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Golden Gallop 10K

Howdy Folks! Welcome to Golden! – yeah this picture sums it all up.

Welcome to Golden Sign

well…this picture helps sum up the course…no this isn’t a picture of a roller coaster at Disney Land…this is the elevation profile for the 10K.

golden gallop 10K elevation chart

They should call this race the “Golden Gallop Up and Down every Hill in Town!”

That being said, I actually had an awesome race.

My friend from Luna Chix also raced. She kicked butt as usual.

team Luna Chix at Golden Gallop

Yes, it was FREEZING…but I have a thing about racing in capris or long sleeves- just can’t do it. Anyways, after those first 3 miles of nothing but hills I had worked up quite the sweat.

Getting the Garmin ready, heaven forbid I not know how many more miles until I can collapse and die.

getting the Garmin ready

rockin’ the new fully customized funfitgirl HeatSweats visor. loved it.

Off I go! Clearly, I take getting a good, strong start very seriously.

funfitgirl at Golden Gallop

I looked very under dressed compared to my fellow runners. I was honestly really comfortable though – my PRO Compression marathon socks kept my calves warm which is really the most important thing for me.

funfitgirl at Golden Gallop 2

Since this was a ballon shaped course, my camera man (aka the sweetest fiance ever) couldn’t get any shots out on the course. He didn’t like the idea of just “jogging” along side me to get some great action shots.

So we took this great action shot instead.

funfitgirl action shot

super speedy, I know.

here’s my finish

funfitgirl 10k finishthe only thing other than the massive hills and that the Newton Running tent was not handing out free samples  that annoyed me about this race was the fact that they didn’t quite time the timing of the 10K and 5K start correctly to have all the 5K racers finish before the 10K. So I ended up bumbling into a bunch of the tail end of the 5K-ers and I couldn’t really tell who was in the 10K vs 5k  so I didn’t have a clue how many people I had to pass to get 1st place. And this 5K girl photo-bombed me with an epic long stride out to the finish.

10K finish photo bomb

All in all, it was a great race. I came in at 50:38, 6th in my age group. Not too shabby for a first road 10K.

Big thanks to this guy for going straight from working until 6am to going to my race to take pictures of me and tell me on the way to the race, “now just remember, if you’re not 1st, you’re last” – such a great pep talk.

funfitfit and fiance

I came home and used my new blender for the first time to make myself a post race margarita mixed berry with vanilla protein smoothie.

smoothie makings  new blender  smoothie


How was your Sunday Funday? 

Best pep talk you’ve gotten?

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Newton Running tips & delicious desserts

So about yesterday…I had two desserts.

First was this before dinner:

Dessert #1And then I made these after dinner:

Dessert #2

brownieSunday was very successful.

I’ve had some questions about the advice I got from the customer support at Newton Running about arch pain when getting use to their natural running style. Here’s the low down from Liz (Newton Product Support Specialist):

There are 3 primary causes of arch pain:

  1. Over striding and landing with your feet out from under your center of mass
    Think about landing with your feet under your center of mass. Focus on shortening your stride, and picking up your cadence to about  180 steps per minute. Getting your feet right under your center of mass will help you to land more parallel to the ground on your midfoot. Watch a video on this here
  2. Impacting the ground too hard
    Focus on controlling each stride. Watch a video on this here
  3. Pushing off as you go to take your next stride
    Think about lifting from the hip flexors and core. This will help to take a lot of stress off the arch of your foot and posterior calf muscles. Watch a video on this here

It’s also really important to keep your calf muscles loose – foam rolling helps lots or try using a tennis ball for really tough knots. You can also roll the tennis ball under your arch to help stretch and massage that muscle (I didn’t have a tennis ball, but I found a golf ball and used that – worked really well!) Thanks again to Newton Running for all this great advice – you guys rock!!

On side note, I got a pumpkin candy dish – going for about 3 desserts today

candydish

love me some M&Ms and candy-corn!! 


Do you have arch pain? What have you done to fix it?

Favorite desserts?

Sunday Runday…Funday?

I was never a distance runner in my past runner’s life, but this morning I totally enjoyed my 10 mile run at Cherry Creek State Park. I feel much more mentally prepared for running longer distances now – that’s a big thing for me because not long ago running longer than 30 minutes was UNHEARD of.

Cherry Creek State ParkI think a big issue for me was learning to slow down on my runs – I’d burn out way too quickly on longer runs. I found this great article about the importance of taking your long runs slow (Runner’s World suggests 45-90 seconds slower than anticipated race pace!) and I used their advice this morning on my run, took it slow and steady and had an amazing run.

10 mile timeI rocked my Zensah compression sleeves and Newton Gravity shoes today – can’t say enough praise for those two running gear items. And yes I stopped running at 10.01 – don’t want to be an overachiever! 

My average pace was 9:36 which was perfect according to the RW article’s advice, and my fastest lap pace was 9:20 – I’m happy with that.

me after 10 milesme (not dead!) happy after my run…also rocking my Athleta headband and Oakleys – love those for running too

I ran alone this morning – my favorite running buddy was sleeping in today – which I feel was really good for me to do because normally I like to do longer runs with a pace buddy because I’m mentally a running wimp. BUT I kept myself on pace, didn’t stop once, and managed to keep my Espresso Love Gu down (there was an awkward gurgle noise for a min so I was afraid the Gu wasn’t going to end well). We’ll call it a successful Sunday Runday, and YES it was a Funday :)

Came home and Jonah made me a Gluten and Dairy Free (but not flavor free!) egg sandwich.

egg sandwichdelicious


How was your long run this weekend?

Have you ever had a mental block for running longer distances?

Favorite mid-run fuel?? (I’m still in search of the perfect supplement)

funfitgirl’s friday fav five

…whoa that’s a lot of F’s!! (FFGFFF) So I’m going to try doing the whole “favorite things Friday  style blog posts – bear with me, here we go…

1. Newton Running customer support
I cannot say enough how much I love Newton Running – both their shoes and business. About a month ago I got the Newton Gravity and recently noticed that I’ve been getting pain in my arches when I run in them further than about 4 miles. I popped onto their website and had a great and totally helpful chat with Liz from Newton customer support. I was concerned I needed a shoe with more arch support (I’ve never had this problem with my Terra Momentum) and was wondering if she would advice getting a shoe insert or possibly trying another model to be my road runners. The answer Liz gave was superb – she didn’t try to sell me anything new – and instead she sent me a whole bunch of videos about how to strengthen and stretch my feet so that running in a shoe with a smaller heel-to-toe drop doesn’t hurt. She assured me that over time by gradually increasing my mileage in the Gravity shoes my feet would become stronger. Kuddos to Newton Running for having a customer support team who knows their stuff!

2. Being able to run in the evenings and not die from the 100 degree weather
Thank you fall for finally showing your face in Denver and giving me the option to run while the sun is actually up.

3. weekend long runs with my fav running buddy followed by brunch
long runs are so much easier to look forward to when you know you’ll have your favorite running buddy by your side AND some delicious brunch waiting for you at the end.

4. butternut squash soup
it just screams cozy fall dinner to me

butternut squash

5. fall scented candles and “fall-ifying” my apartment
yes, I just coined the term “fall-ify” – it means to make something fall-festivity. I’ll bust out the pumpkin spice and caramel apple delight candles, cozy blankets and a candy jar full of CANDY CORN.


I hope everyone has a good start to the weekend. Race weekend or long run?

Favorite fall food? How do you fall-ify?