Monday Mentionings: November 9

It’s Vegas week!  I’m looking forward to going to Las Vegas with Mom and Kristen later this week!! We are going to ROCK and ROLL this weekend!

Last Monday evening, I killed two birds with one stone, and ran to Walgreens to pick up my prescription! It was a great idea, until I had to listen to the pills in my buddy pouch, chicka chicka chicka chicka with every step.  Also, Monday was the first time I had to run in the dark at 5:30pm this fall.  Be sure to stay safe in the dark, runners.

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Jasper has taken over the spare bed.  It’s his, now.  I’ve kind of started packing for Vegas, and he’s protesting by trying to lay all over everything.  I hope he’ll forgive me for leaving him for several days.  Poor bear.

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Of course, Tuesday was ROYALS DAY!  I was so happy to be able to partake in the parade, celebrating the Royals win the World Series.  I had a great day with Amy and Mark!

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Saturday morning, Amy and I volunteered the inaugural RBW 5k in Independence.  It was such a perfect morning for a race! We ran into Philip, too… but of course we did, he is in charge of the KC Chapter of RWB!

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After the race, Amy and I met Mark at Shawnee Mission Park for a late morning run.  I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful it is at Shawnee Mission Park, and even more so in the gorgeous fall we are having.  GROUPIES, UNITE!

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Yesterday morning, I ran a solo 5 miles.  Amy has been having some pretty severe back pain, and couldn’t meet to run with the Groupies early, so I slept in (yay!) and ran later.  I have been dealing with some strange knee/hamstring/IT pain, and it really bothered me yesterday.  In better news, my glute pain has been much better – I think my chiropractor has fixed that part of me!

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Jazzy and I had lots of chill time on the balcony after my run.  This November weather, though… insanely beautiful.  Shortly after this picture, he bit me.  Haha, he likes his bubble just as much as I do.

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I’ve also started watching Parenthood, after watching a few episodes in Milwaukee with Kristen and Thayne.  I finished / got caught up with Scandal, and with baseball over, I have to watch something else now!   Have a great week, and I’ll try to post next Monday from Fabulous Las Vegas!

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Thursday Thoughts: October 30

James and I had a busy weekend back home last weekend, including Granddad’s Hall of Fame induction.

I had my very first Subway Salad the other day… and I don’t know why I’ve never had one before.  It was Delicious with a capital D.  Mmmm!!  It was pretty much the best thing ever.  Subway has a spot in my belly and in my heart.

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I also got my Charity Miles “Run America” shirt in the mail this week.  The shirt was free to those who ran/walked at least .1 mile every day for Team Red White Blue and at least .1 mile every day for Wounded Warrior Project, both, for 22 days before September 11.  I usually run for ASPCA, and throw a smattering of other charities in my rotation, but for 22 days, I walked at least .1 for one of the two, and did my normal run for the other.  My shirt came in the mail the other day, and I’m proud to have earned it, thank you Charity Miles!

If you are interested in walking, biking, or running to help raise money for Charity Miles, read my review here, and get the app here for your iPhone, and here for your Android.

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On Wednesday, James and I attended a Meet and Greet with Dr. Martin, the new President at Fort Hays State University.  We had both met her previously, but she came to Leawood on the FHSU Media Tour and Alumni Association to meet a crowd of FHSU grads.  It was a nice gathering.

After the Meet and Greet, we went to Red Door Grill to watch the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series.   They had special Royals Blue Margaritas that were super tasty, and the burgers were delicious!  It’s too bad they ended up losing the series, but we really enjoyed getting to go to three Royals games this summer and enjoyed becoming Royal.   It really has been a great summer for baseball in KC.

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Tonight at the KCRC Groupies run, I made a new friend and we ran together for a few miles!  It was also costume night, and everyone got free Run Local shirts.  I think I have nearly every shirt now… they are taking over my closet!   Thanks KCRC!

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One of my new favorite websites is rwzelle.com.  Zelle is a site for women’s running, by women runners.  If you have a few minutes, read a few articles and see what you think.  It’s a great site that left me feeling uplifted, excited, and inspired.

From their site:

“There is no one single “type” of woman runner. We come in all sizes and shapes. Some of us love to race, others just knock out the miles alone, never toeing a starting line.

That is what is makes this sport so awesome – there’s room on the road and trails for all of us.

Running has woven into the tapestry of our lives.

Think of Zelle as the place you can add your own thread.”

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Four on the 4th Race Recap

On July 4, I ran the Four on the 4th race in Kansas City.  For the past 3 years, I have ran a race on or around July 4.  In Hays, the Wild West 5k is on the Saturday around the 4th of July.  Since I was not in Hays (OMG I still can’t believe I live in KC now!), I had to find a new race! I ran the Ward Parkway Four (Miler) on the 4th.  It was a blast! A hilly, humid, hot blast, but a BLAST!

For comparison’s sake, I believe last year the Hays 5k had about 300 people running/walking.  In KC this year, I think there were just over 1000.  CRAZY amount of people.  Also, in Hays, the elevation gain is super tiny, and there 2-3 big hills, and a couple smaller hills at the KC race.

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Needless to say, my body is going to acclimate to hills very fast, or I will die.

This race was my second run in KC since I moved last week.  I also ran last night, and have been taking it a little easy, because I didn’t run a lot in June (because of the packing and the move), and I am not used to the severe humidity or hills.  I am glad I did this race, I met a lot of cool people, had a good fun run, and was able to take part in a 4th of July run for the 3rd straight year.

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Things I learned while doing this race:

1.  Fitness is lost FAST.  I skipped a ton of runs in June due to limited time while packing, moving, and traveling back and forth.  I managed to get almost 40 miles in for June, but I was hoping for closer to 100.  I can definitely tell I ran less.

2.  I need to get in some serious hill practice.

3.  I shouldn’t wear my hair in pig tails.  Cute in theory, but a hassle when they stick to my neck.  And they don’t look cute when I’m all sweaty.

4.  I need a flag shirt (sorry Mom, I always hated them growing up, but now I ‘d really like one!)

5.  Runners are family.  I made some sweaty friends while running, and encouragement, even from a stranger, is awesome.  I was really missing my Mom, and running partner, but having such a “family” of runners around made it a little better.

6.  The SEE KC RUN fellas are pretty great, and they take really good race pics, FOR FREE! Who does that? Their website is pretty 1990’s, but the guys are a class act, really cool.

And 7.  I like race bling. =)  Cool medal for finishing the race.

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I’ll see you again next year, Four on the 4th! Thanks Garry Gribbles for putting on a great race! Did you run to celebrate the 4th?