August Roundup

At the beginning of August, I set three goals for the month. I am happy to report that I reached my 100 mile goal for August! This is the first month since March of 2014 that I reached triple digits!  My other two goals, drinking at least 120 ounces of water per day, and foam rolling at least 5 times per week went well, but I think I missed a couple days of guzzling that much water, and I know I foam rolled at least 1-2 times per week, but only got to 5 rolling sessions per week once.
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You can read my previous months’ roundups here: January, February, March, April, May, June, and July.  With 100 miles in August, my 2015 total mileage is up to 623 miles!  I am right on track to hit my goal of 950 miles for the year!  I will need to average 81.75 miles per month for the remainder of the year to reach 950 miles.  If I bump up my monthly average to 94.25 per month, I will reach 1000 miles, which would be amazing! I would love to break that 1000 mile mark for a year… I don’t know if it will happen this year or not, but I am definitely reaching for 950 miles.

I had one race in August, the Dot to Dot 10k, which is the first of three 10ks in the Heartland 30k series.  I PR’d my 10k, and hope to improve another minute or two on the remainder of the 10ks in the series, in September.

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I ran with KC Running Company and the Groupies 11 times, My longest run was 7 miles, which happened twice, on August 2 on a Sunday Runday with Amy, and another time on August 15, when I ran 7 miles on the treadmill at the clubhouse.  I mixed in several speed nights with the Groupies, and also added some strength training at the gym at the clubhouse.

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I went home with my sister and brother in law over one long weekend in August, and had a couple fun runs with Mom and Kristen and Shay.  I’ve been seeing the chiropractor every couple weeks, and working on my IT band, my glute/hamstring, and back issues.

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I went to a record 7 yoga classes, including one at a Whole Foods store, one at Lululemon, and several fun classes with Maylo on Wednesdays at Lotus Yoga.  I brought my two best friends to yoga at Lululemon, which was amazing!

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Looking forward to September, I have three races, the Labor Day 5k, and the final two races in the Heartland 30k series, the Plaza 10k and the Broadway Bridge 10k.  I’m also going to have a September with NO SWEETS!  You can follow along on Twitter, using #nosweetsSeptember.  How did your August go?

July Roundup

It’s that time again; time to recap my month in running! July is over, and with 6 and a half miles last night, I finished the month with 87 miles of running.  July’s totals were the highest since March of this year, when I had 93 miles.  You can read my previous months’ recaps here: January, February, March, April, May, and June.  My goal for this year is to run 950 miles, and with July’s 87 miles, I am going into August with 523.  With 5 months left in the year, I have at least 427 miles to run, and an average of 85.4 miles per moth will get me there!

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I had two races this month, one at the beginning and one at the end.  The Wild West 5k was on July 4, and Rock the Crossroads was on July 25.  I had a huge 2+ minute PR at the Wild West 5k, and quite the opposite at Rock the Crossroads! My race recaps are available here: Wild West 5k and Rock the Crossroads 5k.

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I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies 8 times, had a couple runs with Mom and Amy, one run with Mom and Dad (Dad biked!) and several runs with Amy outside of the group.  We had to get inventive and wake up at 5:00am many days (6 days!) during July to run before the sun came up, and before the temperatures got too hot.  July was a hot, humid, sticky month!  My longest run was 6.05 miles on July 19.  I did have a 6.5 mile day, when Amy and I ran 3 miles before I went to work, and then we ran 3.5 miles that night with the Groupies, and then had Thirsty Thursday dinner and drinks afterwards!

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I’ve been continuing to see my chiropractor about every 2 weeks, and my hip/glute/hamstring issues are getting better.  My fingers are crossed that next week may be my last scheduled appointment, and that I be released and be a PRN patient after that! I’ve added some strength training during the last half of July, including 1 day of weights per week at my apartment’s gym.  I’ve also been going to yoga regularly, and will keep doing so.  Yoga is such a great supplemental training for both my mind and my body.

During July, I accomplished two of my (revised) goals for 2015! You can see my original goals for 2015 here.  I did a headstand with no support, and I got my 5k time under 30 minutes!  I have 3 10k’s coming up in the next two months, so I’m hopeful that I can PR in the 10k, and hopefully reach my 10k time goal as well.

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Looking forward to August, I have 1 race, on August 29, the Dot to Dot 10k, which kicks off the Heartland 30k series (3 10k’s in 5 weeks).  I hope to build my long run up to 8-9 miles by the end of August, and continue to work on speed and strength.  How did your July stack up? Any big goals for August?

Thursday’s Three: A Yoga Breakthrough

When I began my yoga journey a couple years ago, I always had a goal of doing a handstand, unassisted.  Late last year, when I set my goals for 2015, I added a handstand as one of my goals.  In May, when I reassessed my goals, I changed the handstand goal to a headstand.  We crawl before we walk, so it only makes sense that I must accomplish a headstand before I can do a handstand.  I am ecstatic to report that last night, I popped up into a headstand multiple times!

My first supported headstand was in late January, and I practiced it a few times in February, before kind of letting it slide again, aside from class work once a week or so.  I used blocks under my shoulders to help support my neck, and to learn how to tripod my arms properly.   Photo Feb 01, 1 35 51 PMTonight, in class, we worked on tripods with our knees on our elbows, and I was quite surprised that I was able to get into that and hold it fairly well.  I drug my mat over by the wall and tried a headstand unsupported, and after a couple shaky attempts, I was able to pop up and hold it for a little bit!  After class, I popped up a couple more times, so a friend could take my picture!Photo Jul 08, 7 39 13 PMFor today’s Thursday’s Three, I’ll share my current favorite 3 things about yoga.

1.  ANYONE can do it.  Really, anyone.  In the class I attend, there are students who have never, or extremely rarely practiced yoga.  There are also students in the class that I attend weekly that are able to do any pose and pop up into any inversion without a second thought.  I am still relatively new in my practice, but I am awed every class at the welcoming atmosphere, and the fact that my instructor, Maylo, can teach all levels at once, with personal attention to everyone.  Yoga truly is a practice for every body.

2.  My body speaks to me.  And I’m learning to listen.  I typically carry my stress in my neck and shoulders.  I can tell where I am tight and where my stress is, especially when I sit and breathe, like at the beginning of yoga class.  Through breathe, I can focus on my heartbeat and I can feel my shoulders and neck relax, and I can assess my body and focus on the area that needs help.  Week after week, I can listen to my body telling me to push harder, to go deeper, or even to lighten up and take it easier to allow my body to rest.  Through breathing and moving through vinyasa, I am able to listen to what my body says.  In today’s crazy and hectic society, I can use all the practice of listening to my body as I can get.Photo Apr 04, 6 03 34 PM3.  My mind is strong.  Stronger than I know.  In yoga, in running, and in life, I think it is generally my mind that allows me to quit far quicker than my body.  Centering my mind during yoga and focusing on my breathing has helped me realize that my mind is strong.

There are so many more great reasons to love yoga, I’d love for you to share your favorites below!