Pictures from Hays

I’m not sure how it’s Friday already! I was in Hays last weekend for the long holiday weekend.  I was lucky enough to take my 2 best friends with me for the weekend.  I meant to have this post on Monday, or Tuesday at the latest, but the week has gotten away from me!

So Friday after work, we packed up and headed to Hays!

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One of my favorite sights, the Hays exit!

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We had to stop at the Hays sign.

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Our attempt at a squatting picture, hah!

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Saturday morning was the  Wild West 5k! It was rainy and actually cool (for July).  Michelle busted out a huge PR, and Amy was only  seconds away from her PR.  I survived it, dealing with some knee/calf pain, and Mom did great!

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I don’t even know.  This just kind of happened, and we are all lucky enough that Amy got it on my phone.

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Mom, me, Amy, and Michelle after the 5k.

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Next up, SNOBALLS!!!

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After snoballs, we went to the Q for lunch.  Mmmmmmm that Q burger really hit the spot.

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Saturday night, we hung out at home and had pizza for dinner.  Then Sunday morning, Mom, Amy, and I headed out for 5 miles.  We ran by this little farm that has horses, and Mom packed some carrots for us to feed to them. Amy was terrified at first, but made friends fast.

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They were so pretty.

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Post 5 mile run fun.

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Later Sunday afternoon, Mom, Dad, and I took Amy to Sternberg.  She had fun, even though she’s not a huge museum person.  We had fun walking through the museum and seeing the exhibits.

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After the museum we went down to Frontier Park to check out the stepping stones and swinging bridge.

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Sunday night, we had Grandma and Granddad over, and had tacos and nachos.  Granddad had a little twitter lesson, too.

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After dinner we had s’mores, and listened to hundreds of dollars of fireworks being blown up by neighbors.

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Monday morning, we went for a short little run, and it was warm, but drizzly.

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After our run, the sun came out and it warmed up.  We drove around in the bug, got another snoball, and hit up Taco Shop for lunch!

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Then Monday afternoon, it was time to get back to KC.  We got some snoballs for the road, and headed back home!

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It was such a fun weekend, and the time flew by, as it always does.  I’m so glad I could make this trip with Michelle and Amy!  Can’t wait til my next trip home.

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!

Monday Mentionings: July 6

SO much happened over the weekend! I’m going to share a bunch of pictures and try to explain a bit.  I was off work Friday, for Independence Day, and I took my best friend Amy to Hays for the long holiday weekend.  We crammed as much Western Kansas down Amy’s throat as we could in 3 days!

First stop, HAYS sign!

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Lunch at Gutierrez on Friday.  Delicious.  Set the tone for an amazing weekend.

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Snoballs happened.  Multiple times.

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Quick walk around the block with Shay puppy on Friday evening.

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Dinner with Grandma and Granddad.  Dad grilled steaks and mom made cheesy potatoes.  Delicious.  Gordon got some lovin’ from Granddad.

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Saturday morning, 5k race time! Read my recap here!

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Snoballs to celebrate the race.  And snoballs are a must have for parade-watching, which we did.

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Top-down cruising in the Bug.  Summer, we are living you!

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Q burger for Amy.  She’s a Hays girl now.

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Pool time on the 4th of July? Yes please!

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Amy is all about the slides, ever since that first time at Black Bob Bay a couple weeks ago, we can’t keep her off them!

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Ava joined us at the pool for a while.  Girls rule the afternoon!

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Three slugs on a rug.  Or so my mom said, to which Amy died laughing.  Prime fireworks watching seats, front row center.

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Hays fireworks show is always a good one.

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Ready for a run on Sunday morning.  It was already steamy at 9:00am.  Took Shay for a couple miles then dropped her off to cool down.

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We drove down by Big Creek to finish our run, and happened across some buffaloes.

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Amy’s all over this western Kansas prairie running business.  She’s got this, ya’ll.

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Twinning in our CERVs aviators.  Loved our time in Hays together.

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Best parents ever, and Amy’s now officially part of the family.  Thanks, Mom and Dad for a super fun filled 4th of July weekend.

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And one more snoball to take on the road.  Catch you next time, Hays.

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Did you have a good 4th? Any celebrating?