MM: March 6

Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law, Thayne, today!

For the first week THIS YEAR, I was able to workout 6 days last week.  Between packing for Chris’ move, being sick, and working on wedding stuff, I hadn’t done my typical 6 days per week workouts, usually skipping an additional day above my normal rest day per week.  But this last week, I got in all 6 days!  Monday, Chris and I went to cycle class. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I ran, with Chris or solo. Saturday and yesterday, Chris and I ran, including a 7 mile run yesterday with some crazy wind.  It felt good to get in all 6 days!

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Jasper is quite intrigued by my new hypersphere massager ball.  It is doing wonders for my knee/calf pain, I am really glad I bought it.

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Saturday, Chris and I had all sorts of adventures, including driving out to Oak Grove to pick up some wedding decorations, an impromptu visit to the downtown KC library, and dinner with an old friend in Brookside.  It was a fun day, for sure.

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Sunday after our long run, Chris got treated to his very first pedicure. It felt wonderful after a hard, long, windy run.  And don’t worry, Chris didn’t get any polish. 😛

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Funny story that happened last week in KC: A trailer full of cattle tipped over and a huge bunch of cows were set lo0se in Lenexa, and were wandering around and being lasso’d on the highway.  #onlyinkansas

I don’t have too much else to share for this week, Chris and I have been busy wedding planning, running, and keeping Jazzy occupied! Have a great week!

Monday Mentionings: August 24

This past week, well, mostly the weekend, was a busy one! I’m going to share a bunch of pictures, and just give a sentence or two to explain each.

Last Monday evening I had a great run and weightlifting session after a visit with the chiropractor.Photo Aug 17, 8 06 59 PMTuesday ended with a 4+ mile killer track workout, followed by a killer rain shower 10 seconds after we finished our run.  Love running with these people.11944888_10100324630645153_1457556465_nThursday was a beautiful evening for a run, again, with some of my favorite people to run with.  Also, I’ve mastered the mid-run group selfie, and I’m pretty proud of my skillz.11903575_10100324630570303_1999578238_n11949714_10100324630650143_1024623076_nThursday night I picked Thayne and Kristen up from the airport, and our first stop was Oklahoma Joe’s for some delicious BBQ.  Thayne texted me countdowns for several days leading up to this meal.11896892_10100324630605233_2067075220_nFriday morning, Kristen and I got up WAY too early, in order to run with Amy before we went to Hays.  I’m sad it’s staying dark later, but we had to utilize my trusty headlamp for our 3 miles at 5:15am.11923072_10100324630580283_690683337_nI drank too much water before and after our run, and had to stop and pee twice on the way home.  Had to take a #reststopselfie with Kristen.11920358_10100324630565313_1174308725_nGot a pedicure with Mom and Kristen shortly after we got to Hays.11942244_10100324630585273_136296171_nHad to hug Shay puppy for several minutes before she stopped crying.  I miss Shay puppy every day.11940225_10100324630595253_1041028770_nPhoto Aug 21, 5 18 56 PMWe went to visit Grandma and Granddad, and meet their new baby boy, Tiger.  Side note, how fitting and adorable is it that his name was Tiger before they adopted him?  Granddad now has a kitty, and the kitty now has his Granddad.11948013_10100324630635173_2002480191_nFriday night, Mom gave us our new Sparkle visors, and we wore our matching Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas shirts and tried to take a picture to commemorate our little Vegas adventure. Kristen makes it impossible to take a picture.  We have signed up for the 5k and the Half Marathon in Vegas, which should make for a super fun long weekend in Vegas, while we “Run the Strip at Night!”11910861_10100324630625193_607930741_nOh, Gordon.  Such a dapper young man.11909801_10100324630610223_1038741301_nSaturday morning, we had a fun little run.11897204_10100324630640163_1789497653_nAva and I enjoyed our snowballs and some playground time while we watched Thayne play in the Hays High Alumni soccer game.11938192_10100324630545353_211207791_nPhoto Aug 22, 10 58 16 AMFollowed the game with a Q burger.11944645_10100324630555333_969639176_n-2Finally got to see Jasmine and get a Bubble Tea; I’ve missed her the last few visits to Hays.11923399_10100324630620203_1103244265_nSpent some more time with Grandma, Granddad, and Tiiger.11910671_10100324630590263_1719557987_nSunday morning, Mom and I ran a few miles.  Another perfect mid-run selfie.  It was actually pretty chilly this morning, it was gorgeous outside after the cold front came through Saturday night.11911432_10100324630600243_593421049_nGot the last mile done with Shay by our sides.  I love this pup. (awesome photo courtesy of Momma)11933046_10100324630575293_283786346_nPUPPY!Photo Aug 23, 10 15 21 AMIt’s always sad to leave home.11920357_10100324630630183_487903455_n11920287_10100324630655133_1029758478_nRealized that we never took any pictures with Dad.  He took pictures of us in our Vegas shirts and before we ran on Saturday, but we didn’t get any with him IN them.  So a Dillon’s photo shoot happened before we left town.11896972_10100324630550343_476935994_n-2Thayne was sleepy on the way back to KC Sunday afternoon.11911832_10100324630560323_1112326883_n-2I got back to my apartment just in time to watch the Royals come back and beat the Red Sox in the 9th inning.  Yay baseball!  It was an exciting last inning.  Jasper could hardly contain his excitement. He was happy to get some dinner and cuddles.  I missed him while I was gone for the weekend.  THANK YOU to Amy for checking in on him.Photo Aug 23, 6 55 07 PMAll in all, last week was a great week.  My heart is full after lots of family time, friend time, and some quality runs. I am currently at 79 miles for August, so I’m right on track to hit 100 or more by the end of the month.  Next weekend is the Dot to Dot 10k, which is the first 10k of the Heartland 30k series.

Have a great week, friends!

Thursday Thoughts: March 19

To make up for last Thursday’s short post, today’s Thursday Thoughts is extra long! Maybe not extra long, but definitely longer than last week, and I have a lot of pictures to share!

I went home over the weekend to spend some quality time with family.  Mom was a bit under the weather, so I ran with my best girl on Saturday, which happened to be PI DAY!  Shay and I ran 3.14 miles in celebration.  Sunday I ran 5 miles, then picked Shay up for another 2 miles.  Happy Birthday to Shay, who turned 9 years old yesterday!Photo Mar 14, 9 52 19 AM

Later on Pi Day, I went to lunch with Mom and my aunt Leann and cousin Ava, and of course, we had pie for dessert.  Delish.  After lunch and pie, Ava and I went and got pedicures.  Ava was even lucky enough to get a mini-manicure.  We had a fun afternoon of pampering and girl talk, and got a snowball also!

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My Running Buddy Pouch came in the mail too this past weekend! Running Buddy was awesome enough to send me a complimentary Buddy Pouch, and I accepted their request to become a Brand Ambassador for them.  I truly love their product, and I’ll be sure to write a post this weekend about the company and my ambassadorship.  You can read my review of the Running Buddy Pouch here, and check out their website here.

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While I was home for the weekend, I seemed to acquire a little orange and white shadow named Gordon  This little one followed me around and slept with me all night on Friday night, and for a bit of the night Saturday night.  He likes to burrow and snuggle under blankets or in between pillows.  He sure is adorable.

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I missed Jasper while I was in Hays, but James sent me a few pictures to make sure I knew he was ok.  I love when he turns his head upside down, his little fangs hang out in the most adorable and deadly way.

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After I got back to KC, Jazzy was sure to sniff all over my shoes to see where I went while I was in Hays.  Notice my sweet new Adidas Ultra Boost shoes! I bought them (partially) with my gift card that I won from the KC Running Company Martin City Groupie run night a couple weeks ago.

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On Tuesday night, I went to the speed workout at KC Running Company. It didn’t turn out to be much of a speed workout for Amy and me, because Amy was a badass and ran a trail half marathon last weekend and was still recovering, and my right glute and right hamstring have been giving me some trouble the last couple weeks.  We ended up running at a nice tempo pace, a bit faster than we are used to, but definitely the progression run that was on the schedule.  That’s just one more reason I love KCRC, they are SO accepting, encouraging, and AMAZING!  Read my other reasons why I love KCRC and the Groupies here.

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I also have some throwback pictures to share today.  These are from WAY back.  The top left is Michelle, me, Bethany, and Elise, at homecoming (I think) our Freshman or Sophomore year.  The top right is from middle school or high school (?) from a band trip to Estes Park.  I also found all of their senior pictures (L to R Michelle, Bethany, Elise) while packing up some boxes the other night.  We all look so young, so innocent!

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Last night, I made it back to yoga after missing a couple weeks, and it was a tough class.. kicked my butt!  Tonight, I’m going to the Groupie run with KCRC, and Iron Tribe Fitness is incorporating some crossfit training into the run.  That should be fun, I’m sure I’ll feel it this weekend!

Did you celebrate Pi Day or St. Patrick’s Day?