Road trip + day 1 in Colorado!

As I was getting ready to go to the Y to do some running on a treadmill, I couldn’t find Lu to put her in her cage. Aspen of course ran right to hers. I found Lu curled up in this tiny ball on our bed. I think she was hoping I wouldn’t notice her.
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Here’s the speed workout I did. It felt pretty good! I wish I would have pushed it a little more on a couple of segments, but oh well I’ll remember that for next time. I ended up with 8 miles at about a 7:56 average. The Y treadmills kick you off at 60 minutes, so I stopped my workout at 58 and just restarted for the last 5 minutes. I should’ve added a cool-down, but I was tired of being on the treadmill…
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I chugged ALL the water when I got home. Sometimes after I run I almost make myself sick because I drink too much water. I have zero chill when it comes to drinking water after a hard workout!
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I was STARVING after my run, so I heated up some leftovers and chowed down. BBQ sauce on a sweet potato is my favorite. Mix it with Sriracha and you’ve created the best sauce ever!
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After I ate, I did some work on my dissertation proposal. Lu needed to sit in her regular spot and beg for me to hold her. How can you say no to this face?!
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Jake is currently obsessed with cold brew coffee and it’s starting to rub off on me. I love drinking hot coffee in the morning, but cold brew is becoming my go-to for an afternoon pick me up.
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I mentioned these the other day and totally forgot to post a picture. These crackers are awesome! I got them from Mama Jean’s.
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Jake got home from work and we headed over to his Dad’s house to meet the other guys and hit the road! It’s me (not racing) and 4 guys – Don, Jake, Dathan, and John, and they’re all racing in a 50 mile mountain bike race tomorrow morning. I’m excited to cheer them all on and maybe get to run a little in the mountains.
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I sleep a lot on car trips. I get really car sick, so I take Dramamine, which knocks me OUT.
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Chipotle kids meal for the win! Like I said, I get car sick, so sometimes food doesn’t sound good or I want to eat EVERYTHING when I travel. Luckily, this hit the spot and was the perfect thing to eat.
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We got to our hotel about 12:30, we drove about 7 hours yesterday. I passed out as soon as we got into the room. Then it was up at 5:30 to shower, drink ALL the coffee, and eat breakfast. The continental breakfast at our hotel was pretty awesome! I had a veggie omelet, turkey sausage, and a banana with peanut butter.
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Then we hit the road again!
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We stopped at Blue Moon for lunch – I got this amazing turkey avocado sandwich. Aaaand they had Sriracha. <3
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I also got this yummy treat to last me the whole weekend. I am sad to report that it is now gone. I had good intentions, I guess…
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First mountain spotting!
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Just some cold brew to wash down the brownie I devoured. Eye-roll. Zero self-control on rest days!
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It’s so beautiful here. It’s been raining off and on, but hopefully that passes.
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The guys checked in at registration, we all checked into the hostel, and then these handsome dudes went out for a little ride.
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I think someone is pumped! ; )
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Here’s a picture of our room! This is the same one we stayed in three weeks ago. Everything is SO nice here. Clean, quiet, safe, and everyone is SO friendly.
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I’m going to do some work on my dissertation, then I think we are swinging by a brewery later (Yesssss!). I feel pretty sick from eating that whole delicious brownie, so I’m going to wallow in self-pity for a little bit. I’m excited to run tomorrow and cheer the guys on! I’ll post a race update on Monday, but follow along on Instagram (chelseakdorman) for daily updates until then!
Happy Friday, y’all!
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  1. Alisha

    Just started reading your awesome blog! I love, love your tattoo! I can’t figure out Jake’s completely: Be a ___; Not a Spectator? Hope you are having fun in CO!! Yall are so inspiring!!

    • Chelsea

      Hi, Alisha! Thank you for your kind words – you’re so sweet! Jake’s tattoos say, “Be a racer for a day, not a spectator for life.”
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog – that makes me so happy! I hope you have a great weekend!

      • Alisha

        Very cool! Yall are so awesome and such a good team. Just read about you going with the guys to crew for them – TEAM! Love it. You have totally inspired me to start back running tomorrow – and fueling properly! I really like your balanced/intuitive eating/exercise lifestyle. Disciplined but not militant. You have so much running experience! Have you always been paleo, and/or how has that helped with your training/races? Oh and I have a Vizsla! 3 years old, named Redding – loves running, blankets, and 24/7 mommy contact. Your fur babies are adorable.

      • Chelsea

        Alisha,
        Thank you! I do think we make a pretty good team. : )
        We aren’t strict Paleo, just try to eat pretty clean. We went strict Paleo for for about 2 or 3 months and loved it, it was just hard to sustain that with our endurance running. I do think I feel a lot better when I follow a more Paleo-ish diet, though. I get bad acid reflux and heart burn, so the cleaner I eat seems to really help with that! Aw, I love the name Redding – how sweet!
        Chelsea

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