The July Run Down

What a month, folks!  I had a bit lower mileage in July than in previous months this year, but still managed to finish out July with 80 miles, putting my yearly total at 583 miles! I’m still on track to hit 1000 miles for the year, I’ll need to average about 83 miles each month to get there.  With half marathon training ramping up again, I hope to build my monthly mileage up to between 100 and 120 miles over the next couple months.  Previous months’ recaps here: January, February, March, April, May, and June.

Each of the 5 weekends in July had fun running things happening, so let’s get to it!

All the way back at the beginning of July, I went to Hays with Amy and Michelle.  While we were there for the holiday weekend, we all ran the Wild West 5k, and had a great long weekend together, including 2 other fun runs with Mom and Amy.

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The second weekend in July was also a busy one; I did my very first duathlon.  It was a fun day, a very tiring morning, but it was fun, and I even won first place in my age group! Read my race recap here.

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The third weekend in July, I ran with Chris for the first time!  It was his longest run to date, and it was a fun running date, too!  And then we also got to wait for an hour for AAA to come break into my car because I locked my keys inside.

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The 4th weekend in July was the Rock the Crossroads 5k.  Chris and I went down to the Crossroads and ran the 5k together.  This was Chris’ first 5k, and my second year Rocking the Crossroads.  I’m proud of Chris for killing his first 5k!

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The last weekend in July, I ran 5 miles with Chris on Saturday, again, his longest to date! Then on Sunday, I ran 6 miles (in the rain), which was my longest run of the month.  I had a bit lower mileage for July, but it ended up being a really fun month filled with lots of great runs.

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I made it to 3 cycle classes in July, and tried a Kickboxing class, too.  I didn’t get to bike as much as I would have liked, but hope to pick up some extra biking miles in August.

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I ran with the KCRC Groupies twice in July.  With Amy being out with a foot injury, she wasn’t there to make me get up early on Sundays and run! I  made it to two Thursday night runs, one of which was a popsicle run – run a mile, eat a popsicle, run another mile, eat another popsicle.  It was fun, but 2 miles in that heat, and 2 popsicles with that sugar was more than enough!   I hope to get back to some Tuesday night speed sessions with the groupies in August.

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Looking forward to August, I have 2 5ks, the Diva Dash and the Blacklight Run, both on the same day! One is in the morning, and the other is after dark.  That’ll be a fun day!

July Run-Down:
Running: 22 runs, 80 miles total.
Cycling: 3 cycle classes, 1.5 hours, and 1 11 mile bike ride (duathlon), totaling 33 miles.
Longest Run: 6 mile run, July 31.
Races: Wild West 5k, Shawnee Mission Duathlon, Rock the Crossroads 5k

Pictures from Hays

I’m not sure how it’s Friday already! I was in Hays last weekend for the long holiday weekend.  I was lucky enough to take my 2 best friends with me for the weekend.  I meant to have this post on Monday, or Tuesday at the latest, but the week has gotten away from me!

So Friday after work, we packed up and headed to Hays!

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One of my favorite sights, the Hays exit!

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We had to stop at the Hays sign.

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Our attempt at a squatting picture, hah!

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Saturday morning was the  Wild West 5k! It was rainy and actually cool (for July).  Michelle busted out a huge PR, and Amy was only  seconds away from her PR.  I survived it, dealing with some knee/calf pain, and Mom did great!

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I don’t even know.  This just kind of happened, and we are all lucky enough that Amy got it on my phone.

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Mom, me, Amy, and Michelle after the 5k.

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Next up, SNOBALLS!!!

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After snoballs, we went to the Q for lunch.  Mmmmmmm that Q burger really hit the spot.

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Saturday night, we hung out at home and had pizza for dinner.  Then Sunday morning, Mom, Amy, and I headed out for 5 miles.  We ran by this little farm that has horses, and Mom packed some carrots for us to feed to them. Amy was terrified at first, but made friends fast.

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They were so pretty.

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Post 5 mile run fun.

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Later Sunday afternoon, Mom, Dad, and I took Amy to Sternberg.  She had fun, even though she’s not a huge museum person.  We had fun walking through the museum and seeing the exhibits.

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After the museum we went down to Frontier Park to check out the stepping stones and swinging bridge.

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Sunday night, we had Grandma and Granddad over, and had tacos and nachos.  Granddad had a little twitter lesson, too.

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After dinner we had s’mores, and listened to hundreds of dollars of fireworks being blown up by neighbors.

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Monday morning, we went for a short little run, and it was warm, but drizzly.

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After our run, the sun came out and it warmed up.  We drove around in the bug, got another snoball, and hit up Taco Shop for lunch!

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Then Monday afternoon, it was time to get back to KC.  We got some snoballs for the road, and headed back home!

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It was such a fun weekend, and the time flew by, as it always does.  I’m so glad I could make this trip with Michelle and Amy!  Can’t wait til my next trip home.

2015 Running Roundup

December is over today.  This YEAR is over today.  This is hard to believe.  Time to recap December, and the whole year, in running!  You can catch up on the rest of 2015 here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.  I set out in 2015 with a few goals related to running.  The first goal, that was updated in May, was to run 950 miles in 2015.  With tonight’s run, I will have 71 miles for December, and I will surpass my goal for 950 miles and end with 965 miles for 2015!

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My other running goals included PRing my 5k and 10k times, with under 30 minutes for the 5k, and under 62 minutes for the 10k, and running a half marathon with minimal walking.  I reached my 5k goal, and ran a PR of 29:29 at the Wild West 5k.  I missed my 10k goal by 1 minute, and ran 1:03:00 at the Plaza 10k, but I did finish the race hand in hand with my best friend Amy, which was a perfect way to PR the 10k!  During the KC Half Marathon, I ran over 10 miles before walking, and my body felt great, but I was dizzy, so I had to walk.  I ended up PRing my half marathon time by over 10 minutes, and only walked a little bit during mile 11.  I was very happy with all three of these races, and many other races (and PRs) in 2015 as well.

Overall, I’m extremely pleased at how my 2015 running year went.  I gained a lot of endurance, speed, and confidence in my running.  Though I had some setbacks with knee and hamstring pain, I am stronger, mentally and physically, than I’ve ever been going into 2016!

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I saw a fun little year end running questionnaire on a friends blog, and thought it would be a fun and different way to recap the year in running! I’d love for you to share your answers in the comments!

Best 2015 race experience – KC Half Marathon – I love this race, and I had a great race, a huge PR, and during the race, I decided to tackle the full marathon distance in 2016!

Best 2015 run – I had so many “best” runs… runs with Mom and Shay in Hays, runs with the Groupies, runs with my best friend Amy, runs in Milwaukee with my sister… so many memorable runs.  Some runs were great because the run was great, some were great because of the company  – one thing I know for sure, none of the runs in 2015 were regretted!

Best new piece of running gear in 2015 – Hoka Clifton shoes! I tried out Hokas about halfway through 2015, and haven’t looked back! I wear my Hokas almost exclusively, and I wear my Altras here and there also.

Best running advice you’ve received in 2015 – “I can do hard things.”

Most inspirational runner in 2015 – My sister, Kristen. She’s so strong and always pushes me to go harder, longer, faster, and stronger than I ever thought.  She runs for her cousin Martilee, who has Rett Syndrome, and is raising awareness and money to help fight Rett Syndrome.  She has focus, positivity, and consistency that I strive for every day.

Favorite race picture of 2015 – This picture was taken at the Plaza 10k, about a half mile after I caught up to Amy, with about 2.5 miles left in the race.  I stayed right behind her, and about .15 from the finish line, I popped up beside her and we ran in together, and crossed the finish line hand in hand!

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Race experience from 2015 you would repeat in a heartbeat – Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k – HUGE fun party from start to finish!  The racecation was lots of fun, but unfortunately the half marathon weather was awful! The 5k though, definitely a fantastic experience!

Sum up 2015 in a couple of words – More than expected!

Here’s to a great 2016!