Monday Mentionings: July 18

Happy Monday, friends! And welcome to any Pokemon people out there… my blog traffic has more than quadrupled with people reading my Charity Miles review over the past several days.  Apparently, with all the Pokemon Go playing, there are also people using Charity Miles to help raise money for their favorite charities.

Tuesday night I had a hot and steamy run after work.  I tried and failed at cooling off outside after my run.  Jasper was less than helpful.

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Jasper has also been fond of stalking shadows lately.  Nearly every morning while I’m getting ready for work, he’s transfixed with my shadow on the wall.

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Wednesday evening, I had a serious case of runcrastination.  With my best, Amy, out for a few weeks because of a foot issue, I’m having more solo runs than I’m used to, and it sure was hard to get out the door on Wednesday.

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Lots of pictures of Jasper this week! He was eying (and eventually, eating) my chicken, rotel, rice, and cheese mixture that I made into nachos during the week.

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Saturday morning, I met up with Chris for 4 miles on the trails.  I’ve been seeing Chris for about a week and a half, and we decided to tackle his longest run so far, together.  I smoothly locked my keys in my car right before we ran, too, so that was fun when we finished running.  For those of you wondering, Chris is a wonderful guy, but unfortunately, he’s a Detroit Tigers fan. I know, ya can’t win them all.

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Later on Saturday, I had a snuggle with Jasper, and then we fell asleep for a bit.  It was definitely a cat nap on a dog day afternoon type of day.

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So I’ve also been having some toe pain lately, over the last month or so.  I kind of figured I just needed to pop my toe, something was just feeling off, so Saturday I poked and pushed and pulled on my toe, trying to figure out the problem, and I’m pretty sure I have a stress fracture in my toe, or something.  It hurts near the end of my toe, every step I take, and has been that way for at least a month.  It’s not a terrible pain, but it is annoying, and after getting the opinions of two very wise people, I’ve decided to tape it up and see if it helps.

My run Sunday was extremely hot and humid, and my toe still hurt, but the taping didn’t feel any worse, so I guess I’ll keep it taped up for a while and see if it improves.

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Jasper spent a good portion of Sunday afternoon on the top of the fridge.

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Sunday I went to the pool with Amy and Joshua.  It was the first time I’d been to the pool with them this summer! We spent a lot of time going on the slides, and in the lazy river.  It was a hot day, and felt good to be in the water.

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Sunday night, Chris and I got ice cream to celebrate National Ice Cream Day.  It felt like the entire city was at DQ, it was very busy!

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Runcrastination: The act of needing to complete a run, but doing a hundred other things instead of walking out the door to start the run.

Also see: Runcrastination: The act of having a hundred other things you need to do, but going for a run instead.

I most definitely succumb to both versions of runcrastination, nearly on a daily basis.  Running is one of the top things I think about daily.  But when it comes down to actually stepping out the door, it is dang hard to take that step! But when I have a list of things to do, such as vaccuuming, laundry, unloading the dishwasher, and grocery shopping, I usually can’t wait to get out and go for a run instead.

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I feel like the runcrastination of finding things to do instead of running most often happens in the hot hot months of the summer, and also in the cold and dark months of the winter.  Yesterday, I spent at least a half hour in my running clothes, ready to walk out the door, but checking Facebook and Twitter, texting a friend, taking selfies, playing with Jazzy, and otherwise not getting out the door.  Once I finally started my run, I was fine.  Hot, sweaty, and HOT, but fine.


On the other hand, the runcrastination of having a bunch of things that need done, but going for a run instead, that happens ALL the time in the spring and fall, when the weather is most perfect, and all I want to do is be outside running!

Does anyone else have either or both of these runcrastinations in their life?

Shawnee Mission Duathlon Recap

I did my very first duathlon on Sunday! I’ve been wanting to try a duathlon for a while now, since I got my pretty bike.  Once I bought a bike rack for my car, I decided it was time to try one! I chose the Open Options Shawnee Mission Triathlon and Duathlon.  This race is over 30 years old, it is held at Shawnee Mission Park every year; there was a long course and short course triathlon and a duathlon.  As of now I have no desire to swim, bike run, especially when the swim is in a lake, but I did want to try the running and biking.  The duathlon consisted of running a 5k (3.1 miles), biking 13.5 miles, and then running another 5k.

Saturday afternoon, I picked up my race packet and went to the information meeting.  I got everything ready to go, including my bike and helmet number.

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Sunday very early, Amy came over (my support team!) and we headed to Shawnee Mission Park.  We parked at the Theatre in the Park, and walked about a mile down to the lake.  I got body marked, which is a duathlon/triathlon thing.  They marked my arms with my bib number, and marked my calf with my age group.  So I ended up having my number on 2 arms, my bib, my bike, and my helmet.  And also on my ankle timing chip.  They sure didn’t want to lose anyone.

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I racked my bike in the transition area, used the bathroom, and watched the triathletes walk down to the water, and everyone finish up in the transition area.Photo Jul 10, 6 15 04 AM

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Soon, it was time for the duathlon to start.  There ended up being about 30 people total in the duathlon.  I think there were about 400 people doing the triathlon.  I knew there would be more people doing the triathlon, but I didn’t quite expect only 30 people in the duathlon!

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And then we were off! For the duathlon, we started off with a 5k.  It was warm, but not terribly hot yet.  Towards the end of the 5k, as we were running across the dam, I caught a glimpse of the long course triathletes swimming away in the lake.  I came into the transition and saw Amy smiling and cheering me on.  I knew the easiest part of the day was over, and was getting ready for a hilly bike ride.

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I spent about 2 minutes in the transition area, getting my helmet on and bike ready, and then I headed out onto the bike course.

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The bike course was 3 loops around the lake, on the park roads.  It starts with a huge hill, called the dam hill (ha, get it? it was a damn hill, and it happened to be the hill at the end of the dam).  Let me tell you, that’s a hill, folks.  I ended up walking my bike up the dam hill the second two loops, because it was just a massive hill and I was tired!

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I was instructed, by Kristen, to try to get in some nutrition on the bike. It’s hard to eat a luna bar while biking! I managed to get most of it down, and also get my gatorade down.  The bike course was supposed to be about 13.5 miles.  My bike computer showed about 11 miles, but it may have been off a little?  I finished the bike quicker than I thought I would, which leads me to believe the course was a couple miles short.

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I finished the 3rd lap of the bike course, and headed back into the transition area.  I was in transition for about 2 minutes, racked my bike, ditched my helmet, and grabbed my gu.  The second 5k was much harder than the first.  It was much warmer, as I had been out on the course for about an hour and a half already.  We began the 5k by once again going up the dam hill, around the course, and then finishing where we started, near the transition area.  I walked quite a bit during the second 5k, which I expected.  I wish I would have pushed myself a bit harder and ran more of it.

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I came across the finish line (up another hill, naturally), and was cheered on by Amy and lots of spectators.  I received my medal and a water, and sat down with Amy to catch my breath.

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We made our way down to the finish festival, and I had a delicious chocolate milk and a cup of orange tang.  With only about 30 people doing the duathlon, and most of those people men, I had a feeling I may have won my age group (won, as in, I was the only one in my age group).  After checking the results, I was the only female 30-34, so, by default, I won my age group!

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There was a short awards ceremony, and I was presented a really nice plaque! Amy and I saw a few other people from the running club, and celebrated our accomplishments.

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I went back to get my bike and walk the mile (ughhhh!) back up to my car, and ran into Tammy, who is a fellow running groupie, and she crushed her long course triathlon.

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Amy and I finally made it up to my car, got my bike hooked up, and promptly went to breakfast!  I’m now a duathlete!

I’m not sure if I’ll be doing any more duathlons any time soon, but it was a really fun learning experience, and I’m really glad I did it.  The course and race itself was very well set up and organized, and the volunteers and race directors were fantastic.  I was worried about the logistics, getting confused on the course with so many different people doing different things… none of those fears came true.  It was easy to navigate the course with their help, and everything went very smoothly.

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Have you ever done a duathlon or triathlon? If so, you’re a badass!!