Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Today and Every Day

We Run

Today it’s impossible not to think about our fellow runners and their families whose lives were changed forever one year ago. Their stories and dedication won’t be forgotten. We stand and run in solidarity with runners around the world as one thing is for certain, no one can take away our love of running, our love for a challenge and our love for tradition. In the face of adversity we come together and are stronger than ever.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Running Tour of Downtown Denver

If all goes as planned, in less than two weeks we’ll be moved out of our Downtown Denver apartment and into our very own house. While we’ll still be in Denver, we won’t be as close to the downtown core where we’ve been running, eating and exploring for the past nine months. So, before we pack up our things again, I thought I’d take you on a little tour of downtown Denver – a typical Sunday morning run.

It starts at the park…

commons park west

Didn’t know Denver had a beach, did you?

Confluence Park

On warm days this trail is packed with tons of people running, walking, and riding bikes.

Cherry Creek Trail2

I haven’t yet figured out why this one block is called a square, but it’s filled with great restaurants, bars and shops.

Larimer Square

Arts Complex

Blue by mistake, the name of this 40 foot tall bear is “I see what you mean”

Convention Center

Civic Center Park is a pretty impressive area lined with governmental buildings (local and state), museums and other stately looking buildings.

Civic Center Park

City & County Building

Denver Art Museum

Colorado State Capitol Building

View from The Capitol Steps

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Uptown is a popular neighborhood with great restaurants like Steuben’s and Ace.

Uptown

The Brown Palace, which reminds me a little of the Flatiron Building, opened in 1892 and has been operating as a hotel ever since. Two interesting facts: every President since Teddy Roosevelt has visited the hotel except for Calvin Coolidge and it was recently purchased for $103 million.

Brown Palace

The 16th Street Mall runs through the heart of downtown Denver and is open only to pedestrians and the (free) mall bus. While there are some great restaurants and shops, the overall collection is slightly odd but it’s still a great place to enjoy on a warm sunny day.

16th St Mall

Home of the Rockies.

Coors Field

Wynkoop St

Colorado is known for its growing craft brewing industry and downtown Denver has no shortage for breweries. Co-founded by our current Governor, Wynkoop is one of the oldest and most well-known.

Wynkoop Brewing

Union Station is currently undergoing a huge transformation and will be re-opening soon – filled with restaurants, shops, and the new hub for Amtrak and local public transportation. It will be a great new addition to the city.

Union Station

Millennium Bridge

And the tour is complete. Thanks for coming along. If you visit Denver, I’d be happy to take you on this tour by foot!

Commons Park West2

Do you prefer running in urban areas or along quiet streets and trails? * What’s keeping you busy this week?

Monday, April 7, 2014

6 Things I’m Loving Now

6 Faves for April

1. Chocolove chocolate bars for just $2 at Bayleaf on Pearl! This Boulder-based chocolate company offers many delicious flavors but two of my favorites are Dark Chocolate with Almonds & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate with Cherries & Almonds (the cherries are from Michigan!)

Chocolove at Bayleaf on Pearl

2. Trader Joe’s cruciferous blend. I discovered this when TJ’s opened up in Denver and Boulder and we’ve purchased at least one bag on each trip since. For an easy and nutritious side dish, combine this with broccoli and heating in the microwave for a minute or two to soften, add a twist of black pepper and it’s good to go!

Trader Joes Cruciferous Blend

3. Oiselle’s flow tight. One run and I’m hooked. I’ll be wearing these often this spring!

Oiselle Flow Tights_2

4. My Skullcandy Navigator headphones. Perfect for blocking out the noise, turning up the tunes and getting to work.

Skullcandy Headphones_2

5. Homemade quinoa granola that makes my morning yogurt crunchy, delicious and filling so I don’t reach for snacks before lunch.

Quinoa Granola_2

6. Genesis Fitness for pushing me way outside my comfort zone every Saturday morning. Over the last few months these classes have made me feel my strongest – physically and mentally. I’m a big fan of starting off the weekend with these kick-butt, muscle-aching classes.

Genesis Fitness workout_2

Now it’s your turn, what are some of your favorites and must-have’s this spring?