The April Run Down

April is over already, and as Justin Timberlake says, “It’s gonna be MAY!”

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April started off with a bunch of group fitness classes! On Saturday, April 2, I did 30 minutes of cycling at my gym, before going to Michelle’s gym and doing a 30 minute Pound class and a 30 minute Kettlebell class, then running with Amy! It was a crazy day, and I was sore Sunday!

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I ran a total of 98 miles for April.  To be honest, I strongly considered running 2 more miles to make it an even 100, but with a long run on May 1, and with a really peaceful attitude about running lately, I decided it didn’t truly matter if I got 100 miles or 98, or 40.

I’m happy with my running right now, it’s feeling pretty good, and strong, and I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing!  So I ended with 98 miles for the month, which puts me at 309 for 2016.  After two months of low miles in January and February, I was happy to hit 105 in March, and 98 this month. I didn’t make it to as many cycling classes this month, but had some strong sessions for April.

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My knee has continued to feel pretty good, and I’m trying stretch to keep it feeling good.  I had 2 races in April, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon, where I did walk more than I wanted, but came out with my second fastest half marathon.  I have two weeks before Running with the Cows, and then 3 week after that is Hospital Hill!

I ran with the KC Running Co. groupies 5 times in April, and I had a handful of solo runs as well as many runs with friends.  I’ve continued to try to run a bit longer than I used to, running 5 miles on a weeknight instead of 3-4, and trying to run a mile or two longer on my long weekend runs.  I really feel strong lately, I think it’s a combination of running a bit longer, and also running a bit slower.

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Looking forward to May, I’m really excited for my entire family to come to KC for Running with the Cows! Mom and Dad are driving down, and Mom will run the half marathon.  Kristen is also flying in, and she’ll race the 5k.  I’ll be going home for Memorial Day, so I’m also looking forward to running with Mom!  How was your April? What races do you have coming up?

April Run-Down:
Running: 21 runs, totaling 98 miles.
Cycling: 6 cycling classes, 4 hours, and a few bike commutes to work, totaling 59.5 miles.
Longest Run: 9 miles, April 23
Races: Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and the Trolley Run 4 Miler

Buddy Pouch Winners

I’m happy to announce that I have two winners who will soon be owners of their very own Buddy Pouch!  Holly H. and Ashley W. each won a Buddy Pouch in my giveaway from last week.  I’m so happy to be able to share this amazing product with two very deserving people!

Jasper helped me out by shuffling the names in the hat. Such a good little helper.

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For those of you who did not win, I have a discount code to share with you.  If you enter RB6 on therunningbuddy.com, you can save 10% on a Running Buddy!

Thank you, everyone, for participating – for sharing my post and commenting.  I wish I could give each and every one of you a Buddy Pouch, because that’s how much I believe in this product!

 

Monday Mentionings: January 11

Super quick reminder to check out my Running Buddy Pouch giveaway post  – it’s super easy to enter to win, and I have 2 pouches to give away!! Remember to enter to win by Friday!

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Apparently, last week was all about trying new foods! Tuesday, at work, a bunch of us ordered from Holy Land Cafe, which is a middle eastern ethnic food cafe close to our office.  I tried the Shawarma, which was really tasty! I will admit that most of the reason that I decided to get the shawarma was because they talked about it in Avengers and it always kind of stuck.  Anyway, it was really quite delicious, and I’d definitely order this again!

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Thursday night, I went to my first cycle class at the Athletic Club of Overland Park.  I’ve taken 2 cycle classes, ever, previous to this week, and both were in Milwaukee, most recently with my sister as the instructor.  So I took a class Thursday night, and again on Saturday morning, with a different instructor.  I’m taking cycle classes, of course, because I’m restricted from running for 2 weeks because of my torn meniscus.  Both classes last week were fun, but I liked the style of the Saturday morning class better.  And neither class topped my sister’s class  I’m going to a third instructor’s cycle class at the Athletic Club tonight, so we’ll see which one I like best!  I have enjoyed the classes, and will likely keep going to at least one a week after I’m allowed to run again.

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With no running at all last week (insert sad face here), I’ve had a lot of extra cuddle time with Jasper.  I went to the gym instead of running last week, but still had extra time to snuggle with Jazzy.

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Friday, I tried another new food! A few of us from work went to a Korean restaurant nearby, called Choga.  I’d never eaten Korean food before, and decided on the Bimbimbap, and was very surprised at how much I liked it!  It was similar to Chinese food, in some ways, but it was also distantly different, and very tasty.

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Saturday morning I went to the gym bright and early to go to the cycle class, and then met with a personal trainer to discuss options for strengthening my quads, hamstrings, and calves to help protect my knee and the meniscus tear.  Later, on Saturday, I met up with Amy and we ate at Potbelly, then went to Sisters, and believe it or not, we didn’t even take a picture.  Who would have thought! The food was great, the movie was funny, and it was a much needed girls’ afternoon with my best.

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Pretty much the remainder of the weekend was devoted to watching Making a Murderer.  I’m a bit late to the game on watching, and have 2 episodes left to watch (likely tonight).  I won’t really talk about it on here much, but it is a very compelling documentary on Netflix, and if you give it a watch, it’ll definitely entertain you and make you think a lot about the justice system.  Jasper wasn’t as enthralled as I was, but he kept me company.

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I’m looking forward, this week, to trying new things at the gym, getting through my second (and hopefully last) week of no running, and being one week closer to spring!

Again, don’t forget to read and enter to win the Buddy Pouches!