Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Sample of Colorado Races

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 PattyErika, and Marcia.

22 comments:

  1. Sounds like they have a lot of great races out in Colorado. I really would love to get out there sometime. Preferably in the summer when it's not so cold. I have done the hot chocolate race before in Philly and I think it's so nice that everyone that signs up gets a zipper down, not just a tshirt.

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    1. Summer mornings are so nice, after living in Dallas.

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  2. I've heard great things about races in Colorado! One of my friends has the Denver marathon on her bucket list. She's trying to do one in each state. That one out in Leadville sounds fun!

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    1. They start the Leadville race with a shotgun. Talk about western towns.

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  3. I'd love to do a Colorado race someday. Not sure how the elevation would affect me (if at all?). I'm used to climbing lots of stairs, so being out of breath is child's play ;-)

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    1. The altitude does make it hard to breathe. I would dash through the airport and I was huffing and puffing.

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  4. Sounds like there are alot of good races in Colorado! Id love to do one there someday but Im sure the altitude would be challenging.

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    1. It is challenging, but the views outside of Denver are amazing.

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  5. I'm kicking around the idea of possibly doing RnR Denver again. I hear you on the packet pickup thing. I feel the same way about getting dowtown 2 days in a row. It's often a deal breaker.

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    1. We have trains, and I know I'd take advantage of that at least one of those days. Finding parking is always challenging.

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  6. I'd love to do a race in Denver! And what Marcia says...we loathe driving downtown to pick up a race packet. I'll pay to have it shipped to me instead.

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    1. I've had packets mailed to me before. It's so much easier, especially being outside of the city.

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  7. Boulder is on my bucket list to visit! I would love to take a trip up there for the 70.3...one day

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    1. Boulder knows how to put on races. BB was the most organized race I've done.

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    1. October isn't too cold, but I'm drinking lots of hot chocolate this winter.

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  9. The hot chocolate race series sounds like SO much fun! Wish there was one closer to me!

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    1. I haven't done one, even the Dallas one. 5k or 15k is a difference.

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  10. Sounds like a lot of great races in Colorado! I've never even been there but it's definitely on my list.

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    1. It's such an outdoor state, with a lot of races to choose from.

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  11. I really enjoyed my trip to Colorado in November 2016 and would love to come back and run a race. It's probably have to be a shorter distance though so I can handle the altitude!

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    1. The 10k was good, but the last mile was challenging.

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