Thursday Thoughts: October 23

Last weekend, of course, was the KC Half Marathon.  I’ve added the “official” race pictures to my race recap.  Be sure to go back and check them out!

It’s cooler outside, which means Jasper has turned into a snuggle bear.

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When Mom and Kristen were here for the Half Marathon last weekend, Kristen thought we would be crafty and make wreaths.  I was not so happy, but it was fun and I’m glad she made me do it.  It will be super cute on our front door for the holidays.  Kristen also made one for Mom, but hers wasn’t done when I snapped a pic.  Mine is on the left, Kristen’s is on the right.

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I went to my first ever KC Running Company Groupies Speed Night on Tuesday.  I’d gone to several Thursday night runs of 3 or so miles, and Sunday morning long runs, which are up to 12 miles.  Tuesday runs are at a nearby high school track, and Tuesday’s run was 400m repeats.  Now, let’s get one thing straight here, I don’t do speed.  I don’t do speed work… but as I now am preparing for the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon next spring, I desperately want to add some speed work and tempo runs to get in better shape and challenge myself to complete the distance with no walking.

The workout was as follows: Warmup, 3/4 mile running to the track from the KC Running Company store.  4 x 400m repeats at 5k pace (I ran each in just over 2 minutes, which is about an 8:30 per mile pace, which is speedy fast for me), with 200m recovery jog in between.  My recoveries started out as a slow run, but ended up being a walk by the last couple repeats.  Then cool down by running 3/4 mile back to the store.

I was wiped out by the end of this.  It felt really good though, to get it done.  I wore my Royals shirt for extra speed.  🙂  I hope to go to a couple Tuesday speed nights each month.  Thanks KCRC for this amazing service!

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OH MY GOSH the trees are beyond gorgeous this fall.  So much color, reds, oranges, yellows.  Breathtaking.  I only had a few minutes to snap a couple pictures of the trees, but I could spend all day walking around, taking pictures of trees and leaves. I wish these pictures could do it justice, the trees are just amazing this fall.

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Tonight was Ladies Night at KCRC, and New Balance hosted a wonderful night for us! There were chair massages, wine and pizza, samples of Honey Stinger products, and a fun fashion show of New Balance gear.  Lots of giveaways, including free massages, free New Balance gear, and race entries… and I even won a free pair of cold weather tights!  It was a ton of fun, I’m so thankful that KC Running Company is so close and so great, and that these amazing companies can get together for giveaways and fun events like this.

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James and I are driving home this weekend to spend time with family, see my Granddad inducted into the FHSU Hall of Fame, see a FHSU game, and drink at least 4 snoballs.  For those of you who don’t know, snoballs are pretty much the best drink ever.. frozen pop, but it’s not an ICEE, and not a freezee, it’s just the one and only Snoball, only served at Cerv’s.  Mmmmm!

Have a great weekend!!

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