Category: Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topics: October 2020 Review

This week’s Tuesday Topic is a FREE topic.  Feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

I know October is not over yet.  We still have a few more days left.  Things are going well in the running department and I am trying to stay positive and taking it day by day in the work department.

It’s been 7 months since everything changed in this world.  Still cannot believe it’s been that long.  Two more months and 2020 will be over.  Will next year be the same?  Or maybe a little better?  I guess we’ll have to wait and see. 

Mileage:  As of this morning I’ve run 87.54 miles.  For sure I will make it to 100 this month.   July has been my highest with 103.54 miles.  It looks like I will pass that amount and it makes me excited.

My highest mileage ever was 186.27 miles in July 2016.  Crazy, huh?

Highest Mileage Week:  24.57.  It was this past week and it took me 4:58:47 hours.  

Current Challenge:  None.  Anything good out there?  I am doing a running streak.  Today is day #60.  So far so good.

Current Book:  None but I need to pick up “Truths I Never Told You” from the library.  I also have requested the following books:

In the Dream House
Once I was You
Notorious RBG
The Vanishing Half
The Lies That Bind
Saving Ruby King

I know I can get these faster as an e-book but seriously the last thing I want to do after being on the computer for a few hours is stare at another gadget to read.  I want to sit down with my book and a glass of wine.

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Current Song:  Wind of Change.  I don’t listen to it while running.  For some reason it relaxes me so I play it during breaks throughout the day.

Current Shoes:  Brooks Ghost 20th x Ghost 12.  I have way too many pairs (currently 6 pairs in boxes).  My plan is to replace my shoes every 3 months which is about 300+ miles per pair.  

Favorite new item:  Spiral Hair Ties.  I love that they prevent tangling and hair damage.

What am I looking forward to next month?  My birthday!  Actually, there are few of us that link up here and/or on Sunday that also have a November birthday.  Time to celebrate!  I am also looking forward to a few days off for Thanksgiving.  I know things will be different but hanging out with my siblings will be a great time.

How often do you replace your running shoes?
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Tuesday Topics: To run anywhere in the world

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  If you could run anywhere in the world, where would you run?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

This is a FUN topic!  I cannot wait till it is “safe” to travel again.  My last trip was in late February to Atlanta to run the Atlanta Half Marathon.  Hard to believe that was almost 8 months ago.

Let’s see, if I could run anywhere in the world, where would I run?

globe Hawaii-I’ve always wanted to vacation there too.  I was planning to run the Kona Half Marathon this year.  I almost signed up for it.  Glad I didn’t because, well, it was cancelled.

globeGreece-Everything there looks so beautiful.  It is on my bucket list of places to travel.  Why not run there too?  

globeNew York-Maybe one day I will run the NYC Marathon?  I’ve heard great things about this race.  Everyone that has run it highly recommends it.  Yesterday I did a Peloton 45 minute NYC Marathon Simulation Run and it was exciting to listen to Robin describe the course.  There were a few times I stopped because I was actually envisioning myself running the race and was savoring the moment.  

globeParis-Another place I’ve been wanting to visit to see the Eiffel Tower.  I know there are other things to see but that is the first place I want to visit.

globeAfrica-I want to run with elephants, zebras, and giraffes.  I know it cannot be done but in a way that sounds like fun.  Have I told you my favorite Disney movie is “The Lion King”?  

globeItaly-I’ve been there once during a cruise but did not run there at all.  Time to go back there!  I would probably eat all of the wonderful food there too.

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Tuesday Topics: My thoughts about rest days

This week’s Tuesday Topic is What are your thoughts about rest days?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

I haven’t taken any rest days from running since August 29.  Today is day #46.  Let’s see how long I can continue this streak.  I feel good.  The weather has been fantastic and I am enjoying running in this weather.

My coach has me running 5-6 days a week and no more than 30 miles a week.  On the days he does not schedule a workout, I run for 20 minutes.  The pace is very slow and easy and it is never more than 2 miles.  

Some benefits of rest days include:

✓ Allows your muscles to recover.

✓ Reduces the chance of injury.

✓ Helps you sleep better.

There was a time when I would look forward to my rest days.  I would rest on my rest days, like really rest meaning that I would not do anything.  My body wanted that rest day.  I even looked forward to that day when I wouldn’t “have” to run.  I am the type of person that can spend all day on the sofa watching TV or reading a book and only getting up to get something to eat and use the bathroom.

However, a rest day doesn’t mean you don’t do anything.  You can still do some kind of light activity.  You can walk, swim, do yoga, or do an easy bike class.  

Me?  I take it easy on those rest days and even walk if I want to.  No pressure.  Again, the weather has been great and I am enjoying it.  Who knows how it will be during the Winter.  

Everyone trains and recovers different.  We do not train the same way and expect the same results.  It is the same thing with rest days.  Everyone’s body does not need the same amount of rest days.  You know your body and what is best for YOU!  

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Tuesday Topics: My most popular running related blog posts

This week’s Tuesday Topic is Brag Time: Share some of your most popular running related blog posts.  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

Well this is an interesting topic.  I never check my stats.  My blog is small.  I post mainly to talk about my training and my adventures as a teacher.  😀 I don’t have a lot of followers but do have my loyal readers that read my posts every week.  Thank you. 

Here are a few of my most popular posts:

Weekly Run Down: Week #1 of training for a 5k and new shoes.  Not sure why this is popular.  Maybe because it is a new post?

Goodbye November and Hello December!  It was a November monthly recap with the previous “Tuesdays on the Run” linkup.  Made me smile when I saw that.  

Tuesday Topics: My Winter weather running tips and a birthday giveaway!  I wrote about my Winter running tips.  Surely it had nothing to do with the $47 gift card that was offered, right?  

✸ Tuesday Topics: I walked 610,966 steps in the StepBet Challenge!  That was a fun challenge!  I don’t wear a FitBit anymore and wear my Garmin only for running but would like to do a similar challenge.

✸ Weekly Run Down: A fall and taking a break.  I was excited and looking forward to run after recovering from a cold.  Then I fell.  I am still traumatized from that fall.

Goodbye September and Hello October!  Another monthly recap with the Tuesday on the Run linkup.

Weekly Run Down: End of the month and 335 miles.  A weekly linkup hosted by Kim and Deborah.  Love the support that is provided by everyone in the linkup.  ♥️

Tuesday Topics: 2019 Missoula Half Marathon Race Recap.  A trip to MT to run a half marathon.  Many people raved about this race and I was excited to run there.  I liked the course but not the travel experience.  I prefer traveling to big cities.

✸ Tuesday Topics: 2019 Shamrock Shuffle Race Recap.  One of my favorite races in Chicago.  I miss this race.  Hopefully I can run it next year.

✸ Weekly Run Down: The Olympic Marathon Trials Edition.  A fun weekend spectating The Olympic Marathon Trials.  The next day I ran the Atlanta Half Marathon.  It was a tough course but the weekend itself was amazing.

✸ Weekly Run Down: Banned from Brooksrunning and summer break.  You all know my LOVE for Brooks shoes.  Apparently I order too many and then return them more than they would have liked.  Now I am not allowed to order from their site anymore.  Maybe that is why I wasn’t picked to be on the Run Happy Team either?  🤣 🤔 That is OK since I like ordering from Running Warehouse and Zappos.

I used Google Analytics for this information.  Did I do it right?  Is that what you use to check your stats too?

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Tuesday Topics: Running mistakes I’ve made or keep on making

This week’s Tuesday Topic is What are some running mistakes you’ve made or keep on making?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

I laughed when I saw today’s topic.  I always tell my students that everyone makes mistakes but the important thing about it is to learn from our mistakes.  Umm, obviously that does not apply to ME.  

🟦 Not stretching after a run.  I am always in a rush after my run.  I have to shower, get ready, and get something to eat before logging in for my students.  This week I am going to my classroom to set it up and seriously there is no time.  

🟦 Not enough cross training or strength workouts.  I do it here and there but am not consistent.  Reason?  Time.  Sometimes laziness.  

🟦 Being too tense.  I don’t relax my shoulders and end up with some discomfort.  I don’t realize I am doing it until my shoulders are up toward my ears.  Sometimes I stop to stretch my neck and my arms and that helps.

🟦 Running too many races.  In 2013 I ran 24 races.  The majority were half marathons.  While it was great crossing off so many states from my list, it was tiring and expensive too.  Obviously I did not learn because the following year I ran 18 races and quite a few were Disney races.

🟦 Starting too fast.  I think many of us have done this.  Now I run my easy runs at an easy pace but sometimes I do start off too fast and then walk more than intended.  I know for sure I have done this at a race.

What about you?  What are some running mistakes you’ve made or  keep on making?

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