The BolderBoulder: America’s All-Time Best 10k

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Alternative Titles:

-The Time I Ran a 10k without Running at All for the Past 6 Months

-My Only Race in 2014

-This is How You Run a 10k

Yesterday I ran the Bolder Boulder 10k (and checked another item off of my 30 Before 30 list!) – the self-touted All-Time Best Race in America!

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It has more than 54,000 runners, and this year was the 36th annual race. And it summits 5,391 ft!

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I signed up primarily at my friend, Lauren’s urging (who sadly wasn’t able to run it due to ACL surgery) and then also because, slip ‘n slide.

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Heck yeah buddy! Best part of the race right there- and I went through twice! Actually, turns out, slip –n-slides are awesome…until you have to run 4.5 miles after being sprayed down with a hosed and sliding across a wet, muddy, piece of tarp.

Obviously, this race isn’t the most serious of races, and the alternative titles of this post are not meant to brag on my behalf of any sort. Yes, I ran the entire time, but it was more of just a jog , and we also stopped for slip –n- slides and various other race pit stop adventures.

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Like free Kombucha!

I was actually very interested in how I’d do, endurance-wise. My only cardio for the past 8 months, really, has been interval/HIIT-style via teaching 30 minute spin classes, finishers tacked on to my workout, and endurance-wise, hiking.

While my legs felt like lead the rest of the day, and my hip began to bother me during the last mile, my cardiovascular system was just fine! In fact, I didn’t really feel winded at any point during the race.

Perhaps I had ample distraction, though, in the form of neighborhood bands, keg stands, slip –n- slides, and belly dancers.

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Oh, and of course these purty rocks.

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I ran the race without any expectations but to have a good time with my friend, Lori, who ran alongside me. And that we did.

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Cheers! Aside from keg stands along the course, all race participants also got free beer. I took a couple sips, and threw mine out. After 1.5 years of drinking delicious Colorado beers, I just couldn’t stomach a Michelob Ultra.

Now, I’ve probably filled my running quota for the year after yesterday, but I’m all for saying yes to life. Even if I would have needed to walk more, slow down, or walk/run it, it still would have been a fun, successful race. Life’s not all about competition, PR’s, making gains, being the best, or putting in your hardest effort. To me, it’s about smiling along the way! Open-mouthed smile

Are you a runner?

What’s the most fun race you’ve done?

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  1. NOT A RUNNER AT ALL ALL
    running a race next month (!)
    Carla recently posted..I’m your Venus.My Profile

  2. SO jealous that you got to run this race!! Looks amazing!
    Lora @ Crazy Running Girl recently posted..Hiking adventure: Pedernales Falls State ParkMy Profile

  3. This sounds like such a fun race! I’ve only ever done one in my life (about 3 years ago), but this one sounds a lot more fun ;-)
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  4. This sounds like such a fun race! Yes, I’m a runner. I’ve signed up for 2 fun runs this summer to help infuse some extra fun into running between training cycles.
    Caroline recently posted..Memorial Day Virtual 5k RaceMy Profile

  5. I don’t think I’d consider myself a “runner”, but I do enjoy the occasional run or training for a race here and there. Sounds like this was a fun race! Great job!!
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  6. Cheers to the beers! Congrats on running it! I was going to sign up for it… today… and then realized that I may have missed the actual sign-up deadline AND the race. Oops.
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  7. Awesome! Bolder Boulder looks like such a cool race – I only found out about it this weekend when I saw a lot of others talking about it. 54K runners??! That’s insane! Perhaps I’ll have to add this to my racing bucket list :)
    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal recently posted..How to have a perfect tea party with Bigelow TeaMy Profile

  8. I’m not a runner anymore… but I will run anytime for free kombucha! Great job girl!
    Brittany @ Delights and Delectables recently posted..Let’s Check OutMy Profile

  9. oh man!!! i’va always wanted to run this race!
    Lindsay @ Lindsay’s List recently posted..my first postpartum “murph”My Profile

  10. I have a friend that did this & she was telling me all about it – so fun & amazing!!!!
    Jody – Fit at 56 recently posted..Gratitude Monday; Memorial Day; Beauty; Happy BdayMy Profile

  11. Yes, I am a runner. But so are you!!! You did it!!!
    Jenn@Mark My Miles! recently posted..Thank you for the brave!My Profile

  12. I hate running, but I did the Color Run and ran it all. The best run was a mud run because I could stomach the run with some obstacles in between.
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