The August Run Down

Here’s a story for you: I was just totaling up my mileage for August last night, and thusly, totaling my mileage for the year.  Around 8:30 last night (as I was writing this), I realized my total miles for the year was at 666.  I couldn’t let that stand, after a bit of groaning and a call to my mom, I went out and ran a mile.   I finished August with 84 miles, and 667 for the year so far.

With 667 for the year, I’m on track to reach my goal of 1000 for 2016, needing an average of 83 miles each month for the remaining 4 months of the year. Catch up on previous months’ recaps here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July.

I started July off with a new pair of shoes, which is always a great way to start off a new month.  The first couple weeks of July were super hot, and I did some indoor runs and fitness classes at the gym to beat the heat during the first half of July.  I went home over the second weekend in July, and had a couple great runs with Mom.

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I also had my very first “2 race day” on July 20.  In the morning, I ran the Diva Dash 5k with Amy and some of the KC Running Co. ladies.  Then after dark, I ran the Blacklight 5k “color” run with Michelle and some of her Y friends.  I ended up having 2 fantastic races, my 2nd and 3rd best 5k times overall.  My double race recap can be found here.

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I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies twice, once for a long run.  I had two 7 mile runs this month, which was my longest run of the month.  I did one of the 7 milers the day after a 6 miler, so that was a nice way to get some extra fatigue on my legs in preparation for half marathon season coming up.

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I also got several runs in with Chris. =) It’s been so much fun watching him grow as a runner, and it’s been such a fun way to grow in our relationship, too, by running together.

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I have no races coming up in September.  I hope to get my long runs up to 10 miles or so in the next few weeks.

My main goal for September is #NoSweetsSeptember.  I’ll be cutting out pop, candy, and sweet treats, for the month of September.  I’ve been eating far too much sugar, and drinking way too much pop, so join me with #NoSweetsSeptember (I’ll be posting on twitter, @renfle!) and let’s kick this sugar addiction, or at least curb it a bit for the month of Septembe!

I’m also really excited to cheer Kristen on for her Ironman on Sept. 11.  Be sure to send her lots of good juju and badass good vibes – she’s going to do amazing!!

August Run-Down:
Running: 24 runs, 84 miles total.
Cycling: 2 cycle classes, 1.5 hours, totaling 18 miles.
Longest Run: 7 mile runs on August 14 and on August 28
Races: Diva Dash 5k and Blacklight Run 5k

Diva Dash & Blacklight Run Race Recaps

Saturday morning, I ran the Diva Dash 5k, then Saturday night, I ran the Blacklight Run 5k!  I have 2 race recaps and lots of pictures from my double race Saturday to share!

Amy and I won entries to the Diva Dash 5k, so there was no better plan than to run it together! It was a relatively chilly morning, for August, and it was misty and overcast.  We started conservatively, and picked up the pace each mile to end up with perfect negative splits (each mile was 30 seconds faster than the previous).  We came across the line in my second fastest 5k time, so I was thrilled, especially since I wasn’t in the mood to race!!

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After the race, we met up with Sandey and Melissa, and ended up going to brunch after the race.  Side note, there was SO MUCH PINK and SO MANY TUTUS at this race.  Pink overload, for sure.  (Sidenote: notice how I’m the only one not in pink! Stand out people!)

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5k #1 of the day DONE!

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Saturday evening, I met up with Michelle and lots of her Y friends to run the Blacklight Run 5k.  We ate a quick dinner a coupe hours before the race, then headed out to Sandstone Amphitheater for the race.  (Sidenote: notice how I’m dressed differently than everyone else.  Stand out people!)

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I ran into Derek before the race, this was his 24th 5k of the year!

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The weather was beyond perfect.  The sun had come out Saturday afternoon and burned off some of the humidity.  It was cool, breezy, and perfect.  Such amazing and unseasonable weather for August.

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I ran perfect negative splits (this time each mile was 20 seconds faster than the previous) again for this race, totally unplanned – I was tired and didn’t want to run a second 5k on Saturday, but pushed and ended up besting my 5k time from Saturday morning to pull out my new second best 5k time, only 20 seconds away from my 5k PR, which I was really proud of, considering I had already ran a 5k earlier in day!

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We all got back together after the race and celebrated by watching the after party, complete with exploding color packets, blacklights, and loud music.  We headed home a little while later, and I promptly showered and went to bed.

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5k #2 of the day done!

Running 2 5k’s in a day was fun, but not really something I’m looking to do again anytime soon! It was a tiring day.  It was really fun to run with lots of different people at different races.

Have you ever ran 2 races in 1 day before? I’ve done 2 races in a weekend before, but never 2 in a day!

Monday Mentionings: August 22

What a weekend this past weekend was! Let’s start off with the week first.

Chris came home on Monday after being gone the entire week before.  Mom, Dad, and I booked flights Monday night to watch Kristen’s first Ironman next month.  Can’t wait to see her dominate that course and become an Ironman!

Wednesday night, I went on a quick run before Chris came over, then you can read (here) about how the cops were called because my Road ID app malfunctioned and set my mom off in a panic!

Thursday night I went down to the Crossroads to watch Chris’ band perform at an open mic night.  It was a lot of fun, I can’t wait to watch them play again.  You can check the band out here.

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Saturday was quite the day!  I ran the Diva Dash 5k with Amy in the morning, followed by brunch with the girls.

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Then, I ran the Blacklight Run 5k Saturday night with Michelle and some of her friends.

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I ended up having my 2nd fastest 5k Saturday morning, then topped it by having a new second fastest time Saturday night!  I’ll have a double race recap up soon!

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Sunday morning, Chris and I ran, and for some reason, every picture I took was blurry!  It was a gorgeous weekend for runs, definitely not typical August weather.

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Sunday evening was spent watching Harry Potter, and I got a surprise Red Wings shirt from Chris – I told him this would be the only Detroit/ Michigan shirt I could wear.  Plus I don’t know a thing about hockey.  GO ROYALS!

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Have a great week, I hope you enjoy the cooler weather while it lasts!