MM: April 10

Happy Monday!

BASEBALL IS BACK! The Royals’ season started last week Monday, and unfortunately, they haven’t been off to the greatest start, but the season is long, and I’m #raisedroyal!  I wore my Royals scarf last Monday to celebrate opening day!

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After over a week of rainy weather and crappy allergy / sinus problems, the sun finally peeked out Thursday of last week, and it’s been warm and windy and feeling like spring.  Everything is blooming and greening and flowering like crazy because of all the rain we’ve had.  And this is the worst view ever from where I work… 😛

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Friday, Chris and I went to the Rock the Parkway expo to grab our race packets, then came home and made spaghetti.  Jasper was quite interested in my food, as always.

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Saturday morning, Chris and I did the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon! It was my 13th half, and Chris’ 2nd.  I’ll have a race recap up later this week; I’m still working on sorting through my thoughts.  It wasn’t a good race for me, and I’m still processing things.

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After the race, we got cleaned up and met up with Chris’ best friends, who came to town from the central Missouri area.  We walked around and shopped a bit at Legends before grabbing BBQ and eating at the park.   We weren’t thrilled to walk around all afternoon after a half marathon, but I think it helped loosen up our legs a bit. I know my legs felt better, but still very tired, after all the walking.

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Sunday morning, we drove to Topeka to meet Mom and Dad, and meet little Skye puppy, before going to a family lunch at my aunt and uncle’s house.  My cousins were in town visiting, and my grandparents drove down too, so it was really nice to see everyone.  Kristen and Thayne were the only ones missing.

Skye is so adorable. I wanted to take her home!  She’s a little firecracker, for sure.

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It was really great to see everyone!

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This week, I’m going to tackle a few “to do” items on our wedding checklist, and get back on the roads once I process a bit of running stuff that I have going on mentally.

Congrats to everyone who ran Rock the Parkway, or any other race over the weekend, especially to my little sister and her team who ran the Ragnar So Cal relay and kicked butt!! Have a great week, friends!

Monday Mentionings: April 4

Good Monday morning! First things first: BASEBALL IS BACK!!!!!  I was so happy to watch the Royals win opening night last night!

Last week Monday, I went on a fun little [hilly and windy] run with Amy and Sandey.  We ate some gnats, took some timed selfies on the trails, and had a pretty decent run! Afterwards, Sandey made buddies with Jazzy.

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Most unfortunately, Tuesday after work, I broke my phone! I was texting my sister about taco Tuesday, and dropped my phone down the stairs at work.  Sad day.  I got my new replacement phone on Wednesday, around lunch, so all worked out.

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Thursday evening, I had a  5miler with Jenn and Sandey.  It as a bit less windy, and a real good run! Amy couldn’t join us because she was sick in bed.   We had to celebrate by taking more selfies after we were finished.  Naturally, because how do you know we ran if we don’t take selfies to prove it?

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Friday, Kristen and 5 other super speedy ladies started Ragnar Southern California, running for #teamsparkle and #ragnar4rett, to raise money for Rett Syndrome, and race the ultra Ragnar So Cal.  I kept up on social media through Friday evening, and when I went to bed, they were still running. Then when I woke up Saturday, they were STILL running, and finished about 30 hours after they started, relay running 190 miles.  The team did amazing, and raised several tens of thousands of dollars for Rett Syndrome research.  I’m so proud of Kristen and the other Team Sparkle girls.

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I spent my Friday evening with Michelle! We went to Grinders Stonewall and had pizza and calzones.  Then we went to the mall, and stopped at the liquor store on our way home.  Friday night, done right.

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Jazzy and Belle had a little play session with the pheasant feathers after we got home, too. So sweet, these two.

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I may have a bit too much fun with Snapchat.  You can snap me: @renfle.

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Saturday morning, I tried my best to kill myself by taking 3 group fitness classes and then running with Amy.  Let me explain: I wanted to go to cycle class so I went for 30 minutes, before meeting Michelle to try my first Pound class, then I stuck around for a 30 minute Kettlebell class.  THEN I met up with Amy and we ran 3 miles!  I’m a bit sore today, especially my lower back, probably from the Kettlebell class.  I LOVED trying Pound though! “Pound is the world’s first cardio jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat dripping fun of playing the drums.” (source)

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Amy, Joshua, and I went to brunch after our run, then ran some errands.  Sweet little Joshua kept holding my hand; he’s going to be heart breaker someday.

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Sunday, after running with Amy, I watched a couple episodes of How to Get Away with Murder, which Jasper slept through.  It’s my new show, I can’t watch enough of it!   I’m about halfway through season 2, has anyone else watched?

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By Sunday afternoon, I was ready for the Royals! I’m pretty sure I wore 4 or 5 Royals shirts throughout the weekend, including 3 yesterday – one to run, one to run errands, then one after I showered.  I also got to rock my new KC sunglasses.  It’s good to BE ROYAL!  Michelle and I made some amazingly delicious, and addicting, Amaretto Slushies, and enjoyed drinking them while watching the game last night.  Mmmm!

Recipe:
750 ml Amaretto
12 oz can of frozen pineapple juice
12 oz can of frozen raspberry lemonade
6-8 cups water
1/3 cup sugar
Combine and freeze for 8-12 hours
Add sprite and serve.

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Rock the Parkway is in 5 days!!

The March Run Down

March! I’ll cut straight to the chase: I ran 105 miles in March! After reevaluating my goals, and getting rid of my year long 1100 mile goal, my knee continued improve, and I had lots and lots of fantastic runs in March!  Read up on previous months’ run-downs here: January, February.

Between my knee feeling so much better, my glute feeling just about 99% better, and really enjoying my runs, I end up running twice as much in March as I did in each January and February! I ended March with 105 miles, which puts my yearly total at 211.  I still am sticking to my plan of not aiming for a specific number for the year, I’m happy with just running and doing what I can! I biked/cycled 105 miles as well (yesterday when I had 105 miles biked, and had 100 miles running, I knew I had to do a 5 miler to even them up!)

During the first week of March, I traded in my old bike and bought a beautiful (used but new to me) bike. I named her Aspen.  I’ve ridden my bike to work several times, and taken her out for a few bike rides this month too.  My longest ride was a 10 mile ride to Missouri and back! She’s a Trek seven.three, and I love her!

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I’ve continued to take cycling classes a couple times a week at the Athletic Club of Overland Park.  Since I ran more in March than I had in January and February, I didn’t take as many classes, and some of the classes I did go to, I only took half the class, so that I could also run.

I somehow only ran with the KC Running Co. groupies twice in March! Between some chilly weather, some scheduling conflicts, a race, and going home for a weekend, I only  managed to get to the Groupies twice!  I did run with friends numerous times, which makes up for missing so many Groupie runs.  I also had my second race of the year, the Whiskey Run 5k, on March 13.  I ended up not running as quickly as I wish I would have, but had a pretty good race, and a dang good breakfast after the race!

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My longest run of the month was 8 miles, which was actually broken up into a solo 5 miler followed by a 3 mile run (5k, actually, for the virtual 5k for Rett Syndrome) with Momma and Shay puppy, in Hays, on March 26.

The entire month, I’ve run a bit longer than previous, during each run.  10 of my runs in March were 5 miles or more!  I think that adding a mile or two to my normal 3-4 mile runs has really helped my endurance, and my mental strength!  Though I’m not aiming, specifically, for 100+ miles each month, I definitely like being able to do some longer runs without feeling like it’s so taxing.  I guess that’s called progress!

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Looking forward to April, I have two races, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon on April 9, and the Trolley Run 4 miler on April 24.  Rock the Parkway begins my 3 half marathons in 3 months, and I’m hoping my knee is up to the task!  Do you have any races coming up?

March Run-Down:
Running: 25 runs, totaling 105 miles.
Cycling: 7 cycling classes, 5.5 hours, and several bike rides, totaling 105 miles.
Longest Run: 8 miles, Mar. 26.
Races: Whiskey Run 5k.