This Weekend: FitLo Denver Will Chase Leprechauns at Lucky Laces 5K Race and Host Virtual Fundraiser

Top o’ the Mornin’ fitness to ya. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! And before we can even recover from our green beer-stained tee shirts, Easter will be upon us. That can only mean one thing: it’s time for spring!

Even if there’s more snow, at least it’s March snow. Love this glorious time of year when you can golf, ski/board (March is my favorite month to hit the slopes), run, walk and bike outside. It’s also time for you to get serious about training for the race your friend talked you into doing over the holidays. Pesky little leprechauns, they can be so convincing. Perhaps you agreed because at the time, it seemed far off and the green beer and Irish whiskey was flowing. Well guess what…get in touch with reality: that next big race is getting closer and it’s time to train. LUCKY YOU!

Marathon, ½ marathon, triathlon, bike race, 5k, a “ridic” muddy obstacle course race – whatever it is – get your ass  going and embrace race season. Training for and participating in races are great ways to bond with friends, make new ones and get in shape. No more excuses. Having a race goal is proven to be one of the best ways to improve your physical fitness because you have a tangible goal. We’re human, (I know you think you’re also a leprechaun, but you’re probably a human) and we often need a finish line to stay motivated.

I’ll admit, I’m more of a gym/studio rat, than a race participant, and I only agree to a big race about once every 3 years because it takes me a couple years to recover and then another to forget about just how hard the training schedule and actual race was. Can you tell I’m still recovering from the Tough Mudder? I keep finding mud in mysterious places. It’s awkward. But seriously, the races I’ve done are among my most proud and cherished moments in life, right in there with graduation, marriage and having a child. But damn, they can be challenging! I guess that’s why they mean so much when I cross the finish line.

In Colorado we L-O-V-E races. We race to get ready for a race where we are getting ready for a race. I’m totally stoked for the St. Patty’s Day races this weekend. It’s the kickoff to our fevered race season! Are you planning on attending/racing or supporting a loved one in a Colorado race? Share below or email me at tricialolson@fitlodenver.com. We want to hear about and see pics of your training plans, races, triumphs, face plants- the whole pot o’ gold!

Team FitLo Denver will be at the Lucky Laces Run/Walk5k/10 on Saturday, March 14 at City Park. A great preparatory race for bigger races to come with magically delicious beer from Colorado Native Lagers at the finish line. Team FitLo Denver will be dressed up bright and shiny like adorable little Leprechauns ready to celebrate! When I say “team” I mean me, my 3 year old son, my husband and anyone else I can convince to say they are on Team FitLo Denver. I will be asking people until the race starts. I may even ask during the race.

Lucky Laces is the last of the four-part City Park Winter Running Series and is a fundraising event for Denver Urban Ministries (DenUM). DenUM is an organization for families in crisis with food, housing, and employment assistance to ensure long-term stability. More than 68,000 services are provided annually to help vulnerable families in our community. To help contribute to this great fundraiser, FitLo Denver will be hosting a virtual Lucky Laces Lucky Charm challenge all day on Saturday, March 14. For every FitLo Denver email subscription, social media post, pic and/or repost that is tagged with @FitLoDenver and #TeamFitLoDenver– FitLo Denver will donate $1 to DenUM. (Up to $100 dollars, or until our pot of charity gold gets bigger.) You don’t even have to be at the race. Just glob onto one of Team FitLo Denver’s posts with the ‘ole retweet and share buttons, or create your own from where ever you are, and, BAM, you’ve helped support DenUM.

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