Colorado and Back

Aaaand, I’m back.  Colorado was wonderful this weekend.  Absolutely nothing went as planned, but things are always more fun that way if you’re willing to look on the bright side ;).  At one point I was actually driving west in the general direction of Steamboat Springs having no idea where I would stay for the night in order to get a decent amount of sleep for the 10k.  Bright side:  it was a gorgeous sunny spring day driving through the rockies. 

On the food side of things,  Saturday started with oatmeal blueberry pancakes and hashbrowns from a bag (bright side: at least the pancakes were healthy).  Ummm, unfortunately it was made in a kitchen that reminded me of the frat houses from college and I couldn’t bring myself to take pictures of it.  Sorry.  But they were exactly like these pancakes from last week, but with frozen blueberries included by request.

Oatmeal Pancakes!

Lunch was a chocolate chip CLIF bar from a gas station because I was still pretty full from pancakes.  So impressed that they actually had these at a gas station by the way! 

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Favorite thing about running races: carbs.  Haha, probably didn’t need to do any major carb loading for a 10k, but it’s a good enough excuse for me :).  Went to an italian restaurant with a patio in Steamboat (did I mention how awesome the weather was?) and started with some mussels and  a salad with sundried tomato vinaigrette. 

Demolished Salad 😛

Then I got a pile of penne pasta with veggies (zucchini, artichokes, tomatoes, broccoli, and onions).  I wasn’t overly impressed with the sauce.  It had great flavor, but it was extremely oily (bright side:  it’s cool, I’ll burn it off while running 6 miles in the morning :))

Sunday morning:  time for the 10k!  I wanted to be able to run the whole thing without stopping to walk and to finish it in an hour.  I came extremely close to doing both.  I walked for about 1/4 of a mile (on the last hill no less! wish I had known it was the last hill!!) and finished in 1:08. 

Considering the first half of the course included some pretty mean hills, I am really happy with that time.  One and a half years ago, I couldn’t even run one mile without stopping!

Before I ran I had a Larabar (first one ever by the way).  It was delicious, although I don’t know if it was really the ideal pre-race food.  It worked for me.  My stomach didn’t hurt or anything, but I’m not endorsing them as a good pre-race snack because I know nothing about these sorts of things…

After the race, I went to The Egg & I and got  a massive omelette with rye toast.

I attacked the rye bread and then remembered to take some more pictures :).  Under the rye bread was another pile

Potatoes!! Carbs... ❤

Omelette was egg whites, diced ham, onions, peppers, tomatoes, and mushrooms.  All covered in cheese :D.  And a dollop of sour cream – I don’t think I’ve ever had this before, but I think I’ll be doing it more often now!

Kaya was totally praying I would knock this bad boy into her mouth!

Finally, I went to the blogger meet up at Wash Park.  Sad I couldn’t cook anything since I was on the road, but I tracked down a Whole Foods and grabbed some hummus and goat cheese.  Also, I toted these Humbles along from up here in Wyoming.

These are Dangerous (“D” capitalized on purpose guys!).  Purchase and open the bag at your own risk.  The entire bag may make it’s way into your stomach within hours.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Unfotunately, I killed my camera batteries earlier in the day using the flash for the meh picture of my in all of my running awesomeness.  Bright side:  Ashley and Heather were there and snapping away :P.  Hope you check out their blogs to get some idea of the awesomeness that was there.  I was lucky to escape before inducing a food coma that would have prevented safe passage back to Wyoming for work in the morning. 

Hope you all had as wonderful of a weekend as I did!

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2 Responses

  1. So so glad you could make it!! Awesome job on the race 🙂 Funny about the LB’s…that was the first flavor I tried too. It really took awhile for them to grow on me and I really only like about 4 of the flavors! 2 of my fav’s are the lemon + key lime which I was scared to buy for a long time but completely love them!

  2. Congrats on the race! 🙂 Glad you had a great time hanging out in the Rockies. Steamboat is one of the few towns I haven’t had a chance to check out yet, but I want to at some point. Sounds like a cool place.

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