MM: January 16

Once again, I didn’t take too many pictures last week! I have a few to share, though.  KC was expected to get hit with a huge ice storm Friday/Saturday/Sunday. I really was getting tired of running on the treadmill so many days in a row, so Chris and I went to KC Running Co. to run outside Thursday night. Brr it was so cold! We got a few miles in before the storm that never really came.

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Friday, work let out early (again, because of the ice storms that never actually showed up!) and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run.  Usually I take Fridays off, so it was a bonus run last week!

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Saturday, Chris and I got so much adulting stuff done, and Jasper spent some time tending to the plants.

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We spent a fair amount of time cuddling and chilling on the couch.  Saturday night, I I was the pillow for the boys.  Sunday afternoon, Jasper and Chris shared a nap.

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The weather was kind of crappy, drizzly and kind of icy (not nearly the catastrophe that was forecasted) so I opted to run inside. I wanted to get a quality long run in, as I haven’t had a good quality long run in a while.  I managed to get all 10 miles in, only stopping twice to refill water and reset the treadmill! 10 miles!

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The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing, watching football, and eating pizza.  Have a great week, friends! Stay safe in the wintery weather!

2016 Running Recap

The final day of December is here!  I am in Detroit with Chris and his family, and we are headed out for a 4 mile run to end 2016.  With today’s 4 mile run, my total miles for December will be 74 miles, and my total for 2016 will be 1025 miles, surpassing my goal (!!!) of running 1000 miles in 2016!  You can catch up on every month of 2016 here:  January, FebruaryMarch, AprilMay, June, JulyAugustSeptemberOctober, and November.

I ran a total of 15 races in 2016, including my very first duathlon, and I ran 5 half marathons too, with a smattering of other race distances.  I had a rocky start to the year with lots of knee pain and after seeing a couple doctors, and running fewer miles in January and February, I was very happy overall with how my running went this year.  I have wanted to reach 1000+ miles, and I’m so glad I was able to reach my goal this year!

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I have some of my favorite photos from this year of running to share and look back on.

Top left: Amy and I running on New Years Day, kicking off the year with a run! Top right: The Kickoff 5k, my first race of 2016.  Bottom left: Running a virtual race for Rett Syndrome, with Momma.  Bottom right: One of many cycle classes I took trying to rehab my knee. I really enjoyed cycling and look forward to continuing it as a fun cross training exercise.

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Top Left: Running with my best girl, Shay. Shay passed away earlier this year, and I always remember our runs fondly, she was truly the best running partner.  Top right: Hays running with Mom in the early summer months, warm and windy.  Bottom Left: 5k in Hays with Michelle and Amy, and the fun weekend we had over the 4th of July.  Bottom Right: My first duathlon, what an experience!

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Top Left: My very first run with Chris, at the start of our relationship this summer.  Top Right: My 2nd 5k (Glow Run) of the day, after running the Diva Dash earlier that morning.  Bottom Left: Running with Mom and Kristen in Milwaukee after Kristen’s Ironman.  Bottom Right: Long run in Hays with Chris and Mom, after bringing Chris home to meet my family.

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Top Left: The KC Half Marathon, Chris’ first half marathon and the third time I’ve done the KC Half.  Top Right: The Longview Half Marathon, my last half marathon of 2016, with the ladies from KC Running Co.  Bottom Left: Running with the fam, home for Thanksgiving.  Bottom Right: Treadmill long runs with Chris by my side.

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I have several goals for 2017 that I’m mulling over, and will write a post sometime this week or next; until then, for 2017, I have a quote that I recently saw and it really hit home with me.  I will be keeping this quote in my mind as 2017 develops and try to do this with each of my runs and in my life: “Run and become. Become and run. Run to succeed in the outer world. Become to proceed in the inner world.” -Sri Chinmoy

Goodbye 2016.  2017, be ready!

Longview Half Marathon Race Recap

On Saturday, I completed the Longview Half Marathon, which was my 12th half marathon, and my last race of 2016.  Friday night, Mom and her friend Denise got to town, and we had dinner and set out our flat runners.  It was supposed to freeze in KC for the first time this fall, and was supposed to be around 38-40 degrees at the start.

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We got to Longview Lake around 7:00 Saturday morning, and watched the sun rise and waited for the race to start.  This was the third year for the Longview Half, and the weather was gorgeous for a fall half marathon along Longview Lake in South KC.  It was a bit chilly, and we stayed in the car until about 20 minutes before the race.  I think there were about 2000 people running, and I’m really glad Mom was able to come down for the weekend.

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Photo courtesy KC Run Co Smugmug.

One of the hills along the course is right about about a mile long, and the race has a “King/Queen of the Hill.”  There is a timing mat at the bottom of the hill, and again at the top.  This was a decent hill, and I was proud of myself for not walking it at all, even though I sure wanted to.  Here’s the hill, from the bottom:

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Photo courtesy Denise Orth.

By the time I got to the top of the mile long hill, around mile 3 or so, I was warm! It had warmed up a bit, and the sun felt warm, especially with the wind being blocked by the trees.  We turned around and went down the hill right after we got up it, so I spent most of the next mile taking off my shirt so I could take off my fleece lined base layer, and then putting my shirt/bib back on.  It was not as easy as it should have been, due to my gloves, visor, and earbud situation.  I finally got everything situated, and ran the rest of the race with my base shirt tied around my waist.

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Photo courtesy KC Run Co Smugmug.

Miles 4-9 were rolling hills along the roads around Longview Lake. I was kind of disappointed we didn’t see the lake at all until around mile 9.  Coincidentally, around mile 9 is when I kind of fell apart.  Miles 9-11 are along the dam, and it was more wide open, so the wind picked up a little, and though the lake was gorgeous, I was feeling fatigued, my hips were very tight, and there were a couple long inclines to get to the dam. I started walking just after 9 miles, and walked on and off for the last 4 miles.

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Photo courtesy Denise Orth.

I ended up coming through and feeling strong, but I did feel like the last 4 miles were a disappointment for me.  There was no reason that I stopped to walk.  I was not injured.. sure, my feet and hips were sore and tight, but there was nothing wrong.  My knee was acting up and achy, but there was nothing wrong.  Mentally, I decided that mile 9 was where I needed to stop and walk, and I let my mind win, and let my body lose.  I’m proud of myself for finishing.  This was my 12th half marathon, but I have a lot of work to do, mentally, to get where I want to be.

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Photo courtesy KC Run Co Smugmug.

After the race, I met up with Amy, Melissa, and Sandey, and then later, found John, and Mom and Denise.  We ended up hanging around and watching the rest of the half marathoners finish, and took some pictures by the lake before heading out.

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Left photo: Mom, Denise, Me, Amy, and John.  Right photo: Sandey, Melissa, Me, and Amy.

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Saturday night, after the race, Mom, Denise, Chris and I went out for Mexican, including yummy margaritas.  We did some shopping Saturday, too, and got pedicures, which felt amazing.

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Sunday morning, we went out for a shakeout run, and Chris joined us.  It was such a beautiful day on the trails, we even saw 5 deer!  Mom and Denise had to head home later on Sunday afternoon.

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Overall, I’m pleased with how the first 2/3 of the half marathon went, and I have a lot of work to do before my next half marathon, in April.

I’m also 95% sure I’ll be doing my first full marathon next spring, so I’m going to start training for that in January.  I’m glad to be done with races for a few months, I enjoyed all the races I had this year, but I’m ready for a quiet few months, especially with the holidays coming up!