Category: Tuesdays on the Run

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.


July 2017 in Review

I say this after every month but I cannot believe July is over.  We are halfway through the year!

Miles Ran/Last Month:  122.12/115.79.  I did 19 runs this month for a total of 24 hours, 32 minutes, and 13 seconds.  


Last year I ran 186.27 miles in July which has been the most I’ve run in a month.


Highest Mileage Week:  38.09.  This was during the end of June and beginning of July and it took me 7 hours, 52 minutes, and 58 seconds.

Races Planned/Completed:¬† 2/2.¬† I ran the Rock “n” Roll Chicago Half Marathon on July 16 after winning an entry from Erica. ¬†Then I went to Alaska for The Great Alaskan Running Cruise where I ran a half marathon. ¬†It was so much fun! ¬†I got back Saturday afternoon and am still getting used to being back. ¬†I have created a page specifically for this cruise¬†and will be updating/adding posts about the trip soon. ¬†<<I already wrote about my trip in Seattle.

Current Ache/Pain:  Still my knees.  Well more sore on the inside than the outside.  A few months ago I was diagnosed with knee bursitis.  I need to do a better job of doing my exercises to strengthen my glutes, legs, etc.

Current Challenge:  None.

Current Book:¬† I am a big fan of John Grisham. ¬†I made a list of his books and would like to read all of them (I’ve already read a few of them). ¬†I was reading The King of Torts but had to return it to the library because it was due and I couldn’t renew it, but I am hoping to resume reading it again.

The king of torts

Current Song:¬†¬†Despacito.¬†¬†I remember that at first I did not like the song, but the more I heard it, the more I began to like it. ¬†And yes I do like it with Justin Bieber. ¬†ūüôā

Current Treat:  Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Coffee.

Next Race(s):  Lake Michigan Marathon on September 3.  I have not signed up for this race because I wanted to wait and see how I felt during my training.  Well, I missed about a week and a half when I was in Alaska so now I am going to get back to it.  Yesterday I had to run 12 miles and could only manage 4.  Today I did 5 and it was HARD!

Current Excitement:¬†¬†I am sort of excited to go back to work. ¬†School starts in 3 weeks (August 21) and the students start on August 23. ¬†I plan to go the week before to start organizing and setting up my classroom. ¬†This year I’m in a new room but teaching the same grade. ¬†This is good because I get to set it up again differently than my previous classroom. ¬†It should be interesting because my new room is a bit smaller than my previous one.

teacher back to work

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


Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half Marathon 2017

I’ve run this race before (2009, 2011, 2013). ¬†The last time I ran it, I swore I would never do it again because it is always HOT on race day. ¬†I remember in 2013 I almost passed out because of the heat.

Never say never, right?  Thanks to Erica at Erica Finds I won a FREE race entry so you bet I signed up.  The plan was to run it as a training run (16 miles on the calendar).

The expo was not fun at all.  You can read about it HERE or just skip it.  

Saturday morning was the 5k.  I went to the lakefront to run 4 miles and saw the runners.  I was hoping to see Kathrine Switzer since at the expo I found out she was running the 5k.  I did not see her.  But Wendy got to see her TWICE!  Lucky girl!

Sunday morning my alarm went off at 4:15am, got ready, ate breakfast and drove to the train station.  While there I saw the most beautiful sunrise.


Once downtown I dropped off my bag at gear check (I felt bad for the volunteers because there weren’t enough of them but lots of people were waiting to drop off their bag) then got in line to use the porta potties. ¬†Ugh, people were taking too long. ¬†I moved to another shorter line but they were taking too long there too. ¬†Finally it was my turn and I was in and out in about 15 seconds! ¬†

I went to get in my corral but there were so many people. ¬†That’s what I get for being “late”. ¬†Finally I got in and just when I was about to cross the start line, I saw Kathrine Switzer! It happened so quickly and I was shocked to see her. ¬†What I wanted to do was call out her name to get a picture but the line was moving and she was walking in another direction so I lost my chance. ¬†Later I found out she was on the course giving out water and at the finish line giving out medals. ¬†I did not see her. ¬†ūüôĀ


It wasn’t as hot as it usually is and it was shaded. ¬†Thank goodness because it is known to always be HOT on that day. ¬†As you can see from my splits below, I did good for 7 miles. ¬†I drank water at every water station and had two water bottles filled with Generation UCAN Hydrate. ¬†I also took a salt tablet every 4 miles. ¬†Prior to the start of the race I drank 12 ounces of water with 2 scoops of Generation UCAN.


Even though it wasn’t very hot, it was still hot enough for me to run through this fire hydrant. One of the best feelings!


These pictures made me cry.  I missed the beginning but went back and walked to look at every single picture.


Before mile 7 I saw Charlene. ¬†Seeing her made me smile. ¬†Then past mile 7 I saw the Oiselle girls and they also made me smile. ¬†And then my feet began to hurt and I bonked. ¬†I was exhausted. ¬†I wanted to take off my shoes and walk. ¬†I didn’t.

I did not cringe when I saw these photos.  No underpronation at all.

I kept running determined to finish the race.  I loved the crowd support and the volunteers. I let out a big sigh when I reached mile 10.  Three more miles and I would be done.  Easy peasy, right?  Nope.

The last mile felt like forever.  The finish line looked so far away.  Why, why?  Can you see it? Trust me, it was there.


Overall, I enjoyed the race. ¬†I didn’t do as well as I expected but I know that not every race will go as expected. ¬†I loved running on the streets of Chicago. ¬†I rarely go downtown anymore so this was a nice treat for me. ¬†

My next Rock ‘n’ Roll race is October 15 in Denver. ¬†My niece lives there so I am excited to see her and to run in another state.

Have you run a Rock ‘n’ Roll race? ¬†Fan or not a fan?

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


Quest Nutrition Beyond Cereal Bar

I am pretty new to Quest Nutrition. ¬†I had heard of them but thought that it was just another protein bar that everyone eats and raves about. ¬†It wasn’t until I read Marcia’s post that I decided to try them out. ¬†Delicious!

When Quest Nutrition asked me to try their Beyond Cereal Bars, I couldn’t say no. ¬†I already like the protein bar so this one must be just as good or even better. ¬†

One of the cool things about these bars is that you can get them at your nearby 7-Eleven.  This is perfect when going on a road trip or running errands and you are in need of a snack or a quick breakfast.

Quest Cereal Protein Bars 1

For me these are perfect as a pre-and-post workout snack. ¬†They’re tasty and filling.

Quest Cereal Protein Bars 3

I am taking swimming classes in one gym and then go to another one to run.  These are great to eat in between workouts.

Quest Cereal Protein Bars 6

There are 3 flavors: Chocolate, Waffle, and Cinnamon Roll.  I love chocolate so naturally the one I liked the best is the chocolate flavor.

Quest Cereal Protein Bars 2

Each bar has 110 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 6-7 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. Plus, they’re sweetened with allulose which is¬†a sweetener that is found in small quantities in foods like figs and raisins.

Even my cat was curious about them!  <<She did not eat them but was very curious about it.

Remember, you can buy the Quest Nutrition Cereal Bars 24/7 at 7-Eleven.  

Have you tried these bars?  What did you think of them?

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