Monday Mentionings: October 10

It’s Half Marathon week! Saturday is the KC Half!

Let’s back up to last week.  I bought some noodles while I was home last weekend (actually, I forgot to get noodles, and had to stop in Russell to pick some up before we were too far away from good noodle country), so I made my first batch of chicken noodle soup last week.  Mmmmmm it’s soup season!

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Wednesday, I went out for 5-6 miles, and ended up with 7.  It was a great run, and I feel the most ready I have ever felt for a half.  Chris and I ran 7 miles yesterday, too, so this week will be a light week in preparation for the half.

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Saturday, I met up with Carmen and had lunch and did a bit of shopping.  It was great to see her, it has been too long! We need to get together more often, for sure.

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Yesterday, while I was running 7 miles, Kristen was absolutely CRUSHING the Chicago Marathon! She PR’d by 36 minutes (AHH!) and qualified for the Boston Marathon (AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!) too!!  I’m so incredibly proud of her!

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This week, I’m going to hydrate hydrate hydrate, hydrate some more, and get good sleep in preparation for half marathon #11 on Saturday!

Thursday’s Three (or 9, who’s counting!)

I didn’t have time this week to prepare a proper Thursday’s Three post, so I came up with some random hat/mask selfies to share, some dating almost 10 years back! Enjoy my #throwbackthursday pics!!

September 2006, Lincoln Nebraska May 2007, Colorado Springs Colorado.  March 2008, Boston Massachusetts  November 2008, Salina KansasMay 2011, Key West Florida    October 2012, Hays Kansas September 2013, Fernley Nevada October 2013, Hays Kansas     December 2014, Hays Kansas  

Remembering Boston

I remember I was at work on Marathon Monday, still sore from my first 10k, which was at the Eisenhower Marathons a year ago (see my first half marathon report, from this past weekend!).  I was excited about running, excited about progressing further in my running career, excited that I saw my sister, and had a great weekend.

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Then I heard reports of a bombing, people killed, chaos, scared and brave runners.  I was not very productive the rest of the week, let alone the rest of Monday.  I could not keep myself from reading everything I could get my hands on.

I felt like I had family there, and I did, my running family was there, hurt and scared.  But they were not alone.  I had never felt like I belonged in the running community more than on that day.

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Of course, I bought a shirt, with the funds going to victims and families of Boston.  I wore it with pride, and still do.  That night, I ran a slow, silent couple miles. I cried.  I was angry.  I didn’t understand.  I didn’t understand why people hurt others, why people commit acts of violence, why innocent people are targeted.  That run was one of my hardest.  Not only was I sore from the weekend, but I felt alone, and I felt like nobody was safe, not even in the sport I loved.  But I also fell more in love with running on April 15, 2013.  I belonged, on that day, and today.  I belong to the best community in the world, my running family.

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To those running on Marathon Monday, be love.  To those spectating on Marathon Monday, be love.  To those who have never laced up their shoes before, be love.  To those who can’t run any more, be love.

Run strong, Boston.  I am proud to be a part of this amazing club.