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All You Want To Know and More: Marathon Recap by Katie
June 13, 2010, 11:58 am
Filed under: Katie, Marathon, Team in Training

A week later, I return!  Right before I got on a plane, I learned that my thesis defense would be 3 weeks away (less than 2 now!!) and then there was no free internet at the hotel.  Bye bye world!

I arrived in San Diego on Thursday afternoon and spent time walking around with my family.


On Friday my cousin, cousin’s girlfriend, aunt, and Kelli arrived and we all saw the sights and had dinner together.   Kelli and I also went to the expo and got even more pumped up!  Note: Should have done less walking around the days before!

Saturday was spent eating, hydrating, relaxing, and sitting by the pool (in the shade though!).  Here we have Kelli modeling the hotel gear and munching some swag bag granola.



I started to gather my stuff together because I was getting a little antsy and anxious.  I even did thesis work to try to make the time pass!


Finally, at 4:00 we headed to dinner- early bird special for us.   We both fundraised with Team in Training and arriving at the Inspiration Dinner with the thousands of other runners and lots of people cheering us in brought tears to everyone’s eyes.  Joyful tears!

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Sorry for the blurry pictures, there was so much going on and so many people everywhere.  The dinner brought everything to a head that we had done so far- the fundraising and the impact we had and all the people that appreciated it.  $12 million, people!  Just this race!

One of THREE dinners necessary to feed all the great Team in Training participants, families and friends.


Ready to GO!


There was a great motivational speaker between some more heavy stories.  It was a perfect balance- a few tears here, a light story to break up that lump in your throat.  He told us that 2 things would happen starting the night before.

  • We would have the emotional capacity of a 4 year old
  • Brain melt would begin- meaning we would lose the ability to keep a train of thought. This was so true.

The wonderful people I’ve spent countless hours with running and fundraising and sharing way more than usual when you first meet someone.  [I’m the floating head laughing on the right].


After dinner, we stopped at the grocery store for bagels and bananas.  Tip: Bring food or buy it before the night before! There were only blueberry or onion bagels left. We tried to gather our gear together and the brain melt was clearly starting.  It took me about 15 minutes and help from Kelli to put my shoe tag on. “WAIT, Kelli! What is this piece for?!?!  I think I did it wrong! OMG What if I can’t run the race now!?”

Seriously? It was a piece of plastic with a removable adhesive piece.

Finally we got to bed and Kelli was out like there was nothing to it. It took me longer to sleep but I tried to focus on breathing and counting backwards from 500 or something ridiculous.  No matter, we popped out of bed at 3:15 AM when all three alarms went off simultaneously.

I thought I would be normal but “they” (coaches, TNT alumni, the speaker at the previous night’s dinner) were all correct and based on the way I was getting ready, I wasn’t sure I would have the coordination to run a marathon.


After that picture= bus ride, port-o-potties, gear check, hugs and weird noises conveying excitement, splitting up into our corrals, anxious conversation with everyone around me, FINALLY starting. I found two girls I trained with just in time and we ran together for the first 15 miles or so.

The party of 6 cheerleaders in tie-dye we had rooting for us unfortunately NEVER found us on the course.  It was a little discouraging at first  but I figured they must have under- or over- estimated my start time/ running speed.

Miles 1-15 I ran with the 2 ladies I trained with.  They wanted to pick up their pace after that but I hung back at a still good-for-me pace.

Miles 15-19 I could see a winding trail of runners ALL over the place.  It was a bit discouraging to look out, see people the size of ants, miles and miles away and realize how far I still had to go.

Miles 20-25 were the toughest, as I was told they would be. The fact they happened on “Fiesta” Island did not help.  Call me crazy, but this island was not the party the name implied: covered in sand (reflects sunlight), no trees or shade of any type, on a thin blacktop path, with no spectators, one band, and the sun beating down.

Miles 25-26.2 we finally made it back into civilization and as Kelli said “I wish I could have been voted off that island sooner.”  Seeing the finish line and my family/friends gave me a boost I didn’t think I still had in me!  I crossed the finish at a 7:30 pace. Um, shoulda used some of that energy during the Fiesta!


I borrowed this picture from the official photo site and I’m clearly tired and ready to be done.. good thing it was at mile 26.1! Shoulders are tense, hands are clenched, arms are crossing my body, hips are very uneven (favoring my right leg per usual).

And FINALLY!!!! I felt like I was about to sob and a big huffy breath came out and then the pain of my body overtook any emotions other than relief.


Then I tried to figure out where to go next.  Spectators were blocked out of this area, there were no bathrooms, and I couldn’t see where there was food and water… so I just limped along with the crowd to the picture area.


Finally, there was food and water and then I started to follow signs to the Team in Training check-out.  Halfway there I realized the gear check (where my phone was) was in the other direction and I started crying because I was having to walk so much.  Tip: If the race has info about the finish line, read it! I ignored it because I figured I would just see my family. There was a family meet-up area but it was so crowded and far, far away from the finish line.

After what seemed like eternity, I found my mom and sobbed for 30 seconds on her shoulder.  I was so happy to see everyone and finally sat down to stretch and eat something. I started to feel better and less emotionally instable 🙂 .

I looked through my texts and saw one from Kelli that made me know I would make it back to the finish line to see her: “I fell and twisted my ankle but I’m finishing the damn thing.”

We made our way back (I had no grasp on time at this point) and I cheered for every TNT participant that went by.  Writing your name on your race shirt is the best idea ever!! I’m positive I cheered for blog bud Maura because she had the same exact outfit as Kelli!


And soon we could see her! There she is!!! Do you see Kelli?  My mom leaned over and said “You’re going to jump in and run to the finish with her, right?”  I said “ARE YOU CRAZY??!”  But then I saw Kelli with the coaches and the obvious pain she was in so I did it- no idea where my ability to run came from.


I said lots of positive things, which I had really needed at that point too, and I wasn’t running 11 miles with an injury!!

After some ice and ibuprofen, we headed through the picture line and asked for one with both of us- we did it!  As Kelli said over and over that night: “OMG WE DID IT!!!!!”


After some hobbling and stretching, we parted ways with the excellent supporters we had.


Group shot!


And immediately went to the hotel, popped champagne, took ice baths, and ate an entire pizza.

By “immediately” I mean, it took us a few tries and 30 minutes to order pizza.  Brain melt.


Later, we met up for a drink with Joe, another Bucknell alum that ran the marathon!  Oh yeah, and my sunburn became very evident.


Celebrating with drinks and nachos with three of my favorite ladies.  Mom, Kel, and ex-common-law-step Aunt Jen 😉 .  Hey Madelyn and Aunt Laurie, we missed you!


Tip: Don’t constantly wipe the sweat (and sunscreen, obviously) off of your head.  And maybe wear a hat!


And then we went to bed really, really early, the end.  Will I do another one?  YES. (But it took me 5 days to be sure about that).

PS: Delicious belated birthday dessert the next day:


We. Did. It. San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon Race Recap by Kelli
June 8, 2010, 6:13 pm
Filed under: Kelli, Marathon, Team in Training

Well, we did it!  Katie and I did it!  We trained for 20 weeks for our first marathon.  20 grueling weeks of long runs on way-too-early Saturday morning double digit runs.  20 weeks of exhaustion and too many cups of coffee at my desk just to get through training.  20 long weeks of treadmill runs, hill workouts, and speed training.  It all came to a head on Sunday June 6th at 6:15 AM (west coast time) in San Diego, CA at the start line of the Rock N Roll Marathon.

I cannot describe the emotions that were raging through my body at the start line for this marathon.  I was nervous, excited, and had to pee like no other.  I was in corral 30 and after waiting nearly 40 minutes from the initial start gun to actually start my race, I had to pee.  And I don’t mean just pee.  I mean like pee after a night of drinking and about to pee your pants on the frat bathroom floor while some freshman is puking in the stale.  THAT kind of had to pee.  I decided it was just nerves and when they released my corral I was on my way.  But after a 1/2 mile I decided the peeing was not just nerves and I was wondering if I could make it to the first porta-potty break with crossed legs.  Luckily there was a set of porta-potties at mile .75.  I had not gotten into a nice stride yet and had not built up any lactic acid.  I decided to cut across the crowd and pee.  I have never peed for that long in my life.  Seriously.  2 minutes straight of Gatorade pee.  Ok, I understand that most of you at thinking “KELLI!  TMI!” right now.  But, I just had to get it out.  Along with the pee.

Anyway.  The marathon started out (after the peeing) great.  I felt great!  I couldn’t believe I was running a marathon.  The girl who used to throw up literally every single morsel of food that crossed her lips.  The girl who used to fight her dad and sister tooth and nail about how running was NOT fun unless you were running for a field hockey ball.  That same exact girl was running a marathon!  And having fun doing it!  Crazy! The first 8 miles flew by.  I felt awesome.  I kept reminding myself to remember how I was feeling then, because I would probably NOT be feeling the same way in about 2 hours.  Mile 8 was the last time until the finish line that I felt THAT fantastic.  After that we were all of a sudden on a highway! A HILLY highway!  With the SUN beating down on my very pale german/irish skin.  Then we were going downhill!  Yes!  Downhill!!  But wait, this downhill was on a slant!  WEIRD!  This slant hurt my hips, my ankles, and my feet.  But I was still doing it.  I was doing my marathon.

I still felt pretty good at the halfway point.  I had not taken a walking break yet.  I had about 2 Gu packets at that point, a water at every stop, and a few cups of Cytomax (the Gatorade like drink that the race provided).  We had run through Balboa park, the street of downtown San Diego, and Fashion Valley.  At this point it was a little daunting that I still had ANOTHER half marathon left to run, but I KNEW I could do it.

Then mile 15.5 came.  I could see a water stop up ahead.  I was pretty excited because I was definitely ready for another Gu, and always need water to wash those disgusting things down.  I reach for a water and as I did the side of my right foot went right into a crack in the road.  My foot turned completely upside down and most of my weight went on my under turned ankle.  Thank god the guy who was handing me water dropped it and caught me before ALL my weight went onto my ankle and I completely fell on my face.  Even with the catch, my ankle still throbbed in pain.  I toe tapped it for a while I realized I was in a  lot of pain.  I stopped to walk and texted the husband and my dad.  I told them I had twisted my ankle but I was finishing the damn race.  I quickly looked at my Garmin, calculated my pace for the first 15 miles and realized my goal finish time of 5 hours and 15 minutes was going to change to a goal of JUST FINISHING.  PERIOD.  I went a lot.  Toe tapping sometimes.  Walking at other.  Running VERY slowly for most of it.  I couldn’t believe it when I made it to mile 20.  I, like the marathon virgin that I was, honestly felt like I was in the home stretch.  You know how people say that the first half of a marathon are miles 1-20 and the second half is miles 20-26?  As an accountant I have NEVER understood that math, until mile 20.0000001 on Sunday.  With every step I took my ankle was sending a shooting pain up to my knee.  My quads were cramping.  My shoulders, upper back, and face were sunburned.  I had no idea how I was going to finish this marathon with a twisted ankle and all the other pains I was feeling.  At mile 21 all marathon participants went onto an island.  The map called it “Fiesta Island”, but I can tell you it is far from it.  This island was NOT a fiesta.  This island was 5 miles of sand, hot sun, and NO spectators.  It was easily the hardest  5 miles of the day and it is when I had my first crying session / emotional break down.  I am in SO much pain that  I couldn’t think.  Running actually felt better than walking, so I kept running.  And by running I mean my Garmin said I was “running” at a 15 minute/mile pace and I COULD NOT run any faster.  Even step on the island was a struggle, but (as with most things in life) it made the end all the more rewarding.

When I made it off the island I was told there was only 3/4 of a mile left in the entire race.  The goal I had set 20 weeks before, to complete a marathon, was about to be accomplished.  The race I had started 6 hours ago was about to be done.  And the ankle I had twisted 10 miles ago was about to be wrapped in the glorious ice that I knew would be at the finish line.  I could not believe it.   When I got into the last .2 miles I saw one of my best friends from high school, Molly, on my left.  I knew she was coming but was still SO happy to see the first familiar face I had seen in 6 hours.  I immediately ran to her and hugged her (which I felt bad about later because I was super sweaty and she was in a really pretty white flowered dress!!).  On my right was Katie’s amazing family, dressed in tie dye and chanting my name.  And then Katie, who had finished the marathon almost an hour and a half before me, joined me in my final race for the finish line.  It was amazing to have her by my side for the last stretch!!!  Crossing the finish line was unlike anything I have EVER experienced in my life.  I felt exhaustion, pain, relief, pride, and pretty much every other emotion you could expect.  I had done it!  I completed a marathon!!

26.2 miles?  Been there.  Run that 🙂

Fueling Up For a Run by Katie
May 2, 2010, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Katie, Nutrition, Run, Team in Training

For once, I was prepared for my long run!  Yesterday I bought a water bottle belt with one big bottle and a pocket for snacks.  The water bottle was a good size and the pocket can fit about 4-5 gels and my key.


When my alarm went off I still felt really tired but as usual, the thought of running by myself versus with a group got me up and at ‘em. I had a thick slice of Great Harvest with PB and J and organized my stuff.


So you’ll never believe it but continuous fueling and hydrating really improve my running.  It’s been a struggle through the season to find something that works for me.  I tried 4 different brands of gel and 3 types of gummies, all of which caused digestive grossness. Running is hard enough; a churning stomach is no help.

I finally found the Honey Stinger’s gummies to be okay.  At least, they caused the least amount of stomach aching.  This weekend, I tried the Honey Stinger’s gel, which is basically watered down honey. I prefer the gel stuff to the chews because it is one big gulp and done.  Holding the gummies + chewing while breathing + holding my pace is too much to do at once.



What is your fuel of choice?

Google helped me learn that as a starting point, about 30 g of carbs every 30-40 minutes after the first hour is an average energy intake during long distance running.    I had one Stinger gel at ~5 miles and one at ~9 miles.  I could totally tell when the first one kicked in and made sure to take the next one before I needed it.

I’m going to venture a guess and say that staying hydrated on the run also helped. I used a half tablet of nuun electrolytes since hydration doesn’t just mean water but balanced electrolytes (salt, potassium, etc).  These tablets don’t have added sugar like Gatorade which was fine since I was getting enough from the gel.  The reason for using half a tablet was to prevent stomach cramping from too many electrolytes (Stinger has some electrolytes).  Once it’s hotter outside and I’m dripping sweat, this will be even more important.


Not like it’s rocket science, or something I’d never heard before but seriously- WHAT a difference!  Between the stomach aches and my long-distance sports inexperience, I was all confused about what to eat and when so I went with way too little.  Once you figure out what works for you, it can make all the difference in the world.

How much of a difference you ask?  Enough to run my best long run yet!  Obviously some of this is from training but I’ve never been able to keep such a steady- and fast (for me)- pace.

  • 1st 6.5 miles:  9:23/mile pace @ even splits
  • 2nd 6.5 miles: 9:09/mile pace, negative splits each mile

I’ve never felt better after a long run- I didn’t even nap yesterday!  The 18 mile run really broke me down.  But the last two weeks have helped build me back up and restore my confidence a bit.  I think it was a good lesson in treating my body well and respecting the distance.  Intuitive eating and eating for fuel has taken on so much more meaning with training, but that’s a whole different post!

What has running (or whatever your exercise of choice is) taught you?

Long Runs and Zengo by Katie
February 28, 2010, 2:02 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Katie, Lunch, Pizza, Restaurant, Run, Snacks, Team in Training, Wine

This weekend went flying by!  I left off on Friday and didn’t post all yesterday.  It was a nice little mini break from the blog world.  I’ve been reading so many moving posts in honor of NEDA week and hope to post about all the thoughts going on in my head soon.  For now- the blog world is amazing.

Dinner Friday night was veggie pizza at John’s parents.  It was also lunch on Saturday, and possibly dinner tonight.  Over-order anyone?


Early to bed and early to rise for an hour and a half run on Saturday morning.


I’m really surprised that I am so comfortable at a 9:30 pace.  I can chat and my muscles aren’t sore the following day, which are two good signs!  The past two weeks, I’ve run with the same woman, who keeps an excellent consistent pace.  This run was on a mostly dirt trail (my knees say “YAYYYYY”) with some icy/snowy patches that slowed us down here and there.

  • Mile 1- 9:35
  • Mile 2- 9:25
  • Mile 3- 9:22
  • Mile 4- 9:29
  • Mile 5- 9:28
  • Mile 6- 9:37
  • Mile 7- 9:33
  • Mile 8- 9:23
  • Mile 9- 9:35
  • Last 0.75 miles- 9:36

During the last 15 minutes, I was ready to be done.  I’m thinking since my pre-run snack is small (toast and PB), around an hour might be where I need a boost- electrolytes, goo, raisins, something. I’ll be trying out some different brands to see what my stomach likes.


Post-run, I iced and elevated and then wrapped my legs in an ace bandage a bit later.  They were feeling achy all over- no major pain, but I think having to get in the car for awhile after running caused a little swelling.


After an hour of elevating and snoozing. I felt great! Just in time for dinner with friends.  Oh I sort of skipped most of the day there- I didn’t take pictures but had some leftover pizza, a bowl of granola, almonds, orange juice, a Kind bar… so running makes me hungry!

Before our 8:30 dinner reservations at Zengo, we all sampled this beer- wow, very espresso-y and oak-y! It would have been better as a dessert beer, but I liked it! It was super dark, almost black, with a foamy head that looked like hot chocolate.


Some wine was also opened and sampled.  This had a very recognizable blackberry flavor but the general body wasn’t very sweet.  Everyone enjoyed it (more so than the beer I think).


For dinner, we had reservations at Zengo, a Latin-Asian fusion restaurant featured for 5280 Restaurant Week.  I didn’t take any pictures (I left my batteries in the charger :()!   My first course was an Angry Zengo roll– I really need to eat sushi more, I love it so.  It was spicy and delicious.  My second course was salmon which had this warm bacon sauce over the potatoes and broccolini- the best part (the bacon sauce, not the broc)!!  Lastly, I had a chocolate mousse cake for dessert that was VERY rich.  It was good, but I probably wouldn’t order it again.

This morning, I slept in a little and then made a filling bowl of oats.  I’m going to get some things done and then meet-up with my uncle to watch the Canada vs. USA hockey game!


Baby To Be by Kelli
February 21, 2010, 2:18 pm
Filed under: Kelli, Marathon, Pizza, Run, Team in Training, Workout

Hey all!  I hope you are having a super relaxing weekend before we start all over with the work week tomorrow.

Beth’s baby shower yesterday was super fun.  She is 37 weeks and ready to POP!  She looks gorgeous and is going to be a great mom!

I know Beth through Stephen’s friend (and Beth’s boyfriend) JT.  Stephen and JT grew up together and have been neighbors their entire lives.  JT was also a groomsman in our wedding!

JT met Beth in college and they have been dating since they were sophmores or juniors (I honestly can’t remember which).  They have such compatible personalities and are great together.  I am so happy for them and the fact that they are going to have an adorable little girl!

The mommy-to-be opening her presents!

The amazing picture that JT’s sister, Nicole, drew of Beth!  Nicole is an incredibly talented artist and she is going to school to be an art teacher.

Beth got a lot of great stuff for her little girl!  She even got a SUPER cute little bikini!  It is adorable!  Only 3 more weeks until the little lady arrives!

After the shower I went shopping with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, Elizabeth.  Elizabeth is 35 weeks pregnant with our nephew (seriously, there are babies everywhere!)  and her shower is in a few weeks.  The shopping trip was focused on getting fabulous outfits for the three of us to wear to the shower 🙂  There were some great sales at the mall!  I got a pair of fabulous Kenneth Cole boots that were almost 80% off!  Could not believe it.  It would have been a sin to NOT buy them, seriously.  I also found a great dress!  So did Elizabeth!  All in all, a very successful day at The Westfarms Mall.

After dinner the three of us met Stephen and my father-in-law at a local pizza place for dinner.  This place was awesome because they make gluten free pizza!

I enjoyed a roast turkey panini with no mayo, and roasted red peppers.

Stephen had a HUGE calzone!  Its as big as his hands!  He is 6’4″, those are not small hands in any sense of the word!

And here is the gluten free pizza!  It is awesome that my mother-in-law got to indulge in a food that is usually on the Do Not Eat list for celiac’s

This morning I woke up for my first Team In Training group training session!  We went for a 6 mile run and it was amazing.  I met a girl who lived in Italy for 4 years and we chatted the entire time.  We were both comfortable at the same pace (around an 11:30 minute / mile) and I loved listening to her stories about living abroad.  I feel like this woman has lived 5 lives!  She had some great stories and listening to them made the run fly by.  We ended up finishing the 6 miles in 1 hour 7 minutes.  The last 3/4 mile was up a steep hill and I honestly thought my lungs were going to EXPLODE!  I just kept telling myself to go 10 more steps, and then 10 more steps, and then 10 more steps.  Before I knew it we were done and enjoying some water and banana bread.  I cannot wait for next week!!

Now I am curled up on the couch addressing and stuffing envelopes for Team In Training fund raising letters.  I plan on going to local businesses this afternoon as well to try and fund raise.  I am SO excited to really get going!  If anyone out there is interested in donating here is my fund raising site 🙂

I hope you are all having an awesome day:)

My longest run ever- that will soon seem short by Katie
February 20, 2010, 5:18 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Green Monster, Katie, Lunch, Marathon, Run, Team in Training

Today was my first significantly long group run with Team in Training!  I knew the weather was going to be wintery and I’ll be completely honest that I was not looking forward to the run.  I slept an extra 30 minutes, ate some toast with PB&J and made my final decision to just GO, it wasn’t like it was a blizzard.  We’ve been spoiled with some nice weather in Denver lately but it’s not like I’ve ever never been outside in 20* weather, c’mon Katie!

Run Recap (aka lots of words)

The spirit of Team in Training peeps is incredible, and the coaches are so motivating!  We basically ran to wherever 38 minutes took us, turned around, and ran back.  [For any Denver people.. we started at REI and my turn around point was Cherry Creek mall.  I’m pretty terrible at directions around here but seeing the mall surprised me and made me feel pretty darn good!]  I chatted with someone on the first leg of the run (time freakin’ FLIES by) and after the turn-around, I was mostly on my own.  I was hitting a good rhythm and the snow was falling so prettily:  It was heavenly (umm never though I would speak so generously about running)! After about an hour, I was deliriously happy and felt like I could go forever, guess that’s some sort of “zone” or “high” kicking in?

I’d love to take pictures but not sure I want to carry my camera, my phone, an iPod, and have the Garmin.  I’d be like a walking piece of technology.  Speaking of the Garm, I was holding about a 9:30 pace on most of the first half of the run, slowed down to 10:00 min/mile for a mile because of a side stitch, and then the second half I was around 9:15 min miles! I could not believe it!! Since I was chatting it up the whole way out, I barely noticed how quick we were going.. but once I did, I decided I should keep it up.  All in all, about 7.85 miles in 1:15.  I think this is the farthest I’ve ever run but I almost never kept track of mileage for 9 of the 10 years I have been running around.  All in all, the snow and cold had nothing on me!  I wonder if training at altitude will help… but that’s a post of it’s own ;).

After the run, a sports medicine doc talked about stretching, foam rolling, typical injuries, etc.   You know how shin splints feel like your shin is about to rip from your leg?? Guess what I learned? The muscle really is tearing from the shin! OW, and gross!  I’m going to start icing my knees after the long ones.  The knees are in serious pain for about 15-20 minutes after I completely stop (I make sure to walk around a lot and cool down, plus stretching) but not during the run or at any random times.  Anyone else have this problem/ know what it is?


Since then, I’ve had half a wheat bagel with PB, leftover Thai noodles and shrimp from last night with a bunch of added veggies, and a green monster (with vanilla whey powder as a new addition).

Tonight is the first night of the Denver Restaurant Week and we’re going to Elway’s, a really nice restaurant, tonight.  John picked this one, I get to pick the next one!

Naughty Blogger, Great Morning by Katie
February 13, 2010, 2:21 pm
Filed under: Katie, Run, Team in Training

So I didn’t take pictures of my veggie burger at Steuben’s OR my brunch at Mona’s this morning with some new Team in Training friends.  But I can tell you that joining Team in Training to run this marathon is probably one of the best decisions I’ve made.  It’s not mandatory to go to group training or anything, but I’ve already met so many great people!  We met this morning around 7:30 AM and though most of us were strangers, there was none of the awkwardness that usually comes along with a big group of strangers.  As soon as I walked up to the meeting point, people were introducing themselves with big smiles and high fiving, you’d think we just finished the marathon!

Then we started running and after about a quarter mile I was at a comfortable pace with another girl named Kate.  We just chatted the whole time and the run FLEW by.   I met another lady while stretching and found out she just went into remission this past summer and is now running a marathon in honor of herself! AMAZING!  There is really nothing bad I can say about it.  I haven’t made a ton of friends while living in CO and I feel like I just made 10 new ones today, people I would love to run with but that I could also totally have a beer with later.  I know I’m totally gushing but I can’t put into a few words how great the morning was!!

It’s almost 50° here in Denver so I am going to get my butt in gear, make some apps for tonight’s blogger meetup and then spend the day OUTSIDE in the SUN!