R2R2R Training: Weeks 3 & 4

Happy New Year everyone!

I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that the past few weeks passed in a blur. Christmas in San Diego. New Year’s Eve in Boulder. This past weekend in Crested Butte. Throw in a backcountry yurt trip over the random weekend fit in that schedule and, well, my running training has been a bit…lax. Let’s take a look.

Wondering why I didn’t recap week #3 last week? Look below, and you’ll understand!

December 21-27, 2015

Monday: Trail running at White Ranch. I hit up these trails with a girlfriend I haven’t seen in awhile. We originally planned on a double-digit adventure, but the trails were still covered in feet of snow from our recent storms. We managed 5 miles with 1000 feet of gain, post-holing our way through the summit portions. I figure that counts for extra, right?!

Tuesday: Sat in a car all day while we drove to San Diego

Wednesday: See above.


Thursday: I wasn’t about to leave Will’s family during our brief, 48-hour holiday visit, so Christmas Eve was spent wrapping gifts, eating rum cake, and indulging in family time.

As it should be.

Friday: Christmas Day! Again, the majority of the day was spent doing the family thang, although Will and I did manage to sneak away for a 45-minute sunrise walk with Tals. Then, the entire family walked the dogs at Balboa park later in the afternoon.

Saturday: Began the drive back to CO

Sunday: Wrapped up our voyage

In case you’re keeping track, that was a whopping one workout for the entire week. Yup.

December 28-January 3, 2015


Monday: Absolutely nothing. I don’t even know what happened.

Tuesday: 60 minute run with Tals

Wednesday: 4.5 mile trail run (1000 feet of gain) back at White Ranch with this gal. As luck would have it, we chose to run on the coldest day of the freaking month. High temps were in the single digits for the day, and our “feels like” temp was somewhere in the negatives when we hit the trail. We warmed up while running, but none of us felt like pushing even further in those temps, so I called it good after one lap.

Thursday: I worked all day. I had some edits that were due {today!} for the magazine, so I spent all day chained to my laptop. {Never fret– I made it out for a celebratory NYE dinner!}

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Friday: We woke up late, packed our car, loaded Tals in the back, and headed to Crested Butte for a ski weekend with friends. I originally planned to bring my running shoes, but then….I didn’t.

Saturday: Five hours of skiing at Mt. Crested Butte. Truth be told, my quads were wrecked!


Sunday: Will, Rachel and I spent Sunday morning hiking in the Snodgrass area instead of skiing. I wanted to tire Tals out before the car ride back, so we hiked the popular snowy trail. Everyone else was in snowshoes or backcountry skis while we hiked in regular boots. I figure this gave us some stabilization bonus points?! No idea on specific stats, but we were out there for 2.5 hours and I’d wager we covered three miles with 8-900 feet of gain.

This may go without saying, but I seriously need to get my shit together in regards to R2R2R training. I headed back to CrossFit today and have some solids workouts on the schedule before I fly out for Outdoor Retailer on Wednesday evening. I’m hoping to bring my running shoes to the tradeshow, but with appointments and dinners beginning at 7:30am every day and ending after 10pm, I’m not sure how that will work. Regardless, I’m still feeling optimistic. I knew these few weeks would be out-of-control. Now, I simply need to recover and move on!



  • Reply Caryb at

    You still keep so active and way to go running in the cold. One thing I was wondering while reading is how do you determine the impact of what you did do toward your goal for each activity that wasn’t running. Like the skiing, walks in SD, or the stabilization you mentioned. How close are you to your goal and/ or how far behind do you feel based on your activity over break?

    • Reply heather at

      You know, I don’t really have a way to gauge how my non-running activity is helping. I just count it all as time on my feet and if my next run feels harder than it should, I know I need to get more real miles logged on the trails. As of right this sec, I’m definitely behind where I’d like to be, but not in an insurmountable way. I’ll have to do a lot of running this month, but I can’t let it stress me out. Then it becomes not fun 🙂

  • Reply Rund är också en form! at

    Are those tights for training? Looks a little like jeans…? But soo cool! 🙂

    • Reply heather at

      Hahah they are! They’re by a company called InknBurn who makes some really unique workout apparel. I have another pair that look like jeans too 🙂

  • Reply Nik at

    I just stumbled across your blog – how glad I did! Very inspiring 🙂 Your life looks absolutely like my dream, it makes me miss my four years in WA, but also shows me where I wanna be once I get out of the military. Maybe CO is still what it is right now (or used to be).
    Good luck on your training! I’ll be heading to Switzerland tmr for a short snow race – making the best out of living where I live 🙂

  • Reply Beth at

    If there is ever a time to put family and friends ahead of training this was the time of year! Looks like you had a great holiday season.

  • Reply Krysten at

    Love the video!! You always make me want to get my Winter Sport on! I have never much skiing/snowboarding but maybe this year is the year!

  • Reply Art at

    I feel like every workout moves you closer to the goal. Even taking on the challenge when knowing that you won’t have a perfect workout schedule to prep for the task is indicative of a will power to accomplish the goal. The will power, I think, being the biggest characteristic to ensure accomplishment. I would wonder if you have access to a treadmill or stationary bike during those deep snow days, but there really is nothing like a run outside. Kudos on your journey, and thanks for letting us know how it goes!

    • Reply heather at

      Hey Art! In all honesty, I just can’t stomach a treadmill! I’ve tried for years to make myself tolerate one even, and I just can’t. I’d rather run in -10 temps than run on a treadmill 🙂

  • Reply Rachel @ Betty LIVIN at

    That sounds like an amazing week!!! I only get to go snowboarding once or twice a year because of time and cost. Loved the video!

  • Reply Lindsey at

    “Monday: Absolutely nothing. I don’t even know what happened.”

    So much this! Haha. One of the main reasons I follow you is because of quips like this. Thanks for keeping it real 😉

  • Reply Kovas at

    I’d say ORShow counts as working out, at least endurance-wise. 🙂

  • Reply Christy@ My Dirt Road Anthem at

    Christmas week just throws things off, but now things are back to normal and training can pick up again! Those wildflower Inknburn capris are so awesome, I don’t have those but everytime I see them on someone I wonder if I do need them. It is supposed to get super cold here starting tomorrow and staying for the weekend 🙁 I am not a fan of cold hands when I run, or cold nose and cheeks.

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