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

Monday Mentionings: July 25

Monday Monday!  Last Monday, I forgot my gym bag at home, so instead of going straight to the gym after work, I went home and ran the mile to the gym, cycled for a half an hour, then ran the mile back home.  H.O.T.  I had quite the puddle under my spin bike.

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Wednesday, I used the gym at work, to run during lunch.  The gym at work is nice, but it is rough to get in a few miles at lunch time with as hot as it is outside.

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Thursday evening, Michelle went to the KCRC Groupies run with me! When she was rooming with me, she went to a group run, and it happened to be a Hoka test run.  Thursday night, Hoka was back for another run!

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We actually did a “popsicle run” – run a mile, eat a popsicle. Run another mile, eat another popsicle.  Thanks for a really fun run, Hoka and KC Running Co!

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And of course, I had to take a runfie. 😛

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L to R: Me, Mark, Jenn R, Jenn M, Michelle.

After our run, Michelle and I had dinner, then went to Sprouts.  I’d never been before, and it certainly wasn’t a trip to forget.  Between facetiming my parents to show them quail meat, getting awesome (semi-cheating) deals on milk, and dropping an entire box of blueberries on the ground, it was quite the trip. I definitely love my Belle adventures.

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Saturday, Chris and I had brunch and hung out before the race in the evening.  I introduced him to the world of snapchat, so his life will forever be changed.

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I wrote a race recap for Rock the Crossroads, and there’s lots of pictures on that post for you to check out.  Then on Sunday, I ran 5 miles on the treadmill because HOT, Chris came over and was able to meet Kristen, as she was in town for a couple hours after having a family reunion, before I had to take her to the airport.

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This week, I’m looking forward to going to the Royals game on Wednesday, and hopefully getting in a few runs without dying of HOT.  Have a fantastic week, friends!

Monday Mentionings: February 22

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! This past week has been such a nice week, weather wise, at least in the midwest.  Temps got into the 70s here in KC, and it actually was as warm as 91 degrees in Hays one day last week.

Tuesday was actually pretty windy, but Amy and I got in a few miles before it got dark! I didn’t even have to use my headlamp.  I’m beyond excited for lighter evenings.

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The fountains were turned on at work last week. It was neat to watch the groundskeeper in his boat, getting everything ready to go, and then they were on! Spring is coming, indeed.

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Thursday evening was a super fun evening! First off, it was nearly 70 degrees!!!  Secondly, my bestie roomie came with me to the group (she’s in the white shirt next to me), and she even ran a couple miles with my best Amy and I!  We test ran in some cool Hokas, I tried to get a runfie and it was blurry (but still fun). The wind though… OH. MY. GOODNESS.  That was some strong wind.  Wind, plus a gnarly uphill into the wind made for a difficult second half of the run.  Afterwards, Hoka and KC Running Co had Oreos for us!  Then, Amy, Michelle, Jenn and I went to grab a bite to eat (and custard) at Culver’s.  Yummy!

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Friday, a coworker  brought these Sesame Crisps to share.  He is originally from China, and recently visited family in China, and brought these back.  They were not actually as green as the photo, and they kind of tasted like dirt and popcorn and tea all together.  The consistency was the weirdest, it was like compacted very fine, damp sand… how you can touch sand like that and it kind of crumbles part, that is what this was like when I put it in my mouth, it kind of dissolved and disintegrated.  It was very strange.  It was not bad, it kind of didn’t taste like much, but the consistency was so strange.  It was really cool to try this though.

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Friday afternoon, Michelle sent me the picture below.  Jasper jumped up and laid on the other end of the couch.  He’s been slowly growing accustomed to having her live with us.  They’ll be best buds soon. 😉

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Friday evening, it was just so dang nice, I had to get out and run a couple miles before my parents arrived.  There were so many people outside, walking, playing in the park, running, cycling.  It was a gorgeous evening, I just couldn’t pass it up.  Shortly after I got home, Mom and Dad got here!  We went to K Macho’s to eat, the first many great food stops during the weekend.

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Saturday morning, I took Mom and Dad to The Athletic Club of Overland Park, where I have a gym membership.  We took a cycle class, and sweated buckets!  It was a lot of fun, I’m really glad they were able to come to class with me.

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Saturday for lunch, we “opened up” the Joy Wok Chinese buffet.  We arrived at 10:55 (in the morning, hahahaha) and were the second people in the door.  Surprisingly, there were about 6 or 7 tables of people ready to eat right at 11.  Chinese brunch, anyone?

After we ate, we checked out the deals at Scheels, REI, and the KC Running Co store.  I kind of got in trouble for riding the fat tire bike at Scheels – they told me I could test ride it, but I had to take it outside to the track, I could get hurt by hitting my head on a rack, or falling over into a display.  They apparently don’t know how good of a bike rider I am. Ha!  I guess these fat tire bikes are the coolest thing right now, there were fat tire bikes up to $2,000.

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We also had to stop by my old neighborhood and see how Edgar the Swan was doing.  He saw mom and torpedo’d all the way across the pond to check her out, and lunged at her a couple times.  He made sure to follow us as far as he could as we walked back up the trail to the car.  That is one angry swan.

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After some more shopping and wandering around Overland Park, we headed back to the apartment for a bit.  All of the sudden we heard what sounded like an ice cream truck.  Lo and behold, there was an ice cream van playing La Cucaracha driving through the apartment complex.  Not sure if that’s legal or not, but this guy was certainly taking advantage of the unseasonably warm weather!

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Later Saturday night, we went to Grinders Stonewall for some amazing pizza.  I had seen and heard about Grinders in the Crossroads district, but hadn’t realized there was a Grinders in Lenexa.  It was amazing; I’ll definitely be going back!  Mom and Dad each had a calzone, and they were the biggest calzones we had ever seen.  I had a pizza, and it was delicious.  Even cooler, this location of Grinders is in an old house turned inn turned restaurant.  It was very unique, and very tasty.

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Sunday morning, Mom and I ran on the trails, while Dad biked along with us.  It was a bit chillier, but still amazing weather for February!  We saw 3 deer, multiple squirrels and robins and blue jays and ducks, and we even got to watch a woodpecker peck for a minute.  It was really a beautiful morning on the trails.

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Then for lunch, we went to Burg and Barrel and had some good burgers, and got to see Amy and chat a bit too! This sign in the bathroom made me giggle.

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Dad enjoyed piling toys on Jasper yesterday afternoon, then we strung out all his toys in a row, and he promptly sniffed them and laid down on them.  This kitty is spoiled, but I love him.

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Overall, it was a great week, and a suburb weekend with Mom and Dad.  I loved having them in town for the weekend.  I hope everyone has a great week, enjoy the weather, and the last week of February!