Running in Colorado: 5k Pancake Stampede in Littleton, CO

My daughter and I ran the 5k Pancake Stampede today in Littleton, CO. The 5K race course ran along the Platte River on the Mary Carter Greenway with the start/finish in front of Hudson Gardens Event Center.Image result for pancake images paper plate

It was a flat 5k running course with plenty of geese and ducks swimming in the river. It was an early start (8am), so we beat the heat. It wasn’t my best time, but it was good enough for 3rd place in my age group.

Afterwards, Littleton was celebrating their Western Welcome Week and had a pancake breakfast at Arapahoe Community College. My daughter ate 4 pancakes, while I drank coffee.

Fun, little race. Not crowded. Fun day!

Running in Colorado: A 5k That Was in Actuality a 5 Mile…

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“I haven’t been to Winter Park in 18 years.  There’s a 5k there this weekend.  Let’s run that one.”

This is what I remember saying to my kids when I was looking for a Fourth of July 5k to run.  I don’t like running a 5k on July 4th per se because they are extremely popular and I prefer smaller races.  Hence, this one up in Winter Park, CO, appealed to me.  And I hadn’t been there in so long I wanted to go.

I signed up my oldest daughter and myself, leaving my other two kids to decide on that day.

After an early morning stop at Starbucks and a two-hour drive, we arrive in Winter Park at 7 am.  At the sign up station, my oldest daughter grabs a race course map and notices at the top it says “5 mile race course.”

Aghast (since I had no intentions of running a 5 mile), I ask the lady.

Sure enough.  The race is a 5 MILE, not a 5k.  My mistake.  I suppose I had 5k in my brain and the rest filled in the gaps.

After debating all of our options for over 30 minutes, we finally decide to run with my other two kids riding bikes since we had planned to mountain bike after the race.

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My time was good:  38:19.  I beat my daughter by over two minutes.  It was an all downhill course so it was fast.

Scenic?  Somewhat.  We ran the Fraser River Trail (a trail that goes from Winter Park to Fraser, CO) for the first 3 miles or so and then we had to run through the town of Winter Park and finish at Rendezvous.  Passing the McDonald’s in Winter Park was not my idea of scenic.

About 3/4 of a mile from the finish line, my son catches up to me and follows me on his bike, giving me minute-by-minute commentary on how much further I had to go.  The finish was one of those where you could see the tent, but you had to zig-zag around a pond.  At some point, I told my son to stop the commentary, so I could concentrate.

I did not win a prize (I came in 4th for my age group), but my daughter came in first despite the fact I beat her (read hissing-mad here).

Next, we take the shuttle back to Winter Park and unload our bikes to ride the trails.  However, my daughter’s bike seat was twisted and mangled.  Having come all this way, we all wanted to ride.  So my son and her switched off every mile or so in a hilarious attempt to ride a bike with a broken seat.  I spent the whole ride laughing.

Near the end, I decide to take a shortcut back to the truck.  This shortcut was indeed shorter, but it entailed a trail of all uphill where we basically pushed our bikes the majority of the way.

Overall, a very memorable day.  I did well in my race with a 7:40 pace despite the fact no fiber in my body wanted to run 5 miles.  We got in a great, scenic bike ride with plenty of entertainment value–all fueled by donuts the sponsors of the race all but shoved down our throats at every opportunity.

The Rendezvous Run for Independence was great fun, and mountain biking in Winter Park is an amazing experience.

In the future, I will be sure to READ race descriptions closer.  As for next year, I’m unsure if we could top this one!

My First 5k of the Season…

I ran my first 5k today of the season.  It was called Tyler3Miler, named after Tyler Mayle who died while hiking.  All of the funds raised go towards the band of Windsor High School in Windsor, CO.2 mile December

It was a gorgeous day here in Windsor, CO.  It was a bit chilly, but five minutes into this and all that was forgotten! There’s nothing like running in the fresh air with nature.  Nothing beats it!

I did well, but there wasn’t a lot of entries.  I was second place overall for females.  My daughter was about 40 seconds behind me.  My other daughter was about 13 minutes behind. She got a bad cramp.

I had a good time.  It was fun.  I’m preparing for a 10k in early June and this was a great warm up!

Murph and a 5k on Thanksgiving Day…

What could be better on a gorgeous Thanksgiving Day than two of my favorite workouts?

I ran the Pelican Lakes Turkey Trot where I won 2nd place and an apple pie.  And then I went to my box and did Murph.  I didn’t PR Murph (I just didn’t have the final run in me), but it was awesome and I felt amazing afterwards.image3

This was my third year doing Murph on Thanksgiving Day and my second year running the Pelican Lakes 5k and then doing Murph afterwards.  Such a great way to give thanks for this amazing country we live in and our freedoms by doing Murph on Thanksgiving Day.

To all the service men and women past and present and future I thank you!!!

Running a 5k…

Yesterday, I ran my first 5k of the season.  I beat my time from last year by a whopping….wait for it….8 seconds!

I just can’t seem to beat my time.  And I know why:  cause I don’t train it.

I used to be a runner.  I ran a marathon in college, but then I hurt my knee shortly thereafter and gave it up.  Now, with running showing up in a ton of CrossFit WOD’s, I’ve taken it up again.timing-your-run-580

I want to improve my 5k time.  However, injuries plague me still.  I’ve had a calf muscle injury that waxes and wanes so I now do not run as often.  I’m trying to listen to my body and be smart about it.

My solution to improving my time:  run more 5k’s.

I know myself.  I won’t push myself unless there are others to beat.  It’s why I do CrossFit.  It’s the beating everyone in my box (which does occasionally happen when it plays to my strengths) that I live for.  Otherwise, why run hard?

I’m planning to run a 7k next in 6 weeks.  I’ve never run more than 3.65 miles before so this should be interesting.  I’m excited about it!  However, I’m gonna practice in the meantime and see how it goes.  And I’m sure CrossFit will help.  And Murph.

As long as you’re moving, you’re improving!