1000!

Just a quick note to say I reached 1000 miles for 2016 tonight! This has been a goal of mine since I started running regularly; I’m so happy to have reached 1000 in one calendar year, and there is still 10 days left of 2016!

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The April Run Down

April is over already, and as Justin Timberlake says, “It’s gonna be MAY!”

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April started off with a bunch of group fitness classes! On Saturday, April 2, I did 30 minutes of cycling at my gym, before going to Michelle’s gym and doing a 30 minute Pound class and a 30 minute Kettlebell class, then running with Amy! It was a crazy day, and I was sore Sunday!

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I ran a total of 98 miles for April.  To be honest, I strongly considered running 2 more miles to make it an even 100, but with a long run on May 1, and with a really peaceful attitude about running lately, I decided it didn’t truly matter if I got 100 miles or 98, or 40.

I’m happy with my running right now, it’s feeling pretty good, and strong, and I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing!  So I ended with 98 miles for the month, which puts me at 309 for 2016.  After two months of low miles in January and February, I was happy to hit 105 in March, and 98 this month. I didn’t make it to as many cycling classes this month, but had some strong sessions for April.

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My knee has continued to feel pretty good, and I’m trying stretch to keep it feeling good.  I had 2 races in April, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon, where I did walk more than I wanted, but came out with my second fastest half marathon.  I have two weeks before Running with the Cows, and then 3 week after that is Hospital Hill!

I ran with the KC Running Co. groupies 5 times in April, and I had a handful of solo runs as well as many runs with friends.  I’ve continued to try to run a bit longer than I used to, running 5 miles on a weeknight instead of 3-4, and trying to run a mile or two longer on my long weekend runs.  I really feel strong lately, I think it’s a combination of running a bit longer, and also running a bit slower.

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Looking forward to May, I’m really excited for my entire family to come to KC for Running with the Cows! Mom and Dad are driving down, and Mom will run the half marathon.  Kristen is also flying in, and she’ll race the 5k.  I’ll be going home for Memorial Day, so I’m also looking forward to running with Mom!  How was your April? What races do you have coming up?

April Run-Down:
Running: 21 runs, totaling 98 miles.
Cycling: 6 cycling classes, 4 hours, and a few bike commutes to work, totaling 59.5 miles.
Longest Run: 9 miles, April 23
Races: Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and the Trolley Run 4 Miler

The February Run Down

February flew by! It’s hard to believe it’s March, and spring is just around the corner.  The first two months of 2016 have definitely not been the most normal for me, in terms of running.  In December, I set out with a goal to run 1100 miles this year, as well as a handful of other goals.  With a low mileage month in January, as well as a low mileage month in February, I’ve rethought a lot of my goals, and I will write more about that on Thursday.

February started out with a doctor’s appointment, and I was told that my knee is structurally ok, and I’ve been seeing the chiropractor pretty regularly to work on strengthening muscles that aren’t activating and working on getting stronger to be able to build up my mileage.  Because I couldn’t run as much the first two months of the year, I’ve been cycling a lot, and I’ve really been enjoying it.

I had a race in February, my first of the year.  Amy and I ran the Kickoff 5k, which was a 5k around Arrowhead Stadium, on Super Bowl Sunday.  We volunteered this race last year, so it was a fun experience to both volunteer and run it. My race recap is here.

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I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies 5 times in February, including a fun Leap Day run in Martin City.  Michelle even came to one of the Groupie runs, which was a ton of fun!  There were so many nice evenings for runs in February; it was even 75 degrees one day!

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Mom and Dad came to town for a weekend, and we all went to a cycle class on Saturday, which was tons of fun! Mom and I ran then on Sunday, and Dad biked along with us, which was great! We saw some deer and a pretty woodpecker and enjoyed the perfect February weather.

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I even got Amy to come to one of my cycling classes, and then when we tried to run after, I tripped off the sidewalk and skinned my elbow pretty bad.  I’m really graceful like that.

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All in all, February was a good month as far as being active.  I wish I could have run more, but with cycling and running, I think I did pretty good!  I took lots of classes, ran pretty consistently, though each run was shorter than I would have preferred.  Looking forward to March, I have only one race, the Whiskey Run 5k.  Like I said earlier, I’m going to write about my goals and my thoughts about those goals, on Thursday.  How did your February go? Did you workout or rest on your extra day?

February Run-Down:
Running: 18 runs totaling 56 miles.
Cycling: 10 cycling classes, totaling 9 hours of cycling, 117.5 miles.
Longest Run: 5 miles, Feb. 14.
Races: Kickoff 5k.