Monday Mentionings: April 11

Another Monday, another post! Last week was a great week, let’s jump right in!

On Monday, I met up with Thayne for dinner; he was in KC for opening day on Sunday, then flew out Tuesday for a work meeting.  It was nice to see him, it’s been since Christmas! Thayne, did you give Kristen her hug from me? We went to Joe’s KC BBQ, and it was delicious, as always.

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Jazzy has been leaving Michelle toys several times per week.  So precious, that little kitty, and his love for Michelle.  She’s moving to her new place this weekend; Jasper and I will both miss her like crazy, but I know we will see her often!

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We finished off the Amaretto Slushies last week, so tasty!  The weather has been warmer, which means Jasper hasn’t been snuggling as much lately – he likes to snuggle when it’s cold out.  I soaked up every minute of snuggle time I had last week.

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This is what I see every morning while I’m getting ready for work.  He sits patiently while I get ready, then about 5 minutes before I’m ready to go, he starts crying, to make sure I don’t forget to give him his morning treats.  So spoiled, this one.

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This tweet exchange cracked me up so much.  Kristen wrote about hedgehogs in the wild, and our Granddad’s response is just too funny.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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There were hot dog races at work last Friday, which cracked me up.  Some of the guys from the building next to us had the races, and we stood by the window in our building to watch them.  I love love love the place I work!  We work hard, but play hard too!

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This may be a dangerous search.  I’m contemplating trying a duathlon this summer/fall! Have you ever done a duathlon or triathlon? Should I go for it??  I’m also looking at trail races for this summer/fall!

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Saturday morning, bright and early (and cold), was Rock the Parkway, my first half marathon of the year.  I will have a race recap up later this week, once the race pictures are posted, but I wanted to share a couple pictures with you – pre and post race.  It wasn’t a PR for me, but it was for Amy, and for several of my friends, which was so great, and I finished with my second best half marathon time!

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Then, several hours and a painful shower later, this happened…

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I think Jasper’s most favorite thing ever is sitting in/on all the places he isn’t supposed to be.  He has probably sat on everything possible in Michelle’s room.  I think he’s just trying to make sure all of his extra fur goes with her to her new apartment.

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Last night, after yummy fajitas and quesadillas, Michelle and I decided we needed some good old fashioned TCBY.  We made the trip to Prairie Village, and had a very strange TCBY experience, but the ice cream was yummy, and that made up for it!  What’s your favorite froyo flavor?

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Have a great week friends!

KC 13.1 Recap

Grab a chair folks, because this one’s a long one.  Time to recap the KC Half Marathon! Friday, after work, I met Amy at Crown Center to go to the marathon expo.

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After spending a while (and some money) at the expo, we got some groceries and went back to my house.  Mom was driving in, and arrived just in time for spaghetti, wine, and the Royals!  After dinner, I laid out flat Renee and got all my gear out before bed.  Bed came a bit later than I would have liked, but Mom and I stayed up ’til the end of the Royals game and watched them win game 2 of the ALCS.

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Saturday morning was race morning; bright dark and early we dressed and ate a bit, and then headed to Crown Center.  We got there and parked with about an hour before the start, and stayed warm inside Crown Center.

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When it was closer to race time, we used the bathroom one last time, checked our bags, and hopped into the race corral.  Literally, we hopped the fence into the corrals, because everyone was stuffed in like sardines!

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As I was waiting in the corral, I remembered that last year, I started the race (in the dark) without my sunglasses, and by the time I wanted to wear my sunglasses, the cool air paired with my warm body made lots of fog.  So last minute, just before the start, I adjusted my sunglasses on my face.  Race start was at 7:05, and the sun comes up around 7:30, so I figured sooner or later, it would be okay, and then I wouldn’t have to worry about it.  Turns out, this was a perfect plan.  No adjusting my sunglasses later, and no fog problems!  Plus, I am positive I looked like a badass wearing my sunglasses in the dark, running a half marathon.

Photo courtesy ActionSportsImages.com

Photo courtesy ActionSportsImages.com

I brought two Gu’s with me, safely tucked away in my Running Buddy, and took the first one around mile 3, which was right at the breathtaking Liberty Memorial part of the course.

This course, by the way, is gorgeous.  This was my second time running the KC Half Marathon, and I love this course.  It’s hard and hilly, and it’s a breathtakingly gorgeous way to run KC.

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Photo courtesy ActionSportsImages.com

After the Liberty Memorial and Trinity Hill, we wound our way down through Westport, and onto the Plaza.

My outfit for the day included compression capris, a KC Running Co. Groupie tank top, compression arm sleeves, throw away gloves that I never threw, my visor, and a KCRC headband over my ears.  I wore my Hoka Clifton’s, had my Running Buddy Pouch, and my sunglasses that did not fog!

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Photo courtesy ActionSportsImages.com

We left the Plaza and ran by the JC Nichols Fountain, then ran past the Nelson Atkins Museum.  Mom paused during the run to snap a few pictures, which is why I have awesome course photos!

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Photo courtesy Donna Fleharty.

Photo courtesy Donna Fleharty.

Photo courtesy Donna Fleharty.

Around mile 7.5, the marathoners split off and went further south, and just after their departure, close to mile 8, I took my second Gu.  The half marathoners started running back north, and we were over halfway done!

I was feeling really good at this point.  I hadn’t walked at all, not even through the water stops.  The water stops were about every 2 miles, and were all very well organized.  I’ll pause a moment to thank the volunteers; they were all so amazing.  The course was also lined with spectators, lots of fun signs, and they were full of cheer.  I was very thankful for the great volunteers and spectators, they definitely helped make the run easier!

Photo courtesy ActionSportsImages.com

Photo courtesy ActionSportsImages.com

Around mile 10, my problems began.  Now, before this race, the most I had run before walking in a half marathon was about 5 miles.  So to get past mile 10 was HUGE for me.  I didn’t walk a single step until mile 10.5.  Physically, I was feeling great.  My paces were on point, my feet, knees, and hips felt ok, fatigued, but ok.  My stomach was great, my water, gatorade, and gu intake was great.

But my head… I got a massive dizzy spell around mile 10, and even with slowing down through the first half of mile 10, I was still dizzy.  By mile 10.5, my steps began to falter and stagger.  I really didn’t want to pass out, so I went over to the right side of the road and slowed to a walk.  I was disappointed that I had to walk, because everything else felt great, but I was also pleased that I didn’t push through when my body was obviously telling me that something was off.

There was another water stop around mile 11, so I decided to walk to the water stop, catch my breath and slow my breathing and heart rate a bit, then grab some gatorade and hit the road again.   Well, water stop came and went, and I started running again just after mile 11.5.  So I walked just over a mile, all at once.

Once I started running again, I had just over a mile and a half until the finish.  This entire mile and a half was spent calculating what my time would be for the finish, and whether or not I would come in under my goal of 2:30.  Had I not walked, I would have been closer to 2:25, but I’m confident that I made the right choice by walking and allowing my dizziness to subside.

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Photo courtesy ActionSportsImages.com

I came across the line and stopped my watch, and it said 2:30:00.  Like, exactly, 2:30:00.  So did I make it? What would the results ticket say? Did I get under 2:30? I had talked with my sister, when I was in Milwaukee, and told her that I was considering doing a full marathon next fall.  She told me that if I beat my previous half marathon of 2:40:42, and ran anything in the 2:3x:xx, I would have to sign up for the full next fall.

She texted me, minutes after the race, and gave me the news, I came through the line at 2:29:58.  I beat my goal by 2 seconds, and ran the most I’ve ever ran during a half marathon, and felt STRONG!  I later joked with her that since I didn’t run in the 2:3x:xx, I didn’t have to sign up for the marathon, because I ran in the 2:2x:xx.  She didn’t find it funny.  =P

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After I got my heat sheet and my medal and water, I found Amy, and we made our way to the spectators near the finish line to cheer on our friends.  We saw a few KCRC friends come through, and cheered Mom on to her finish.  We ended the day with all of us meeting our goals, Amy PR’d, I PR’d, and Mom met her time goal.  Great finishes for everyone, and lot of smiles after getting our medals.

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Left to Right: Jenn, Mom, John, Amy, and Me.

Left to Right: Jenn, Mom, John, Amy, and Me.

We changed into some dry clothes, and tried to keep warm.  The sun was out, but it was a chilly morning in KC.  We got our results printed out and made our way to the food tents.

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Hamburgers, beer (not for me, ewwww), and chick fil-a made our bellies happy.  After taking some pictures at the banner, we headed hobbled to the car and made our way back to my apartment.

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Lots of picture sharing, instagramming, face booking, and calling family from my living room, as well as foam rolling.  Jazzy partook in the Lacrosse ball rolling.  After Amy left, Mom and I showered and I found several spots on my body that had chafed.  That was not really a fun experience in the shower.  Ouch.  Mom found some chafing too, but was smarter than me, and put Aquaphor on before her shower.  Pro Tip: put Aquaphor or vaseline on your chafed areas before showering!

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Later in the afternoon, Mom and I went to Joe’s KC for BBQ, and watched the Royals game.  On our way home after stopping at Scheel’s, we went to Yogurtini, and ate it at home after changing into PJ’s.

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Bed was early on Saturday night.  Sunday morning, we ran a couple miles on the trails with Amy, to shake out our legs, which felt really good.  Then we went to yoga at Lululemon with Maylo to stretch everything out.

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Half marathon #6 is in the books, and it was really and truly a great half marathon.  I enjoyed the entire weekend, the pasta dinner, the race, the relaxing afternoon on Saturday, followed by a great Sunday.  Couldn’t have asked for anything better.

I finished the KC Half Marathon and met two goals in the process: I finished in one piece, and I finished with a PR and under my time goal of 2:30:00.  I wasn’t able to finish without having to walk, but I was very pleased with my performance, and know I can run the whole thing without walking.

I’ve also committed myself to the KC Marathon next fall.  The full marathon!  Read about that decision here.  It’s going to be one heck of a ride!  Congratulations to all my friends who did the KC Half and Full on Saturday, I’m so incredibly proud of everyone!!

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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