The January Run-Down

It’s been another month, so it’s time for a run-down of how things went in January 2016!

I set a goal to run 1100 miles in 2016, and in January, I ran 50 miles.  Under normal circumstances, I would be disappointed with my January mileage, but considering I was under doctors orders to not run for 2 weeks after I received a cortisone shot for a likely torn meniscus, I’m happy I reached about half of what I intended for January.

To reach 1100 miles this year, I will have to average about 92 miles per month.  After a 50 mile month in January, I will now have to average about 96 miles per month for the rest of the month to reach my goal.  I’m not yet at the point, with my knee, where I will definitely have to change my goal… I see the doctor tomorrow, and he will tell me what the MRI results are from last week, and he’ll let me know what the plan is.  If I have to have surgery, or go through some kind of therapy, or something else, then I may have to reevaluate my goals for the year, but for now, I’m sticking with 1100 miles!

January started with a run with my best, Amy, as it did last year.  We ran a couple miles on the icy, snowy trails, and called it a day.  It was a great way to start the new year, and it’s now a tradition that I hope we continue to do yearly!

Photo Jan 01, 10 44 40 AM

After my cortisone shot and orders for 2 weeks of no running, I hit up the gym and took several cycle classes during those couple weeks, subbing biking for running.  It’s definitely not the same, but I enjoyed the classes, and worked up quite a sweat every class.  I also did cardio on the elliptical or ARC trainer, and lifted some, being sure to not stress my knee.  I was happy and hopeful, because my knee really felt better.

Photo Jan 23, 9 32 44 AM

Once my two weeks were up, I started running a bit on the treadmill, because the temperatures outside were super cold, and there was ice/snow on most of the sidewalks and trails.  Unfortunately, once I started running, the knee pain came back.  It felt just the same as it felt before the shot.  I was pretty bummed, but I kept running, and kept going to a cycle class each week or so.

Photo Jan 17, 12 31 34 PM

Because the pain came back, I moved up my follow up appointment, and the doctor wanted me to schedule an MRI, to really se what’s going on inside.  I had the MRI done last week, and will see the doctor tomorrow to find out what my future holds.  Here’s a screenshot of one image of my MRI.  Can you tell what’s going on? Me either.

Photo Jan 28, 8 37 52 AM

Once the sidewalks and trails cleared up, and the weather got a little bit warmer, I was super happy to get back to the group runs! I ran with the KC Running Co. Groupies 4 times in January, all in the last week and a half!  I ran on the treadmill a record 5 times in January; my longest treadmill run was 5 miles.  (Click here for tips for treadmill running)

Photo Jan 28, 8 38 53 PM

My longest run in January, and actually my longest run since October(!!) was yesterday, on Jan. 30, when I ran 7 miles, with Amy, on the paved trails by Indian Creek.  It was a hard run, and my knee kind of hates me ever since, but the day was gorgeous, there were rabbits and squirrels out and about, kids and families were at the parks, and the day was sunny and bright.  The downside – the horrible decaying composting smell by by the river in a few places.  It was hard to breathe that in deeply!

Photo Jan 30, 12 18 32 PM

January Run-Down:
Running: 14 runs totaling 50 miles
Cycling: 7 cycle classes totaling 7.5 hours of cycling, 97 miles.
Longest run: 7 miles, Jan. 30.
Races: none.

10 Years of Throwbacks

Today is a throwback kind of day! I have 10 photos, one from each of the past 10 years, to share for a Throwback Thursday today! This could also be… 10 years of Renee’s changing hair… haha!

2o06, my family at the Fleharty Family Reunion at my great Uncle’s home in Nebraska:


2007, at a Nebraska football game.  GO BIG RED.  We went to lots of Husker games back in the day:


2008, Kristen and I parasailing in the Gulf of Mexico, when we visited South Padre Island, Texas with my family:


2009, the day I adopted my baby Jasper:


2010, the era of ZUMBA, and my Bestie forever:


2011, at a park in Hays, after we surprised Dad for his 50th birthday:


2012, the year I started running! Mom, Kristen, and I ran the Color Run in KC, my first race:


2013, visiting Reno, Nevada, and my uncle, with Grandpa:


2014, a huge Christmas celebration with the whole Fleharty gang:


2015, the year Amy and I became inseparable, sisters, and bests for life… also, the Plaza 10k was the race where I ran 2 steps behind Amy for about 2 miles, to surprise her in the last quarter mile and to cross the finish line together:


It was a lot of fun looking through old pictures on Facebook, I’ll probably do another throwback post sometime, because I had lots of runner up pictures to share, too… and I had some crazy hair going on in some of them.

Monday Mentionings: January 25

A whole month has passed since Christmas.  Where on earth does the time go?  I have not been too great at taking photos this last month, so I don’t have a lot to share with you today.  The winter weather, cold, grey, and icy, makes for a hibernating Renee, apparently.

Jasper has been a playful little bear lately.

Photo Jan 18, 7 51 39 PM

The lake at work was frozen over for most of last week.  The geese spent some time sitting on the ice, then a few days later it was all covered in a layer of snow.

Photo Jan 19, 10 22 38 AM

I’ve still been going to cycling classes.  I was able to start running again last week, and unfortunately, my knee pain came back.  I see the Orthopedic doctor again this morning to see what else may be going on.  In the mean time, I’ve had about three weeks of cycling classes, and really enjoy them!! I even had a couple people ask about me when I showed up to Saturday morning’s class, they wanted to make sure I was coming! Talk about making me feel welcome. =)

Photo Jan 23, 9 32 44 AM

I ran outside twice over the weekend, both times with Amy.  It felt fan-freaking-tastic to get back out on the roads with Amy.  Saturday morning was a chilly one, we had to bundle up quite a bit and had ac coupe matching bank robber masks on.   We ran again on Sunday morning, and unfortunately the snowy sidewalks slowed us down and cut down our mileage a bit.  Later on Sunday, it warmed up nicely, and the sun came out.  I think most of the snow has melted, which will be great for running this week.

Photo Jan 23, 7 21 46 PM

Saturday, I ran some errands, got my oil changed, and then did my taxes! This is the first year I’ve done them all by myself, and it was a heck of a lot easier than I thought it would be.  I even get a refund!  Sunday, I cleaned the bathroom and kitchen, bought groceries, and got a lot of cleaning done around the house.  I hereby declare the weekend an adulting success!  I don’t really think Jasper was as angry as he looks in this picture – I think it was the front flash on my phone that made him squint and put his ears back.  At least, that’s what I’ll continue to believe.

Photo Jan 23, 8 20 11 PM

These memes have been going around on Facebook over the last several days, so I may as well share mine.  You can make your own here.

Photo Jan 23, 8 58 19 PM

Congrats to all who raced the Groundhog Run yesterday!!

Have a great week, folks!