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…and buys new shoes

I suddenly feel as though I have a lot to blog about! I suppose this is good, since I have been known to go weeks without blogging, either due to time or content. But hey, I’m less than 6 weeks from Boston #2, I’ve been connecting with some great runners in the Boulder area, and Spring is around the corner! One thing at a time, though…

I love new shoes. Boots, heels, flats, sandals, and of course new running shoes! Lately, the boy and I have been purchasing our running gear at Road Runner Sports. A huge reason is because my favorite running store, Solpepper (Alan Culpepper’s store), was sold to a chain running company. Nothing against chain running stores, but this particular one I don’t care for. And the other local running store in Boulder I avoid at all costs. Can’t remember the last time I set foot in there, and I’m fine with that. Why, you ask? I’d rather not defame or name them on the interwebs, but let’s just say that customers aren’t always treated with respect there. And I’m not the only one to notice this.

Enter Road Runner Sports. Based in San Diego, they are beginning to branch out to multiple states. Colorado being one of them. While there is only one location in CO, lucky for me it’s only a short 15 minute drive. Road Runner Sports has a large selection of shoes for every type of runner. They also have apparel, gear, and nutrition. And for just $25, you can be VIP which guarantees you 10% off of everything, and several other perks. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. This latest experience stands out as one of those.

I went on Friday to purchase new shoes. Something I knew I wanted, but the latest aches and pains insisted that I needed them. Javier fit me into my favorites, Mizuno Nirvana’s, but sold me on the slightly lighter Mizuno Inspire’s. As we were talking running, saucy Javier spilled the truth about being an ultra runner. My ears perked up. As someone who has run marathons for several years, I have been considering a 50k for the fall, but I don’t personally know any ultra runners in Colorado. He’s run the Leadville 50, and a ton of other races that I can’t even recall. I picked his brain about a CO 50k for me and asked about one race in particular: The Bear Chase. He was able to give me some good insight into it (i.e. the creek crossings, multiple times…). I was glad to have found a good resource in the area.

Then, Javier began to tell me about a race that he and a friend are hosting through their blog Higher Running: The Golden Beaver Trail Half Marathon/10k in Red Feather Lakes, CO. Elevation 8342. I would be completely remiss if I didn’t promote this 1st year race. If you are in the CO area, or are looking for a beautiful destination-at-elevation 13.1 or 6.2 at the end of August, perhaps this is something to consider. Red Feather Lakes is just west of Fort Collins, CO, an historic college town with great restaurants and great breweries (they say it’s the Napa Valley of breweries…). August 25, 2012. I’m not sure yet if I will be racing vs. running, or simply volunteering; something I’ve always wanted to do for a race. Needless to say, I’ll definitely be promoting it when I can.

XO,

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…and researches Colorado 50k’s

True to my 2012 goals, I’m exploring the possibility of running a 50k this year! For those wondering, a 50k is 31.07 miles. Just 4.87 miles longer than a marathon. This seems doable. I’ll leave the 50 milers to those much stronger than I!

I looked at some races this morning and narrowed it down to two:

Greenland Trail 50k on May 5th

The Bear Chase 50k on September 30th

Initially, I was leaning toward the Greenland Trail 50k. It’s nearly 3 weeks after Boston, and I was thinking this would be great timing, coming off of marathon training. Also, I could run it before summer, as there are some pending personal plans that might hinder training during these months (no, I’m not having a baby). This race sells out fast, as it’s the largest 50k in Colorado. If I decide to do this one, I need to register soon.

The boy suggested the fall Bear Chase instead. First, if I became injured training for or running Boston, I wouldn’t feel pressure to run the 50k so nearly afterward. Second, if I choose the fall race, I can focus on training properly for it, i.e. primarily on trails, and a little extra distance. This race’s registration doesn’t open until February.

Luckily, I feel like I have a little time to think about the best option. By the time February rolls around I’m hoping to have a little more direction in my relationships/personal life, which will, in turn, effect my race plans. To bad everything can’t be cut and dry! But, what fun would that be!

XO,