MM: March 20

This Kansas weather has been all over the place!  Yesterday it was 87 degrees, but earlier in the week it was 20! Insane.

Last week Monday, I went to cycle class. and had a great hard workout.  After not going to class regularly for a few months, it feels good to get back in the saddle once a week or so.

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Tuesday, like I said, it was chilly!  I whined enough to make Chris join me on an outdoor run because the sun is finally out later, and it turned out to be a pretty nice run, even though it was cold.

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Wednesday night was chilly too, but Amy and I had a great 5 mile run; the sun being out later helps those evening runs SO MUCH!   We had a nice run and got caught up on life happenings.

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Saturday morning, we headed out for 10 miles on the trails.  From the very first mile, I knew it was a rough run. The first 5 went great, but I was severely lacking energy, and knew the 5 after the turnaround would be hard.  I made a huge mistake of stopping at the halfway mark to take a gu and try to talk myself up a bit.  Stopping made it so very much harder to get going. I had nothing in the tank.  I ended up walking quite a bit on the way back. Chris powered through and got 10 miles, and I finished with 9.

I was pretty bummed about it, because Chris was feeling good and I was feeling like I was holding him back, but I know hard runs just happen sometimes.  He really helped me push through to finish.  I have to remember that in January and February, I ran about 55 miles each month.  With Saturday’s long run, I have just over 50 miles for March alone. Plus I’m still rehabbing my ankle a bit, so the fact that this run was especially hard shouldn’t have come as a big surprise.

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After the run, we went to Longboards for their amazing Cabo Beef Wraps.  Mmmmmmm!

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Sunday was a lot of fun! We planned to go to Shawnee Mission Park to walk/hike more of the trail we found a few weeks back.  We headed out for 6 miles, and somehow took a slightly different way back than we went out, but it was absolutely gorgeous out. There were so many people and dogs out, the weather was perfect, even a bit warm!  We finished with 6 miles and definitely want to go back out again soon.

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Did you get a chance to enjoy spring over the weekend?

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!

To the Future Ironman

Dear Kristen, future Ironman (in just 3 short days!!!!!),

You got this.  You’ve put in the work.

You’ve been training and kicking ass for over a year, in preparation for this one day.  The day is just a day, just a number on the calendar.  It’s what’s in your heart, in your soul… that’s what makes this particular day so meaningful.

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Know that we are all cheering for you.  Near and far, you are in all our hearts.  You are doing something that not just anyone can do.  And you are inspiring so many people in the process.

You are about to push your body, your mind, and your spirit, for hours on end, miles on end.  I cannot think of a better, more prepared, and more deserving person to crush this Ironman than you.

I love you sisser, and I am so proud of you.  I cannot wait to be there and cheer you on as you enjoy the final steps in becoming an Ironman.  You’ve done the work, it’s time now time to enjoy the last 140.6 miles in your Ironman journey.

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“The race always hurts.
Expect it to hurt.
You don’t train so it doesn’t hurt.
You train so you can tolerate it.”