We’re Registered! For The Scooby Doo Virtual Run Challenge with Tristan!

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review, find, and write race reviews!


I used to do virtual races back in the day and then, for me personally, the trend kind of wore off. However, when I came across this opportunity, I couldn’t resist!

The Scooby Doo Virtual Run Series is hosted by the one and only Scooby Doo himself! Seriously, it’s promoted on the official Scooby Doo facebook and Instagram pages and using the real Scooby Doo images. This virtual race series is intended to be done with your doggie, although you don’t have to have a dog to do it!

I really wanted to do this race with my dog, Tristan, because he is getting older and I don’t foresee him being able to run with me much longer. So, we are signed up for the Scooby Doo Race Series Challenge which consists of TWO virtual races, the Doo Good 5k to be run in September and the Scoobtober 5k/10k in October.

With each race we’ll get swag, both for me and Tristan! The gear is super adorable with a shirt for me and a bandana for your him. Plus, we’ll EACH get a finisher’s medal! The best part is that part of the proceeds benefit the Best Friends Animal Society.


First up, the Doo Good 5k!
I plan on running the 5k during the last weekend of September. We’ll pick a course and tackle the 3.1 miles walking and running. I have seriously been training with Tristan and building up his mileage so we can run the Doo Good 5k.

Teaching him how to Instagram with the watch. 😉


Join Me!

Register for the Challenge by September 20th HERE! Use Coupon Code BIBRAVE to save 10% on registration.

OR The Doo Good 5k by September 20th HERE

OR The Scoobtober 5k/10k by October 20th HERE


Other BibRave Pros Running The Scooby Doo Virtual Race Series:

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2nd Half of August (and 1st Week of September) Updates

It’s Football Season! Go Broncos!

Like a lot of bloggers, I do regular “updates” posts talking about what’s going on, keeping me active on the blog and general updates related to my blog (running and travel). Ideally, weekly updates posts would be relatable for people, but that’s too ambitious for me; I have tried this in the past without much success. So, I’ve been doing (roughly) twice a month. I’ll also have current likes, obsessions, books I’m reading, tv shows I’m getting into, updates with each job have, etc.


Holy crap. I need more hours in the week.  The end of August and September has been so busy between all of my jobs and house projects. I haven’t had a chance to do much blogging. I have a bunch of posts half written or ideas ready to go. Hopefully, soon I’ll finish them! You can expect to see a Fortitude 10k Recap, a couple running-related book reviews, and some gear reviews via being a BibRave Pro! Until then, here are some updates since my last updates post!

From the last weekend in August, I have had quite the packed schedule and haven’t had a day off, until today (Sunday).  I finished up August by race directing our Erie Half/5k for 3W Races and a couple of Cross Country meets. That put us into September with more cross country meets, more 3W Races work and more races to direct.

End of August
-Race Directed the Erie Half and 5k. It was a full day of running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
-I did get to work a really cool event for 3W at the end of August. A local health center (UC Health) was filming a commercial that involved creating a fake 5k race. The artistic director for the commercial wanted the “race” to look real and borrowed a lot of our timing and race equipment and I was needed to go set it up and take care of it! I was so enthralled and fascinated by the whole thing; seeing a film crew and watching all that goes on behind the scenes just to make a one-minute commercial is pretty crazy. I can’t wait for the final product to come out! And no, I didn’t get to be IN the commercial! My break into stardom comes later…… (in case you didn’t get it, this is foreshadowing for something later in this post!) 😉


-August 31st: Arapahoe Invitational Cross Country Meet. This was our first real meet of the season and was a true cross country course with grass, dirt, water crossings, etc! Our kids did great, many had personal course records, and our new runners getting their feet wet (literally) in the cross country world.

September
-September 1st and 2nd were very busy!
-On Saturday the 1st, we took the cross country team up to Leadville for a great race! This super fun course at 10,000 feet elevation brought a lot of hardware home for our kiddos. Our JV and Varsity boys teams took first, our Girls Varsity took 3rd and our JV girls took second! In three of the races, we had the overall winner and in the 4th race, we had the 2nd overall winner.

The Leadville Meet

-Then I high tailed it to Denver to set up a 3W Booth at Mile High Stadium for the next day’s expo/race.
-Then I high tailed it up to Longmont for my Mom’s husband’s 60th birthday party.
-On Sunday, I woke up early to work the booth at Mile High Stadium (not my favorite thing to do for my job) and then back up to Longmont again for a family dinner with my Mom’s side of the family.
-MONDAY was fun as I ran the Fortitude 10k! I’ll do a whole race recap, but I met up with my friend Katja and we ran the 10k “together.” She’s way faster, but we hung out at all other times. I ran it in 51:56 which isn’t a 10k PR but is the fastest I have run a 10k in a REALLY long time! I also randomly got pulled to the side to be on Channel 2 News for an interview! So, now, I’m TOTALLY famous! 😉

-And Tuesday, it was back to the grind at 3W and cross country; I worked in the office at 3W HQ getting ready for the Denver 5k in the mornings and then had to jet up cross country practice in the afternoons!
-Thursday and Friday were packet pickups for the Denver 5k and truck loading.
-Saturday was the big day; The Denver 5k! I’m used to race directing half marathons and a 5k is much more fast-paced, but it helped to have four other staff members there since our lack of volunteers would have shown! (Side note: no one wants to volunteer anymore for races! What gives!?)

Enjoying a post race beer with the crew and racers

And finally, I get a day off… but alas, I have to get off the computer and help on the house… say la vie!


New/current happenings in the world of Golden Mountain Guides:
Not much new, just trying to keep up with it all between my other jobs. It’s slowing down a little bit, but every weekend has been fully booked. I just wish I, personally, had more time to work on some marketing stuff.

New/current happenings in the world of 3W:
Not much NEW. As I said earlier, yesterday was the Denver 5k and next weekend I am race directing the final of a four race series for the Prairie Dog Half Series and then the next race that I’m working is the first weekend in October when I time the K9 Canter.

New/current happenings in the world of coaching:
Cross country season is in full swing with meets every week and practices every day (except Sundays). I’ve missed a few here in there due to my other jobs, and I hate missing them because I love coaching those stinkin’ kids, but you do what you have to! Our next meet is Tuesday down in Elizabeth, CO and then next Saturday (but I can’t go due to race directing) at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.


What I’m reading:
-I just finished up Kara Goucher’s “Strong” which was pretty good. It’s a little too hokey for me, but I get the main point and purpose (using the power of the mind).
-I’m now in the middle of “End of the Rope: Mountains, Marriage, and Motherhood” by Jan Redford. No, I’m not pregnant, but the book is about a climber girl trying to figure out her place in the world as she deals with life and death in the mountains. So far, I’m really enjoying it even though there have been some terribly sad moments.
-You can see what I’m reading regularly on GOODREADS! Give me a follow! 

What I’m Watching:
I haven’t been watching much lately. In my last post, I told you about my Disney Movies challenge. This week, I did get to watch a few oldies like “The Watcher in the Woods” (CREEPY!) and “Herbie Goes Bananas” (Not a good one). I’m into the 1980’s!

What I’m Listening To:
I finished up all the OLD episodes on the BibRave Podcast but have a few more of the latest ones to catch up on, but I’ve been taking a break and actually listening to the radio! Weird, huh?

What I’m loving at the moment:
Coaching. Those two hours of the day that I’m coaching are the only thing getting me through the weeks. During those hours, coaching is all I’m thinking about and getting to interact with the kids and share running tidbits and advice is awesome. Plus the actual time running lets me clear my head a bit (until the next kid asks a question) and relax.

What I’m hating at the moment:
Feeling SO TIRED! Everyone knows me as the tired person and I hate that. Maybe someday in my life, people won’t see me as always being tired.

Noteworthy:
I’m signed up for the Scooby Doo Virtual Run Challenge and you should do! There are two virtual races for the challenge, one in September and one in October. They are meant to be something to do with your dog, but you don’t have to have a doggie to participate. You get a medal for each race AND a challenge medal (and so does your dog!). Plus, part of the proceeds goes to the Best Friends Animal Society!
-Sign up and join me! 🙂 Use coupon code: BIBRAVE for 10% off!

1st Half of August Updates

I know it’s way worse in the Pacific north-west, but this is our air quality for the last few weeks here in Colorado. It’s gross and makes running outside way more difficult.

Like a lot of bloggers, I’d like to regularly do “updates” posts talking about what’s going on, keeping me active on the blog and doing general updates related to my blog. Ideally, weekly updates posts would be relatable for people, but that might be too ambitious for me. I have tried this in the past without much success. So, twice a month to start, I’m going to try to keep some updates including current likes, obsessions, books I’m reading, tv shows I’m getting into, updates with each job have, etc.

If you’re up to date from my last updates post, you’ll know we are officially moved into our new place. It’s been quite the adjustment as we are still in the middle of renovating and basically living amongst boxes in two of the many rooms in our new house. It has been nice being closer to main downtown Golden and we have been walking around a lot when we go out to eat or just want some ice cream at the local shop, Golden Sweets.

The good news:
-Our office is officially done and almost set up in terms of unpacking the office boxes!
-Our bedroom is ALMOST done. We have stained and finished the floors and are working on the baseboards. Once that’s done we’re done with that, we can move all our bedroom stuff in there!

Bedroom

The bad news:
-The next big room(s) to work on will be the living room and the bathroom. The living will be tough, especially with animals, as it is literally in the MIDDLE of the house and you have to walk through it to get to anything else. When we start that, we will literally have to walk outside and around the house to get to each side. Plus, the animals add a whole other level. We need to have someone watch the dog while we do the living room (DAD!?!)
-The bathroom, and thus the shower, can’t be worked on until the living is done because we have to walk through the living to get to the bathroom. Urg.

Office

Making lemonade out of lemons:
-Becuase we don’t have a working shower, we have been using our gym membership at the local climbing gym, Earthtreks, to take showers. I feel really weird going in there without working out, so, I’ve been working out a ton more! After cross country practice, I’ll head over the gym, do some strength training or rock climbing and then get my shower in. Healthwise, I’m feeling great, looking great (I guess), my running is getting easier, and I’m actually getting to climb a lot; something I haven’t been able to do for a while. Schedule-wise, it’s a pain in the butt because I then get home a lot later than I’m used to.

The first half of August was just normal as I adjusted to the new living quarters and cross country season started, but as the month has gone on, it has gone exponentially busier. I did get a chance to meet up with a friend of mine and hike up to South Table. It was nice to catch up with her and get in a hike, even if it was just across the street from our house.

New/current happenings in the world of Golden Mountain Guides:
We hit a tiny bit of a slow down with school starting but then it picked right back up this week. Earlier in the month, I helped guide a group of ladies for an Intro to Rock Climbing clinic. We also had a free clinic last Wednesday on Self Rescue techniques that should pull out some clients! Marketing for the win!

New/current happenings in the world of 3W:
The first half of the month was just normal 3W work and timing one of our races, but starting this weekend, it’s about a month straight of race directing and/or marketing events every weekend.

New/current happenings in the world of coaching:
The season officially started on August 6th and we practice 5 to 6 days a week. We’ve been hitting the streets and trails pretty hard but we also like to throw fun things in there like our water relay!  Our first scrimmage/meet is this weekend with our own fundraiser event, the Ram Run 5k on August 25th. I, unfortunately, can’t be there since I have to load a truck for a race for 3W, but I’m excited to see what the kids can do.

YOU can participate and help our program out! REGISTER here for the local event in Lakewood, CO or do the RAM REST (basically a “virtual” or a way to show your support and get a t-shirt!). Just put you want to support Cross Country!


What I’m reading:
I just finished up “Let Your Mind Run” by Deena Kastor. I highly recommend this for runners! It was a great read about resetting how you talk to yourself and ways to motivate yourself. I am already using pieces from this book and applying it toward my coaching. I also just finished “Dragon Teeth” by Michael Crichton. I am a huge fan of Michael Crichton and this is the third book to come out after his death. This book wasn’t my favorite of his, but it was still a fun read about the old west and the hunt for dinosaur bones!

What I’m watching:
Um…. we haven’t been watched much tv/netflix at this week, mostly because we moved the computer into the office finally and haven’t set up the tv. I do put on movies in the background while I work on stuff sometimes and for the past two years, starting at the very beginning, I have been watching every Disney movie. Yes, seriously. I’m up to the 1970’s and this week I watched Hamad and the Pirates and The North Avenue Irregulars.

This goal was started after a trip to Disneyland and I became fascinated with the Disney corporation as a whole. Actually, I’m not the only one that does this! While searching for some of the old movies, I came across a Jess! She’s an aspiring movie director/producer and is also watching every Disney movie and started a YouTube Channel to track and review all of them! Check her out and follow Every Disney Movie Ever; she’s adorable and educated about film/movies. I love her reviews and comments on the actual movie quality, new techniques, and overall movie opinions.

What I’m listening to:
I’m still trying to get through all of the Bib Rave Podcast! I’m almost there (I have a 30-45 min commute to work, to job #2 of the day and then home)! One I really enjoyed lately was about ice baths and icing in general! This hits close to home for me as icing chronic pain/injuries is a very common practice of our athletic trainer at the school I coach for and most studies these days are saying icing daily is actually preventing healing. I’m of this belief too and this trainer’s practices with our athletes is becoming a point of contention!

What I’m loving at the moment:
My Lush solid shampoo and conditioner. Since we still don’t have a shower at home, we’ve had to shower at the gym. I found an amazing product…a solid shampoo and conditioner! It’s easy to transport, better for the environment (no plastic waste), and lasts a really long time! Here’s an article on solid shampoos and conditioners. I found out about this product from a travel blogger. Even once our shower is done, I’ll probably keep using these. The company as a whole is amazing:

Noteworthy:
I’m running the Fortitude 10k in about two weeks! Check out my blog post on why I’m excited. Join me on Labor Day in Fort Collins! Use coupon code: WWINF15 to save $5!

Five Reasons I’m Excited to Run the Fortitude 10k For The First Time

The Fortitude 10k is produced by the same people that bring you the Bolder Boulder and is held on Labor Day. 2018 makes this a second-year event. After my Bolder Boulder post from this year’s race, a marketing person from the race saw my blog post on twitter and emailed me, asking me if I’d like to be part of the Fortitude 10k Blogger program, aka be a FORT Ambassador! I get to run the race and promote it and I couldn’t be more stoked! I was already thinking about doing the race and this just sealed the deal! I’m actually really excited to run the Fortitude 10k up in Fort Collins and can’t wait!

This year’s Bolder Boulder

Here are a few reasons why I’m shaking with excitement:

1. I get to visit Fort Collins!
While the Bolder Boulder is in Boulder, CO and finishes in Colorado University’s stadium, the Fortitude 10k is in Fort Collins, CO and finishes in the Colorado State University stadium. It’s no secret that the Buffs (CU) and the Rams (CSU) are rivals and I am a proud RAM FAN through and through! I went to school at CSU and am excited to run through Fort Collins and see the new stadium they built. I miss Fort Collins a lot; it was a great city to live in!

The ironic part of this picture is that I’m with CSU’s mascot at CU’s stadium!

2. It’s another big 10k with the same production quality as the Bolder Boulder.
The Bolder Boulder is produced, managed and organized exceptionally well. From the pre-race experience (registration, packet pickups, and bus system) to race day experience (plenty of port-o-johns, the wave system, and the expo area, etc), they really have developed a great system to accommodate thousands of runners. The Fortitude 10k is brought to you by the same team and I can only expect good things.

3. A new lunchbox!
Part of the swag of the Fortitude 10k is a lunch box full of snacks and goodies! I have a fair few from my Bolder Boulder races, but again, one from Fort Collins will be AWESOME!

4. The fact that I get to race a 10k!
Cross Country season is in full swing and as a coach, I’ve been running with the team. I’m excited to see where my current fitness is. My goal is to just run as fast as I can; no watch to guide me! I want to push myself, feeling like I gave it all on the course, and see what I can do. The course looks fun and pretty fast!

5. I get CO socks!
In addition to the lunch box, the shirt, and the free beer at the finish line, you get a pair of Swiftwick socks! I think that’s a pretty fun addition for registering! If the images are true, it looks like they’ll be Colorado socks, too!


Join me at the race! 

Register online HERE and use coupon code WWINF15 to save $5!

HURRY! Prices go up on MONDAY, August 20th, by $10!