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.

Thursday Thoughts: June 18

I got my #WeRunSocial shirt in the mail last week!  My twitter buddy Pavement Runner is selling these amazing shirts!  On his website, he describes We Run Social: “We wanted to create a running crew-group-club-team that captured everything that we are about: running all the miles and killing it on social media. Whether we are taking selfies with 44 people, taking pictures of our feet for Instagram, or signing up for all the races because we can’t help ourselves — we are doing it together.”Photo Jun 14, 11 42 03 AMFriday evening I had some much needed Bestie time! Michelle and I met up and went to Jurassic World, stopped at Trader Joe’s, had some iPhone adventures, and she got to see my apartment! I am SO beyond excited for her to be so close!!Photo Jun 13, 9 26 58 PMSaturday on my run, I found a pretty big snapping turtle by the trail.  I stopped to say hello.  Later on that same run, I saw a couple muskrats or groundhogs.  Quite the adventurous run for only 4 miles!Photo Jun 13, 2 30 35 PMSunday morning, Amy and I ran with the Groupies, we ran a steamy 5+ miles, followed by the best invention ever, icy wet towels.  Ahhhh-Mazing!  These icy towels will be great motivation to push harder on the long runs this summer!Photo Jun 14, 10 02 18 AMA video that’s been circling around lately made its way into my world.  You may have seen it.  If not, here’s the link for hair plopping! Well, the other night, I tried it! I used different products than the video, but I think it would work with any kind of curl enhancer cream or mouse.  I showered and combed my hair after putting It’s a 10 leave in conditioner in my hair, then sprayed some sea salt spray and used some hair cream, then “plopped” my hair into a cotton t-shirt.  After I wrapped it all up and tied it, I went to bed.  When I woke up, I un-tied the t-shirt and sprayed a bit of hair spray, and ta da! Curls!  I was very surprised at how well it worked.  I was also pleased at how comfortable it was to sleep in.  With my hair all tied up, it wasn’t in my face or on my neck while I slept!  My hair was soft and curly and really full all day long.Photo Jun 17, 8 33 20 PMI finally made it back to yoga! It’s been 2 weeks since I had class, and it feels like it’s been ages!  Maylo’s amazing class is now at Lotus Yoga, which is a beautiful studio, but I’ll miss yoga at Life Spring.

Weekly kitty picture: Jasper was outside for over an hour earlier this week, just watching his world pass by.  It had rained earlier in the afternoon, and there were lots of birds and a few squirrels out for him to watch.Photo Jun 14, 8 06 26 PMIt’s Father’s Day this weekend, I’m wishing my dad and all the dads a big happy Father’s Day! #ThrowbackThursday to when I was 3 or 4, and Dad took me fishing.  Ahh! Look at that mustache on Dad, and look at my hair and that hat!Photo Jun 16, 8 46 13 AMIn my timehop this morning, I found out that the My Brave Wings logo was born a year ago!   Have a good weekend!

Thursday Thoughts: March 19

To make up for last Thursday’s short post, today’s Thursday Thoughts is extra long! Maybe not extra long, but definitely longer than last week, and I have a lot of pictures to share!

I went home over the weekend to spend some quality time with family.  Mom was a bit under the weather, so I ran with my best girl on Saturday, which happened to be PI DAY!  Shay and I ran 3.14 miles in celebration.  Sunday I ran 5 miles, then picked Shay up for another 2 miles.  Happy Birthday to Shay, who turned 9 years old yesterday!Photo Mar 14, 9 52 19 AM

Later on Pi Day, I went to lunch with Mom and my aunt Leann and cousin Ava, and of course, we had pie for dessert.  Delish.  After lunch and pie, Ava and I went and got pedicures.  Ava was even lucky enough to get a mini-manicure.  We had a fun afternoon of pampering and girl talk, and got a snowball also!

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My Running Buddy Pouch came in the mail too this past weekend! Running Buddy was awesome enough to send me a complimentary Buddy Pouch, and I accepted their request to become a Brand Ambassador for them.  I truly love their product, and I’ll be sure to write a post this weekend about the company and my ambassadorship.  You can read my review of the Running Buddy Pouch here, and check out their website here.

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While I was home for the weekend, I seemed to acquire a little orange and white shadow named Gordon  This little one followed me around and slept with me all night on Friday night, and for a bit of the night Saturday night.  He likes to burrow and snuggle under blankets or in between pillows.  He sure is adorable.

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I missed Jasper while I was in Hays, but James sent me a few pictures to make sure I knew he was ok.  I love when he turns his head upside down, his little fangs hang out in the most adorable and deadly way.

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After I got back to KC, Jazzy was sure to sniff all over my shoes to see where I went while I was in Hays.  Notice my sweet new Adidas Ultra Boost shoes! I bought them (partially) with my gift card that I won from the KC Running Company Martin City Groupie run night a couple weeks ago.

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On Tuesday night, I went to the speed workout at KC Running Company. It didn’t turn out to be much of a speed workout for Amy and me, because Amy was a badass and ran a trail half marathon last weekend and was still recovering, and my right glute and right hamstring have been giving me some trouble the last couple weeks.  We ended up running at a nice tempo pace, a bit faster than we are used to, but definitely the progression run that was on the schedule.  That’s just one more reason I love KCRC, they are SO accepting, encouraging, and AMAZING!  Read my other reasons why I love KCRC and the Groupies here.

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I also have some throwback pictures to share today.  These are from WAY back.  The top left is Michelle, me, Bethany, and Elise, at homecoming (I think) our Freshman or Sophomore year.  The top right is from middle school or high school (?) from a band trip to Estes Park.  I also found all of their senior pictures (L to R Michelle, Bethany, Elise) while packing up some boxes the other night.  We all look so young, so innocent!

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Last night, I made it back to yoga after missing a couple weeks, and it was a tough class.. kicked my butt!  Tonight, I’m going to the Groupie run with KCRC, and Iron Tribe Fitness is incorporating some crossfit training into the run.  That should be fun, I’m sure I’ll feel it this weekend!

Did you celebrate Pi Day or St. Patrick’s Day?