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{Outdoor Life} Mt. Elbert 14,440 feet

{Outdoor Life} Mt. Elbert 14,440 feet

Climbing a 14er is a little like giving birth for me. In the “worst” of it, I say I will NEVER climb one again. Within a day or two, I’m ready to try a new challenge and am looking for possibilities. This was our third 14er: we have summited Mt. Bierstadt (14,065′) and Mt. Democrat (14,148′) as well. We had planned to add Lincoln to the Democrat day, but by the time we got to the trailhead it was already…

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{Running} My girls’ first race

{Running} My girls’ first race

I’m cleaning and organizing our library/school room and for some reason this picture just tugged at my heart. This was in July of 2014. The three oldest ran the longest route (almost 3 miles) the 4th ran the middle route (1.5 miles) and the youngest ran the .75 mile route. They don’t all love running now: the oldest hates it and doesn’t really like exercise at all (she has so much of her Nana in her), the next two like…

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{races} Cookie Chase 5k Race #49

{races} Cookie Chase 5k Race #49

The night before started rough: hubby had food poison and threw up all night. He tried to get up and get ready (I thought he was crazy) but by the time he was dressed he realized he couldn’t possibly run a race. He went back to bed, we headed out for the race. Two of my older teens volunteered for the race, and the two youngest had trained for the run. For training, hubby would run with them for a…

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{Races} Mickelson Trail Half Marathon Race #48

{Races} Mickelson Trail Half Marathon Race #48

What a great race! It felt amazing to finally be with a group of people unafraid and untainted by government and media. Though there were about a dozen mask wearers, the other 1,970ish were displaying their imago dei and it was glorious. It was our first time on this run. We had walked about 2.5 miles of the trail last year with the girls to see one of the train tunnels. I was hooked! I knew I wanted to run…

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{Running} the highs and lows of spring running

{Running} the highs and lows of spring running

I love Spring. I love how it feels like the earth comes alive again from a long sleep. Ahh, but the blooms, the trees… They suffocate me. Somewhere along the way, I developed seasonal allergies. This year has been the worst. It has also been the wettest in years. So though I love Spring, and summer heat can be so miserable, I want to breathe again. 5 days until my 14th half marathon and my 48th overall race since 2013.

{Races} Memorial Day 10K Race #47

{Races} Memorial Day 10K Race #47

This was our first year running this race. We’ve run the Bolder Boulder on Memorial weekend a few times, but we decided to find races that better fit the mission of helping veterans. You can find this one at: MEMORIAL DAY RUN & MARCH | To help feed homeless Veterans (memorialdaymarch.com) It was a very sunny morning and HOT! I felt for the men and women in uniform, it was toasty and humid. It was also rather hilly. It was…

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{Running} May Miles 99.2

{Running} May Miles 99.2

Even as I write this, I’m kicking myself for not checking my mileage. I missed 100 miles by .8 miles. I’m sure I covered that in just walking over the weekend, but I didn’t set my watch. It’s my largest mileage month since training for the Dopey Challenge (December 2019 at 155 miles). I’ll take it.

{Races} Barr Lake 15K Race #46

{Races} Barr Lake 15K Race #46

It was hot and muddy, but we got it done. Race Number 46 (for me) complete! The rain was so loud last night, we woke up at 3 a.m. to see the pouring rain filling up the street. The forecast had called for just a smattering of rain, but this was a downpour! The entire race is groomed trail, so I had imagined it more like a mud run. As soon as we arrived to pick up our shirts and…

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