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!


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.


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!


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.


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.



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!

Global Running Day!

Yesterday was Global Running Day.  Last year, it was National Running Day, so I guess running is taking over the world!  KC Running Co. had a huge party, just like last year.  We ran 3-4 miles, had pizza afterwards, and there were lots of giveaways.

Amy, Jenn, Melissa, and I ran 4 miles, and boy was it humid! Still getting use to the heat and humidity around here.  Sandey turned around at a mile and a half, she’s working on healing up here achilles.

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L to R: Melissa, Sandey, Amy, Me, and Jenn.

It’s always great to see lots of people out running, and it was fun to celebrate our running day with several hundred runner friends! KC Running Co. had 2 huge parties, one at each of their stores.

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Photos courtesy of KC Running Company.

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Wish Momma could have run with us for Global Running Day, but we did have 3 good runs over the weekend, including a 4 miler on Memorial Day.

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Happy Global Running Day (a day late)!! Did you run?

The May Run Down

Happy June, Friends!

May is over, and I ran 102 miles last month.  I didn’t cycle too much, but got in 43.5 miles in the saddle.  For the year, I’m at 411 running miles and 422.5 biking miles.  My running is feeling pretty good at the moment.  My knee is better than it was, but still bothers me during and after running.  May started off with 8 hard and humid miles with Amy. I had two 8 mile runs in May, my longest two training runs for the month.

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I had one race in May, the Running with the Cows Half Marathon.  It was a really neat race, in the countryside south of Kansas City.  I didn’t have the greatest race, after starting out too quickly I burnt out with 4-5 miles to go.  Kristen had flown in, and Mom and Dad drove down for the race.  It was a really fun weekend.  Running with the Cows was my only race in May.  I ended up walking a decent part of it at the end, and finished with my third fastest half marathon time.

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The Sunday after the race, Mom, Dad, Kristen and I went to Shawnee Mission Park to run, bike, and explore.  It was a nice way to shake out the legs and see some really pretty scenery.  Plus, Kristen had to run 8 miles, so it was nice to bike around while she ran.

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I ran with the KC Running Co. groupies 4 times in May.  I need to get to more Groupie runs! After Hospital Hill (this coming weekend), Amy and I are going to try to get to more Tuesday night speed nights with the groupies.

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I also had my birthday in May! I turned 30, and started off my birthday by running 3 miles on the treadmills with Amy. It had been raining and storming and very windy overnight, so we opted for an indoor run instead of risking getting caught in a thunderstorm.  In all the runs Amy and I have had together, it was our very first treadmill run together!

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I went home for Memorial Day, and was able to get in 3 runs with Mom!  Shay puppy has an injured leg, so she couldn’t run with us, but we went on a couple short walks after Mom and I ran.

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For our Memorial Day Run, Mom and I ran a beautiful 4 mile loop which included seeing some horses, running on the bypass, and seeing a lovely little family of geese.  Mom also massaged around my knee a bit while I was home, and it felt really good.  My goal for June is to spend 10+ minutes every day stretching.

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Looking forward to June, I am running the Hospital Hill Half Marathon on June 4.  I’m flying up to Milwaukee to visit Kristen and Thayne, and will run my first quarter marathon (6.55 miles) while I’m there.  I am also looking forward to having a bit of a break from the half marathons, after having one each in April, May, and June.

May Run-Down:
Running: 21 runs, totaling 102 miles.
Cycling: 3 cycling classes, 3 hours, and a couple bike rides, totaling 43.5 miles.
Longest Run: 8 miles, May 1 and May 22
Races: Running with the Cows Half Marathon