Monday Mentionings: August 24

This past week, well, mostly the weekend, was a busy one! I’m going to share a bunch of pictures, and just give a sentence or two to explain each.

Last Monday evening I had a great run and weightlifting session after a visit with the chiropractor.Photo Aug 17, 8 06 59 PMTuesday ended with a 4+ mile killer track workout, followed by a killer rain shower 10 seconds after we finished our run.  Love running with these people.11944888_10100324630645153_1457556465_nThursday was a beautiful evening for a run, again, with some of my favorite people to run with.  Also, I’ve mastered the mid-run group selfie, and I’m pretty proud of my skillz.11903575_10100324630570303_1999578238_n11949714_10100324630650143_1024623076_nThursday night I picked Thayne and Kristen up from the airport, and our first stop was Oklahoma Joe’s for some delicious BBQ.  Thayne texted me countdowns for several days leading up to this meal.11896892_10100324630605233_2067075220_nFriday morning, Kristen and I got up WAY too early, in order to run with Amy before we went to Hays.  I’m sad it’s staying dark later, but we had to utilize my trusty headlamp for our 3 miles at 5:15am.11923072_10100324630580283_690683337_nI drank too much water before and after our run, and had to stop and pee twice on the way home.  Had to take a #reststopselfie with Kristen.11920358_10100324630565313_1174308725_nGot a pedicure with Mom and Kristen shortly after we got to Hays.11942244_10100324630585273_136296171_nHad to hug Shay puppy for several minutes before she stopped crying.  I miss Shay puppy every day.11940225_10100324630595253_1041028770_nPhoto Aug 21, 5 18 56 PMWe went to visit Grandma and Granddad, and meet their new baby boy, Tiger.  Side note, how fitting and adorable is it that his name was Tiger before they adopted him?  Granddad now has a kitty, and the kitty now has his Granddad.11948013_10100324630635173_2002480191_nFriday night, Mom gave us our new Sparkle visors, and we wore our matching Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas shirts and tried to take a picture to commemorate our little Vegas adventure. Kristen makes it impossible to take a picture.  We have signed up for the 5k and the Half Marathon in Vegas, which should make for a super fun long weekend in Vegas, while we “Run the Strip at Night!”11910861_10100324630625193_607930741_nOh, Gordon.  Such a dapper young man.11909801_10100324630610223_1038741301_nSaturday morning, we had a fun little run.11897204_10100324630640163_1789497653_nAva and I enjoyed our snowballs and some playground time while we watched Thayne play in the Hays High Alumni soccer game.11938192_10100324630545353_211207791_nPhoto Aug 22, 10 58 16 AMFollowed the game with a Q burger.11944645_10100324630555333_969639176_n-2Finally got to see Jasmine and get a Bubble Tea; I’ve missed her the last few visits to Hays.11923399_10100324630620203_1103244265_nSpent some more time with Grandma, Granddad, and Tiiger.11910671_10100324630590263_1719557987_nSunday morning, Mom and I ran a few miles.  Another perfect mid-run selfie.  It was actually pretty chilly this morning, it was gorgeous outside after the cold front came through Saturday night.11911432_10100324630600243_593421049_nGot the last mile done with Shay by our sides.  I love this pup. (awesome photo courtesy of Momma)11933046_10100324630575293_283786346_nPUPPY!Photo Aug 23, 10 15 21 AMIt’s always sad to leave home.11920357_10100324630630183_487903455_n11920287_10100324630655133_1029758478_nRealized that we never took any pictures with Dad.  He took pictures of us in our Vegas shirts and before we ran on Saturday, but we didn’t get any with him IN them.  So a Dillon’s photo shoot happened before we left town.11896972_10100324630550343_476935994_n-2Thayne was sleepy on the way back to KC Sunday afternoon.11911832_10100324630560323_1112326883_n-2I got back to my apartment just in time to watch the Royals come back and beat the Red Sox in the 9th inning.  Yay baseball!  It was an exciting last inning.  Jasper could hardly contain his excitement. He was happy to get some dinner and cuddles.  I missed him while I was gone for the weekend.  THANK YOU to Amy for checking in on him.Photo Aug 23, 6 55 07 PMAll in all, last week was a great week.  My heart is full after lots of family time, friend time, and some quality runs. I am currently at 79 miles for August, so I’m right on track to hit 100 or more by the end of the month.  Next weekend is the Dot to Dot 10k, which is the first 10k of the Heartland 30k series.

Have a great week, friends!

Thursday Thoughts: November 20

I almost forgot to write this post!

Last weekend was COLD! James and I had our first fire in the fireplace! This is the first time James has had a fireplace in his home, and it was really nice and cozy to have a roaring fire on such a cold couple of days. I had a fireplace back home in Hays, but I don’t think I ever started my own fire.  We were forecasted to get 2-4 inches of snow, but we barely even got a dusting.  It would have been a perfect little weekend inside with the fire, watching it snow.  Maybe next time.Photo Nov 15, 4 29 24 PM

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Also last weekend, my little sister ran the Avengers Half Marathon at  Disney Land.  Earlier this year, she ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Disney World.  She is running to support the research for Rett Syndrome.  Read her guest post about Rett Syndrome and her cousin Martilee here.  And check out those muscles.  DAMN girl!

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This week, the print that I ordered from Maiedae arrived!  I found this site from a fellow runners Instagram, and just thought the prints were beautiful.  I am even considering have the ladies at Maiedae print a custom piece for me.  I’m thinking of getting “With Brave Wings She Runs” and also “What If I fall?  Oh My Darling, What If You Fly?”  I am still deciding what I want to do.  If you have time, check out their store, they have so many beautiful and inspirational prints.

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Also this week, Oklahoma Joe’s changed their name officially to Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que.  Of course James and I had to go and celebrate the change!  I understand why they wanted to change their name, but I imagine most people will still refer to it as Oklahoma Joe’s.  I would have voted to leave well enough alone and just keep the name.  It was still tasty though, I will say that.  And before anyone says anything, YES I eat my BBQ naked.  BBQ sauce = icky.

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Tuesday, Mom, Kristen, and I signed up for the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, which is next November.  I still can’t quite believe we are going to Vegas in a year! Read about it here.

Tonight at KCRC, it was not only Hug a Runner Day, but we had a Chief’s BBQ and watched the game after our run. I only watched the first little bit, but it was fun! The New Balance rep was out, we had a test run in the shoes, there were giveaways, and lots of good burgers and brats after our run.  I find myself looking forward to the Thursday night runs, and I can’t say enough about how welcoming the KCRC Groupies are.

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Tomorrow, James and I will see Mockingjay Part 1.  EX-CIT-ED is what I am!!  Are you going to see Mockingjay? Have you read the Hunger Games?

What do you think of the name change from Oklahoma Joe’s to Joe’s Kansas City BBQ?