57 Days To Go..Fort Collins 3rd Fittest & New Athlete

We wanted to have a warm welcome to the newest athlete with Athletes in Tandem, David Gallaway! He just completed his first race, The Dam Half, in Denver this past weekend alongside Dennis. We’ll be looking forward to seeing more of David this year in a number of competitions!

Training: 

The past few weeks have flown by and we do apologize for not getting more posts up. We have surely been logging the miles on our long weekend runs as well as during the week. Two weeks ago Stephanie completed a 20 mile run, her first, which went pretty well. The first half managed to go by quite quickly, then the last half was running to the north and west & included sustained 30 mph winds & much stronger gusts until the finish. Overall she felt great & completed it with a smile! Graham on the other hand has been completing & implementing a lot of different strengthening exercises & has been in physical therapy. A while ago we mention an issue with his IT band (iliotibial band) & since then it has continued to irritate the side of his knee while running. So he has been running in a pool & is finally back out on the trails building his endurance back up. If you’re interested in seeing where exactly this band, or fiber group, is located this site has a nice picture & explanation http://www.rice.edu/~jenky/sports/itband.v2.html.   This past weekend was a little different for us as well. We were dog sitting for some good friends of ours in Denver & we got to experience many new areas to run at. Change of scenery is always a good thing, especially when you get to see new wildlife ( coyotes!). On Saturday, the run was 16 miles, Sunday a fantastic cross training day & Monday the same. Fortunately, we took our road bikes down & rode on the never-ending paved pathways around some of Denver’s western suburbs. It has really been great finding cities paved, uninterrupted pathways to utilize when we need to use them! On Sunday, we also added a nice hike with some great friends into our cross training day in the beautiful, sunny, 60F weather Colorado has been having! Looks like we’ll be hitting up the stores for sunblock this week!

As we continue this week of training we will change-up our training plan (only a little) & we get to be in a variety of new scenic areas. It is spring break & we have decided to hit the road & get out-of-town for a few days. Instead of planning out mileage runs, runs will be done by time & we’ll be including mountain biking & climbing into each day as well. It will be a week filled with exercise!

Speaking of exercise, a local news source here, The Coloradoan, just posted an article that named Fort Collins as the 3rd skinniest city in the nation, falling behind Boulder, Colorado & Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut. I am not such a big fan of the term skinny, so I’d like to think of Fort Collins as the 3rd fittest city instead. If you’d like to read more check it out here http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012203090339.

We would like to thank our sponsors, family & friends that have supported our efforts to raise awareness & funds for Athletes in Tandem. If you would like to donate to our cause you can still do so by clicking the “Donate” button at the top right of the main page. You can also visit the “Donate” tab near the middle top of the page as well. If you are interested in being a sponsor & having us put your logo/name on the back of our marathon shirts, this website or the main Athletes in Tandem website, you will have until April to do so. We want to ensure enough time for screen printing & any other hiccups that may arise.

The mobility fair in Wheat Ridge was a great success. Here is a photo from the event-

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