MM: March 20

This Kansas weather has been all over the place!  Yesterday it was 87 degrees, but earlier in the week it was 20! Insane.

Last week Monday, I went to cycle class. and had a great hard workout.  After not going to class regularly for a few months, it feels good to get back in the saddle once a week or so.

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Tuesday, like I said, it was chilly!  I whined enough to make Chris join me on an outdoor run because the sun is finally out later, and it turned out to be a pretty nice run, even though it was cold.

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Wednesday night was chilly too, but Amy and I had a great 5 mile run; the sun being out later helps those evening runs SO MUCH!   We had a nice run and got caught up on life happenings.

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Saturday morning, we headed out for 10 miles on the trails.  From the very first mile, I knew it was a rough run. The first 5 went great, but I was severely lacking energy, and knew the 5 after the turnaround would be hard.  I made a huge mistake of stopping at the halfway mark to take a gu and try to talk myself up a bit.  Stopping made it so very much harder to get going. I had nothing in the tank.  I ended up walking quite a bit on the way back. Chris powered through and got 10 miles, and I finished with 9.

I was pretty bummed about it, because Chris was feeling good and I was feeling like I was holding him back, but I know hard runs just happen sometimes.  He really helped me push through to finish.  I have to remember that in January and February, I ran about 55 miles each month.  With Saturday’s long run, I have just over 50 miles for March alone. Plus I’m still rehabbing my ankle a bit, so the fact that this run was especially hard shouldn’t have come as a big surprise.

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After the run, we went to Longboards for their amazing Cabo Beef Wraps.  Mmmmmmm!

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Sunday was a lot of fun! We planned to go to Shawnee Mission Park to walk/hike more of the trail we found a few weeks back.  We headed out for 6 miles, and somehow took a slightly different way back than we went out, but it was absolutely gorgeous out. There were so many people and dogs out, the weather was perfect, even a bit warm!  We finished with 6 miles and definitely want to go back out again soon.

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Did you get a chance to enjoy spring over the weekend?

The June Run Down

2016 is half over! With June’s miles, I’m over 500 for the year, on track to hit 1000+ miles for the first time ever! I finished with 92 miles for June, bringing my total to 503 for the first half of the year.  I’m really happy with 503 miles, especially considering my first 2 months were about 50 miles each. You can catch up on my year so far here: January, February, March, April, and May.

The month started out with a half marathon! I ran Hospital Hill on June 4, and it was my hardest half marathon physically, and my slowest time.  I’m not proud of the time, but I’m proud that I stuck with it and finished, rather than taking a DNF.  The very next weekend, I went to Milwaukee to visit Kristen and Thayne, and ran my first quarter marathon (6.55 miles), the Rock ‘n Sole, with Kristen.

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I also had my longest bike ride, just over 25 miles, while I was in Milwaukee.  I decided to sign up for my first duathlon while on that bike ride with Kristen, so I’m really looking forward to trying that out in July! There are quite a few triathlons and duathlons in the KC area, so if it’s something I like, I’ll definitely look into more.

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I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies 5 times.  Amy and I ran before work several times, to try to beat the heat and humidity.  There were so many hot and humid days, it was even uncomfortable to run early, before work!

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Looking forward to July, I am running the Wild West 5k in Hays tomorrow, and I’m doing my first ever Duathlon (running and biking) at Shawnee Mission Park on July 10!

June Run-Down:
Running: 23 runs, 92 miles total.
Cycling: 4 cycling classes, 2.5 hours, and 2 bike rides in Milwaukee, totaling 66.5 miles.
Longest Run: 7 miles, June 19
Races: Hospital Hill Half Marathon and Rock ‘n Sole Quarter Marathon

Because of the Run

I kind of wasn’t planning on running yesterday.  I went to a kick ass cycle class before work, and hadn’t really wanted to run.  But the weather was awesome, a perfect spring evening.  I formed tentative plans with Amy, but she couldn’t make it after all.  I decided to go out for at least a couple miles, because even a couple miles is better than no miles.  I talked myself into it.

I don’t have solo runs as often as I used to, so it was nice to look around at the squirrels and rabbits and birds and enjoy the nature.  After the first mile, I was feeling pretty good; my legs didn’t feel smashed like I thought they would after the hard cycle class.  I decided to go at least 3 miles, maybe 4.  I continued to feel pretty good, and really had a good run.  I saw several other runners, and even had a wave with a runner across the road at one point.

Yesterday morning, I saw a post from a year ago, when I ran on the trails near my apartment for the first time.  I had just moved to this apartment after my ex husband asked for a divorce.  It was a huge time of change in my life, but I still remember that very first run on the trails.  I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to have these beautiful, serene trails less than a half mile from my new home.  I’ve spent a lot of time on those trails in the past year, lots of sweat, a fair share of tears, and even blood on that trail.

It’s been a year of change, a year of growth.  Last night as I was finishing my run, I was happy.  I am happy.  I grabbed a couple sticks and a rock and set my phone up to take a picture, and decided at the last moment to run, instead of just posing.  The result is the photo below.

I may not be the fastest, or the strongest, or the best runner, but I am a runner, and I am happy when I run.  I run when I’m happy.  I run when I’m sad.  I run to clear my thoughts, and to think things through.  Running will always be there for me, and those trails will always be ready.

My heart is happy and light, and it is because of the run.

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