Monday Mentionings: October 19

I have a few things to share with you from my week! First of all, could we be having a more beautiful October? October is like the Saturday of months, I love October.

Tuesday, I found an amazing little turtle friend on the trail during our KC Running Co. Groupie Speed Night run.  I found him on the warm up of a 5 mile tempo run, so he spent the run with me.  His name is Timothy.  =)

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Wednesday, Amy and I ran a few miles on the trails after work, and of course, we both wore our orange visors.  Best friends think alike? Same shirt too, but not the same color this time.Photo Oct 14, 5 31 02 PM

Thursday evening, I ran a few miles with the KCRC Groupies to shake things out before our half marathon on Saturday! We had a nice run with good friends.  Best way to finish out the week!  Have I mentioned how much I love running in October? Perfection.

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Friday, after work, I met Amy at the Kansas City Marathon expo.  Mom couldn’t make it to the expo, but she was on her way to KC! We got our packets, picked up some shirts and other fun stuff, and then grabbed some groceries to make our spaghetti dinner!

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Spaghetti dinner and sparkling wine.  With Mom and Amy.  And with the Royals winning game 2 of the ALCS.  Best Friday night.

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Saturday morning, we were up in the 4’s to get ready for the race.  E.A.R.L.Y.  Amy came over, and we headed to Crown Center for the race! We kept warm inside, then checked our bags, used the bathroom (again), and jumped (literally, climbed over the guard rails) into the corral with about 10,000 of our closest and bestest running friends!

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I will have a race recap up sometime this week, once the official photos are released.  Until then, here’s a pic of several friends and fellow Groupies, and of Mom, Amy and I with our medals!  I will spoil it a little for you, and tell you that I PR’d my half marathon time by almost 11 minutes!!

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Jenn, Mom, John, Amy, and Me

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After the race, we came back to my house, and foam rolled, facebook’d photos, and called family.  Jazzy “rolled” a little too.

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Later on Saturday (felt like about 9pm, but it was really like 4 since we had been up since way before it was light out!), Mom and I got some BBQ at Joe’s, found some good deals at Scheels, and watched the Royals win.  We were home and ready for bed relaxing by 8:00!

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Sunday, Mom and I met Amy and we ran a couple shakeout miles, then went to Yoga at Lululemon.  Boy, were my quads and lower back stiff.  Yoga felt really good though, stretching things out a bit.

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We at lunch and ran a few errands, including stopping to take pics outside of Trader Joe’s.

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Mom and I visited Edgar the Swan after we dropped Amy off.  We actually found out that his name is Fred (someone who lives right there by the pond told us), but I think Edgar is a better name for him.

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This week, I’m excited to cheer on the Royals as they take on Toronto and win the ALCS! World Series or BUST!

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Thursday Thoughts: June 4

Last weekend I bought a new car! I’m the proud new owner of a pretty 2014 Mazda 6!  I’ve had it less than a week, and boy, she drives like a dream! Zoom zoom!

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Earlier this week, I posted some of my thoughts on my recent divorce.  I got a couple super sweet card in the mail from my Mom and from a friend.  I love getting mail that isn’t bills or junk.  Thanks everyone for your kind comments, too, on Facebook and twitter.  It means a lot to have such a loving group of family and friends through this difficult time.

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Jasper has turned into a huge snuggle bug in the evenings.  The other night, I was about to get up and go to bed, and he snuggled up on me and started purring so loudly.  I just couldn’t make myself disturb him.

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Tuesday was Track Tuesday for a timed mile.  I PR’d my mile by about 15 seconds, which I was happy with, considering I don’t like running full out!!  I’m so grateful for the KCRC Groupies and their support.

Photo courtesy of KC Running Co.

Photo courtesy of KC Running Co.

Yesterday was National Running Day! It’s like Christmas for runners! I met up with the Groupies for  special National Running Day group run, and there were over 250 of us out at the Leawood store for running, pizza, prizes, and fun! I can’t put into words how much I love this group and the friends I have made.

Along with National Running Day, I signed up for the KC Marathon Half Marathon this fall.  I ran this same race last fall, and it was a great race, I can’t wait to run it again!  I also got to pick up the 361 degrees shoes I won at Ladies Night a few weeks ago.  I’ll test them out after Hospital Hill this weekend, and write a review!

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photo courtesy of KC Running Co.

Photo courtesy of KC Running Co.

Tonight, if the rain holds out, I’ll go to the Royals game with Amy and her family, and then this weekend is Hospital Hill, and a couple more Royals games with my parents! I’m really excited for a fun and busy weekend.  My fingers are crossed for no rain during the race or the games over the weekend! GO ROYALS and good luck Hospital Hill runners!!