Pre-Race Days: The Colfax Half Marathon

PRE RACE DAYS! What I did two days prior to my Colfax Half Marathon race | running, fitness, marathon training, goals


Good morning, loves! I’m up early on a Saturday morning.

About this time (7:30 am) tomorrow, I’ll be halfway through the Colfax Half Marathon!

I’m feeling a little nervous but mostly excited and ready, especially after eating all the carbs, going to the Race Expo to pick up my bib, and visiting the grocery store for a few more fun pick-me-ups.

Delicious empanadas from Maria Empanada Denver


Yesterday turned out to be a great day, even though I had an 8:30 am meeting on the calendar (on a Friday!?). Our meeting friends brought us empanadas from Maria Empanada. Nom!

I have a weird scientific theory that free food doesn’t have calories (also, I don’t care about calories), so I ate three of these beauties. One was mushrooms and cheese, another was egg and potatoes, and the third was a delicious mystery. (I was conducting a meeting and eating, so.)

Michelle at the race expo.JPG


My coworker and good friend Michelle is running the race, too. This is her first half marathon, so there was even more excitement as we visited Sports Authority Field to attend the Colfax Marathon Expo and pick up our race numbers!

Visit Sports Authority Field for the Colfax Marathon race expo! running, fitness, half marathon training, goals

We were out of work early on a Friday and the weather was gorgeous (albeit on the breezy side).

Picking up my race bib at the Sports Authority Field for the Colfax Half Marathon! running, fitness, half marathon training

And here I am with my bib! When you get your race number, there is no going back.

1618, baby. Let’s do this!

Colfax Half Marathon race expo loot! running, fitness, half marathon training, free food, fuel

Here’s a snippet of the freebies we received from the expo. I also “sampled” approximately 1 million types of Clif Shot Blocks and energy bars, as well as beef jerky. One lady was handing out packages of two slices of white bread.

While it won’t even compete with our homemade bread, you better believe I grabbed two packages. Garlic toast with pasta tonight, anyone? (That is actually going to happen.)

Pre race day carb loading and almond butter smoothie


Because four slices of free bread isn’t enough, after the expo I went to the grocery store to load up on a few things. I wanted to try to recreate the banana/date/almond butter smoothies I had in Jackson Hole: a mix between the Rendezvous Smoothie at the Organic Lotus Cafe and the Aphrodite Smoothie from Healthy Being Juicery.

I also got lucky with my Ibotta rebates this week: dates, almond milk, bananas, coconut water, pasta, and pasta sauce were all offers. The perfect support for my carb-loading intentions.

I also had the King Soopers Free Download Friday coupon for a Curate bar, which I’d never tried before and was delicious! (I had it that night for dessert after a frozen Tombstone pizza, which I also got free with a coupon. Coupon eating for the win! Also: refer back to my theory on free food.)

Cuddling the pup


Friday was also when I got to see my pup again! He’ll be with me for a good two weeks, so we reunited and snuggled for a while before I went to the gym to finish my last training run of the Colfax Half Marathon! (Gosh, isn’t he the sweetest?)

Last half marathon training run on the treadmill before the Colfax Half Marathon! running, fitness


My last training run of the Colfax Half Marathon was bittersweet. This has been the most meaningful training of my life thus far: turning towards something healthy and inspiring during one of the most difficult and scary phases yet.

I’ve also seen the most strides in this bout of training, both physical and mental. I no longer run to feel like running is easy (and thus boost my ego). I now run and hope it feels difficult (to varying degrees), because that means there is growth happening. Improvement.

  • I’ve increased my average pace leaps and bounds.
  • I’ve run an 8:36 mile.
  • I go faster uphill instead of slow down.
  • 7 miles feels like 3.
  • A 10-minute mile is forcing myself to go slowly. (Two years ago, it was my goal pace.)
  • I don’t beat myself up if I miss a training day.
  • I itch for the endorphins running provides.
  • I allow it to teach me things about myself, and it’s taught me to stay in the moment, to conquer only what’s in front of me, constantly evolve, adapt, challenge myself, and grow.

After my run, I took an epsom salt and lavender bath in the dark with a ceremonial candle because I’m a giant dork, and then I cuddled the pup some more, ate the frozen pizza and Curate bar, and watched a movie before hitting the sack early.

Banana/date/almond butter smoothie! healthy eating, fitness, running, food


I am devoting my summer to perfecting this banana/date/almond butter smoothie. This morning was Attempt #1, and I have to say, it wasn’t too shabby! I still have to find the perfect ratios of the ingredients (or perhaps, the best versions of each):

  • frozen banana slices
  • pitted dates
  • almond milk
  • almond butter
  • coconut water
  • chia seeds (or another nutritional additive)

Banana almond butter smoothie


Now I’m sitting here catching up on my coffee before looking for a cheap, throw-away pullover for the race tomorrow (so I can ditch it after the morning cold dissolves) and then heading to dance rehearsal.

I have a post about delicious homemade ravioli scheduled for tomorrow… and then I’ll write a Colfax Half Marathon recap as soon as possible.



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