Monday Mentionings: November 23

Most of what I have to share this week is pictures of Jazzy! Best week in pictures ever! Last Monday was my last week in Las Vegas! My post about our time in Vegas is here, and my two race recaps are here: 5k and 13.1.

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Jazzy was super happy when I got home.  He tried to eat my glow stick from the 5k, and gave me lots of purrs and cuddles too.  I missed him lots, and I’m taking him home to Hays this week for Thanksgiving so he’s not alone again!

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With the cold temps, Jazzy has been a cuddle bug, cuddling up and sleeping on my pillow every night since I got back.  I get the tiniest little corner for my own head, and get to listen to kitty snores and purrs all night long.

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Wednesday, I started a new job!! I am now a Financial Account Representative for RTS Financial.  I’m learning a lot, and I’m really excited  to learn and grow and become part of this amazing company.  I got home and my brain was full, so I chilled on the couch with Jazzy.  I was cold, so I went ahead and covered him up too.  He wasn’t too excited about being covered up, but it made me happy.

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Saturday morning, Amy and I met up and ran a few miles.  My body is not ready for running in cold temperatures yet.  Especially my lungs, they are not happy with the cold and dry weather!  Just like in the summer, when it takes a few weeks for my body to adjust to the heat and humidity, it takes a few weeks in the winter to get used to the weather change on my body.

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I recently put my main cozy fleece blanket on my bed, and realized I did not have another cozy fleece blanket.  Now, there’s nothing wrong with the rest of my blankets, but I just love the big fleece blankets!  They are so warm and cozy and extra long, so I can wrap up like a burrito!  On Saturday afternoon, I went to the fabric store, which is so not in my comfort zone, by the way, and found some adorable fleece to make my blanket!

I went to Mockingjay Part 2, after I bought my fabric.  Mockingjay was good, and I lost it at one point… I may have to re-read the books again.   Anyway, after the movie, I went straight home and made my new blanket!  Not too much to make really, I just cut and tied it, and then sewed a bit in the middle to keep it together.  Nothing fancy!  Jasper was very helpful as a supervisor, and immediately took it over as his own.

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Oh Jasper, and his adorableness.  I typically eat dinner on my couch, and Jasper has gotten into this habit of sitting right next to me, looking at me with puppy dog eyes, and then he reaches up and touches my arm to ask for some.  He’s pretty relentless, though.

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After running yesterday morning, again in the cold, I cleaned up and put some stuff away after getting back from Vegas.  Jasper wasn’t really too pleased to be Majestic Sea Flapped, but he was pretty cute.  It only lasted about 20 seconds before he got up and ran away.

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Later on Sunday, when I was writing my race recaps, Jasper decided he wanted to be the center of attention… like always, and jumped up on the stool and plopped himself down.

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This week is going to be a lot of fun! I have 3 days of work at my new job, then I’m driving home with Jazzy, Kristen, and Thayne, for Thanksgiving!  I hope everyone has a fun and beautiful Thanksgiving with family and friends and loved ones.  If you’re traveling, please be safe!

RnR Las Vegas 13.1 Race Recap

Last weekend was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon! Mom, Kristen, and I traveled to Las Vegas for a fun little girls’ weekend and to run the 5k and half marathon.  Read all about our Las Vegas trip here!

We picked up our packets and went to the expo on Thursday afternoon, and enjoyed a couple days exploring the city before the 5k on Saturday night and then the half marathon on Sunday night.

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Sunday morning we laid low, went to a movie to rest our legs, and eventually got ready for the half marathon and made our way to the start festival!  The weather decided to treat us like crap, and it got pretty chilly, and very windy in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon.

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Kid Rock was playing at the start festival.  He was pretty good, and even said at one point that this was the fittest crowd he has ever played for! Hah!

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We checked our bags into actual UPS trucks, that would then drive our stuff to the finish line, further up the Strip.  There were also more porta-potties than I’ve ever seen.

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Mom, Mark, and I walked Kristen up as far as we could, she was to start up in the 4th corral, and we then walked back to the 35th corral to wait.  We heard the countdown, and the fireworks for the start of the race… and then we waited.  And waited.  And waited.  And got cold and stiff.  And waited some more.

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Photo courtesy Rock ‘n’ Roll website.

About 55 minutes after the race officially started, our corral got to the start line, and then we were off!  It had rained a bit while we were waiting, and started raining more after we started.  Between the rain, the wind, and the chilly temperatures, as well as standing around getting stiff for over an hour, it was a pretty rough start.

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The first few miles were spent trying to shake out our legs and get into a groove.  We were pretty cold, windblown, and getting rained on! It was a pretty miserable first few miles!  Mom, Mark, and I ran past the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, and had to stop real fast for a picture!

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After 2-3 miles, I was feeling pretty good, I was warmed up, there was lots of music, lots of spectators braving the cold and wet weather, and lots of fun signs.  It really was neat to run on the strip while there was nobody but runners on it!  The Las Vegas marathon/half marathon is only 1 of 2 times each year that the strip is closed to traffic – the other is New Years Eve.  Lots of high fives were given out during miles 2-6.

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I tried for some running selfies, but the dark really makes it hard!  I managed to get a couple where you can kind of see what’s going on, just ignore all the blurs!


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I found a few pictures after the race that the helicopters and drones took during the race, they look pretty spectacular.  If only it wasn’t so cold and windy!

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Photo courtesy Rock ‘n’ Roll website.

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Photo courtesy Rock ‘n’ Roll website.

Just after mile 4 or 5, we had to stop and take a pit stop at the porta-potties.  This is the very first time I’ve had to utilize the porta-potties during a race.  Standing around for over an hour before the race made it hard to hold it!

A mile or so after our quick stop, we came across the finish line on the other side of the street.  With some kind of voodoo luck, Mom and I actually SAW Kristen cross the finish line!  What are the odds of that?  We yelled and yelled, but the music was too loud, but WE SAW HER finish!!

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I had to get a quick selfie with one of so many Elvis’ on the course.  This particular Elvis was pretty cute.  We ran behind them for about a half mile.

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Sometime between miles 5-7, we lost Mark.  He ended up about 7-10 minutes behind us I think.  There were so many people, it was hard to keep track of everything.  Mom and I just kept trucking forward, struggling with the cold, very very tired feet from walking around the strip for 4 days, and really defeating weather conditions.  We were very lucky that we didn’t fall or get blown over – I heard of several people who got blown over, or got injured with things blowing into them.  We also saw a lady right in front of us trip or slip on something and face plant.  I hope that everyone who fell or blown over was okay.

Miles 6-10 were pretty monotonous and tiring and cold.  So cold.  During this time we were at the very old part of downtown, and off the main Strip.  We made our way through some neighborhoods, and through a few shady areas that I wouldn’t want to be alone!  Then we went through Fremont Street, gained a bit of energy, and started making our way back to the Strip and the finish line.

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I’d have to say that miles 10-13 were the roughest ever, out of any half marathon I’ve done.  R.O.U.G.H. !!! My feet hurt so bad.  I was so cold to the bones.  My nose was running, my nose was cold, my ears were cold, my shoulders were cold, my feet hurt.  It was a rough few miles.

But somehow, we made it.  Step after step, walking and running and shuffling.  Really everything but crawling.  Mom and I finished hand in hand, and then all we wanted was to sit down and warm up.

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We were handed our medals, then water, then a space blanket, then sample after sample of food, gatorade, milk, cranberries, etc.  So much stuff.  I didn’t have enough arm space for all the stuff.  And that finish chute was SO long.  I heard someone say it was almost a half mile long finish chute.  Walking and walking and walking!  We finally found the UPS trucks and put on jackets and dumped all our extra stuff into our bags.

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We also were given our remix medal for doing the 5k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.  We slowly made our way back to our hotel on very foot sore feet.

I must say, if the weather was a bit warmer, less windy, and dry, this would have been a super fun half marathon.  It was fun, in retrospect, but during, it was hard to think about the fun during all the pain!

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We ran the strip at night, shut down Vegas, and earned every bit of our medals!

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Monday, we did a little shakeout run and met some of the We Run Social group!

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Read about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k here, and read about our trip in Vegas here!

RnR Las Vegas 5k Race Recap

Last weekend was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k! Mom, Kristen, and I traveled to Las Vegas for a fun little girls’ weekend and to run the 5k and half marathon.  Read all about our Las Vegas trip here!

We picked up our packets and went to the expo on Thursday afternoon, and enjoyed a couple days exploring the city before the 5k on Saturday night.

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Friday morning we had a quick shakeout run to the Fabulous Las Vegas sign, our first run in Las Vegas!

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Saturday morning was race morning! We all got dressed in our sparkle skirts and KC Running Company shirts, and headed out!

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We kind of did things backwards, by getting our pedicures and pampering done before the race!

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We had a late lunch at BURGR, watched the Bellagio fountains, and made our way to the race area, which was at the fairgrounds near the SLS Hotel.

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There were lots of other runners doing the 5k that we met on the Monorail.  I also found out that my sisser loves me… I almost didn’t make it onto the Monorail, but Kristen hugged me onto the train just before the door shut. Awww she loves me!

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The lobby area at the SLS was really cool, glass floors and ceilings that changed colors, lots of ceiling mirror selfies happened.

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The start/finish party area of the 5k was all set up and ready to go! We took some pictures, checked our bags, got some fun glow sticks, and got into the corrals.

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We started in the 4th or 5th wave, and off we went!! The race was tons of fun… we mostly stayed in and around the fairgrounds, and a good section of the race was an out and back, so we got to see the first few waves coming back towards us, which allowed us to see lots of fun costumes and outfits.  Kristen even got a high five from Meb Keflezighi, the winner of the New York Marathon in 2009, Boston Marathon in 2014, an Olympic silver medalist Marathoner, and overall amazing American runner, who was pacing one of the corrals (he also paced the half marathon).

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Once we crossed the finish line, we were handed our 5k medals, and grabbed our checked bags and got into some warmer clothes.  The race wasn’t cold, but it was chilly and dark.  If only we could have had the 5k weather for the half marathon the next day…

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We took the monorail back down the strip to it’s end, near our hotel, and were officially finished with 1 of 2 races!

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Read about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon here, and read about our trip in Vegas here!