MM: August 28

Monday again!

Last Monday was exciting because of the eclipse! KC was in a prime viewing location, but unfortunately the weather got extra cloudy during the 2 minute window of totality. I got to see it start and lots of views during the whole show, though.

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While I was laid up, the back yard got a bit out of hand with the weeds and grass.  Jasper’s enjoyed playing “stealthy kitty,” and I think he was a little disappointed that Chris and I pulled a big majority of the weeds.

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Friday night, we drove up to St. Joe, and Chris’ band had a gig. It ended up being a really late night, but the venue was pretty cool, and all the bands did great.  They have another show coming up soon, on Sept. 9 at the Crossroads Music Festival!

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Saturday morning I had therapy, and got the ok to try deep water running. We went out and bought water resistant bandaids and I tried it out right away!,  It was a cooler than normal August Saturday, and the water was extra cold too, but once I got in and tried it out for 20 seconds, I know I need to wait and work up slowly.  My knee felt full (probably from therapy and walking around the mall and Target earlier in the day), and it felt kind of unstable, even though I wasn’t touching the bottom.  I went through the motions for less than a minute, and didn’t want to push it more, but I’m excited to try it again and slowly build it up.

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I’m super excited for this weekend, because we’re going to Hays for the weekend!  Have a safe and fun Labor day weekend, everyone!

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.”

Monday Mentionings: August 8

I feel like this last week went fast, and the weekend went super fast! It’s Monday again, so here we go!

I got some fancy candies at work from a client last week, which was really nice of them to do for me.  I shared them with the floor, so everyone got some chocolates.

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Thursday night at KC Running Co., we finished our VERY HOT run and were given some delicious watermelon afterwards.  Watermelon after a run is just one of those perfect combinations.

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Friday, after work, my Aunt Leann, Uncle Steve, and cousin Ava came to KC to visit for the weekend.  Saturday, we did a bit of shopping at Oak Park Mall, and Ava and I had lots of carousel rides too.

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After fun at the mall, we hit up the pool.  Ava is quite the little fish in the water.

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Saturday evening, we went to the Royals game…. Ava’s first Royals game!  She had lots of fun watching the Boys in Blue win against Toronto.  She cheered for the mustard hot dog during the hot dog derby, but relish won.  [Ava was reading along as I was writing this post, and she said “But they were in white, not blue!! Leann and I cracked up, she has quite the reading comprehension going on!]

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She even got a “first game certificate” from the Royals Guest Services team.  I’d say she’s a new lifetime Royals fan.

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Leann and I got my favorite Royal ‘Ritas.  Mmmm tasty!

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Ava and I had more carousel time in the Outfield Experience.  The weather for the game couldn’t have been more perfect Saturday night.  It was very cool for August and breezy.  Perfect weather.

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After the Royals won(!!!), Ava did a bit more playing in the outfield before we headed back to my apartment.  I didn’t realize you could see the World Series Champs sign from the outfield experience area.  Just in case you forgot, ‘dem Roys won the World Series last year!!

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Sunday, we ventured out to Chuck E Cheese’s for lunch.  Ava won lots of tickets, gave Chuck E  Cheese a hug and a high five, and we left with bellies full of pizza and Ava cashed in her tickets for a Chuck E Cheese ball to take home.

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Leann and I spent our tokens playing Skee Ball.

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After some more shopping, we went back to my apartment for some relaxation time.   Jasper enjoyed his new catnip plant.

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Once our energy levels were back up, Ava and I went down to the park to play for a bit.

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We met up with some of Steve and Leann’s friends for dinner, then we got some yummy custard at Sheridan’s.  It was a great end to the weekend.

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Today, we’ll hang out a bit more before Steve, Leann, and Ava head back to Hays this afternoon.

I don’t have too much planned for this week.  I’ll try to get in some runs while the weather is nice and unseasonably cool.  Have a great week, friends!!