Monday Mentionings: February 15

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good Valentine’s Day weekend! I had a great weekend, but more about that later!

The week started out with a free burrito from Chipotle! Jasper helped me eat it.

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Wednesday morning I got up and made it to cycle class before work, which was a fabulous time. I even wrote a post about how great it felt, and how I feel when I see this picture.

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Jasper has been such a great roommate to Michelle, he watches over her things when she’s not in her room, keeps the chair warm for her, and loves eating some of her food so she doesn’t get too full.  But really, he has been super good with having another body in the house.  I was a bit worried that he would feel overwhelmed, but he’s been such a good boy!

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Saturday morning, I got all dressed up as warmly as I could to volunteer the Sweetheart 5k with Amy.

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The race was good, but dang it was COLD!  I was ok once we started clipping the timing chips off the runners’ shoes, but my goes got so cold that they felt like they were burning. I had to go inside a few minutes before the race was over, because I couldn’t stand it any more.  They were SO. COLD.  I took my shoes off and tried to warm them up by rubbing them, but they were still just burning with cold.  Finally, I asked Amy to sit on my feet, so I could let my feet suck the warmth from her butt.  Hah!  It worked though, and about 10 minutes later, they felt better, but all day after that, they felt tender.  I guess next time, I’ll need to put some feet warmers in my shoes.

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After the race, we checked out the KC Running Company expo, which was filled with race vendors, clothes, speakers, etc.  The discounts on the races were so fantastic! After the expo, we went to lunch at Longboards in Mission, which was ahhhh-mazing.  After that, we ran a couple errands and then went back to the expo for more race discounts!

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Also on Saturday, I bought a pair of cycling shoes!! I’m really excited about these shoes.  Cycling shoes have a hard sole, so your foot can’t bend, which helps on the pedal, because you get more power and also it’s not as stressful on your feet.  I bought them at the Trek store, and had them attach clips to the bottom of the shoes, so I’ll be able to clip into the pedal, which is also more energy efficient, and keeps your foot in the right place on the pedal.  I can’t wait to try them out at class tonight!

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Sunday morning, Amy and I had plans to meet up late morning, when the weather would be warmer.  We had a 5 mile run, and toward the end, my calves had had enough.  They were super sore from squatting down at the race Saturday trying to clip the chips off the runners’ shoes, and trying to be nice to my left knee, I put a lot of pressure on my left calf, and it is sure tight, but it’s way down low, not somewhere that I can stretch it.  It made the run pretty painful toward the end, but it was great to be out in the sunshine and have seasonably warm-ish temperatures.

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After running, I joined Michelle at the Olathe Y for some zumba! It was the second class I’ve taken this winter,  both with Belle!  It was a lot of fun, but again, my dang calf was sore!

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Belle and I both wore our tie-dye’d zumba shirts from 6 years ago! I can’t believe it was that long ago! The pic on the left was right after we tie-dye’d them in January 2010 and wore them to zumba class in Hays, and the pic on the right is from today! Besties for life!

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After zumba, Michelle and I hung out, made some queso, and I chilled with Jazzy on the couch.  He was my valentine this year, and it was perfect.

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I’m looking forward to a weekend with my parents, and warmer weather this week! Have a great week, friends!

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: December 14

What a week, folks.  What a week.  Last week Monday, I felt kind of nauseated all day, and had a bit of a headache.  By the time I got home from work, all hell broke loose!  I somehow contracted a stomach bug, and had a pretty awful night Monday and into Tuesday.  I called into work Tuesday, and though I did feel better, I was not well enough to work, and Jasper did his best to make me feel better throughout the day.

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By Wednesday, I was pretty much back to normal, and couldn’t have been happier!  I went to the KC Running Co. group run Wednesday night and then watched a great presentation about winter and cold weather running.

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Friday, at work, I moved to a new cubicle, and now I get to see this gorgeous view every day!

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And then, to make Friday even better, we had our work holiday party in the evening.  I mainly hung out with Jenn, because I don’t know a lot of people at work yet, but it was a really fun time. I’m so thankful for my new job, I’m loving everything I’m learning and really excited to keep learning and growing!!

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Saturday morning, I met Belle for coffee before going to my first zumba class in over 3 years!  I also gave her a KC 1985 shirt, which she will never take off now.

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Zumba.  Ya, it’s been a really long time since I took or taught a zumba class.  For my readers who don’t know, I taught zumba from 2009-2012, and ended up actually getting really burnt out with teaching, and took a break that ended up being the end of my teaching career.  I never really wanted to take a 3 year break, but it just happened!  So my bestie asked me to go to a class with her, and it was a lot of fun!  I dug out my old pair of zumba pants and rocked my booty!

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Saturday night, late, it started raining, and hasn’t stopped yet!  Sunday around noon, I ran in the rain, because I was not in the mood at all to run on the treadmill.  I was really lucky the temperature was around 60 yesterday, so even though it was really wet, at least it wasn’t cold too!  You can kind of see, behind me, the river is FULL!

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Later on Sunday evening, I went to the KC Running Co. Holiday Party, with Amy.  We had food, drinks, and lots of fun!  KCRC, thank you for a fantastic year.

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Jasper is really excited for Christmas, he’s been gnawing on the Christmas tree just about every evening.   He has not, however, knocked it over, so I’m very surprised!

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11 short days until Christmas!