The November Run Down

I’m not really sure how in the world it’s December, but here we are!  November is over, and I finished the month with 88 miles!  I’m at 949 miles for 2016 so far, and I’m right on track (ahead, actually!!!) to run 1000+ miles this year!  I only need 51 miles in December to reach 1000 miles, and as long as nothing catastrophic happens, I’ll easily surpass 1000 for 2016!! Catch up on my January through October recaps here: January, FebruaryMarch, AprilMay, June, JulyAugustSeptember, and October.

November started out warm! I was actually able to run in short sleeves and tank tops for the first half of November.

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Chris and I had lots of great runs together, including a really pretty run at Shawee Mission Lake.  The run that day didn’t really feel great for either of us, but it sure was pretty, and we stopped a few times to take in the scenery.  I didn’t make it to any group runs with KC Runing Company in November; I think the time change has really made me want to run as soon as possible after work since it’s dark and chilly now.

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I had one race in November, the Longview Half Marathon.  It was chilly that morning, but a pretty run near Longview Lake in south KC.  I was really excited for Mom and her friend Denise to come to KC for Longview, and it was great to see lots of my running club buddies at the race, too!

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I was really happy to be able to go home for Thanksgiving, and to take Chris home with me.  Mom, Kristen, Chris and I ran on Thanksgiving morning, I did some solo Black Friday miles, and then Chris and I had a long run Saturday with Mom joining us for part before coming back to KC on Sunday.

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It’s gotten pretty cold here over the last week or so. I finished out the last day of November with 5 chilly miles in the dark after work.  Looking forward to December, I have 0 races, and I’m excited about that! I’m hoping I can get in a solid month of miles, and enjoy the holidays.  I’m going to do my damned best to not have any pop or sweets from today until I go home for Christmas… who’s with me? It’s going to be tough with all the holiday parties and sweets, but I’m going to try!

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November Run-Down:
Running: 20 runs, totaling 88 miles.
Cycling: 1 cycle class, 45 minutes, totaling 10 miles
Longest Run: 8 miles, November 26, in Hays.
Races: Longview Half Marathon

Monday Mentionings: November 28

Good morning and happy Monday! I had the most wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, most of the photos I have to share this week are from Thanksgiving in Hays. Monday and Tuesday, I ran with Amy and with Chris, respectively.  It’s dark before I get off work now, so running is done by the light of our headlamps.

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Kristen, Thayne, Chris, and I loaded up in the car and drove home Wednesday after work.  It was a fun car ride, and it was nice for Kristen and Thayne to get to know Chris a little.  Thursday  morning, Mom, Kristen, Chris and I ran before our Thanksgiving meal. We joked with Chris that he didn’t get the “wear gray and a hat” memo.

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After our run, before dinner, we got snoballs! Mmmm!!!

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Thanksgiving dinner was wonderful. Grandma and Granddad came over, and we ate a beautiful dinner of turkey ham, macaroni corn, dressing, rolls, and apple salad.  There was mashed potatoes and gravy too, but I didn’t partake in that.  Kristen had made 3 delicious pies before we went home Wednesday, so we also had pecan, apple, and sweet potato pies.  It was so great to spend time with everyone, it was such a great day.

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Friday morning, I ran a few miles solo, before running some errands with Kristen, Thayne, and Chris.

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We took Chris to Taco Shop for the first time! We also hung out with Ava a bit and did some shopping.  We didn’t do any big Black Friday shopping, but did check out some local stores in Hays.  Dad scored a great deal on a TV, and the story was pretty funny, listening to them tell how they beat the crowds and cheated some lines was pretty comical.

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Friday afternoon, just as the sun was setting, we went out to Munjor to visit Grandma and Grandpa at the cemetery.  Kristen took this picture, and it was really pretty out there, and so very quiet.

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Saturday, late in the morning, Chris and I headed out for our long run, and Mom joined us for part of it.  At our turnaround point, Chris saw his very first real life tumbleweed.  He said “it’s literally tumbling across the road” and I about lost it laughing.  We had to take a picture, to always remember this monumental event.  I ended up running 8 miles and Chris ran 7.  It was a much nicer run than last week’s long run, which was just a rough run for both of us.

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Saturday night, we went to the Q for burgers, and that’s about all I need to say. So. Good.

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We hung out Saturday night, put up the Christmas tree at home, watched some TV, and Chris played his guitar for everyone.  Earlier Saturday, he also played it for Grandma and Granddad; we spent some time with them before they went to the FHSU basketball game.  I really enjoyed the extra time and being able to spend time with everyone.

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Sunday morning, the 4 of us headed back to KC, for Kristen and Thayne to catch their flight.  I put up a few Christmas decorations at home when we got back, and was able to relax the rest of the evening.

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I really hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends.  It’s so hard to believe that December is this week!