Category: Oiselle

Changes and I signed up for the Illinois Marathon!

I live in a two flat building with my older sister.  My younger sister, nephew, and mom lived on the first floor.  This past weekend they moved to a condominium in Palos Heights (about 40 minutes from where I live).  My nephew is a freshman in high school and my sister wanted to live closer to this school.  It is weird coming home and not seeing them here.  Eventually I would like to buy a house for the two of us.  Maybe next year in the Spring.  I guess now I need to limit my Oiselle purchases. I told myself that I will only buy stuff on sale.  ūüôā  So here is what I got today: Long Rogas in Plum, Heather Grid Dolman, and Portman Pants in Plum.

With the move I inherited a piece of furniture from my mother.  I am pleased that I now have one place to store my running gear.  For now I have my shoes.

I have been running here and there.  I went back to work last week.  I am feeling more overwhelmed and exhausted each day.  I don’t remember feeling like this in previous years.  Last year I was training for the Chicago Marathon (running 6 days a week) and managed to do my runs.  Hopefully in a few weeks things will settle down and I won’t feel too overwhelmed.  Today my students behaved well.  I even got compliments from two teachers telling me that I have a good group of students.  ūüôā

On Saturday I signed up for the Illinois Marathon on April 28 in Champaign, IL.  I did the marathon relay with some friends in 2015.  Despite the tornado warning/watch (can’t remember what it was), we had a great time and managed to finish the race.  I am actually excited about the marathon next year!

From the Illinois Marathon website: Along with the marathon, there is a 5k, 10k, and half marathon.  Runners who complete the 5K on Friday and then the 10K, half marathon, full marathon, or marathon relay on Saturday will receive a special I-Challenge medal.  This means, in all, you will receive:

  • Two shirts (5K shirt plus the 10K, half marathon, marathon, or marathon relay shirt)
  • Three medals (5K medal plus the 10K, half marathon, marathon, or marathon relay medal as well as an I-Challenge medal [different for each I-Challenge])
  • Bragging rights

The I-Challenges.

  • Full I-Challenge = 5K + marathon
  • Marathon Relay I-Challenge = 5K + marathon relay
  • Half I-Challenge = 5K + half marathon
  • Mini I-Challenge = 5K + 10K

Registration fees are below and will increase after August 31 so make sure to sign up today!
Half Marathon-$65
Marathon Relay-$140/team
Full I-Challenge-$120
Marathon Relay I-Challenge-$260/team
Half I-Challenge-$95
Mini I-Challenge-$65

Any race challenges?  I’ve done the Goofy Challenge and Dumble Dare Challenge in 2014.

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



New shorts and shoes, a deer, and a 10k!

I’ve been adding posts about my Alaska trip to my running cruise page. ¬†You can find the posts HERE on the bottom of the page. ¬†


I didn’t do much running last week. ¬†19.46 miles to be exact. ¬†

Five miles on Monday wearing new Oiselle shorts.  My favorite shorts and I have about 15 pairs.


On Wednesday I did a speed workout (1M Warm Up;¬†12×1 min @95% effort w/1 min jog rest; and¬†1M Cool Down). ¬†It was easier than expected and I was actually smiling throughout the run.

A friend of mine posted on Instagram her mileage for July and mentioned that her race was in 5 weeks. ¬†She is doing the 50k while I do the marathon. ¬†THAT COMPLETELY FREAKED ME OUT! ¬†I don’t feel ready. ¬†I don’t remember feeling like this last year and my training was MORE intense. ¬†

Saturday’s 4 mile run went well. ¬†I saw my former coach and I mentioned how I had been feeling (not motivated, no longer want to do marathon, and how I don’t want to run anymore). ¬†I told her that I had 16 miles on Sunday and was going to see how I did/felt before making a decision on whether or not to run the marathon. ¬†Well, Sunday came and I managed to run 6 miles. ¬†There is no way I would feel ready in 4 weeks. ¬†I was feeling so many emotions but the two that topped the list were¬†FAILURE and EMBARRASSMENT. ¬†I also felt like a fool and a loser. ¬†Here I am going on and on about training for a marathon and hoping to eventually get a BQ, etc, etc., and I am already quitting. ¬†Who does that?


No marathon for me next month.  I still want to run the Boston Marathon but for now will focus on strength training and swimming.  I still plan to run but just for fun.  I signed up to run the Run Mag Mile (10k for me) on September 9 and the Chicago Half Marathon and 5k (5k for me) on September 24. 

I saw this deer on Sunday morning and it made me smile.


I got these new Brooks Launch 3.

Brooks Launch 3

And two pairs of the Launch 4.  I know, I have a problem, and need an intervention. Help!

Brooks Launch 4
Sign up today to run the Run Mag Mile¬†with me on September 9. ¬†Use ¬†code “BibRaveMM17” for a BONUS water bottle! ¬†Check out the hoodie and the 10k medal. I’ve never done this race and am looking forward to it!

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


Five Things Friday

I cannot believe it is already Friday!  And to think that we are halfway through the month.  I am kind of excited and looking forward to another school.  

I had an exciting week filled with good news and some fun and new running products.

  1. I woke up Monday morning to find out I wa selected to be a BibRave Pro Ambassador.  


2. As an Ambassador, I have the chance to run the Chicago Half Marathon and 5k on September 24th (I signed up for the 5k).¬† I would have signed up for the half marathon but I am running on marathon on September 3rd and I don’t think I’ll be ready for a half marathon. ¬†

If you would like to sign up, use BRCHI17 to get $15 off the half and $10 off the 5K.

2017 Chicago Half and 5k

3. Do you cringe when you see your running photos?  I knew I was an underpronator but seeing pictures is just something else.  I was worried that I was wearing the wrong shoes but my friends at Fleet Feet confirmed that I have the right shoes.


4. I love my Oiselle tops and purchased 8 new tops (and some new shorts). ¬†They’re gorgeous! ¬†And I love running shoes so I bought the new Revel from Brooks. ¬†I am supposed to get them today and can’t wait to run in them. ¬†I’ve read that they’re similar to the Launch which are the shoes I use.

There is a summer sale going on right now.  You save 30% off already marked down stuff. Check it out!

Brooks Revel 1

Brooks Revel 2

5. ¬†Do you want to get paid to be healthy! ¬†Join Achievemint, connect apps, and start earning money. Use THIS LINK¬†to join¬†and we both get 250 points. ¬†For every 10,000 points you accumulate, you get $10. ¬†I’ve connected it to FitBit, Strava, and Garmin accounts and already made $10. ¬†Seriously, you have NOTHING to lose.


I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 2.0.


Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th

This morning I ran the Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th.  This was my 5th year running it.  It is also one of my favorite races.

Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th 1

I woke up early, made coffee and ate a Clif Bar and left my house around 6am. ¬†The race started at 7:15. ¬†I like to get there early so I can find parking. ¬†So far I’ve been able to park in the same spot/area as in previous years. ¬†I got my bib and tshirt. ¬†The shirt is actually nice!

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I met up with a few of the Oiselle crew for a picture.  

Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th 3

Finally it was time to run. ¬†The course is not flat. ¬†It isn’t horrible but any little incline tires me out. ¬†ūüôā

Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th 4

As usual, I started too fast.  When will I ever learn?  My first mile was my fastest and then it went downhill.  However, I surprised myself because my last mile was my second fastest.  

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It wasn’t too hot but it was very sunny. ¬†I remember at one point I just got very hot and had to stop for a bit. There was plenty of water stations and I drank water at every single one. ¬†There weren’t too many people out there but those that were there were WONDERFUL. ¬† ¬†They cheered and encouraged us throughout the way.

With less than a quarter mile to go I could see the finish line.  However, there was an incline. I did my best to run instead of walk.  Nothing wrong with that but I wanted to see if I could do it.  And I did!  I was running next to a woman and I somehow got a burst of energy and ended up passing her up.

My official time is 42:37.  I knew I was not going to PR and I did have fun running this race.

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I was looking at my pictures from previous races and I have worn the same socks.  Also, I have worn running clothes in the same colors to go with the 4th of July theme.

This day is extra special to me. ¬†It was in 1978 that my mother along with my siblings arrived here from Mexico. ¬†I’ve been living in this country for 39 years.

How will you be celebrating today? ¬†My two sisters and I will be heading over to my cousin’s house to eat, laugh, and have a great time.

I am linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patti for today’s Tuesdays on the Run.


Running again and a giveaway

I’m linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap.

Hoping everyone had a good week!

Hello! ¬†I have been neglecting this blog for too long. ¬†Thanks to Wendy’s post on Tuesday, I was motivated to start writing again. Lately I have not had anything interesting to write. ¬†I haven’t been running much like I usually do. ¬†Well, that is about to change. ¬†My knee feels much better! I ran the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K on Sunday and managed to finish it under an hour. ¬†My goal was to enjoy the race and finish it (my longest run had been only 3 miles) but secretly I was hoping to finish it in less than an hour and I did it!

I’ve been running again using the Hansons Marathon Method (Beginner’s Plan). ¬†I stayed up late one day going over the book again and decided to start off with the 5:00 marathon finish time. ¬†I updated my spreadsheet with the dates, runs, and paces. ¬†I also did one for 4:45, 4:30, 4:15, 4:00, 3:50, 3:45, and 3:40 (I had coffee late in the evening and could not sleep and all I had to change were the various speeds/paces).

For now (until November) I need a 3:45 to BQ. ¬†Next year I need a 3:55 finish time. ¬†Do I know when I will BQ? ¬†No. But I would like for it to happen in a few years. ¬†I also added my runs and paces to the calendar feature in Garmin Connect. ¬†For now I’ve been doing easy runs with paces between 12:57-13:57 and I am liking it. ¬†My first speed workout isn’t till May 2nd (12×400) so I have plenty of time to build my endurance and then maybe I’ll leave it at 5:00 or change it to 4:45. ¬†We’ll see.

I have two new and beautiful pairs of running shoes from Brooks Рthe Launch 4 and some new Oiselle capris.  I like the capris but love it when I can wear shorts (which I did today).

I also purchased a cute Oiselle tshirt for inspiration.

During last year’s marathon training, I did not take care of myself like I was supposed to. ¬†I hardly stretched and did not foam rolled on a regular basis. ¬†I learned my lesson. ¬†I will not make that mistake again. ¬†Eating wise I am doing much better. ¬†I rarely ate fruits and vegetables. Now I eat fruit every single day and make a shake with spinach. ¬†I also have been enjoying eating tofu, quinoa, and recently made cauliflower fried rice. ¬†Slowly making progress.

Work is going well.  Next week is Spring Break and I am excited about it.  After that I have about 7 weeks to go till summer break.  In July I will be going to Alaska on The Great Alaskan Running Cruise.  Just the other day I booked a glacier tour in Juneau and a kayak adventure.  Should be fun!!

Now let’s talk about the giveaway. ¬†The winner will receive a NUUN container (I have various flavors), a Momentum Wrap, a pair of Lock Laces, and Headsweats Visor.

To enter, click on the image below where you will be directed to Gleam and enter several different ways such as leaving a blog post comment, following me on Instagram, commenting on any of my Instagram posts, or tweeting about the giveaway.

This giveaway will run for seven days (until April 16th at 11:59 pm).  The winner will be selected on the eighth day.   The giveaway is open to US residents only.  The winner will be contacted via the email address associated with their Gleam account and will have 24 hours to claim their prize.  All entries are verified, so please be sure to complete them or a new, random winner will be selected.

Best luck to everyone that enters!