Challenge Accepted

This weekend was a challenge for me.  I ended up running two new races.  Saturday was the Frost Giant in Estes Park.  It was a 5K, but wow what a challenge!  It starts straight up hill (which is better than ending with a hill) and just when you think it is mellowing out, it goes up hill again on a trail which at times could be covered with snow.

We arrived early and the temperature was nice, but the wind in Estes is chilly. I should probably also mention the altitude (max 7,770 ft), but in the end what goes up must come down. Down I came, making up a ton of time earning me 3rd place in my age group and a sweet medal. The funny thing was that my time was slower than last weekends race in the flats, but you really never know when you will place. Time on this run was not as relevant as the experience of running uphill in the cold and at altitude. I would do this race again because I love a challenge. Runners are so absolutely supportive of each other has been my experience at every race.

On Sunday, my buddies and I did the Yeti Chase. After the challenge of the uphill on Saturday, the rolling hills was a relief.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather for running.  We dressed up as colorful Yetis in hopes of winning a girls trip to Keystone so please if you can help some runners out please thumbs up our photo Summit Cove Yeti 

The Yeti Chase was a do again for sure.  Sometimes it can be super cold, I have heard, so there is no better time to break out those rainbow leg warmers and monster hats, but why just let them lie around when you can use them for this:

I assure you no cats were harmed in the making of this picture.

Finally, I would love to introduce some amazing folks I met at the Yeti Chase. Matilda and Kelly are the founders of Adventurist Backpack Co. based out of Denver, Colorado. They sell amazing backpacks. For every back pack sold, Adventurist Backpack Co. provides 25 meals for families in need across America. Check out the backpacks and story at Shoes and Brews in Longmont or on their site. I love the pack I bought.

How are your challenges coming folks?? What about those resolutions? Here are my results towards my 1000 miles in 2018 and 50 miles in January

Upcoming races:

3W third Six Pack Series race Feburary 3

3W Heart Throb Feburary 10 in Longmont or Arvada Feburary

3W Erin Go Braugh 7.77K March 17

Shoes and Brews Collabeeration April 7th

Author: Running hedgehog

I love to run! Why do I do it? Well, one time someone told me I couldn’t. So, being the stubborn, competitive person I am, really means I just do it more. Every month I do as many races as I can, virtual as well as regular. I’m all about the swag and running for good causes. I would love people to know about the great causes, the hottest swag as well as the best courses. My goal is to inform and inspire.

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