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.

Thursday Thoughts: December 11

Sunday I wrote about our visit to the Plaza with James’ parents to see the lights.  Saturday night after the Plaza, we relaxed at home, and Jasper was finally feeling better enough to snuggle.  We took him to the vet on Thursday night because he was acting very lethargic and not wanting his treats or food at night.  He ended up having a pretty high fever and was given an antibiotic shot.  By Saturday night, he was acting much more like himself, and by Sunday you’d never know he was sick!

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Sunday morning I got up and went to run with the Groupies.  I hadn’t been to a Sunday run for a while, I like my sleep on Sundays!  It ended up being a great run, I ran 6.5 miles, which is further than I’ve gone in a while.  I’m slowly but surely building up my mileage for the Rock the Parkway half marathon in April!  I’m hoping to attend at least 2 Sunday morning runs with the Groupies each month.  Going to the group runs should help me prepare for several reasons.  I generally don’t run in the mornings, I like to run after work, so running in the mornings will help me figure out a race routine, and running with the Groupies will definitely help mentally build my confidence since I usually run solo. You can see my half marathon training plan post for Rock the Parkway here.

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Sunday evening, we took James’ parents to have their first KC BBQ!  James and I overlooked the fact that Joe’s KC BBQ (previously called Oklahoma Joe’s), the most well known BBQ restaurant in KC, is closed on Sundays! We took them to Burnt Ends, which is near James’ work.  It was pretty tasty!

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When we got home, we watched the I Love Lucy Christmas special, and Jasper had a nice cuddle with Wayne.  It was a fun weekend, nice and laid back.

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This week, I had a work meeting in Topeka, and my boss gave each of us a small plaque. She said it was a fun way to remind us to stay confident in the field, as we often talk to clients who change their stories a lot.  Super cute.  I put it on my desk by my lamp and little owl that Granddad and Grandma brought me from Wisconsin a couple years ago.

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Today is Belle’s birthday! Happy Birthday!!!!!  Michelle, I may not see you often, or talk to you regularly, but that doesn’t mean you are out of my mind.  You have a most special place in my heart, and I’m so lucky to have you as my bestie and in my life.  I can’t wait to see you over the Christmas break! xoxo

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Tonight, James and I are going to an advanced screening of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  I won two tickets from my favorite radio station, Mix 93.3 in KC, and we get to see the movie a week before it comes out! James is super excited, especially since he reviews the movies for our paper and news website in Hays.

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I hadn’t seen this quote in a long time, but when I saw it again this week, I fell in love with it all over again.

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Do you run with a group? Has it helped your running? For those of you in KC running the RTP half marathon next April, are you planning on attending any of the Groupie Runs on Sundays? If so, let me know and we can meet before or after! I hope to go to at least 2 a month!

Only 2 weeks until Christmas!