Wednesday, August 12, 2015

El Vaquero Loco 25K trail race - 2015

The theme for this race over the years is “4th place” apparently. I ran El Vaquero Loco for the 3rd year in a row, and I think this year I enjoyed it the most. My first year I was scared to death that I wasn’t going to finish, but instead ran it the fastest yet. The second year, I was 3 months pregnant. This year, I felt great the whole time and even managed to take a few pictures along the way.


Lets start with the race stats:

  • Distance: 25K (about 15.5 miles) on mostly single track
  • Time: 3:31:29
  • Place: 4th female (out of 46), 12th overall (out of 86)
  • Start time – 8:30 am
  • Conditions – trails, long uphill climbs to elevations of nearly 10,000 ft and very steep downhill parts, lots of single track. Point-to-point race. The weather wasn’t ideal this year – rain, thunderstorms, and MUD.
  • Timing – Chip timing
  • Race Swag – hoodie (rather than a tshirt), and I won a prize this year (a black diamond backpack)!!
  • My husband was a lifesaver from the get go, as he was the one to get up with our 5 month old baby girl all through the night. She was sick this weekend and definitely wasn’t sleeping good. I woke up quite a bit because of her, but he was the trooper to deal with her the whole night.

    So, after getting a fairly good nights rest, I was up and going at 6:00. I had to feed the baby, then got dressed and ate. Pre-race meal was a banana and a piece of toast with peanut butter, and a little bit of water.

    I caught the bus at 7:30 to the start. I actually thought the race started at 8, instead of 8:30, so I was ready to get going. But, instead I was able to chat it up with a few of my friends, other runners, and the race director (my brother-in-law!).


    Finally the gun went off and we started the long and exhausting trek across the mountains. The whole time I was trying to figure out what place I was in for the females, and had decided I was sitting comfortably in 3rd. Turns out, I was in 2nd for the first half of the race, then was passed by one girl (never to be seen again!), and I had to let another pass me on the first major down hill.


    This race rocks! This time was my favorite (despite the weather and the mud) because I finally looked up while I was running. I don’t know why I didn’t in the other races, but I looked up a lot more and enjoyed how beautiful it is out there. After the first climb to 10,000 ft, it basically goes straight down to the lake (imagine running down a slide at the park, with LOTS of rocks). I didn’t run this part. I’m a PANSY, plus I was still favoring my recently sprained ankle, so it was more of a hike down, trying not to fall. Needless to say, I was passed by quite a few at this point. The second down hill was just as bad, and just as many passed me :(


    Along the way I ate about 3.5 Clif Shot Bloks and drank 24+ oz of Nuun. I also had a new strategy this year. The hardest part is of course the last 3rd of the race. There is a major climb of switch backs to 10,000 ft again, then 3 miles of down hill (not nearly as steep as the other down hill sections). I saved my music until I got to the switchbacks and blasted it the rest of the way to the finish. I counted out 10 songs and told myself I had to keep running hard until those 10 were up (I only ended up needing 9!). The other two years I was so wasted by the time I was 1 mile into that down hill section that I’ve had to walk…DOWN HILL! Ridiculous. But this year I was able to stay strong and crush that down hill!!

    My last song, that I had BLARING, was “Bleed it out” by Linkin Park. Couldn’t hear a soul while I was “sprinting” to the finish line (I was probably just shuffling along, but it sure as heck felt like I was sprinting!)

    [I wore my long sleeve the whole race, the race bib underneath it makes me look like I’m pregnant. I’m definitely not pregnant!]

    And that was that. My recovery was a 15 minute ice bath in the lake at the finish, while drinking Ultragen (from First Endurance). My one PR this time was my overall placement – 12th (first year was 17th, second year was 23rd). I will definitely take it!

    Next year I’m hoping for no sprained ankles in training, better weather on race day, and to push myself even harder!!

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

    Wood working - race plaques

    I love, love, LOVE wood working. I’m not a pro by any means, but I love getting to spend time out in the shop to create something fun out of wood. This past week I’ve been working on finishers plaques for El Vaquero Loco (which I’m running this weekend).


    I’ve made the finishers plaques for the past few years, mainly because my brother-in-law is the race director and I forced him to let me! (these are what the first two years looked like…huge, and with a spot for the race picture)


    This year I changed them up a bit and made them smaller with a “crazy cowboy” cutout.


    1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male & female finishers of both the 25K and 50K will get one. Everyone else gets a sweet picture of somewhere along the race. I’m excited to change it up again and make something new for next year’s El Vaquero Loco races!!

    Monday, August 3, 2015

    (LOVE) TRAILS | DVF shop


    I’m in love with these new hats –> (LOVE) TRAILS


    I have a definite obsession with trails. Trail running, hiking, backpacking, nature walks with the kids…I love it all! Something about being deep in the mountains without cell service, cars, or civilization for that matter. It’s so peaceful & free (and a little scary because of the bears, moose, wolves, etc :/ ) I love the trails!!


    These trucker hats are available in my DVF Fitness etsy shop. There are lots more colors to choose from, and you can hit up the (LOVE) with a heart or without a heart.



    Wednesday, July 29, 2015

    Fashletics Ambassador | #choosestrength

    I’m excited to say that I’m an ambassador for Fashletics!! I love their brand, their products & what they stand for. I have also been featured on their website, and you can find that here.


    Fashletics is a collection of handmade jewelry inspired by a passion for fitness. 
    Each piece of jewelry serves a badge of honor and an expression of strength.”


    I love their mantras – Choose Strength – Lift Heavy, Be Happy – Strength Is Style


    They sent me an awesome necklace, which really speaks to me. –> You vs. You <—(with a dumbbell). Isn’t that the truth almost every single day? It’s a constant internal battle. Some days the fight is easy, but some days I really have to push hard to win. The sayings/mantras on their jewelry are so motivating and awesome. But not only that, their jewelry is killer. So well made (and hand made), and just plain beautiful jewelry!


    Thanks for choosing me to be one of your ambassadors, Fashletics! Choose Strength!! If you are interested in becoming an ambassador for Fashletics, fill out their application HERE.  

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    Hills on the ‘Mill | DVF workout

    I’m in the middle of marathon training (roughly 7 weeks left) and some days I just don’t feel like getting up to run. I got to bed pretty late (usually around midnight) and my 5 month old is up and ready to nurse sometime between 5:00-6:30 am. Makes for a tired momma. Some days, if I just get out of bed and get warmed up, then I’m fine. But a lot of days I just want to keep sleeping…and usually do :(

    Thank goodness I have a treadmill, and thank goodness for nap time!! I have a trail race coming up in a few weeks during this marathon training session, so I’ve been trying to get in more hills. Thus, a treadmill hill workout was inevitable. Here we go:

    [I really thought the treadmill raised up A LOT higher than this…more like 2 feet high, not 4 inches. That’s what it feels like anyway!]

    Set your pace and keep it there throughout the workout (increase if you want, but try not to decrease it) -


    *please consult a physician before you start a fitness/running program

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