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

Monday Mentionings: October 24

How is it late October?! This month has gone so fast.

After the half marathon last Saturday, I took it easy for a couple days, and dove back into running on Tuesday night, with Chris. Then on Wednesday, I ran a beautiful, easy 5 miler as the sun set.

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Thursday night, Chris and I ran on the trails, and I had the best playlist.  I’ve been using Rock My Run lately, and this playlist was just perfect! I will definitely be using this one again.

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Saturday, I grabbed lunch with Amy, and of course, we showed up in the same shirt.  I can’t tell you how many times that’s happened! Later, I tagged along with Chris to his band’s practice.  I love listening to them live, it’s so much fun!  Shameless girlfriend plug: they have a show coming up on Nov. 5, for anyone in the KC area who wants to go! Details here.

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Yesterday morning, Chris and I went to Leawood City Park to run, which was gorgeous.  It’s so pretty out on the trails, especially in fall.  I can’t get enough of the beauty on the trails.

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After running, we grabbed lunch, and while we were waiting, I had a little snapchat fun.

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Sunday afternoon, we went down south to check out the Louisburg Cider Mill! We watched the apples going into the mill for a while, and had apple cider slushes and apple cider donuts, too.

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Then we walked through the corn maze, which was unfortunately all trampled on, so it wasn’t as much of a maze as it was a path through the corn fields.  It was a gorgeous day, and it was really nice to see so many people out enjoying the Cider Mill.

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Looking ahead to this week, I shouldn’t have too much going on, aside from a few training runs during the evenings. I’m hoping the weather continues to cool down, it’s been a pretty warm fall so far.  Have a great week, friends!