2017: January Running

January is over already! I can still vividly remember my first run of 2017, in Cloverdale, Indiana of all places!  Let’s get right into January’s running recap!

I ran 55 miles in January, which is way lower than I prefer, but I spent a week and a half too sick to run and had a very busy month, otherwise.  Overall, I had pretty solid runs, just not quite as often as I would have liked.  My unofficial goal this year is to reach 1000+ miles again.

I started 2017 in Detroit, with Chris and his family.  We had a 12 hour drive home on New Years Day, so naturally, we stopped about halfway to run a mile.  I had told Chris we would have to stop and run at least a mile, because one ALWAYS runs on New Years Day!  He was thrilled, just like I knew he would be. 😉

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My longest run in January was 10 miles, which happened on a treadmill, unfortunately.  I needed to get a good solid long run, but it was drizzly and hovering around freezing, with icy spots, so I opted for inside, and had my longest treadmill run to date.

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I ran with friends a couple times, ran solo several times, and ran with Chris a bunch too in January.  I had 15 runs total in January, which isn’t terrible.  I like to have 1-2 days off from running each week, so I’m looking forward to picking it up a bit in February.

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I finished out January with a strong 5 mile run, which felt great. My goal for February is to add strength training 1-2 times per week over my lunch hour, in addition to my running.

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How was your January? Any goals for February?

MM: January 16

Once again, I didn’t take too many pictures last week! I have a few to share, though.  KC was expected to get hit with a huge ice storm Friday/Saturday/Sunday. I really was getting tired of running on the treadmill so many days in a row, so Chris and I went to KC Running Co. to run outside Thursday night. Brr it was so cold! We got a few miles in before the storm that never really came.

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Friday, work let out early (again, because of the ice storms that never actually showed up!) and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to run.  Usually I take Fridays off, so it was a bonus run last week!

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Saturday, Chris and I got so much adulting stuff done, and Jasper spent some time tending to the plants.

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We spent a fair amount of time cuddling and chilling on the couch.  Saturday night, I I was the pillow for the boys.  Sunday afternoon, Jasper and Chris shared a nap.

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The weather was kind of crappy, drizzly and kind of icy (not nearly the catastrophe that was forecasted) so I opted to run inside. I wanted to get a quality long run in, as I haven’t had a good quality long run in a while.  I managed to get all 10 miles in, only stopping twice to refill water and reset the treadmill! 10 miles!

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The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing, watching football, and eating pizza.  Have a great week, friends! Stay safe in the wintery weather!

Monday Mentionings: December 19

Good morning and happy Monday! Less than a week until Christmas, are you ready?!  I’m really excited to go home for the long Christmas weekend and spend time with family.  Last weekend I found these adorable kitten mittens, without fingers, and had to get them! My hands often get cold at work, and these little mittens are not only adorable, but super cozy too! And I can still type!

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Last week at work, we had an Ugly Christmas Sweater day, and it was a lot of fun to see everyone dressed up in their ugliest sweaters.  I remember doing this last year, I had only been with RTS for a month; it’s such a fun group to work with.

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Friday night, Chris, his band mate Katie, and I went to The Midland to see Third Eye Blind, The Strumbellas, and Judah & The Lion.  We took the streetcar for the first time, and it was so convenient.  I highly recommend parking at Crown Center/Union Station and taking the streetcar up to P&L if you ever need to!

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The concerts were great! I had never been to the Midland, and it was such a beautiful venue!  And talk about some great performances, especially by the Strumbellas!

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My aunt and uncle happened to be in town for my aunt’s company Christmas party, and they were staying at Crown Center, we were able to stop by and get some hugs after the concert.  Steve sent me the pic below from the top of the hotel, and it’s so pretty, I just have to share.  Chris and I have actually been to Crown Center the last 3 weekends in a row!

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Photo courtesy Steve Schumacher.

Saturday early afternoon, Chris and I went to the gym to run.  All night Friday night it had drizzled, and by the time we got up Saturday, everything was icy.  We got in a few miles on the treadmills, hit the heavy bags for a little bit, and did some rowing, before going home.  It was snowing while we were at the gym, and was really pretty to watch out the windows.

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We ran a few errands in the afternoon, including going to Guitar Center.  That’s a place I had never ever been to in my life, and during the last 6 months, I’ve been there a handful of times.  I had to try out the guitar fedoras, I think I probably need one of these in my life.

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Saturday night, we braved the snow and ice and ventured to Chris’ band’s show in Lee’s Summit.  Carmen and Adam were also able to make it out, and we got to hang out a bit before the show.  It ended up being a really late night, but a great show and fun company.

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Sunday I really needed to get in a long run.  It’s been a couple weeks, and I wanted to get 6-8 miles in, and I was really hoping I could manage 8 on the treadmill.  3 Netflix shows and some Chief’s football later, 8 miles were done!  The rest of the day was spent chilling at home, because DANG it’s cold out.

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Jazzy was all about the snuggles last night while Chris and I watched Harry Potter.  He laid on me for about an hour while we watched the Half Blood Prince.

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I hope everyone has a great week leading up to Christmas, and stays safe traveling to see family and friends.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody!!