October Goal Check In: Week 1

I set my October goal a bit late, so I’m now wrapping up week 1 of my challenge to take 20 ClassPass classes by the end of the month. My hope was that committing to a certain number of classes would increase my accountability, and also increase my variety by forcing me to try some new-to-me studios in Colorado. Until this month, I’ve taken most of my ClassPass classes in Dallas; it’s like a whole new world here in Colorado! {Read More}

Review: Date Night at Uncorked Kitchen

On Friday night, Adam and I had a date night at a really special place: Uncorked Kitchen. Uncorked Kitchen is a unique combo of a wine bar / cooking class studio. It’s at a beautiful modern facility in Centennial, with sweeping views of the mountains and huge windows so you can enjoy the Colorado sun. Adam and I headed down to Centennial after work on Friday, and were pleasantly surprised to find that traffic wasn’t very backed up at all heading {Read More}

October Goal: 20 ClassPass Gym Classes

We’re already a third of the way into October, but it took me till now to commit to a goal for the month. Things in my life just feel so strange and up in the air that I’ve been reluctant to commit to anything! Last weekend, Adam and I went to Atlanta for a long weekend visiting some friends. Last week, I slept in my own bed on weeknights for a change while helping out with a pro bono project at work. {Read More}

Upcoming Event: Uncorked Kitchen Fall Festival

Adam and I got back on Monday morning from a weekend in Atlanta, which it kicked off the beginning of three weekends in a row that we get to spend together… yay! Last weekend we were in Atlanta visiting some of Adam’s friends, this weekend we are taking Adam’s son to Disneyland, and the following weekend Adam is coming to visit me in Colorado. On that final weekend, even though we’ll be staying at home, I wanted to organize a {Read More}

Race Report: Patriot’s Day 5K

Although I had just PRed the week before in Albany, Adam and I were already signed up for the Patriot’s Day 5K on Saturday September 10, and I saw no reason not to run it. I thought it would be really fun to see the difference in my times at sea level and at altitude, and I was also really looking forward to running with Adam at my side :) My friend Claire is an ambassador for 3W Races, the race {Read More}

Hiking Report: Mohawk Lakes

I arrived at the Bivvi last night, super excited for this year’s Gociety Mountain Gathering. However, after a drink at the bar and another at Breckenridge Brewery, I nearly got talked into trading today’s summit of Father Dyer Peak for a late morning hike to Mohawk Lakes. But I really wanted to do a strenuous hike, so I forced myself to get up early for the Father Dyer hike. As luck would have it, we ended up at Mohawk Lakes anyway! The {Read More}

Gociety Mountain Gathering Weekend

I’m on my way home to Denver from Dallas, and am really excited this weekend to be headed out to Breckenridge for the annual Gociety Mountain Gathering! Gociety is kind of like Meetup.com – it’s free to join, and members create various plans for others to join. Unlike Meetup, though, you don’t have to go seek out groups to join – it’s one big group for people who like the outdoors, and once you register for the site, you can {Read More}

The Joy of the Never Ending Run

On Thursday, I wrote a post about a run that ruined my day. But on the flip side, I want to write a short post about a run today that went way better than expected. Thursday night, I developed a nasty knot in my right hamstring. I didn’t know what it had come from – my run that morning? The deadlifts I had done Wednesday morning? Some new moves I had done in a Pilates reformer class Tuesday night? The strain didn’t really make {Read More}

Hiking Report: Mount Bierstadt (14,060 feet)

This delayed hiking report is from my summit of Mount Bierstadt on Tuesday, July 5th. I didn’t mean to delay this much in writing it! However, the few weeks in between when I did the hike and finished writing it up has also given me some fresh perspective… I had a four day weekend (Saturday July 2nd till Tuesday July 5th), and while it kind of started off slowly and lazily, it ended on a literal high note! As I {Read More}

Birthday Nostalgia

Yesterday was my birthday, and like last year’s extravaganza, I kicked off the celebrations by hosting a house party the night before. I went with a summery theme for the food, making a whole bunch of dips (French onion, buffalo chicken, crab dip, and yogurt fruit dip), two massive pots of low country boil, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. I also muddled some basil with lemonade for a simple drink that could either be non-alcoholic as a standalone, or mixed with vodka or {Read More}