Thursday Thoughts: June 11

Short little post for Thursday Thoughts this week.  Last weekend was super busy, with my parents coming to town to watch a couple Royals games and to spectate my half marathon.  It was a really fun weekend, but all that time outside in the sun wore me out!
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I found a new favorite snack.  I went to Trader Joe’s on Tuesday, and picked up some Partially Popped Popcorn.  Delicious.  I must buy more.  They are little kernels of popcorn that is popped a little bit.  It tastes like a mix between corn nuts and popcorn.  MMMMMM!!!!!

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I’m beyond excited to see Michelle tomorrow!! She moved to KC at the beginning of this month, and I can’t wait to hang out with her and make memories more than once or twice a year!  I’m ready for some bestie time!  I’m also looking forward to the new season of Orange is the New Black, which comes out on Netflix this weekend.

I’ve also been continuing to go to the chiropractor once or twice a week for my sore glute/hamstring.  I think we are making progress, but it sure is slow going.  I’m tired of having a pain in my butt!  This weekend, I may have to check out the pool at my apartment complex.  It’s a salt water pool, and it’s definitely hot enough to go for a dip this weekend.

Hospital Hill Half Marathon Race Recap

The Hospital Hill Half Marathon was my third and final half marathon this spring.  I previously ran the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon in April and the Scout Strong Challenge Half Marathon in May.  I was anticipating Hospital Hill to be the toughest of the three, and I do think the course was the hardest, but mentally, Scout Strong was the toughest.

Friday, Amy and I went to pick up our packets at Crown Center, and then my parents got to town and I had some Chicken Mac to carb up for the early morning race.
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Saturday morning, I was up at 4:30, and Amy, Mom, Dad, and I were on our way to Crown Center by 5:30.  SO EARLY!  We had about an hour to wait before the race; we watched the finish line volunteers finish up their preparations and had ample time to use the port-a-poties.  Mom made a couple signs, which makes me happy.  She had several runners comment on her ZOOM ZOOM! sign, and a few even stopped to take a picture with her!

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About 10 minutes before the start, Amy and I made our way into the corral.  The weather was warm and humid, and it looked like it was going to be a warm race.  There were huge tubs full of frozen sponges waiting at the finish line.  I will also say that this race was very well run. The expo was very smooth, I’d say it was larger than Rock the Parkway, but smaller than the KC Marathon expo.  There were ZERO problems along the course; the volunteers were amazing, and police officers did a great job of keeping everyone safe.  THANK YOU to all the volunteers!

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The race started about 5 minutes before 7:00, I think it started early because there were no wheelchair participants.  Mom and Dad were out about a half mile from the start line, and Mom took some really great pictures of the horde of runners running down Grand Blvd.

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Photo courtesy of Donna Fleharty.

Onto the race itself.  It was hard.  The air was humid and my hamstring and glute were sore and tight.  But I was happy!  My plan of attack was to run as long as I could, and when I started fatiguing, I was planning to walk the uphills and run the flats and downhills.  It began raining around mile 5 or 6, which felt really good, the rain was a cooling rain, and wasn’t a downpour like I heard occurred in Hospital Hill years past.

My plan of running when I could and walking the uphills when I needed to was a fantastic plan until about mile 8.  I was running/walking/running/walking, and feeling okay, tired, but okay.  My right leg hurt, but it wasn’t really getting worse, so I just kept at it.  Then, Broadway Hill came along, and for well over a mile, we climbed!  It felt like we would never get to the top, but around halfway up the hill that didn’t end, it stopped raining.

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My HH elevation shirt. Basically, there were lots of hills.

By mile 9 or 10, I was so ready to be finished.  My triceps hurt, my butt hurt a lot, and my hips and lower back were tightening up.  I just wanted to be finished!  I saw a photographer at the top of Trinity Hill, and managed to run up most of the hill with a smile on my face, so thanks, photog, for sitting right at the top of that tough hill, it was super nice of you. 😛

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Photo courtesy Hospital Hill Run and Game Face Media.

The finish was just over a half mile of glorious downhill.  I could hear the announcer, and could see lots of spectators cheering the finish.  I have never been so glad to finish a race! I was soaked to the bone, foot sore, and just wanted that medal! I will say, for the very first time, the medal was placed over my head by a sweet volunteer, rather than just handed to me.  I have always wanted a medal placed over my head, and Hospital Hill was the first time!  I was handed a frozen sponge and chilled water bottle, and shortly after, was handed an ice cream sandwich.

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I made my way to Mom and Dad, and found Amy shortly after.  We picked up our Half Marathon finisher sandals (we got flip flops AND a medal AND a shirt!) and headed to the car.

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Overall, this half marathon was a tough one, and the hills were killer, but it was not my slowest half marathon time. I am disappointed that I still have not been able to run without walking, for the entire 13.1 miles, but I know I have been dealing with a glute and hamstring injury, and have not been putting in the long run miles like I need to in order to run the distance.  I have signed up for the KC Half Marathon this fall, which I also ran last fall, and I am confident that I will have a successful summer of building up my mileage safely.

A huge thank you to my parents, who came down for the weekend and cheered me on, and a huge thank you to Amy and to the KCRC Groupies, for always pushing me and motivating me and being there for me week after week.  I wouldn’t be where I am without ya’ll, and I couldn’t go where I’m going without yawl.

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Half marathon #5 done! I conquered you, Hospital Hill!

Thursday Thoughts: January 22

It’s Thursday again, and it’s been quite the exciting week.  Last Friday morning, I was on my way to work when I was in a fender bender car accident.  Needless to say, I didn’t make it to work.  I wasn’t injured, and neither was the other party, but it was quite the experience.  I’d never been in a car accident before, and I am thankful it wasn’t worse.  My car should be fixed up in another week or so, but until then, I’m driving a mini van.  What’s even worse, is that it has Missouri plates! Ahh! I can’t believe I’m driving around giving people the impression that I’m a Missourian.

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I couldn’t let another Thursday go by without sharing some pictures of my favorite little furbaby.  When he’s not napping and laying about the house, he’s begging to go outside.  The beautiful 50 and 60 degree weather has allowed him to be outside more than normal lately.  He just loves being out on the balcony, watching birds, listening to all the sounds, sniffing and sniffing and sniffing everything.  I imagine this spring and summer he will be spending a lot of time out there.

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It seems he’s also been looking for new places to lay inside. He’s found this little nook in the spare bedroom (why we have a vanity in the spare bedroom, I have no idea, all of the apartments in our complex are that way!).  He’s also been laying under the quilt rack, which I’d never seen him do before.  James and I thought we had lost him somehow, could’t find him anywhere, and he finally came out from under the quilt rack.  I’d imagine it’s nice and quiet and dark under there, a perfect spot for a nap.

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Monday, I had a pedicure at Life Spring Med Spa, which was lovely.  I ran one of my longest training runs on Sunday, and also signed up for the Hospital Hill Half Marathon so it was a nice little treat to get my legs and feet massaged, and get some pretty pink polish for the nice spring-like January weather.

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I am in love with this cuff bracelet I got over the weekend.  How fitting that Courage is my one little word for 2015, and that With Brave Wings She runs is my own personal mantra.  I just love it.  I’ve worn it every day since I bought it.

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This weekend I am running the Groundhog Run 10k,which is all underground, which will be super fun and interesting, and definitely something I’ve never done before!  I believe the race has already raised over $200,000 this year for Children’s TLC, which is just fantastic. I think James will come spectate the race, so hopefully I’ll get some pictures and will write a short recap this weekend or early next week.

How’s the weather where you are? If it’s icy or cold, please be safe! If it’s nice and spring-like, like here in KC, get outside and enjoy the weather!