Monday Mentionings: October 19

I have a few things to share with you from my week! First of all, could we be having a more beautiful October? October is like the Saturday of months, I love October.

Tuesday, I found an amazing little turtle friend on the trail during our KC Running Co. Groupie Speed Night run.  I found him on the warm up of a 5 mile tempo run, so he spent the run with me.  His name is Timothy.  =)

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Wednesday, Amy and I ran a few miles on the trails after work, and of course, we both wore our orange visors.  Best friends think alike? Same shirt too, but not the same color this time.Photo Oct 14, 5 31 02 PM

Thursday evening, I ran a few miles with the KCRC Groupies to shake things out before our half marathon on Saturday! We had a nice run with good friends.  Best way to finish out the week!  Have I mentioned how much I love running in October? Perfection.

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Friday, after work, I met Amy at the Kansas City Marathon expo.  Mom couldn’t make it to the expo, but she was on her way to KC! We got our packets, picked up some shirts and other fun stuff, and then grabbed some groceries to make our spaghetti dinner!

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Spaghetti dinner and sparkling wine.  With Mom and Amy.  And with the Royals winning game 2 of the ALCS.  Best Friday night.

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Saturday morning, we were up in the 4’s to get ready for the race.  E.A.R.L.Y.  Amy came over, and we headed to Crown Center for the race! We kept warm inside, then checked our bags, used the bathroom (again), and jumped (literally, climbed over the guard rails) into the corral with about 10,000 of our closest and bestest running friends!

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I will have a race recap up sometime this week, once the official photos are released.  Until then, here’s a pic of several friends and fellow Groupies, and of Mom, Amy and I with our medals!  I will spoil it a little for you, and tell you that I PR’d my half marathon time by almost 11 minutes!!

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Jenn, Mom, John, Amy, and Me

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After the race, we came back to my house, and foam rolled, facebook’d photos, and called family.  Jazzy “rolled” a little too.

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Later on Saturday (felt like about 9pm, but it was really like 4 since we had been up since way before it was light out!), Mom and I got some BBQ at Joe’s, found some good deals at Scheels, and watched the Royals win.  We were home and ready for bed relaxing by 8:00!

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Sunday, Mom and I met Amy and we ran a couple shakeout miles, then went to Yoga at Lululemon.  Boy, were my quads and lower back stiff.  Yoga felt really good though, stretching things out a bit.

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We at lunch and ran a few errands, including stopping to take pics outside of Trader Joe’s.

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Mom and I visited Edgar the Swan after we dropped Amy off.  We actually found out that his name is Fred (someone who lives right there by the pond told us), but I think Edgar is a better name for him.

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This week, I’m excited to cheer on the Royals as they take on Toronto and win the ALCS! World Series or BUST!

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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!

Long Run Happys

Yesterday I had a fantastic long run!

I ran 7.5 miles with no walking, which is something I haven’t done since last February/March while training for my first half marathon.  After my first 13.1 last spring, I moved to KC, and my running felt really hard, and I kind of fell off the wagon a bit through the summer.  I made it through my second half marathon, and knew I wanted to FINALLY tackle RUNNING a half marathon without walking.

My last successful long run was over a month ago, before I went home for Grandpa’s funeral and Christmas.  I ran 6.5 miles on December 7.  Yesterday, I wanted to tackle 7 miles, and I ended up r inning 7.5 miles with no walking!  I was very proud of myself!

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I turned my watch upside down, and didn’t look it at until after 3 miles.  I didn’t want to look at my pace and have it effect me mentally.  I looked it just a few times after 3 miles, to know when to turn around (I was doing an out and back).  Then I  flipped it back to the front and used it a few times to make sure I wasn’t slowing down after mile 6.  I wanted to make sure, at the end, that I didn’t slow down too much.  I ended up keeping my pace within 20 seconds for each mile, and I was ultimately really happy with that!

After I ran, I stretched and too a really hot shower.  The heat felt really good.  I slipped on my calf sleeves after my shower, and laid with my legs up the wall for about 20 minutes before we went to dinner.

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James and I went to Joe’s KC BBQ for dinner, and it was beyond delicious.  I wish we didn’t have to wait in line so long, my hips felt really tight in line for 30 minutes, but I was able to stretch them out a bit while waiting.  Don’t judge, there wasn’t anything else to do while just standing there.

Runger = Demolished

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Earlier in the day yesterday, I went to to yoga, which was relaxing and I got a great stretch in.  Then Kristen texted me the quote below.  I made it into a little photo, and meditated on it here and there during my run.

I know the support of my family and friends, along with the encouragement I get from running with the KCRC Groupies has helped my running progress tremendously.  I just hope it continues to improve each week.  I know I am capable, I just have to continue to believe in myself.

as if i had wings

I’m about to head out on an easy 4-5 mile run; it’ll be great to loosen up my legs after yesterday’s effort.  Next week, I’ll aim for 8 miles at least, maybe up to 8.5.  Slowly but surely, I’ll make it to the half marathon distance and beyond! The Rock the Parkway Half Marathon is exactly 3 months away!