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Hippity Hop 10K {race recap + giveaway}

Posted Apr 03 2013 9:47am

Almost two months ago I got an email from one of the speed work coaches at Boulder Running Company. She asked if I was still interested in the BRC running team. Um, yes! I realize I haven’t actually written about this, oops. At first I was waiting until we got our race kits and then I just got lazy. Why am I finally mentioning this? Because this past weekend I ran my first race as part of the team and could not be happier.

Initially I was planning on using this race as more of a training run with no goals. But its been months since I’ve raced and I was a little nervous going into the race, especially with a team of people there supporting and depending on me. It was a weird feeling, but I kind of liked it!

I started out rather conservative, running just on feel as I left the Garmin at home again. I had my sports watch on so I was able to do math in my head along the course. Math in my head is hard, especially when running, but it keeps me distracted. I hit the first mile at 8:25.

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I was shocked. It felt good. Slightly comfortable but not unbearable. There was a chance I’d be able to maintain this pace for 5 more miles. Just maybe.

Turns out that was a very maintainable pace. Heck, my first mile was probably my slowest! And I know my fastest full miles were between mile 4 and mile 6. I don’t remember my exact split – I should have written them down right away – but I know I was hitting 8 – 8:05 in the last two miles which means I was definitely running negative splits.

For the entire race I was chasing a girl ahead of me. She was wearing white shorts and a white t-shirt. She was the “white chick” I was so focused on catching up to. But I couldn’t I tried, so hard, for 6 freaking miles. The space between us stayed consistent throughout the race, give or take 10 feet or so. I wanted so badly to catch her in the last mile but it wasn’t happening. But I can’t hate her for it – she kept me moving forward…and faster! So thank you, random chick wearing white!

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Turns out I was a mere 4 seconds behind her…and had I gotten in front of her I would have managed to get myself an age group award! So close! Four freaking seconds! But man, four seconds sure looks like a long ways out when you’re chasing someone!

Even though I don’t have a fancy bunny medal to make me feel cool I did run my way to a PR! Going into the race I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull off a PR. I had no idea where I stood when it came to actually racing. Turns out I haven’t completely forgotten how to play it smart out there!

I crossed the finish line in 51:26 which gave me a pace of 8:17. That definitely trumps my 2009 PR of 55:55! It only took me a solid four years to beat that PR. Although, I would like to point out that I haven’t run many 10Ks over the past few years…so I don’t completely suck as a runner!

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And to celebrate, let’s have a little giveaway! As a Colorado-ite going to the Blend Retreat {you should check it out – a retreat for blogger friends + readers} I have been given the opportunity to have a box of popchips delivered to my door and after eating my fill I suppose its only right for me to uphold my end of the deal and giveaway a box to a lucky reader.

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If you haven’t already tried, or at least heard of, popchips you are missing out. They have their own twist on potato chips to make them healthier – they pop the potatoes rather than fry or bake them. It gives them a unique texture that they add seasoning to for flavor.

I’m not the biggest fan of every flavor but when the Katy’s Kettle Corn popchips showed up I knew they were on to something. They are delicious! They’re almost like popcorn, but chip shaped. Actually, they are popped corn and they have the salty sweet taste of kettle corn.

If you have tried popchips and aren’t a fan of the sassy flavors like chili lime or thai sweet chili you should definitely check out the kettle corn version. They also have some tortilla flavors I’d like to check out – like ranch and nacho cheese!

Now, for the good part. The giveaway. I’ll keep it simple…just tell me your favorite way to eat chips. Tortilla chips with salsa? Ridged chips with french onion dip? Under a pile of nacho toppings?

For an extra entry tweet this giveaway with something like this… “In need of some @popchipsCO? Check out @runaroundaroo’s #giveaway…{http://bit.ly/16tTt2X}”

I’ll use random.org to choose a winner on Monday, April 8th. If you’d like to get more info on popchips follow them on twitter or check out their facebook page . I was sent a box of popchips free of charge; however, all opinions expressed are my own.

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