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Race Day

I love race day! Brady and I woke up early Sunday morning to cheer on the runners in the Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll 1/2 Marathon and Marathon. It was fun. I love the excitement and buzz that fills large races like these.

Here we are, bundled up and ready to cheer on the first runners at mile four.


Our friend, Dave, hit a PR in the 1/2: 1:25:04. He did awesome! Here he is at mile eight.



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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:

And, the director of the Wild West Relay has published an article on this here:

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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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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Working Out vs. Training

We went on an 18-mi bike ride today. Our standard route from the house. It was really nice. Relaxing. I forgot how nice it is to exercise when not training for something. There’s not as much pressure and I tend to enjoy it a little more.

I’m thinking of either the New York or Chicago marathon in 2012. But until then I’m free to do what I want. I like that. It’ll be nice to have the fall and winter without working out around a training schedule.

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4 Miles

4 miles this morning. It felt great! First run since WWR. It was warm, but not too bad. Lola enjoyed a nice swim at our halfway point.

I also realized that I really need to replace my shoes. They are the ones I used to run Boston last year. Who knows how many miles they have on them!!


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Advice For 2012 WWR?

I know, I know, the 2011 Wild West Relay just ended, and yet you see that I’m going to ask about 2012 already. Here’s why: our team would love to participate again, and while the memories are fresh, we’re trying to come up with a list of things we’d do differently so we can remember it for next year.

If you were a team that competed in the 2011 WWR relay (or any previous years for that matter), what advice to you have for future participants? How would you train differently? Advice on packing? Eating? Sleeping? Car arrangements? Any tidbit you have will be helpful.

We’ll compile a list and will possibly post it for all of us to have for reference next year.



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