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.

Monday Mentionings: July 6

SO much happened over the weekend! I’m going to share a bunch of pictures and try to explain a bit.  I was off work Friday, for Independence Day, and I took my best friend Amy to Hays for the long holiday weekend.  We crammed as much Western Kansas down Amy’s throat as we could in 3 days!

First stop, HAYS sign!

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Lunch at Gutierrez on Friday.  Delicious.  Set the tone for an amazing weekend.

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Snoballs happened.  Multiple times.

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Quick walk around the block with Shay puppy on Friday evening.

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Dinner with Grandma and Granddad.  Dad grilled steaks and mom made cheesy potatoes.  Delicious.  Gordon got some lovin’ from Granddad.

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Saturday morning, 5k race time! Read my recap here!

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Snoballs to celebrate the race.  And snoballs are a must have for parade-watching, which we did.

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Top-down cruising in the Bug.  Summer, we are living you!

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Q burger for Amy.  She’s a Hays girl now.

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Pool time on the 4th of July? Yes please!

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Amy is all about the slides, ever since that first time at Black Bob Bay a couple weeks ago, we can’t keep her off them!

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Ava joined us at the pool for a while.  Girls rule the afternoon!

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Three slugs on a rug.  Or so my mom said, to which Amy died laughing.  Prime fireworks watching seats, front row center.

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Hays fireworks show is always a good one.

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Ready for a run on Sunday morning.  It was already steamy at 9:00am.  Took Shay for a couple miles then dropped her off to cool down.

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We drove down by Big Creek to finish our run, and happened across some buffaloes.

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Amy’s all over this western Kansas prairie running business.  She’s got this, ya’ll.

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Twinning in our CERVs aviators.  Loved our time in Hays together.

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My best girl and me.  Love this one to pieces.Photo Jul 05, 3 54 52 PM

Best parents ever, and Amy’s now officially part of the family.  Thanks, Mom and Dad for a super fun filled 4th of July weekend.

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And one more snoball to take on the road.  Catch you next time, Hays.

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Did you have a good 4th? Any celebrating?