2017: April Running

April, I’m glad you’re over! I ran 52 miles in April, which is my lowest mileage for the year. In fact, it’s my lowest mileage since January 2016! You can check out my recaps for JanuaryFebruary, and March if you need to catch up!

I really have no good reason why my mileage was so low. I just wasn’t feeling running in April.  The month started off with the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon. That race kind of led me into a downward spiral, with lots of emotions in many different aspects of my life bubbling up.  I’m fine, nobody needs to worry, but my running has definitely been slacking.  On top of the emotional issues I’ve been dealing with, I’ve been super swamped with wedding planning, moving prep, and work.  None of these things are good excuses, and I’m not trying to write them off, it’s just what happened in April.

I’m glad for May, a clean slate, a fresh start, a new month.

Back to April.  Rock the Parkway was the second Saturday of the month.  I didn’t write a race recap, but basically it was the slowest half I’ve ever run. I walked more than I’ve ever walked, and Chris stayed by my side for every single step. Emotionally, I went through happiness, sadness, frustration, hope, disgust, thankfulness, gratitude, rage, envy, hopelessness, shame, joy, love… the list goes on and on and on…  The race is over, I’ve dealt with a lot of my emotions, and still dealing with a lot more, but I’m in a much better place than I was at the finish line of that race.

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I only ran 11 times in April, the lowest in a long time.  Running is always there for me, and will always be there for me, whether or not I take a break.  I’m ready to get back on the horse and start putting in the mileage again.  I got a nice fun run in St. Joseph while Chris had band practice one Saturday, which was a fun way to explore a bit.

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Chris and I had some good runs too, the weather was really nice for part of the month, really hot and windy for part, and then at the end of the month, got cold and rainy.   I didn’t cycle at all in April. I need to work on that for May, and plan to go to cycle tonight.  I’ve added in some Group X classes, mainly a strength class during lunch once a week, and hope to add in a second day per week soon, and also get back to lifting on my own once a week or so.  Baby steps!

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I finished out the month with the Trolley Run, which is one of my very favorite KC races.  It was Chris’ first time doing the Trolley Run, and my third.  It was cold and drizzly, but we had a great run. I’ll be writing a recap this week.

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Looking forward to May: I have no races, but hope to get in some solid runs. My goal for the month is 75 miles for the month, and at least 1 strength session per week at the gym, and at least 3 cycle classes for the month.  How was your April? What does your May look like?

April stats:
Running:  11 runs, totaling 52 miles
Longest Run: 6 miles, April 23rd.
Races: Rock the Parkway Half Marathon and the Trolley Run

2016 Running Recap

The final day of December is here!  I am in Detroit with Chris and his family, and we are headed out for a 4 mile run to end 2016.  With today’s 4 mile run, my total miles for December will be 74 miles, and my total for 2016 will be 1025 miles, surpassing my goal (!!!) of running 1000 miles in 2016!  You can catch up on every month of 2016 here:  January, FebruaryMarch, AprilMay, June, JulyAugustSeptemberOctober, and November.

I ran a total of 15 races in 2016, including my very first duathlon, and I ran 5 half marathons too, with a smattering of other race distances.  I had a rocky start to the year with lots of knee pain and after seeing a couple doctors, and running fewer miles in January and February, I was very happy overall with how my running went this year.  I have wanted to reach 1000+ miles, and I’m so glad I was able to reach my goal this year!

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I have some of my favorite photos from this year of running to share and look back on.

Top left: Amy and I running on New Years Day, kicking off the year with a run! Top right: The Kickoff 5k, my first race of 2016.  Bottom left: Running a virtual race for Rett Syndrome, with Momma.  Bottom right: One of many cycle classes I took trying to rehab my knee. I really enjoyed cycling and look forward to continuing it as a fun cross training exercise.

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Top Left: Running with my best girl, Shay. Shay passed away earlier this year, and I always remember our runs fondly, she was truly the best running partner.  Top right: Hays running with Mom in the early summer months, warm and windy.  Bottom Left: 5k in Hays with Michelle and Amy, and the fun weekend we had over the 4th of July.  Bottom Right: My first duathlon, what an experience!

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Top Left: My very first run with Chris, at the start of our relationship this summer.  Top Right: My 2nd 5k (Glow Run) of the day, after running the Diva Dash earlier that morning.  Bottom Left: Running with Mom and Kristen in Milwaukee after Kristen’s Ironman.  Bottom Right: Long run in Hays with Chris and Mom, after bringing Chris home to meet my family.

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Top Left: The KC Half Marathon, Chris’ first half marathon and the third time I’ve done the KC Half.  Top Right: The Longview Half Marathon, my last half marathon of 2016, with the ladies from KC Running Co.  Bottom Left: Running with the fam, home for Thanksgiving.  Bottom Right: Treadmill long runs with Chris by my side.

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I have several goals for 2017 that I’m mulling over, and will write a post sometime this week or next; until then, for 2017, I have a quote that I recently saw and it really hit home with me.  I will be keeping this quote in my mind as 2017 develops and try to do this with each of my runs and in my life: “Run and become. Become and run. Run to succeed in the outer world. Become to proceed in the inner world.” -Sri Chinmoy

Goodbye 2016.  2017, be ready!

The November Run Down

I’m not really sure how in the world it’s December, but here we are!  November is over, and I finished the month with 88 miles!  I’m at 949 miles for 2016 so far, and I’m right on track (ahead, actually!!!) to run 1000+ miles this year!  I only need 51 miles in December to reach 1000 miles, and as long as nothing catastrophic happens, I’ll easily surpass 1000 for 2016!! Catch up on my January through October recaps here: January, FebruaryMarch, AprilMay, June, JulyAugustSeptember, and October.

November started out warm! I was actually able to run in short sleeves and tank tops for the first half of November.

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Chris and I had lots of great runs together, including a really pretty run at Shawee Mission Lake.  The run that day didn’t really feel great for either of us, but it sure was pretty, and we stopped a few times to take in the scenery.  I didn’t make it to any group runs with KC Runing Company in November; I think the time change has really made me want to run as soon as possible after work since it’s dark and chilly now.

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I had one race in November, the Longview Half Marathon.  It was chilly that morning, but a pretty run near Longview Lake in south KC.  I was really excited for Mom and her friend Denise to come to KC for Longview, and it was great to see lots of my running club buddies at the race, too!

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I was really happy to be able to go home for Thanksgiving, and to take Chris home with me.  Mom, Kristen, Chris and I ran on Thanksgiving morning, I did some solo Black Friday miles, and then Chris and I had a long run Saturday with Mom joining us for part before coming back to KC on Sunday.

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It’s gotten pretty cold here over the last week or so. I finished out the last day of November with 5 chilly miles in the dark after work.  Looking forward to December, I have 0 races, and I’m excited about that! I’m hoping I can get in a solid month of miles, and enjoy the holidays.  I’m going to do my damned best to not have any pop or sweets from today until I go home for Christmas… who’s with me? It’s going to be tough with all the holiday parties and sweets, but I’m going to try!

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November Run-Down:
Running: 20 runs, totaling 88 miles.
Cycling: 1 cycle class, 45 minutes, totaling 10 miles
Longest Run: 8 miles, November 26, in Hays.
Races: Longview Half Marathon