{Races} Mickelson Trail Half Marathon Race #48

{Races} Mickelson Trail Half Marathon Race #48

What a great race! It felt amazing to finally be with a group of people unafraid and untainted by government and media. Though there were about a dozen mask wearers, the other 1,970ish were displaying their imago dei and it was glorious. It was our first time on this run. We had walked about 2.5 miles of the trail last year with the girls to see one of the train tunnels. I was hooked! I knew I wanted to run…

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{Running} the highs and lows of spring running

{Running} the highs and lows of spring running

I love Spring. I love how it feels like the earth comes alive again from a long sleep. Ahh, but the blooms, the trees… They suffocate me. Somewhere along the way, I developed seasonal allergies. This year has been the worst. It has also been the wettest in years. So though I love Spring, and summer heat can be so miserable, I want to breathe again. 5 days until my 14th half marathon and my 48th overall race since 2013.

{Races} Memorial Day 10K Race #47

{Races} Memorial Day 10K Race #47

This was our first year running this race. We’ve run the Bolder Boulder on Memorial weekend a few times, but we decided to find races that better fit the mission of helping veterans. You can find this one at: MEMORIAL DAY RUN & MARCH | To help feed homeless Veterans (memorialdaymarch.com) It was a very sunny morning and HOT! I felt for the men and women in uniform, it was toasty and humid. It was also rather hilly. It was…

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{Running} May Miles 99.2

{Running} May Miles 99.2

Even as I write this, I’m kicking myself for not checking my mileage. I missed 100 miles by .8 miles. I’m sure I covered that in just walking over the weekend, but I didn’t set my watch. It’s my largest mileage month since training for the Dopey Challenge (December 2019 at 155 miles). I’ll take it.

{Races} Barr Lake 15K Race #46

{Races} Barr Lake 15K Race #46

It was hot and muddy, but we got it done. Race Number 46 (for me) complete! The rain was so loud last night, we woke up at 3 a.m. to see the pouring rain filling up the street. The forecast had called for just a smattering of rain, but this was a downpour! The entire race is groomed trail, so I had imagined it more like a mud run. As soon as we arrived to pick up our shirts and…

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{Transition to Grey} 5 months

{Transition to Grey} 5 months

I really don’t see a big change this month. When I braid just the front of my hair, it is pretty obvious, but otherwise it seems more like my hair growth has slowed. I do know my hair is too long again–when I drive, it gets caught behind me and irritates me–so it IS growing, it just feels slow. It is definitely obvious to others, as I’m pretty sure a couple of women near my age were checking out my…

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{Travel} Planning for Home Educators

{Travel} Planning for Home Educators

In my 15 years of home educating, we have invariably taken at least one trip per year that includes Field Experience. We always plan it on “off months” when most school kids are in school during the day, making the most of time without crowds. First, what is Field Experience? For most professions, Field Experience is practical application of what a student has learned in the classroom. For us, Field Experience is similar: we study something in the classroom, and…

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{Running} April running & Race #45

{Running} April running & Race #45

We had a big half marathon planned for April in Kansas City: The Garmin Oz marathon. A few weeks before we were to run, we got an email they were postponing the half marathon because they couldn’t have the finish line celebration they wanted. Unfortunately, they pushed it to the first weekend in November, which didn’t allow our girls to participate in the race. We were disappointed, but asked for a refund and then had the girls’ entries switched to…

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{Field Experience} Roadside Kansas

{Field Experience} Roadside Kansas

One of my favorite things to do on a road trip is to find unique attractions you wouldn’t find just driving down the highway. Van Gogh is one of my favorite artists and in my search for places to stop, I decided this is one we have to see. It was, unfortunately, cloudy and chilly when we stopped, but it was still a sight to se anyway. This one is located in Goodland, Kansas. Be sure to take the Hwy…

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