Month: October 2018

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• It was a tough day for Lola.


• The time is now to do what you want to do.  Do not wait till tomorrow or for that special day. 

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• For the most part I love Southwest.  I love it even more because I live very close to Midway Airport and can be there in less than 10 minutes.  On my way back from Denver, my flight was supposed to leave at 1:30 but there were mechanical problems and so it was delayed.  The problem was that the agents didn’t know how long it was delayed.  I didn’t receive any email notifications about it till 1:26 letting me know that my flight would leave at 2pm.  It didn’t.  My flight finally left at 3pm.

  Southwest-1.jpg• Brooks Ghost 11 NYC Style!  Aren’t these awesome?  I don’t think I will ever run the NYC Marathon but I think these are adorable.


Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon Recap

Disclaimer:  I received a free entry to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find and write race reviews!

This past Sunday I ran my 70th half marathon and my 39th in my goal to run a half marathon in each state.  I was supposed to go last year but had to cancel a few weeks prior to race day.  I cannot remember why I didn’t go but let’s continue with my recap for this year.

My flight to Denver left at 8:35am and I arrived after 10:30am.  While waiting at the airport in Chicago, I did some research on transportation to/from the airport and hotel.  SuperShuttle was $30 each way and the Denver Airport Trail was $9 each way.  Once I landed, I quickly walked to the platform and purchased my ticket.  As soon I got inside the train, the doors closed and I was on my way downtown.  

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Once downtown I walked a mile to my hotel.  Luckily it was ready and I left my stuff in the room and went out to get something to eat.  I ate a burger and drank a beer and felt so much better afterwards.  Then I took a Lyft to the expo.  It was OK.  I haven’t run a RnR race in years so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I did buy some shoes and socks.

There was a poster and a shirt being sold at the expo with the finishers names.

I like the color of the shirt that was in the goody bag.  Still not impressed with the rest of the stuff.

Sunday morning I got up at 6am.  The race began at 7 and the start line was about 10 minutes away.  I got ready and drank coffee while eating a Clif Bar.  It was in the low 40s and I had debated on whether to wear shorts or tights.  I went with the shorts and compression socks.  I also wore a Oiselle Wazzie Wool layer underneath my BibRave shirt and never got too hot nor cold.

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I had specific instructions from my coach on the paces for this race.  I wrote it down in a piece of paper and also on my hand.  I was determined to stick to the plan since this race was supposed to be a long workout.  I’ve been doing really good in my training and figured that it would be an “easy” run.  Spoiler alert:  It was HARD!  I didn’t realize that the altitude was going to affect me that much.

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The first 2 miles were supposed to be at warm up pace.  I started off faster than I wanted to so I took some walking breaks.  After mile 2, I was supposed to run 4 miles at an 11:50 pace.  I couldn’t do it.  I began to feel very tired and could not pick up the pace.  At one point I accidentally hit the lap button.  I really struggled the rest of the race.  I was basically counting down each mile.  I also felt lightheaded.  

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At one point a spectator told me that I was doing good and that I had 2 miles to go.  I started to cry because I wanted to be done.  I was still feeling tired and struggling.   🙁  I don’t think I’ve ever struggled so much during a half marathon.

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I thought the course was OK.  The weather was perfect for running but it was so sunny and the sun was in my eyes for most of the race.  I was squinting so much and I think that and the altitude are the reasons I got a headache.  It was a bit better when I got to City Park.  It was so pretty there but that got boring after a while.  <<I think I was just in a bad mood.  🙂

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For most of the course there were no spectators.  It was quiet.  There was plenty of water and Gatorade at the water stops.  The course was mostly flat with 2 or 3 uphills.  The best part was getting to the finish line because it was downhill.  As soon as I knew I was close, I took off.  I was so happy to be done!

The medal is pretty cool and I am happy to have earned it.

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Another race done and another medal.

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Thanks to Athlinks for the reminder that this was my 70th half marathon and that I have now completed 162 races.

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.


Random Thoughts Thursday 42

Random Thoughts Thursday

• I am going to Denver this weekend.  Excited about it since I’ve never been there.  I am only going for one day to run the RnR Denver Half Marathon.  I’ve been stalking the weather and so far it looks to be good running weather.  I am debating whether to run in shorts or tights.

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• Haha, sounds about right.  Seriously, by Friday I am so exhausted that sometimes I just want to get home and rest.Friday Night Dinner

• I keep telling myself to stop buying stuff for my classroom.  No more.  I don’t listen.  🙂 

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• I have an old Magnavox TV that I purchased in 1995.  It still works (with an antenna and converter box) and I have it in my room.  The other day the converter box stopped working and I went to the store to buy another one.  I’d forgotten how expensive they are ($40).  Somehow the box started working again and I returned the other one.  I also have an old TV in my living room (maybe from 2001?) and it still works fine too.  Not that great but well enough that I don’t need to buy a new TV.  🙂

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• Tacos forever!  


• Makes sense but hard to to.  Which one is the most difficult for you?

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• My new pair of the Brooks Ricochet arrived.  Not sure if I am going to keep them.  They’re supposed to be in between the Launch and the Levitate.  I love both of those shoes but the Ricochet as not as soft.  I like the color but not so much how they feel.

• No reason.  Just because.  Every time I take a picture of Lola, I wonder what is going through her mind.  She makes me laugh.


• I love seeing colors of the leaves.  So pretty. 

• I go to bed early but also wake up early the next day.  There’s been times in which I notice my text messages the next day and am tempted to respond at that moment.  Then I realize that people don’t wake up as early as I do and are probably still sleeping. 

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• My “Day of the Dead” bulletin board is done.  Love it!

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• How funny is this tshirt?  

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• You know I like cats, right?  🙂  Bought these for me.  You’re never too old for stuff like this.  

• Finally read the book “Living with a Seal”.  I first heard about this in Wendy’s blog.  Check out her review HERE.  Jesse invites a Navy Seal to come live with him and to train him to get in shape.  His only condition is that Jessie does everything he tells him to do.  The book is good and funny.  I don’t think I would last a day with him.  🙂

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• The Chicago Marathon medal.  I like it!  But not enough to sign up for another marathon!  Plus, they already began promoting the race for next year and this year’s hasn’t even taken place yet.

• Saw this old washer at a house I went to see last week.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so this one was pretty cool to see.