I don’t even really know where to begin we comes to recapping this race. Let’s start from the beginning. This race also offered free race photos. #winning
We got all signed up online and received our race packets in the mail a couple weeks before the race. This made it so easy to get to the start line because we didn’t have to worry about hitting the expo in the days leading up to the race. I also purchased a parking pass from the University of Colorado at Boulder online through the Bolder Boulder website. This allowed us to get a reserved parking spot in a parking garage without having to wait in line to pay for parking on race day. This saved us some serious time.
The night before the race we ate some pizza at Silvi’s Kitchen then went back to the hotel to get our race gear prepped and ready.
We drove 40 minutes from our hotel in Denver to Boulder and parked. We got a little confused on where the start line was because everyone we were following was actually trying to reserve a seat at Folsom Field which is the race finish.
Since we took a little detour we missed our corral start, but it was no big deal. We settled in a couple corrals back and stretched.
The fun and energy begin immediately. There was lots of crowd support and music from the start. The race field was a little crowded, but quickly thinned out.
My goal was to focus on running comfortable and stay below my aerobic max heart rate. I knew the altitude would affect us so I wanted to pace accordingly too.
We ran the entire race and didn’t even stop for water or Nuun along the course. The water stops were pretty crowded and the Mr. just wanted to keep running. I knew if we stopped it would be that much harder to start running again because the lack of oxygen to our muscles. Our legs felt stiffer than usual. It was hot and warmed up quickly.
The course was surprisingly hilly with some nice downhills. The crowds and locals were out in full force and there wasn’t a dull moment the entire time. We ran through neighborhoods, down Pearl Street and then finished at the stadium. The course finishes with a short lap around the track in the stadium filled with thousands of spectators. Whoa!
The community of Boulder is incredible and it was a wonderful experience. We crossed the finish line and headed up the stairs to the shoot.
We got water, a can of pepsi, a little sample container of hummus, a beer and the biggest snack box I’ve even seen. The snack box was actually a lunch bag filled to the top with snacks. It was epic!
We snagged a seat in the stadium, ate some food, drank a beer and then decided to head out. I wish we would have stayed for the Memorial Day tribute, but at the time we wanted to head to Estes Park or the Rocky Mountain National Park for the day. Needless to say we didn’t make it because we were so tired, but that’s okay.
First of all, this race surpassed my expectations for a 10k. There were two slip and slides on the course, ladies spraying runners down with sunscreen, kids with hoses and squirt guns, a giant inflatable pool that folks were jumping into at mile 5, a burly man handing out bacon, lots of beer and live music and a huge trampoline along the course.
We truly had the best time and the altitude didn’t bother us much. The Mr. doesn’t really run too regularly and I wanted it to be a wonderful experience for both of us, so I kept having him pace back with me. It worked! We finished the race strong, ran the entire time, and were only about a minute per mile slower than normal.
Once we left, we got a little ways down the road and realized that we were tired. We decided to head back to Denver and grab something to eat and a nap. The race and the days leading up to it wore us out.
We stopped at Sam’s No. 3 for a late lunch and it was awesome. I had this delicious bison burger with cheese, bacon, peppers and onions. Yum! I wasn’t really feeling the onion rings, but the burger was tasty.
The Mr. and I crashed after eating and the rest was history. I would absolutely do Bolder Boulder again and even the Mr. mentioned that he is looking forward to doing it next year.
The race was very well organized especially with 50,000+ runners, the course was beautiful, the energy of the race was incredible, the crowd support was like nothing I’ve experienced outside of a marathon, the logistics made it easy to get to from Denver and we had a kickin time.
Also, the Rocky Mountains are in view no matter where you turn.
Have you ever run a big 10k like Bolder Boulder?
What’s your experience with running at altitude?