New Salty Bloggers: An Introduction to Vanilla

Out-kicking the Olympic Eye Mascot at the 2012 Games. Yes, I was fortunate enough to spend a week in London for the Olympics!

Hi everyone!  I am Vanilla, and I am excited, thrilled and happy to be a new addition to the spice rack!  I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences as well as hearing all about yours.

I am 38 years and until one month ago, lived in Ohio my entire life.  About two years ago, I met my wonderful, wicked-fast runner-husband while he was consulting on a project in Columbus, commuting back and forth from his home in Boulder, Colorado for work.  Not long after we were married we decided to settle in Boulder, the athletic Mecca.  It’s really an amazing place and heaven for anyone who enjoys a healthy lifestyle and outdoor/endurance sports.  I can’t wait to show you all the pictures and amazing stories that I have about this place–I love it here!

When it comes to endurance sports, running is my first love.  I started running at the ripe age of seven when my dad would return from his long runs and head back out with me for a mile or so.  I was also the kid who was dragged to the fun runs and got excited when receiving a blue ribbon.  Unfortunately, running wasn’t much of a kid’s sport then, and like children often will, I lost interest since my friends weren’t doing it.  I wish I hadn’t, but hindsight is always 20/20!

I started on and off during my teen and college years, but it wasn’t until my mid-20s when I really picked it up.  I started with some 5ks and eventually worked my way up to the marathon.  I’ve been fortunate enough to run Boston multiple times and to run NYC.  I have run all sorts of distances, including a couple of Cross-Country (gasp) and track (double gasp) races.  I’ve had my ups and downs, and I have had my share of annoying injuries!

My bikes! Little Buddy and Old Blue

I am a big cross-trainer and a few years ago, I gave the triathlon a try  As much as I love running, I love the variety and challenge that multisport training provides.  Swimming is not my favorite, but I power through.  Cycling is my second love, and you’ll hear about my excursions on Little Buddy and Old Blue, my bikes.  Last year I did my first Ironman and I loved every bit of it. I’m looking forward to another one, hopefully in 2013.

But for now I’m just getting my sea-level, Ohio lungs acclimated to activity at 5,400 feet and running on trails, which are in abundance here in Mecca–I mean Boulder.  I’ve hardly run any road races in 2012, but I have done five triathlons.  I also had a nagging hamstring issue for most of the year, which really limited my running paces and mileage, but I’m happy to report that it is finally subsiding, and my mileage is picking up. So at the moment my main goal is to increase mileage and fitness to prepare for my 2013 goals of running a spring marathon and a fall Ironman.  (Ssshh…I haven’t told my legs all of this yet, but  I think they are suspicious!)

One of Boulder’s popular long run loops. So scenic! (Photo: James Carney)

My other goals are to stay healthy, have fun and be positive! I am never one to turn down a good piece of chocolate, fudge in particular.  French fries and chips are my weaknesses.  I enjoy celebrating and having fun with a good drink, particularly rum-based. I love meeting new people and learning about their interests, goals and experiences.  I enjoy cooking, traveling and most of all, hanging out with friends.  I have also been known to have a little bit of a shopping problem, but, I believe that the term ‘problem’ is relative.

I wish everyone well in their training endeavors!  Happy Miles and Happy Training!

Native Ohioan now living in Boulder, Colorado. I love to run, tri, train, eat good chocolate, drink good rum, and laugh (a lot). I am a CPA by trade and work for Newton Running.

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  1. I lived in Boulder for 6 months when I was 18-19 and LOVED it!!! I remember my lungs burning when I tried to run – although that might have been because I wasn’t in shape – ha! I bet that altitude training is going to get you crazy fast (well, faster!) I can’t wait for all the beautiful running porn you can share with us too 🙂

  2. My boyfriend seems to be seriously considering a move to Boulder. I’m excited to hear your take on running and living there coming from the Midwest! Welcome to SR!

    1. Hi Pepper! Looking forward to getting to know you. Boulder is great, and you would probably love it here. It’s almost surreal to me at times! If you have any questions, please let me know!

  3. Digging through the archives, and look what I find! Lots of questions for you. 🙂

    How do you find running at altitude in Colorado different from running in the lowlands?

    Colorado is pretty land-locked; are there opportunities for open-water swimming there? What’s the tri scene like?

    Has running contributed to your building a new social circle in a new place?