live, from golden in the windy saddle café

June 3, 2009 at 9:57 am | Posted in exercise, plans, Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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blogging has been pretty poor lately (no post in over two weeks? WEAK! i should have my license taken away) but i’ve been busy. quick photo recap, more stories to come.

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a week and a half ago, i ran the first half marathon of the season, in ottawa. it was ok. the first 2/3 were awesome and i was fast! and then the sun started to make me wilt and i couldn’t drink enough fluids. the last 5km were brutal and i didn’t make my goal or even beat my last year’s time. i am fine with that – this wasn’t an important race for me, it was more of just a “get things started” kind of day and a test to see where i’m at and what i need to work on more. that would be: running in heat, drinking and eating more while i run (somehow when i get to the last few miles, the thought of anything other than cold water is repulsive to me. this is not healthy) and hills. i was a lot better prepared for the hills after last year’s battle on this course. the race is marketed as “flat and fast” but since the majority of the run is along a canal with a big set of locks, there is quite a bit of steady incline as well as a few steeper hills sprinkled around. i ran through everything, which i am happy about, and i beat my last year first split time by over 3 minutes. my whole race was 3-4 minutes slower, which gives you an idea of how much slower my second half was! 14 weeks till my next race. you can bet there will be a lot of speedwork and a lot of hills between now and then!

after a quick week of work, jon and i got on a plane to colorado. the mountains are breath-taking. so far we have hiked, gone white water rafting (!), and explored golden. i have also gotten to visit several nearby former mining towns, gone on 3 glorious runs, had a fabulous lunch at a super upscale hotel in denver and played tourist.

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at the top of our hike on table mountain. behind us is the town of golden, home to Coors.

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the raging creek we rafted in. class V rapids = scary and fun! i didn’t get thrown off the raft, luckily. i did have to pull a big guy that did go overboard back in.

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some of the beautiful colorado flowers. i have seed packets to take home, hopefully i am not hassled at the airport ;-)

off to shop for a few souvenirs before our big day in denver!

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  1. Well done! And thanks for sharing the post-race recap. I’m so glad you mentioned those hills. If time permits again, I told my in-laws that I’d return next year and do the same race again. Ottawa was so much fun.

    Where were you taking the picture with the door-like art? I didn’t see those at the race.

  2. Hey Haya!

    I’m not the greatest with leaving comments, but I DO read your blog, and I hope you’re well. Looking forward to your next post!


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