Patriot Day 5k – Post Race Recap and Unexpected PR

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Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a “post-race recap.” I’ve been running a few races this year but haven’t really taken the time to review them. Since this blog is partly about running, it’s about time that I recap a race of mine.

This past weekend was a “holiday” of sorts to remember and honor those that served our country on that awful day 15 years ago. I was a freshman in high school sitting at my desk in earth science watching the news as the two towers fell down.

I will never forget that day and our country will always remember those that had fallen with the towers. The company I work for, 3W Races, holds a race every year to honor those first responders and military that were there that day and that continue to serve our country. The Patriot Day race started out as a 10k and 5k but this year we only did the 5k. Not being responsible for the production of this race, I decided to run it! Talk about perks of the job!

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This race is in Denver and around a beautiful park in the city, Sloans Lake. Being a super flat course (the most flat of any of 3W’s courses), I wanted to see what my current fitness level is by racing as hard as I could. I didn’t want to wear a watch, I just wanted to go off of feel. After getting this time, I plan on picking some running goals and deciding what I actually want to do with the sport.

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I showed up to the park pretty early, getting plenty of time to talk with friends and get a warm up in. One friend in particular told me he wanted to PR which would be a sub 25 minute 5k for him. He told me he wanted run with me, or at least keep me in his sights. I figured we could run together since my time would be somewhere around 25 minutes anyway. That’s what I’ve been running in recent races.

The whistle was blown and off we went. My friend and I ran pretty hard from the start line. I have a bad habit of starting off too fast, and even though I tried not to this time, I knew we were running pretty quickly! I don’t know even remember what the time was, but we were both shocked when his watch beeped at the first mile marker. I told my friend that it’s okay, we can still get that PR as long as we hold where we’re at.

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By mile two, he was still on my shoulder; I knew he was set up for a PR. I waved my hand up, holding a “one” on my fingers telling him we only had one more mile left. I pushed it a little harder, still feeling great.

Then, with three-quarters of a mile left, I looked down and saw my shoe untied! I swear I doubled knotted that thing and ironically, I was even thinking about shoes untying while running.  UUURRRGGG. Not stopping, I just became very aware of where I was putting my feet down at.

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I passed a group and they reminded me of the mishap but I still kept going. I passed my friend’s wife on the course and told her he was right behind me. Looking up, the finish line was in sight and I pushed even harder.

Noticing that I was finishing around 23 minutes, my friend was definitely in for PR. I looked back and there he was, flying in for a minute and a half PR! So excited, we high-fived and he thanked “Coach Vestal.”

 

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Feeling pretty good, I started thinking about my PR. I honestly couldn’t remember it, but had my phone with me. Checking my blog, where I record such things, I found that I had beaten my PR as well. I couldn’t believe it. I had not goal of a PR, just a fast race. I have been feeling super slow lately, and not as fit as I used to be, but I had indeed ran my fastest ever 5k! The best part, is I still feel room for improvement!

A PR kind of day, about half a dozen of us gotten PRs! It was awesome! We all got to take turns re-setting the time clock to our times, and took some celebratory pictures then headed to a local brewery for celebratory beers.

1st in my Age Group!

I was also 1st in my Age Group!

July 23rd, Castle Rock Prairie Dog Half/10k/5k – Review/Discount Code

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Many of you know I work for a running company in Colorado called 3W Races. This is a dream job that I started almost two years ago now!

I mainly do marketing for them (emails, local event promotions, acquiring sponsors and social media) but I have been transitioning into more race production and race day tasks. For our big races, our half marathons, after set up, I am the volunteer coordinator and organize all the water stations and course marshals. This means recruitment, mapping  out where they go, communication with volunteers and making sure they get to the right location and do the right thing.

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The next one that I have been working on is coming up on July 23rd. We have the Summer Splash Prairie Dog Half, 10k and 5k in Castle Rock. This race in particular I got to run two years ago! It’s a beautiful course that is just hard enough to give you a workout and feel accomplished without being too hard.

The year I did it, I placed second in my age group for the half marathon! I remember that day pretty well because I showed up early to help set up, ran the race, then stayed after to help clean up. I also remember my knee hurting really badly for that race after doing a double race weekend. You can read all about it HERE.

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Anyway, let’s just cut to the chase. I’m writing this post to invite all you (Colorado) runners to run with us!  As you can see from the picture below, I am offering 18% off any of the distances (which is probably the biggest discount we, as staff, are ever allowed to offer). *Cough, cough* we may be having a friendly office competition to see who can get the most people to register. Cough*

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This year’s race has awesome swag: a gender specific t-shirt, souvenir race bib, wooden finisher’s plaque, and a SPINNING medal for half marathon participants! If you place overall, you get a unique wooden carved trophy (pictured below) and if you place in your age group, you get a wooden, carved plaque (not pictured).

So, if you’re interested, check out the website HERE, sign up HERE and don’t forget to use you 18% off discount code ( 3WWHIT18 )!

Updates, Races (Running and Working), and Crazy Life Antics

Oh dear! It’s been awhile! My last post was…….when!?! Holy crap, the beginning or March! And I’ve only posted six posts this whole year. The whole year? THE WHOLE YEAR!? Oh dear.

I really would like to call myself a blogger, but with that reputation, I don’t know if I can!

I am chalking it all up to my new(ish) job. I love, love, LOVE  my job (with 3W Races), but I am on the computer for most of of the day working, so when I get home, the last thing I want to do it sit on my computer again! That’s the only reason I haven’t blogged in awhile. Well, that and I have literally no free time.

But I miss blogging! I really do! It’s the creative part I miss and getting to tell my stories because lets face it, no one listens to them in real life!! 😉

I know I have few posts since the beginning of the year, but let’s just start from the beginning… It shouldn’t take too long…

…..Well, I have been pretty busy…

Silly games at the 3W Ambassador Party!

Silly games at the 3W Ambassador Party!

January

  • The First 3W Ambassador Meeting/Party to welcome all the 2015 ambassadors! I got to help work and participate since I’m both an 3W Ambassador and an employee!
  • 1st in my age group!

    1st in my age group!

    Resolute Runner 5k by 3W Races (I actually ran it, I didn’t have to work it!)

  • “Arctic” Prairie Dog Half Marathon and 10k – Worked as volunteer coordinator (my first time doing this!)
  • A Six Pack Series Race (5K) from 3W Races – Ran and got 1st in my age group! 15 seconds shy of my PR.
  • Frosty’s Frozen 10k – Worked at a 3W booth to promote our upcoming events.

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  • Heart Throb 5k – Ran!
  • Silverstein Concert (my favorite band!)
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    Sledding in Boulder!

    Joined a volleyball team

  • Snowman Stampede – worked at a 3W booth again
  • Sledding with the 3W Crew!
  • Pre-Season track started (I’m an assistant coach and I coach the long jump and triple jump at Green Mountain High School)
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Erin Go Braugh 7.77k

March

  • The track real-season starts
  • Dream Catcher Half!
  • I helped create and start the 3W Run Club – The Brew Tour (first Tuesdays of every month!)
  • RRCA Coaching Class

    RRCA Coaching Class

    Erin Go Braugh 7.77k by 3W Races – RAN!

  • RRCA Coaching Certification Class!!!!!! (I passed my test in April and I’m now a certified run coach!!!)
  • Last snowboarding adventure for the season, the New Belgium Scavenger Hunt at Loveland Ski Resort
  • Became a SKIRTS SPORTS AMBASSADOR! Woot!

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We have a lot of fun at the ambassador parties!

We have a lot of fun at the ambassador parties!

April

  • Dan + Shay Concert – My first country concert
  • “Spring Fling” Prairie Dog Half, 10k and 5k – Worked as Volunteer Coordinator, again.
  • Bunches of track meets…
  • I MOVED! If you’ve been following me, I just moved to Golden back in September, but this time I just moved houses. I still live in Golden, just in a better, less-smelly/creepy roommate, kind of place (it’s a looooooonnng story).
  • Lots of trail running!
  • Another fun ambassador party/meeting!
  • Volbeat and Anthrax Concert

Woah. That’s a a lot. And to think, that’s just the highlights! What has May brought me so far? Glasses (just call me four eyes), 3rd place in my age group at the Women’s Classic 5k, Regional and State High School Track Meets, The Colfax Marathon Relay (today) and lots of work with 3W Races!

Colorado Women's Classic

Colorado Women’s Classic

Work Updates –

Yes, in recap, I’m still working full time for 3W Races doing a lot of marketing and a little bit of race production…. It’s great to be a part of the behind the scenes for a huge passion of mine!

Yes, I was still coaching track at Green Mountain. It just finished up yesterday and we have a banquet on Monday.

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Yes, I still work at the City of Golden Rec Center doing group fitness and personal training.

Yeah, I know, it’s a lot!

Other. Random, Stuff –

I’m now a Skirt Sports ambassador!

I am now a RRCA Certified Running Coach! Hooray!

Running Specific Stuff-

I have still been running. Although, I keep going through phases of hard-core training and feeling un-motivated. I got really sick right before I moved, so I had taken quite a bit of time off, but I’m back at it!

What’s next from Racing the States?

-I am making a vow (to my Dog, he’s sitting right next to me) to post more regularly! You’ll see race reviews/recaps (up next the Colfax and Women’s Classic), places to run, upcoming events (with discounts!), Skirt Sports #REALwomenmove campaign and more!

-Today, I ran the Colfax Marathon Relay again with the City of Golden, just like last year!

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-Bolder Boulder is NEXT week!

And that’s pretty much an update on my life. 🙂 I may not have been keeping an active blog, but I’m very active on Instagram! Follow me to see all my daily adventures!

Last race of 2014 was the Moustache Must Dash!

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A week after the Turkey Trek, I did the Moustache Must Dash. It was 5k benefiting Movember (which, just in case you don’t know, is all about changing the face of men’s health). It was put on by a fellow 2014 3W Ambassador, Dave, who also owns a gym/bootcamp business, Fit Soldiers, in Thornton, CO.

I’ll keep this pretty short. It was a fun race for sure! Lots of my friends were there. It was put on very well and the “swag” was pretty amazing.

Probably the best packet ever! T-shirt, snow-buff (keeps your face warm or over your ears or as a headband), cereal, snacks, advil, note pad (currently using for my bootcamp workouts), and that's all I think!

Probably the best packet ever! T-shirt, snow-muff (keeps your face warm or over your ears or as a headband), cereal, snacks, advil, note pad (currently using for my bootcamp workouts), and that’s all I think!

A couple of days before the race, I visited Dave’s gym to pick up my packet and also to see a fellow fitness professional’s facility! It was pretty sweet! If you live in the area, I highly recommend finding out more information! Click here to visit his website.

Anyway, I didn’t plan on racing, I just want to support Dave, support the cause and get out of the house. This was also before I was a 3W employee and I had to skirt out of there quickly to make it to one of my silly jobs.

Being the Mustache Must Dash, I donned a mustache and started the race! It was a fun run through the neighborhoods.

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I can’t recall all the details, but I do remember seeing the 2 mile mark a feeling like it should have been over by then. I did also have a lot of beers the night before. The last mile wound around the park, a big loop where you could see the finish line the whole time but still had a mile left to go…..such a cruel tease!

I didn’t place, I didn’t PR, I just had fun! I’ll leave you with a ton a pictures….

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I think that guy in red ended up beating me…not sure…

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By the way, mustaches are gross to run with…snotty and sweaty…just gross

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OH! That was my time!

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Sorry, but man do my legs look good here! : )

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This is what you're supposed to do with the snow-muff..I took it snowboarding!

This is what you’re supposed to do with the snow-muff..I took it snowboarding!