Thursday Thoughts: May 28

Super quick Thursday Thoughts this week, because the highlight of this past week was definitely going to Hays for the long sisser and birthday and Memorial Day and family weekend! 

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Photo May 24, 7 51 26 PMI have two very new (to me) favorite things to share with you this week.  Both have to do with sea salt.  I know, weird, right?  First, Pop Secret’s Sea Salt Popcorn.  To die for delicious.  Carmen let me try a bag at work, and then she gave me the whole box because I loved it so much.  Once this box is demolished, I will definitely be purchasing more.  Yum yum goodness.

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The second fun new (to me) thing to share with you this week is Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe sea salt spray and sea kelp extract.  I’ve used these products a total of one time, and they not only smell amazing, they make my hair super soft, nice and pretty beach wavy, and they help take away the frizz! Win, win, win.  I can’t wait to use them again and again!Photo May 27, 10 01 56 PM

Last night was the final yoga class with Maylo at Life Spring Yoga.  Most unfortunately, the yoga studio is closing at Life Spring, but I will follow my very favorite Maylo to Lotus Yoga and continue yoga once a week with her.  Last night’s class was an emotional class.  I’ve only been attending yoga at Life Spring since January, but I’ve become very attached to the studio, to my fellow students, and to Maylo.  She’s really become my “yoga mom.”

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Tonight is the first KC Running Company’s “Thirsty Thursday,” which will be a KCRC Groupie run followed by drinks at a local brewery! I think Thirsty Thursday will be a monthly Groupie thing; I’m really excited about getting to know the Groupies better!  Also, for anyone who has experienced how awesome KCRC is, I’d love for you to nominate them for one of the best US Running Stores.  They certainly deserve to be recognized for how amazing they are, you can read my top 10 reasons to love KCRC here, and you can nominate them for one of the top 50 running stores in the US here!


Flyer courtesy of the KC Running Company Facebook page.

Have a safe and fun weekend! Don’t forget your sunscreen if you’re outside, it’s getting warm and sunny!

Another Lap Around the Sun

This past weekend was a busy one, full of family, friends, Memorial Day, and my birthday! I have tons of pictures to share!

Friday morning, I picked Kristen up from the airport and we hit the road to Hays!

 First stop in Hays was to get a snowball, of course.

 We went for a quick run Friday afternoon, and in non-traditional Hays weather, it was drizzling and chilly. Where’s summer? Before it started drizzling heavily, I was able to get a couple action running pictures. Kristen didn’t have a run on her schedule, so she biked while Mom and Shay and I ran.

Kristen finally got Grandpa’s jacket this weekend. If you ever saw Grandpa, he was either in his FHSU jacket it his Pepsi jacket. I’m really glad she is able to wear it for him.

Friday night Dad grilled some delicious steaks and we watched the Royals beat the Cardinals.  Saturday morning, we went for another run, and it rained the whole time! What’s with this weather, Hays!?

After our run, we had delicious a Gutierrez lunch with Leann and Ava, then saw Pitch Perfect 2 again!

Mom and Dad’s backyard is pretty much like a jungle, thanks to the wet spring. It was really pretty! Everything was green. The drive from KC to Hays was probably the prettiest drive I’ve ever had.

Saturday night, Kristen and I went to Grandma and Granddads and ate and visited, which was really nice. Grandma made her famous macaroni and cheese and corn casserole. I’m pretty sure Kristen and I had thirds.

Sunday morning, Mom and Shay and I ran while Kristen ran to Munjor, which is about 10 miles south east of Hays. We then met her at the cemetery in Munjor and visited Grandma and Grandpa’s graves.  Later on Sunday, Mom and Dad cooked for a BBQ hot dog bar, and family and friends came over for hot dogs, s’mores and cake for my birthday.

The kitties, my Jasper and Mom and Dad’s Lucy and Gordon, finally became friends Sunday night. And by friends, I mean they ate some treats without hissing and growling at each other. No blood was shed the whole weekend though, so I call that a success.

Monday morning (my birthday!) we went for a short little run before having to leave to get Kristen back to KC in time for her afternoon flight.

I got to see Maja for a few minutes on the way out of town. I love and miss my Maja. Then mom sent a pic right after we left, of Lucy and Gordon. I think they missed Jasper and wanted him to come back and play.

Monday night I went to dinner with Amy and Emily for my birthday. We went to Ted’s Cafe, which was just as delicious as I remember!

I loved being home with family for the weekend. The 3 and a half days went way too quickly. I am super excited for Mom and Dad to come down to KC in a few weeks, and also super excited to take Amy to Hays for the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Thursday Thoughts: May 21

I’ve got another Thursday Thoughts for you this week!  Last weekend, Amy and I ran the Scout Strong Challenge Half Marathon at the Kansas Speedway. You can read my race recap here. We were lucky the rain held off, but for each of us, the race was a disappointing one.  We are now looking forward (read: dreading the hills!) to the Hospital Hill Half Marathon, which is in just over 2 weeks!Photo May 16, 7 23 51 AMAfter the half marathon, I went to a bike shop and picked up some stuff to clean up my bike, air up the tires, and oil/grease the chains.  My poor bike has been sitting out in the weather for nearly a year, and it desperately needed some TLC.  Now that it has a little shed to live in, and also since I live right on the trails, I really want to get out and ride it more.  I’ve seen so many people biking while I run not the trails, and I want to join them!  I also have been doing a lot of thinking about reassessing my goals and will be adding in more cross training and strength exercises.  I wrote a post about my revised goals, and you can read about them here.

Later Saturday night, Amy and I saw Pitch Perfect 2, which was really fun!  I loved the first one, and couldn’t wait to see the second.  I think I will see it again, hopefully this coming weekend, with Mom and Kristen.  Saturday night and into Sunday morning, it RAINED and RAINED and RAINED! I cannot believe how much rain Kansas City gets, compared to western Kansas.  Insane.

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Tuesday night, I went to Ladies Night at KC Running Co., and won a pair of shoes!! How exciting! I have been really lucky when it comes to winning shoes from KCRC! I won a pair last fall, for wearing a KCRC shirt to a race, and I won a pair from the KC Track Club at the New Years fun run, and then won a $100 gift card from KCRC at a fun run in Martin City, which bought part of my Adidas Ultra Boosts! This time, I won a pair of 361° shoes! I’d never heard of the company, and apparently they are a huge company in Asia, and are coming to the US with a whole new line.  Runners World has reviewed the Sensation, which is what I won, and the shoe will be featured in the summer shoe guide magazine.  I’m thrilled to have won these shoes, and look forward to trying them out.  I’ll be sure to write a review for you!

With all the rain, and the cooler weather we’ve had over the last week, Jasper’s cat grass has been turning into a cat grass jungle.Photo May 20, 8 25 33 PMI’m super excited for this weekend.  Kristen is flying in tomorrow, and it’ll be the first time I’ve seen her since Christmas! We will drive to Hays for the long Memorial Day weekend!  I’m hoping for a relaxing weekend of time spent with family, some nice running with Mom and Kristen and Shay puppy, and good food and snowballs! PLUS, it’s my birthday on Monday!

Have a safe and fun Memorial Day!