Tuesday Topics: Traveling the Alphabet – Part 3

This week’s Tuesday Topic:  Where I’ve been, A-Z: Letters S-Z.  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

Thanks for joining me again this week again.  Click here to read Part 1 for letters A-I.  Click here to read Part 2 for letters J-R.  

Thanks to my Race in the 50 States +1 running goal, I’ve run in 43 states.  I need 8 more to complete it.  Before I was a teacher, I worked at the American Bar Association.  Through this job I also traveled to various states for our Spring and Annual Meetings.  The traveling aspect was fun but the work itself was not.  I was ready for something different and more challenging and so I went back to school to become a teacher.  My job now is different and definitely challenging.

So, let me tell you where I’ve been.  Ready?

S is for San Antonio
I’ve been there a few times because my sister lives there.  Once I went there during the Summer and OMG it was awful.  Never again.  Also, during one of my trips my sisters and I were on a mission to find Sandra Cisneros’ house.  We found it!  I’ve also been to St. Petersburg (Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Petersburg Half Marathon), San Diego (Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon), St. Louis (Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis Half Marathon), and Seattle (Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Half Marathon).

T is for Tulsa
I went there to run the Route 66 Half Marathon.  It was a beautiful but hilly course.

U is for Urbana
I thought it would be a tough one but it wasn’t.  It seems that I ran there while running the relay portion of the Illinois Marathon and when I ran the half marathon.  At least I think I did.  Originally I had trained for the marathon but things didn’t go as planned and I ended up running the half.  Reading again the race recap brought back memories of training during the Winter since the race was at the end of April.  Almost all of my runs were done outside.  I was unstoppable.  I ran in the snow and in freezing weather.

V is for Virginia Beach
I went there for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon.  It was a flat course but that day was very humid.  Check out my Nike watch, armband for my iPod, and earphones with cords.  Very different with how I run now.

W is for Washington, DC
It is one of my favorite cities.  I’ve been there plenty of times and love it there.  A few years ago I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Nation’s Capital Half Marathon.  I remember we had good weather but will never forget that monstrous hill around mile 6.

X is for Xcaret
This was a tough one.  But it still counts, right?  I’ve also been to Xochimilco (Floating Gardens) in Mexico.  No pictures but I swear I was there in 1988.  I remember because it was after my nephew was born.

Y is for Yauco
Puerto Rico!  Don’t ask me what year it was because I honestly do not remember.  But I remember it was before 2009 because I was still working at the ABA.  

Z is for ?
Another tough one.  I know there is Zion, Illinois but don’t think I’ve been there.

These posts were so much fun to write!  It was great to look at pictures and read posts that I wrote years ago.  I may not have traveled much these past 2 years but overall have I done quite a bit of traveling.

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Tuesday Topics: Traveling the Alphabet – Part 2

This week’s Tuesday Topic:  Where I’ve been, A-Z: Letters J-R.  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and ZenaidaVisit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

Thanks for joining me again this week again.  Click here to read Part 1 for letters A-I.

Thanks to my Race in the 50 States +1 running goal, I’ve run in 43 states.  I need 8 more to complete it.  Before I was a teacher, I worked at the American Bar Association.  Through this job I also traveled to various states for our Spring and Annual Meetings.  The traveling aspect was fun but the work itself was not.  I was ready for something different and more challenging and so I went back to school to become a teacher.  My job now is different and definitely challenging.

So, let me tell you where I’ve been.  Ready?

J is for Jackson
I ran the Mississippi Blues Half Marathon.  Don’t you love it when in order to cross the finish line you need to run up a darn hill?  Despite the hilly course I ended up with a decent time (2:29:29) for me.  I’ve also been to Juneau where I ran a half marathon.

K is for Ketchikan
I had the option of running either a 5k or 10k.  I chose the former.  Nice course and the last race before leaving Alaska.

L is for Lima
Yes, Lima, Peru!  Our last stop before Machu Picchu.  We met up with another group and shared a big room in a hostel.  I’ve also been to Las Vegas (Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon), Louisville (Republic Bank Big Hit Half Marathon & Quarter Marathon), and Little Rock (Little Rock Half Marathon).  The medals for the Little Rock races are IMPRESSIVE!

M is for Machu Picchu
T
he trip of a lifetime!  After 3 days of walking we arrived in a hotel where we had electricity and running water.  It was wonderful.  The next day we took a bus to Machu Picchu.  We had the option of walking, but, no thank you.  I’ve also been to Manchester (Manchester City Half Marathon) where I met Katherine Switzer.

N is for New Orleans
I went there in 2012 for the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon.  This was right before my first 50k.  Then went back in 2016 for the half marathon.  I’ve also traveled to Nashville (Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon).

O is for Omaha
I will never forget that time I tripped and fell while running the Omaha Half Marathon.  I’ve also been to Orlando to run quite a few RunDisney races.

P is for Philadelphia
I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon.  It was my 10th Rock ‘n’ Roll Race.  I’ve also been to Princeton (Princeton Half Marathon), Providence (Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence Half Marathon), Phoenix, (Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half Marathon), and Portland (Rock ‘n’ Roll Portland Half Marathon and Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon).

Q is for Quito
It was my first time in South America.  It was also my first time staying in a hostel.  We went to a few places in Ecuador (Tena, Baños, and Cotopaxi) before going to Peru.

R is for Raleigh
I went there to run the Run Raleigh Half Marathon.  Another hilly course but at least the finish line was downhill.

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Fit Five Friday and August 2022 Ultimate Coffee Date


Wow, how is it already August?  This Summer Break sure is going by fast.  Just a few more weeks and it is back to work.  My first day is the 18th and then the students start on the 22nd.  I’m starting off the weekend with a little catch-up over the Ultimate Coffee Date hosted by Coco and Deborah.  So grab a mug of your favorite beverage and let’s chat for a bit!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that school starting in a few weeks makes me nervous and excited.  What’s not to like about a new school year, new school, new coworkers, and a new boss?  It is making it through those first few weeks/months that worry me.  The unpacking will take me a long time too.  But I have done it before and will get it done, right?  I know I have my blogger friends to listen to me complain and to give me advice.  Remember how two years ago when I was so tired one day that I ate mashed potatoes and wine for dinner?

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that next week my coworker and I will be going to Starbucks Reserve Roastery Chicago.  I’ve been there once with my mom but this time time it will be a different experience.  My coworker is a Starbucks Rewards Member (she has almost 10,000 points!) and we will actually have a tour guide and other surprises.  The little things that make me excited!

If we were having coffee…
I’d ask you which shampoo you use.  I have straight hair but still the humidity is not my friend.  Actually, humidity has no friends at all.  I’ve tried Prose, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Monat, etc.  I used to wash my hair everyday but now do it 3 times a week.  I rinse it when I do not wash it.  The thought of sweaty hair grosses me out.  Did you know that I used to have curly hair when I was a kid?  The left photo is from my passport and the one on the right is from 1st grade.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that my dentist left me.  He retired sometime in March.  I’ve been going to him since about 1997/1998.  I remember I found him through 1-800-DENTIST.  One of the reasons I went with him is because of his evening hours.  This was before I was a teacher and would get off work really late so I needed someone that would accommodate me.  He was a great dentist and while I am happy for him, I will miss him.  He left his clients to another dentist that was in the same building (which I never noticed, can you believe it?) and have an appointment on Tuesday.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I bought my first Lululemon item!  Nope, not clothes but instead I bought a bag – Clean Lines Belt Bag.  Originally I wanted the Everywhere Belt Bag but it’s been sold out for a long time.  I love it so much that I want to get another bag.  I do not need it but still want it.

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Tuesday Topics: Traveling the Alphabet – Part 1

This week’s Tuesday Topic:  Where I’ve been, A-Z: Letters A-I.  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

What a fun post.  I know several bloggers have done something similar and I got excited when Kim added it to our list of topics.

Thanks to my Race in the 50 States +1 running goal, I’ve run in 43 states.  I need 8 more to complete it.  Before I was a teacher, I worked at the American Bar Association.  Through this job I also traveled to various states for our Spring and Annual Meetings.  The traveling aspect was fun but the work itself was not.  I was ready for something different and more challenging and so I went back to school to become a teacher.  My job now is different and definitely challenging.

So, let me tell you where I’ve been.  Ready?

A is for Anchorage
I went there as part of The Great Alaskan Running Cruise.  I felt like I was in another country when in fact I was still in the USA.  I had a wonderful time!  I’ve also been to Atlanta twice.  The first time I was there was in maybe 1999 for an ABA Annual Meeting.  It was my first time traveling in my job and I hated it.  I was so tired and exhausted.  

B is for Boston
My first time there was when working at the ABA.  I loved it!  I went again about 10 years ago during the Summer.  The last time I was there was in 2013 when I ran the Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon.  I also traveled to Bloomington (Lady Speed Stick Women Half Marathon), Birmingham (Magic City Half Marathon), Buffalo (Buffalo Half Marathon) and Baltimore (Baltimore Running Festival Half Marathon).

C is for Cleveland
Cleveland reminds me of “The Drew Carey Show” where they are all singing “Cleveland Rocks!”  I went there to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cleveland Half Marathon.  It was the first time and maybe last a RnR race took place there.

D is for Detroit
I went there to run the Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Half Marathon.  I was undertrained for this race.  It was a miracle I actually finished it and I was sore for days afterwards.  It was fun running in two different countries.  I even had to run with my passport!

I’ve also traveled to Dallas (Rock ‘n’ Roll Dallas Half Marathon), Des Moines (IMT Des Moines Half Marathon), and Denver (Rock ‘n” Roll Denver Half Marathon).

E is for Elmhurst
I’ve been there mainly to run the 4 on the 4th race.  I’ve mentioned a few times that it is a fun race!  Does anyone remember the Mizuno Elixir?  They were great shoes and I was disappointed when they were discontinued.

F is for Florence
A few years ago I went on a cruise to Europe with a few friends.  It began and ended in Barcelona.  We went to various cities in Italy and France and had a lot of fun.

G is for ?
I am stuck here.  There are plenty of cities in Illinois but nothing worth mentioning.  Maybe Gurnee for Six Flags Great America?  I’ve been there plenty of times.  I remember my first time going when I was a kid but cannot remember how old I was.  My guess would be 9 or 10.  Many years later I would get a free ticket and go with my nephew, Ivan, as part of the Read to Succeed Program.

H is for Hartford
I’ve been there a few times to run the Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon.  I have a few friends that live in CT but haven’t been there in a few years.  I’ve also traveled to Harpers Ferry (BCT Harpers Ferry Half Marathon) and to Hubbard Glacier.  

I is for Icy Strait Point
Another Alaska picture.  It was the first and last time I’ve kayaked.  It was an experience but I was terrified!

Wow!  So many great trips and memories.  It’s been fun looking at the pictures and reading posts about the trips.  I can’t wait to get started on the next two posts!

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Fit Five Friday and July 2022 Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of the month which means Marcia has opened the Runfessional!  It’s also time for another edition of Fit Five Friday hosted by DarleneRenéeJennMichelle, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?

I runfess…
That I was never a fan of Strava.  I do not like to use another app for my run data.  I get all of my information from Garmin Connect.  The only reason I opened an account (again) is because of the challenges.  Not so much to hit a certain number of miles or to compete against others.  I joined simply to “win”.  So far I’ve scored great discounts on Picky Bars and Maurten gels. 

I runfess…
I am going to wait till August 31st to sign up for my 50k.  It is $60.  I remember years ago paying $40 or $45.  Then the price goes up to $70 until 9/30 and then $80 until 10/27.  So far training has been going well.  I am not writing a weekly recap but instead have been posting on Instagram stories.  Would you rather pay more later with a higher guarantee that you’ll do the race or pay now and risk losing the money if for whatever reason you end up not running the race?  

I runfess…
That speaking of Instagram, I am getting really tired of all of the Reels.  One here and there is OK but there are just so many.  I want to delete the app from my phone but not everyone is posting Reels and I do like looking at people’s pictures.  Oh, and all of the Little Miss memes are getting on my nerves.  Maybe I should take a break from social media.  🤣 🤣

I runfess…
That I have unfollowed a lot of people on Instagram.  No worry blogger friends, I am still following all of you.  😀 I think it was last year that I began following a lot of educators simply to enter a giveaway for TpT.  I didn’t win.  And many of those teachers are posting more Reels.  ¡Adios!

I runfess…
That I am so tired of the catcalls.  I know I’ve mentioned this before, and other have talked about it as well, but what is wrong with these men?  It’s like they do not have a wife, sister, mother, etc., and they simply do not care.  But I am sure they would if someone did the same to them!

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