MM: June 5

Happy Monday! Once again it’s been 2 weeks since my last Monday Mentionings post… last Monday Chris and I were in Hays for the long Memorial Day weekend.  Let’s jump right in with a sentence or two per picture!

We are moving to our new townhome in a couple weeks, so we got to packing over these last 2 weeks. Jasper was sure to pack the most important thing first: himself.

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A couple weeks ago we also got to try wedding cakes! Delicious.

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I also celebrated my birthday a couple weeks ago! My work family had lots of fun surprises for me, and then Chris took me out to one of my favorite restaurants and spoiled me like he’s so good at doing.

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My favorites.

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Over Memorial Day weekend, Chris and Michelle and I drove to Hays to see family! Belle happened to be planning on going to Hays anyway, so we had a little road trip together! We hydrated properly with Starbucks at the halfway point of the drive, and then snoballs as soon as we got to Hays.

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I still can’t run because of my knee issues, but I was able to take a fun walk with Mom and Skye on Sunday morning.

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Sunday night was pizza and ice cream sundaes and smores!

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And fun pictures with Ava!

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Last Monday Morning, Chris and I went for a nice long bike ride around Hays!

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Followed by more snoballs and fun with my favorite people before heading back to KC.

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Last week, Chris and I went to the Royals/Tigers game – Chris had bought tickets for my birthday. Most unfortunately, Detroit won. =P

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This past Saturday, Chris and I walked the Hospital Hill 10k at Crown Center. I had never done the HH 10k before, but I’ve done the half twice. I really enjoyed the 10k, and hope to be able to run it next year!

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For the rest of this weekend, Chris and I packed and meal prepped, and Jasper helped, as always.

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I’m really excited for the weekend to come, we are going to Detroit!

The June Run Down

2016 is half over! With June’s miles, I’m over 500 for the year, on track to hit 1000+ miles for the first time ever! I finished with 92 miles for June, bringing my total to 503 for the first half of the year.  I’m really happy with 503 miles, especially considering my first 2 months were about 50 miles each. You can catch up on my year so far here: January, February, March, April, and May.

The month started out with a half marathon! I ran Hospital Hill on June 4, and it was my hardest half marathon physically, and my slowest time.  I’m not proud of the time, but I’m proud that I stuck with it and finished, rather than taking a DNF.  The very next weekend, I went to Milwaukee to visit Kristen and Thayne, and ran my first quarter marathon (6.55 miles), the Rock ‘n Sole, with Kristen.

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I also had my longest bike ride, just over 25 miles, while I was in Milwaukee.  I decided to sign up for my first duathlon while on that bike ride with Kristen, so I’m really looking forward to trying that out in July! There are quite a few triathlons and duathlons in the KC area, so if it’s something I like, I’ll definitely look into more.

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I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies 5 times.  Amy and I ran before work several times, to try to beat the heat and humidity.  There were so many hot and humid days, it was even uncomfortable to run early, before work!

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Looking forward to July, I am running the Wild West 5k in Hays tomorrow, and I’m doing my first ever Duathlon (running and biking) at Shawnee Mission Park on July 10!

June Run-Down:
Running: 23 runs, 92 miles total.
Cycling: 4 cycling classes, 2.5 hours, and 2 bike rides in Milwaukee, totaling 66.5 miles.
Longest Run: 7 miles, June 19
Races: Hospital Hill Half Marathon and Rock ‘n Sole Quarter Marathon

Ten

I’ve now completed 10 half marathons.  Each one has taught me very important things, about myself and about life…

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My first half marathon, April 12, 2014, Eisenhower Half Marathon.  I learned that 13.1 miles is a damn long way to run.

My second half marathon, October 18, 2014, Kansas City Half Marathon.  I learned that Kansas City is super hilly.  And beautiful.

My third half marathon, April 11, 2015, Rock the Parkway Half Marathon.  I learned that running with a sinus infection and bronchitis is not fun.

My fourth half marathon, May 16, 2015, Scout Strong Half Marathon.  I learned that not all half marathons are created equal. Some are never to be repeated.

My fifth half marathon, June 6, 2015, Hospital Hill Half Marathon.  I learned that I prefer fall half marathons to late spring/summer half marathons.

My sixth half marathon, October 17, 2015, Kansas City Half Marathon.  I learned that I can push past my comfort zone.

My seventh half marathon, November 15, 2015, Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon.  I learned that this race is overrated, and Vegas is smelly.

My eighth half marathon, April 9, 2016, Rock the Parkway Half Marathon.  I learned exactly how amazing the running community in KC is.  How amazing? SO VERY AMAZING!

My ninth half marathon, May 14, 2016, Running with the Cows Half Marathon.  I learned that having someone to look forward to on the course, my special people, can help get me through a rough race.

My tenth half marathon, June 4, 2016, Hospital Hill Half Marathon.  I learned that no matter what, relentless forward progress will get me through each and every race.

Be who you want to be