Rediscovering My Old Hobbies

While working on some of the talks I’m going to be giving at our senior associate training this fall, I’ve been going through the story of how I went from someone who couldn’t run a mile, to doing my first marathon, to a world record. However, my speech coach has been encouraging me to point out something I honestly hadn’t given much thought to before: that just because I picked up the new hobby of running didn’t mean that I {Read More}

Setting a Deadline on Tubing to Work

Today I headed to work in a somewhat unusual way. You’ve heard of National Bike to Work Day, right? Well, Boulder takes that a step further – today was the 8th annual Tube to Work Day! Except… that’s actually not me in the picture. That’s just some random girl who happens to be my exact doppelganger! (And it freaks me out every time I look at that picture and still think she looks exactly like me.) Except that I don’t {Read More}

Adventure Inspiration: Banff Mountain Film Fest

Tomorrow is March 1st, which means it’s about time for me to recap my favorite TED talks of February. However, today I want to talk about an awesome and inspiring event I attended last night: the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Wondering what the Banff Mountain Film Festival is, and how I got to see it in Denver? Basically, the regular festival (which features all short films and documentaries about mountain culture and adventure sports) takes place in Banff; however, immediately {Read More}

Flying Solo at the Colorado National Monument

This weekend, I headed out to Western Colorado for an annual event that my friend Kelly and her husband Den organize: the Den Grand Fondo. It’s a cycling weekend where we do a 20 mile leisurely ride on Friday afternoon, going from winery to winery in Palisades and culminating in dinner and more wine. Carbs to fuel up for the next day, you know? Because on Saturday, we do a 50 mile bike ride that took us up and around the Colorado {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Hiking, Biking, and Red Rocking

This was the most perfect, wonderful Labor Day weekend I can remember. I got to do so many amazing things that are so unique to my new state, and I ended it just feeling like the luckiest person in the world to get to live here! This went a long way toward making me feel better about leaving Dallas and breaking up the routine I’ve had going for several years. On Thursday, I think part of why I was stressed about {Read More}

Weekend Recap: Favorite Bar Bike Tour

This weekend, some friends organized a really awesome event: the Favorite Bar Bike Tour (FBBT). Basically, we all put in our suggestions for favorite bars in the Denver area (especially the ones we don’t usually have an excuse to go to), then the organizers drew up a list and route, and we managed to hit up seven of them over the course of a Saturday afternoon. While the route was really well-planned, this year’s iteration (the 3rd in an annual {Read More}

Hedging My Bets and Increasing the Odds

People are always asking me why I run so many marathons. (Okay, perhaps not lately when I’ve taken a six month break, but usually I get that question a lot.) Most people who do marathons themselves run them once or twice a year, and can’t fathom why I run them more frequently than that. First of all (and most importantly for me), I think running marathons is incredibly fun. I get to see 26.2 miles of a new place, and {Read More}

Are “Fitness Cults” a Bad Thing?

Today I went to a Fly90 class (that’s a fancy way of saying a 90 minute spin class), and honestly wasn’t having a great ride. The instructors were amazing – Ryan Makely is my absolute favorite New York instructor, and he was joined by Danielle Devine (who’s also very popular, though I had never taken her before) and three instructors from the London branch of Flywheel. Cool! But I was just exhausted, and could tell right from the first song {Read More}

Citibiking in the Snow: Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

I may not have made a New Year’s resolution, but I did set a goal for myself over my Christmas break: to take the subway as little as possible, and take Citibike instead. So far in two weeks of being home in NYC, I’ve taken the subway only once (when I went out in a party dress on New Year’s Eve), and cabs only twice (once home from NYE, and once when I needed to get a whole ton of {Read More}

Dallas Friends: Come Fly With Me!

It’s been a really long day and I have a 6am flight to Dallas in the morning, but I wanted to let y’all know that Flywheel Texas is doing something amazing for me tomorrow. One of my favorite instructors is hosting a victory-themed ride of power songs tomorrow night at 6:30pm at the Highland Park location, so if you’re in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, I’d love for you to come by and celebrate with me! My legs are a tad {Read More}