November Roundup

November has come and gone.  This year has flown by so quickly.  In case you want to catch up on my monthly roundups, you can read them here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.  I wrote a post last December with my goals for 2015; my main running goal for this year was to run 950 miles.

For November, I finished the month with 78 miles.  My year to date prior to November was 816, meaning I am heading into December with 894 miles!! My reach goal was to get to quadruple digits with my first 1000 mile year, so to get to that point, I need 106 miles in December.  To reach my initial goal of 950 miles, I need just 56 more miles in December.  I’m going to try really hard to get 106 miles in December!

In November, I had 3 races. On November 1, I ran the Cliffhanger 8k with Amy, and had a beautiful race along a gorgeous cliff-side road.  The Cliffhanger race was my first 8k, which is just a hair under 5 miles.

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Also in November was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k and then the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon the next night.  I traveled to Las Vegas with Mom and Kristen, and we had a great weekend together exploring and running.  We met up with Mark at both races, and represented KC Running Co!

 

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I only managed to run with the KC Running Co Groupies 4 times.  Between starting a new job, traveling to Las Vegas, and traveling to Hays for Thanksgiving, there were just a lot of evenings I either couldn’t run, or ran  solo when time permitted.  My longest run, besides the Las Vegas Half Marathon, was 5 miles, which happened three different times throughout the month.

I volunteered one race in November, the RWB 5k, with Amy.  After volunteering the race, Amy and I met up with Mark at Shawnee Mission Park for a run.  It was a gorgeous day.

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The last week or so of November has gotten really cold and rainy and wet.  And dark too.  It’s dark so early in the evenings.  I had my first treadmill run of the fall, while in Hays for Thanksgiving.  It had rained and drizzled for a couple days, and then froze everything into a slick mess.  Mom, Kristen, and I went to HRC to run and lift.

Since coming back to KC after Thanksgiving, I’ve signed up for a gym membership at the Overland Park Athletic Club, which is partially paid for by my employer, making my monthly dues very low.  I see lots of treadmill runs in my future for this dark and cold winter to come.

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Looking forward to December, my biggest goal is to run at least 106 miles to get my yearly total to 1000 miles or more!!  I have one race, the Great Santa Run 5k.  Other than that, my goals are to develop a routine at the gym with some weight lifting and group classes at least a couple times a week, get to a few yoga classes, and finish the year healthy and happy!

How was your November? Any goals for December?

Monday Mentionings: November 30

Hi everyone! I have a really (really really) quick Monday Mentionings today!  I was home in Hays for the long Thanksgiving weekend, and just got back to town in time on Sunday to go to my very first Chiefs game! Needless to say, after traveling, time at home, the Chiefs, then taking my sister and brother-in-law to the airport, I was beat!

I’ll write a post sometime this week and share my Thanksgiving, and since it’s the last day of the month, I need to recap my running month as well, so be ready for several posts this week!

Lots of snoballs were had in Hays, and I’m so glad I got to see Maja, and I even got to see Michelle! Crazy how we drive all the way to Hays to see each other. 😉

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Jasper enjoyed his second Thanksgiving traveling to Hays… he got along with Mom and Dad’s kitties and Shay pretty well, the whole group isn’t the best of friends, but they aren’t enemies either… I think.  Jasper enjoyed lots of treats, running up and down the stairs, rolling on Shay’s pillow, and lots of car time.

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Saturday night, we got to eat and hang out with my uncle and his family, so we had some yummy mexican food, then bowling! It’s been ages since I last bowled, and I didn’t quite win… my 8 year old cousin even beat me one of the games!  It was a ton of fun, and a great way to spend some much needed family time together.

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As I said above, Sunday, I went to my first ever Chiefs game.  Kristen and her husband’s family had planned to go to the Chiefs and Bills game, so they invited me along.  It was cold and rainy, but we bundled up, and besides our feet, we all stayed fairly warm and dry.  I had a blast, and the Chiefs even won!

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Sunday night, Kristen and I made chicken noodle soup, then Thayne attempted and succeeded at putting all 46 (OMG! Jasper has way too many toys!) of Jasper’s toys on him.  Jasper was so tired from the weekend, and car trip, that he did not care at all what Thayne did!

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I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving.  More to come!

Thanks on Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I hope you are celebrating and giving thanks with the loved ones in your life.

I wanted to take a few minutes and give thanks to many of the blessings in my life right now.  There are many people in this world that do not have the basic necessities that I do, that most American’s do, and it is so easy to take that for granted.  I am thankful every day that I have a roof over my head, food to eat, clothes to keep me warm, and that I am able to have things that many don’t.  I’m thankful to be employed, have a vehicle, and have the ability to travel for work and for play.  That being said, I am very thankful, this year, for a few things that stand out a bit above the rest.

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• I am thankful for the amazing support system that my family and closest friends gives me.  2015 has been a tough year, between getting divorced, having many “first” holidays alone and learning to live on my own,  as well as having lost my grandpa at the end of last year, and without my wonderful family and amazing friends, I would not be in the great place I am today.  I don’t say it often enough, but I love you guys, and I couldn’t do this whole “life” thing without you.

• I am thankful for a new job, with good benefits, a drastically reduced commute to work, with lots of opportunity for growth.  I had only been job searching for a few months when this wonderful opportunity arose, and I’m so thankful that I got the job and have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

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• I am thankful for running.  For the ability to run, and for the time to run.  Running is my therapy, and I am thankful that I am healthy and strong enough to run 4 or 5 days each week.  I’m grateful that I have warm clothes to do so, with winter coming, and that I can commit the time and energy to keeping my hobby alive and well, as it keeps me alive and well.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!