October Roundup

October is over! That means a recap of my month is due! You can catch up on all previous months’ recaps here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, and September.

With 3 miles this morning, I finished out October with 103 miles, which is my second most miles in a month, ever! The highest mileage I’ve run was in March of 2014, with 119.  103 miles this month is my second most, followed by 102 miles in February 2014, and 100 miles in August of this year.  With 103 miles this month, I’m up to 816 miles for 2015, and right on track to meet my goal of 950 miles, and hopefully exceed that and reach quadruple digits, 1000 miles!! I need 184 more miles to reach 1000, which averages out to at least 92 miles for November and December.  My last 5 months have been in the 80s, 90s, or 100s, for milage, so I am confident that if I stay healthy, I can reach 1000 miles this year!!!  To reach my goal of 950 miles, I will have to run at least 67 miles each in November and December.

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I started off October by going to Milwaukee to visit my sister.  We ran together twice, and I was able to volunteer with her at the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon finish line, which was a huge inspiration for me to want to commit to completing my first full marathon next fall.  I also took my second ever cycle class, taught by Kristen.

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I had one race in October, the KC Half Marathon.  I PR’d this race by over 10 minutes, and felt more strong and confident than I’ve ever felt during a half marathon.  Running this race solidified my desire to complete a full marathon next fall, and I will do so at the same race next October.  You can read my race recap here.

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My longest run in October, besides the KC Half Marathon, was a 7.5 mile run in Milwaukee, with Kristen, on October 4.  I ran with KC Running Co. 8 times, including 2 really great feeling speed workouts.  I’ve been continuing to see the chiropractor about every 1-2 weeks, and I’m having marked improvement with my left IT band/hamstring and my right glute/hamstring.  We’re making progress!  I was only able to make it to 2 yoga classes in October; I need to get back to yoga once a week!

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Looking forward to November, I have the Cliffhanger 8k tomorrow, November 1, which will be my first 8k (4.97 miles).  Then, I’m flying to Las Vegas with Mom and Kristen to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k and Half Marathon! I’m really looking forward to a girls trip, runcation, and VEGAS!

I’m going to try to keep my mileage steady to end the year with at least 1000 miles, and try to stay healthy and keep my ailments on the mend! Let me know how your October went, and what your goals are for November and the rest of the year!

Monday Mentionings: October 5

It’s Monday, and I’m in Milwaukee!  Quick little update for the week, because I just finished a 5 mile run out by the lake with Kristen, and I think we are going to grab a bite to eat before I take her Cycle class at the gym!

Last week Monday, I was stalking my blog stats, like I do… and I noticed, and kind of had a mini-freak-out that I was 1 visitor away from 20,000 unique visitors to my website!! I NEVER would have imagined that my site would have grown the way it has in the last year and a half.  I’m so thankful for all my readers and followers; I appreciate all of the friends, love, and support I’ve gotten!!  I’m way over 20,000 now! YAY!

Jazzy.  Most adorable bear, ever.

Tuesday and Thursday nights, we had fun Groupie runs, I always love running with my friends at KC Running Co, and have loved running in this gorgeous fall weather.  The leaves are changing on the trails, and it’s becoming fall quickly!Oh Jazzy.  He wanted to get all packed in my suitcase and come with me to Milwaukee.  Poor little guy.  He has had a rough couple of days, and kind of freaked out a little bit on Amy yesterday.  I think he has some pent up energy, and misses me.  😦

He did give me some snuggles and kisses at 4:30 in the morning on Saturday, before I headed to the airport.  Miss this little one.The plane rides up to Milwaukee were interesting.  The first flight, to St. Louis, was only half full, and I had basically the back half of the left side all to myself! It was a quiet, quick flight.  The sun was gorgeous coming up as we flew East.  Once I got to St. Louis, I had a short layover, then had a fairly full, but quick flight to Milwaukee. Landed in Milwaukee, and immediately met Kritta Bug, and went to Splash Studio to paint a tree! Krista, aka Kritta, lives in Madison, and drove down to Milwaukee to run the Lakefront Marathon on Sunday.  She stayed at Kristen and Thayne’s too, so we got to hang out all afternoon and evening on Saturday night.
Splash Studio was a lot of fun, and we all successfully painted pretty fall trees, had some beverages, and didn’t get any paint on our faces or phones.  Success. 

Spent lots of time chilling on the couch, snuggling with kitties.  Little Mookie! I’m so glad I met this little moo last year. And Tucker, such a handsome fella. 

Sunday morning, early, we sent Krista off to run her marathon, and Kristen and I ran what was supposed to be 10 miles, but ended up being 7.5 miles… I am not quite used to the cooler weather yet, and my lungs weren’t super happy.  That, and I didn’t drink much water Saturday, unfortunately.  All of that is no excuse for a bad run, because tons of runners were about ready to start the Lakefront Marathon, but alas, it wasn’t a fantastically amazing run, like I’d hoped!Kristen, luckily, got me through the run, headlamps and all.  The lake was “angry,” as Kristen said, and it was kind of misty for a while.  Generally, though, it was a pretty run.After our run, we quickly showered, and headed right back to the lake, to volunteer at the finish line of the Lakefront Marathon!  We spent several hours blanketing the marathon finishers in their space blankets.It was amazing to see the emotions, including the pain and the euphoria, of all the amazing finishers.  One of the best parts of volunteering was to congratulate and blanket Kritta in love and warmth! She qualified for Boston, for the second time, which is HUGE!! Congratulations Kritta!After the Marathon, there were more kitty snuggles, and delicious bierocks.  Also, I got to watch most of the last Royals game of the regular season, which was kind of sad. I’ve really enjoyed watching as many games as I could this year, and it’s kind of sad that it’s over. BUT, it’s not really over yet, because the postseason starts this week!Today, Kristen and I will see a movie hang out the rest of the day.  I fly back home tomorrow, and then it’s back to the grind.  Have a fantastic week, everyone!

September Roundup

September has come to an end, and I have some numbers rounded up to recap my month in running.  As always, you can catch up on my previous months’ recaps here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.  I am not running tonight, but will be attending a yoga class, so let’s take a look at my numbers for September.

I ran exactly 90 miles this month!  September’s 90 miles puts me at 713 miles for the year so far.  My goal is to reach 950 miles this year, and with three months left, I need to average at least 79 miles per month in October, November, and December to reach at least 950.  And, if I average at least 96 miles per month over the last 3 months of the year, I will get to 1000 miles for the year, which would be amazing!  I am really excited to hit the quadruple digits!Photo Sep 20, 9 33 49 AMSeptember was a very busy month, race wise!  The final two races of the Heartland 30k series, the Plaza 10k (10k PR!) and the Broadway Bridge 10k were in September, as was the Labor Day 5k.  I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies 8 times, including 4 speed work sessions with the Groupies.  I missed most of the long Sunday runs, because of the Labor Day holiday weekend and then the two 10k races on Sundays.  I ran with Mom 3 times, when she was here over the Labor Day weekend, and finished the Labor Day 5k with her as well.  My longest run was 8 miles, on September 27th, with Amy at the KC Running Co. Sunday Groupie run.11994276_10100330663989283_814193399_n12025327_10100333951166753_1263268631_n12026654_10100336840591323_866744501_nI’ve still been seeing my chiropractor about once a week, still working on my right glute and left IT band issues.  I have (I should say, my chiropractors have) been making significant progress, and I’m doing much better… just trying to get that last 10% or so fixed.

I have also continued to practice yoga about once a week, and even got to attend a yoga class on the outfield at the K.  I missed my weekly yoga class twice during September, both due to running conflicts – celebrating KC Running Co.’s birthday at the Leawood store, and then a run and Running Healthy clinic with Golden Harper, the founder of Altra Running.Photo Sep 06, 9 21 48 AMDuring the month of September, I attempted to cut out sweets – pop, candy, donuts, etc.  I was successful for about a week to 10 days, but wasn’t able to make it the entire month.  I have drastically cut back on my sweets, which is a huge improvement, and I will continue to try to limit them, as I do feel better without sugar slogging me down.

The only other thing to share for September is that I treated my body and mind to a wonderful massage, something I get done about once a year, but could definitely use about once every 2-3 months!12016705_10100333951201683_1917265412_nLooking to October, I am visiting my sister in Milwaukee, and hope to get in a 10 mile long run before volunteering at the finish line of the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon.  I am also running the KC Half Marathon, and hope to earn a shiny new PR!

How was your September? What are you looking forward to for October?