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This time of year is probably better than Christmas. It’s like a big festival celebrating Dodge City, KS that goes all the way into August! It’s super fun and exciting.

This years theme is “Stash Bash – A Twist On The Old West.” So basically everyone wears mustaches! Even Taylor and I!


The kick-off for Dodge City Days is always a 5k at 7:30 in the morning called the Dodge City Days Shootout!

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The course was really nice and a small challenge in some places. It was actually PRETTY cool this morning.. 70 degrees or so?

For about 3/4 of the way, I ran with a girl named Jayne from CrossFit. As you could see, there were quite a few of us running! It was fun seeing everyone I workout with out on the course.

I finished in a 25 something. Right after I finished I turned around and ran a half mile back to find Sam and run the rest with her!

After the run, the Dodge City Day’s Parade starts at 9:30. This is the first year I’ve gotten to watch in 6 years or so! Everyone was wearing there mustaches and it was AWESOME!

The Parade lasted an hour and ten minutes – and we were at the beginning of it!

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Tonight the Roundup Rodeo Arena is hosting the DC Days Concert: Headliner is Gloriana! I’m not yet sure if I’m going tonight or not. We have tickets, but I may wind up going to decorate for a bridal shower that takes place tomorrow!


Run on.

Happy Rest Day!

Yesterday, I ran a 5K benefitting the Interfaith Housing System here in Dodge!

As you remember from my list, “10 Things I Suck At,” I suck at 5Ks. This was no different.

I kept a super slow pace of 8:23, finishing in 26 minutes flat. About the same pace I started out at for my first 8 miles of the San Diego Marathon. Go me.

The course was the course I used for my 5K, Race for a Cure, but backwards. There was a strong South wind so guess what, the course went straight South for a mile! It felt like I was running into a brick wall. Not necessarily awesome.

There were a lot of stops to get colored up! They used colored water, so if you threw it in the dryer once you got home, it would be permanent. I had them SOAK my shirt and my white PROCompression socks! By the way, PROCompression, I need new socks…

OH. And there were these two really annoying kids that would hurry and run as fast as they could to pass me, but then they would walk. Then when I would pass them again, they would get all upset that a girl was passing them, so they would sprint past me again, and then walk… etc. It’s safe to say I killed them in the end. I sprinted past them the last half-mile. ENDURANCE FOR LIFEEEE.

Here are some pictures from the race!

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Run on.

Rock n Roll San Diego Marathon:
26.2 miles
4:30 something

My marathon this morning started at 6:15am, meaning I had to wake up at 3:30am so I could leave here by 4:15am.

I don’t like mornings.

I had to pee 3 times before we loaded into the corrals. I had to go again about 20 min before the race started, but the lines were 30-40+ people long. No way was I going to make it.

Hanging out with our corral guy. His name was David or something. Well, he looks like a David to me.

The beginning of the race was awesome! There were SO MANY PEOPLE. There was this one guy in a clown suit who was holding a sign after the .2 mark saying, “Only 26 more miles to go!”

… Jerk.

The first 13 miles were good! I was sitting at a perfect pace with a half time of 2 hours. No problems there. Miranda and I ran together until mile 10. She got really nauseous and needed to walk before I was ready to.

Between miles 5&6!

After mile 14, I was starting to hurt. I encountered my first big hill and had to take a walking break. Something I’m not use to.

From here on out I switched between walking for a few seconds and running for a few minutes.

The best part about being on TNT is that there are coaches from all over the country EVERYWHERE along the course! I had about 4-5 that ran with me for a while. They were all smiles and they offered really good advice and water! They were AMAZED that I was running my first marathon 2 weeks out of high school. They were so awesome.

There were a lot of hills starting after 14. But what was worse was that at mile 21, a HUGE hill started. It last for over a mile. It was awful.

Coaches kept saying, “After this there are no more hills!”

…liar liar pants on fire.

About half a mile remained and I saw the finish. I took off SPRINTING. I couldn’t wait to be done! I finished the race thinking about my grandma and how much I miss her. This one was for her.

Running across the finish!

I saw this in the TNT Tent and immediately started bawling. I miss you grandma.

Hugging Miranda right after she ran. She finished with a 5:10! I’m so proud!!!!

Helping Miranda walk. We were dying.

This was a really good race! I enjoyed it. It was challenging and let me tell you, I’m in pain. Who knows if I will do another, I’ll decide later!

For now, I am a vegetable. Preferably a sweet potato. I like sweet potatoes.

Veggie Tales,Veggie Tales… 🙂

I can’t wait until I feel better. Until then, y’all will have to do the running for me.

Run on.


My crazy graduation weekend is over. Whew!

Now let’s see on where I should begin…

Wednesday Night: Senior Movie Night in the auditorium. We watched “Here Comes The Boom.” It was SO GOOD. If you missed this night and you’re a senior, I’m really sorry. It was  so much fun. And we got my favorite food: popcorn.

Thursday was our last day of school. I didn’t do much on this day, and I wore wedges all day as well. Ridiculous!

Thursday night was our Senior Campout. This is when the senior class gets to stay out at the school! One of our crazy kids in our class brought an above-ground swimming pool and the Fire Department filled it up for us. There was no way I was going swimming in that thing. Yuck. I’d probably get some kind of skin condition.

Friday night was Taylor’s graduation party! I just got to hang out, talk, and eat. Some of my favorite things! For Taylor’s graduation present, I made him a scrapbook of our past 4 years of high school together. That thing was HUGE. Lots of great memories with one great guy!

Saturday morning was graduation. It started at 10:30. With 440 kids in our senior class, it took a while to get through all the names. When it finally came my time to shine, I got my diploma, hugged Jeff Heirs (one of the coolest dudes EVER), and then my graduation cap fell off. Awesome. I’m going in the history books, kiddos.

Saturday afternoon was my graduation party. Taylor and I hit up about 5 parties before I needed to be home for mine. Mine went from 4-9, when it was only supposed to go from 4-7. But that’s ok! It was a windy MESS outside. Winds reaching up to 60mph. I’m pretty sure we hosted almost 200 people in my house! There was hardly any room to breathe! IT WAS AWESOME.

Sunday was Erin Pyle’s race. Mirda and I killed it in the 1 mile… but I’m not going to talk about the 5K. Let’s just say it was my first bad race. I’m still upset with myself.

So now, enjoy some pictures from my weekend! I’ve caught you all back up, now I have to get back to training! 20mi tomorrow morning! BRING IT ON!

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Run on.


Running Track:

2 mile walk


4×5 Power Clean from ground

4×10 BB Snatch Balance

4×10 DB Seated Alternating Press

4×30 Russian Twist

4×10 DB Tricep Extension

4×10 EZ Bar Bicep Curls





Let’s talk about yesterday.

I got dismissed from school a tad early so we could hit the road sooner to Manhattan since my sister and Miranda are on the committee for KSU’s Relay for Life. Well, the boys are also racing this weekend in Altus, OK so my mom was busy trying to get them sent off and so I had to wait for her to come home before we left!

We drove separately, me following her. “Why?” you ask yourself? Well, I wanted to stay up in Manhattan until Sunday to be with my sister and Miranda, while she wanted to go home after the race to get Keena out of doggie prison! So she is letting me drive all by myself to and from Manhattan like a big girl! 🙂

When we first got into town we stopped by Relay for Life! #fightingeverfighting

"HOPE" in Luminaries!

“HOPE” in Luminaries!

Me and Willie the Wildcat! :)

Me and Willie the Wildcat! 🙂

I think I'm in love with Willie now...

I think I’m in love with Willie now…

RIP Grandma. I love you!

RIP Grandma. I love you!

We left at around 8 to go do some shopping at Best Buy and Dicks Sporting Goods, and also get some Subway before hitting the road to go back to Abilene! I wanted to stay at Relay longer, but it was really cold and it takes about 30 minutes to get back to Abilene! We needed some rest!


We woke up at around 5, got dressed and all geared up, then we left the hotel by 5:50! After picking up our race packets and getting our numbers on with our timing chips, we warmed up and made it out to the starting line by 6:45!

Mr. Martinez (one of our Assistant Principals) came to run as well! He lined up with us! Here is a picture of his kids Finn and Bode cheering their dad on!




Finn is around 4, Bode is around 2!

The race went really fast! The course was flat and pretty! There was some shade on about half of the course, the other half didn’t have much shade! Good thing I had a hat on (That was drenched in sweat by the end of the race, btw)!

We crossed the finish line in 1:52.1, way faster than either of us were expecting!

Racing towards the finish! Last stretch!

Racing towards the finish! Last stretch!

Right after our finish!

Right after our finish!

My biggest fans :)

My biggest fans 🙂

Oh, and then guess what! WE BOTH PLACED! Not in the overall, obviously. But in our own age divisions! In the 15-19 age division, I placed 2nd! I was a little sad I didn’t get first, but then I realized the girl who won was 19, in college, and who probably ran races religiously. Then I felt much better.


MIRDA WON HER AGE DIVISION! She was in the 20-24 age group. STUD MUFFIN.

Us with our "Finisher" medal and our silver and gold medals!

Us with our “Finisher” medal and our silver and gold medals!

We got to meet Dwight D. Eisenhower's granddaughter!

We got to meet Dwight D. Eisenhower’s granddaughter!

Did we mention that we LOVE PRO Compression? Well, we do.

Did we mention that we LOVE PRO Compression? Well, we do.

So word on the street (or ladies restroom), was that the course was LONGER than the 13.1mi of a normal half marathon! Here’s what my Charity Miles GPS had to say…

Excuse the creepy man in the background.

Excuse the creepy man in the background.

So that’s how much we ran, according to my GPS! Dang Eisenhower Half-Marathon… makin’ me work harder than I have to!

What am I doing now? Well, I am currently sitting on my sister’s couch, typing away, and drinking antioxidant coffee. Yum 🙂

Oh, also eating a ton. My metabolism is KICKIN’ right now. I’m not complaining. 

I hope everyone has had a blessed weekend so far!

Run on.

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