November Roundup

November has come and gone.  This year has flown by so quickly.  In case you want to catch up on my monthly roundups, you can read them here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.  I wrote a post last December with my goals for 2015; my main running goal for this year was to run 950 miles.

For November, I finished the month with 78 miles.  My year to date prior to November was 816, meaning I am heading into December with 894 miles!! My reach goal was to get to quadruple digits with my first 1000 mile year, so to get to that point, I need 106 miles in December.  To reach my initial goal of 950 miles, I need just 56 more miles in December.  I’m going to try really hard to get 106 miles in December!

In November, I had 3 races. On November 1, I ran the Cliffhanger 8k with Amy, and had a beautiful race along a gorgeous cliff-side road.  The Cliffhanger race was my first 8k, which is just a hair under 5 miles.

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Also in November was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k and then the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon the next night.  I traveled to Las Vegas with Mom and Kristen, and we had a great weekend together exploring and running.  We met up with Mark at both races, and represented KC Running Co!


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I only managed to run with the KC Running Co Groupies 4 times.  Between starting a new job, traveling to Las Vegas, and traveling to Hays for Thanksgiving, there were just a lot of evenings I either couldn’t run, or ran  solo when time permitted.  My longest run, besides the Las Vegas Half Marathon, was 5 miles, which happened three different times throughout the month.

I volunteered one race in November, the RWB 5k, with Amy.  After volunteering the race, Amy and I met up with Mark at Shawnee Mission Park for a run.  It was a gorgeous day.

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The last week or so of November has gotten really cold and rainy and wet.  And dark too.  It’s dark so early in the evenings.  I had my first treadmill run of the fall, while in Hays for Thanksgiving.  It had rained and drizzled for a couple days, and then froze everything into a slick mess.  Mom, Kristen, and I went to HRC to run and lift.

Since coming back to KC after Thanksgiving, I’ve signed up for a gym membership at the Overland Park Athletic Club, which is partially paid for by my employer, making my monthly dues very low.  I see lots of treadmill runs in my future for this dark and cold winter to come.

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Looking forward to December, my biggest goal is to run at least 106 miles to get my yearly total to 1000 miles or more!!  I have one race, the Great Santa Run 5k.  Other than that, my goals are to develop a routine at the gym with some weight lifting and group classes at least a couple times a week, get to a few yoga classes, and finish the year healthy and happy!

How was your November? Any goals for December?

Monday Mentionings: November 2

Happy November, Friends! I started the last week of October off by running around a new area (to me) with the Best! We ran to and around Heritage Park, including the little lake.  It was really pretty, and we ended up running each mile faster than the previous mile, for a nice little unplanned 4 mile progression run.

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Tuesday, Amy and I ran together again, this time, near my apartment, before the World Series game.  It was rainy and drizzly, and Jazzy had a good time watching the squirrels and rabbits rummage around below.  Amy and I had a nice rainy 4 mile run before I watched the Royals win!

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While we were watching the World Series, Jasper decided to take his half of the couch.

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I took Wednesday night off from running, but did go see the chiropractor.  Thursday evening, when I got home, this bracelet was waiting for me in my mailbox! A coworker showed me these Bravelets, and fell in love, and ordered one right away.

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Saturday was Halloween, of course, and I spent Halloween morning running with the Best, and the evening with the Bestie.  I finished October with 103 miles, and wrote my roundup here.  Perfect Halloween!  Michelle and I watched the Royals game and watched trick or treaters at a friend’s house!

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I saw this costume earlier on Saturday, and it easily is the best costume ever.  I could never be as cool as this elephant tiger.  Never ever.

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Sunday morning, after a wonderful extra hour of sleep (the ONLY good thing about Daylight Savings Time is the 1 night with more sleep.  Booooo!) Amy picked me up and we went up to northeast Kansas City to run the Cliffhanger 8k.  You can read my race recap here.

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Jasper was very intrigued by my dryer today.  He sometimes tries to jump up onto the washer, but this time he really wanted in the dryer, so I lifted him in there while I was putting clothes away, and he was just as happy as a little clam in there.

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And to end the weekend, last night, I watched the Royals win the WORLD SERIES!!! THE WORLD SERIES!!! Dem Roys! What a time to live in Kansas City!!

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Have a fantastic week! Party like it’s 1985!

Cliffhanger 8k Race Recap

What better way to start a new month than a race! This morning, after a glorious extra hour of sleep, Amy and I drove up to North East Kansas City to run the Cliffhanger 8k.  I was invited by two separate people to run this race, and was told by countless others how gorgeous this race would be.  The Cliffhanger 5k and 8k is put on by the KC Track Club, and this year was the 30th year for this race, and after running it, I can see why it is so popular.  It is gorgeous.  And in the fall, with the leaves falling, just gorgeous.

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The 5k started at 8:00, with the 8k following at 9:00.  Amy and I got to Kansas City University around 8:00, and picked up our shirts and bibs, used the bathrooms, and we were ready to go!

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We found Jen, Jana, and Gerardo before the race too!

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We made our way down to the start line and were ready to go by 8:45.  I decided to ditch my long sleeved shirt, and tied it around my waist.  I’ve never had to do that before, during a race, and was pleasantly surprised that it stayed put and didn’t bother me at all!  I’m glad I took it off, with the sun coming out and the temps getting warmer, I would have burnt up in long sleeves.

The race itself is an out and back on the Cliff Drive scenic byway.  We watched the final runners and walkers finish their 5ks, listened to the National Anthem, and then we were off!


Photo courtesy Northeast Neighbor to Neighbor.

An 8k is 4.971 miles.  I had never ran an 8k race before, but do plenty of 5 milers on a regular basis.  I’ve had 1 5 mile race before, over 2 years ago, so I knew what the distance was, but had never really gone full out in a 5 miler or 8k distance.

The course was fairly flat, with a few rolling hills along the byway.  I read that the scenic byway is closed to vehicles on the weekends, and is only open to pedestrians and bikes.  I think closing the road every weekend is amazing, and I can definitely see why runners, bikers, hikers, and walkers flock to this area, the views, the cliff on one side, and beautiful winding road is absolutely breathtaking, and reminded me of fall in Colorado.

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I kept a fairly steady pace and effort throughout, and was very pleased to come in under 50 minutes for my first 8k.  The water stations at 1.5 miles, 2.5 miles, and 3.5 miles were very well run, as were start and finish lines.  I was handed my medal, got some water, and met up with Amy, both of us celebrating our PR’s!

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Just a few minutes later, I met up with Paul, who was the second person who told me I needed to sign up for this race.  Luckily, we were both smiling, and both had great runs on this beautiful morning.

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Back at the Kansas City University campus, a quarter mile or so from the start/finish, we filled our plates with eggs and pancakes, and ate while listening to the winners of each age group.

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Overall, I can’t say enough about this race.  I’m so glad I signed up for it last week.  We couldn’t have had a more perfect morning or a more perfect race location.  I highly recommend this race for anyone thinking about it next year!

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