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Tuesday Topics: What I’m looking forward to this year

Welcome to the first Tuesday Topics Linkup!  Kookyrunner (Kim) and I are taking over the previous Tuesdays on the Run hosted by Patty, Erika, and Marcia.  We have some fun topics to write about this year so hopefully you’ll join us every Tuesday.  For the list of topics and some guidelines, click HERE.  We also have a giveaway so make sure to enter!

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Another year full of exciting new things waiting to happen.  I went back to work yesterday and while it was nice to be off, I did miss my kids and look forward to my routine.  Remind me of this when I complain about how tired I am and cannot wait for school to be over.  🙂

During my time off I thought about a few things that I am excited about and looking forward to this year.  Last year I wrote a similar post and realized that a few of them are included in this year’s post.  Here they are in no specific order or importance.

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1. The Lion King.  This is my FAVORITE Disney movie and I CANNOT WAIT.

2. This new linkup.  I am happy to be doing this with Kim.  I am also excited to get to know many of you better and follow along on your personal, running, and other journeys and experiences.

3. Move to a house.  For sure I will move this year.  My landlord is waiting for me to leave so he can remodel the apartment and possibly rent it out for more money.  This house is a bit old and the inside is outdated.  I have an idea of the kind of house I want and the area but still it is hard to find one that isn’t too expensive and/or that doesn’t require any work to be done to it.

4. Run a couple half marathons in new states.  Currently I’ve completed 39 half marathons in different states.  I am signed up for SC and MT.  Planning to also add MI and DE.  

5.  Washer and dryer.  With the new house I will also have a washer and dryer.  I don’t have one in the apartment building so my sister and I go to the laundromat.  It isn’t that bad and it is about 1/2 mile away.  But I do miss the convenience of going down to the basement to do laundry.

6. Trips to TX, WA, and Mexico.  I have two nephews that graduate in June and my niece in August.  One nephew lives in San Antonio and the other one in Seattle.  Luckily the graduations take place on two separate weekends so we’ll have a chance to attend both of them.  I am excited for my mother to go to Seattle.  She’s been to San Antonio but never to Seattle.  I am sure she’ll be happy to see another grandson graduate from a university.  Last year she went to San Francisco!

Now let’s talk about the giveaway.  There will be two prizes: 1) A pair of Lily Trotter Compression Socks and pair of Lock Laces and 2) 2019 Journal.

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Tuesday Topics

This week’s writing prompt:  What are you looking forward to this year?  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!


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My 2018 Running Stats

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Hello there!  We are so close to saying goodbye to 2018.  It was another good year for me full of fun times with family and friends.

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I like to look back and write about my running stats.  I like seeing how I did and think about what I want to change or do different next year.  In the summer I started working again with Mary Johnson.  I enjoy working with her and love her workouts.  Next year I will continue working with her but also want to add yoga and/or strength training.  I cannot decide whether to join LA Fitness, CorePower Yoga, or Fit-Results😛

For now let’s check out my stats:

1,054.58  

2018 Goal

 212:00:10  

 6

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 45 

  

Illinois Marathon-172

 12:06

How was YOUR year?  

2019 Running Plans

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

I am excited to be planning my race calendar for next year.  My knee is much better.  I took a week off from running and ran a few times last week.  It doesn’t hurt to run but do feel some stiffness.  But overall it does feel so much better.

So far here is my list:

Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans, February 10 – I’ve done this race before and have enjoyed it a lot.  However, next year I don’t know if I will make it after all.  My training hasn’t been going great.  I am waiting to hear back from my coach to see if I can still make it or not.

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Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 8K, March 24 – This is one of my favorite races!  I love the distance and the location.

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Delaware Festival Marathon, April 28 – I am looking forward to running in a new state!  Kim is the one who told me about it.  

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Missoula Half Marathon, June 30 –  Another race in a new state!  This race is flat, fast, and point-to-point.  The course looks so pretty!  Check out the video below.  If you want to sign up, use code BibRave19 to save $5 off your registration fee.

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Elmhurst 4 on the 4th, July 4 – This is another of my favorite races.  I have done this a few times and always look forward to it.

Kiawah Island Half Marathon, December 8 – Another new state!  This will be my last race of the year.

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So that is what I have so far on my list for next year.  Any suggestions for a good race in GA, MI, ID, NM, KS, ND, SD, or WY?

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

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Goodbye November and Hello December!

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November clearly just flew by.  It was a great birthday month.  I had few days off for Thanksgiving break which was wonderful.  However, I did get sick one weekend and spent two days on the sofa.  I felt better on Monday and went to work but still had a cough that lasted about 4 days.  I was constantly tired.  I couldn’t get up early in the morning to run because I was so tired and just wanted to sleep.  So I didn’t run.  It was until a week later that I finally felt better enough to run.  I did 2 miles and it felt tough.

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About 2 weeks ago I started feeling some pain on the right side of my left knee.  I thought it would get better so I kept running.  It didn’t get better.  I went to the chiropractor and he told me I have a meniscus injury and not to run for a week.

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• Ran 54.14 miles.  It was a slow month for me.  Getting sick really took a toll on me.  I thought that this was the lowest month but it isn’t.  The winner is May with 49.44 miles.  As of December 3rd, I am now 84% done of my yearly goal.  There are 28 days left in 2018 and I still need to run 185 miles to achieve my goal.  Yeah, definitely NOT happening.  🙂

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2018 Goal

• Total time running was 11:03:24.

• Despite it being a slow month, I still had some great runs.

• 13 days of running.  In May it was 12 days.

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• No races for me.  I was supposed to run the RnR Savannah but then last minute couldn’t make it.  I am planning my races for 2019 and have a few in mind such as the Garmin Half Marathon (KS) and the Missoula Half Marathon (MT).

• Final Thoughts:  It was a slow month for me.  It started off good but then got sick which affected me more than I was expecting it to.  Now this injury happened and I am back to resting and no running.

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So how did November go for you?

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

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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.

TuesdaysOnTheRun