Monday Mentionings: March 14

It’s Monday, and it’s officially spring in my apartment! The time changed last night, and it was light out until 7:45 last night!! I also bought lots of spring clothes over the weekend, so I’m ready! Bring on the beautiful weather!

Jasper and I have still been cuddling a lot, and it warms my heart. He’s such a sweetheart.

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We started playing Factoring Feud (Family Feud) at work last week – it’ll be a weekly thing for a while.  I love where I work. ūüôā  Also, I realize I spelled Feud incorrectly in my snapchat below, I was in a hurry and autocorrect didn’t do it’s job.  Don’t judge!

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Amy and I found a beautiful flowering tree/bush right by the trail after a 5 mile run on Wednesday.  We just had to stop and take a picture.  The blooms are so pretty.  I think it’s a tulip magnolia tree.

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My apartment building got a new roof last week.  Jasper (and I) didn’t appreciate the loud noises.  At least it was over in a day and a half!

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Epic runfie action taking place on Thursday night runs with the KC Running Co. groupies!

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It’s okay Jasper, its not like I was about to get up and go to bed! I’m always up for more snuggles.

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Friday night, Michelle and I made hamburgers, rice, and asparagus, and ate on the balcony.  It was a most perfect evening.  We even had ice cream sandwiches for dessert.  Mmmm!

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Sunday morning was the Whiskey Run 5k in Martin City.  It was a really fun race! I had to walk a couple times because of  a crazy side stitch I’ve gotten during my runs over the last week or so (way out of the ordinary, I never get side stitches!).  Check out my race recap here!

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After the race and my second little run, Jasper and I had some balcony time.  It was overcast and kind of drizzly on and off all weekend, but the temps have been amazing.

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Have a great week, friends!


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KC 13.1 Recap

Grab a chair folks, because this one’s a long one. ¬†Time to recap the KC Half Marathon! Friday, after work, I met Amy at Crown Center to go to the marathon expo.

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After spending a while (and some money) at the expo, we got some groceries and went back to my house. ¬†Mom was driving in, and arrived just in time for spaghetti, wine, and the Royals! ¬†After dinner, I laid out flat Renee and got all my gear out before bed. ¬†Bed came a bit later than I would have liked, but Mom and I stayed up ’til the end of the Royals game and watched them win game 2 of the ALCS.

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Saturday morning was race morning; bright dark and early we dressed and ate a bit, and then headed to Crown Center.  We got there and parked with about an hour before the start, and stayed warm inside Crown Center.

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When it was closer to race time, we used the bathroom one last time, checked our bags, and hopped into the race corral.  Literally, we hopped the fence into the corrals, because everyone was stuffed in like sardines!

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As I was waiting in the corral, I remembered that last year, I started the race (in the dark) without my sunglasses, and by the time I wanted to wear my sunglasses, the cool air paired with my warm body made lots of fog. ¬†So last minute, just before the start, I adjusted my sunglasses on my face. ¬†Race start was at 7:05, and the sun comes up around 7:30, so I figured sooner or later, it would be okay, and then I wouldn’t have to worry about it. ¬†Turns out, this was a perfect plan. ¬†No adjusting my sunglasses later, and no fog problems! ¬†Plus, I am positive I looked like a badass wearing my sunglasses in the dark, running a half marathon.

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I brought two Gu’s with me, safely tucked away in my Running Buddy, and took the first one around mile 3, which was right at the breathtaking Liberty Memorial part of the course.

This course, by the way, is gorgeous. ¬†This was my second time running the KC Half Marathon, and I love this course. ¬†It’s hard and hilly, and it’s a breathtakingly gorgeous way to run KC.

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After the Liberty Memorial and Trinity Hill, we wound our way down through Westport, and onto the Plaza.

My outfit for the day included compression capris, a KC Running Co.¬†Groupie tank top, compression arm sleeves, throw away gloves that I never threw, my visor, and a KCRC headband over my ears. ¬†I wore my Hoka Clifton’s, had my Running Buddy Pouch, and my sunglasses that did not fog!

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We left the Plaza and ran by the JC Nichols Fountain, then ran past the Nelson Atkins Museum.  Mom paused during the run to snap a few pictures, which is why I have awesome course photos!

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Photo courtesy Donna Fleharty.

Around mile 7.5, the marathoners split off and went further south, and just after their departure, close to mile 8, I took my second Gu.  The half marathoners started running back north, and we were over halfway done!

I was feeling really good at this point. ¬†I hadn’t walked at all, not even through the water stops. ¬†The water stops were about every 2 miles, and were all very well organized. ¬†I’ll pause a moment to thank the volunteers; they were all so amazing. ¬†The course was also lined with spectators, lots of fun signs, and they were full of cheer. ¬†I was very thankful for the great volunteers and spectators, they definitely helped make the run easier!

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Around mile 10, my problems began. ¬†Now, before this race, the most I had run before walking in a half marathon was about 5 miles. ¬†So to get past mile 10 was HUGE for me. ¬†I didn’t walk a single step until mile 10.5. ¬†Physically, I was feeling great. ¬†My paces were on point, my feet, knees, and hips felt ok, fatigued, but ok. ¬†My stomach was great, my water, gatorade, and gu intake was great.

But my head‚Ķ I got a massive dizzy spell around mile 10, and even with slowing down through the first half of mile 10, I was still dizzy. ¬†By mile 10.5, my steps began to falter and stagger. ¬†I really didn’t want to pass out, so I went over to the right side of the road and slowed to a walk. ¬†I was disappointed that I had to walk, because everything else felt great, but I was also pleased that I didn’t push through when my body was obviously telling me that something was off.

There was another water stop around mile 11, so I decided to walk to the water stop, catch my breath and slow my breathing and heart rate a bit, then grab some gatorade and hit the road again.   Well, water stop came and went, and I started running again just after mile 11.5.  So I walked just over a mile, all at once.

Once I started running again, I had just over a mile and a half until the finish. ¬†This entire mile and a half was spent calculating what my time would be for the finish, and whether or not I would come in under my goal of 2:30. ¬†Had I not walked, I would have been closer to 2:25, but I’m confident that I made the right choice by walking and allowing my dizziness to subside.

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I came across the line and stopped my watch, and it said 2:30:00.  Like, exactly, 2:30:00.  So did I make it? What would the results ticket say? Did I get under 2:30? I had talked with my sister, when I was in Milwaukee, and told her that I was considering doing a full marathon next fall.  She told me that if I beat my previous half marathon of 2:40:42, and ran anything in the 2:3x:xx, I would have to sign up for the full next fall.

She texted me, minutes after the race, and gave me the news, I came through the line at 2:29:58. ¬†I beat my goal by 2 seconds, and ran the most I’ve ever ran during a half marathon, and felt STRONG! ¬†I later joked with her that since I didn’t run in the 2:3x:xx, I didn’t have to sign up for the marathon, because I ran in the 2:2x:xx. ¬†She didn’t find it funny. ¬†=P

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After I got my heat sheet and my medal and water, I found Amy, and we made our way to the spectators near the finish line to cheer on our friends. ¬†We saw a few KCRC friends come through, and cheered Mom on to her finish. ¬†We ended the day with all of us meeting our goals, Amy PR’d, I PR’d, and Mom met her time goal. ¬†Great finishes for everyone, and lot of smiles after getting our medals.

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Left to Right: Jenn, Mom, John, Amy, and Me.

Left to Right: Jenn, Mom, John, Amy, and Me.

We changed into some dry clothes, and tried to keep warm.  The sun was out, but it was a chilly morning in KC.  We got our results printed out and made our way to the food tents.

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Hamburgers, beer (not for me, ewwww), and chick fil-a made our bellies happy.  After taking some pictures at the banner, we headed hobbled to the car and made our way back to my apartment.


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Lots of picture sharing, instagramming, face booking, and calling family from my living room, as well as foam rolling.  Jazzy partook in the Lacrosse ball rolling.  After Amy left, Mom and I showered and I found several spots on my body that had chafed.  That was not really a fun experience in the shower.  Ouch.  Mom found some chafing too, but was smarter than me, and put Aquaphor on before her shower.  Pro Tip: put Aquaphor or vaseline on your chafed areas before showering!

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Later in the afternoon, Mom and I went to Joe’s KC for BBQ, and watched the Royals game. ¬†On our way home after stopping at Scheel’s, we went to Yogurtini, and ate it at home after changing into PJ’s.

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Bed was early on Saturday night.  Sunday morning, we ran a couple miles on the trails with Amy, to shake out our legs, which felt really good.  Then we went to yoga at Lululemon with Maylo to stretch everything out.

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Half marathon #6 is in the books, and it was really and truly a great half marathon. ¬†I enjoyed the entire weekend, the pasta dinner, the race, the relaxing afternoon on Saturday, followed by a great Sunday. ¬†Couldn’t have asked for anything better.

I finished the KC Half Marathon and met two goals in the process: I finished in one piece, and I finished with a PR and under my time goal of 2:30:00. ¬†I wasn’t able to finish without having to walk, but I was very pleased with my performance, and know I can run the whole thing without walking.

I’ve also committed myself to the KC Marathon next fall. ¬†The full marathon! ¬†Read about that decision here. ¬†It’s going to be one heck of a ride! ¬†Congratulations to all my friends who did the KC Half and Full on Saturday, I’m so incredibly proud of everyone!!

Monday Mentionings: August 10

Happy Monday, friends!

Last week, I received my Race Dots in the mail! I won them on Twitter, and can’t wait to put them to use (and write a review) soon! They are strong magnetic dots that secure your race bib to your shirt, eliminating the use of safety pins and the holes they can leave in your shirt.Photo Aug 04, 7 25 35 PMI was home for part of the day Thursday, because of a huge issue with my past cable company, Time Warner Cable (takeaway: DON’T GET TWC!), and was able to catch the end of the Royals game against Detroit, which included a rogue black squirrel on the field.  Jasper had a fun time watching the squirrel run around on the field.Photo Aug 06, 3 12 16 PMJasper also had lots of fun playing in the jungle of plants I have in my living room.  The airplane plant has lots of shoots; he’s been batting them and hiding under them.  Buy him toys, and he prefers to watch squirrels on TV and play in the plants.Photo Aug 07, 6 16 58 PMSide note, apparently most of the pictures I took last week had Jasper in them!

I scored a cute pair of running capris over the weekend, and took them out for a spin at yoga on Saturday, then a short run afterwards.Photo Aug 08, 11 15 30 AMAfter the short run on Saturday, which turned out to be a really HARD run, due to the fact that I stupidly didn’t eat anything before yoga, then decided to run, but waited 45 minutes before running… so basically I woke up at 8 and didn’t eat until after my run was over at 12:30, which turned out to be 2:00 by the time I showered and made it to the restaurant and stood in line for 30 minutes…. anyway, I was starving, and Oklahoma Joe’s had some delicious burnt ends.  They were so delicious.Photo Aug 08, 2 11 04 PMI finally got my spare bedroom all completely set up! I bought a new mattress last weekend, and this weekend, got a free (thanks Carmen!) bed frame for my old mattress, and set everything up Saturday.  It’s Jasper approved, of course.  Two paws up.Photo Aug 09, 11 21 55 AMSunday, I had another hard run, the air was so dang thick I could cut it with a knife.  I think part of the reason my runs have been so tough the last few days is because I donated blood last week, but the humidity, and stupidity of not eating before running also has a lot to do with it.  Anyway, I ran with Amy yesterday, and without her, I’m pretty sure I would have only made it a fraction of the miles.  Once I got home, I had a little project that I wanted to knock out while I was watching the Royals sweep the Chicago White Sox.  I finally got all my old race shirts, that I never wear, rolled and tucked away, so they take up way less space than they did before.  You can read how to do it here.Photo Aug 09, 5 01 50 PMWithout my run today, I’m at 30.5 miles for August so far, which is a tiny bit behind schedule for 100 miles in August.  I’ve also been drinking at least 120 ounces of water each day, which is necessary with the humidity and heat.  I foam rolled 4 times last week, which I need to improve on!

Happy 60th wedding anniversary to my grandparents, this Wednesday!

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