Upcoming Race: Getaway 5K / 10K in Boulder (Discount Inside!)

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and Getaway 5K. All opinions are my own. This morning, I planned to start my day in my favorite way: running with several of my best girlfriends. A few years ago, my friend Heidi started a group email for early weekday morning trail runs. Now, we try to hit the trails every Friday before work. This year I haven’t made it out often due to a lot of 6am and 7am calls I couldn’t {Read More}

1-Mile Benchmark Run and Upcoming Races

Yesterday, Orangetheory Fitness had one of their benchmark workouts. These are mini-challenges that we repeat a few times a year, to see what kind of progress we’re making. I never get too excited about the rowing benchmarks, but I am all over the running benchmarks, and yesterday was my favorite one: the one mile run. A mile is kind of a scary distance to race. As Adam told me years ago, you basically have to go out as fast as {Read More}

Spring Training, Spring Racing

Some days, I feel like everything is going wrong at work and I can’t get anything done. But other days, I feel like I’m on fire and just knocking things out one after the other! Today was the latter, and I can’t help but wonder if it happens to be the fact that I got back to working out in earnest this morning, and went to a 6am Orangetheory class? (Or maybe the guys at Dunkin Donuts spiked my coffee {Read More}

Upcoming Race: Broncos 7K Series at Bronco Stadium

It’s Monday, and I’m off work and visiting family in New York today – which is wonderful. But while my nephews are napping, I wanted to do a quick check in here. First, an update on my big 5K race this weekend. Unfortunately, yesterday was not my day to go sub-20 minutes, and I’m bitterly disappointed. I pretty much knew my sub-20 goal was doomed within a few seconds of the start (when the race director welcomed us to “one {Read More}

Seven Sprints and Off to the Races

I don’t normally go to Orangetheory on travel days; I normally try to go every Tuesday and Thursday. But I had missed a class a few weeks ago, so I had one extra to make up before the end of the billing cycle. I didn’t know when I was going to squeeze that in, but then I heard from several people that today’s class was a blast. I’m flying in the evening today so I could be on a few {Read More}

Upcoming Race: Broncos 7K Series at Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Ever since I wrote that post last Monday about needing to get back to running… I’ve really lived up to my goal! Tuesday morning, I went out for a short run around my very hilly neighborhood, but ended up running 5.2 miles in 43 minutes. That’s much faster than I’ve ever run those hills before, and an 8:20 average pace! On Wednesday, I didn’t go for a proper run, but did two quick miles on my new* treadmill interspersed with some weight {Read More}

Race Giveaway: Spring Equinox Run

Well, I’m back from the neurologist.. and I have very little to report. The brain MRI did turn up an abnormality in the form of a pineal cyst (that means a cyst on my pineal gland, which is responsible for melatonin production… so perhaps the cause of my recent insomnia??), but the symptoms associated with that are not at all the same as my stroke-like symptoms last week. My doctor says she likely wouldn’t recommend surgery to remove the cyst, because she {Read More}

How to Stay Committed to Your Goals

Last week, I alluded to the fact that I was starting to think about running another marathon. In short, I need to be in Florida for work at the end of January, and I knew that was right around the time of the Miami Marathon. Out of curiosity, I went to check the dates – and saw that while Miami was actually the weekend prior, that weekend was the Melbourne Music Marathon. Florida is already an appealing destination in the {Read More}

The Great Pumpkin Haul: Training Workout and Discount Code

After several months of not doing any races, I’ve finally signed up for one. It’s less than a tenth the distance of a marathon, but it’s actually one that I need to train for all the same. Behold: The Great Pumpkin Haul. Your entry fee gets you not only a race bib, tee, and some tasty (pumpkin!) beer at the finish line, but also a pumpkin from a giant patch near the race location, at Chatfield Gardens in Littleton, CO. {Read More}

To Run Or Not To Run?

Unfortunately, not much news to report on the cervical spine front, other than how much time I’ve wasted calling doctors in the Dallas Metroplex area to try to get an appointment. Almost every receptionist I spoke with said that their respective doctor would be happy to squeeze me in at the end of August, because apparently spinal injuries are non-urgent and you can just sit tight for six weeks or so. Fortunately, a Twitter referral came through for me (Caron, {Read More}