Category: Runfessions

Fit Five Friday and January 2022 Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of the month which means Marcia has opened the Runfessional!  It’s also time for another edition of Fit Five Friday hosted by DarleneRenéeJennMichelle, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?!

I runfess…
That I am being a wimp with this weather.  I haven’t run outside since the 18th.  Only a week.  I thought it was longer than that.  But prior to that my last run was on the 3rd.  I do not miss running right now.  At first I did but now none at all.  I am still keeping active with the Peloton.  I’ve done a class everyday this month.  Sometimes even 2, 3 or 4 rides each day which includes a warm up and a cool down.  I am proud of myself!

I runfess…
That I am postponing my 50k that I was planning to do in March.  And I am OK with it.  What was I thinking when I agreed in October knowing that I would have to train throughout the Winter?  Our Winters here are horrible!  I know others have been running outside but I really do not want to.

I runfess…
That I do not understand the whole hype with Wordle.  I see people post about it on social media and some numbers with it but don’t know what that is about either.  Do you play Wordle?

I runfess…
That I saw a post from 3 days ago about one of my favorite races – The Shamrock Shuffle.  Registration was $40 (now it is $50).  I was tempted so sign up because I love that race.  However, who knows how things will be on March 20th?  Will the race still take place?  Will it be cancelled?  I know I can run it in the morning and still make it to my coworker’s wedding in the afternoon.

I runfess…
That for some weird reason I am obsessed with the song “Tennessee Whiskey”.  There is something about the music and the voice.  I find it very relaxing.  I’ve never heard of Chris Stapleton but that song I do love.  “You’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey.  You’re as sweet as strawberry wine.  You’re as warm as a glass of brandy.  And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time”.  🎵 🎵 🎵

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Fit Five Friday and December 2021 Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of the month which means Marcia has opened the Runfessional!  It’s also time for another edition of Fit Five Friday hosted by DarleneRenéeJennMichelle, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?!

 I runfess…
That I didn’t realize that today was the last day of the year when I was calculating my mileage for the year.  I thought the last day was tomorrow and was counting on those 9 miles.  On Monday I was adding my mileage and realized that I needed an additional 4 miles.  I did an extra mile on Tuesday and ran 3 on Wednesday (on my rest day) to make up for it.  

 I runfess…
I had am so tired of hearing how teachers need to be patient, show up for work with a smile everyday, etc., for the students.  It has been hard for them.  Yes, it has.  But it has been for us too.  For everyone.  We are all struggling.  We are doing the best we can.  We are also humans with real feelings and not everyday will be a happy and good day.  Oh, and s
tudents in Illinois will receive 5 mental health days per year starting in 2022.  While I think they should get it, what about others that also work in the schools?

I runfess…
I belong to a Tieks Facebook group.  You all know I love my Tieks.  The members there mostly sell new or slightly used shoes.  I’ve sold a few pairs myself.  Sometimes Tieks has limited edition shoes and they sell out right away.  If someone does not want or like the shoes, they can simply return them back to Tieks.  They even pay for return shipping!  However, some people in the group sell the limited edition shoes instead of returning them.  They also mark up the price to include shipping and handling and fees.  Tieks does not charge any of that.  I bite my tongue and don’t say anything.  No one is allowed to shame anyone.  I don’t understand why they can’t just send them back.  And don’t even get me started on people that buy the limited edition shoes and sell them for a much higher price to make a profit on eBay, Poshmark, Mercari, etc.

I runfess
I don’t expect gifts from anyone but I am surprised I didn’t get more from my students.  This year I received gifts from 5 students.  Yes, it was more than last year.  😀  I spend about 25-30 hours a week with the students and yet I get nothing from parents.  Seriously?  On Tuesday I received a Christmas card and a Starbucks gift card from a friend I haven’t seen in about 2 years.  In her card she thanked me for being a teacher.  Maybe the parents are not Christmas “people”?  See next point.

I runfess…
That I am not a Christmas “person”.  I don’t really like it.  I don’t celebrate it nor believe in the birth of Jesus.  I know Christmas is mostly about family spending time together and giving gifts.  I only buy gifts for my students (this year I gave them color pencils) and occasionally partake in a Secret Santa Gift Exchange.  I get together with my family on a regular basis.  Why should I wait for a holiday to get together with them?  Ugh, and then many businesses are closed.  I do my laundry on Saturday and went to 3 laundromats and they were all closed.  I was not happy about it.  Luckily my neighbor downstairs said I could use their washing machine.

Rant over.  Thanks for listening.

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 MoreRunning With AttitudeRun Laugh Eat PieRuns with Pugsand Zenaida every Friday for Fit Five Friday!  Please add your link below.  I am also linking up with Marcia for Runfessions.

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Fit Five Friday and September 2021 Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of the month which means Marcia has opened the Runfessional!  It’s also time for another edition of Fit Five Friday hosted by DarleneRenéeJenn, Michelle, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?!

 I runfess…
That while I haven’t been running much these past couple of weeks, I’m interested in running a 50k next year.  Just skip the marathon and go straight to the ultra.  I’ve done two of them (2012 and 2014).  Ha, my first one was almost 10 years ago so now I have to do it, right?  I knew eventually I would like to run it again and get a PR (the second race was slower than the first one).  

 I runfess…
I am not jealous at all of anyone running the Chicago Marathon this year.  I am happy for them and plan to cheer for them in a few weeks.  I hope to see Shalane fly by.  I am still surprised the race has not been cancelled.  

I runfess…
Last month I mentioned that my primary doctor is leaving the practice I’ve seen her at for over 10 years.  She will be in a different location and a part of a different hospital.  Yes, I can join her there.  I am hoping that all of my current information will transfer over to the new hospital on MyChart.  Knowing that I will continue to see her does make me happy.

I runfess
Wednesday was our virtual Open House.  I did it together with the other 2nd grade teachers.  I have 21 students and about 3-4 parents (from my class) showed up.  Then I had my own session from 7-8 in case parents had questions for me.  Two parents showed up.  This makes me sad and angry.  To make it worse, we all had to stay at school till 8pm for Open House.  I don’t understand why we could not do it from home.

I runfess…
The stress eating is still going on.  It’s taking me longer than usual to settle into a routine with my students.  I have two new curriculums and it also takes me a long time to figure out and plan what I need to do.  Math, reading, and writing is challenging.  I feel like I am not getting anything done and productive at school and with my students.  

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 MoreRunning With AttitudeRun Laugh Eat PieRuns with Pugsand Zenaida every Friday for Fit Five Friday!  Please add your link below.  I am also linking up with Marcia for Runfessions.

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Fit Five Friday and August 2021 Runfessions

 

It’s the last Friday of the month which means Marcia has opened the Runfessional!  It’s also time for another edition of Fit Five Friday hosted by DarleneRenéeJenn, Michelle, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?!

 I runfess…
That while I am excited to be back in school, I am very exhausted at the end of the day.  Exhausted that I drag myself out of bed in the morning to run.  It was total chaos on Wednesday and a little part of me wished we were still in remote learning.  I have a small class compared to last year but there is still so much to do.  Two girls asked me to tie their shoes.  I didn’t and told them they had to learn.  I did feel guilty and I know I shouldn’t.

 I runfess…
I had no idea what the milk crate challenge was about.  I kept seeing it on Facebook but no information about it.  This morning I read about it.  Why would people do something like that?  It reminds me of the Tide pod challenge.  Simply ridiculous!

I runfess…
My primary doctor whom I’ve seen for over 10 years is leaving the physician’s group in November.  I have been assigned new doctors in the same location.  I knew this day would come but I was in shock when I received the news.  I have an appointment on Monday for my yearly physical.  I will ask her where she is going so hopefully she can continue being my doctor.  I honestly do not want to start over.

I runfess
I am jealous of everyone doing Hood to Coast.  But I can never do it because it is right around the time that school starts.  I remember there was a time when I couldn’t do either Ragnar Relay Chicago because it was also during the time when school was in session.  I did do it in 2012 because I was out of school already.

I runfess…
Lately I’ve been eating so much.  Stress makes me eat more.  Each day when I come home I rest for a bit and then eat whatever I can get my hands on.  Some of my pants still fit but my running shorts are a bit tight.  I know eventually it won’t be as stressful but I still need to do a better job with my meals.

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Fit Five Friday and July 2021 Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of the month which means Marcia has opened the Runfessional!  It’s also time for another edition of Fit Five Friday hosted by DarleneRenéeJenn, Michelle, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?!

 I runfess…
That I am a sucker for Teachers pay Teachers (TpT).  It is a place where I can purchase (some are free too) resources created by other teachers that are ready to use in the classroom.  The best thing is that I’ve been able to find great resources in Spanish!  There is a giveaway going on right now for 5 gift cards of $250 each and you bet I entered.  There are quite a few teachers that organized this giveaway and in total my entries came to 132.  Wow, I have never entered a Rafflecopter giveaway with that many entries.  It took me about 45 minutes because I had to check Instagram, Facebook, TpT, and blog posts to submit my entries.  Crossing my fingers I win!

 I runfess…
That I get really annoyed and irritated when people (mostly men) stare at me while I am out running.  Sometimes I ignore them but lately I stop and also stare at them and raise my shoulders and hands like saying “What?  What are you looking at?”  Most of the time they turn away and I continue on my run.

I runfess…
That I am a teeny tiny bit excited about going back to school.  Please remind me saying this when I am complaining about it during the school year.  I am not so much excited about the politics, BS, and some of the work but am looking forward to being again in a classroom with students.  As much as I am enjoying my time off, I want to start setting up my classroom because I know it will take me a long time to get it ready.  

I runfess
That while I am happy and proud of myself for doing a run streak this long, I don’t think I will continue once I get to one year.  I started it because I asked myself “Why not”?  I wanted to see if I could do it.  Plus I was inspired by others doing one too.  Running in the morning is one thing I look forward to and let’t not forget how it has been these past months.  While I enjoy running, I feel that running everyday is in the way of me doing other activities (cross training and strength).  Or maybe it is me and I don’t know how to schedule all of my activities to get them done?

I runfess…
That I order many things from Amazon.  I like the flexibility and convenience.  I love that I can get many items in 2 days and can return them for free if I don’t like them.  The other day I ordered a small whiteboard for my classwork.  What I failed to notice is just exactly how small it is.  I laughed when I saw the box and wondered what the heck I would use it for.   I decided to return it but then noticed on the website that the item is nonreturnable.  Oh well.  I am sure I could use it for something in the classroom.  Oh and next time I will pay closer attention to see if items are returnable.

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 MoreRunning With AttitudeRun Laugh Eat PieRuns with Pugsand Zenaida every Friday for Fit Five Friday!  Please add your link below.  I am also linking up with Marcia for Runfessions.

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