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It turns out that I had so much fun at the BolderBoulder, I’m hoping to keep the momentum going through the summer. Enter the Summer/Fall Distance Program offered by BOLDRUNNING and head coach Ewen North. They offer full and half marathon options, with specific training schedules catered to your current fitness level and desired race time. When it comes to any sort of distance, I usually run a very slow 9:30-minute mile pace (although I ran a mile in 7:40 this morning!), so my current goal is a similarly slow half marathon in under two hours. Since I’ve run 13 miles exactly 0 times ever, this may indeed be a dream…
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Life is short. . . running makes it seem longer.
Baron Hansen

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Enter Full Belly, Radek Cerney’s delightful new bistro-style “Crazy Kitchen”  located at the NW corner of 28th and Iris. Most famous in Boulder for L’Atelier, a delectible and upscale French restaurant on Pearl Street (and worthy of a separate blog post), Cerney is now offering a more casual and cost effective option with Full Belly. This new location will undoubtedly appeal to anyone who is looking for healthy, local ingredients, delicious flavors, and less crowding (i.e. everyone I know!).

At brunch, I highly recommend the Crab Cake Benedict or the Louisiana Shrimp.

For my next visit, which I’m hoping will include dinner/happy hour, the Moules Rustica are on the top of my “to try” list.  (Update: I tried this dish on 5/30 and it was fabulous!) Speaking of lists, Full Belly is right next door to Arugula Restaurant, also new and due for a visit—stay tuned!

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That’s right friends, today is the famous BolderBoulder—the 31st annual Memorial Day 10k race with over 50,000 participants! (Think 50,000 is huge? There are even BolderBoulder Overseas races today in Kuwait and Iraq!)

I’m proud to report that the Boulder Maven is running the BolderBoulder for the very first time, which will hopefully be the start of a fun annual trend and many more foot races to come.

I’ll be sporting the official Boulder Maven uniform (below)–hope to see you out there!

Maneater

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Ladies, our next book club pick is Siddhartha, a simple yet thought provoking book, by Herman Hesse. We’ll be meeting at Brook’s house for brunch at noon on Sunday, June 7th. If you need directions, post a comment!

Here’s the book description from Amazon.com (since the Indie Bound website features only a one-liner):

In the shade of a banyan tree, a grizzled ferryman sits listening to the river. Some say he’s a sage. He was once a wandering shramana and, briefly, like thousands of others, he followed Gotama the Buddha, enraptured by his sermons. But this man, Siddhartha, was not a follower of any but his own soul. Born the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha was blessed in appearance, intelligence, and charisma. In order to find meaning in life, he discarded his promising future for the life of a wandering ascetic. Still, true happiness evaded him. Then a life of pleasure and titillation merely eroded away his spiritual gains until he was just like all the other “child people,” dragged around by his desires. Like Hermann Hesse’s other creations of struggling young men, Siddhartha has a good dose of European angst and stubborn individualism. His final epiphany challenges both the Buddhist and the Hindu ideals of enlightenment. Neither a practitioner nor a devotee, neither meditating nor reciting, Siddhartha comes to blend in with the world, resonating with the rhythms of nature, bending the reader’s ear down to hear answers from the river.

I picked up a copy at the Boulder Bookstore for only $5.95–check the Indie Bound Store Finder to find your copy.

Speaking of Indie Bound, check out their Top 10 Spring/Summer Reading Group Suggestions!

Enjoy and see you soon!

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That’s right folks, I’m finally back. . .and more loving than ever. The last two months have been jam packed with the usual busyness—ski trips, work overload, running, socializing, dating, and a major exploration into my capacity for loving.

Until seven weeks ago, the Boulder Maven specialized in conditional love, but I’m proud to report that I have officially broken the mold. And the reason for this life-changing shift? I am now the lucky owner of my very own three-year-old Collie mix, Olive, the most beautiful, intelligent, kind-hearted, and loyal canine companion a girl could ever want. (They say that bias is one of the side effects of all this gooey love stuff.)

Olive came from the Pueblo Collie/Sheltie Rescue, an absolutely amazing organization that has a special knack for pairing dogs and people—even neurotic, commitment-phobic freaks like me. And while the responsibilities of dog ownership have certainly thrown me for a loop more times than I can count, my heart continues to thaw a little more each day.

Glance below for a picture of my sweet Olive-pie and click here (or here or here) to see how far I’ve come since my previous attempt at dog adoption.

Coming soon: details about our next book club meeting and long overdue updates on my latest restaurant finds, recent dating adventures, and general musings!

Olive!

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