Monthly Archives: September 2011

Relay Drama in Denver

So, as most of you know, I participated in the Wild West Relay this August with five awesome teammates. (Scroll back to old posts to get the mile-by-mile experience.)

Well, there’s been some drama recently with the relay industry in Denver, and reasonably so.

The long and the short of it is that Ragnar Relays is looking to debut its first relay in Colorado next summer (it has 15 others going elsewhere already). Ragnar will come in addition to Wild West Relay and the Colorado Relay, two longstanding events that are local favorites. And, Ragnar could be called a bit of a copy cat. They took their route from the Colorado Relay course.

The Denver Post has a good column on this here: http://www.denverpost.com/meyer/ci_18984069.

And, the director of the Wild West Relay has published an article on this here: http://www.timberlineevents.com/ragnar/ragnar_relays_is_stealing_races.html.

Here’s my take on the situation: I hate it when large companies come in and make a commodity out of something local and unique. Seems like Ragnar is doing just that.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series is a good example of this. They appeal to the masses, creating large, cumbersome events. I loved the Denver Marathon and its course. I ran that race twice, and qualified for the Boston Marathon my second time running the Denver race, a lifelong goal. Yet, Denver Marathon was gobbled up by Rock ‘n’ Roll and I don’t think it’ll ever be the same. I don’t think I’ll ever run it again.

Another example could be with Core Power Yoga. They turned Yoga into a sweatshop in Denver, expanding into every single neighborhood. Going to a class at Core Power is an excercise class. A sweaty, packed excercise class. Going to a class elsewhere (see my list in a recent post), you get a more personal and whole-body experience.

So, in a sense, I feel that’s what Ragnar Relays is doing to the relay scene in Colorado. Their founder, Tanner Bell, even said it himself (quote from Denver Post article):

“Frankly, I think even with somewhat of a similar course, I think we offer an experience that is unique,” Bell said. “I actually think Ragnar is a tide that will lift all boats and everybody will benefit. There’s an amazing experience to be had at the Colorado Relay, at Wild West and the Ragnar Relay.”

Why, exactly, is Ragnar ‘a tide that will lift all boats??’ What is it that they do better?? It sure doesn’t seem like they’ve approached anything in an original manner. Humph.

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Yoga, I’ve Missed You

I went to my first yoga class yesterday in at least three months (maybe four…). It’s been a while. Once the summer hits, it’s hard for me to want to stay indoors for excercise. But, now that fall is creeping in (kinda…although it was 86 yesterday…), I figured I may as well get back in the habit.

I’m sore. It’s amazing how much your muscles hurt from the littlest movements in yoga.

I checked out a new studio yesterday – Samadhi Yoga Studio in Uptown. So far, so good. The location is great…only takes me 10-15 minutes to get there from work. It’s always interesting going to a new place and getting used to new instructors. Here’s a look at Samadhi’s main yoga studio:

I’m having to switch it up because my favorite studio, Sacred i, is now way across town from me and hard to get to. It used to be so conveinient to get there during lunch or after work with my old job. But, alas, it’s far away now and I really miss it!! =(

Here’s a picture of me (second one in), practicing at Sacred i. The studio was featured in a Denver Post article last spring. =)

I also have a Groupon I need to use for Root Yoga Center, which is off 15th and Platte, REALLY close to my work. Walking distance, in fact. I’m excited to check it out. One of my favorite teachers in Denver, Kat Saks, teaches there, which is a good sign.

And, I just bought a Living Social coupon today for The Yoga Mat, which is near Curtis Park downtown. $22 for five classes. Not too shabby. And, my friend, Abby O’Neal teaches there. Neat.

So, I have lots of options. Hopefully I’ll find another gem of a studio nearby because I’m really excited to get back in the yoga habit this fall/winter! Then you can all buy some packages for me at my new favorite studio, because my coupons will run out soon. =) okthanksbye

 

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New Marathon World Record

I don’t feel like I have much to write about anymore now that I’m not training for anything. So, I’ll write about someone else’s accomplishment. You may have heard about it already, but last weekend at the Berlin Marathon, Patrick Makau set a new world record for the marathon: 2:03:38. Holy crap. That’s fast.

One of my first HALF marathon times was just a few minutes faster.

To finish in that time, Makau was running an average of 4:43 minute miles. Can you imagine even running that fast for one mile? I’m super impressed and in awe of all of the awesome running talent that’s out there. It makes me feel really silly for calling myself a runner.

Congrats, Makau.

Related: the Berlin Marathon is on my to-run list. I’d like to run in each of the five world majors: Boston, Chicago, New York, London and Berlin. One down (Boston), four more to go. I’m hoping to tackle Chicago next year.

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Hello, Awesome…

Ut oh…look who’s Craigslist shopping again. I found another midcentury record player that would be sweet! I love the style. It’s listed for $250.

Record player doesn’t work…does anyone know how much it would be to fix something like that?

Should I get it? If you said “yes,” want to help me convince the husband to get it?

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Tank’s Baby Shower Gifts

Two weekends ago, I went to a friend’s baby shower and was able to give her the gifts that I made. I love giving homemade gifts! It’s almost as fun as making them.

I made her and her soon-to-be-born baby girl the granny square baby blanket that I mentioned before. It turned out good. It’s a bit crooked, but I guess that goes along with the handmade element. (Psst…anyone have any tips on how NOT to make a granny square crooked?)

I used Caron’s Simply Soft yarn in Strawberry and Grey Heather. I used two skeins of the Strawberry, and one of the Grey Heather. Actually, I only really used one Strawberry skein plus maybe 1/16 of the second skein. Because I started and ended with the Stawberry, it required more yarn.

I forget the measurements of the final blanket, but I’d say it was about a 3.5′ square.

I followed instructions on You Tube on how to make a Granny Square, then just kept going (typically granny’s are a lot smaller squares that you piece together).

Then, I had enough extra Grey Heather to make a baby beanie! It turned out so cute. The hat itself was precious, but I thought it was a little bland, so I made kanzashi flowers to adorn it. I LOVE how it turned out. Maybe beanies are more my calling than blankets.

To make the beanie, I (again) followed instructions on You Tube. It was actually pretty simple to learn. I watched the video a few times at the Miami airport and took down detailed directions. Then, I crocheted the entire beanie on the flight from Miami to Denver. =)

To make the flowers, I cut squares of fabric in three different measurements: six, two-inch squares; six 1.5-inch squares; and six one-inch squares. You fold the fabric in triangles three times (just half it over itself). Then, sew the ends together and pull the thread tight so they form a circle. (My instructions are probably vague…I’m sure you could google Kanzashi flower and come up with better step-by-step instructions.)

Then I secured each flower by sewing the edges to the hat. And, placed a tiny pearl bead in the center of each.

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Four Years

Today is our four-year anniversary. I can’t believe how time flies! Four years seems like a long time, doesn’t it? It just doesn’t feel like a long time ago…

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Great Evening Run

It’s the perfect time of year. Fall is beginning to show itself, but we still have warm days and cool nights. And it’s still light enough in the evening to go for a run after work. Love it.

Lola and I ran four miles tonight, on the Highline Canal Trail by our house. Our standard run is to make the lake our turnaround point so Lola can go for a swim.

Love this weather. Love the trail. Love Colorado. 🙂

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