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Bird Camp Colorado Partners

COSIt’s no secret that I’ve been running for Oiselle since 2012. In that time, I have seen the company evolve in so many way and it’s been exciting to be a part of that growth. Upon our return to Colorado last fall, I was asked to co-lead the Colorado regional team, as Oiselle had just recently expanded to include nearly 1700 team members world-wide. With over 50 girls representing Oiselle in Colorado, Lisa and I have had the opportunity to organize meet-ups, cowbell corners, and generally get to know some pretty amazing women.

At the end of 2015, Oiselle suggested regional running camps to those leaders who might want to provide a running-specific weekend for the gals in the local areas. Lisa and I were in, straight away!

We’ve been busy planning and promoting our Colorado Springs camp, that will be held next weekend! One of the most exciting bits of the planning process has been reaching out the local, and some not-so-local companies, asking for their partnership.  I find it amazing, the generosity of SO many companies and their founders.  Never underestimate the human hear.

This post is actually a shout-out to those companies for their support of our #BirdCampCO next weekend.  We are so very thankful for their generosity!  We will also be chatting about them over the next couple of weeks on Facebook, IG, and Twitter. Clickity-click on the images to head to their websites!

 

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XO,


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Aussie East Coast Road Trip: Brisbane, Brissie, Brisvegas?

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Nick and I arrived in Brisbane, late on 28 December, coming up from the Gold Coast. We had plans to meet up with some friends who happened to be in town visiting family for the holidays, and they were kind enough to let us stay with their family for a couple of nights on a lasts minutes notice (better then doing all the hostel research, trust me). Gordon and Laura are our Aussie “counterparts,” so to speak, in that Gordon and Nick were the two involved in the work transfer which landed us in Australia, and them in America. It was nice to see some familiar faces as they gave us the grand tour of Brisbane over the next day or so, complete with a riverside picnic…

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A visit to the Buffalo Bar, an American-themed bar which offers a mish-mash of fare including Stromboli, a Clam Bake, Wings any which way, Duck and Waffles, Steak, and Hoagies. Totally random. A little bit of this and that. But, it also offers a variety of whiskey US “craft” beers (Coors, Sierra Nevada, Rogue, Big Sky, Founders, and a few others I had never heard of). It was nice to taste a little bit of home in a glass. While I understand that everything is relative, the beer in Australia is different that what we are used to in the States (as is the wine, but that’s for a different post), and I know Nick, in particular, has missed the beer culture in Fort Collins, Colorado, and surrounds.

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While I’m still not quite sure why Brisbane is sometimes referred to as “BrisVegas,” and most of my research confirms that no one else really knows why either, I can assure you it is nothing like Las Vegas! So, don’t be fooled. Perhaps just a tongue-and-cheek nickname, as we sometimes give to our American cities (i.e. Chi-town or Bean Town).

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The morning of the 30th, I was fortunate enough to be able to run with Tyra, who is part of the Oiselle Running Team. After following her on IG, then finding out we would be moving to Australia, I was determined to find a way to meet our one Aussie teammate, despite the fact she lived 1200km away. It was such a pleasure to chat with Tyra, who made pushing the pram with her little one along the river look effortless. I don’t know how those mama’s do it! This beautiful route gave us a stunning view of the city.

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Later that day, we picked up Tia and Jason (Nick’s siblings) from the airport and we readied ourselves for the next part of the trip: flying to Cairns (pronounced CANS) and heading back south. We stayed at a serviced apartment close to the airport on the night of the 30th.

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28 December to 31 December
This Stretch – Around Brisbane – Airport, beach, city, etc…but I’m not including that in the overall mileage, because that might be too nit-picky.
Total – ~1370km/851m

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XO,


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…playing on Bondi Beach

When I moved to Australia in July, I was well aware that there was ONE store in the whole of this beautiful country/continent/island that sold Oiselle. And I was going to connect with them. I didn’t care how far from Canberra it was. Luckily, Fivemore was located in Sydney, a mere 3 hour drive from where Nick and I are living. For us, this is about as far a drive to many of our favorite Colorado mountain towns, and a weekend getaway. After visiting Fivemore upon my arrival, Catherine, the owner, and I started discussing the possibility of some PR opportunities surrounding the Sydney Running Festival in mid-September. She had some amazing ideas that would certainly get me out of my comfort zone, and put this mountain girl in her place. Sweetly, and gently, of course. And as this past weekend began approaching, all systems were go for a fun, and memorable weekend.

On Saturday, I arrived at Bondi Beach to meet Sally (Fivemore’s very own running coach) and Catherine for a Oiselle soft sand running photo shoot. As it turns out, there really is a proper running form to adhere to when soft sand running. You don’t just go out and run on the sand for a few miles and expect to look and feel awesome. Sally gave me some pointers (as she is an expert, and the face of a huge soft sand running event in Manly), but I know I just looked liked a wannabe, fumbling next to her graceful stride. Where were the dirty trails? The steep mountain grades? The 14,000 foot peaks? Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Colorado anymore… But given some time, I think I could really enjoy this soft sand running bit. Granted, there is the ONE technicality of the lack of sand in Canberra.

A few photos Nick snapped. Maybe I can get my hands on some of the professional shots at a later date.

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Following the soft sand running, the ever-generous Catherine, set up a surf lesson for me, for a true “two worlds collided” experience. Because let’s be honest, what popular sport in Australia is not so popular in landlocked Colorado? I’m not going to lie, I was pretty nervous. And that’s putting it lightly. But I think I held it together fairly well. And once I was in the water, I forgot to be nervous at all.

Getting all of the ocean floor details from Conrad.
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I even stood up the majority of the time! No comments on my form, but based on the fact that I even stood up at all on my first go, I’m pretty sure I’m a natural. 😉

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And the consensus? I LOVED it! I know I wasn’t on any big waves or anything, but just after an initial lesson, I am fully interested in giving it another go! Bring on summer!

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XO,


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…a visit to Five More and Sydney

This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to take an early peek at a new activewear/lifestyle clothing store opening in the Paddington suburb of Sydney, Australia. Paddington, in and of itself, is chic and trendy, with Victorian-clad shop fronts featuring boutiques, cafes, art galleries, and wine. And its’ bustling Oxford Street is the ideal place for Five More to set up a brick and mortar (originally an online-only store). I met with the lovely Catherine, the brain behind the boutique, as she was putting the final touches on her beautiful space.

Of course, Five More sells a brand that is near and dear to my heart: Oiselle. And I loved hearing Catherine talk about how well this US-based brand is doing in Australia.

Catherine dressed all of her window store-front dollies from head to toe in Oiselle. What a sight!

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I am excited for Five More and all of their potential, as well as that of Oiselle in a relatively untapped area.

Afterwards, Nick and I did some Sydney touristy things:

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Bondi Beach
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XO,


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…2013 highlights

2013 was a big year for me, not only in the running world, but personally as well.  Sure there were some major disappointments to learn from, but overall, I had a full, rich year with new challenges and big leaps.  I certainly stepped out of my running comfort zone, and in doing so, have met some amazing people and opened myself up to untapped opportunities.  Below are some of the highlights of the year; moments that will be remembered forever.

March

Sharin’ O the Green 5k (2nd AG)

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April

Golden Gate Headlands Trail Marathon (1st)

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May

My first 50k-Greenland Trail

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June

Lake City/Handies Peak

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July

Hired a coach and ran with one of his groups over the Continental Divide

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August

Started my 2nd year with the Oiselle running team

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Bellingham/Victoria with this sweet gal

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Golden Beaver Trail 1/2 Marathon (blonde nav. was tricky and I got lost;
but the knee deep water crossing was a part of the actual course)

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September

Ragnar CO-Ultra team (1st in all women/3rd overall)

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XTerra Trail 1/2 Marathon (where I met Heidi!)

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October

Oiselle Photo Shoot

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Aspen & Crested Butte trip with Nick

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November

Oiselle Meet-up for PAC12 XC

(Bret, Shanna, me, Laura)

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December

Club XC Nationals-Bend, Oregon

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Nick and my engagement announcement

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XO,


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High Nuun Sponsors

As previously mentioned, my Ragnar team, High Nuun, had some incredible support for our 28 hour relay adventure through the Colorado mountains. I wanted to put out a post that referenced them all, though I will be doing some individual posts in the coming weeks.

Ragnar-Officially sponsored our team after winning the Wasatch Back a few months ago. I was not a part of the team when they made their debut, but was thankful to be included for Colorado.

Nuun-Officially sponsored as their name is in our team name: High Nuun. We were well hydrated and I discovered some new flavors I love!
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Kate Farms-Supplied us with delicious Komplete Meal Replacement Shakes
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Got Chocolate Milk-For our refueling purposes.
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Wild Friends Nut Butter-Opened up our world to the most amazing peanut and nut butters out there! Can’t wait to buy a case of Chocolate Coconut!

Kind Bars-An assortment of their bars.

Energy Bits-An algae based energy tablet for extra boost.

Veggie-Go’s-Fruit and veggie strips consisting of ingredients not seen together before! Yum!
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Square Bar-The most flavorful organic, GF, DF, SF bars on the market. Tastes like dessert.
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Positive Energy-Like Sunny D with a kick!

Sweaty Bands-Can’t say enough GREAT things about this company and their product. They only headbands I wear! They sent us a pattern to match our theme…
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Handana-Holy Awesome! My new favorite running accessory! Collecting all of my facial secretions like a boss. Bry sports the black one here.
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Endorphin Warriors-Beautiful, simple bracelets with a message to get you motivated. Perfect to run with!
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Roll Recovery-The latest massage roller for better recovery. Easy to use with great effects!
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KT Tape-Great for targeting pain relief!

Scott James Jewelry-Sport specific jewelry to commemorate a race or distance. Easy to wear while training or competing.

Smith Optics-Because sometimes you just need sunglasses.

Surprised, blessed, and thankful for ALL the sponsors that contributed great and small for our relay! We appreciate each of you and couldn’t have run this race without your support.

XO,


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Ragnar CO Recap

It’s been crazy around here. And wet. Very, very wet. Thankfully, my house/neighborhood were fine. We are waterlogged and it has been a complete inconvenience to get anywhere due to road closures and detours, but we are well. I had two school days off last week because of the floods and I’ll have another two (so far) this week as well. Before you start getting excited for me, know that I will have to make up at least a few of those days. And probably at the end of the year. But better that and ensure everyone’s safety in travel and work environment.

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Last weekend, I ran Ragnar Colorado. It was an experience unlike any other. And I’m still riding that runners high, days later.

As my first Ragnar and first relay, everything was new to me. But I was ready to take on this intense new challenge. My amazing teammates filled me in on all the ins and outs along the 200 mile course at high elevation.

Lisa, Meghan, Bry, Holly, Vieve, Yours Truly
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We ran this relay as an ultra team (6 people instead of 12). Needless to say, there was very little sleep, but a lot of our favorite thing: running. With beautiful Colorado mountains as our backdrop, and a ton of great sponsors (in a subsequent post), we were set up for success.

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Of course the pride of contributing to the teams Roadkillz was exciting!
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An encouraging van driver is essential. Especially one who gets into the spirit of things by embracing our theme. Nuun Ned/Papa Ned took great care of all of the girls in the van, never bothering with sleep himself either.
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Mood lighting for the night legs; which were only a little unnerving…
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And a division WIN never hurt anyone. 28:49:10 was also good for a 3rd place finish amongst all ultra teams (mens, womens, mixed), as well as coming out on top amongst the women’s 12-person teams.
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Needless to say, I was ridiculously exhausted at the end. But the fullness in my heart for my team and our accomplishment overcame all of that. I can’t wait to run another ultra relay with these girls!
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XO,