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Random Thoughts Thursday

• I received a email from my Principal that I can start to set up my classroom next week.  While I am excited about this, it means that summer break is almost over and it will be time to go back to work.

teacher back to work

• Where did this summer go?  It went by so FAST!

June and July

• Remember the Brooks PureConnect shoes?  These showed up in my Facebook Memories.  I loved these shoes.  The 2nd version was even better.

Pure Connect

• All this back to school stuff has got me thinking about a Cricut.  It is a cutting machine that you can use to make and decorate many things things.  No more buying letters, cutouts, etc. for the classroom.  With this machine you can make all of that and MORE.  They’re almost $300, but if I can get multiple pairs of Tieks, I can get this too.  🙂


Goodbye July and Hello August!

Where did July go?  I feel like I just wrote about the end of summer school and still having a few more weeks of summer break.  

Hello August

• July was a busy month with family activities.  My sister and her husband were in town and we did something pretty much each day.  We went to a cotillion on the 14th and then the rest of the week, we went downtown to Millennium Park and to Lake Katherine, and also visited lots of other family members.  Plus, we ate A LOT!  I am surprised my pants and shorts still fit.

• Training went well this month.  I am currently training for the ZOOMA Great Lakes Half Marathon in September.  I did most of my runs but missed 3 long runs and an easy run.  We had some hot days but lately it has cooled down and that has made the runs a bit more enjoyable.  How many more days till Fall?

• Ran 102.44 miles.  Another month over 100 miles.  I am now 55% done of my yearly goal.  There are 154 days left in 2018 and I still need to run 533.41 miles to achieve my goal.

2018 Goal

• Total time running was 21:10:59.

• 21 days of running.  With the Hansons Training Plan, I run 6 days a week and so far have been doing OK.  I’ve trained before with this plan but lately have been struggling with my long runs on Sunday and the hot days this summer.  I’ve forgotten how tired I get using this plan.

July 2018 Calendar

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• My weekly speed workouts have not been going OK.  I’ve been struggling to hit the required paces and that frustrates me.  I know the weather is a big factor because I remember during the winter I did so well in my speed workouts.

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• I ran 1 race in July.  I ran the Elmhurst 4 on the 4th on July 4th.  It is one of my favorites and it was so much fun!  I have no races in August as it will be all about training for my upcoming half marathon.

Overall, I am proud of myself with how I did in July.  I missed a few runs but didn’t stress too much about it.  I go back to work on August 20th and I am sort of looking forward to it.  🙂

July 2018 Report Card

So how did July go for you?

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


ZOOMA Half Marathon Training Recap, Week 9

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I am excited to be training for the ZOOMA Half Marathon on September 15.  I am also excited to share that I will train using the Hansons Half Marathon Method.  In a nutshell, this training is based on the concept of cumulative fatigue.  You train your body to run often so that you are frequently running on tired legs.  The idea is to run this way so that during the last miles of a race you are prepared to push through the final miles. 

Week #9, July 23-29

M Ran 5.00 miles
W Ran 7.10 miles
TH Ran 4.00 miles
Ran 6.00 miles
Ran 4.00 miles
S Ran 6.50 miles

Monday was another early wake up call to run.  Felt great and was able to get negative splits!

Wednesday’s workout was 5×1000 with 400s recovery and 1.5 miles warmup and cooldown.  I was disappointed because I did not hit the pace I was supposed to.  

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Thursday, Friday, and Saturday runs were 4, 6, and 4 miles again.  The weather was decent which made the runs enjoyable.  Some days you can do negative splits and some days you don’t.  🙂

Sunday’s run was 3×2 miles with 800m recovery and 1.5 miles warmup and cooldown for a total of 10 miles.  I went out early to enjoy the cooler temperature.  I was planning to do this by the lake by decided to do this close to home.  This run did not go well and I stopped at 6.5 miles.  I was frustrated.  I wasn’t hitting the paces I was supposed to and instead just decided to run whatever pace I could.  Then I got too hot and tired.  Then my left foot began to bother me.  I stopped and just walked home. 

Some days you have good runs and some days you don’t.  Oh well.  I can’t be too hard on myself since I am still doing pretty good with training for the ZOOMA Great Lakes Half Marathon.

Total mileage for the week: 32.60 miles
Total mileage for this training cycle:  215.11 miles
Total mileage for the year: 666.46 miles 

Here’s how training has gone so far:
Week 1 and 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8

Random Thoughts Thursday 30

Random Thoughts Thursday

• I finished reading another John Grisham book.  Another great book as usual but also sad as it mentions some things that happened in the South.  I won’t mention it here but I think you can get the idea.

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• RnR Chicago was this past weekend.  It is usually HOT and HUMID on race day.  This year it was mostly humid with a lot of rain.  Oh man, I would have been miserable out there.  I don’t mind a little rain for a short amount of time but it was pouring out there.  

• A few months ago I applied for a Starbucks Reward Credit Card.  The first time I used it, I got 250 stars (enough for 2 free drinks).  Then when I spent $500, I was rewarded with 2500 stars (enough for 20 drinks).  Yep, I am happy!  The only thing is that these expire in February.  I should be able to use them all up, right?  🙂  From now on, I will receive 1 star per $1 spent on Starbucks Card load and 1 star per $4 spent on all other purchases.  I will use this mainly for Starbucks purchases as I use my Southwest credit card for everything else.

Remember that time I wrote about a parking ticket that I received but that it was a mistake?  I got a letter letting me know that the ticket has been paid.  Umm, I didn’t pay for it but instead contested it.  Oh well, I won’t say anything else about it because at least I do not have to pay.  

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NuGo Egg White Protein Bars Review

Disclaimer:  I received NuGo Egg White Protein Bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro.  Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews. 

Thanks to BibRave I was afforded the opportunity to try out a new to me product – NuGo Egg White Protein Bars.  I had never heard of this product till a few months ago.  I received a mixed box with 12 bars in 4 flavors: Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Maple Pecan, Blueberry, and Peanut Butter.

When I first received my box, I couldn’t decide on a flavor and finally picked Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.  It was delicious!  I shared with my sister and she also agreed that it was good.

So what’s so great about these protein bars?  
• They’re made with real fruits and nuts.
• They’re non-GMO and 180-200 calories.
• They’re certified gluten-free and OU Kosher Pareve.
• Each bar has 12-14g of protein with no soy or dairy!

I don’t exactly have the healthiest eating habits but whenever I can, I try to not always eat junk food.  I actually felt good eating these protein bars because I knew this was better than eating a hamburger, pizza, or a hot dog.  Don’t get me wrong, occasionally I do eat hamburgers, pizza, and hot dogs but I am trying to cut down.  🙂 

Each bar is chewy like a candy bar.  I would enjoy one with a cup of coffee.  They’re tasty and easy on my stomach.  They’re also perfect for post-workout needs as it is a great protein option for fueling your body. 

I am not a big fan of Blueberry nor Peanut Butter and surprised that these were also very good.

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My favorite one is definitely the Dark Chocolate Sea Salt.  I like that this was just what I need to satisfy my chocolate craving.

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If you’d like to try NuGo Egg White Protein Bars use code: “BIBRAVE” for 15% OFF at  You can choose a single flavor, or try the variety pack.  This discount is good until August 3rd.

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