Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Denver Hit & Run 5K // Race Entry Discount Code!

I've done my share of races but nothing like the one I will experience on August 16th. After watching the video (link posted at bottom of post) of what I have to expect during this race, it reminded me of a cross between American Ninja Warrior and Wipeout. Umm..HOW FUN is that?!

"The Hit and Run 5K is an exciting, fun race for people of all ages. We've have runners varying from ages 10 (the youngest age the participant can be) to 70. You can run, jog, or walk the course depending on your ability. The obstacles are meant to be challenging, but not hard. If you approach an obstacle, but are hesitant, you can go around or watch other racers attempts. We also allow friends and families of the runners to watch and take pictures of their runner at the obstacles. We also team up with local charities and donate some of our funds to their good causes."

But seriously, how awesome does this race look.

This is the perfect way to close out your summer by gathering up a group of friends (because you know you won't want to look ridiculous alone!) and having fun along this 5k course! I was beyond ecstatic when the folks at the Hit and Run 5k reached out and gave me a discount code for my readers! Register HERE and...

To get 20% off your race entry, use the code: 


During the registration process if you click the option to share on Facebook, you can get and additional $5 off!

Link to Youtube Video: http://youtu.be/Sf1R65ewPmM
Still have questions? Email: info@hitandrun5k.com

Thank you to the people I have been in contact with at the Hit and Run 5k. I look forward to your race!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Halfway through my marathon training! YEAH! After coming off vacation, I felt exhausted at the beginning of the week. It didn't help that I got back to the city on Monday night and worked 12 hours the next day and 11 hours the following. Oh, reality. Always have to be there don't you?!

I typically do my runs before work but when my alarm went off on Wednesday morning, I used the ol "listen to your body" advice and opted to sleep for an extra hour. I figured I could run on K's treadmill or just hit up the gym in the evening. After breakfast, I told K that I had to run but the thought of doing so seemed so far out of reach. I just felt blah. Being the wonderful 9 yr old that she is, she said she would bike next to me and keep me motivated.

She would zip past me saying things like "Go Carrie go!" and "You are as fast as a cheetah!". Entertaining? Yes. I was proud of her for staying with me the entire 5 miles as last week she wanted nothing to do with her bike!

Monday - lift

Tuesday - 4 mile run

Wednesday - 5 mile run 

Thursday - 5.5 mile run, lift

Friday - 4 mile walk 

Saturday - Manitou Springs Incline 

Sunday - ice these bad boys…

Today was a scheduled 13.1 mile run but after I got in a little argument with the mountain yesterday, I decided it was best to take the day off and run it tomorrow. 

P.S. Are you good at listening to your body when it needs a break? Comment below.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Recipe: Lean Turkey Burgers

I found this recipe while skimming Competitor, a fitness magazine that primarily focuses on running. My day to day meals look and taste the same and while I love routine, my taste buds have been screaming for something other than chicken and veggies.

Lean Turkey Burgers


4 white button mushrooms
1 medium zucchini
1/3 cup minced sweet onion
2 Tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1 1/4 pounds 99 percent lean ground turkey breast
Cooking spray


Using a box grater, finely grate mushrooms and zucchini into a large bowl. Add minced onion, parsley, salt and pepper, and gently mix in turkey until mixture is uniform. Form into patties. Lightly coat a large nonstick pan with cooking spray and heat over medium flame. When hot, add turkey pat ties and cook for 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

Per Serving: 177 calories, 1g fat, 3g carbohydrates, 1g dietary fiber, 35g protein

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Heart Divided

I grew up being taught that I can only have one love; one favorite ice cream flavor, one favorite color, one favorite food; one favorite sports team. I was told to share my favorite this and my favorite that, when in reality I didn’t have just one, I had many.


While sitting on the dock at my parent’s lake house, my thoughts dwelled on this notion of only having one love. Throughout the week, I thought more about it as my mind kept switching from “I love Minnesota” to “I love Colorado”. I would miss CO when friends would text to see if I wanted to go to the mountains and hike and I would fall harder for MN when I would have my toes in the sand while I  looked at the still water as the sun reflected off it.  It came down to this: I have my heart in two places and that is ok.

 My time back in Minnesota was mostly spent at the lake, which has always been my safe haven and place to cure the ache and ignite the memories. It’s been my “go-to” when I need to get away, be reminded of simply and effortless beauty, and that I am and always will be a lake girl. It’s a destination that, rain or shine, is a meeting place for family and friends, and the perfect backdrop for pictures and Croquet and an adult beverage at 2pm because why not?

I spent a couple days at the cabin by myself and surprisingly didn't get bored or lonely. I enjoyed my morning runs along the hills of green grass and I enjoyed my morning coffee while sitting on the dock with my toes dangling in the water. I spent the afternoons reading on the patio and spent the evenings writing in my journal and catching up on the days gossip via E! News. 

Lake Snaps

This is the reaction I get when I ask to take a picture with them

Making fun of how girls pose 

Kendall singing "Jesus Loves Me"

Mallory singing "Let It Go"

They put on a great talent show! 

Learning and playing the "Cup Song" 

Home Snaps

Cheering on Marcus at his baseball game

The kiddos loved "driving" Auntie Carrie's new car


As I sit here, back in Denver and back in the groove, I pride myself in knowing that my heart is in two places. How fortunate I am to love where I live and love where I'm from. I find comfort in knowing that wherever I am, I'll be learning and growing and taking photographs along the way. I look ahead and can't wait to tell my future children the experiences I've done and the people I've met and the places I've seen. I can't wait to tell them that they can love Barbies and toy cars at the same time, and that having a twist cone is ok because who says you can only love vanilla or chocolate?

  After all, two is better one.