1. The month started with an amazing day at the Tri for the Cure (which, coincidentally, was my last post HERE :)), my first since before most of you were even born. It was fun and I enjoyed it for the most part but it opened my eyes to just HOW slow I can run these days. Unlike!
2. Cross Country kicked off with a little high altitude training camp in Grand Lake. My son, Ryan, and the rest of the CC crew had a fantastic time running the trails up there 2x/day for 5 days. This camp is amazing and does wonders for these kids; it is going to make them race faster (we are so blessed to not just live a gorgeous state, but at altitude too) as race season kicks off with the pre-state meet in Colorado Springs today where they'll face 170 other schools, which equates to about 6000 runners. It is insane. But oh so fun. If you've never been to a cross country meet - especially one as large as this - you really should find your local high school or college and experience one. I promise you, it will move you!
|Ryan running the trails near Grand Lake|
|I'm pretty sure he recognizes my voice as the one who complains|
constantly about the ice cold water at the pool!
|It's a little mini mining pan; the race was in Idaho Springs, which is an old mining town. Pretty cool!|
6. For awhile, we all thought he got 3rd in his age group .... until we realized that I registered him as a ... um... female! Opps. Had to QUICKLY change that as they were just starting to do awards when we realized this little glip and didn't have time to change his wardrobe into something a little more feminine. He did end up 6th out of something like 95, though. Not too shabby....but dang, he should have been a girl!
7. *waving my hand high in the air* Marching Band Board President right here, people!! I was a runner and swimmer in high school, I know nothing about band. But huge amounts of guilt were weighing in on how much time I spend with the cross country kiddos and my running son; yet zippo with the band child. So why not sign up for the top of the ladder position?! I'm sure this doesn't surprise most (sort of like running a marathon with minimal training *see below*). I marched with the kids one day for mega hours in a band parade....I counted this as my LONG run!
|Arrow points to the band child|
And then a quick peek into our state's past at Dinosaur Ridge. Just a warning, if you come to visit me in Colorado, you'll have to have endure a little adventure to Dinosaur Ridge on our way to or from whatever else we may be doing. I LOVE the geology here and one day I'm just going to have to be a volunteer! :)
|Dinosaur prints = awesome!|
|Showing Ewa the ancient ocean ripple marks.|
Apparently, your skin will turn the same color as your jacket and shirt
if you wear too much of that color!
10. I'm now one proud (proud??) owner of a wetsuit (thank you half price sale at Runner's Roost!). Looks like I got some cold water swimming to do.
|No water, but they had a race photographer. What????|
|Ran into Katie from Will Race for Carbs - she was totally into the whole retro thing, right down to the earrings!|
Run: 167.35 miles (this is pretty low for supposedly a high marathon training month for me. Thus, explains my ill-preparedness. Again! It's okay...onward and upward)
Bike: 187.5 miles (low, but I'm not too worried since I'm not training for anything on the bike)
Swim: 4.37 miles (considering I did zero miles for two weeks post triathlon, I'm okay with this)
Weights: 6:45 (you'd think I'd be all body builder-esque by now. Not so much. Not even noticeable. Whatever. It's got to be doing someting in there somewhere, right?).
1) Tri for the Cure
2) Georgetown to Idaho Springs Half Marathon
Until next time....