Happy New Year and Welcome to 2011!!!
 
I have been thinking about starting a blog for over a year and finally decided to do it so here I am.  Perfect timing because I am looking forward to many great things happening this year.  I am a runner, a teacher, enjoy all kinds of food, and love to travel.  
 
I have been running since 2005 and to date have ran numerous races.  Why do I run?  Let’s see where do I start?  I love the way it makes me feel.  It is my own free time in which I can just think about anything or not think about anything at all.  I love the challenge whether it is a 5K or a marathon.  Well, why do YOU run?
 
So far this year’s races include:
March 26-SunTrust National Marathon, Washington DC
April  10, Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Chicago, IL
April 16, CARA Lakefront 10 Miler, Chicago, IL
May 1, First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon, Palos Heights, IL
 
One of my goals this year is to run at least 1,000 miles.  In 2010 I ran about 600 miles and I know that I can achieve my goal.  I just need to be more disciplined and motivated and not come up with excuses for not running.
 
This is my 2nd year teaching and so far things have been going really good.  At the beginning of the school year in September I had 29 students and now am down to 26.  I love my kids!!!  Oh yeah, I teach first grade.  It is challenge and exhausting work but many days I find myself pleased with what I accomplished that day.  I enjoy listening to my students and seeing their smiley faces.  I guess I am ready to see them all on Monday.
 
Tomorrow is the last day of my vacation.  Sigh.  It is a good thing I did some work early in my vacation as I did not want to wait till the last minute.  Now I need to make a few changes to my lesson plans and I am set.

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