November Roundup

November has come and gone.  This year has flown by so quickly.  In case you want to catch up on my monthly roundups, you can read them here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.  I wrote a post last December with my goals for 2015; my main running goal for this year was to run 950 miles.

For November, I finished the month with 78 miles.  My year to date prior to November was 816, meaning I am heading into December with 894 miles!! My reach goal was to get to quadruple digits with my first 1000 mile year, so to get to that point, I need 106 miles in December.  To reach my initial goal of 950 miles, I need just 56 more miles in December.  I’m going to try really hard to get 106 miles in December!

In November, I had 3 races. On November 1, I ran the Cliffhanger 8k with Amy, and had a beautiful race along a gorgeous cliff-side road.  The Cliffhanger race was my first 8k, which is just a hair under 5 miles.

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Also in November was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k and then the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon the next night.  I traveled to Las Vegas with Mom and Kristen, and we had a great weekend together exploring and running.  We met up with Mark at both races, and represented KC Running Co!

 

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I only managed to run with the KC Running Co Groupies 4 times.  Between starting a new job, traveling to Las Vegas, and traveling to Hays for Thanksgiving, there were just a lot of evenings I either couldn’t run, or ran  solo when time permitted.  My longest run, besides the Las Vegas Half Marathon, was 5 miles, which happened three different times throughout the month.

I volunteered one race in November, the RWB 5k, with Amy.  After volunteering the race, Amy and I met up with Mark at Shawnee Mission Park for a run.  It was a gorgeous day.

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The last week or so of November has gotten really cold and rainy and wet.  And dark too.  It’s dark so early in the evenings.  I had my first treadmill run of the fall, while in Hays for Thanksgiving.  It had rained and drizzled for a couple days, and then froze everything into a slick mess.  Mom, Kristen, and I went to HRC to run and lift.

Since coming back to KC after Thanksgiving, I’ve signed up for a gym membership at the Overland Park Athletic Club, which is partially paid for by my employer, making my monthly dues very low.  I see lots of treadmill runs in my future for this dark and cold winter to come.

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Looking forward to December, my biggest goal is to run at least 106 miles to get my yearly total to 1000 miles or more!!  I have one race, the Great Santa Run 5k.  Other than that, my goals are to develop a routine at the gym with some weight lifting and group classes at least a couple times a week, get to a few yoga classes, and finish the year healthy and happy!

How was your November? Any goals for December?

Thursday Thoughts: October 30

James and I had a busy weekend back home last weekend, including Granddad’s Hall of Fame induction.

I had my very first Subway Salad the other day… and I don’t know why I’ve never had one before.  It was Delicious with a capital D.  Mmmm!!  It was pretty much the best thing ever.  Subway has a spot in my belly and in my heart.

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I also got my Charity Miles “Run America” shirt in the mail this week.  The shirt was free to those who ran/walked at least .1 mile every day for Team Red White Blue and at least .1 mile every day for Wounded Warrior Project, both, for 22 days before September 11.  I usually run for ASPCA, and throw a smattering of other charities in my rotation, but for 22 days, I walked at least .1 for one of the two, and did my normal run for the other.  My shirt came in the mail the other day, and I’m proud to have earned it, thank you Charity Miles!

If you are interested in walking, biking, or running to help raise money for Charity Miles, read my review here, and get the app here for your iPhone, and here for your Android.

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On Wednesday, James and I attended a Meet and Greet with Dr. Martin, the new President at Fort Hays State University.  We had both met her previously, but she came to Leawood on the FHSU Media Tour and Alumni Association to meet a crowd of FHSU grads.  It was a nice gathering.

After the Meet and Greet, we went to Red Door Grill to watch the Royals in Game 7 of the World Series.   They had special Royals Blue Margaritas that were super tasty, and the burgers were delicious!  It’s too bad they ended up losing the series, but we really enjoyed getting to go to three Royals games this summer and enjoyed becoming Royal.   It really has been a great summer for baseball in KC.

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Tonight at the KCRC Groupies run, I made a new friend and we ran together for a few miles!  It was also costume night, and everyone got free Run Local shirts.  I think I have nearly every shirt now… they are taking over my closet!   Thanks KCRC!

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One of my new favorite websites is rwzelle.com.  Zelle is a site for women’s running, by women runners.  If you have a few minutes, read a few articles and see what you think.  It’s a great site that left me feeling uplifted, excited, and inspired.

From their site:

“There is no one single “type” of woman runner. We come in all sizes and shapes. Some of us love to race, others just knock out the miles alone, never toeing a starting line.

That is what is makes this sport so awesome – there’s room on the road and trails for all of us.

Running has woven into the tapestry of our lives.

Think of Zelle as the place you can add your own thread.”

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