let’s do this december! :: goals :D

The goal list is back! Frankly, I found myself a little bored in November without one! So let’s do this December!

Running & Fitness :

So uhm, I SIGNED UP FOR MY FIRST 50 MILER!!! Training for that AND Colorado Marathon start in January! I say training starts in January… however Luke and I are racing a 1/2 marathon the last weekend of January… so before then…

  • A new 10k PR at Rudolph’s Revenge on December 17th. My current PR hails all the way from Houston coming in as my second 10k ever at 51:39. Dear Santa- if you have a shiny new 10k PR for me in that big bag of yours, an early delivery would be SUPER AWESOME. Love Always-Courtney
  • Build the mileage back up! Last week I decided to delete my daily mile account that I’ve had since March. While transferring all the data, I too a peak at my monthly mileage since Portland.  Apparently in October I ran 99.1 miles, and only 92 in November! Lowest mileage since JUNE which came in at 126.2! For the month of December I’d like to rack up AT LEAST 150 miles.
  • New race weight! I’m wanting to hit my race weight BEFORE training starts. This time let’s throw around some numbers! That’s what everyone wants to read, right?! Juicy details?! SPILL: SO, with all the weight I gained when I first moved to CO, I was weighing in at 146 at 5’8. ( This is all documented in the blog post entitled “Too Much Booty in the Pants” however wordpress is acting like a total PIECE right now and won’t let me add links.)I definitely wasn’t pleased with this. By the time Portland Marathon rolled around, I was able to hit my goal weight and raced at 134. Since Portland, I have maintained my weight, PERFECTLY. How this is possible.. not sure, my mileage hasn’t been ANYTHING remarkable… but then again, I’m not eating enough to feed a small African village anymore either. Also, it crossed my mind that since I haven’t been running as much OR working out, that I could be losing muscle as well. Oops. 2nd marathon + new time goal = new race weight! The magic number of 128. 6 pounds in 4 weeks = 1.5 lbs a week. Totally healthy and attainable. The last time I weighed 128 was July/August of 2010… it looked like this…

tan & blonde was fun! miss those days!

Wedding :

  • Mail out save the dates.
  • Start collecting materials for centerpieces.
  • Book a caterer & DJ!


  • Put the finishing touches on the office.
  • Start the guest bedroom.

It’s not a very detailed goal list, but that leaves plenty of room to surprise myself! Who knows…maybe we’ll finish the guest bedroom and start another room… or maybe I’ll run a 50k… guess we’ll see. : )

booty in the pants update pt.4, last week’s running & new run gear!

Last week was a recovery week after racing a 1/2 marathon Monday. Nothing but slowwww boring runs… Except!!! This past weekend I got the chance to run with TWO HANDFULS of my favorite people! On Saturday I ran TWENTY – TWO (22) miles with Sarah & Paula! A new personal distance record! My friend Erica joined us for some laps as well! Sarah got some great pictures while we were out on our run, so I will wait until then to make a post about it! YES–we take pictures, while we run! It’s fun!

Luke ran 13 with Erica’s boyfriend, Matt, while we were running…so he was waiting at REI for us! Once we said our good-byes …I was a little hungry STARRRRVING. Luke and I swung by fleur de lis (a paperie)   to check out some wedding invitations! They had some great things in that store! I’m excited to go back! Luckily it was located right next to a Larkburger. Which, if you haven’t had it. OH EM GEE–DELICIOUS! I wasn’t planning on eating EVERYTHING…however it happened… maybe a few fries to spare.

I had the ahi tuna burger with wasabi ginger sauce and cilantro on a gluten free bun with truffle and parmesan fries to follow! So amazing! Hit the spot! After I stuffed my face…we wandered on home for showers, college football & naps! Tough Saturday?

Around 6pm we quickly got ready to meet up with Luke’s sister Heather and her husband Justin for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory! It’s always so nice spending time with them! We all get along so well, they are tons of fun! Of course it was a delicious dinner… I ate everything on my plate.. per norm. I had some dish with 3 small portioned chicken breasts and grilled veggies. Luke had a steak… that’s a no brainer!

all dolled up for dinner! :)

There was a bit of a wait before we could be seated, so we wandered around the shops surrounding it until then. To my surprise there was a Lululemon right next door!!!! eeeeee!!!! For those of you who follow me on Twitter… you have probably realized lately that I’m having a major shorts dilemma!

new run gear!


Since my body/shape/figure have changed quite a bit…I have come to DESPISE my once loved Nike Tempo running shorts. aka : THEY JUST DON’T MAKE ME FEEL PRETTTYYY! I absolutely REFUSE to roll a waistband more than once. I think it looks ridiculous. This being said, my shorts were too big at the waist and would either try to go UP my waist making the short legs ride up & be SUPER short / tight around my thighs. (My thighs are turning into like huge blocks of muscle). Or they would sag & give me droopy drawers syndrome.  Seriously, they are extremely unflattering, bulky and Nike is definitely guilty of “shrinking & pinking.” I’ve heard this term several times and am now experiencing it myself. Basically it’s when company’s take things designed for men…shrink them down to a women’s size and make it in like pink/purple/rainbow…etc.  Uff. Run girl problems.

SOOOO! One of the recommendations was to check out Lululemon! Sarah was sporting a new pair on our run Saturday and they looked AMAZING on her! Now, like many others when I hear this word.. the first thing that comes to mind is the price tag. WHO PAYS 54 DOLLARS FOR RUNNING SHORTS?! Apparently people with run girl problems do! We walked into Lululemon, I tried on a pair…and it was love. :) :) No questions asked! We were in and out in literally 10 minutes! Apparently if I make Luke’s marathon training plans look realllll good, I get new shorts! This is fine with me! PLUSSS… Portland is less than 4 week out… need something cute to run in! Just have to find a running top to go with it!

The new shorts!

I got to run in them on Sunday ( we’ll get to that soon ) and LOVED them! SO comfortable, no riding up anywhere! YAY! One of the girls I ran with, Lindsey, did say that they do shrink a little! So be careful when you wash them! ALSO– they do run small! So make sure to go one size up from your normal jean size!


As an engagement gift to ourselves, Portland right around the corner & a deal you couldn’t beat with a stick…Luke thought it’d be a good excuse time for a Garmin 405! I’ve realllly been wanting one for a while now…the opportunity presented itself…and we jumped! We’ve had it for almost two weeks and it has been a great training tool!

fun fact: this was taken right after we put it on Oliver’s collar & let him run around. Not bad little man!


After a post that I had made mentioning that I only use Hammer gels for running due to a sensitive stomach, our friend Chuck asked us if we’d be interested in a swap! He had a box of about 90 gels that he wouldn’t be using and would love to make an exchange! The exchange would be muffins! It’s a pretty neat recipe, I’ll be posting it soon. We got our box this past week… and me being the ass that I am…I’m just BARELY getting these muffin’s out the door to him. Sorry Chuck! You’ll see them soon!

So it’s been a fun past two weeks for running gear!

booty in the pants update:

So, for those of you who read my blog on a regular basis. You know which booty in the pants update I’m talking about!

  • still going strong on no alcohol! 3 weeks down– 4 to go!
  • I’m still maintaining my weight at the 10 lbs I’ve lost. It’s been holding steady for about 2-3 weeks.
  • I am 3-5 lbs away from the goal race weight (depending on what time of day I weigh myself)
  • I eat something sweet at least once a day. Ice cream/cake/ or cookies have been happening at least once a day for the last 7 days.

What I think about it

  • I’ll still continue to be booze free until after Portland Marathon
  • My body seems to be HAPPY at and doing very well at the current weight.
  • I’m not going to sweat those last 3-5 lbs. If they happen–awesome. If not–that’s okay!
  • I have the world’s biggest sweet tooth. I could cut back a tad. Maybe to like 3 times a week.

What I’ve added ::


You can’t expect your body to work miracles by beating it up with marathon training! So I’ve added these babies to HELP nourish my body along the way!

  • Iron – I was having MAJOR episodes of being tired ALL DAY. This started happening when my mileage started increasing. No matter what I ate, how much I slept etc. I was zonked! Since adding the iron, I’m no longer dead tired all the time.
  • Calcium-Magnesium-Zinc – gotta love your bones! After Luke’s injury at Leadvilee we added this in! Also, just about the only dairy I consume is cottage cheese, cheese & ice cream. Not nearly enough calcium in my diet. I strongly dislike moo juice ( milk).  I prefer almond!
  • Omega Three Complex (fishoils) – I’ve been taking this since high school. It has TONS of benefits including healthy hair, skin, nails … etc.
  • Glucosamine – Chondroitin – MSM – keeps your joints healthy & happy! I’ve had cracking/popping/snapping hip problems since I was 14 thanks to dance. This helps me sound less like a rice crispy treat!
  • A once a day multivitamin.

I take each 1-3 times daily depending on which one. AFTER coffee, never before && always with food! Remember some of these are SUPPLEMENTS and don’t work over night. You have to take them consistently for 6-8 weeks for any effects / results to take place….

To wrap up the “race weight” operation ” too much booty in the pants” blog topic -

Angles in pictures can change the way a person looks…a TON! So, I know there is already a picture…however, to avoid possible “she just took it at a good angle” blah blah blah ….

BAM! there we go! look ma! no angles! :D

There you have it! Ten pounds gone! Sure, maybe my booty shrank a LITTLE… but it’s still there. It’s kinda runs in our family :) Thanks Aunt T!


Yesterday we had another successful Sunday Funday Runday meet up at Wash Park! Our group is growing! I absolutely LOVE this group! Everybody is so nice, laid back…and we all have an EXTREME passion for running! Holly, Sarah, Amy, Lindsey, Andrea & myself all met up at Wash Park at 8 am to get in our 7 miles! Nice easy recovery runs for all of us with plenty of chatter! After we headed to Starbucks where the chattiness was continued! Such an awesome way to end/start a week!

a wrap on the past week of running!

Another 61 mile week in the books! My favorite runs were definitely Saturday’s 22 & Sunday Funday Runday!

the not so fun news :: i’m sick as a dog!!!

So, Thursday I started noticing my throat felt like there were daggers in it. I tried ignoring it, I figured it was the change in weather. Friday morning, no dice. Daggers in my throat. Sneezing, runny nose–but it was clear. I figured… changing weather and allergies? Saturday morning, still no dice. My throat wasn’t AS sore, however my snot was now green & I was also hacking it up. During the 22 miler I had to use my inhaler FOUR different times! Sunday–well I’m sick! I had a hard time breathing regularly during our run. My voice was gone by the afternoon. Still hacking up green gunk. This morning. I’m at home. Congested…green gunk…voice gone…no more daggers in my throat–just super scratchy. When I speak I sound like a 50 year old who smoked too much & drank too many martini’s. I named this voice. It’s the “Blanche” voice.

I’ve been taking in vitamin C like nobody’s business! I’m currently mixing emergen-c & orange juice together. HELLO EXPLOSIVE PUNCH OF ORANGE FLAVOR! I’ve cut out cough drops. They irritate my stomach.hot tea. mucinex & my inhaler. I guess I’m not doing TOO much for it. If it’s not improving by tomorrow I’m headed to the doctor! I don’t have time to be sick!

goal for the week : get better! marathon training has no time for the sickly!

too much booty in the pants, a pic & a shocker. pt.3

…I’m sure you were expecting a Leadville post, right? WELL, I’m waiting for a few people to write up their posts before I put up mine… SO! Until then…

About a month ago I wrote the first part of “too much booty in the pants” . It seems as though I’ve been trying to update my progress about every two weeks …SO HERE WE ARE.

Anyways, the goal race weight is in sight! I’ve dropped 10 pounds since the original “too much booty in the pants” post. I’m VERY close to my goal race weight. So that’s exciting! It is a FLAT OUT MIRACLE that my weight maintained (neither dropped or gained) last week during Luke’s “birthday week”. we.ate.like.crazy… Along with my marathon training I’ve been very good at adding weights and core work to the routine twice a week. 10 pounds sounds like a lot…but considering the original post was made 5 weeks ago…let’s average about 2 pounds a week <—-totally okay!

the shocker – I HAVE OFFICIALLY CUT ALCOHOL OUT OF MY DIET! WHAT!?!?! I know. WHO AM I!? I’m a wine loving, beer drinkin, dirty martini sipper! Portland Marathon is 7 weeks out! It’s gettin serious folks!

No need to worry, I may be slimming down, gaining muscle, becoming more lean…but I still have plenty of booty in the pants.  SEE!!!

plenty o’ booty!

*picture from this weekend! filling water bottles for luke and ryan to head out back over hope pass! *


too much booty in the pants.

So, I was going through my google reader and came across Diane’s almost daily blog post. Funny thing about Diane is that she also just moved to Denver from Texas! Right about 2 weeks to a month after I did! This particular blog post was about how normally she’s pretty healthy…HOWEVER, since moving to Denver, with all the AWESOME places in this city to try out, has gained 5 pounds! I had to laugh only because, I did the EXACT. SAME. THING.

All my life, thanks to dancing, I’ve always been thin. At some points getting a little scary. My heaviest weight was probably right before I moved to Denver. I had finals going on, was tying up loose ends, trying to see family and friends before I left. With all this going on, I didn’t have time for my normal two-a-days at the gym. So I went from thin & lean to your average American girl. Well that was new.

me & my healthy butt – first day in colorado.

HOWEVERRRR, after moving, life was a bit busy chaotic. Meeting the family, being introduced to friends…etc. We were eating out a TON.  Luke and I really weren’t making any time to get in any serious running. I was also having a hard time adjusting to the altitude. I was tired all.the.time. I spent a good portion of my time sleeping, when I wasn’t working. Also….SO I’m pretty sure that Luke was working part time at a candy store and never told me. I walked in the kitchen and his room and there was junk food galore! Like literally I had never seen so much in one house in my entire life. I laughed at first…and then of course I slowly but surely ate most of it. Add this all up and BAM! What do you have…


This was a problem. So much of a problem that I had to go buy new pants. How embarrassing. I had literally gained 5 pounds in about two weeks. Uhm gross. At that point I had yet to have picked a marathon to run, so I was like…just eat healthy, then once a race is picked and  the training program comes together everything will fall into place. We stopped eating out so much and once the junk food was gone— life got pretty easy! For about a month my weight kind of just maintained itself. At least I wasn’t gaining anymore!

Not until recently have those pounds, and then some, started coming off. My mileage has DEFINITELY increased a ton, I’m getting back into my old “two-a-day” at the gym and or running routine. Also, I FINALLY identified that when I was most fit, I wasn’t eating meals. Just more so snacking a bunch during the day. The snacking also helps keep my blood sugar up so I don’t have a mid afternoon crash and have to nap anymore. No naps = No insomnia at night! (most of the time) WIN!

So, how far do I go with it? Obviously at this point, it’s now turning into a “race weight” subject. About a year ago I heard a friend talking about his race weight. Race weight? What the hell is that? So I googled it. Somewhere on the crazy world wide web I read that a normal race weight for triathletes and runners is about 20% below the average weight.

uhm, what?!

For women the recommended weight is at 5’0 ft. – 100 lbs. Then for every inch add 5 lbs. Then for a race weight, take 20% of your weight, off of that.

ugh, sick!

been there. done that.

take 20% off my current weight–and this is what you get.

circa 3 years ago.

&& this my friends is called anorexia!

definitely not anor-sexy-ia.

I don’t care who you are, you should not be able to fit into a size 0 at 5’8.

(ps: yes that’s an 80’s party && yes…GLITTER ON THE FLOORRR!)

So uhm, definitely won’t be taking into consideration that race weight calculation. PSHT. Instead, I decided to cut it in half! Let’s go for 10%. Sure, it’s a little thin- but as long as you are still fueling and conditioning your body properly-it’s healthy! Actually, that 10% less than range has pretty much always been my norm until this past spring… apparently nothing puts weight on me like stress. Oh haiiii stress eater….and boyfriends that have secret second jobs at candy stores. ;)

I know, I know. Muscle weighs more than fat. So you shouldn’t obsess over a scale. Have to go off of something though, right? Unless somebody has one of those fat pincher things…anybody?! ;)

At this point, like I said, I’m back on track with the two-a-days! Gosh I’ve missed morning workouts! They make you feel fantastic and  also help you make healthy choices throughout the day. Not only am I running and swimming…but I’ve finally started adding weight workouts into the mix..! Like I said, I’m back to my many snacks a day & not so many sweets. Keyword – SO MANY. No way could I give up fro-yo or cupcakes! My sweet tooth cravings can get OUT OF CONTROL. I’m pretty sure I’m about to put a dentist’s kid through college with all the dental work I’ve needed/will need in my lifetime. Lately I’ve been craving more salt than sugar. Beef jerky is the new cupcake.

Everybody is different. What works for some doesn’t always work for others. Obviously I’ve met  runners who think a race weight is irrelevant and stupid. That’s fine. We’re all entitled to our opinions. :)

***I’m not a health professional***  (i just know my body, the way it works and try to make decisions i feel are sensible)

How about you? What works for your body? What do you think of race weights?