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Tips for a Winter Incline Hike

Flashback to 2004. I had met this crazy outdoorsy guy (soon to be my husband of 10 years!) and he thought it would be exciting for us to have a "first…


Added by UpaDowna on November 26, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Remembering on My Cancerversary

There are certain moments that you will always remember in your life: your first kiss, your wedding day, the birth of your children. I can add to that otherwise happy list the moment I heard the words "Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma". November 18 is the day I had surgery one year ago for what turned out to be Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma. I went into the surgery thinking that I had a precancerous lesion. I did, but there was also cancer present. This past year has been an amazing journey.



Added by Tonia Smith on November 18, 2014 at 8:24am — No Comments

Tales from Injuryland

That month of training sure was nice!  But for now it’s back to that place that every runner dreads: Injuryland.  It was a femur over the summer and now it’s a tibia.  While I’m convinced that tibias are tiny and insignificant in comparison to femurs so this should take no time to heal, I’ve been told otherwise. All I can say is: at least winter is on its way and there’s no Ascent to prepare for at the moment.  I should add that you may think a femur would hurt more than a tibia – yeah,…


Added by Mary Baldwin on November 16, 2014 at 7:37pm — 3 Comments

Meandering Progress

I am pleased to say that after 10.5 weeks off, I'm finally running!

Ok. I use the term "running" very loosely here. Basically I'm jogging on an Alter-G every other day and I get to increase the distance by about 5 minutes per session and the weight by 5% each time so long as my mangled plantar continues to improve and approve. So far so good, and my feet will be touching real land again soon! I'm all for skipping out on most technology-related things that needlessly complicate…


Added by Shannon Payne on November 14, 2014 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Functional Movement Screen: Assessing your injury risk before it happens

You are in great shape. You train hard. And you feel invincible! But even the top elite athletes get injured. Why is this? As most people train or workout we do the exercises or activities that we feel will benefit us the most given our sport or goal that we are trying to achieve. If you are a running you are likely working your legs the most, getting those quads strong, hamstrings loose, and glutes powerful. But we often get tunnel vision when it comes to our training regimes and do not…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on November 11, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Knee Pain and Your Kinetic Chain

     The knee joint needs to be trained and strengthened properly to avoid excess wear and tear (arthritis) on the joint that can eventually lead to knee pain. Running, hiking, agility training, yoga, and even strength training improperly can create or increase improper knee mechanics leading to pain or even arthritic…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on October 27, 2014 at 10:31am — No Comments

A Random Thursday on the Trails

Not that anyone really cares about a totally mediocre runner's Thursday night training run, but I'm going to tell you about it anyway. Last night, my little dog and I ventured to Bear Creek Park - yes, that same Bear Creek Park that I generally despise.  Well, yesterday's run was the fastest I've ever run out at Bear Creek, so I came away with a new found appreciation for the rocky, hilly monster.  My loop was almost a mile longer than the Fall Series II race, but, alas, I still manged to…


Added by Mary Baldwin on October 24, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

I'm Not Even Mad.

Today is my Almost Two Month Anniversary of No Running. Seven weeks to be exact. Of no running. Zero. Nada. Not a step. Lame-o. Not the best anniversary to "celebrate."

Actually I lied, I threw in a 30 minute jog about 6 weeks ago to see if my foot magically undid 7 months of pissed-offness in a few days, but no dice.

So yeah, like I was saying, zero. Nada. Not a step. Lame-o.

But for some reason, it's not so bad this time around. I've had more…


Added by Shannon Payne on October 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Fall Series II and The Ghost of Summer Roundup

This morning the mighty Lady Marmots ran the second race in the infamously soggy and bizarre Fall Series.  This 5-mile race was held at Bear Creek Park and took us over the hills and through the woods (and creek) a few times before finishing with a slippery rope climb and mad dash to the finish line (and dry socks). 

It was a fun race and a beautiful morning.  But, the moment I pulled into the parking lot at Bear Creek Park I began to think back to the last race I ran there - the…


Added by Mary Baldwin on October 19, 2014 at 4:33pm — 4 Comments

A Hip Flexor stretch you’ll truly Love

      Whether you run long distance, sit in a chair all day, or find yourself somewhere in between, our challenging modern lifestyles guarantees you may find yourself with tight hip flexors or living your life with an anterior pelvic tilt.

      When your hip flexors become overly tight, everything may seem out of sync.  You may feel like you walk funny, can’t run without knee pain, your lunges and squats are “off”, and your low back may ache or fatigue easily.  Sound familiar? You…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on October 13, 2014 at 11:38am — No Comments

Plantar, PRP, and Injury Doldrums

My post-Pikes Peak Ascent Hiatus seems to have turned into a bit of a hibernation.

I feel like I could have written an inordinate number of posts with this particular title over the last several years. Nonetheless, I'm not really planning on venting here or anything, and generally I like these things to be primarily of entertainment value, but this time around it's more for informative purposes, since plantar fascia problems seem to plague so many runners, and at the moment it's the…


Added by Shannon Payne on October 12, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Rehabilitation following a meniscus tear

So your doc said you have a meniscus tear? Ouch! And now you are wondering what rehabilitation will be like. This is going to depend on whether or not you had surgery and how bad the tear is. Small tears are common and can even heal on their own if in the right place, which…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on October 6, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

50's before 50: The Bear Chase Trail Race 50M Race Report

50 before 50: The Bear Chase Trail Race 50 Mile Race Report

Well... the smile says it all..   I made it!!   On Saturday September…

Added by Jeff Gallup on October 2, 2014 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Hamstring Injury Prevention

We all know about the dreaded…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on September 29, 2014 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Bear Chase 50k Race Report

While I am temporarily and partially paralyzed following my first 50K race, I might as well use the time to share my race report from the Bear Chase 50K in Morrison, Colorado. First off, I highly recommend this course to those looking for a first ultra-distance race. The course…


Added by Vanessa Shawver on September 28, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

Canya Canon 6K _ November 9, 2014



Added by Mary Baldwin on September 25, 2014 at 2:20pm — No Comments

COS Half Marathon assistance

This Sunday’s inaugural half marathon and 5k will be an outstanding race. JQRC has been asked to help crew an aid station as the original group dropped out. It is easy….everything will be there for you. You would be at aid station number 4 Sunday morning from 6:00-11:00. This aid station is on Cascade across from the Tutt library at Colorado College. We have 4 Rampart High School Cross Country kids with us already. Please share with anyone you know and let me know ASAP if you'd like to…


Added by Michael Yowell on September 25, 2014 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Catching Up and Athlete On Fire

I haven't posted here in a while... I kept meaning to but life got a bit crazy (once race season starts, I'm a very busy coach!)

Regarding my hip surgeries, I'm mostly recovered and am starting to walk/jog again. Hooray!

To catch up on that and maybe be a little inspired (that's the goal anyway), check out the interview I did with Scott Jones at Athlete On Fire

And once high school cross country season…


Added by Nicole Drummer on September 24, 2014 at 6:20pm — No Comments

On Downtime and Marshmallows

I've spent the last three or so weeks pretty much running vicariously through everyone. For a while I ran vicariously through Sage-Hoka-Golden-Boy-Canaday when he was busy getting second at the Rut 50k, which for the record looks like an insanely awesome course that I'd love to do when I cross over to the dark side of ultras, except there are steep descents and it'd be great if they would do away with those before then. Then I ran vicariously through the whole women's USA team at the World…


Added by Shannon Payne on September 22, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Piriformis Syndrome: A real pain in the butt!

It may be there when you first wake up, after a run, or it can even haunt you as you are sitting at your desk. And whether it is called…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on September 22, 2014 at 11:01am — No Comments

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