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Random Thoughts Thursday

• Last week I went to see a house that was for sale.  It was beautiful and exactly what I am looking for to buy.  I went to see it on Thursday and was ready to put in an offer on Friday.  I didn’t do it on Thursday because I still had to get pre-approved but was able to do that on Friday afternoon.  Friday evening there was an offer on the house.  I wanted to cry.  I really wanted that house.  I had already picked out bedrooms for me and my mother.  Oh well, time to start looking again.

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• I’ve had a Southwest credit card for a few years.  My credit limit is around $27,000.  I don’t want it anymore and will be cancelling it soon.  I did ask my loan officer to find out if it will impact my credit score and my chances of getting a home loan.  She said no.  Ha, can you believe it?

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• I didn’t know pay phones were still around.  For sure I thought all of them disappeared from this planet.  I saw one at a hospital and was actually surprised.  I should have checked if it actually worked.

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• Monday was April Fools’ Day and there was no school because of Spring Break.  Saw this on Facebook and thought it would be so much fun to do this next year (assuming we’re not on Spring Break).

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• I received an email from Orgain looking for in-home taste testers.  I like Orgain and immediately applied.  I remember one of the questions was about my profession and most of the options to choose from were health related.  Of course I chose none of the above and then received the message below.  I will admit I was a bit disappointed because even though I am not in the health related field, I still use Orgain and would have loved to taste test their products.



Tuesday Topics: The best and worst race swag I’ve received

Hello April!  Where did you come from?  I am on Spring Break and really not complaining.  When I return to work next Monday, it will only be 40 more days of work.  🙂

I will admit that I don’t care much for the race swag.  After the HUGE disappointments with the swag from the RunDisney races (the shirts are nice but that is pretty much all you get), I just stopped caring about it anymore.  Sure I like the race shirts but rarely keep any of them.


I remember when the shirts were cotton, long sleeve shirts.  I kept a few and used them for sleeping.  I am sure I must have donated them because I don’t have them anymore.  There are two shirts I still have in my dresser drawer.

This is the one I really dislike.


Well, what race swag do I want?  As someone that runs various races, I want something that I could really use.  No, not another shirt.  I guess I do have something against race shirts.  🙂

• A bottle of wine or wine glass

• A necklace or bracelet

• Pair of flip flops

• Pair of socks

• Hand lotion or shampoo

• FREE meal vouchers to a restaurant

• Gift card to Target, Starbucks, or Dunkin

Tuesday Topics

This week’s Tuesday Topic:  What’s the best and worst race swag you ever received?  You can write about this topic, or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to Link-up with Kim and Zenaida!  
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Weekly Run Down: End of the month and Spring Break

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How is it that another week went by?  How is it that it is also the end of March?  I am excited that I am finally on Spring Break!  Maybe now I will be able to start my runs a bit later?  Hopefully.  🙂

Hello April 2019

I have a few things I need to do this week.  We have our STEAM Family Night on April 10th (after Spring Break).   My coworker and I will meet to work on and finalize a few things for that night.  I also need to finalize some of the baby shower games for my niece.  My niece is expecting her first baby in July.  She lives in Denver and will be here on Wednesday for her baby shower on Saturday.  It will be in the afternoon with mostly family members.  Oh, and she is having a girl.  🙂 

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This week was all easy runs for a total of 12.92 miles.  I moved my runs a bit but still got them done.  I confess that I have been running them faster than I should.  Yikes!  

Pleased with my 4 miles on Wednesday.  I was sweating!


Saturday’s run was 5 miles.  Almost negative splits!


Sunday’s run was (supposed to be) 6 miles.  It was sunny but still cold.  See the ice in the picture below?  I couldn’t finish my run because I had a family emergency and needed to get home.  I am hoping that I can still get a run later because today is the last day of Deborah’s RunBet Challenge.  I mean, I am almost done…just one more run.  🙂 <<For a run to count in this challenge, it has to be at least 30 minutes.

Overall, another great week.  Happy to know that this coming week it will be warmer again. 

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• Tomorrow is my last day before Spring Break.  I am definitely excited!  My plan is to walk out the door with my kids (dismissal is at 2:50) so I can leave at 3:00.

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• Why Netflix?  I love you but why again the price increase?  Didn’t they just raise it like 2 years ago?  But even with the price increase, I know I will continue to pay.


• I love that I have and remember wanting to buy but it was too much money.  I checked the price again and holy frijoles!

• Tried these chips and they’re yummy!  Add some hot sauce and they’re even better.

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• A photo of Lola just because she is cute.  🙂  


Tuesday Topics: 2019 Shamrock Shuffle Race Recap

Disclaimer:  I received a free entry to the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle 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!  

This week’s topic is “What are your favorite non-running or non-fitness hobbies?”  I ran a race on Sunday so I am going a different route and writing my race recap.  I hope I don’t don’t bore you!

On Sunday I ran one of my favorite races!  Love, love this race!  This was also my first race of the year.  This year was also the 40th Anniversary.

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I’ve been running this race since 2006, but missed it in 2009, 2012, and 2013.  

I picked up my bib on Saturday morning along with my race shirt and a bright green hat just like last year.

The forecast on Saturday morning was that it was supposed to rain.  I was debating between shorts or tights.  I also had a jacket for the rain.

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I woke up Sunday morning at 6am and quickly checked the weather.  No rain!  I got up, drank coffee while eating a Clif Bar, and got ready.  I left my house at 6:45 and drove to the train station.  Luckily I didn’t have to wait too long for the train.  When I arrived downtown I stopped at the Congress Hotel to use the restroom and then went to drop off my gear.

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I had planned to meet up with a few BibRave friends and as I was running towards Buckingham Fountain, I heard my name and saw Wendy.  Then I realized Marcia was also with her and Stephanie (Wendy’s friend).  We chatted for a bit and also took a picture.

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I then saw my BibRave friends!  We chatted for a bit and then went to our corrals.  We were in Wave 1 and had to be there by 8:20 to start at 8:30.

My goal was to have fun and finish in under an hour.  I had my watch on manual lap because I knew the building always mess up the satellite signal.  I also set my watch to just see the current time because I didn’t want to stress out about my splits.

Time to run!

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I took my time with this race.  I stopped at the water stations and also walked.  I soaked it all in because I rarely go downtown anymore and it was nice to be there.  Also, I did get tired, not sure why but my legs just wouldn’t run faster.  🙂  I did warm up a bit but then would also cool down and warm up again.  Still it was much better than being too cold or too hot.  And definitely better that it wasn’t raining.

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I was surprised to see my time for my 1st mile because I didn’t realize I was going that fast (I also had to stop before mile 1 because one of the shoelaces came untied).  I then just made an effort to slow down because I knew it was going to bite me later on.  Yep, it did.  I ended up with positive splits.  🙂

This race starts and ends in the same place as the Chicago Marathon.  While the crowd support isn’t like the marathon, there is plenty to cheer and support you.  

Once done I had planned to meet up again with my BibRave friends at Buckingham Fountain, but as I was walking towards gear check, I saw Stephanie and Wendy again.  Then I saw Marcia.  We wanted a picture of our medal with The Bean.  It took us a while to get there because some streets were still closed and we had to find an alternate route.  Anyway, by then I was hungry and cold and then decided to head home after the picture.

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In case you didn’t know, I love this race.  My plan is to keep running it every year unless there is a reason that I cannot do it.

Tuesday Topics

This week’s Tuesday Topic:  What are your favorite non-running or non-fitness hobbies?  You can write about this topic, or 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!