Moving On, Moving Up

Guys, I’ve decided I need to take things to the next level.

Since I’m currently on the mend from both a Crohn’s flare up and an IT band injury, I figured now was the time to really shock my system and gain a training edge.

So while Seattle provides me with endless hills, beautiful scenery, and a wonderful group of running friends, there’s one key thing it’s missing…

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altitude

As we all know, training at high elevations is the quickest way to get in your best shape, so I’ve decided to forego my life here for the sake of increasing my strength, endurance, and speed in the thin air of the Rockies.

Peace out Seattle, hello elite runner status.

At the beginning of March, BF and I will be packing up and moving to Denver. It’s a big change, a bittersweet move, but I absolutely cannot wait.

And just to be clear, I am completely joking and not one bit of it has to do with gaining a running edge πŸ™‚

In fact, I’m dreading the whole “altitude acclimation” thing. Lucky me, my first weekend in town will be my first 20 mile run of Boston training.

(…crying a little inside)

The real truth is that we’re moving because β€”don’t know if you’ve heard yetβ€”but there was a huge jinx that occurred on Superbowl Sunday. You see, since BF and I weren’t in Denver at the time of the game, a curse was put on Peyton and my beloved Broncos which caused them to play the complete opposite of their capabilities.

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We need to set the universe back in order, and really…I’d do anything for Peyton.

Okay still kidding (and no…I still can’t talk about the game).

And while I can guarantee that my depression far exceeds the excitement of some Seahawk fans (cough 12th manwagoners cough), I am truly very happy for this city and the team.

Honest.

But Peyton still needs me guys. And truly, despite my sadness (which there’s a lot of) for leaving the water, the city, and the people…I’m getting more and more excited for this big adventure to come. It was time to step outside of our comfort zones, and I’m pretty psyched to get a little uncomfortable.

This next month will be about spending as much time as possible with the people who make this such a great place, as well as enjoying all my favorite restaurants, running routes, cafes, and special spots while I can. Seattle has been home for nearly 8 years, and I’m so thankful for all that it’s given me.

But times, man, they are a changin’. I can’t wait to be back in the sunshine…and to explore a whole new realm of opportunities.

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And let’s get real…the altitude may help the whole running thing a little πŸ™‚

Now…who wants to be my friend in Denver??

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17 thoughts on “Moving On, Moving Up

    1. runbirdierun Post author

      See up there when I said “spending as much time as possible with the people who make this such a great place” ?

      That’s YOU! Come play with me. We need to have one bike ride before I go!

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  1. bethanynic

    I have not said much about the Super Bowl. But I feel your pain. In 2007 the Patriots had an undefeated regular season and then lost in the Super Bowl to the Giants. I was heart broken. It will get better. Good luck in Denver. Are you still running Ragnar?

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  2. Lauren

    I’m jealous, and so is Edith, but you already knew that. I actually love bandwagons though! We can agree to disagree there πŸ™‚

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    1. runbirdierun Post author

      I actually totally get the bandwagon thing. It’s inevitable, and fun when you’re in it. My point was more so that I’m more depressed than they are happy, if that makes sense πŸ™‚ Come visit me!!!

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  3. Lisa @ Early Morning Run

    I just moved here (Denver) last July and am loving it! Adjusting to the altitude does take some time but then it’ll be like nothing! Hope you’ll sign up for the Bolder Boulder on Memorial Day – we’re going to have a team meetup!

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  4. FitnessFatale

    How exciting! I’ve only really lived on one state in my life and the thought of making a huge move like that is exciting and scary! That altitude will definitely give you an edge! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the last month in the city you love!

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  5. Lauren

    This post made me laugh and cry at the same time! I’m going to miss you terribly but I think I’ll survive knowing I get to spend 30+ hours with you in a van in July πŸ™‚

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    1. runbirdierun Post author

      30+??? I say we go for sub-30 this year! πŸ˜‰

      ……NOT. Especially if I get the hard leg. Let’s run/brunch before I leave!

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  6. cisforcourtney

    AHHH!!! WELCOME TO COLORADO!!! I will GLADLY be your friend! We are in Denver quite often!!!

    I moved to Denver from Houston a few years ago before moving to Steamboat in October 2012. What I can suggest when it comes to adjusting to altitude is HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE, eat well & most importantly SLEEP!

    Boston is going to feel AWESOME with that “extra” oxygen!

    Feel free to send me an email anytime if you have any Colorado/Denver/OMGletsRUN questions!!!!

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    1. runbirdierun Post author

      Thanks!!! I can’t wait! Will be great to be back (I grew up in C. Springs). I will positively be emailing you with questions about Denver, running, etc.! Primarily on how to get started in trail running, since I’m a total rookie πŸ™‚

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