The Blonde Runs

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…with Bruce Fordyce, 9x Comrades winner

If you happen to be running the Boston Marathon this year, you’ll be lucky enough to tread on the same ground as legendary Bruce Fordyce. Having run the Comrades ultramarathon in South Africa 30 times, and winning 9 times, he will be approaching his FIRST Boston with more experience than most of the field combined.

Sign up below to hold your spot on Saturday, April 14th in Boston for an extraordinary and unique talk with Bruce and several other Comrades participants.

To sign up, click HERE.

For directions, click HERE.

XO,

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…and drinks for G-Row!

My friend Kaitlin, who I met through our local lululemon Run Club, will be running the Boston Marathon this year for G-Row (Girls-Row) Boston. G-Row Boston is a community rowing organization that teaches and empowers girls to row. It is the first rowing program designed specifically for girls in the Boston Public Schools and reaches over 200 girls each year! It provides girls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to learn to row and compete on the Charles River.

In an effort to meet her fundraising goal, Kaitlin will be hosting a WINEraiser at Bookcliff Winery in Boulder, CO on Sunday, April 1st at 3pm. The tasting is only $5 with an optional $5 donation for G-Row. I’m really excited that Bookcliff is the host winery, as they are one of my favorite Colorado vineyards! So, despite my verbal confessions to “go dry” on April 1st before Boston, I am stretching the rules a little bit so I can help out Kaitlin and enjoy some great wine.

Click here for the event invitation. It does require a “sign-in”, so if you are opposed to that, no problem! Just let me know if you would like to come via email or in the comments section. I will pass the info along to Kaitlin.

This is a great cause and you get to meet ME and THE BOY!!

Click here for Kaitlin’s fundraising website, where you can learn more about G-Row and Kaitlin’s passion. She is SO close to her goal!!
If you can’t make the WINEraiser (because I know that not ALL of my readers can say that they live in this fabulous place called Colorado), please consider a donation for G-Row.

XO,


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…the Change It 5k Challenge

I recently posted about this virtual training and 5k run beginning on March 18th. This is in 3 days people!!

And let’s be honest, I’m not training for a 5k. I think they’re painful. In more ways than one. No no, I’m still fully devoted to Boston. In fact, this 5k falls the weekend after Boston. I will not be running fast for this 5k. Not. At. All.

So why am I even bothering to train/run it? Because IT WILL BE FREAKING AWESOME!!! And in some ways it will remind me of my coaching days. Back when I thought I made a difference to high school runners. Now I just think I make a difference to Chase since he runs 18 miles with me. He never loved me so much. I just like to get all Cesar Milan on him and dominate with exercise. Anyway, I want to encourage people. People who have run for years. People who are new runners. I love to talk running, so why not be a part of potentially life changing for someone?! Yeah, see, you’ve got nothing.

Workouts will be tracked through active.com’s FREE trainer. Once your profile has been set up, you can begin to connect with Coach Meg (the gal who is heading it up, who is even based in Boulder) and the other challengers. You will receive weekly training programs, tips, and feedback. For many of us, who already have a means for tracking our runs (i.e. dailymile), this may seem like yet another thing to do, but by taking a few extra minutes to input your workout on active.com you might be able to motivate and encourage that one runner…or many (new and veteran)!

On the weekend of April 21st and 22nd, you will participate in your own virtual 5k. This can be a 5k that you personally register for, and race. Or, you can simply go for a 5k run from your front door! On Sunday afternoon, a “post-race party” will be held on Spark’s facebook page, so we can celebrate our accomplishment.

The first day of virtual training begins Sunday, March 18th. To get all the details and instructions, email Coach Meg: info@sparkbehavior.com

Also, join their facebook page for articles and posts about each challengers progress.

Do this with a friend, a group, or go solo. But, do this to spark positive behavior!

XO,


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…the Change It 5k Challenge Virtual Training and Run

My friend, Kaitlin, recently told me about a unique 5k challenge! Kaitlin’s friend Meg, founder of Spark Behavior, is running a 5k virtual training program with a culminating run to “spark challengers around the nation to walk, run, skip or crawl their way to their first or fastest 5K.”

This Change It 5k is a creative approach to the increasingly popular virtual run, as this challenge will also have a 5 week virtual training plan for athletes to track their workouts and motivate/inspire other participants! As someone who has blogged for many years, I can speak firsthand about how important the virtual running community has been to me. I have learned so much from other runners around the globe and we have supported each other in our challenges and successes. In many ways, it’s like another family! Imagine the camaradarie participants will feel as they, perhaps, embark on their first 5k; a lifestyle change; sparking a new behavior; all while working towards a common goal.

Workouts will be tracked through active.com’s FREE trainer. Once your profile has been set up, you can begin to connect with Coach Meg and the other challengers. You will receive weekly training programs, tips, and feedback. For many of us, who already have a means for tracking our runs (i.e. dailymile), this may seem like yet another thing to do, but by taking a few extra minutes to input your workout on active.com you might be able to motivate and encourage that one runner…or many (new and veteran)!

On the weekend of April 21st and 22nd, you will participate in your own virtual 5k. This can be a 5k that you personally register for, and race. Or, you can simply go for a 5k run from your front door! On Sunday afternoon, a “post-race party” will be held on Spark’s facebook page, so we can celebrate our accomplishment.

Even if you are training to run a different race (like me), this is a great motivation to stay on track and encourage someone else.

The first day of virtual training begins Sunday, March 18th. To get all the details and instructions, email Coach Meg: info@sparkbehavior.com

Also, join their facebook page for articles and posts about each challengers progress.

Do this with a friend, a group, or go solo. But, do this to spark positive behavior!

XO,


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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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…the 2012 goals in her head

Happy New Year!

A new year for new goals! Running goals that is…

Drink more water
Because we all should. But I’ve become bored with water, so I need to add lemons or limes or experiment more with flavored waters. Or just suck it up and drink it.

Cross-train
Pilates or yoga. Light weights and more abs. Tone up. Because I don’t think the swimming thing is going to happen yet.

Stretch
Because I feel better. And foam roll. And ice. And take better care of me.

Explore a 30 miler
After Rim Rock, I was tired. But I briefly thought what if I could have run a few more? When I told the boy this fleeting thought, he suggested a 30 miler. Not a huge ultra, but something of a new challenge. Surely there would be some 30 mile races in Colorado. So, I’d love to look into it and just see what some possibilities might be for the end of 2012.

Leadville Half Marathon
The boy is so good about challenging me and offering food for thought. After we both read Born to Run, we discussed the possibility of running one of the races in the Leadville Series. Nothing like the 100. Or even the 50. I’d be surprised if I could run much farther than a few miles at the 13,000 foot elevation, but the half marathon looks rather appealing.

Dailymile
While I typically do a decent job of tracking all of my miles, I want to explore a different mode. In the past, I’ve been a slave to spreadsheets. I don’t mind spreadsheets. In fact, I like them very much. But in 2012, I want to utilize some of the online mile trackers that will also allow me to connect with other athletes. Enter Dailymile. I subscribed a while ago, but because of my Type A- personality, didn’t want to begin entering info until January 1st. You can follow my daily runs by clicking on the dailymile link on my right sidebar.

Boston Marathon
April 16. Patriots Day. I’ll be there for Round 2. I’m really excited to have the opportunity to run this epic course again. I know what to expect and perhaps my training will produce a time better than my previous there.

More trails
Get out of my routine and out of my comfort zone with the same old trails and paths I run. It’s time to expand my knowledge in an area abundant with trails.

XO


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…and connects with Colorado Runner

I have great news about The Blonde Runs! I’ve been published! Sort of…

The good people at Colorado Runner have included little ol’ me in their online blogroll! Colorado Runner is a magazine that “allows local runners one resource for all their running needs” (i.e. races, results, running news, resources, and the like). While this may not seem like a huge deal, let me assure that it is! Mainly because they have such a seemingly select few that are a part of their blogroll. And those select few do not seem to be middle packers, like me. I hope that this little fact remains quiet, as I will surely be eradicated from said blogroll!

For now, I enjoy the exposure, and hope that I have a valid thing or two to say about running in Colorado.

If you live in Colorado, are envious that I live in Colorado, or just want to check out Colorado Runner for their many running articles that don’t necessarily always have to do with running in Colorado, but for the most part do, then check it out here.

For proof that I’m actually a part of their blogroll, look here, and then scroll down to the VERY bottom. The very. Bottom.

And, of course, you can now connect to Colorado Runner in my sidebar.

XO,