Colorado Relay, Part 1

Almost a year ago, my friend Geoff introduced me to his friends Johnny and Cheryl at a party at his house. Geoff probably figured we would get along because I was in the middle of training for my second marathon and Johnny and Cheryl had just finished the Colorado Relay.

The Colorado Relay is a 170 mile relay race from Georgetown to Carbondale Colorado. 10 people take turns running three legs a piece  and averaging between 16 and 23 miles total over their three legs. I thought it was so cool that a runner could have such camaraderie through an endurance event of this kind. I trained for my first two marathons almost completely by myself and got pretty lonely running between 7 – 20 hours a week alone. I told them if they ran the Colorado Relay again, I totally wanted in.

I was a little surprised when Johnny and Cheryl contacted me in earlier this year and asked my ninjaand I to join the 2010 team. The race is August 20 and 21st.

Running an a total of 16 to 23 miles over the course of 3 runs there are a few things I’m counting on to keep me and my legs moving:

The Stick

Described as a “segmental stretching device for professional athletes” I was instantly sold. Attention marketers: I get a huge kick out of buying anything that’s “designed for professional athletes.” My friend Lauren Maynard, who recently completed the Triple Bypass, recommended it highly. I ran 15 miles on Sunday, used the stick afterwards, and ran 5 miles on Tuesday. I’m a believer.

Honey Stingers Energy Chews

I discovered Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews while training for my first marathon. I was eating Clif’s Shot Bloks on my runs when I noticed Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews at the Boulder Running Company. They have the same effect as the awesome Shot Bloks, but are not as big or as sticky.


I’m going to be running a little over 10 miles in the middle of the night. It will be very important for me to know where I’m going. Especially since it’s against the rules to have a van pacer – meaning the van can not just drive beside you. I have to be honest. I’m a little apprehensive about running over 10 miles in the middle of the night in the mountains all by myself. With a trusty headlamp, I should be fine. I should be, right?

Colorado Relay, Part 1

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