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There is a lot going on this week…so we will be busy for sure!
Miss Paisley and I planned on going on our second Scooby-Doo Virtual Race early in the week – the Scoobtober 5K/10K (while it is still October at least!). Then I had a full weekend of pacing duties at the Little Apple Half (Manhattan, KS) and the Kansas Half (Lawrence, KS)!
But let’s see how the Scoobtober 5K went!
Little girl and I wanted to get out for our second Scooby-Doo virtual race early in the week…but between the weather (hello rain and winter-like temps!), working (#life), and life, we didn’t get to run until Wednesday, October 31st – the last day of the month and Halloween!
This proves a major perk of the virtual races – run them on your time, whenever you want or have the time for it!
We bundled up and headed out on one of the 5K routes in our area — practically the same route we ran for the Scooby-Doo Doo Good 5K. I had originally planned on running the 10K, because why not?! But by the time we got back from our first loop, I knew I would not have enough time to get ready for work if we went out for a second 5K loop…
I don’t think that Miss Paisley was too upset that we didn’t have time for more miles…she just wanted to lay and roll in the grass. I didn’t mind either…ha!
Within a couple days, we received our swag for the race! We earned :
- a Scoobtober medal for me
- a Scoobtober medal for Miss Paisley
- a new purple bandana
- a sling bag
Since we signed up for the Scooby-Doo Challenge, we also received a 2018 Challenge medal!
It is always hard to get a good picture of the pup when she won’t stand still for anything…so putting her friz on my head was a good idea…for a minute. Once she was tired of staring at the back of my head, she jumped on my back to get her toy back. OUCH!
I have really enjoyed doing virtual runs in the past, and this race series is at the top of the list! The swag is top-notch, the fun puppy pictures online were great, and the versatility of a virtual event is the best! One wish I have for the event in the future would be to have a way to report your times and be held a little more accountable for the distance… Overall, an great event!
Let’s dig into the rest of the week!
Scheduled : no plans
Actual : 3 miles
I went out for a lunch run (AKA runch) and enjoyed the amazing weather! I thought about running my Scoobtober 5K/10K tonight with the pup and little man but someone wasn’t having a good day and threw a tantrum before dinner… So we stayed in! The run will happen soon enough!
Scheduled : Brew Tour Group Run – Little Apple Brewing Company
Actual : 0.5 mile + 1 mile
Today was silly — and a bit of a mess. I didn’t get in a morning run, but I made my way to the gym over my lunch break so I could keep my gym membership…if I didn’t, I would be stuck in the cold this winter. After working a couple more hours, I picked up little man early from daycare — we went to the clinic to get him a flu shot and then trick-or-treat at work. After we had collected a bunch of candy, we headed out for the Tuesday night group run — the last of the Brew Tour series!
Scheduled : Scooby-Doo Virtual Run – Scoobtober 5K/10K
Actual : 3.25 miles
Thursday – Friday
Scheduled : no plans
Actual : OFF
Scheduled : Little Apple Marathon – pacing the 2:50 half marathon finishers
Actual : 13.2 miles
As an inaugural race, I had some good expectations for this race! This isn’t the first time I have run a “first time” race and I looked forward to running in some familiar areas! The race has a staggered start for the half and full marathon for certification, which made sticking to my pace area a little odd and the runners for the half marathon didn’t quite understand how the “half time of the full marathon pacers” worked..or at least their blank stares made me think this way…ha!
I started with a small group of runners that dwindled to a select few within the first few miles. One runner, who I called Queen (based off her mom’s amazing sign) was my girl for the day. If we stuck together, she was going to get a monster PR and I was determined to make it happen! Along the way, I ran with a mother/daughter duo and kept them with me to the end. Overall, I really LOVED this race and course! It is literally in my backyard (or at least a 3 mile run from home and one of my long-run routes) and I love being out at the lake!
Scheduled : Kansas Half Marathon – pacing the 2:55 half marathon finishers
Actual : 13.19 miles
After yesterday’s half, I was a little nervous how I was going to feel for today’s race. After I paced KCM a couple weeks ago, I was tired and sore the next day — so I hoped my rolling, eating, and hydrating on Saturday would help ward off tired legs. Success!
The morning started out a little slow…but I was able to make it to Lawrence, pick up my packet, drop off my drop bag, and make it to the start for the pacer’s picture opp! I made a few new friends in the starting area and we were off! One runner, Miss B, kept close to me and I learned (again) that if we stuck together, she would get a pretty nice PR. Other than an early bathroom stop for her and a later one for me, we hung together and I was able to push her to a 2:58 finish!
A great weekend of racing and pacing!
Weekly Miles : 33 miles
Annual Miles : 1889 miles (goal = 2,018 in 2018)
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