The July Run Down

What a month, folks!  I had a bit lower mileage in July than in previous months this year, but still managed to finish out July with 80 miles, putting my yearly total at 583 miles! I’m still on track to hit 1000 miles for the year, I’ll need to average about 83 miles each month to get there.  With half marathon training ramping up again, I hope to build my monthly mileage up to between 100 and 120 miles over the next couple months.  Previous months’ recaps here: January, February, March, April, May, and June.

Each of the 5 weekends in July had fun running things happening, so let’s get to it!

All the way back at the beginning of July, I went to Hays with Amy and Michelle.  While we were there for the holiday weekend, we all ran the Wild West 5k, and had a great long weekend together, including 2 other fun runs with Mom and Amy.

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The second weekend in July was also a busy one; I did my very first duathlon.  It was a fun day, a very tiring morning, but it was fun, and I even won first place in my age group! Read my race recap here.

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The third weekend in July, I ran with Chris for the first time!  It was his longest run to date, and it was a fun running date, too!  And then we also got to wait for an hour for AAA to come break into my car because I locked my keys inside.

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The 4th weekend in July was the Rock the Crossroads 5k.  Chris and I went down to the Crossroads and ran the 5k together.  This was Chris’ first 5k, and my second year Rocking the Crossroads.  I’m proud of Chris for killing his first 5k!

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The last weekend in July, I ran 5 miles with Chris on Saturday, again, his longest to date! Then on Sunday, I ran 6 miles (in the rain), which was my longest run of the month.  I had a bit lower mileage for July, but it ended up being a really fun month filled with lots of great runs.

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I made it to 3 cycle classes in July, and tried a Kickboxing class, too.  I didn’t get to bike as much as I would have liked, but hope to pick up some extra biking miles in August.

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I ran with the KCRC Groupies twice in July.  With Amy being out with a foot injury, she wasn’t there to make me get up early on Sundays and run! I  made it to two Thursday night runs, one of which was a popsicle run – run a mile, eat a popsicle, run another mile, eat another popsicle.  It was fun, but 2 miles in that heat, and 2 popsicles with that sugar was more than enough!   I hope to get back to some Tuesday night speed sessions with the groupies in August.

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Looking forward to August, I have 2 5ks, the Diva Dash and the Blacklight Run, both on the same day! One is in the morning, and the other is after dark.  That’ll be a fun day!

July Run-Down:
Running: 22 runs, 80 miles total.
Cycling: 3 cycle classes, 1.5 hours, and 1 11 mile bike ride (duathlon), totaling 33 miles.
Longest Run: 6 mile run, July 31.
Races: Wild West 5k, Shawnee Mission Duathlon, Rock the Crossroads 5k

Monday Mentionings: April 18

First things first, happy Marathon Monday to everyone running the Boston Marathon this morning!

After having a bit of a running rut after the Rock the Parkway half marathon last weekend, I’ve had some great runs toward the end of last week, so that definitely made me feel better, and back on track with things.  I had a good 5 mile solo run last Wednesday, 3 miles with some of my favorite Groupies on Thursday, a successful cycle class, followed by a treadmill run and weight lifting on Saturday, then a really strong 8 miler on Sunday with Amy at KC Running Co.  It’s amazing how good it feels after a strong, hard run!

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Jasper was extra pesky when I had salmon and veggies for lunch one day last week.  He not only wanted the salmon, but he wanted the broccoli and corn and green beans too! I’m not even joking, he ate a bit of all of it!

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Friday, I got some good news at work, and Michelle and I went out to celebrate that, and also to have our last official roomie bestie dinner together, too! She moved out Saturday – that 2 months went F.A.S.T!  We went to BRGR, which has the very best burger in KC, in my opinion, and pretty dang amazing truffle tots and mac and cheese too.  Tasty meal, the best company.

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Lots of memories these last two month, I’m so glad to have had this experience, with the best roomie ever.  I’m glad she’s only 2 miles away, because I miss her already!

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Saturday, after my cycle class, treadmill run, and lifting session, all I wanted was nachos! I got my fill at Freebirds.  Those were some yummy nachos.  The rest of Saturday consisted of running errands, helping Michelle move some boxes, and moved some stuff around in my apartment.

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Starting on Saturday, it began raining in Hays, and has rained 4-5 inches.  I saw a meme that is pretty accurate… “So, you want rain in Kansas? Here’s a year’s worth of rain at once, so your basement will flood.”  Mom and Dad went out several times and looked at Big Creek, some of the ponds, and other areas of town that are prone to flooding, it’s pretty insane how much rain there was.

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Left: Around noon on Sunday at Big Creek.  Right: Around 6:00pm Sunday night, the low water bridge at FHSU.  Photo credit: Donna Fleharty

After running with Amy on Sunday morning, we ate breakfast with Michelle, then I had a wonderful nap, and watched the Royals play.  Jasper basked in the sun for a while, which is rare, because he gets warm so quickly with all his black fur.  The rest of the evening, we just relaxed, which was nice!

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This weekend I have the Trolley Run on Sunday, and hope to get a long run in on Saturday.  Have a great week! Do you have any races this weekend?

Monday Mentionings: December 21

Welcome, welcome! This is the second to last Monday Mentionings for 2015!  Are you excited as me that tomorrow is the first day of winter, and also winter solstice, and after that, the DAYS START GETTING LONGER!!  I am REALLY SUPER EXCITED about this!

I have a few pictures to share from last week.  I found this amazing and gorgeous bird print at Pier One, and just had to buy it.  Bonus, it was on sale!  Jasper wasn’t too sure, at first, but he likes it now.

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I am in love with the view from my desk.  Sunny days can be a game of playing catchup with the blinds to keep the glare off my computer, but it’s 100% worth it.

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I registered for the KC Marathon this week, it’s really happening! A couple months ago, as I was running the KC Half Marathon, I fully decided to tackle the full distance next year, at the same race.  I’m very nervous and excited to attempt a full marathon, and I know it’s going to be a long, hard spring and summer of training, but I’m ready to challenge my mind and my body to this.  And best of all, I will do it stride for stride with my best friend.

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It finally got super cold on Thursday, just in time for a Groupie run!  We have a crazy warm November and December so far, and have been lucky to not have to really bundle up like the kid from A Christmas Story.

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Friday, at work, we had an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. We also had a food day and white elephant gift exchange.  It was neat to see everyone’s ugly sweaters, especially all the men who wore sparkly ladies’ sweaters.  I feel very lucky and happy to be a part of such a great group of people.

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Saturday was hair color day! I went a bit darker for the winter, and love the color!

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So after I got my hair colored, I picked Amy up to run to Old Navy for their HUGE sale, “just real quick.”  Well, we were there for about 2 1/2 hours, and after, we were famished and needed mexican food and margaritas to refuel.  It was a perfect afternoon and evening – finding amazing deals on cute clothes, then dinner with the best.  Amy even got carded for her drink. 😛

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Running has felt hard this past week or so, every run, even though the paces are decent to fast, has just felt like a huge struggle bus.  Sunday’s run was no different.  But, I got through it, and I’m on track to surpass my goal of 950 miles this year, probably by 20 or so miles.  Yesterday, I wrote out my running goals for 2016, so definitely give them a read over, and let me know what your goals are!

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Last thing to share for last week, I finally gave in and bought a selfie stick. When selfie sticks first came to be, I thought they were the stupidest thing ever.  I swore to never have one.  But… lots has changed.  Hah!  I wished I had one, especially when we were in Las Vegas.  It definitely would the come in handy.  Well, I found a super cheap one, and it’s even BlueTooth enabled, so I went ahead and bought it.  So, here you are, my very first “selfie stick” selfie.  For the record, Jasper wasn’t impressed.

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Folks, have a great week, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and Happy Holidays everyone! I, for one, can’t wait to be home and enjoy family time!!