Running in Colorado: Fortitude 10k

Today I ran a 10k with my daughter in Fort Collins. Called the Fortitude 10k in its second year, the course ran through Old Town Fort Collins, starting at Moby Arena on Colorado State University’s Moby Arena and ending at the new stadium on Colorado State’s campus.

The weather was perfect for running. Start of the race was right around 60 degrees. It was a flat, fast course. At about mile 4, my daughter passed me, but I passed her at the end to finish 3 seconds in front of her. We ran around the stadium inside and then up the stairs to the vendors.

Tips for Recovery from 10k Race

Fortitude 10k Race Fort Collins, CO
  • Hydrate. This is key. Drink a lot of electrolytes.
  • Rest. Take a nap if possible and go to bed early that night, giving your body a chance to repair itself.
  • Take a bath. Hot water will soothe your sore muscles and relax them.
  • Get a massage. This is a great way to flush out those toxins accumulated during muscle break down. Wait a few days however for optimal results.
  • Eat. Healthy of course.
  • Compression gear can help.
  • Vegetate. You deserve it!

This was only my 2nd 10k, after the Garden of the Gods 10k in June. I PR’ed (personal record) by almost 8 minutes because this course had no hills.

My favorite races are still 5k’s. I feel that’s the optimal distance for my body. This one was fun. It was a good day!

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 is Stress Relief…

Normally, I take the winter off from running.

But here in Colorado, we’ve had such an unseasonably warm winter that when it hit 60 degrees out, I HAD to go for a run.  Who could waste such beautiful days?

Now, it’s colder out.  And I still find myself craving my afternoon runs.  And frequently, I take them.

I’ve been pretty stressed lately with life decisions–ya know, the big one like what should I do with the half of my life left type thing.Jingle 4

Running clears my mind.  I get TONS of writing ideas from running.  I remember tasks I have to complete.  I see hawks and birds and squirrels and smile.  Even though my heart rate is technically up, it is really down.

And afterwards?  Priceless the relief I feel from all of life’s stresses.  I’m even considering a 5k if the weather is nice enough!

Conclusion:  runs are back.  And I’m so relieved!