2nd Half of July (and start of August) Updates

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 caught up with me from the first half of July, you’ll see we left off in week 3, the week of July 16th, with me racing directing the Prairie Dog Half.

July, Week 4:
-We were going to go to Outdoor Retailer for Golden Mountain Guides (the Summer Market Show) but with August approaching, we really wanted to get some more work done on the house, so we opted out of OR.
-Then, I was off to Winter Park for Cross Country camp! Camp marks the start of the season for me. There’s one week in between camp and when practices officially starts, so it’s my reminder to get my mind and body ready for the season.


-I always have a blast at camp with the kids. It’s so cool to see them push themselves for those four, full days.
-I hadn’t been running too much in the last month or two because of the move and was very worried about being able to run all of our runs, but I made it through just fine! It’s amazing what the body can do when you kind of “have to” step up.
-During those four days, we went on five separate runs, played an intense game of ultimate frisbee and capture the flag, talked about what it means to be a part of Green Mountain Cross Country, had a pizza eating contest, and the team hung out and bonded throughout the week playing games, watching movies and eating together.
-When I got back from camp, you guessed it, I was right back at work on the house!

Last week of July (two days) and the start of August:
-With only two days left in July, we really wanted to get out of our old place so that we didn’t have to pay rent for two different places again.
-Hopeful, we started parking and moving on Monday. Spoiler alert: we didn’t make it by the end of July.
-Maybe we should have been packing right away when we signed the new lease, but I think we thought we would have had more of the house done in less time; making it easier to move.
-It took us pretty much the whole week, into the start of August, to get everything moved over and to clean our old place.
-So, now we are OFFICIALLY living in the new place! And I think the animals are adjusting well.

The cat has already claimed her spot

-It’s not pretty and to most, it probably looks terrible, but let me tell you it’s 100X better than our last place, even in it’s half finished, no shower, crowded from boxes state.
-Because we have unfinished hardwood floors in three rooms, we can’t use those rooms yet. The bedroom and living are sanded and waiting to be stained (we are working on some previous owner’s animal smells left behind). The third room, what will be our business’s office, is stained and the polyurethane has been applied, but needs three more days before we can put furniture on it!

I’m learning how to use a ton of power tools, much to my dismay

-We are currently living as if the kitchen is a studio where we have half our clothes, couch and tv (in addition to normal kitchen stuff).
-We are sleeping in what will be the retail space for our business, surrounded by boxes and the other half of our clothes! It’s actually kind of comical, but again, it is 100X better than our last place and feels so much more like “home” and is 1,000X more clean and less smelly.
-We did get to indulge a little on Saturday and went to a concert. We saw Peter Frampton and the Steve Miller Band for Ben’s Dad’s birthday!


New/current happenings in the world of Golden Mountain Guides:
Our phones are still ringing off the hook and our weekends are being booked out. I can tell vacation season is slowing, but we are still seeing way more clients than last year.

New/current happenings in the world of 3W:
We have been gearing up for the Denver 5k, a second-year event for us that I am the race director for. I am also getting ready to time a race this weekend.

New/current happenings in the world of coaching:
As I mentioned earlier, we just finished camp a week ago and practice officially starts this week! AHHH!!!! This means I TRY to get into the 3W office/work earlier so I can leave for cross coutnry practice.

What I’m reading:
I just finished reading “Feather Theif” by Kirk Johnson. Another pick from the Outside Book Club. Not something I would normally read, but I’ve been trying to read every book in this book club (even if I’m not active in the conversation) because it’s getting me out of my normal reading comfort zone (cough…young adult.. cough…dystopian story line…cough cough). Ironically, now I’m working on a young adult novel from a series I started as an actual young adult, “Silver Shadows” by Richelle Mead. It’s a spin-off series from the Vampire Acadamy series. Yeah, yeah, laugh all you want. I actually go through books pretty quickly and have a few going at the same time. You can follow me on Goodreads! 

What I’m watching:
I have really been digging the show on Netflix, Amazing Interiors. It hits pretty close to home.

What I’m listening to:
I finished my Game of Thrones audiobook, and until I can get the next one from the library, I have been catching up on the BibRave Podcast. Recently, I’ve really liked the Nutrition and Supplement episode.

What I’m loving at the moment:
Cat Litter! HA! No, seriously, Dr. Elsey’s Cat litter is by far the best cat litter on the market (and I know; I grew up with cats and was a vet tech for years. It ACTUALLY clumps like it says!!!), but more importantly is their indoor cat campaign. In my last back of cat litter, there was a postcard and an orange collar. This is all for their “Orange is IN for Indoor cats” campaign to increase the odds that indoors cats get back home if they get lost. You’re supposed to write your phone number on the collar and if someone notices a cat is outside with an orange collar, they actually belong inside.

Noteworthy:
I was selected to be a Fortitude 10k blogger! WOOT! Part of the Bolder Boulder 10k, they created a 10k on Labor Day in Fort Collins and like the Bolder Boulder finishes in the CU Buffalos stadium, the Fortitude 10k finishes in a better stadium, the CSU Rams stadium. Since I’m a CSU Alum, I’m excited for the opportunity to run this second-year event! Stay tuned for more about the race and a discount code! 


 

As always, Instagram is my go-to social media. So if you want to keep up with my life in semi-real time, that’s the place. Usually.

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Shoe Review – Under Armour HOVR Sonic

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Under Armour HOVR Sonic shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check outBibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Not going to lie, when I first pulled the shoes out of the box, I had a flashback to my middle school days and the old sketchers (probably a knockoff brand) I used to wear. On the initial impression, they had the 90’s nostalgic look to them. After putting them on my feet, I really started to enjoy the look and even got a lot of compliments on them.

I first ran in them for a relay-race test (a mini race for basically a course preview to help a friend of mine that is the race director for a new beer relay race in Colorado). While it might not have been a good idea to do a “race,” even a fake race, while wearing them for the first time, I did bring back up shoes just in case. Surprisingly, they did really well! The first leg of my “race” was three-ish miles and the only thing that bothered me was the lack of stability support, which is something I already knew I was going to have an issue with. Luckily for me, when I know a shoe doesn’t have the stability support, I focus on my foot strike and don’t wear them for long runs.

I also noticed that they were lightweight, in my opinion, and even though they started out kind of stiff, they loosened up quickly and molded to my feet for a nice, snug feel. I also really loved the fact that most of the shoe is made with a lightweight, mesh fabric, making these feel very airy; perfect for summertime!

Pros:
-Lightweight (to me, compared to my other shoes).
-Airy (my feet never overheat in these shoes).
-Stylish! Even the high school girls I coach thought they were cool!
-Comfortable and fitting. They molded to my feet very quickly. The mesh material and attached tongue make them feel perfectly fitted on my feel; I don’t have to wrench down on the shoelaces to make them stay put.
-Very responsive (this is due to the foam/cushioning they use).

Cons:
-They are neutral (which for me is not good, I need stability)

Specifics/Stats from Website:
-8mm drop
-9.5 Ounces
-They come in 6 different colors
-The tongue is connected to the footbed to give you a snug fit
-The insole is removable if needed
-Uses UA HOVR™ technology, i.e. “their ‘zero gravity feel’ to maintain energy return that helps eliminate impact step after step.”
-They do have a “connected” version that connects to your Map My Run app to track miles put on the shoes!

Personally, I’ve been doing some of my shorter runs in these shoes because they are not for people that need arch supports or stability type shoes like I do. However, one or two runs per week, four miles and under in these shoes seem to be fine for me. Because I have the BRIGHT white ones, I get a little weird about getting them dirty because they do look good (despite how much my boyfriend makes fun of me), so I’ve only been wearing them in good weather and nowhere near dirt or trails.


Get yourself a pair:

They retail online for $100. You can check them out here.


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1st Half of July Updates

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.

Kicking it off, here are some updates from the first half of July!


Where have I been?! That’s been the latest question people have been asking me. I have not been nearly as active on social media, blog posts or even emails. I have not been very good with texts, calls and being social… all for a great reason.

Right at the end of last month, Ben and I signed a new rental (home) lease! If anyone one knows us in person, you know that this has been much-needed and long-awaited. It’s been 3+ years in our grimy basement apartment and that’s 3 years too long in that place. We’ve been living with mold, asbestos coming out of the walls, rodents in the mudroom and a landlord that just doesn’t care and doesn’t take pride in his own property. But hey, you get what you pay for right?! We’ve got stories for days and hopefully, if this place hasn’t already doomed us health-wise, we’ll eventually be laughing about it.

Without going too far into our personal lives, we’ve been WANTING to move just haven’t been able to due to many factors. We have been trying and searching for a while now and finally found an opened door (literally?!?) and took a chance and huge leap.

We found a place that is both residential and a HUGE potential for our business, Golden Mountain Guides. We’re talking office, retail space, parking, storage, bathrooms for clients….it’s pretty amazing and perfect for us and in a prime location – I can literally wave to the people taking the Coors Brewery tour in Golden!

However, to make it affordable for us, we’ve made a deal with our NEW landlord to fix up the place. Essentially adding value to pay less per month. It didn’t need too much work, but due to our different personalities, the boyfriend decided to do ALL the projects at once and we haven’t been able to move our belongings over yet. Don’t worry, we are remodeling on a budget and using friends and family to help and taking advantage of the many area discount building/construction material places.

So…thats where I’ve been…every extra minute has been at the new place to get it liveable. Even in its pre-remodel condition, it was better than our old digs. We’ve been eager to get in there.

In addition to the new place, I’ve been keeping my time filled with work and a tiny bit of fun:

July, Week 1:
-Fourth of July week was pretty busy for me for the last few years because we have two races with 3W Races that we produce (job #1). I race directed the Longmont Half and we had packet pick up plus the race itself that week.
-That’s always an early morning (report time at 3am) and leaves me pretty beat for the rest of the day. But after a nap, we headed to my Dads’ house for dinner and fireworks viewing. He lives close to Mile High Stadium so the big fireworks display is easy to catch without going farther than the sidewalk out front.
-With the remaining hours of the week we spent, you guessed it, fixing up the new place.
-We did get to celebrate Ben’s brother in law’s birthday at the famous Casa Bonita!

July, Week 2:
-Sunday started off with a trip to the Renaissance festival with my oldest friend and then back to the grind of work and working on the house. That’s literally all I did that week.

July, Week 3:
-I got the opportunity to go on my first ever work conference! The running company I work for, 3W Races, use Run Sign Up for all their races’ registration platforms and we went to network and learn at the Run Sign Up Symposium in Philly!
-A got to do a TINY bit of sight-seeing and saw the Liberty Bell and ate my first ever, legit, traditional Philly Cheesesteak, with cheese whiz!
-As soon as we got back, we were in race mode as I had a race to direct on the weekend, the Summer Prairie Dog Half.


(I think my regular updates post will include stuff like the following…)

What I’m reading: I always have a lot of books on my “currently reading” shelf on Goodreads (follow me!) because I’ll start something and then get a book from the library that I need to return. Currently, I just finished “My Name is Memory” by Ann Brashares (Sisterhood of the traveling pants), a book I’ve had on my shelf from our local library’s book sale and I got it super cheap and it looked interesting. I’m also finishing up  “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West” by Nate Blakeslee that was on the Outdoors Magazine Book Club for June (way behind). “My name is Memory” started out great, but ended very badly and left the story very open, without a sequel. “American Wolf” is a non-fiction book about the wolfs in Yellowstone National Park and the struggle between the hunters and the people trying to keep them protected. I have one chapter left and it is a fantastic book; I highly recommend it.

What I’m watching: I’ve been watching “Hemlock Grove” on Netflix. One of the original made for Netflix shows. It’s super creepy and has a lot of supernatural characters. I’m 5 episodes in and not sure if I like it! Ha!

What I’m Listening To: Every time I’ve been driving, I’ve been listening to the Game of Thrones audiobook. I’ve never read the book and reading the print version seemed daunting. I’ve only seen seasons 1 and 2 of the show and surprisingly, they’ve done a great job following the story (so far!).

What I’m loving: I’m LOVING my new shoes! Even though I haven’t been running as much, when I do run, I have been using my new Under Armor HOVR‘s that I got from being a Bib Rave Pro to test and review.

What I’m working on: The house. See above. 😉

New in the world of Golden Mountain Guides: As you read, the new house is a HUGE potential for the business. While we’ve been spending most of our time on the house, we’ve been allocating our guided trips to our employees and STILL have seen growth from last year!

New in the world of 3W: After the symposium, I feel pretty special that I got to go. I met a lot of the staff on Run Sign Up team, including the user experience staff and they asked me, personally, for my opinion on features and the appearance of the website. So cool! #geekingout

New in the world of coaching: Cross country camp is NEXT WEEK, marking the official start of the season! YAY! We’ll be up in Winter Park for four days running, talking about running, and dreaming about running with all the kiddos. I really enjoy this part of camp.


As always, Instagram is my go-to social media. So if you want to keep up with my life in semi-real time, that’s the place. Usually.

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Mercury Mile Product Review

Disclaimer: I received 50% off the contents in my Mercury Mile box and a waived styling fee 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!

So… I’m not very fashion-savy. Not in the least. I’ve never been up to speed on the latest trends and typically when I think something is cute/stylish, nobody else does. Now, that’s not to say I don’t LIKE looking cute and stylish, I’m just not very good at picking stuff out. I rarely crave going shopping and when I do go, I usually don’t end up having the patience for it and it stresses me out. Then again, I am not a typical girl!

The same goes for my running clothes. There’s a ton of cute athletic wear out there, but I just don’t find it. Most of my running clothes have been given to me for free (shirts from races and gear from my job with 3W Races) or bought at Walmart (sports bras and shorts). I do have a lot of Skirt Sports gear from when I was an ambassador for them and that’s about as “cute” and stylish as I get.

Thankfully, a solution is out there for people like me. Let me introduce you to Mercury Mile. This shopping delivery service is perfect for the busy runner, the shopping-phobic person, and the fashion-deficit active person. They find out what you’re like and what kind of clothes you like and a stylist hand-picks outfits out for you! It’s not a subscription service; you don’t get boxes on a monthly bases, but you can trigger as many boxes as you want!

It’s super easy too and totally takes the stress off of going shopping!

Step 1: Fill out your runner’s profile
This is actually pretty fun and asks you a ton of running-apparel questions to get a good sense of your style and the type of runner you are. This plays into the type of clothes you’ll need. It only takes about 5-10 minutes.

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Step 2: Wait for your package to come in the mail!
It really only took a couple of days and it was on my doorstep!

Step 3: Un-Box and try on everything
Better yet, hold a little fashion show in your bedroom!

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Step 4: Only keep what you like and mail back everything else in the pre-postaged mailer that’s included in the box!

This was the first time I had ever tried anything like this and I was pretty impressed. I think my stylist did a pretty good job. In the runner’s profile that you fill out, you can link your Instagram account as well for them to take a look at and see what you typically wear. When my box came, there was a note from the stylist and it even referenced things from the runner’s profile and my Instagram!

The best part is, it doesn’t cost more than going to the store! You only pay for what you keep and even though there’s a $20 stylist fee, that goes toward the items you keep! I ended up keeping two of the items that I really loved. I liked all the rest, but they didn’t fit me quite right. Now, I could have exchanged them for different sizes (another cool feature) but I opted out to save money!

I would definitely recommend this service to anyone looking for some stylish, new running or activewear clothes! It totally takes the hassle out of going to the store, is taylored just for you, and costs the same amount as shopping out and about! They also do this for men, too!

What do you think of the outfit I kept!?


You can try it for $10 off the styling fee with coupon code: BibRave10

Start by filling out your runner’s profile! 


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