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Month: November 2018

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• I signed up for the StepBet challenge.   It is harder than I thought.  Each week (for 6 weeks) I have 4 active days (15,310 steps), 2 power days (18,511 steps) and 1 rest day.  The first week was a warmup so if I didn’t meet any of my goals, I would still be in the competition.  We started off with 546 players and we are now at 457 players.  

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• Have you ever tried Coquito?  Me neither.  Saw this recipe and plan to make it.  Pretty easy.

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 • This cold brew from Califia is actually pretty good.  The taste isn’t too strong but yet enough to enjoy.  Saw it at Target for $2.49 each container.

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  • I love avocado but was not very impressed with fried avocado fries.  I mean they are good but not in an out of this world great.

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  • I hate snow.  While it may look pretty for about 10 seconds, there is nothing pretty about it once it melts or it turns to ice.  We got our first snowstorm on Monday.  Chicago didn’t get too much (not enough to cancel school) but various other suburbs did while prompted districts to cancel school.  Forget running outside.  

  • I am bummed that I didn’t get accepted into the 2019 NYC Half Marathon.  On the bright side, I am saving money so maybe now I can get another pair of Tieks shoes.  🙂

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• Happy Thanksgiving!  I love this day.  It is not just about the food and being thankful for everything.  It is also about family.  And yes, I am thankful for many things in my life: friends, family, job, and good health.

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• My birthday was on Tuesday.  Started off the day with running 4.6 miles.  I had a good day with friends and family members wishing me happy birthday.  My coworker treated me to tacos.  We had to eat quick because we only have 30 minutes for lunch.  My students made lots of cards for me.

Birthday 2018-4 • Any Narcos fans?  I watched the whole season Saturday and Sunday and LOVED it!!  Diego Luna is awesome.  Just wished he wasn’t the bad guy.

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  • Yes, more pens and markers.  Got these on sale at Target for $15 each.  My coworkers and I are obsessed with them.  Now that means soups and sandwiches for lunch till the end of the year.  🙂

  • You know I am OBSESSED with Brooks shoes.  Got these on Tuesday.  I think I have enough shoes for now.  Or do I?  I know it is around January that the newest version of the Launch are available for sale.

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• Can you see me out on my run?  One of my favorite Oiselle pieces is the Lightening Layer.  I’ve worn it over a sports bra and over layers.  This is definitely a must to wear when running in the dark.  Recently I purchased the You Glow Grrl Tank.  I think I like it even more!

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• I was so sick this past weekend.  I rarely get sick and I stayed home in my couch for two days.  I felt better to go back to work on Monday but had a cough that kept me up at night.  The last time I got sick my doctor recommended an allergy relief spray.  Bought it and am feeling so much better.

Lola knew exactly how I was feeling and kept me company.

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 • I am addicted to pens.  I definitely do not need more but couldn’t resist buying these at Walgreens.

  • Aren’t these Tieks shoes beautiful?   My kids even like them.  One of the girls told me they’re Cinderella shoes.

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  • Everyone is antsy for a few days off.  Glad we are only in school for two days next week and then Thanksgiving break.

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So many cities and so little time!

I have been running for over 10 years.  However, it was 6 years ago that I decided to make it a goal to run a half marathon in each state.  By then I had already run in 5 states (two being a marathon and I went back to run a half) so I knew I had a long way to go.

One of the best things I did was purchase a Rock ‘n’ Roll TourPass in 2013.  This pass allowed me to register for as many Rock ‘n’ Roll races as I wanted to in a year.  And that is what I did.  That year I ran 14 Rock ‘n’ Roll races.   While it was exhausting, it was also fun and I made the best of it.

I may be biased but I love running in Chicago.  I love running along the lakefront.  Although for almost a year I have been running by my house.  I live 1.5 miles from Midway Airport and sometimes run loops around it (4 miles each loop).  It is just perfect for me.  I also love running in Chicago because it is flat.  Although that didn’t help when I ran in other hilly cities like Nashville, TN; Little Rock, AR; Tulsa, OKand Jackson, MS.

Besided Chicago, I have enjoyed running races in other cities as well.  They’re listed below in no particular order.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half MarathonWhat’s not to like running down The Strip at night?  It is fun to see The Strip at night without any cars.  The best part of this race was that I got VIP status.  First and last time!

Princeton Half Marathon.   Getting there was a bit of a hassle but I enjoyed running through Princeton University.  Even though there were hills, there were so many trees and the colors were just beautiful.  The campus is lovely and it was fun learning about Albert Einstein.

• Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon.  This race was after the bombing at the Boston Marathon.  Security was very tight and I remember feeling a bit nervous but also sad.  The course was mostly flat and the turnaround point was Harvard University.   I also enjoyed running through Beacon Hill and Boston Common.

Glacier Half Marathon.  Running in Alaska was also so much fun!  I ran a half marathon, two 5Ks, and did a running scavenger hunt.  I ran these as part of the The Great Alaskan Running Cruise.  You can read all about my great adventures HERE.

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

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• Did you get your free red cup from Starbucks?  I didn’t.  I did go to Starbucks (earlier I placed an order on my phone) to pick up my Trenta coffee.  The red cup is not available in Trenta.  I will admit that I was bummed a little but then kind of glad because I really don’t need another cup in my kitchen.  

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• November is my birthday month!

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• Any House of Cards fans?  I am excited about it and cannot wait!!

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  • Did you watch the NYC Marathon?   It was truly amazing.  While I am happy for the winners, I am bummed about Desi.  I was excited when she was in the lead and was hoping that would have continued.  The men’s race was exciting too.  I was really annoyed with ESPN and their coverage.  They didn’t show too much of the race because they were showing lots of commercials.

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  • Tuesday was Parent/Teacher Conferences.  I was exhausted at the end of the day.  I have 21 students and 5 students and their parents didn’t show up.  Earlier I in the morning I ran for an hour and then met up a friend for breakfast.

November 6, 2018