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Fit Five Friday and February 2021 Runfessions

No complaints about it being almost the end of February.  Let’s just say that this month was awful.  With the melting snow and the warmer weather, Spring is around the corner!  Oh, and Spring Break will be here soon too.

Now it is time for another edition of Runfessions.

I runfess
That the little things bothered me and made me cry.  My box of laundry detergent broke in the trunk and created a mess.  Then my two boxes of sparking water exploded in my trunk too.  Yep, in my new car.  Luckily I have wine.  Thank goodness I did not leave that in the car.

I runfess
That a few months ago I purchased an usual hat.  At that time I did not know it because I didn’t see a picture of that specific style. There were two options to choose from:  no ponytail hole and ponytail hole.  I picked the latter. 
Imagine my surprise when I received it.  Thoughts?  I still think they’re cute but without the hole.

I runfess
That this month I did not do as much laundry as I usually do.  With my low mileage each day and week, there were times that I would wear the same pants/tops/jackets for days before putting in the laundry basket.  Bras and underwear I would wash by hand and air dry them.  I did not want to deal with hauling my clothes from the second floor to make a trip to the laundromat.  Even that bothered me.  Did wearing the same clothes gross me out?  No.  And this is the girl that has to shower and rinse her hair after every run.  🤦🏻‍♀️ 🤦🏻‍♀️

I runfess
That I’ve been spoiled by the companies that offer free shipping and return.  The other day I purchased something from Amazon and then had to return it because it didn’t work out for me.  I got annoyed that the company was charging me to return the items.  It wasn’t much but still it bothered me that I had to pay.  Oh well.

I runfess
I want to but then don’t want to run longer miles anymore.  Ha, I got used to running only 1 mile.  Yesterday I did a 20 minute Peloton run which came out to 1.57 miles.  It wasn’t easy.  But at least the snow is finally melting.  I notified my coach that I can start working with him again next week.  We’ll see what happens.

I am linking up with My First 5K and MoreRunning With AttitudeRun Laugh Eat PieRuns with Pugs for the Fit Five Friday and Marcia for Runfessions.

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Fit Five Friday: In 5 years

Thanks for linking up with us again this week!  We’ve got FIVE incredible co-hosts, and we are ready to link up every Friday to share YOUR weekly fitness favorites!  Join hosts My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Run Laugh Eat Pie, Runs with Pugs, and Zenaida every Friday for Fit Five Friday!  Who’s ready for some fun?

Here are the guidelines:  Your link should center around some kind of fitness (exercise, wellness, mental health, nutrition… the possibilities are endless!)  Please link back to your hosts!  It’s the right thing to do!  Share the link-up love by visiting and commenting on your hosts and at least two other Fit Five Friday bloggers!  Feel free to share about Fit Five Friday on your social media!  Tag #FitFiveFriday to get the word out!

In five years it will be 2026.  Nothing wrong with thinking ahead.  Things definitely will be better than how they are now, right?  I thought it would be fun and interesting to write about where I see myself in 5 years.  Keep on reading to find out.  🙂

🟣 I hope that I will still be running.  I won’t stop unless it is absolutely necessary.  Hopefully in 5 years I would have completed my goal to run a half marathon in each state.  Hopefully I would have run another marathon or a 50K.  I’ve run two 50Ks and my finish time from my second one is worse than my first one.  Yep, I would like a PR too.

🟣 I hope to still be blogging.  I enjoy it.  These past couple of months have demonstrated to me how much I look forward to reading different blogs.  Your posts have encouraged and motivated me.  You’ve all made me smile and let me know that things will be OK.  Hopefully in 5 years I will have met many more of you.

🟣 Still living in Chicago in a new house.  You know I have to add this one.  While I am grateful to have a place to live, I want something new.  I want to have my own house.  Though right now I am glad I don’t own a home because I hate to shovel.  

🟣 I see myself still teaching.  I already made a career change back in 2009 and don’t see myself making another one.  The only change I would like to make is to no longer be a classroom teacher.  I have a certificate in Math and would love to be a Math Interventionist.  This past year was really difficult and challenging.  While teaching isn’t as fun as it used to be, I still know that I am making a difference in these kids’ lives.

🟣 Hopefully I would have traveled to all of these countries or some of them – France, Italy, Hawaii, Africa, and Greece.  Of course I would love to go there to run but most importantly the chance to travel somewhere new.  While Hawaii is not in a different country, it sure sounds like it since it takes so long to get there.  That is how I felt when I traveled to Alaska.  I was in the US but it felt foreign to me.

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Fit Five Friday: Five reasons I love running in the morning

Thanks for linking up with us again this week!  We’ve got FIVE incredible co-hosts, and we are ready to link up every Friday to share YOUR weekly fitness favorites!  Join hosts My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Run Laugh Eat Pie, Runs with Pugs, and Zenaida every Friday for Fit Five Friday!  Who’s ready for some fun?

Here are the guidelines:  Your link should center around some kind of fitness (exercise, wellness, mental health, nutrition… the possibilities are endless!)  Please link back to your hosts!  It’s the right thing to do!  Share the link-up love by visiting and commenting on your hosts and at least two other Fit Five Friday bloggers!  Feel free to share about Fit Five Friday on your social media!  Tag #FitFiveFriday to get the word out!

It is no secret that I am a morning person.  I also wake up early to feed my cats and then to catch up on reading some blog posts or start working on my next one.  I like that it is quiet and find that I work better like that.  I finally have a routine going here. 

Though I know I can run at any time during the day, I prefer doing it in the morning.  Here’s why:

👟 Sunrises.  These are wonderful to see in the morning.  With so many magnificent colors, it is a great way to make me smile and be alone in my thoughts.  My own world.  The same can be said for sunsets.  

👟 It is my ME time.  I’ve written about this before.  Running in the morning is my ME time.  I enjoy running when it is quiet and not a person in sight.  For the most part I listen to music.  I have a combination of English/Spanish and slow/fast music for my runs.  Sometimes I focus on the music or think about what is going on in the world or what I need to do that day.

👟 More free time in the evening.  I am exhausted when I am done with work.  Being online and talking all day (because my students don’t talk that much) takes up a lot of energy.  I want to come home to read or watch TV.  Sometimes I need to do some errands and I can go after work and still be home at a decent time.  Other times I want to be home and be with my cats.  🙂

👟 It is a routine for me.  I wake up, run, and go to work.  Repeat the following day.  I work well when I have routines set up for me.  I think this is another reason why I am enjoying going back to work.  Yesterday was one month since I’ve been back to teaching in my classroom.

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👟  Beat the heatOf course this doesn’t apply now why for sure in the Summer.  There’s been times when at 6am it is already hot and humid.  Right now I am complaining about the weather here in Chicago but in a few months I will be complaining about the heat.  🙂

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Fit Five Friday and February Ultimate Coffee Date

It’s my first time participating in the Ultimate Coffee Date.  Just like Runfessions, I plan to participate on a regular basis.  Thanks Coco and Deborah for the linkup!

So grab your favorite hot drink and let’s chat.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that in Sunday’s post I mentioned that I had too many emails and deleted all of them from my inbox (I use Gmail).  It was driving me crazy.  I didn’t know this but my coach showed me a way to create folders and move the emails into specific folders.  I was so happy and could not stop smiling all day.  It is the little things that make me happy!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I went ahead and scheduled an earlier appointment to get the vaccine.  I was supposed to get it on Monday with my mother but an opportunity became available through my school district.  I am still going on Monday to take her and I know that one spot will be available for someone else that needs it.  My arm did not hurt that much.  I took a Tylenol in the evening because I felt cold (like I was getting a fever).  I felt fine the rest of the day. 

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell that I am LOVING Schitt’s Creek.  It is one of the funniest show I’ve ever watched.  I love that they’re short episodes.  It feels so good to come home after a long day at work to laugh and laugh some more.  Obviously they’re a weird and goofy family.  I think my favorite episode is when David serenades/performs (?) for his boyfriend, Patrick.  This gif is really funny too.

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If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you my youngest nephew (my little baby) is a senior in high school and recently enlisted in the Marines.  He turned 18 in August so obviously is not a baby.  But to me he will always be.  Anyway, while I am happy for him, deep down inside I am also worried.  I cannot imagine what his mother is feeling too.  I am sure she is happy too, but he is her only son.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I hope this month goes by quickly.  With the wacky weather here, I have a feeling February will be the same.  I am really tired of the snow.  With March in the picture, it will be that much closer to Spring Break.  Travel plans are still up in the air.  I have my ticket and will be fully vaccinated by the travel date.  Oh, and I will mail in my application today to renew my passport and hope I get it in time.  Now I am rambling so I will stop.

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Well, this was fun!  Thanks for listening.  Let’s see what I have next month. 

I am linking up with My First 5K and MoreRunning With AttitudeRun Laugh Eat PieRuns with Pugs, and Zenaida for the Fit Five Friday and Running with Perseverance and Confessions of a Mother Runner for the Ultimate Coffee Date.

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Fit Five Friday and January 2021 Runfessions

Hello!  Just a few more days and then I can rip off the January page from my wall calendar.  This month brought lots of excitement with a new administration, one week of Winter Break, one remote learning day, and a snowstorm.  

Let’s get started on my Runfessions for this month!

I runfess
That this is my first time participating in this linkup.  Not sure why I never participated.  I did read a few posts but I hope to participate every month. 

I runfess
That earlier this week I returned 3 new pairs of running shoes.  Thank goodness for the excellent customer service from Running Warehouse and Zappos.  Now I have 2 pairs in boxes and 1 that I bought from eBay.   I did try to return the 2 pairs to Dick’s Sporting Goods but they said “No”.  That is OK because I still enough pairs to last me this year and more than $300 in credits.  I’ve been eyeing the Brooks Launch 8 but I won’t be buying them anytime soon.  Maybe towards the end of the year and mostly likely they’ll be on sale.

I runfess
That I almost skipped taking a shower after a run.  I run and take a shower everyday.  During one of my runs I wasn’t sweating a lot and thought I could just use a few baby wipes to clean up.  Oh no!  Once I got home I began sweating more and no way was I not going to shower.  I wash my hair every 2-3 days and on the days I do not wash it then I make sure to rinse it with water.   

I runfess
That I am tempted to sign up for MyPanera Coffee Subscription.  It is for unlimited coffee for only $8.99 per month.  If I sign up now then I can get 3 months free.  I love their coffee.  However, the locations are not close to me or where I work.  There are 2 that I can probably go to but it would add an extra 15-20 minutes to my commute.  Is it worth it?

I runfess
That this month I feel like I’ve had only a few decent runs.  I know I’ve complained about the cold weather but it is the snow and ice that I dislike even more.  I’ve had to run slower than normal and sticking to running around the block or the school sidewalk.  We are expecting more snow this weekend.  I know some will say to run longer since I am already out there but honestly I don’t want to.  On a positive note, as of yesterday so far I’ve run 60 miles this month.  Pleased and proud of myself.  

Well, this was fun!  How did I do?  Let’s see what I have next month. 

I am linking up with My First 5K and MoreRunning With AttitudeRun Laugh Eat PieRuns with Pugs for the Fit Five Friday and Marcia for Runfessions.

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