The Blonde Runs

Colorado lovin'

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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.
Start area

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.

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!

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.



…long run fueling

Confession. I don’t take Energy Gels when I long run.

Don’t get me wrong, I used to ONLY take them when I was training and running my first few marathons. But then things changed. My stomach was suddenly NOT happy about those sweet little Gels. I tried different flavors, different brands, but every time, I would get queasy. I would end up taking in so many less calories during my run because I couldn’t stomach this type of fueling anymore.

The last few years, I’ve experimented with various forms of fuel for my long runs. There have been many “no-ways” and several “heck-yes’s” along the way.

Water (can’t handle much else)

Energy Chews (certain flavors/brands)
Peanut Butter crackers
Justin’s PB packets


Recently, I ran across a photo, on my Instagram feed, of Marie‘s long run fueling options…


What?! We used to have these in our house when I was growing up. I never particularly cared for them, but I didn’t completely dislike them either. Not having eaten a Fig Newton in years, I decided it was worth a long run try.

Today, during my 20 miler, I took a handful with me and ended up eating all of them during the run. For me, it was the perfect amount of sweet and savory. And coupled with a soft outside, they were easy to eat. My stomach seemed to enjoy them as well!

So, I guess I add Fig Newtons to my “heck-yes” pile of fuel. At least I have more options.



…with SaltStick Capsules

I’ve been meaning to review the SaltStick Capsules I’ve been long running with, but I just haven’t.

I’d explain my disdain for all Gel’s and Gu’s, but there is too much. Let me sum up: they make me nauseous. Like an I-don’t-want-to-run-anymore-just-want-to-curl-up-in-the-fetal-position-on-the-bathroom-rug-and-unswallow-my-breakfast-or-lunch-or-dinner-or-whathaveyou. The Gel’s are just too darn sweet (much like me). Which is somewhat interesting to me since I have a sweet tooth. Or teeth. I’d easily make a meal of ice cream and cupcakes daily.

Oh sure, the Gel’s and Gu’s worked initially when I started distance running several years back. But just like that, they made me sick. So, I’ve experimented and made due with some Chomps, Blocks, and Chews. I’ve even brought peanut butter crackers and most recently Justin’s Peanut Butter packets.

But I have never tried salt capsules.

When talking to my Boston marathoning co-worker about her salt capsules, she shared a few with me for a 20 mile long run I did a few weeks ago. I took the recommended dosages, which ended up being 1 capsule at mile 9, and another at mile 17.

I’ll be honest. I didn’t really know what to look for after taking them. But I will say, that after my 20 miler, I felt like I could have kept on running. At least for a few more miles. The one thing I noticed was that at mile 17, after taking my 2nd capsule, I had major dry mouth. Perhaps I needed more fluid with it? I bought my own SaltStick Capsules after this long run and have used them since. I think it’s going to work great in conjunction with what I already use!

Here is all the science behind salt capsules, because I can’t really explain it. Something about sweating and replacing your sweat with salt (Yes, I really read all the research. I’m not that dumb). So, go get all smart about it and tell me in layman’s terms. AKA-Blonde terms



…week 7: Boston Training

Another week in the bag with not much time to go. As I finish my cutback and prepare for my last high mileage week, I begin to consider Boston a little more closely. This could be, in part, because one of my teammates will also be running Boston this year too. This is her first time, and Kelly has been asking a lot of questions as of late. Which I love! Not only is it running, but it’s Boston! We’ve discussed the course and fueling, as well as making sure we meet up the morning of the race in Boston Common to bus out together to Hopkinton. I’m getting so excited!

Week 7: Boston
Goal: 65 miles
Actual: 65.33 miles

Monday: 8.1 miles/8:31 pace
Met up with Erika for some conversation. She filled me in on her latest 1/2 marathon. After she left, I got in a few more miles, during which a huge brown cow came charging toward me on the trail, just missing me by a few strides. Who knew that cows knew physics! Runner A is traveling west at 8mph and Bessie Cow is traveling east at 12mph. How long will it take Bessie Cow to collide with Runner A…

Tuesday: 9 miles: 5 miles/3x400m hills and 4 miles/8:36 pace
Ran hills with Erika since I’ve been paranoid about the upcoming hills in Boston. Finished with a light cool down at lululemon.

Wednesday: 15 miles/8:26 pace
Solo for this run that was cloudy and 40 degrees colder than the previous day. I started later than I wanted and ended up running the last 30 minutes or so in complete dark. Headlamp was left in the car. On the upside, during the final few miles, I “ran” into a run club that was doing speed work in the same direction I was running. I inadvertently sped up when we were going back and forth passing each other. Made the run go faster. Obviously.

Thursday: off day
Final night of parent/teacher conferences

Friday: 9.08 miles: AM-5 miles/9:13 pace and PM-4.08 miles/8:55 pace
Double day! First run was beautiful with the sunrise at my left and the moonset on my right. The birds were out and it was the fresh, crisp Spring morning. My second run left my left feeling heavy, so I took an ice bath afterward. Haven’t done this in ages!

Saturday: 20 miles/8:47 pace
My brother met me for my first 9 miles at the Boulder Res. We then met up with Erika and Danielle for our final miles. Matt needed 17, so we turned around in our out-and-back and dropped him off at his car. They finished my final 3 with me. Tried salt tablets for the first time and I think I liked them! I wasn’t nauseous at all and I actually still had some energy at the end! I had major cottonmouth by the time I took my second one around mile 17. Still want to try them the next few weeks.

Sunday: 4.15 miles/8:32 pace
Slept in today and made an easy run around the boy’s neighborhood. Followed up with some relaxing and some Beau Jo’s pizza. Mmmm…

I made it! The second week of high miles for marathon training. Next up is a cutback week and I’m feeling like I need to give extra attention to my legs: stretching, foam rolling, ice bathing, etc. They were feeling really tired by the end of this week and I want them ready to go when I hit 70 next week.



…the base miles

I didn’t intend to take a hiatus. It just happened that way. I haven’t posted in nearly 10 days! What have I been doing?! Busy with this, that, and the other. Sometimes blogging takes a back burner to real life.

And I’ve been running, of course.

I finished up my base miles with the last several weeks between 30-35 miles, each. I’ve been able to check out some new trails, which is nice to break up the monotony. I hope to explore a little more in Boston training; of which I am in week 1!

Sunset at the Coalton Trail

I have also been logging all of miles through I love this site! The numbers and graphs and weekly recaps are a Type A- girls dream! Love. This.

I also saw this week, that someone finally got it right! GU made a savory energy gel! Am I the last one to know about this?! Since my sudden disdain for all things energy gel, for my long runs/races, I have been sticking to the chomps, beans, and blocks; even an occasional peanut butter cracker. I have secretly hoped that one of these companies would produce an energy gel that wasn’t sweet. As much as I have a sweet tooth (or teeth), my tummy does not like sweet gels. So, when I saw this peanut butter gel, I bought it to try it out for my weekend long run. Luckily, peanut butter is my favorite thing EVER, aside from my boyfriend. If I like this, I’ll be buying stock.

The latest news this week is that Trader Joe’s is rumored to be coming to Boulder! We are all abuzz and all excited! To celebrate, I ate the last of my TJ Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels. Hope that rumor pans out, otherwise I’ll be soliciting for TJ care packages to those of you fortunate enough to live near one.

In unrelated news, I will be mostly on another hiatus, as I will be sunning myself in HAWAII next week! I will, of course, try to keep open blog communication between the two readers and myself. However, since one of those reader is my boyfriend, I make no promises to that other reader. Sorry Kanadia.