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The real story about my BolderBoulder

The 2012 BolderBoulder came and went.  I wasn’t interested in running, crowds, or a cold (and some say refreshing) Michelob Ultra. Then last summer I ran jogged a 5k and I thought I could tackle this 10k event.  I got laced up and packed my CamelBak and I was off.  And while I finished the course, I’m not sure I tackled it.

Looks like I’m doing pretty good here, right?  I think that this was one of the last points that I felt ok… the day before the race I had taken care of myself.  I had eaten well, avoided drinking alcohol, and had plenty of water.  What I didn’t count on was tripping over my own feet and causing myself some ankle pain. 

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I told myself that the ankle pain was merely in my head and I was trying to give myself a way out.  So I lined up in my group and waited nervously as we started getting towards the front.  My first mile was ok, nothing to brag about.  And in mile 2, my ankle started to hurt.  I took plenty of walk breaks and continued.  I was finding every sprinkler along the course and enjoying myself.  By the time mile 3 came around, I was dying.  There was no shade on the course and I was starting to get hot.  I texted the family and let them know I was way behind my expected pace and not to worry, I would finish.  I found them around the mile 5 marker and I just wanted to stop.

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After this very flattering photo, I hugged the Husband and told him to look for me at the end.  Lots of good lucks later and I was off again.  When we got near the stadium, I started to notice I wasn’t sweating anymore.  Tell tale sign that I was done for… the heat sickness was on it’s way.  As we got ready to hit the stadium entrance, I got goosebumps.  I’m not sure if it was from the excitement or the heat but I was ready to be done.  You can’t beat the crowd at the stadium!  I gave it all I had and crossed the line, grabbed my bag, and found my family.

I spent the rest of the day recovering from just six miles… It was so hot and I was so tired.  Needless to say, I had one sip of my Michelob and tossed it in the recycling.  I am so glad that I can check the BolderBoulder off my list.  I’ve been sick from heat in the past so I knew it was important to go home and take care of myself.  I’m not sure if I would do the BolderBoulder again, but I might work at improving my 5k time at this point instead! 

A few things about recovering from heat sickness (from http://www.medicinenet.com):

What is the treatment for heat exhaustion?

  • Cooling and rehydration are the cornerstones for treating heat exhaustion. The affected individual should stop their activity and then move from the hot environment to a cooler environment. The person may be placed in the shade or taken to an air conditioned environment (don’t forget that cars have air conditioning). Clothes may be removed to help with air circulation across the body. Misting the skin with cool water also helps by stimulating evaporation and cooling the body.
  • Rehydration is the next important step in treating heat exhaustion. This may be a challenge if the person begins to suffer from nausea and vomiting. Small sips of water, a mouthful at a time, might be tolerated even if some vomiting persists. Water, sports drink and other electrolyte replacement drinks are reasonable options.
  • If oral rehydration fails or if symptoms persist, intravenous fluids may be required to replace the water loss because of the excessive sweating. Hydration continues until the patient begins to urinate, a signal that the kidneys have sensed that there is enough fluid in the body, and it no longer retains fluid.
  • Muscles cramps and pain may be treated with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

 

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Monday Suds: Mountain Sun

While the family was in town this weekend, we were able to take them to some of our favorite restaurants, hiking trails, and breweries.  I noticed that after we headed to Boulder, I hadn’t shared one of my favorite spots, the Mountain Sun.  This is a great brewery downtown that I was able to enjoy with some of my favorite Blends last May

Borrowed from Laura at sprint2thetable.com

Brewery Borrowed from Laura at sprint2thetable.com

I thought I would go back and let you know a little bit about their beer!

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From the website :

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The Mountain Sun first opened its doors in October of 1993. As corporations and concept restaurants swamped downtown Boulder, we realized our town needed a community-based neighborhood pub. For inspiration and our first brewer, we looked to the thriving pub and micro-brew scene of Oregon.

Our beers have won medals across the globe, including six gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, the world’s largest beer festival. And over the years, our brewpubs have consistently been voted the best in Boulder in the local media.”

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I was able to enjoy the Illusion Dweller IPA.  This was a big beer with intense hop flavors and subtle smokey notes.  What I really love about the Mountain Sun is the selection of interesting beers.  Every there has a Boulder spin and the Colorado hops!

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They have great lunch and a great atmosphere.  Love to grab and beer and salad on their patio in the summer.  Mountain Sun is part of a larger group of brewpubs and I can’t wait to hit up Vine Street in Denver.

Word of warning though, CASH ONLY!

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Monday Suds: West Flanders

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I can’t do a better job than they already have of introducing the West Flanders Brewing Company.  As you can tell by the history, the guys in charge of this great brewery and eatery have been waiting for a great opportunity for a long time!  I was really excited to stop in and try out some new beers from just down the street!

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When walking around Pearl Street in Boulder, I generally expect a lot of flash and not a lot of substance.  West Flanders has recently started occupying a space that was previously one of those places.  While the décor and the space hasn’t changed a lot, the vibe and the menu have definitely improved.  Walking into West Flanders felt comfortable and inviting and not too busy.

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They are of course showcasing their own beer and they are also paying tribute to some heavy hitters outside of Colorado (and the US).  I had the opportunity to try the Duchesse a while back at an Ales for Females meeting.

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The beers were incredibly balanced and leaning towards traditional.  While everything had a unique spin, when you order off the menu there are no surprises.  If you don’t believe me, check out their incredibly thorough beer descriptions.

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When we sat down at our table, we were able to try 7 of the 9 beers on the menu.   Everything at West Flanders was pretty traditional and tasty.  There wasn’t really anything that stood out as incredible but I would drink any of those beers again.  I think that my favorite was the St. Marks Dubbel.  It was sweet and full of caramel but it wasn’t overwhelming.  It hit every note perfectly and I would love to find out what entrée they would pair this with.  I think that the opportunity that they have in front of them is the chance to do great beer dinners without having to pair with an outside source.  IMG_1819

I was able to meet with the brewmaster, Brian Lutz, and one of his bartenders, Tierney.  West Flanders has only been open a few months and they are already over 200 barrels in house.  My standard question for brewers and bartenders alike is about their favorite beer on tap.  While Tierney showed me around, she let me know that she loves the Dubbel as well!  I knew I wasn’t wrong about that taste.  Brian said that he couldn’t pick a favorite because he loves everything he brews.  With the kind of history he has, I would definitely be proud of the product I put out as well.

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Make sure to check out West Flanders online!  I’m sure there are some great things to be watching (and waiting for)!

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Have you been to Trader Joe’s?

In the early part of 2013, both Boulder and Denver will finally be blessed with Trader Joe’s.  I know that many people have access to their delicious and affordable goods on a regular basis and these discoveries aren’t anything great but for me, I still get excited about going to TJ’s.IMG_1689

Whenever we drive through Des Moines during daylight hours, we veer about 15 minutes out of our way to stock our cooler bags full of delicious new to us items.  Over Thanksgiving, we were able to grab a few things to stash in the trunk for Colorado.  I have already had the chance to try everything we brought home and I hope to stop again in a few weeks to re-stock.

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And a helpful note, if you haven’t had the Spinach dip, buy it NOW!  I could eat every last bite and not feel too bad about the calories.

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This Gingerbread is amazing and so easy.  The smell alone will have you in a holiday coma.

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Once we have our own TJ’s, I can’t wait to try all of the amazing things we couldn’t fit in our car.  What’s your favorite treat from Trader Joe’s?

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Mt. Sanitas

Saturday, the Husband and I went back to my first memory of a grueling hike in Colorado.  Why this hike is hard is the instant elevation gain and constant upward motion at Mt. Sanitas.  This is a hike in downtown Boulder and you can see Chautauqua (and most of Boulder) from the top.

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That’s Chautauqua in the distance!

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I tried out my Merrill Barefoots on the hike and I really enjoyed them on the rocks on the way up but I hated them on the sandy bits.  Also, my legs hurt in a different way today than they normally do after most hikes.  I was really engaging most of the muscles below my knees instead of working from my hips and glutes. 

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As we headed down, some sprinkles fell out of the sky.  We were so glad to be headed down and towards the car.  I was really ready for some rest (and some fresh water and lunch).

Overall, it was a good hike and a great way to kick off the weekend!

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Happy Memorial Day

Hug a veteran, enjoy a cookout, and spend some time outdoors!

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Excited about Blend

 

So I’m a little late to the game but I still wanted to put my two cents in!

This weekend was the first (annual??  please??) Blend Retreat.  Three lovely ladies, Lindsey, Katie, and Janetha, put on a wonderful weekend event!

We gathered here in Boulder to get fit, have fun, and connect.  I was delig

hted to find out that I was one of about a dozen ladies who was from the Denver/Boulder area.  People kept asking where I was from and I would say “I’m just from here”.  By the time the weekend was over, I think there were a lot people were considering being from here as well!

 
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Friday night was a great cocktail hour and meal sponsored by Core Power Protein Drink.  It was great to start meeting everyone.  Dinner was excellent!  I had the chicken and cous cous but our table also had an extra plate of pasta floating around.  The cupcakes from Street Fare in Boulder were also am

azing.  Can’t wait to find them at the farmer’s market so that I can have more of those delicious PB and Pretzel cupcakes.

  

Saturday was a great boot camp led by Lindsey and Tina.  We also had FitMixer Aminos and a Xagave sponsored breakfast from Steve and Amy.  It was amazing!!

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Mid day, we did the Royal Arch hike.  This is a trail that I hadn’t done before and it definitely kicked my butt!!  As we got closer, people kept saying “You’re almost there, it’s so worth it!” And it was!!  The pictures are the proof.

After I cooled down, it was on to an afternoon of beer and eats!

Sunday was another great boot camp.  This time it was led by the ChobaniFit team.  Breakfast was also from Chobani!  I was definitely feeling every move!  LoveGrown and Cheribundi were also breakfast sponsors for us.

After the raffle it was time for goodbyes.  This was definitely bittersweet!  I had met some amazing women and had started some amazing relationships.  While many of the people I met live far away, many of them live very close. 

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While this retreat wasn’t about building any particular skills I definitely feel like I came out of this a better blogger.  Going into this retreat, I felt like I was a person on the outside of a community looking in and now I feel like I am part of a great and strong community.  There are so many people who want to help you, listen to you, and help you succeed.

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