Thursday Thoughts: October 16

My Aunt Debi gave me a very old FHSU shirt a while ago, I’m not sure how old it is, but probably from the late 90’s? I love the logo! I wore it in KC last weekend to celebrate FHSU Homecoming! Go Tigers!

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I have a #throwbackthursday for today. A couple days ago my Timehop showed me a photo from 7 years ago, when Mom, Dad, Kristen and I went to a Huskers Game with Grandma and Granddad and Great Uncle and Aunt Lyle and Diann.  We’ve gone to several games over the years, but it’s been a long time since we all went together.  If I remember, the Huskers lost this game, but we still had a great time!Photo Oct 14, 8 46 57 AMThe other day, there was something (someone) in my fridge that should not be in my fridge.  Nearly every time I open the door, he’s there wanting to get in! I was putting water bottles on the bottom shelf, so the door was open for a couple minutes, and he took the opportunity to jump right in.

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Last weekend, James saw a tweet by The Oatmeal, he was in KC and had a book signing in the Plaza.  We didn’t really have much else going on, so we headed over to the Plaza, listened to him speak a little, and bought a couple books and had him sign them!  He drew a blerch (and blerch butt) in my book!

If you don’t know who The Oatmeal is, his name is Matthew Inman, he is an internet comic and artist.  James and I have liked reading his comics for a long time, and often send them back and forth to each other.  James bought The Oatmeal’s first book, “5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin In the Mouth (And Other Useful Guides),” and I bought his most recent book, “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances.”

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It turned into a fun little outing, especially because after we met the Oatmeal and had our books signed, James treated me to Build a Bear to make Toothless! We both LOVE How to Train Your Dragon, and after the second movie was in theaters this summer, he saw that Build a Bear had them, but it was so popular it sold out immediately.  He found out recently they were back in stock, and surprised me by going to get one!

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ROYALS FEVER!! Yesterday, the Kansas City Royals made history by winning the ALCS and making it to the World Series for the first time in 29 years.  They also set the record for 8 wins in a row in the Post Season, something never done before!  Congrats, Kansas City, I’m so proud and excited to live in this city during this time.  The energy around the city is amazing, there are signs up everywhere, the busses around town say “Go Royals,” the fountains are even blue.  It’s truly an amazing time, and I’m proud to Be Royal!

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Tonight, I can’t wait to take Mom and Kristen with me to the KCRC Groupies run, which happens to be at Martin City, which is close by; there will be free pizza and beer after!  It’s shaping up to be quite a busy and fun weekend with the race!  See my KC Half Marathon preview here.  Good luck to everyone running the Kansas City Marathon this weekend, and to all other runners racing or running this weekend.

Kansas City Half Marathon Preview

I’ve seen a few of these signs in the Plaza area this week… which means the Kansas City Marathon is coming up soon! Mom just got to KC and will stay through Sunday, and Kristen will be here tomorrow for the 1/2 Marathon on Saturday morning.  We are all going to the race expo on Friday to get our bibs and gear.  I’ve never been to a real race expo before, so I’m really looking forward to seeing everything… and probably spending some money on fun, new running stuff!

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I’ll be running the half marathon step for step with mom, we are planning on doing a run/walk/run method to complete the distance.  As I’ve stated before, this summer and into the fall has been tough for my training with moving to KC, adjusting to a new city, starting a new job, and getting used to the hills of KC.  Mom has had a tough few months too, especially dealing first hand with Grandpa’s cancer diagnosis.

We hope that doing a run/walk/run together will let us accomplish the distance, have fun, and be able to run together the whole race.  When I lived in Hays, Mom and I often used a run/walk/run to complete our runs, but at this race on Saturday, we are approaching it a little differently.

Our plan is to run 2 miles, then use a 4 minute run alternating with a 2 minute walk until the last 2-3 miles of the race, and attempt to run the last 2-3 miles to finish it out.  In the little bit of reading I’ve done before on the Galloway Method, the following snippet explains a bit of the base theory:

The Benefits of Walk Breaks

  • Gives you control over your level of fatigue.
  • Pushes back your tiredness “wall”.
  • Allows for endorphins to collect during each walk break—you feel good.
  • Breaks up the distance into manageable units, “one more minute until a walk break”.
  • Helps your body recover faster.
  • Prevents and reduces the chance of aches, pains and injury.
  • Allows you to feel good afterward—doing what you need to do without debilitating fatigue.
  • Helps you build endurance in each session—without the pain.
  • Allows older runners to recover faster, and feel as good as or better than the younger days.

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Only 2 days until race day! Good luck to all the participants at the KC Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k! Thank you volunteers and directors, it looks like this will be a fantastic event! The weather is looking to be perfect, and we couldn’t ask for a better time in the city, as the KC Royals just won the ACLS!

Milwaukee (Running)

This final post about my trip to Milwaukee with Mom and Dad, to see Kristen and Thayne, is about the 2 runs I had with Mom and Kristen in Milwaukee, along the lake.  Be sure to check out my recap of our trip Saturday and Sunday, here, and Monday and Tuesday, here.

Mom and Kristen and I were able to run by the lake twice on our trip.  Although Kristen runs WAY faster than Mom and I typically run, she was nice enough to run with us and show us some absolutely breathtaking paths she runs on a weekly basis.  Sunday morning, after we walked to the gym where Kristen works as a trainer, and left Dad to lift, we headed off to the lake front to run.  It was a chilly morning, especially with the breeze from Lake Michigan, but we warmed up pretty quickly with the sun shining.  The Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon was taking place, and finishing near by, and we saw and heard the festivities during our run.  Mom and I were sure to wear our KC Running Co. Groupies shirts, so we represented KC to WI on the 50 state journey!

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After our run, we ate brunch and went to the Mukwonago Corn Maze.  Monday, Dad biked along with us on Kristen’s bike while Mom, Kristen and I ran a bit further north along the lake.  We ran through the McKinley Marina and out onto the breakwater to the lighthouse.  It was a little chillier on Monday morning, but the views of the city and the lake from the lighthouse were really spectacular.

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We ended up running about 4.5 miles each day on Sunday and Monday, which was more than I had run the whole week prior because of my sinus infection, and with Grandpa in the hospital I didn’t have much time, even if I had been feeling better.  The runs both felt really good, and the views of the lake, the city, and just having Mom and Kristen there, made both runs feel great. We had to “touch” the light house / pole, because Kristen says if you don’t touch it, you didn’t really officially run the breakwater.  She said she ran it once, and there were people by the pole, so she turned around and was starting to run back, when someone hollered at her and said she cheated! We were sure to touch it!

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After our run/bike on Monday, we showered up, at lunch, and drove around by the lake further north, stopped at a beautiful little beach, and walked by the Art Museum where we ran on Sunday, to feed the ducks and watch the geese.

Tuesday, we ran a couple miles along the indoor track that encircles the Wisconsin Athletic Club on the 6th floor.  There are window’s almost all the way around, which means when you run, the windows and side of the building are right next to you.  It is pretty cool to run on the 6th floor and be able to see the buildings all around downtown.  After our short run, Mom and I struggled through Kristen’s interval class at the WAC.  Burpees with a Bosu ball.  Nice, Kristen.

It was a great trip to Milwaukee with Mom and Dad, I knew I couldn’t fit it all into one post, so read Saturday and Sunday’s adventures here, and Monday and Tuesday’s fun here.