2017: April Running

April, I’m glad you’re over! I ran 52 miles in April, which is my lowest mileage for the year. In fact, it’s my lowest mileage since January 2016! You can check out my recaps for JanuaryFebruary, and March if you need to catch up!

I really have no good reason why my mileage was so low. I just wasn’t feeling running in April.  The month started off with the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon. That race kind of led me into a downward spiral, with lots of emotions in many different aspects of my life bubbling up.  I’m fine, nobody needs to worry, but my running has definitely been slacking.  On top of the emotional issues I’ve been dealing with, I’ve been super swamped with wedding planning, moving prep, and work.  None of these things are good excuses, and I’m not trying to write them off, it’s just what happened in April.

I’m glad for May, a clean slate, a fresh start, a new month.

Back to April.  Rock the Parkway was the second Saturday of the month.  I didn’t write a race recap, but basically it was the slowest half I’ve ever run. I walked more than I’ve ever walked, and Chris stayed by my side for every single step. Emotionally, I went through happiness, sadness, frustration, hope, disgust, thankfulness, gratitude, rage, envy, hopelessness, shame, joy, love… the list goes on and on and on…  The race is over, I’ve dealt with a lot of my emotions, and still dealing with a lot more, but I’m in a much better place than I was at the finish line of that race.

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I only ran 11 times in April, the lowest in a long time.  Running is always there for me, and will always be there for me, whether or not I take a break.  I’m ready to get back on the horse and start putting in the mileage again.  I got a nice fun run in St. Joseph while Chris had band practice one Saturday, which was a fun way to explore a bit.

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Chris and I had some good runs too, the weather was really nice for part of the month, really hot and windy for part, and then at the end of the month, got cold and rainy.   I didn’t cycle at all in April. I need to work on that for May, and plan to go to cycle tonight.  I’ve added in some Group X classes, mainly a strength class during lunch once a week, and hope to add in a second day per week soon, and also get back to lifting on my own once a week or so.  Baby steps!

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I finished out the month with the Trolley Run, which is one of my very favorite KC races.  It was Chris’ first time doing the Trolley Run, and my third.  It was cold and drizzly, but we had a great run. I’ll be writing a recap this week.

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Looking forward to May: I have no races, but hope to get in some solid runs. My goal for the month is 75 miles for the month, and at least 1 strength session per week at the gym, and at least 3 cycle classes for the month.  How was your April? What does your May look like?

April stats:
Running:  11 runs, totaling 52 miles
Longest Run: 6 miles, April 23rd.
Races: Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and the Trolley Run

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!

2017: March Running

I have just one word for March’s weather: bipolar!  One day I could run in a tank top and be sweaty in minutes, and the next day it’s chilly and rainy, and then the next day it’s warm and windy.  CRAZY weather.  I ran 3 miles last night to finish with 90 miles for March!  You can check out the recaps for January and February.

I cycled 3 times in March, and had some solid miles on the bike.  I’ve been enjoying the cycle classes lately, they’ve been pushing me out of my comfort zone, and I’m happy to have Chris with me on occasion too.

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Like I said above, the weather is crazy. I ran 5 miles with Amy on one Wednesday and it was chilly enough for vests and ear coverings, and then on that Saturday, Chris and I ran long and I was in a tank top and super sweaty! Crazy weather.  I had several long runs in March, with a 7 miler one weekend, 9 another weekend, and 10 last weekend.

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Chris and I also explored the trails at Shawnee Mission Park, which was great cross-training, and a nice change of pace for a “recovery” after one of our long runs.  We hope to continue going out to the trails to explore and hike every now and then.

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My ankle has been doing better since I sprained it at the beginning of February. It still gets kind of puffy after long runs, and I still have some sharp pain near my pinky toe, especially after running, but it’s getting better!

I was thrilled to meet up with Erica and run 10 miles last weekend on the paved trails by Leawood City Park.  It had been a couple years since I’d seen her last; she was one of my karate buddies from back in the day.

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Looking ahead to April: I have 2 races, Rock the Parkway Half Marathon, next weekend, and then at the end of the month, the Trolley Run 4 miler.  How was your March?

March stats:
Running: 17 runs, totaling 90 miles.
Cycling: 3 cycle classes, totaling 32 miles.
Longest Run: 10 miles, March 26th.
Races: None.