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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 — No Comments

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

Training Through Pain


You’re in great physical shape, you’ve been spending the last couple months ramping up your training for the next big race….. and then it happens. It can start off as a small twinge of pain in your knee or as a soreness in your hips which you blow it off and keep running. Then a month goes by and it’s a little more nagging, and your frustration is growing. Now you are even closer to the race and become worried that it will affect your time. What do you do, keep training or…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on September 15, 2014 at 11:12am — No Comments

Dedicated to R, Who Made a Difference in My Life

This year, on the day of the Boston Marathon, I went in for chemotherapy. On that day, I was wearing my own Boston marathon shirt in solidarity with the people who were running the race the year after the bombing at the finish line. My shirt happened to spark a conversation with another gentleman who was in for chemotherapy also. I had really not talked with any other patients up to this point, but as fate…


Added by Tonia Smith on September 13, 2014 at 8:40am — No Comments

Runner's Knee: What it is and how to treat it

What is Runner’s Knee?

If you have been running for a long enough time you are bound to hear the term “runner’s knee.” Hopefully it is another runner complaining they have it rather than hearing it from your doctor’s mouth, but either way you should know what it is and what to do about it. Runner’s knee is medically known as Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome, or PFPS. It…


Added by Synergy Manual Physical Therapy on September 10, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Race Report: Tommyknocker Ultras 50/100K, Woodland Park, CO 9/6/14

Human Potential Race Series: Tommyknocker Ultras 50K Race Report

My new favorite t-shirt!  Well,…

Added by Jeff Gallup on September 9, 2014 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

Nolan's 14

     It's been over a week and I'm still trying to find a way to put the Nolan's 14 experience into words. What's easier to appreciate is the abundance of gratitude I have for the gobs of good fortune and kindness we encountered along the way. Over the past couple of days, deep fatigue has gradually given way to deeper satisfaction. And while I initially thought that 60 hours in the Sawatch would be a test of stubbornness,…


Added by Brandon Stapanowich on September 9, 2014 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Why Am I Doing This?

I had some good news this week. First, my chemo port is officially scheduled to come out October 7th. I am looking forward to getting this foreign object removed from my chest. I am grateful that I had it, because it saved my veins, but it really is time for it to go. I also discovered that my hair is starting to fill back in where it had thinned out during treatment. My receding hairline will hopefully blend in with the rest of my hair in a few months.…


Added by Tonia Smith on September 8, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Leadville #507 Race Report

The following is my account of the events that transpired during my running of the Leadville 100 on August 16 and 17, 2014.


4am, Saturday morning, August 16th.  Hands clasped together and eyes tightly shut, I think to myself- I’m going to do this.  This…


Added by Keeler North on September 1, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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