The October Run Down

Hello November! October was quite a good month, in terms of running! I finished the month with 105 miles, which ties March’s total for the most miles in a month this year.  Catch up with my previous months’ recaps here:January, FebruaryMarch, AprilMay, June, JulyAugust, and September.

With 105 miles for October, my yearly total is now 861 miles! I am right on track to crush my long time goal of reaching 1000 miles in a year! I will have to average 70 miles for November and December to get to that magical 1000 number.

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October started out with an amazing 10 miler in Hays, with Chris and Momma.  We were in Hays for Oktoberfest, and had a very chilly, great feeling 10 miler to start off our weekend and the month.  Sunday morning I ran another 5 miles with Mom.  I cherish our runs together becuase they don’t happen as often as they used to.

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I had 1 race in October, the KC Half.  This was my third year running the half marathon, and it was my slowest time due to several struggles I had.  Chris ran his very first half marathon and CRUSHED it!  My full race recap is here.

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I only ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies once, but got in lots of great solo runs and lots of great runs with Chris.  I also only made it to a cycle class once in October.  I need to get back to regularly going to cycle, it is such great cross training.

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My longest solo run was 9 miles, on Oct. 29.  I had a 10 miler with Chris on Oct. 1, and I also had two 7 milers thrown in during October, along with the half marathon.  I have definitely gained some endurance over the last few months, by slowing my runs down and going for longer, slower distances.  Because of the slow down, I have also been enjoying my runs more.

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Looking forward to November, I have 1 half marathon planned, the Longview Half Marathon at Longview Lake in Lee’s Summit.  This will be the third year for this race (I think), but my first year running it.  Other than that race, I plan to keep working on my endurance, time on my feet, and feeling stronger in my runs.

October Run-Down:
Running: 21 runs, totaling 105 miles.
Cycling: 1 cycle class, 30 minutes, totaling 7.5 miles
Longest Run: 10 miles, October 1st, in Hays.
Races: KC Half Marathon

2016 KC 13.1 Race Recap

Last weekend, I ran the KC Half Marathon for the third year in a row (see my 2014 recap here and my 2015 recap here).  As in previous years, I went downtown for packet pickup.  Chris and I checked out the expo for a bit, got our packets, and headed home for a spaghetti dinner.  After setting out my flat runner, it was early(ish) to bed.

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It was much warmer this year, compared to last year’s frigid temps.  It was warm enough for a tank top; I wish it would have been a bit chillier, it kind of felt more like late spring than early fall.  I went to the race with Chris and Amy, and after using the bathrooms and checking our bags, we made our way into the corrals.  The race started right on time, with fireworks going off at the start!

I started off and stuck to my paces, slower than previous halves, as I was trying to run the whole half marathon without walking.  The course was pretty familiar to me, having done it twice before. I made it through Hospital Hill, Liberty Hill, and Trinity Hill with no problems.  I was enjoying the race signs, listening to snippets of conversations as I passed people and as they passed me, listening to my music, and enjoying the course.

I knew by about mile 5 that this was not my race.  Since the start of the race, I’d not had any pep in my calves; my hips had been aching, my calves felt like rocks, and I just felt sluggish, overall.  I continued to watch my paces, trying to focus on something other than how my legs felt.  By the time I got to the Plaza, about halfway, I was feeling chilled, and had goosebumps on my arms.  I had the beginnings of dizziness, and at about mile 7, I stopped to walk.

My number 1 goal for this half marathon was to run it all without walking.  I felt so defeated, mentally.  I have had so many great training runs preparing for this half marathon, and I felt really confident that I could finally reach this goal.  My secondary goal was to PR, and my third goal was to finish the half.  When I started walking, I knew my #1 and #2 goals were out the window.  I honestly didn’t even really want to finish, I was just defeated.

I spent the last 6 miles walking and running, with more walking than running.  My back and feet began aching, because of all the walking. I continued my walk/run/walk/run until I was about a half mile from the finish, and ran it in.  I finished, and felt happy that I had finished, but frustrated and upset and disappointed in myself at my performance.  I got my medal, water, and heat sheet, and made my way to find Amy and Chris.

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Let’s just talk about Chris for a sec.  He finished his first half marathon, and killed it! He beat all of his goals, and felt awesome the whole time.  I am so proud of him, for training and achieving this, for pushing me to run longer, for being there for me after my bad race, and for signing up for another half, so we can keep running together.  He did so great, I can’t say enough.

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Overall, I’m happy I did the race, and I’m happy I finished.  I’ve reflected a lot this week about this half marathon, and the 10 previous halves.  I’m proud of myself every time for finishing a half marathon, because it is no small feat.  I know I didn’t have the day I trained for, but I know that day will come for me.  I’m going to keep running, to keep training, and keep making my mind stronger, because I know it is my mind that gives up far before my body, and I need to learn to be stronger than my  mind thinks I am.

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I love the KC Half, it’s one of my very favorite KC races.  I hope to continue to keep doing this race every fall.  Amy, Chris, and I made our way back home after the race, and now my medal is proudly hanging with my other half marathon medals.

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I have one more half marathon to run this year, the Longview Half Marathon, in 3 weeks. I’m really excited that Mom is coming down for Longview, it will be great to experience Longview with her – neither of us have ran this race before.  Longview Lake, here we come!

Monday Mentionings: October 17

I really need to get better at taking pictures through the week!! Anyway, happy Monday, and here are a few pictures from last week!

Jasper has been so frisky with the cooler weather! And when he’s not running all over the apartment, he’s sleeping.  He’s such a little ham!

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I ran my 11th half marathon on Saturday, and will have a race recap up soon! Chris ran his first half and CRUSHED it!  So many of my friends ran this race and did awesome. I didn’t have the race I wanted, but I finished it and learned from it and will be running Longview in a month!

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Have a great week friends! I’ll try to do better and take more pictures this week!  Congrats to friends who ran races in St Louis, KC, Des Moines, and Detroit over the weekend!