Monday Mentionings: July 25

Monday Monday!  Last Monday, I forgot my gym bag at home, so instead of going straight to the gym after work, I went home and ran the mile to the gym, cycled for a half an hour, then ran the mile back home.  H.O.T.  I had quite the puddle under my spin bike.

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Wednesday, I used the gym at work, to run during lunch.  The gym at work is nice, but it is rough to get in a few miles at lunch time with as hot as it is outside.

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Thursday evening, Michelle went to the KCRC Groupies run with me! When she was rooming with me, she went to a group run, and it happened to be a Hoka test run.  Thursday night, Hoka was back for another run!

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We actually did a “popsicle run” – run a mile, eat a popsicle. Run another mile, eat another popsicle.  Thanks for a really fun run, Hoka and KC Running Co!

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And of course, I had to take a runfie. 😛

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L to R: Me, Mark, Jenn R, Jenn M, Michelle.

After our run, Michelle and I had dinner, then went to Sprouts.  I’d never been before, and it certainly wasn’t a trip to forget.  Between facetiming my parents to show them quail meat, getting awesome (semi-cheating) deals on milk, and dropping an entire box of blueberries on the ground, it was quite the trip. I definitely love my Belle adventures.

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Saturday, Chris and I had brunch and hung out before the race in the evening.  I introduced him to the world of snapchat, so his life will forever be changed.

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I wrote a race recap for Rock the Crossroads, and there’s lots of pictures on that post for you to check out.  Then on Sunday, I ran 5 miles on the treadmill because HOT, Chris came over and was able to meet Kristen, as she was in town for a couple hours after having a family reunion, before I had to take her to the airport.

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This week, I’m looking forward to going to the Royals game on Wednesday, and hopefully getting in a few runs without dying of HOT.  Have a fantastic week, friends!

Rock the Crossroads 2016

Saturday night, I “rocked” the Crossroads for the second time!

I ran this race last year, and pretty much never wanted to do it again because of the heat and humidity!  A couple weeks ago, work offered to pay for the race for us, so of course I couldn’t say no, even though I’m not a huge fan of night races.  I still wasn’t super excited about the race, especially since my best is out with a foot injury and isn’t able to run right now.

So I also just started seeing Chris a couple week ago too, and he’s just getting into running, and he is also a musician and guitar player, and was excited at the thought of running his first 5k and getting a sweet “rock and roll” themed medal.  So it was a date.

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At the race, I met up with several coworkers and chatted before we raced!  There was not really a chance for rain, but a few drops fell from the sky beforehand.  The cloud cover was nice fore the race, it wasn’t quite as hot as last year.

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L to R: Me, Jenn, Beth, Joe, and Patrycja from RTS.

Chris did awesome for his first 5k.  The hills, heat, and humidity were pretty awful, but he tackled them like a boss, and we had some fantastic views of the city while we were running.

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Once we finished and guzzled lots of water and watermelon, we found friends and had lots of smiles and cheers (congrats, Jenn, on your awesome PR!! And congrats Chris on your very first 5k!).  Chris and I opted to not stay for the concert.  We were both famished, and it was still quite warm.  We walked back to the car and got back to OP just in time to grab a bite to eat before Smashburger closed.

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Overall, it was a fun evening, I’m really glad I ended up doing this race again.  Not sure about next year, it is an awfully hot race, but we’ll see.

Have you Rocked the Crossroads? Do you like evening races?

The Ups and the Downs

I’ve not run too terribly many miles this month.  My best is out with a running injury…  It’s hot as hell outside…  I’ve been dabbling in a new relationship…  There are lots of excuses I could make, but basically I’ve run less miles this month, and I’m ok with it.

So far this year, I’ve run about 90-100 miles per month, with the exception of January and February when I was dealing with my knee injury.  I’ll likely hit around 65 miles this month, which isn’t terrible, but it isn’t the 85 that I’ve been getting.  My knee still does hurt (more my upper calf where it hooks into my outer knee), I’m working with that, I’m trying to take different kinds of fitness classes at the gym… I’m trying to beat the heat.

And I’m content with my running. Sure, I wish I had more miles this month, but thinking long term, I’m glad I’m taking a bit of a break, while still doing other things to gain strength and fitness.  And I find that life and running are both cyclical, the ups and the downs, the times running (and life) feel great and amazing, and those times it’s a bit of a struggle.  The heat is making running a bit of a struggle, and I’m content with doing what I can, and enjoying the journey.

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