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{Outdoor Life} Quandary Peak

{Outdoor Life} Quandary Peak

For hubby’s birthday this year, he wanted us to hike Quandary Peak with him. Four of our girls were available, so we spent the night in Breckenridge on the 22nd and hiked on the 23rd. We started just as the sun was rising—as did everyone else, the trailhead was very busy. This is one of the most climbed 14ers because the trailhead is easy access (like Bierstadt). It was slow going overall. My summer training wasn’t the best after the…

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{outdoor life} Cookie Chase 5k

{outdoor life} Cookie Chase 5k

Hubby, me, J and S all ran the Cookie Chase 5k. It was a hot day! It was a great race. Both girls cut off about 5 minutes from their time the year before. Both broke 30 minutes. I ran my second fastest 5K (not sure how I’m going to beat the Boston 5K before the Boston Marathon, at sea level). Shane ran a good race as well and was 4th in his age group. J was 4th and S…

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{Outdoor Life} Coyote 1 mile

{Outdoor Life} Coyote 1 mile

The two youngest have been in cross country for a few months. They have improved their times quite a bit! To test their one mile, their club hosts a 1-mile run. J finished in 8:40 (3rd in her age group) and S finished in 8:43 (2nd in her age group). Next up: Cookie Chase 5K for the girls.

{outdoor life} Slacker Half Marathon

{outdoor life} Slacker Half Marathon

The Slacker Half Marathon was June 25th. It starts at Loveland Ski Area (10,837 feet), and ends in Georgetown (8,504 feet). I still didn’t feel like I had enough training time between the Mickelson and this race. My training was going incredibly well in mid-may (I had one of my best every tempo runs), then I got sick for a week with a respiratory infection. I was able to train a bit before food poisoning/stomach flu, missed the Revel, but…

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{outdoor life} 700 miles

{outdoor life} 700 miles

I reached 700 miles for the year today. I’m definitely ahead of schedule. My goal is more like 1500 miles, though I could only set 1,000 miles on the Run the Year site. As a team, we are at almost 1500 miles. We will definitely hit our goal early this year.

{Outdoor Life} highest point in North Dakota

{Outdoor Life} highest point in North Dakota

After running the Mickelson Trail Half (or should I say “plodding along”?) we had planned some fun family activities. One of those activities was conquering the highest point in North Dakota. It was a fun “highest point” as it was a whopping 357 foot climb and less than a mile. The trail is called White Butte and it’s a whopping 3,507 feet high. Since we live at 5,300 feet, it was still lower than our daily lives. The path was…

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{outdoor life} Mickelson Trail half

{outdoor life} Mickelson Trail half

I had originally planned to run the Revel Rockies half marathon on June 4th (two of my daughters were doing the half marathon, and my husband was running the full marathon), but the day of the expo, I started feeling bad. By 5 p.m. I was vomiting and had diarrhea, and it lasted through the night. By 5 a.m., I knew I would have to DNS the race. I was so disappointed. The plan was to run the Mickelson Trail…

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{outdoor life} 400 miles

{outdoor life} 400 miles

I hit 400 miles for the year, so far. Hubby and I are participating in the “Run the Edge” 2022 challenge. We are splitting the mileage and each running (and some walking) 1,011 miles each to total 2,022 miles. As a team, we just crossed the 800 mile mark. As for running, we are fast approaching a few races: May: Barr Lake 15k June: Revel Rockies 13.1/26.2. The next day, Mickelson trail 13.1. We are also considering the Slacker 13.1…

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