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Coulter Lake Guest Ranch! Colorado Pt. 1

Monday: 5.5m easy 8:34/pace

Tuesday: 6.2m tempo (2m warm up, 3m @ 7:08/pace, 1m cool down)

I’m dividing the Colorado post into 2 parts, the outdoorsy dude ranch part & the Denver city part. This trip was a wedding gift from my favorite family. They truly consider me their adopted daughter and I will always think of them as family. The more families i have the better! More trips, more Thanksgiving’s & Christmases, more love and support!

Our flight was an early one, 7AM, but with LE safe and happy with Cameron’s parents (Thank you both again!!) we were beyond excited for a week away from the east coast and ready to embrace ranch life in the Rockies.

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bright eyed & ready for vacation

Coulter Lake Guest Ranch sits near Rifle, CO and about 40 minutes of dirt road up in the mountains at 8,400ft elevation. Yes, we all felt the altitude. No one was sick from it, just a lot of people feeling out of shape when we climbed anything with an incline haha!

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The gorgeous drive up ❤

The ranch was beautiful! There are 3 guest cabins which were very simple with beds, a couch, fireplace and bathroom. They can have up to 30 guests at a time, but we lucked out and were the only families staying that week!

The main lodge had huge tables where we spent most of the time when the rain came. The first few days entailed a lot of off and on rain and it was pretty cold. It even hailed a couple times. I wished I packed a few more sweatshirts by the 2nd day. If it looks like I’m wearing the same clothes over and over it’s because I am.

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The entrance to Coulter Lake- the horse barn!

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Cloudy day – no filter and still beautiful!

The ranch is known for the horseback riding. We rode three times, and with each ride our horses got to know us better and the weather continually improved. I don’t think any of us had ridden horses since we were kids, so this was a learning experience all over again. My horse was Jake. He was pretty cool. File_000 (174)

This is all of us on the 2nd ride of the week:

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giving the horses a break

And i kept telling Cameron he looked too cool to be on a horse… i wasn’t kidding. Too cool for horses this one.

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We got on the lake a few times for canoeing and spotted a bald eagle on several occasions!

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eagle is flying in the center of this pic!

 

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on the floating deck 

It felt great to be away from home and out of the gym. I need more of these trips in my life.

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Lake yoga with Cameron, Liz & Patrick

Once it stopped raining and warmed up we were able to hike on trails right behind our cabins and I actually fit in a quick run. This vacation was a great time to ease off running a bit and enjoy time with friends.

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This might be my favorite picture of the trail…so perfect, so Disney-esque

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On the last day we finished a 1,000 piece puzzle we started because of the rain…Also we used it as a sort of punishments when you lost a card or dice game. When you were “out” you had to go puzzle. haha

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We were taught how to throw a lasso. I wasn’t very good at it, but it was so much fun trying!

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The first part of our trip went by way too fast with the canoeing, fishing, the horses, the trails, shooting rifles, white water rafting, campfires, the puzzling!!!

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From my Insta

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Classy with our red wine in mason jars

OH and a very important part of our trip… The cooler!

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Colorado Part 2 will be up by the end of the week so stay tuned for more pictures~!

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THANK YOU PAT & KATHY!

Last Week

Monday: 10.3m easy 8:45/pace

Tuesday: 7m easy 6 x 800s 7:00/pace

Wednesday: 45min total body

Thursday: 6.2 hill sprints 8:24/pace 

Friday: 5m easy 9:35/pace

Saturday: 12.4m long 8:54/pace

Sunday: Rest

Total Miles: 40.9

Where’s the last place you vacationed?

Do you ever use vacation as a time to take a break from working out?


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Throwback Thursday: The Time I Got Married <3

Surprise!! Cameron and I got married in Utah!

Elise took some really beautiful pictures along the entire trip of us so we could have engagement photos.. If you haven’t noticed her and her husband, Kyle, are both amazing photographers. And we can’t thank them enough for being supportive of our relationship through it all, and being willing to help us pull off an adventure wedding! 🙂 Thank you guys!

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I have to tell you guys how stressed out I was.. we woke up, had breakfast and huge latte, slapped on sunscreen and drove to Arches National Park. Soooo stressful! 😉 This was the most fun, easy, love filled, laugh filled, non-stressful day of my life. It was absolutely perfect in every way.

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driving to start our hike!

We hiked about 5 miles before we found “the spot.” What I realized standing up on that ledge was just how selfless the act of marriage actually is. We were giving the entire rest of our lives, our being, our companionship, to each other.

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I married my best friend on September 2nd 2015. Best day ever. (also thanks to my sister Abbie for being cool about us taking her birthday as our new anniversary.. now we just have a ton more to celebrate each year!)

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Signing the license!

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Has anyone else ever photo bombed a moment like this? no, just me..

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look at the pretty Arch in the background!

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The questions everyone has been asking:

Did you plan it? We threw the idea around in July, but there was a 5th person who was supposed to be coming along the trip with us, and I didn’t really want to get married with a person we didn’t know there. She bailed on the trip the week before, and cameron called the county. We made the decision just about a week before we left!

What did you wear? i wore a Brooks running tank, black nike shorts, my Garmin & New Balance Zantes. Like i said, we hiked beforehand so a dress wouldn’t have worked.

Is that your wedding ring? It’s an athletic ring made by Qalo. I’m getting a ring made as we speak.

Are you going to have a party to celebrate? We have no idea yet, hopefully, but not anytime soon.

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