Hooray! I am now home for the summer – finals are done, the Pikes Peak Sports website has replaced a Free Radical Chlorination bookmark on my computer, and I’m halfway done with undergrad! And what better way to kick off the summer than a run to Barr Camp?
It was the first time for me to run with my family’s new running partner, Jeff Watson, an orthopedic hand surgeon new to the area. (Welcome to the great running community that is Colorado Springs, Jeff!) I had heard about his sub-3…Continue
I joined a swim team in third grade, the Schofield Barracks Sharks, while my dad was stationed in Hawaii. I most often swam freestyle quite successfully at all my swim meets, with the exception that I refused to dive off the platform. I would either jump or belly flop into the pool, regain my form and then swim to victory, despite my rather peculiar and ineffective start. My non-existent diving skill was certainly not due to lack of effort on my coach's part as he would even keep me…Continue
Added by Vanessa Shawver on May 22, 2013 at 4:05pm — No Comments
In the immortal words of Kevin McAllister, “this is it, don’t get scared now.” This past week, as I wrapped up work on a tough and busy semester, I found myself curiously focused, not on the 62-page behemoth capstone project for student teaching, not on finishing the research article I’m hoping to submit for publication, not on the myriad of other projects that I was tackling, but on the fact that I needed to hit the pavement. That there are only 3 weeks left until my…Continue
After a disaster of a 2013 Pikes Peak Ascent, Tim has brought me back on board for the 2014 PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Team. You can go here to see my intro from last year. Since I can’t figure out how to run the Ascent without getting embarrassed, I’m just going to settle for a full weekend of throttling from the mountain as I signed up for the Double.
Of course, there’s a…Continue
I've always been a "things happen for a reason" kind of person. Whether this holds true for anything, much less everything, actually isn't all that important to me. It's our interpretation of things in life and our individual beliefs that matter.
With that said, having a lingering Achilles issue for the better part of the year while preparing for one of the grandest ultra-races in the country has, at times, been incredibly frustrating. Week after week of limited…Continue
Added by Brandon Stapanowich on May 19, 2013 at 10:27pm — No Comments
The running race season is upon us and many of us are already making plans or registering for races we want…Continue
It's getting close - the opening race of the 2013 Ascent Cycling Series. Only 20 short days until we get to line up and hear Andy blow his whistle to release us onto the single track. This year might be the best yet with two dates at Palmer Park, two at Bear Creek Terrace and a return to Cheyenne Mountain State Park. I'm looking forward to all of the races, but the one at CMPS is going to be awesome. I don't know what the course is going to be, but everything at CMSP is fun. With five races…Continue
Added by Tracy Thelen on May 15, 2013 at 2:45pm — No Comments
Life is full of surprises. Cliché, I know, but these past few weeks and months have shown the truth in that.
If you would have told me when I was in elementary or middle school that by the latter part of high school and especially in college I’d be an avid runner, I would have said, “you’re crazy”. And now, I’m going crazy when I am too busy that I am forced to cut down my 2 hour workout to 1 hour, and even more so when I’m forced to take 2 rest days a week. .
And if you would…Continue
Since Colorado Springs has finally warmed up enough for my liking, I am bravely abandoning my trusty treadmill this week and venturing outside to prepare for the Triple Crown of Running races. Of course, I use the term "races" very loosely since my general goal is to keep a pace that doesn't make me breathe too hard or sweat too much. In essence, I am too comfortable to be accurately "racing," but it sounds good anyhow to non-running strangers that don't know the difference. Of…Continue
The Effects of Overtraining Part I
~ Over training- Is a physical, behavioral, and emotional condition that occurs when the volume and intensity of an individual's exercise exceeds their recovery capacity. They cease making progress, and can even begin to lose strength and fitness. Overtraining is a common problem in several sports, but it can also be experienced by runners and other athletes. Even the best of us wanting to get better experience this
Most runners have had the experience: you train like crazy, you prep for a race with good nutrition and decent sleep, the weather on race day is not so bad, and somehow, the race itself still falls apart.
The most extreme memory I have of that type of “falling apart” might involve me, standing under the Colorado bridge (less than a mile from the finish) in the American Discovery Trail Marathon, having an internal negotiation about whether I would run it in, or walk it in. Did I…Continue
Our Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run courses are the 5K and 10K with the hearts of an ultra. There's 1,083 feet of cumulative elevation gain on the 10K, and 475 feet for the 5K.
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Register today! www.hardscrabblerun.com…Continue
Added by Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run on May 11, 2013 at 7:53am — No Comments
Living in Colorado Springs has so many perks! One of those is being so close to the Olympic Training Center. You never know who…
Added by Randi Hitchcock on May 10, 2013 at 4:08pm — No Comments
We are pretty fortunate to have Pikes Peak as our playground right in our own backyard.
We couldn’t ask for a more beautiful sight when out for an early morning run?!
On the eve of another Mother's Day weekend, I look forward to the inevitable tokens my kids will bestow upon me -- usually comprised of mysterious clay sculptures, fresh picked dandelions, handmade cards and priceless hugs that make the day truly special. We will likely engage in some type of outdoor activity, and…Continue
Added by Vanessa Shawver on May 10, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments
Ever wonder if anyone pays attention to your updates on Facebook? Find yourself in the middle of a terrorist attack with no cell phone reception and you will quickly appreciate Facebook for more than just silly banter.
I’m slow. Literally and figuratively. Anyone that knows me well would agree. I am a slow…Continue
What an incredible week it has been, being named to the Triple Crown Running Team! I find it particularly exciting since I haven’t been honored with a crown since I was named Miss Teen Osan Air Force Base in 1988. While I’m still anxiously awaiting my official Triple Crown tiara, I decided I might as well make a decent attempt to get back into shape so I can actually complete these crazy runs that come with the title. Plus, I don’t want to appear too slovenly in the upcoming team…Continue
I’d like to start my blog by acknowledging a few bloggers from the previous teams. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading about Brandon’s adventures over this past two years. From the monthly Pikes Peak summits, to Incline-athon, Stationary Elliptical Marathon, and most recently on his amazing finish in Fruita despite being “untrained.” Brandon’s blogs keep me motivated to keep getting out there. I’ve also enjoyed reading JT’s blogs, mainly because they make me laugh and remind me not to take…Continue
Even though I took it up relatively late in life, running is part of my identity. My faraway family and friends inquire about my running, and I frequently broach the subject with new friends and colleagues to find kindred spirits. And 50% of the time, people who don’t know my running habits well ask me if I run “that race up that mountain,” referring, ostensibly, to the Pikes Peak Ascent.
Before last month, my response was always the same: “I’m definitely crazy, but I’m not that…Continue