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  1. SIbbetson

    That Went Well

    9.5 hours of sleep seems like the best Father's Day gift anyone could ask for - happy Father's Day!
  2. SIbbetson

    May Recap

    The last time I raced a half with bronchitis I ran 1:28 - this is truly the only 5 minute PR I'll ever get, hahaha!
  3. Steal away! It could translate to any pace - 6 at MGP, 1 tempo, 5 at MGP, 1 tempo. I did 2 warm up and 3 cool down for an 18 mile day.
  4. SIbbetson

    Who doesn't love a week off?

    I don't like a week off running! ;-) That definitely looks like a good course to negative split. You will have so much fun!!
  5. It certainly helped my confidence, but we all know that one workout does not a marathon PR make! Regardless of how Grandma's goes I'll be running a fall 26.2 too.
  6. That's why I led with the kitty news. 😉 He is about average on his mewing at this point, but I will keep that in mind.
  7. We got a kitten and he is the cutest! We took almost a week to settle on his name: Nugget Theo Ibbetson. "Nugget" from gold nugget (my husband and daughter love the show Gold Rush), and also because it sounds good with our other cat's name, Bandit. Theo because he was named Theodore at the shelter we adopted him from. Scroll down through excessive kitten photos for the running update I'm excited about. I had a monster workout this morning, and it was a success! When I saw it on paper, I wasn't sure I'd be able to hit it, but I knew that if I did it would be a huge confidence boost before Grandma's Marathon. It was also essentially my last chance for a huge confidence boost, and my last chance to make big fitness gains, being 2 weeks out from my race. No pressure! The goal was 6 miles at 6:15 pace, 1 mile at sub-6:00, 5 miles at 6:15, 1 mile at sub-6:00 (with 2 warm up and 3 cool down miles). I have never run a workout like this before, and mainly I was worried about the sub-6:00 mile in the middle. I knew I'd be able to run it because I've regularly been running 6 miles of tempo work at sub-6:00, but I did not know if I'd be able to come back from it and continue at 6:15 for so many more miles. But you never know until you try, so I tried! My splits are below. I ran to 13.11 to see what my half time would be, since I knew it would be faster than my bronchitis half 2 weeks ago. I was right where I wanted or a shade under for most of the workout, but I couldn't quite get down to sub-6:00 on the final mile...darn those 5 seconds! I was still quite happy with this, because I ran my second fastest half marathon ever in a workout, by myself, in 95% humidity, with no aid stations, and certainly with different pacing than I'd have used in an actual race. It was a good reminder not to drop too fast of a mile too early in a race! It was 65 degrees, so about as good as you're going to get in Missouri in June, but the humidity was pretty brutal at 95% and I could squeeze sweat out of my hair and clothing afterward. My friend Rebecca ran a shorter faster workout on the same course I was on, so at some points I got to chase after her, which was helpful. I wore the outfit I plan to wear for Grandma's, although I think will wear my Nike Vaporfly shoes for the race and did this workout in New Balance Zantes. This is the one and only run this year that made me think perhaps my Big Dream Goal is possible at Grandma's, but one is better than none, right?! 2 weeks to go! Our favorite post-long run pose Better together Fast braid for Rebecca, sweat soaked bun for me No stops, because race clocks don't stop!
  8. Huge PR! I wish you had photos too.
  9. Yeah, I don't like those either (track intervals). :-)
  10. Summer workout and race times are always hard to compare to our bests because of the heat! A mile race sounds terrifying...
  11. SIbbetson

    May Recap

    I don't watch TV and lead a pretty low-key life outside of those things you mentioned. :-)
  12. SIbbetson

    May Recap

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who that has happened to! :-)
  13. Thank you! Only about 2 weeks until Grandma's, which is crazy - times flies!
  14. No worries - most people do. I'd just be flattered you remembered my name at all! :-)
  15. SIbbetson

    May Recap

    But I think it's clear I missed some strength work that week, hah! I wheezed for almost 2 weeks but only had 2 days where I felt terrible - the others I wasn't 100% but running was fine enough. The Bill Bryson book was humorous! It was the first of his I'd read.
  16. SIbbetson

    May Recap

    May 2019 in Review Total mileage for the month: 345.8 April 29-May 5: 87.6 (2:11 strength training) May 6-12: 66.8 (2:00 strength training) - planned cut-back week that I disliked May 13-19: 94.3 (2:18 strength training) - new weekly mileage PR May 20-26: 80.7 (0:55 strength training) - I had bronchitis, & started antibiotics on May 23 May 27-June 2: 70.1 (2:03 strength training) The end of long sleeve running was quickly follow by the beginning of oppressive humidity in May Races: May 25: Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon in 1:23:31 for 1st overall female and a bronchitis PR. I changed my goals for this race after being diagnosed with bronchitis and starting on antibiotics and an inhaler 2 days before it. I was disappointed that I was unable to go for a real PR, but I was very thankful that I was able to run the race at all and that I got to break the tape! It was 71 degrees and humid at the start, and climbed to about 80 by the finish, so even if I hadn't been sick I wouldn't have run wonderfully in those conditions. Any day God gives me the opportunity to run and to race is a good day, though! The end of long sleeve running, take 2 Take 3...when you show up in gloves when your friends show up in sports bras or tank tops (it was 48 degrees)! Workouts: May 4: Long run workout of 3 warm up, 1.5 mile tempo (5:58, 2:59), 2:00 recovery, 1.5 mile tempo (6:00, 3:02), 8 miles easy, 2.5 mile tempo (5:59, 6:00, 2:57), 3.5 cool down (7:12 average for all 20.2). I'd never done a workout like this before, but I can really see the value of it! I think fast finish long runs are the most "bang for your buck" that you'll ever get out of a few fast miles, and this was a similar concept with the addition of the tempos early to put some junk in my legs. My tempo pace has been creeping down recently, and my coach told me to target 5:58-6:08 for this one. I felt pretty good about hitting 6:08, but once I got started I was really pleased with how good staying right around 6:00 felt. Rebecca ran 15.25 miles of this run with me (meaning she stopped after 1 mile of the final tempo), which was really nice and also helped me start out a little faster due to her college miler speed. I was pleased that I was able to finish strong, and ended up feeling like this was a break-through workout since I averaged 6:09-6:10 on my best tempos in April. I have actually never fast finished a long run quite as fast as I ran the final tempo during this workout, but I think keeping the easy miles really easy (mostly in the 7:40s) helped with that, so it is probably not really comparable to what I've done before (e.g., I wouldn't have finished as fast had I run the easy miles at 7:15). May 7: 4 x 1.5 mile tempos in 5:58, 2:56 / 6:00, 2:59 / 5:59, 2:56 / 5:57, 2:56 with 2:00 recoveries (2.6 warm up, 2.1 cool down). I was super excited for this workout, and it did not disappoint! My tempo goal range was again 5:58-6:08, but when I came through the first mile in 5:58 feeling super strong I decided I was going to try to sit at faster end of the range for entirety of the workout. Usually the first mile of any tempo is the hardest part for me, so when the first mile feels good I know I'm going to have a good day (alternatively, if the first mile feels bad that just seems normal and I'm not discouraged since I typically get into a groove after a couple of miles). My first sub-6:00 mile post-injury came on April 13 at the end of the Rock the Parkway half, and just 3 weeks prior to this workout I was amazed that I was suddenly averaging around 6:10 on my tempos (after a few months of struggling to run 6:30s), so to average sub-6:00 on this one and to feel excellent doing it was extremely satisfying. May 14: 2 x 3.1 mile tempos with 2:00 recovery in 18:32 (6:02, 6:01, 5:54, 0:34) and 18:27 (6:00, 5:58, 5:52, 0:37 - the final 0.1 was uphill!), 3.1 warm up, 1.6 cool down. After aborting my workout on May 11 (explained below under long runs), I needed this to go well, and it did! Three weeks prior to this, I ran 2 x 3.25 tempos with 1 mile recovery between, and averaged 6:09 pace, so it was very encouraging to run a similar workout faster (5:58 average) with a much shorter recovery on the same course. Initially I thought if I ran these two 5Ks back-to-back it would be a 36:59 10K - but then I realized that I programmed them into my Garmin as 3.10 instead of 3.11, whomp whomp (every 0.01 counts and breaking 37:00 in the 10K requires 5:57 pace!). I felt a tiny bit depleted from my stomach issues on May 10-11 and had a minor side ache on my cool down, but I think I was 95%. What's really crazy is that my heart rate was lower running sub-6:00 pace during this workout than it was running 6:25ish on May 11 in very similar weather conditions - I like looking at this metric because it's evidence that my body was off on May 11 and it wasn't that I wasn't pushing enough. May 21: 6.2 easy, 6 x 1 mile tempos with 1:00 recoveries in 5:53, 5:52, 6:03, 6:11, 6:16, 6:19 (6:05 average), 2.2 cool down. Kind of like my May 4 workout, I'd never done one quite like this before. 6 mile is a long warm up and 1:00 is a short recovery! I have never nailed a workout 3 days after a 24 miler (usually I don't even try for 4 days and I've never nailed those either) - and this one was no different. My target time was 5:55, and I felt fine enough on the first 2 repeats (I also had company on only the first 2 repeats, as Rebecca did an abbreviated version of this workout with me). On the third I was sure reaching but couldn't manage to hit my time, and then I was just holding on and telling myself to at least hit MGP. There was certainly walking on those 1:00 recoveries too. Although I would have liked to hit this workout, I wasn't at all surprised that I didn't so soon after my 24, and my allergies were causing wheezing and coughing this whole week (editor's note: it was actually bronchitis, diagnosed on May 23). I felt like I got great practice running on dead legs though! May 29: 3 easy, 5K tempo in 6:15, 6:14, 6:08, 0:38/5:48 pace for the 0.11, 4 easy, 2.5 mile tempo in 6:16, 6:18, 2:58, 2.5 easy. This was a monster workout and I really liked it, but I wasn't back to 100% in my bronchitis recovery yet and was still wheezing somewhat. Much like the Bill Snyder half, I didn't feel awful, but I just didn't feel full strength. I thought at best I might be able to hit the slower end of my tempo range (5:58-6:08), and I couldn't quite do that, but I was happy enough to run pretty evenly. Our bodies know effort, not pace, and 6:00ish effort just got me 6:12ish pace on this one! It did not help that it was oppressively humid (68 degrees, dew point 65 degrees), so also much like my May 25 race, it was difficult to know how much my illness hurt my performance vs. how much the weather hurt it, but I sure know neither helped! Amy and Rebecca joined me for the 4 miles easy in the middle, which was a nice breath of fresh air during the workout. Doubles on May 1, 2, 7, 8, 13, 14, 16, 21, 22, 23, 30 Strides on May 22, 24, 31 Surges on May 2, 8, 16 Days off running: May 9 and 27 - I have a day off about every 21 days now, which has been a change but I'm adapting. Mainly I had to get past the effect it has on my weekly mileage every third week! I actually asked for the day off on the 27th, because I was feeling sick and very weak - my run on the 26th felt terrible, and I have finally learned that a day off can save things, after failing to take one prior to my last injury. Favorite workout: I loved the workouts on May 4, 7, and 14, so it's a 3-way tie! I loved the workouts I ran on May 21 and 29 too, but I didn't nail those. It was a month of fun workouts. A bright sunshiny Sunday The logo on my shirt pretty much sums up all of our workout planning conversations 2018 Grandma's Marathon shirt for workout inspiration! Long Runs: May 4: 20.2 mile workout, described above. May 11: 20 miles (7:17). This long run was supposed to contain 2 x 6 miles at marathon goal pace (6:20 for the first 6, 6:15 for the second 6), but it wasn't my day. I'd been excited and confident about this workout all week, especially after my tempo workout on May 7 went so well. I was traveling for work Thursday and Friday, and on Thursday evening I had some Thai take-out that didn't sit right with me. I was awake a lot with a gurgling stomach overnight, and on Friday morning I cut my run short after stopping twice to dry heave. I didn't eat breakfast on Friday, and ate very little throughout the day due to feeling barfy. Friday night I had a normal dinner and felt fine, so I thought I would be okay. Saturday I woke up to pouring rain at 45 degrees, so waited for it to pass, which didn't happen until 10:30 a.m., 5 hours after I'd planned to run. I took the opportunity to practice my pre-race nutrition that has worked flawlessly for me in 7 marathons and more halves than that. I felt fine on my 3 mile warm-up, but once I dropped the pace to MGP my stomach agony returned. I gutted through the first 2 miles just slightly off pace (both were 6:23 but felt like about 5:50), then during mile 3 the pain became stabbing and affected my posture. I decided to finish that mile and then try to walk for a minute to re-group and finish the workout. My third pace mile was 6:28, and after my minute of walking I ran about a half mile more around 6:40 pace before deciding to save it for another day. My stomach was mostly okay after I backed off the pace, and I ended up finishing the 20 miles just fine. Conveniently I was running with Missy, who is a nurse practitioner, and she said that because at faster paces more blood is drawn away from the stomach, this occurrence made sense. In the past I'd have been devastated to terminate a key workout like this, but in the end I was thankful to run 20 miles on a terrible day faster than I'd run 20 miles on a good day just 6-8 weeks before -- not to mention extremely thankful to be out there. Any day I can run is a good day and every run is a good run! I want another go at the workout, and I learned that pushing it back a day would have been wiser than trying it like I did, but it wasn't a wasted day. My coach assured me that I would get to run it another time, although she wouldn't let me run in on May 14. :-) May 18: 24 miles (7:12), a.k.a., the Big One! I didn't have a workout in this run, but I did hope to finish faster than I started, which was successful. We had a great long run group for this run, with Missy, Rebecca, Ben, Claudio, Eric, Derek, and me, with most of the group doing 12-17 miles. Derek ran the entire 24 miles (he is training for a 50 miler!), although he eased off a little in the final 6 so I was alone for those. The miles really flew by with great company! It was warm and humid (71 degrees, dew point 63), but that didn't bother me as I expected it to - probably because it wasn't a workout. I drank quite a bit of water and took one gel. May 25: 19.2, with 3.1 warm up, the Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon, and 3 cool down. Favorite long run: The 24, always the 24. I ran my 24 in my rainbow socks! Highlights/thoughts/randomness: I started "overdressing Wednesdays" to help with heat adaptation. I also started stretching in the steam room after running when I ran with groups starting at the YMCA, which was only three times, but something. It rained a lot this month! And by the end of the month, hot temperatures and oppressive humidity arrived. I am thankful we did not have any harmful flooding like many other areas did, though. I improved my weekly mileage PR to 94.3 - and don't think I didn't consider how easy it would have been to add 5.7 more miles! #restraint Life events: A tornado hit really close to home (within a half mile of our house) overnight on April 30. We lost power during the storm but didn't know nearly how bad it hit until the next day. On my run on May 1, I had to run a different course than I'd planned due to road closures and flooding. I ran east from my house, and it just looked like a thunderstorm had come through, with some small fallen branches. Then when I tried to drive west to go to work, I couldn't get through any of the roads due to the amount of destruction. I saw many homes that were damaged and destroyed, large trees that were pulled up by their roots, and fences that were annihilated. On May 3 I even saw a canoe in a tree during my run through one of the worst areas! No one suffered more than minor injuries in the storm, amazingly and thankfully. God sure protected us; we did not have any damage to our home. Albani completed another year in Awana and received her Awana awards - we love Awana! We celebrated Mother's Day with a mostly lazy Sunday (just a run, church, and time at home). Albani completed 5th grade! Her school district begins middle school in 6th grade, which she is much more ready for than I am. We made the Bill Snyder Highway Half Marathon into a family fun weekend - it was also a 4 day weekend, because I took Friday off work and Monday was Memorial Day. My sister-in-law also ran the race, and both of our families spent both Friday and Saturday nights in Manhattan (photos from the trip in my race recap). Our garden started producing and we harvested a lot of spinach, strawberries, and sugar snap peas (photos coming in my May cravings post). Tornado damage It looked like a war zone This house was decimated while the guest house was left standing More tornado damage Awana awards & treats New pineapple sunglasses Easter candy, haha! Rainy pillow fort Saturday Mother's Day Mother's Day after church pic Great socks Last day of school! I can still pick her up! Albani took the initiative to fix this display that had blown over in the wind on Memorial Day, which warmed my heart Books this month: An Unacceptable Death by Barbara Seranella Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom The Road Home by Richard Paul Evans (this is the final book in the Broken Road series I recommend reading the trilogy in order - I read the other two in 2018 but this one wasn't released until spring 2019) Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty Okay Fine Whatever by Courtenay Hameister Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand All the Wrong Places by Joy Fielding A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson Theme of the month: Resilience, inspired by this post -- or #musclemay - photos below...
  17. SIbbetson

    2019 Vermont City Marathon RR

    My comments are showing up funky! I'm trying again on the first two: Never making excuses - mentioning factors and learning from them! No one runs their best in the heat; it's just physiology (damn physiology). I laughed a lot about your comment about then number of turns, and I will not be running this one, although I think it's great how the course passes back by the same area several times - very spectator-friendly.
  18. SIbbetson

    2019 Vermont City Marathon RR

    Never making excuses - mentioning factors and learning from them! No one runs their best marathon in the heat; it's just physiology. I laughed a lot about your number of turns comment, and will definitely not be running this marathon. I do like how the course goes back by the same area multiple times; that is great for spectators (they just need to do that without so many turns!). Maybe Des Moines in October?
  19. Most people pronounce it that way. I get it, it's not a common name, but often I am one of the only "I" names at races! I am glad I have 4 weeks to fully recover before Grandma's, and definitely thankful I didn't get sick right before it. As of today I am not longer wheezing, just weak, so things are headed in the right direction.
  20. The short: I readjusted my goals for this race after being diagnosed with bronchitis about 44 hours before it. I knew I wouldn't be able to run the PR I'd hoped for while wheezing and taking antibiotics, plus it ended up being 72-80 degrees and 90% humidity during the race. I hoped I could go for the overall female win, and I was able to accomplish that with a 1:23:32 half marathon, which bettered my previous on-antibiotics-PR of 1:28 -- you've gotta take the PRs you can get, right?! I was happy with this for the circumstances, but, as I think I've said many times, I'll be back to chase that real PR! The long: I ran this race last year, and it again fell 4 weeks before Grandma's Marathon, so I thought it was the perfect checkpoint to see how my fitness stacked up to where I was at last year at this point in time. Just like last year, I planned to train through the race (no taper), but I also hoped to go for a PR and to run about 2 minutes faster than I'd run at the 2018 event. A week before the race, I was feeling strong and hopeful since I'd been hitting solid tempo workouts just under 6:00 pace running alone. 6 days before the race, I started wheezing, especially when laying down. I had a slight cough and minor congestion, but no other symptoms. I didn't feel sick and wasn't weak. Since I felt fine, I was sure it was just allergies and continued on with my week. 4 days before the race, I had a sub-par workout, but I blamed it on being just a few days off of a 24 miler; I have never nailed a workout soon after a 24 miler. 3 days before the race, I started getting more concerned, because although I still felt fine, my wheezing wasn't going anywhere. 2 days before the race, I want to the doctor and was diagnosed with bronchitis and started on Z-pack antibiotics and an Albuterol inhaler. I asked my doctor about racing, and she said if I felt up for it I would probably be okay run it, considering I'd been training normally all week. Since we had two days of family fun planned in Manhattan along with the race, I decided to go ahead and run it, but I also knew my performance wouldn't be my best. I had an outside kernel of hope that I'd wake up race morning miraculously cured, but, alas, that did not come to fruition. At least there was no pressure! Race morning ended up being very steamy, already 70 degrees with a dew point of 68 when I left my phone with Jon just before 5:30 a.m. He dropped me off for the buses that drove us to the start of the point-to-point course. I felt somewhat weak on my 3 mile warm-up, but not terrible. I reasoned that if I ran a mediocre workout on Tuesday while wheezing, I could run a mediocre race. My coach had mentioned trying to run it at marathon goal pace, but that seemed a little ambitious, so I decided I would mainly try to place as high as I could and just see how I felt once I got going. The temperature was rising quickly, and the sun was out in full force for the 7:00 a.m. start. As we were off, I found myself in third overall female position, but the two women in front of me had been standing with the 1:30 pacer on the starting line, so I wondered if they were going out too fast. One of them fell back fairly quickly, and I decided I'd pace behind the other who remained. She looked like a fast runner - I hate when people surmise running ability based on looks, but she had great form and was running smoothly, in addition to being lean and muscular. We were running in the 6:20s, and I thought that was probably reasonable for me for the conditions (I was planning to aim for 6:00-6:05 healthy and in good weather). But I also didn't feel very strong and was coughing, so I had several moments where I worried I was getting in over my head by sticking with her. By mile 3, my doubts faded when I began to feel better and she began to slow significantly enough that I decided to go on around her. From about 3-10, I felt pretty decent, although still coughing sporadically, and I focused on pulling in men in front of me. I didn't look at my watch after the first 3 miles, plus splits in this race aren't that meaningful due to the elevation - miles 1 and 6 have major drops, miles 11 and 12 have climbs, and the rest has some gentle inclines and declines but is mostly flat. I took water at every aid station, usually two cups, and sipped some before pouring the rest on me. I also took a gel, sucking it down slowly between about miles 5-8. I usually don't take gels during halves, but antibiotics seem to make my blood sugar low and I thought it would help with that, plus some more practice running hard with them in my stomach before my marathon can't hurt. Around mile 9 I passed a friend of a friend who I'd been planning to pace with for a 1:18-1:19 before my bronchitis debacle, and he said the heat was really getting to him. In the final 5K, I was also getting very hot and the two climbs that didn't seem that bad last year felt like mountains. Whenever I'm not at 100% strength, I seem to struggle much more on uphills than I do on flats. I'd passed a man around mile 10 who was fading worse than I was, and the next man was out of reach, plus from spectator's comments I knew I had the female win secured, so with all of these factors together I had a hard time pushing. Really the whole race, I never felt like I was running all-out, but I also felt like I sure couldn't run any faster! Not my best pacing, even grade-adjusted I was happy to see the stadium in the final mile, and managed a finishing kick as I ran in to finish on the 50 yard line. The finish on the turf was a great touch that was new this year for the race. The announcer was extremely enthusiastic and announced that I was the first female finisher, and I came through with a smile on my face. It is always fun to win a race! As I walked to find my family, many people stopped to tell me congrats, which was very sweet. Several minutes later, I realized that they were showing all finishers coming in on the stadium's Jumbotron - another nice touch! I screenshotted this one from my finishing video! I swear I was smiling! The official results are here; scroll down for my finishing video, which might be the only video of myself running that I have ever liked! Editor's note: the announcer pronounced my last name wrong, it's a short I (I'm of course used to this but trying not to perpetuate it, hah). The famed K-State football coach Bill Snyder presented the awards, and my sister-in-law graciously took my plaque to him for an autograph after the ceremony when she got her medal signed. After I received my award, I was interviewed by a reporter from a Manhattan newspaper (I haven't been able to find the story online) and congratulated by a lady I'd talked to on the bus who exclaimed, "Why didn't you tell me you were an elite?!" Haha! Albani played with her cousins on the bounce houses on the infield and enjoyed meeting Willie the Wildcat. With Bill Snyder My sis-in-law finished 13.1 & corralled 4 young children all weekend! Stats, including the sweltering temperature My time was almost identical to what I ran at Rock the Parkway 6 weeks prior (1:23:35 there), so one thing the race showed me was how much fitness I've gained in 6 weeks. Conditions were perfect for Rock the Parkway, while quite imperfect for this one; basically, I was happy with my performance under the circumstances but I was unhappy with the circumstances! But, I don't have a good race-time gauge on where I'm at fitness-wise now, which scares me going into a marathon. A few days after the race, I realized that I ran a little slower (1:23:53) in a half marathon under similar steamy weather conditions (without bronchitis!) 4 weeks before I ran my 2:47:14 marathon, so that is encouraging. I will also never forget the death march that was the Dam to Dam half marathon, where I ran a 1:26:19 in similar hot and humid weather while healthy. I knew that I wouldn't race my best being sick, but what I didn't consider beforehand was how much running hard would take out of me. I am sure the temperature and the non-stop day of family activities afterward didn't help (I walked over 6 miles on top of the 19 I'd run), but I felt awfully weak the next 2 days, for the first time feeling like I truly had bronchitis. Based on lessons learned from my last injury, I even took a day off running to recover. Would I recommend racing when sick to others? Probably not. Would I do it again? Probably so... After the race we had a fun family weekend in Manhattan as planned! A few of my favorite photos: K-State tour My niece Violet by an agricultural building Garden tour with Albani & my niece Ivy Insect Zoo at K-State It's difficult to get a good photo of 5 children! K-State water display Hotel pool is always winning Up close & personal with a kookaburra Butterfly area This kangaroo has a baby in her pouch This guy was tapping on the glass by the kids Zoo entrance This is how we all felt at the end of this trip!
  21. How exciting - congrats!!
  23. SIbbetson

    Wednesdays are the Worst!

    And all this time I thought Mondays were the worst. Killer week for you! Those longer runs on tired legs are super valuable in marathon training.
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