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March 2014 Blog Posts (27)

This week at JQRC 01APR14

Hello there fellow Quinnians! 

 

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Added by Michael Yowell on March 31, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Half way through chemotherapy!

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…

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Added by Tonia Smith on March 30, 2014 at 5:58pm — No Comments

I think I can, I think I can...

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…

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Added by Mary Baldwin on March 29, 2014 at 10:07pm — 1 Comment

Muscle Melting Yoga

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…

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Added by Mary Baldwin on March 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — No Comments

The tutu controversy

Yesterday I read a disturbing story involving Self magazine. Apparently Monika Allen was contacted by Self magazine. Self wanted to use a picture of Ms. Allen running the LA marathon in a tutu. Monika Allen consented to the use of her image in the magazine thinking it would be great publicity for her company Glam Runner. Glam Runner makes tutus and a percentage of the proceeds supports the girls running program "Girls on the Run". Ms. Allen was mortified when she found out that she was featured… Continue

Added by Tonia Smith on March 28, 2014 at 8:41pm — 3 Comments

Happy Thoughts

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…

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Added by Duane and Jaclyn Roberson on March 28, 2014 at 4:55pm — 2 Comments

Social Running

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…

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Added by Mary Baldwin on March 27, 2014 at 2:19pm — No Comments

Leadman 2014

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…

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Added by Jon Teisher on March 27, 2014 at 1:02pm — 3 Comments

Running after a surprise cancer diagnosis

I started running at the age of 28, after my first child was born. Along the way, I have run a bunch of marathons as well as some shorter races and several ultra marathons. Over the years, running has kept me happy and sane through a divorce, a remarriage, and while raising my two children. My best friendships have been formed on the roads and trails. My relationship with my husband started and grew out of time spent on Barr trail, Section 16, Palmer Park and Waldo canyon. Running is still how… Continue

Added by Tonia Smith on March 26, 2014 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

Salida Marathon and the First Year of Long Trails

Last weekend's Salida Run Through Time Marathon marks my first year of longer trail races. Within this year I ran my first 50 miler, ran a gruesome 50 k, and trained a lot of mileage (last year). I was excited for the marathon this year, since I felt these experiences would help me improve my time from my first Salida.…

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Added by Lauren Johnson on March 24, 2014 at 4:03pm — 4 Comments

This week @ JQRC 25 March 2014

Sunny and 50's for Tuesday so brush the snow off of your shoes and come on out!

"Success is not final. failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston…

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Added by Michael Yowell on March 24, 2014 at 2:24pm — No Comments

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” - Margaret Atwood

I've succeeded in that!  I ran a different combination of trails in Red Rocks today than any I've done before and it was among the most peaceful hours of my running life.  The bright red earth with fresh snow, the cool, still, morning, and the view of the park through the fog were otherworldly.  Really, where else in the world can you stand in one place and see snow covered cactuses, mountains, lakes, and colorful canyons.  It was just me and the dog and the views for a good three miles…

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Added by Mary Baldwin on March 23, 2014 at 8:04pm — No Comments

You Know You're a Runner When:

you check the weather very few minutes to see if it's gotten any warmer.  So far we're up to 23 degree, already better than what we braved yesterday morning (19 degrees with wind).  By noon it should be near 50, so I'll practice patience for a few more hours.  

Added by Mary Baldwin on March 23, 2014 at 9:38am — No Comments

Running Buddies of the Four-legged Variety

Cliche as it may be, dogs make awesome companions.  When you hit the trails with a dog you have someone to talk to, when the hills get long you're not actually going it alone, and dogs don't have a training plan of their own so the run has one purpose - fun. I'm dog-sitting for my boss at the moment and this particular dog is a blast to run with.  While she's more than capable of out-running me, she's doesn't seem to be interested in pushing the pace or running off like a maniac. She just…

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Added by Mary Baldwin on March 21, 2014 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Red Rocks on the First Day of Spring

Yesterday marked the first day of Spring and the weather was magnificent: 65 degrees and sunny made for a perfect Red Rocks run.  Since I'm a trail newbie without any sense of direction to speak of, I never seem to be able to find the same trail twice.  I started off on a trail that I was sure I recognized, needless to say I was wrong.  The loop started with a climb up to Ring the Peak trail (with some hill repeats added in just for kicks :).  By the time I reached 3.5 miles I felt like I…

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Added by Mary Baldwin on March 21, 2014 at 10:34am — 1 Comment

This week at JQRC 18MAR14 Adidas, Journey Racing 5-mile Challenge, and Fix a Leak Week

Hello hello fellow Quinnians! We hope this week is off to a great start for you! We have some great visitors with us this week so come on out, get in your run, and check out what they have to offer! See you on the trail!



 



This week at JQRC:



- Boulder Running Company…

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Added by Michael Yowell on March 18, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

Day 1 Post-Incline: A Runner's Gotta Run

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back on the trail.  That's my mentality in gearing up for the Triple Crown and other summer races.  I was surprisingly "unsore" this morning, despite the miles and ridiculous hills (...or, more accurately, mountains) that I put in yesterday.  As the day wore on though, I began to feel like I would have fit in well with a group of geriatrics around a bridge table!  It's not the uphill that killed my legs; my quads are screaming about the downhill…

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Added by Mary Baldwin on March 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Getting Back

I had a goal to run the St. Patrick's Day 5K this past weekend. It was exactly 4 weeks after the birth of our second child, and I thought this would be my first race, getting back to normal. But, running has been tough this time. Maybe it's my older body or my 10 lb. 10 oz. baby, but more likely, it is my love of soaking up every little bit of baby time I can get. Because, this is it. This is our last little baby.

I'm not disappointed that I didn't run the race. I am a bit…

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Added by Duane and Jaclyn Roberson on March 17, 2014 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Running The Edge: The Colorado Trail

Get your tickets and mark your calendars folks! On April 9th, Matt Trappe's documentary "Running the Edge: The Colorado Trail" will be arriving in Colorado Springs. The film, which follows Scott Jaime's record trek from Durango to Denver, made it's premier recently in Denver and sold out on consecutive nights. It's now coming to…

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Added by Brandon Stapanowich on March 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Incline: A Trail Runner's Rite-of-Passage

I did the incline today!  In my mind, that means I've officially joined the world of trail runners.  A friend and I started our run with that infamous beast and then continued up Barr Trail to about 10,000 feet.  That's where my lungs (and pretty much every other system vital to human existence) decided to call it quits.  So, we turned around and ran back down Barr Trail, which was a blast.  That downhill is a hard-earned reward!  We had planned to get a bit further up the trail than we did,…

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Added by Mary Baldwin on March 16, 2014 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

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