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.”

The March Run Down

March! I’ll cut straight to the chase: I ran 105 miles in March! After reevaluating my goals, and getting rid of my year long 1100 mile goal, my knee continued improve, and I had lots and lots of fantastic runs in March!  Read up on previous months’ run-downs here: January, February.

Between my knee feeling so much better, my glute feeling just about 99% better, and really enjoying my runs, I end up running twice as much in March as I did in each January and February! I ended March with 105 miles, which puts my yearly total at 211.  I still am sticking to my plan of not aiming for a specific number for the year, I’m happy with just running and doing what I can! I biked/cycled 105 miles as well (yesterday when I had 105 miles biked, and had 100 miles running, I knew I had to do a 5 miler to even them up!)

During the first week of March, I traded in my old bike and bought a beautiful (used but new to me) bike. I named her Aspen.  I’ve ridden my bike to work several times, and taken her out for a few bike rides this month too.  My longest ride was a 10 mile ride to Missouri and back! She’s a Trek seven.three, and I love her!

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I’ve continued to take cycling classes a couple times a week at the Athletic Club of Overland Park.  Since I ran more in March than I had in January and February, I didn’t take as many classes, and some of the classes I did go to, I only took half the class, so that I could also run.

I somehow only ran with the KC Running Co. groupies twice in March! Between some chilly weather, some scheduling conflicts, a race, and going home for a weekend, I only  managed to get to the Groupies twice!  I did run with friends numerous times, which makes up for missing so many Groupie runs.  I also had my second race of the year, the Whiskey Run 5k, on March 13.  I ended up not running as quickly as I wish I would have, but had a pretty good race, and a dang good breakfast after the race!

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My longest run of the month was 8 miles, which was actually broken up into a solo 5 miler followed by a 3 mile run (5k, actually, for the virtual 5k for Rett Syndrome) with Momma and Shay puppy, in Hays, on March 26.

The entire month, I’ve run a bit longer than previous, during each run.  10 of my runs in March were 5 miles or more!  I think that adding a mile or two to my normal 3-4 mile runs has really helped my endurance, and my mental strength!  Though I’m not aiming, specifically, for 100+ miles each month, I definitely like being able to do some longer runs without feeling like it’s so taxing.  I guess that’s called progress!

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Looking forward to April, I have two races, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon on April 9, and the Trolley Run 4 miler on April 24.  Rock the Parkway begins my 3 half marathons in 3 months, and I’m hoping my knee is up to the task!  Do you have any races coming up?

March Run-Down:
Running: 25 runs, totaling 105 miles.
Cycling: 7 cycling classes, 5.5 hours, and several bike rides, totaling 105 miles.
Longest Run: 8 miles, Mar. 26.
Races: Whiskey Run 5k.

Three (Random) Things Thursday

Hi all! I forgot to write a Thursday post last week! oops!  I don’t have too much to share today, but tonight or tomorrow I’ll post my March run-down (spoiler: I hit triple digits this month!!!).

I have three completely random things to share today, because I wanted to at least post something!

My badass little sister, Kristen, is flying to California today to run her second Ragnar So Cal, Ragnar for Rett, where 6 extremely talented women (including my sissy) will run a relay of 190 miles, day and night and day again, to help raise money and awareness for Rett Syndrome.

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I dropped my phone on Tuesday night and the screen shattered.  This was my first broken iPhone screen.  Sad day.  A friend pointed out that the cracks kind of resemble wings, #mybravewings, which made me smile.  I got my replacement yesterday, so all is well again!  Last time I had to get a new phone because of damage was a couple years ago when I dropped my phone in the toilet. =/

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I have a half marathon in 9 days.  NINE DAYS! Then another 5 weeks after that; and then another 3 weeks after that!  That would be Rock the Parkway on April 9, Running with the Cows on May 14, and then Hospital Hill on June 4!

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