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Category: Three Things Thursday

Three Things Thursday, June 5, 2014

1.  Got new shoes.  I’ve been a Brooks fan for years but now have a new pair of Mizuno Sayonara.  I am not a big fan of the color but can’t get too picky about that.  I did not run yesterday for National Running Day but I did walk up and down the stairs numerous times moving my stuff to my new classroom so that has to count right?  The shoes are very comfortable and so far I like them a lot.

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2.  Got new Injinji socks!  Thanks to Injinji for a 40 percent off coupon I got from a previous order. Some are for me and others are for another giveaway.  Stay tuned!

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3. Flat Stanley is a big hit in my classroom.  My kids and I colored our own Flat Stanley and are looking forward to taking him with us on our travel adventures.  Oh, one week left of school.  I am about 90 percent done with packing up my classroom.  In a way it makes me sad because I’ve been there 5 years and have great memories of being in that room.  Moving to a new classroom is giving me the chance to get rid of so much stuff and who knew you could accumulate so much stuff!

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Three Things Thursday, May 29, 2014

1.  Just two more weeks till summer break!  Am I excited?  You bet!   My plans include to continue training for the Chicago Marathon, take one class and work part time.  I know, I know, nothing really exciting.

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Last week I got my official teaching assignment for next year.  I will be moving on up to the second floor to teach 2nd grade.  I am very happy about that move.  I’ve taught 1st grade for 5 years and am ready for a change.

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2.  On Sunday, May 25, several ZOOMA ambassadors and I met at Waterfall Glen for a fun run.  And it was so much fun!  There will be more opportunities to join us on these runs.  For more information about the race on August 2 and to learn more about upcoming fun/training runs, visit the ZOOMA website.

  • Saturday, May 31, 9:30am, Universal Sole, 1333 E. Benton Place, Chicago, IL (Chicago Training Kick off)
  • Wednesday, June 4, 6:30pm, Athleta 3415 N. Southport, Chicago, IL
  • Thursday, June 5, 6:30pm, Old Plank Trail at Wolf Road and Rt. 30, Frankfort, IL
  • Wednesday, June 11, 6:30pm, Athleta 3415 N. Southport, Chicago, IL
  • Saturday, July 12, 9:30am, Universal Sole, 1333 E Benton Place, Chicago, IL (10 mile training run)

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I ran with my Camelback Marathoner Vest.  Ha, wasn’t so difficult to fill it up with water but I did have a little bit of trouble actually drinking from it.  Luckily one of the girls I ran with told me what I was doing wrong so now I know the correct way to drink from it.  I plan to run a few more times with it before I write a full review about it.

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3.  Please check out Kelly the Culinarian’s Vermont City Marathon Recap.  She ran a marathon in March with a 15 minute PR and then ran again this past weekend and got a 25 minute PR.  Her goal is to BQ.  “Next year, I want to come back and Boston Qualify.  When you cut 25 minutes off in two months, shaving off another 14 in a year seems feasible.”  So true and CONGRATULATIONS Kelly!

As you know, to BQ is also one of my goals.  My current marathon PR is 5:16:53.  That means I need to cut a little over 1 1/2 hours.  Yikes!  I am confident that one day I will get there.  It might not be this year and probably neither the following year but I will get there.

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Three Things Thursday, May 22, 2014

1. Join me and several other ambassadors for upcoming ZOOMA runs.  For more information about the race on August 2 and to learn more about upcoming fun/training runs, visit the ZOOMA website.

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  • Sunday, May 25, 9am, Waterfall Glen, Darien, IL
  • Wednesday, May 28, 6:30pm, Athleta 3415 N. Southport, Chicago, IL
  • Saturday, May 31, 9:30am, Universal Sole, 1333 E Benton Place, Chicago, IL (Chicago Training Kick off)
  • Wednesday, June 4, 6:30pm, Athleta 3415 N. Southport, Chicago, IL
  • Thursday, June 5, 6:30pm, Old Plank Trail at Wolf Road and Rt. 30, Frankfort, IL
  • Wednesday, June 11, 6:30pm, Athleta 3415 N. Southport, Chicago, IL
  • Saturday, July 12, 9:30am, Universal Sole, 1333 E Benton Place, Chicago, IL (10 mile training run)

2. Need some running motivation? Check out “Meet the Blogger: Too Tall Fritz“.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Amanda twice: at Disneyworld after the half marathon and before the Chicago Lakefront 50K.  She is a busy woman with a job, two kids, a husband, and a few pets.  She recently completed 3 marathons and an ultra marathon in April to celebrate turning 40.  I ran the same ultra marathon and barely had enough strength to complete a half marathon and yet this lady ran 3 more marathons. Amazing!!

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3. I finally got my Camelback Marathoner Vest.  It didn’t come with any instructions (not that I really need any) but it looks like a complicated piece.  I am worried I will break it while filling it up with water. Shouldn’t be that complicated right?  I’ll let you know how I like it.

BONUS:  Don’t forget to enter my Injinji giveaway.  I will announce the winners on Saturday, May 24. Injinji is having a Memorial Day Sale so go to their website to save 30% on selected styles.

Three Things Thursday, May 15, 2014

1.  I finally got  a running coach.  Coach Sara will be working with me on my three goals: 1) Run a sub-2 half marathon; 2) PR at the Chicago Marathon; and 3) Qualify for the Boston Marathon.  I have a LONG way to go for #3 but I know I can do it.

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Why a running coach?  Well, I’ve been running for quite a number of years and haven’t made much improvement.  I’ve followed different plans but it looks like they’re not working for me.  Obviously I am doing something wrong.  I know last year I went a “little” crazy and ran many races.  Well, now it is time to get more serious with my running and hopefully achieve goals #1 and #2 this year.

2) I have been selected as an ambassador for the Fort2Base race on August 24.  I ran this race last year and liked it a lot.  There are two distances to choose from: 3 Nautical Mile (3.45 miles) and 10 Nautical Mile (11.5 miles).  Please use discount code 2014F2BARROYO10 for a 10% off either distance.

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3.  How to be an Asshole Blogger in 5 Easy Steps is HILARIOUS!! Love it! There I said it.  I admit it.

Three Things Thursday, April 17, 2014

1.  It is official.  I am in.  In October I will be running again the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  I am very excited!!

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2. Last week I attended a reception at Fleet Feet Chicago for the premiere of “Finding Strong”.  I was in class most of the evening but made it with enough time to talk to Bart Yasso and David Willey. They’re both really cool guys!

3.  It’s been 11 days since the last time I ran.  I finally ran yesterday.  I went to the gym and only managed 3 miles.  Boo me.  That brings me up to a grand total of 34.22 miles.  I am behind in the Nike+ Leaderboard.

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I guess I am still in recovery mode because I am so tired every single day.  I was supposed to go to Utah this weekend for a half marathon but decided against it.  No desire to race this weekend.  Ha, better get out of this weird mood and be ready for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon on the 27th.