Monday Mentionings: September 19

Hello friends! It’s been a couple week since a proper update.  Last weekend I was in Wisconsin watching and cheering Kristen as she became an Ironman! But before I went to Wisconsin, I had a great little groupie run with Amy, Jenn, and Chris. (That’s about the only picture I took that week before I left!!)

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Mom, Dad, and I flew (very very early) to Milwaukee, and then we all headed to Madison to get Kristen’s things finalized for her race.

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Sunday was filled with Ironman! Kristen did so fantastic; I can’t even describe how amazing it was to watch her and all the Ironmen on Sunday.

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Congratulations, Kristen!!!!!! I am so beyond proud of you and everything you’ve accomplished. I can’t wait to see what else you are going to do – you’re going places, sisser!

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Monday, we drove back to Milwaukee, and had to take Dad to the airport to get back home for work.  Thayne also went to work for the afternoon, so Mom and Kristen and I went to lunch on the riverfront, which was delicious and pretty!!

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Tuesday, after a short run (Kristen biked!), we ventured up to Cedarburg and wandered around, shopped a little, and had a little wine tasting, too.

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Wednesday, before flying home, we had a short run around by the lake, had some great pizza, and visited one of the beaches.

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I kind of illegally took this snapchat about 5 minutes before we landed in KC, I wish I would have done it and screenshotted it going 500+ mph, but almost 300 mph is still pretty cool!

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Jasper was pretty excited I got home.  He’s been extra cuddly since I’ve been back.  I spotted him chilling with my stuffed animals.  “One of these is not like the others.”

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Sunday, I ran 8 and a half great miles with Chris at KC Running Co.  It was such a pretty morning, and a great little course.  Half marathon #11 is less than a month away! and it’ll be Chris’ first half marathon! YAY RUNNING!

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Fall comes this week! I can’t wait for the fall temperatures, and for fall running! What’s your favorite season?

Have a great week friends!

To the Future Ironman

Dear Kristen, future Ironman (in just 3 short days!!!!!),

You got this.  You’ve put in the work.

You’ve been training and kicking ass for over a year, in preparation for this one day.  The day is just a day, just a number on the calendar.  It’s what’s in your heart, in your soul… that’s what makes this particular day so meaningful.

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Know that we are all cheering for you.  Near and far, you are in all our hearts.  You are doing something that not just anyone can do.  And you are inspiring so many people in the process.

You are about to push your body, your mind, and your spirit, for hours on end, miles on end.  I cannot think of a better, more prepared, and more deserving person to crush this Ironman than you.

I love you sisser, and I am so proud of you.  I cannot wait to be there and cheer you on as you enjoy the final steps in becoming an Ironman.  You’ve done the work, it’s time now time to enjoy the last 140.6 miles in your Ironman journey.

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“The race always hurts.
Expect it to hurt.
You don’t train so it doesn’t hurt.
You train so you can tolerate it.”