Getting Ready for BolderBoulder

Getting Ready for BolderBoulder

The BolderBoulder 10k is this coming Monday, and I'm getting really excited about it. Last night, my coach Neely led a group run that previewed the course, which was surprisingly helpful and encouraging. 

I didn't all-out push myself, but I did push harder than normal and was able to average out at a 7:50 per mile pace. That's the fastest pace I've been able to maintain at Boulder's altitude! I think I'm going to try to aim for a 7:45 average pace at the race and if I have more steam towards the end, I'll push harder. 

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Why You Should Wear Sunglasses When You Run

Why You Should Wear Sunglasses When You Run

I think a lot of us, out of comfort and wanting to look cute, wear sunglasses and put on sunscreen when we go to the beach. For me, I go to the beach a couple times a year. But I run outside for like 5 hours a week. That sun exposure, while it seems minimal per day, adds up quick. And if you live at altitude, you're literally closer to the sun, and thusly more exposed.

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Races On My Bucket List

Races On My Bucket List

With a handful of races under my belt and on the horizon, and a renewed passion for running, I've started to compile a list of races that I know I want to do someday. I really like the idea of travel racing, signing up for destination races and forcing Matt and I to see new places. He's not into running, but he is into travel. So hopefully I can get him on board with at least some of these.

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Zeal Kennedy Sunglasses Review

Zeal Kennedy Sunglasses Review

Zeal Optics is a local brand, based in Boulder, Colorado. What sets them apart from other brands is the fact that their frames and lenses are made from plant-based materials. As a company Zeal cares about the environment and about social change. They partner with organizations across the globe to build awareness and support people who are trying to make a difference with things like deforestation and access to clean water in third world countries. Also, they're really nice people. I met with some of their marketing department to learn more about the brand, and they couldn't have been more kind and helpful!

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Small Steps for Getting Started

Small Steps for Getting Started

If you're new to the wild world of fitness, welcome! I'm so happy that you're excited about taking a step in the healthy direction! I know it can be overwhelming when you're getting started -- creating a workout plan, calories, grams of protein, hydration, eliminating all the "bad" foods, etc. I often think that the overwhelming amount of information and do's and don't's is often a big inhibitor for people who are new to healthy living. But here's the deal. Nobody's perfect. And you don't need to go from 0 to 100 immediately to be healthy. You can start by making small changes and make some short-term, attainable goals, and build from there. 

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