Remember how I said I did a combo of Pure Barre and Jillian Michaels core work on Sunday? Boy was I sore when I woke up yesterday. Throw in the hamstring exercises I did Saturday, and I was walking around work like an old lady. I was making noises when I was sitting down and standing up. It's the good kind of sore, but still, ow!
Today's TOTR topic is hometown races. Y'all know I did the Bolder Boulder, signing up for it even before I knew I'd be moving up from Dallas. At least I had a few months to acclimate a bit to the altitude. Boulder has a higher elevation than Denver, and the highest point on the course comes before mile 5. If you look at my splits, despite my knee protesting, my fastest mile was #5 since it was downhill.
The BB isn't the only race in Boulder... I mean, this is Boulder, and Colorado to boot. Even though I didn't sign up for any hometown races this spring, there are some options I looked at before signing up for the Bay to Breakers. Here are the big races that I know of, if anyone wants to check Colorado off their list.
The Colfax marathon, half marathon, 10-miler, and marathon relay.
The Spring Boulder Rez weekend has a half marathon, 10k, and 5k.
If you want even more altitude, Steamboat Springs has a marathon, half, and 10k.
Leadville has a trail marathon and heavy half. My mom and aunt did the half in 2005 or 2006.
Through the summer months last year, Boulder had the full Ironman in June, and the half in August. Apparently the organizers switched the two events from 2016, hoping to get better weather for the full. Mother Nature had other ideas.
In the fall, the two big events I'm aware of are the hot chocolate series at the beginning of October, and the RnR series. I volunteered for RnR this year, and I almost signed up for it instead of Vegas. But it's no fun fighting traffic into a big city to get my race gear, only to drive back home, and drive back the next day for the race. I enjoyed Vegas much more.
Tuesdays on the Run with Patty, Erika, and Marcia.