The October Run Down

Hello November! October was quite a good month, in terms of running! I finished the month with 105 miles, which ties March’s total for the most miles in a month this year.  Catch up with my previous months’ recaps here:January, FebruaryMarch, AprilMay, June, JulyAugust, and September.

With 105 miles for October, my yearly total is now 861 miles! I am right on track to crush my long time goal of reaching 1000 miles in a year! I will have to average 70 miles for November and December to get to that magical 1000 number.

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October started out with an amazing 10 miler in Hays, with Chris and Momma.  We were in Hays for Oktoberfest, and had a very chilly, great feeling 10 miler to start off our weekend and the month.  Sunday morning I ran another 5 miles with Mom.  I cherish our runs together becuase they don’t happen as often as they used to.

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I had 1 race in October, the KC Half.  This was my third year running the half marathon, and it was my slowest time due to several struggles I had.  Chris ran his very first half marathon and CRUSHED it!  My full race recap is here.

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I only ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies once, but got in lots of great solo runs and lots of great runs with Chris.  I also only made it to a cycle class once in October.  I need to get back to regularly going to cycle, it is such great cross training.

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My longest solo run was 9 miles, on Oct. 29.  I had a 10 miler with Chris on Oct. 1, and I also had two 7 milers thrown in during October, along with the half marathon.  I have definitely gained some endurance over the last few months, by slowing my runs down and going for longer, slower distances.  Because of the slow down, I have also been enjoying my runs more.

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Looking forward to November, I have 1 half marathon planned, the Longview Half Marathon at Longview Lake in Lee’s Summit.  This will be the third year for this race (I think), but my first year running it.  Other than that race, I plan to keep working on my endurance, time on my feet, and feeling stronger in my runs.

October Run-Down:
Running: 21 runs, totaling 105 miles.
Cycling: 1 cycle class, 30 minutes, totaling 7.5 miles
Longest Run: 10 miles, October 1st, in Hays.
Races: KC Half Marathon

Monday Mentionings: October 10

It’s Half Marathon week! Saturday is the KC Half!

Let’s back up to last week.  I bought some noodles while I was home last weekend (actually, I forgot to get noodles, and had to stop in Russell to pick some up before we were too far away from good noodle country), so I made my first batch of chicken noodle soup last week.  Mmmmmm it’s soup season!

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Wednesday, I went out for 5-6 miles, and ended up with 7.  It was a great run, and I feel the most ready I have ever felt for a half.  Chris and I ran 7 miles yesterday, too, so this week will be a light week in preparation for the half.

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Saturday, I met up with Carmen and had lunch and did a bit of shopping.  It was great to see her, it has been too long! We need to get together more often, for sure.

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Yesterday, while I was running 7 miles, Kristen was absolutely CRUSHING the Chicago Marathon! She PR’d by 36 minutes (AHH!) and qualified for the Boston Marathon (AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!) too!!  I’m so incredibly proud of her!

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This week, I’m going to hydrate hydrate hydrate, hydrate some more, and get good sleep in preparation for half marathon #11 on Saturday!