Saturday, August 30, 2014

The short and long

 If you want the short version of my race, here it is. I started off awesome, then got sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, miserably sick over and over, then got dehydrated, almost passed out a few times, struggled, wanted to quit, didn't, and finished extremely frustrated in 3:46.

I have the Hartford Marathon in six weeks. I am not signing up for any more races at this point. I will run Hartford because everything is paid for, and see how it goes but as of right now I am thinking I just may not be cut out for this no matter how badly I want to be.

If you want the details...

Everything went great this morning before the race. I have had an awesome two days with Jennifer and I got 6 1/2 hours of good sleep and a good two hours of rest before going to sleep. Before I went to sleep, when I woke up, and any time I felt anxious I reminded myself to be calm, focused, positive, and confident and it really helped and I felt great overall. I ate well but not too much yesterday and was hydrated and rested. I got up at 4am and got on the first bus at 5am, which got us up to the start line with exactly an hour to go. This is probably TMI, but it turned out to be the wrong time of the month to be a girl running a race, which often makes my stomach issues a lot worse, but I was feeling good so didn't let it get in my head. I drank my UCAN with 45 minutes to go and then started a short and easy warm up. I just jogged for about 15 minutes and did four easy strides and everything felt good. I was able to rest for a little bit and get back into a portapotty, and then lined up and we were off.

I felt great! Within a half a mile or so I was running in third place (female) and it felt easy and relaxed, as Coach Ray wanted it to. The pace came very easily and I was not going too fast... I felt super. It was a lot of downhill but with some rollers so I just relaxed on the uphills and then let my stride lengthen back out on the downhills. I was smiling, relaxed, thinking super positive thoughts and really felt like this was my day!!! Those splits were 6:39 (really downhill), 6:53, 6:50, 6:56, 6:51, 6:49, 6:55, 6:53. Felt awesome.

(My goal for this race was 3:05-3:08ish. The first half of the course drops a lot in elevation and the second half is hilly so it isn't a negative split kind of course and we had a pacing plan to handle it well).

Out of nowhere in mile 9 my stomach cramped BAD and there was no way to run through it without embarrassing myself. I got into a portapotty and that split was 9:44.

I came out and was frustrated to be behind so many people, but slowly worked my way back to where I had been... not working too hard since it was still early. I still felt fine and tried not to let the lost time worry me since I knew I was still ok. Mile 10 was 6:53, 11 was 6:56, 12 was 6:55. I was still thinking positive, and still feeling good mentally and physically. I really believed I was going to finally have a great race again.

Around the end of mile 12 my stomach started growling again and then cramped and again - I HAD to stop. It was quick though (and I was hoping that would be the end of the stops) and mile 13 was 8:32. I passed the half at 1:35:46 which was a little behind where I wanted to be, but considering the time I had lost I knew I was still running well and could still PR and have a time to be proud of.  It was REALLY frustrating to once again be behind people I had been ahead of, then worked hard to get ahead of again, but I really tried to keep my head calm and just do the best I could do and keep running strong.

Mile 14 is where the uphills started, which felt tough after all the downhill, but I was ready for it. Mile 14 was 7:07. I drank my UCAN during this mile too... little sips to try and keep my stomach from getting upset.

In mile 15 I started to just feel off... it was an uphill mile but my stomach was cramping again and I just started to feel bad. I told myself it would pass and hoped it would, but it didn't. This mile was a 7:28. It all went downhill from there... I ended up in a portapotty again in mile 16 and from there it felt like someone pulled the drain out of my energy bathtub. I felt tingly, light-headed, exhausted, wobbly... I took small sips of water at each aid station and even ate two little pieces of banana hoping it would help. Maybe it did a little. Everything cramped though... I am sure from being dehydrated. Nothing felt injured but my hip flexors and calves got super tight and my whole body hurt. I had a headache. It was miserable. I don't even remember how many times I ended up being sick.  A couple of times I even felt like I might just fall over and I really didn't want to struggle to the finish, but I sure as heck did not want to quit either. The last 8 miles or so were a walk/jog.

Jennifer was all along the course in my giant 15 passenger van. She cheered for me, she passed on messages from Josh and Ray, she gave me sips of her Diet Coke, she told me I was strong, she cheered and yelled, she told me to quit crying and get running. There are no words for how much I love this girl. (When I finished she said, "Now you can cry." She said lots of other great stuff too). Everyone should have a BFF like Jennifer. But you can't have her because she is mine.
A pic from yesterday
I laid down in the grass when I finished... when things stopped spinning I ate some, drank some, walked around. My legs and feet feel ok now (tired, but fine...nothing injured) but my whole body kind of feels like I have been hit by a truck.

I don't know what else to try or what else to do with this dang stomach of mine... I do think the downhill courses are a bit rougher on it and maybe it was just bad luck with getting my period but it's hard not to feel like I am just not cut out to do this no matter how badly I want to. I have changed my diet, am super careful about what I eat, have tried every type of fueling, have tried over the counter medicines, have tried prescription medicines... some things help some but nothing has made it so that I can run and not worry about needing the pit stops. I knew it was a possibility today and I had told myself that if I had to stop I just would and wouldn't stress over the lost time, but I didn't anticipate getting SO sick and so dehydrated.

It's hard not to be discouraged at this point, or to not think about the people who have told me I can't and won't get better or reach my goals.

Time to decide which voices in my head to listen to...

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Turn the Pain into Power

I am all packed up and ready to head to Salt Lake tomorrow morning to pick up my BFF and get some rest and relaxation before my race on Saturday morning. (Ok, there will be plenty of fun with J too!!!)

There has been a lot going on this summer (heck this past year... two years...) and some emotional detox time with my BFF is always much needed and much cherished.

One of the things I love when I am going through something hard is music. And let's face it - running 26.2 miles fast is hard. Normally I do not race with music (I never have, although I do use music for track workouts) but this time around I have decided I am going to try it. It is a smaller marathon without a lot of spectators and I think the music could be a good boost. I have spent a lot of time this week putting together my playlist and a few people on Facebook asked me to share it, so I thought I would share it here too.

My favorite new song that I found when putting together this list is "Superheroes" by The Script. The music is great, and the lyrics are perfect for running and for life.

"She's got lions in her heart
A fire in her soul
He's a got a beast in his belly
That's so hard to control
'Cause they've taken too much hits
Taking blow by blow
Now light a match, stand back, watch them explode

When you've been fighting for it all your life
You've been struggling to make things right
That’s a how a superhero learns to fly
Every day, every hour
Turn the pain into power

Awesome right?? I am loving it.

Here is the rest of my playlist. Don't judge. :) My kids helped a lot. Hopefully I won't be running long enough to hear all of these (I will run with it on Shuffle).

All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor
All the Pretty Girls - Fun.
All These Things that I've Done - Killers
Animals - Maroon 5
At Least I'm Not as Sad as I Used to Be - Fun.
Awake and Alive - Skillet
Babel - Mumford and Sons
Barlights - Fun.
The Beast - Tech N9ne
Beautiful Day - U2

Believer - American Authors
Berzerk - Eminem
Best Song Ever - OneDirection
Break Free - Ariana Grande
Castle of Glass - Linkin Park
The Champ - Nelly
Chasing - Aloe Blacc
Classic - MKTO
Dark Horse - Katy Perry
Demons - Imagine Dragons
Fireball - Pitfull
Fighter - Christina Aguilera
The Fighter - Gym Class Heroes
Fly - Phillip Phillips
Goodbye Earl - Dixie Chicks
Guts Over Fear - Eminem
Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
Holland Road - Mumford and Sons
Home - Phillip Phillips
I Lived - OneRepublic
I Will Wait - Mumford and Sons
I'm a Believer - Smash Mouth
Invincible - MGK
It's Time - Imagine Dragons
Lift Your Spirit - Aloe Blacc
The Man Who Never Lied - Maroon 5
Lose Yourself - Eminem
My Songs Know What You did in the Dark - Fall Out Boy
Not Afraid - Eminem
Numb/Encore - JAYZ & Linkin Park
One Foot - Fun.
Peg O' My Heart - Dropkick Murphys
Problem - Ariana Grande
The Phoenix - Fall Out Boy
Raging Fire - Phillip Phillips
Rat a Tat - Fall Out Boy
Ready to Run - Dixie Chicks
Remember the Name - Fort Minor
Roar - Katy Perry
Running Down a Dream - Tom Petty
Some Nights - Fun.
Somebody to Love - Queen
Something I Need - OneRepublic
Superheroes - The Script
Story of My Life - One Direction
Through the Dark - One Direction
'Till I Collapse - Eminem & Nate Dogg
Try - Pink
We Are Young - Fun.
We Own it (Fast & Furious) - 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa
Wild Ones - Sia and Flo Rida
Without Me - Eminem

Monday, August 25, 2014

Race Week Reflections

In the past week I have taken six kids to the dentist, sat through high school registration for four, made another trip to Salt Lake City and back, made a road trip to Idaho Falls and back, celebrated a kid's birthday, survived back to school shopping done for 10 kids, got the high school kids back to school, and did all of the usual cooking, cleaning, laundry, work, blah blah blah. I also killed my last big workout before the Pocatello Marathon. :)

Me and Ben on his 14th birthday, with a Marcus photobomb :)
There are now less than five days until the Pocatello Marathon. Am I excited? YES. Am I nervous? YES. I have been working hard towards this since my cast came off in March. I am excited to have the opportunity to see where I am at and see what I can do. I am nervous because I know that even wen you put in the work there are no guarantees on race day. Deep down I know that I am ready to run a great race and that is what I am trying to focus on.

Of course I am SUPER excited because my very best friend is coming on Thursday!! Jennifer is flying in to Salt Lake from Florida and will be staying through Monday. We will have a few days alone and then will come back home here after the race on Saturday and she will get some time with the family too. It stinks having your BFF live on the other side of the country. It's been a tough last year or so and I am definitely needing some time with J. She has a great way of helping me relax and I always seem to race well when she is there too. I can't wait!!

My last big workout was Wednesday morning. It was 15 miles total. I did a three mile warm up, then a four mile steady state run at 6:55, 6:48, 6:41, 6:29, half mile recovery, two mile tempo at 6:29, 6:18, half mile recovery, one mile fast at 5:39, half mile recovery, one mile fast at 5:42, and then a 2.5 mile cool down. It was a great workout and I felt amazing throughout. The two mile repeats at the end are the fastest I have ever run. It was a great workout to end on, especially since the 18 miler I had done a few days before was pretty much a sufferfest all the way through (a lot of stress, not enough sleep, not enough food, etc. etc. all left me feeling cruddy on that run and that whole day).

I had a mini workout this morning and now nothing but short and easy runs until race day!

While "the hay is in the barn" as my coach keeps telling me, there is still lots that can be done to help me have a great race. Here are some things I do on race week (along with scaling mileage way back).

- Cut out strength training and core work.

- Try to get extra sleep at night and extra rest during the day whenever possible.

- Cut out high fiber foods and fatty foods and increase my overall carb intake.

- Make sure I am well-hydrated. I don't like to go crazy hydrating the day before a race so I just make sure I am well-hydrated all week. I like to sip on some UCAN Hydrate throughout the last couple of days before a race to make sure my electrolytes are good.

- I have a pair of race shoes broken in but mostly new and ready to go, and my race day outfit (all things I have tried on long runs) picked out.

- I read a few of my favorite "get ready to race" articles, and my favorite book on the mental side of running, "The Champion's Mind - How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive" by Jim Afremow. Getting my HEAD ready to race... to work hard, accept the challenge, and be ready to hurt for three or so hours... is just as important as getting my body ready.

- I also like to look through all of the workouts I have done and all of the miles as a confidence booster and pick a couple of mantras. Ray told me this morning, "And remember that nobody in the race has worked harder than you for this............NOBODY!!!!!"  :)

- I am also going to work on a playlist. I haven't raced with music in a long time but I think that I am going to this weekend. If you have any good race song recommendations I would be grateful!!! :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

What a week!

I am not one to get stressed out much and I don't like to complain but in the spirit of keeping it real, it has been a tough week. Ultimately there has been a lot of good stuff, but there was a lot of stress along the way.

- My Maggie (almost 13) was diagnosed with Graves' Disease. It is a hyperthyroid condition that is pretty uncommon in kids. One minute we were at a routine physical and the next we were getting an emergency referral to the children's hospital. Our local doctor referred us to the specialists at Primary Children's (in Utah) and they were booked out for four months. Our doc got one of their docs on the phone and told them what her labs were, and they got us in 48 hours later. Yesterday I drove to Utah with Maggie and Amanda for appointments, labs work, consult, etc. She is on a beta blocker to get her heart rate under control and then will have a radioactive iodine therapy which will basically kill part of her thyroid. She will always need to have her thyroid function checked regularly and will be on medications long term, but the prognosis is good. She has been very scared and 7 hours in the van yesterday was tough, but we made the most of it and had some fun mother-daughter time.

The girls voted on appetizers and milk shakes for dinner at Red Robins when we were done at the hospital. Maggie said it was "the best dinner ever". Then we had lots of talking and singing in the van on the way home. They are tons of fun.
- Mercades left for college! She is going to Chadron State in Nebraksa, which is a nine hour drive away. Josh and some of the kids took her down for registration about a month ago, but she drove herself down this week. On top of being sad to have her gone, she called about seven hours into her trip to say she had a flat tire on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. I had to help her figure out where she was, where the nearest town was, where there was a store to sell her a tire, and how to get the store to let me pay for the tire over the phone (this was in the middle of NOWHERE Wyoming). Luckily she knew how to get the spare donut tire on and a sheriff stopped and made sure she was ok. She got the new tire, got to school ok and got moved in, but it was a stressful couple of hours.

- Our septic tank has been a major pain and needed some major repairs. Now my yard is a giant pile of rocks and dirt.

- Nathan got his mission call! This was a good thing and he was really excited. He will be serving a church mission in Honolulu Hawaii for two years, leaving in November. He was really hoping to go somewhere with a warm climate and it doesn't get much warmer than that!! He is an incredible kid and I am super proud of him.

- We are getting close to back to school. Enough said. Notebooks, pencils, pens, backpacks, sneakers, clothes, etc. etc. etc. x 12 kids = $$$$ and a whole lot of organizing on my part. The kids are looking forward to going back though. This year I will have one in Kindergarten, one in third grade, two in fifth, two in seventh, two in ninth, two in 11th, one in college and one serving a mission in Hawaii. :)

- Two weeks (tomorrow) until race day! How did that happen? :) I am excited to race, but nervous too. I have worked really hard since I got the cast off to get back into shape (and into even better shape than I was before). I feel like I have a lot to prove, even if just to myself. Maybe that's the wrong attitude, but it's honest. I want to run the race that I have trained for. I am excited to go for it though and am feeling very ready, and JENNIFER will be here for a few days which makes me even more excited. Time with her is always much needed and much enjoyed. :) My friend posted this on my Facebook wall and it made me laugh.

- I have an 18 miler in the morning and I had a pretty fun workout on Wednesday. The workout was  14 miles total with two sets of 800, 400, 200, 200 on the road, then a 2 mile tempo, then a set of 800, 400, 200, 200 on the track. I liked this one a lot and I ran my fastest 800 ever on the track - a 2:44! I almost puked. Almost. :)

- And, in some pretty exciting news, I was chosen to be part of the Inspiration Team for the Hartford Marathon in October! I get some sweet swag and VIP perks on race day which will be super nice. They chose 10 of us and I am very inspired by my nine teammates. You can read about it here

I will be fundraising for Girls Gotta Run Foundation (of which I am a board member). More on that coming soon.

I think those are the highlights. I am enjoying a much-needed quiet weekend at home and hoping for a slightly less stressful week next week. Happy weekend everybody!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cousins, County Fair, 50k, and my Big Test

After a week of county fair and a week of company, I am ready for a nice and "quiet" week ahead! My cousin from New York and his two little boys just spent a week with us and it was a lot of fun, but things were busier than usual (and things are usually quite busy around here!)

The fair is a big deal here and is always lots of fun. We went to the demolition derby as always (yay for some inner redneck fun!), the parade, and then of course the carnival. The kids had fun eating lots of crazy stuff too, including deep friend Snickers bars and "the Cowboy burger" which is a burger on a donut instead of a bun. The teens swear it is delicious. I say no thanks. :) We also took the cousins to Bear Lake, panning for gold, hiking on the Swift Creek trail, and to some other local fun places, and they went on a trip on their own up to Yellowstone. The kids all hit it off GREAT (first time meeting) and there was a whole lot of Lego's and Nerf gun darts flying around all week. :)

Me with some of the kids at the Derby. They were all there, we just didn't all fit in this pic. :)

Noah and I waiting for the parade. This boy is getting heavy!

Me with some of my kids and my cousin's two boys

Josh ran the El Vaquero Loco 50k trail race yesterday (his third time) and did well! Here is a finish line shot. He finished in 8:28 I believe.

The race starts and finishes up a canyon that is just five miles from our front door and goes through some beautiful back country. The "low" elevation is 7000ft and the elevation in the 50k climbs up to 10,000ft four different times. It is a tough one!

I had a few good friends running it as well so I drove up with some of the kids and hung out for a few hours and cheered at the finish line. I also managed to get our 15 passenger van good and stuck with a less than stellar parking job up on the trail. Tall weeds looked like earth to me and I ended up with one tire in mid air and three barely hanging on. Brilliant, yes? I found some guys who were up there fishing at the lake and they were able to help Josh get it out.
Score = Van -1, Erin - 0.

Running update -  Yesterday I wrapped up my second 86 mile week in a row, AND my biggest run of this training cycle. I can honestly say that physically, I have never felt better. Yesterday's run was 22 miles with the last 8 miles at goal marathon pace. As soon as I saw it on my schedule I was nervous about it. I have really been trying to fight the self-doubt before these big workouts and I was much better this time than I have been the past couple of months, but I knew it was a big test of my fitness three weeks out from the Pocatello Marathon, and I REALLY wanted it to go well. And I knew it was going to be tough. Coach Ray told me I was ready for it and that it was well within my ability, so I held on to that thought.

The plan was to think of it as two separate runs - the first as an "easy" 14 miler, nice and slow, and then stop for a minute, fuel, and start the 8 miler at gmp - 22 total. There is no flat road to be seen here - it is all up hill or downhill, so I decided to run the gmp miles on the track. I didn't want to fight the uphills and make this run any harder than it already was, and I didn't want to run downhill and feel like I "cheated".

I left the house at 5:15am. (DANG it is dark at 5:15am again. I will need to bust out the headlamp again this week...) The first 14 miles were HILLY but I kept them slow and easy and tried not to think about the 22 mile total or the 8 fast I had to finish up with. I fueled before the run with two scoops of Tropical Orange UCAN and a pack of UCAN Hydrate mixed in. I didn't take anything during the 14 easy miles. Once I got to the track (where I had left the van the night before) I took another serving of UCAN, cranked up my music and hit the track.

The splits for those last 8 miles were 6:28, 6:40, 6:38, 6:40, 6:32, 6:35, 6:41, 6:24!!!!!

I still can't believe it.

This was significantly faster than I was aiming for. After each mile when my Garmin would beep and the split time would pop up I couldn't even believe it. And I was working hard, but not too hard and I felt GOOD and knew I could hold the pace. I felt strong, smooth, and fast. This was a BIG breakthrough run for me. It was definitely the best 22 miler I have ever had and the best gmp run I have ever had. It was a big confidence booster for me for sure. I was thinking of this run as a big test, and afterwards I keep thinking "HECK YES! I am ready!"

I hate selfies most of the time but needed a victory picture after this run!

Now there are just 20 days until the Pocatello Marathon. I am so ready to put the awful races of last year, the injury, and the cast and all of that behind me. The past couple of weeks I have really felt like my fitness is improving by leaps and bounds (finally!!) and this run was further proof of that. I haven't gotten my schedule yet from Ray for the week so I am not sure what I have, but at this point I am feeling super confident that I can do whatever he gives me and that I am set for a really strong race in Pokey. :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

More than you think

"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." - Napoleon Hill

I had one of those workouts this week that pushed me mentally and physically. I was nervous about it going in. The workout was 20x400m, with 400m rest intervals, three miles warm up and three miles cool down, 16 miles total. TWENTY 400's. Twenty. 20.

I was nervous. And I was still a little tired from a super quick trip to New York. My little brother came out from NY for a week, and then took Marcus and Shorty back to New York with him for some spoiling from the grandparents. Then Nate and I went out to NY to spend a few days with family and bring the little boys home. We took a red-eye flight on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning to NY, then had a few wonderful days in NY with my parents. We went to a super fun water park, got to see my 92 and 94 year old grandparents (they are amazing!), and spent a really fun day in the city at the Museum of Natural History, Jekyll and Hyde's Restaurant and on Broadway! My Dad and I got to see Aladdin with the younger boys (it was WONDERFUL) and Nate saw Rock of Ages with my mom. :) Then a red-eye flight and three hour drive back home Saturday night/Sunday morning. So happy, but so, so tired.

My Dad, Shorty, Me, Marcus and Nate at the Museum of Natural History
 I did do lots of running in NY and as usual the heat and humidity were killer. I did a 20 miler on Friday morning and it was a tough one mentally and physically. But I got it done.

Cooling off on the steps of my parents' pool after a hot, hot NY run

So at 4am on Wednesday morning I was still pretty tired and worn out, and the idea of 20x400 alone on the track was more than a bit daunting. Even during my warm up I was questioning myself and feeling nervous about being able to hit the targets. I worked hard on getting my head in the right place and took off on the first one. Too fast! Happy problem... but... I don't want to make it any harder on myself so I pulled back (and coach warned me about going to fast early on). Second one... too fast... pulled back a bit more. Three and four felt pretty good and I started to relax and just go with the flow of the work out. Hard lap, easy lap. Run fast... strong but relaxed... fast and free.... head up, wings out. :) Each set of four was progressively faster, and with each set I felt better and better... faster, stronger, and more confident. 

I didn't miss a single split, and completely rocked the workout... alone on a track... dark at first, then with a pretty sunrise as a backdrop. 

My splits were -
1-4 - 1:28, 1:26, 1:32, 1:32
5-8 - 1:30, 1:31, 1:30, 1:30
9-12 - 1:28, 1:28, 1:28, 1:29
13-16 - 1:27, 1:24, 1:23, 1:27
17-20 - 1:23, 1:19, 1:21, 1:19

 Five miles of running (with rest intervals) at about 5:48 pace. Not too shabby. :)

It SURE would be nice to have a training partner on mornings like this!

Afterwards I thanked Ray for challenging me and believing in me. He continues to give me new workouts that challenge me mentally and physically, but always knows what I am capable of. I am learning to trust that I can do more than I think and can do what he gives me. 

We can always do more than we think, and one of the most awesome things about running is that it helps us find our limits and then push past them. The only way to find out how good you can be is to keep working, keep pushing, and keep doing the hard and scary things you aren't sure you can. 

29 days until Pocatello Marathon!

"If there is no struggle there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass

Winner Winner!

The winner of the FREE ENTRY to the Revel Rockies race is....


Holly please email me at full house mom at g mail dot com and I will hook you up!!

You can read about the awesome REVEL races here and stay tuned for giveaways to the REVEL Big Cottonwood Canyon and REVEL Canyon City races soon!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Let's REVEL!

What do you like in a race? Fast course? Great organization and customer service? Quality shirts and medals? Pace groups? How about free race pictures and videos? Awesome finish line food? A super generous withdrawal and transfer policy?

If all of this sounds good to you, it's time to run a REVEL race!

From the Revel website - "REVEL is a series of running events that is gaining a broad presence in the running world by distinguishing its races in a number of ways, including its unique courses, emphasis on runner experience, and partnerships with local communities, nonprofit organizations, sponsors, and government agencies.

REVEL races can best be described by two words: Fast & Beautiful. Our events take place in the most beautiful venues available in the areas in which they are held. REVEL races seek to maximize the time our runners spend running in canyons, forests, state or national parks, and so forth. In addition, the downhill nature of REVEL races provides a unique opportunity for runners to achieve personal best times and qualify for exclusive events.

In addition to providing unforgettable experiences for our runners, REVEL races also deliver value to the communities who graciously host our events. Each REVEL race brings significant financial benefits to local economies, provides an opportunity for communities to brand themselves, and creates a healthier and more fitness-friendly community. Additionally, proceeds from each REVEL runner's entry fee are donated to local nonprofit groups geared towards health and environmental causes."

I was recently chosen to be an ambassador for REVEL! You can see my profile and the other ambassadors here.  My race schedule is full for this year, but I am excited to run one of these races next year. The locations are Big Cottonwood Canyon (Salt Lake City, UT), Rockies (Denver, CO), and Canyon City (Los Angeles, CA).

If you are looking to get a PR or a BQ, these are GREAT courses to go for it on.

The REVEL Rockies race is coming up on August 17. Check out all of the great perks to this race here! What other race gives you gloves and a mylar blanket for the start?? I love that, especially since I am ALWAYS cold at the start of a race.

You can still register for the full or half marathon which will both be on August 17, AND I have one race entry to give away! If you want to be entered, just leave a comment and tell me you want to be entered (one entry per person) and I will draw a winner on Friday!!

I will also be giving away an entry to the REVEL Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon and Half Marathon on September 13 and to the REVEL Canyon City Marathon and Half Marathon on November 15, so stay tuned if you are interested in running one of those awesome races.