I'm twenty three days out today from the Fear the Deer half marathon, May 10. Quick history: in the inaugural running of the race three years ago I placed third. Then I was injured for a whole year--plantar, a whole other story--and then last year I went back and fell from first position to fifth in the last mile. Fast forward to this year. The race isn't getting any shorter, the competitors keep getting faster, and I keep getting older; nonetheless, I've really…Continue
Added by Duane and Jaclyn Roberson on April 17, 2014 at 9:13pm — No Comments
Coming back to running is tough. Whether an injury, a baby, a major life change, a “break” in the normal pattern of training is difficult to come back…Continue
Added by Duane and Jaclyn Roberson on April 17, 2014 at 1:08pm — No Comments
Hard work really does pay off, I thought to myself as I finished the workout with the Attack Pack at Garden of the Gods this morning. Last Tuesday I was the last of the group to make it to the top of Ridge Rd. Today, I was in the middle the pack. It's not the number of people ahead or behind me as we finish a hill that matters, and I know that. What really made me realize the progress I've made over the past few weeks of hill repeats, boring cross-training, and long runs in rain, wind,…Continue
Added by Mary Baldwin on April 15, 2014 at 9:42pm — No Comments
In a couple days as I write this it will be 3 weeks since my second hip surgery to repair a torn labrum.
I wrote about my recovery from the first hip earlier this year. Partway through that rehab my other hip started to shout out in a mild fury, and it turns out that one was injured, too. So the quickest way to get back to action is to fix it. So I went under…Continue
Added by Nicole Drummer on April 15, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Field Trip this week to Falcon Physical Therapy. Their Gleneagle location is at 12229 Voyager Parkway. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and vegetarian option along with chips, veggie trays, and Odells brew. Enjoy a free gait analysis by the FPT staff and post run…Continue
Added by Michael Yowell on April 13, 2014 at 8:34pm — No Comments
This is the second week I've managed to drag myself out of bed at 5am to get to training runs at Garden of the Gods by 6am. While it sounds awful as I hit the snooze button and nudge my dog to wake up (she doesn't; she's still curled up on my bed when I get home) as soon as I pull on my running tights I'm looking forward to putting in a few miles (and hills) before my body is really awake enough to grasp what's going on. Perhaps best of all, by the time I'm driving home, Starbucks in hand,…Continue
Hope you've had a fabulous weekend! We have lots of fun and informative things going on this week at Quinn's. We had such an awesome turnout this past week and hope to have just as many of you join us this week. We look forward to seeing you out on the trail! Note that next week we will be traveling to Falcon Physical…Continue
Added by Michael Yowell on April 7, 2014 at 4:13pm — No Comments
Last weekend, I journeyed west to race in the land of crimson canyons. A place where the rocky terrain is so cool and so hip, it goes by the name "slick." Moab and the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Area is home to a new 53+ mile race, brought to you by the folks at Grass Roots Events. I'd been to Moab only one other time and was excited to race in this incredible part of the country. While it can be a bit of a haul from the…Continue
Added by Brandon Stapanowich on April 5, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
I had the week off from chemo this week. Physically I felt ready for it. After three weeks of medications being pumped into my body, I was tired. When I say tired, I mean so tired that the bags under my eyes are truly too terrifying to document. Still, it was my goal on my week off to try to enjoy life as much as possible. I ran every day. I ran by myself, I ran with my husband and I ran with friends. I ran the Santa Fe trail. I ran at…Continue
A die-hard dedication to training, I'm coming to realize, must be accompanied by an equal dedication to rest and other factors that sane, non-runners take for granted. A prime example: there was a time (ok...like most of my running career) when I considered cross-training days to be days "off." You see the rationale I'm sure, since these days did not include a run they were a waste and counted for nothing. To me, like to any logical human being, a 4000 yard swim takes no effort and…Continue
Added by Mary Baldwin on April 2, 2014 at 8:35pm — No Comments
I'm really excited to be working with the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region to start a triathlon program. We're kicking it off at Garden Ranch location (2380 Montebello Drive West) and the April session begins on Monday, April 7th. To sign up, simply swing by the YMCA front desk or call them at 593-9622. There is more info here on the flyer: …Continue
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Added by Michael Yowell on March 31, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
This past Monday I had my 9th chemo infusion. I am getting a total of 18, so that means I am now half way finished with treatments! I am on a 3 week on and one week off chemo schedule, so I have completed 11 of 24 weeks. My husband and I continued with our pre chemo tradition of running 10 miles in the morning before heading to the cancer center. I was nervous going in on Monday. I do not normally get particularly nervous, but I had…Continue
Added by Tonia Smith on March 30, 2014 at 5:58pm — No Comments
For the first time since moving to the Springs - and beginning my trail running education in ernest - I think I might actually be making progress. On Thursday I put in 10 miles, cross-trained yesterday, and then did (almost) 7 this morning bringing the week's mileage to somewhere around the 40 mile mark. That's low for me, but these have been hard won, high-quality miles. None of those flat-as-a-pancake-and-boring-as-heck-road-miles. The hills may not be the highlight of my run, but they…Continue
10 mile trail run yesterday, hot yoga this morning. Can you guess which one I considered miserable? Like many dedicated runners, I ended up loving the sport because I'm not coordinated enough to do much else. Plunk a very klutzy me into a 105 degree room and it's a recipe for dread. While the sheer volume of sweat produced while doing this particular sort of yoga is astonishing and the heat is almost sickening, I left feeling like a million bucks. While unfamiliar and somewhat unpleasant…Continue
Added by Mary Baldwin on March 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments
I completed my first trail run since having our son, Rowan. I pushed as hard as I could for as long as I could (no pun intended) and covered 4.4 miles. I felt really strong. But when I returned to the car and checked my new Garmin, I saw that my average mile was 13:41. I had two thoughts:
#1, Seriously? Fail.
#2, Seriously? Get over it. It's only been 6 weeks.
I'm running a lot slower than I did before having Rowan, and I guess I thought I would bounce back a lot…Continue
Being a transplant from the great, flat, expanse of the Northern Midwest I am no stranger to lonely runs. That doesn't mean I enjoy them. Moving to the Springs feels like I've found my tribe. There's some sort of social running group meeting almost every night of the week. Last night, because I didn't want to go it alone in the wind/occasional rain, I joined the Colorado Running Company's social running group. It was fun - I met people who are training for a variety of different events…Continue
Added by Mary Baldwin on March 27, 2014 at 2:19pm — No Comments
My luck finally ran out at the Hardrock lottery this year. Despite being in the old timer’s category and thus being a near shoe-in, I now sit far enough back on the wait list that I won’t get into the race. Instead of moping around feeling sorry for myself I decided to try a new challenge: Leadman.
If you don’t know, the Leadman is a series of races that all start and finish in Leadville. The…Continue