I shook out my legs one last time, did some arm swings and head rolls, and I was ready!

The leaders took off like they robbed a bank!  I couldn’t believe how fast Matt was going!!!  I looked at my watch and saw 5:12 (and I was not even near the front pack)..whooaaa, people!  Slow your roll!  The leading female was going well under that, as well!  I slowed down to what felt comfortable- which surprisingly was 6:30ish pace.  It even felt slow!

Mile 1: 6:31

Mile 2: 6:21

Mile 3: 6:12

Mile 4: 7:11 (first half being 6:22 pace, so you can see what that last uphill did to my body!)

Matt & I after the race during our cool down in Georgetown.  The views here are so stunning!

Matt & I after the race during our cool down in Georgetown. The views here are so stunning!

This race was the first race where I actually raced someone.  From mile 2 to 3, I was able to slowly catch the leading female.  The funny thing is- I had no clue what to do when I caught her!

I remember Matt telling me about tactics that he uses when he races, and reminiscing about different situations with surges, and drafting, etc.  I had no clue what to do myself though!  I decided I should stay behind her for another mile just to read how she’s feeling.  She started to slow down, so I made a brave move and pulled a little bit ahead.  That’s when it got interesting!  We were literally like a rubber band- back and forth back and forth.  Geez!  Is this how Matt feels when he races?  It would be a lot easier if I was just out here on my own!  But thinking back, I’m not sure I would have ran nearly as fast- and that’s when I started to realize- this is kind of fun!

Once we finished mile 3, I pulled ahead even more.  I didn’t hear anything for the next quarter mile, until all of the sudden I heard some heavy breathing.  Oh no… I’m not sure I have anything left in me for this hill!  All of the sudden she passed me- but it wasn’t her!  This girl had a hat, and the brightest smile I’ve seen today!  “Time to put in the work now!” She said.  And, unfortunately, she was right!  The last half mile of this race has 75ft of elevation gain.  Which isn’t too terrible, but after so much downhill, it can ruin the entire race.

She pulled ahead and I attempted to stick with her.  Feeling a bit deflated as the incline kicked in.  I felt like I was trudging through mud.  Ouch.  To put it in perspective, I dropped my mile 4 average from 6:22 at the half mile to 7:12 (eek!).  Not one of my proudest moments, but I can say that I gave it everything.

Moments like the end of that 4th mile are exactly what I need to experience and think about during every track workout from now until I start tapering.

It turned out that it was that girl’s 40th birthday, so I was actually super happy for her win!  Although 1st place wouldn’t have been too bad ;-)…2nd overall is still very exciting!  Plus, I PR-ed in the 5k during this race (19:43)!!!

Race Stats

Although I won’t count that until it’s a solo 5k.  Plus, there was quite a bit of downhill, however it was at 8,500 feet and I definitely felt that- so do those cancel out?  Haha, not sure.  Either way, it was exciting to see my legs went that fast!

Matt trying the "ice bath" of a river..

Matt trying the “ice bath” of a river..

SOOOO Cold!!!!

SOOOO Cold!!!!

Overall it was a GREAT day!  Matt broke the course record for the 4 mile and took 1st overall!!  We’re both going out to a nice dinner tonight to celebrate 🙂  Then it’s time to pack up our apartment for our move in 2 weeks!

Gorgeous setting!  We felt like we were actually in Paris!

Gorgeous setting! We felt like we were actually in Paris!

Our fancy dinner at Bistro Vendome in Larimer Square <3

Our fancy dinner at Bistro Vendome in Larimer Square ❤