Humboldt Peak {June 22-25,2015} Summit Day

For the first half of my first fourteener adventure

After my awful evening the night before, around 3 in the morning I finally got a good bit of sleep…I think my lungs were finally adjusted to the altitude, and I woke up at 7 am and was able to keep a Lara bar down. I felt so much better, so with much trepidation unsurety, I set out with the group to reach the top of Mount Humboldt!

Let it be noted that I did ascertain that I could turn around and come down alone at any point.

Mount Humboldt 14, 065 ft


This is around 13,000 feet elevation. We’re just entering the scree fields and I’m astonished at how well I am feeling. After climbing up the valley and through the alpine mountainside, we got to the saddle and then hiked the ridge up to the scree fields.






Getting there!



So there’s the false summit, another saddle ridge, and then the real summit. This is a shot from very near the false summit. Humboldt is the perfect beginner fourteener! (Thanks, bro!)



Standing on the coolest rock ledge, with a huge drop right behind me. I could see the summit about 200 feet away and there wasn’t any way I was backing out now!



I did it! Here is proof that I have a fourteener under my belt and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes, I cried on my brother’s shoulder right before this picture.



The team at summit! Let it be known that my cousin (the tall dude third from the right) did his first fourteener whilst battling a cold and a sinus/throat infection. Kris, we rock!

To be continued with Day 3…

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Humboldt Peak {June 22-25, 2015}


HumboldtTrailheadThe happy campers, setting off on the 3 miles we need to cover before setting up camp. Siblings on the left, me, cousin and in-law on the right. Newbies all three on the right.


This is a lovely representation of a very hard hike. Now I am fairly okay at running distances. But put me on an incline and it is miserable. Miserable but so worth it.

I discovered the power of endorphins on this ascent. I kept wanting to stop but finally realized after every stop it took a while to get back into the swing of things.


Don’t be fooled. I’m amazed that I smiled for this picture…I was actually about to start crying. Notice that the only other person in the vicinity is my awesome brother, who was behind me. The other three are far, far ahead.

At this point I was definitely noticing the altitude (I live at almost 8,000 ft elevation; this is 11,000). My nails were turning blue and I was having difficulty thinking. Fortunately the campsite is just over the hill  and down a ways in the basin. But I didn’t know that at the time!


First night campsite. It was a lovely area but by the time we got to camp I was a mess. Almost as soon as the tent was set up, I started throwing up. Everything. I tried eating a tiny bit because after such a hike I was starving and shaky, but that was not to be. So instead I went to bed, considering whether it was a wise idea to summit Humboldt the next day. Without having eaten and my body struggling so much to acclimatize, summiting seemed a bad idea.

Be sure to continue the story with Part 2 of my first fourteener!


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July 11, 2015–LEMONADE BRIGADE 5K Review

LemonadeBrigade5K2015LEMONADE BRIGADE 5K

May 16, 2015

The Lemonade Brigade 5K is an awesome, family-friendly and fun-filled 5K walk or run hosted by Hope and Home, a Christian foster care agency located here in Colorado Springs. Proceeds benefit foster children in the agency’s families. The race/walk is held on the grounds of Rock Ledge Ranch, a historic farm in the foothills of the Rockies.


My first goal in running this race was to support a coworker who fosters with this family. Since I’m interested in foster care, it was a fun way to gain a little insight into one of the best agencies here in town.

My second goal was to get a sub-40 PR. My runs leading up to the race were right at 41 minutes, so I was fully expecting to work hard for it. Strategy was to run Galloway 3:1 the entire way.

Race Breakdown

I got there early, and being the newbie on the racing scene, got totally scrambled in sign-in. Tee shirt I grabbed, but somehow I walked away from the table without my race bib. Very disappointed about that. I know, I know. So stupid. But for a newbie…well, now I know better.

I settled into the starting line at the back of the pack, since I’m pretty sure that I am not the fastest runner out there. Once the starting gun went off, I settled into my gait pretty easily and decided that I’d just run as much as I could. So for the first mile, pretty flat, only one smaller hill, I did really well. Pace was definitely faster than normal, due to the adrenaline and running in a crowd, but by the second mile I had to start intervals. The race officials were awesome…great volunteers who really cheered us all on.

The final half mile I realized that I was dead last. Now I really don’t care that much…I don’t expect to make it to the medal platform or even get recognized…but I had been tagging another contestant all morning. So in a final burst of energy, I was able to finish second-last and as I passed the finish line I noticed my finishing time out of the corner of my eye. 37:40.

I smashed my goal!

I loved this race. It has spectacular views of the Rockies and the Garden of the Gods Park right behind it. The race course was altered due to flooding over the spring, but it was still gorgeous, green, and perfectly challenging for me as a beginner. For seasoned runners, I’d say this is definitely a run in the park. But the camaraderie is awesome and the race itself was very well put together. Several water breaks, and folks at every junction.

So there you have it! My first race review, and one that I’d very highly recommend to my local runner friends in Colorado Springs!



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April 24, 2015

PHOTO_20150414_124631This week has been a struggle. Mainly mental. It’s just like my brain can’t move past the idea of 1.5 miles at a time. After this measly amount of mileage my legs like the load of coal in the above traincar. Every run was between 1.1-1.5 miles, by sheer determination and willpower.

But I will stay positive. I ran every day I was supposed to run this week. I am slowly but surely adding more mileage. Probably around 10% average a week. Seems so slow but {IT IS PROGRESS}.

And wonder of wonders, I am destined to surpass my April mileage goal of 30 miles by 10 more! I am so very pumped about that.

Last night I had to run on the home treadmill instead of the gym’s. Now besides the fact that I’m staring at a concrete wall instead of the gym atmosphere, we also have no fan. I sweated like a pig and it didn’t evaporate in the basement air. No wonder my skin has been so clear lately!!!

Well there’s my latest and greatest. Nothing fancy. But then again, this isn’t about fancy. It’s about logging my journey from a Couch Gal with Lazy Inner Girl Spirit to a Fit, Determined Half Marathoner. And some weeks just aren’t glamorous.

A shout-out to The Purposeful Runner, who has been so encouraging this week and consistently amazes me with  HIS positive spirit and upbeat attitude. Thanks a million!

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April 10, 2015

So I thought for my own clarity I should lay out my weight loss mentality. Kind of a, “Get-Yourself-Back-On-Track” kick, if you will.

First off, I have really given up on “trying hard.” I’ve been on the non-diet yo-yo for over 11 years. That’s plenty of time but no show for any of the yo’s. The willpower just isn’t there if I don’t like it. Call me a wimp, and you’re about right. Instead of focusing on how much unnecessary weight I’m losing, I’m focusing on exchanging my healthy lifestyle for a healthier one. Hence the running.

So in the spirit of wimpiness, I decided there were only 3 main things that I would attempt this year as I run my way toward my sister’s wedding (there–my reason is out! Who doesn’t try to get in shape for a wedding?) I’m no angel at keeping these 3 components in place, either. Anyway, here they are.

1. Running. I’m aiming for a half, I better get ready.

2. No sugar. Not perfect. Occasionally can go a whole week without. But working on it.

3. At least 3 liters of water daily. Flush all them toxins out! Yes please!

And guess what? It isn’t a watershed of weight loss, it’s more like a trickle. But trickles add up!

What’s your mentality? Do you focus more on weight loss or a better lifestyle?

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April 8, 2015

haircutmeWell I have quite an update today. So let’s dig in!

1. I have signed up for my first 5K! It’s the Lemonade Brigade 5K here in Colorado Springs. Unfortunately my running has had a bit of a setback, but I’m determined. I shall be running 3.1 miles by the time May 16 rolls around!

2. I’ve lost 5 pounds since the beginning of the year! This is a huge accomplishment for me. And in celebration thereof, I got a haircut!

3. As a student midwife, I’m constantly having to adjust my running schedule because of incoming babies. Prime example: last week I caught 3 babies in 48 hours. This means 3 nights of hardly any sleep. Which means no runs. Which means, my lungs stop adjusting and return to their pre-running state VERY quickly. Which means, this week’s runs are miserable.

4. Having said such miserableness, I have conquered 2 runs this week. Thanks to my awesome mother for pushing me out the door when I most needed it!

5. My stats are improving! 1-mile PR: 10:26!!!! Pushups challenge: reached 42 pushups nightly before my arms rebelled and now I’m back down to 35. Onward we go! Next stat, a 2-mile PR would be awesome.

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March 20, 2015

The SunniesLook Book

The first day of spring.


My hiking pal.Not mine, but my little charge.

{So Adorable.}



Fellow Geese on Run.


And then there are my faithful running shoes. My Adizeros. I’m getting a few twinges in my lower legs, and I think they’ve served me well. Adieu, soon? Perhaps.

This weekend I am tackling a 2 miler! Excited but a little nervous. I am willing my legs to rest well today in preparation for the weekend!


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March 18, 2015

After that exultant post I had a rather bad weekend. It consistently amazes me how lazy my lungs are. I really cannot take an extra day off, ever, or my lungs relapse into that “I don’t care about working out” state that makes the next run miserable.

That miserable run was today, and I felt so off.

On the upside, I love running with my second sister. She’s encouraging, a newbie runner (although very fit–gymnast), and just plain fun. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy running behind a lovely girl who is dancing to her jams during the run?

Still searching for a half marathon to do in the fall. My guess is that it will be a local or Denver race, because the midwife side of life doesn’t really allow for travel.

Final random thought…I’m loving seeing my body change! That is one of the most encouraging things. I’m losing weight, yes, but I’m not focusing on the scale…just on the healthy lifestyle of {MOVING}. And my calves and thighs (and arms too!) are showing to the trained, searching eye (mine!) that they are adapting!

{SUCCESS STATS}: Last week ran 3x 1.5 miles each! Also PR on a 1 miler: 11:26.

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March 14, 2015


I’m still running! This is awesome!

I’m figuring out what works for me!

My lungs are no longer on fire when I run!

I CAN RUN A SOLID 1.5 MILES nonstop 3x a week!

My pushups challenge is now up to 35 pushups every night. Aiming for 40 by the end of the week. And my ankles/shins are doing splendidly!

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