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Weekly Run Down: Spring and my first race

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I am trying something new to post my weekly mileage.  I got the idea from Melissa at I Crashed the Web.  I asked her about it and she told me she uses Canva.  I also have used it for my blog posts and love the different options that are available.  What do you think?  Too bright?  Too dark?

Anyway, this was a long and hectic week at work.  Nothing specific but I was very tired and was very happy when it was finally Friday.  Almost winter break!

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This week again consisted of 3 easy runs and 1 speed workout.  I had to do my speed workout on Tuesday (did it on Wednesday).  I woke up on time and got ready.  However, something didn’t feel right and I went back to sleep.  An hour later I felt much better!

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My speed workout was 15 minutes warm up and cool down, 4×2 minutes with 1 1/2 minutes recovery, and then 3x 1 1/2 minutes intervals with 2 minutes recovery.  I did pretty good, but somehow I messed up on the last one.

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Wore some colorful tights for the 1st day of Spring!

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We did a fun Spring activity with the kids. Yep, all 4 classes which was over 90 students. Pretty cool, right?  Our next one will be next month for Easter.

Here is the link if you want to make it with your kids.

Gorgeous 3D Paper Tulip Flower Craft

I went to the expo Saturday morning to get my bib.  I wasn’t there too long but did run into a few friends.  I did buy 3 Sparkly Soul headbands and a few Nuun tubes.

Saturday night I laid out my stuff for the next morning.  I was debating between shorts and compression socks OR tights since it was supposed to rain in the morning.  I ended up with the shorts with compression socks because it did not rain.

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I met up with a few friends before and after the race.  My goal was simply to finish under an hour and to have fun.  It was my first race of the year and I wanted to enjoy it.  I definitely did.  It didn’t rain.  I finished in less than an hour. I had fun.  🙂  I will have a race recap on Tuesday. 

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Later today I will go to my mom’s (she came back from Mexico yesterday) because my cousins are coming over to eat some mole. << A popular and delicious Mexican food.

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

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Random Thoughts Thursday 64

Random Thoughts Thursday

• Typos is one of my pet peeves.  It really drives me crazy when I see them on  Instagram or Facebook.  Sometimes I feel like correcting that person, but will that make me a b$#ch? 

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• Is this a typo too?  I don’t understand why a word cannot be spelled out.  Are we that lazy?  I also HATE it when I see “fav” instead of “favorite”.

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• I don’t know why I didn’t do this before, but I finally changed my car insurance coverage.  I used to pay for full coverage and recently changed it to only liability.  Now I am paying half of what I used to pay.  I am mad at myself because I could have saved so much money if I would have changed it before.

• Always, always coffee.  🙂 

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• I love math and wished my kids loved it as much as I do.  I am having trouble with them understanding subtraction problems.  We were working on a story problem and one student told me the equation was “20-36=”.  I wrote it on the board and asked for answers.  They told me 10, 24, and 0.  I had a fit!  Ugh!  Finally, a student did tell me that the equation was wrong because you couldn’t subtract 36 from 20 because there wasn’t enough.  Now I know I could have told them from the beginning that the equation was wrong, but I wanted THEM to tell me that and the reason.

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Tuesday Topics: What I bring along on my run

Last week I mentioned that I was a morning runner.  I am a morning person.  I like the feeling of knowing that I am done with my workout and don’t have to “worry” about it later.

Besides a watch, there are a few things I bring along with me on my run.  I may add a thing or two (depending on the run) such as money, energy gel, or water.

• Oiselle Lightning Layer – I know I have mentioned it here in other posts, but it is one of my favorite items from Oiselle.  I can wear it over another top or a sports bra.  I love how bright it is to make sure drivers see me when it is dark.

Black Diamond Headlamp – I bought this last year and love how bright it is. 

SABRE Pink Pepper Spray – I understand why I have to carry it with me but I still hate that I “have” to.  Luckily I have not had to use it.  However, once I was testing it, and accidentally sprayed it in the bathroom.  Boy, that stuff is strong!

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Fitletic Running Belt – I love their running belts.  I have a few other ones that I use for races or longer runs (one has two water bottles).  These belts are water resistant, do not bounce at all, chafe, or ride up while running.  The one I use for races also has toggles for my bib.  No more pins or holes on my shirt!

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Wrist ID – There are so many to choose from, but the one I have is the silicone stretch.  Simple and stylish, right?  🙂  I feel better knowing that in case of an emergency, my sisters will be notified.  I also purchased one for my mother, because well, my mother is in her 70s and we want to be notified right away in case something happens to her.

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Tuesday Topics

This week’s Tuesday Topic:  What do you bring along on a run?  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!


Weekly Run Down: More shoes and a cold again

Weekly Runs: March 11-17

M 3 miles
T Did not run
W Did not run
TH 4.83 miles
F 4 miles
S 4 miles  
S Did not run

I am jealous of everyone running the NYC Half Marathon today. 🙂  But I am also happy.  

Remember how last week I wrote about the Glycerin 17?  I ordered another pair and those fit much better.  I ran 4 miles in them yesterday. They are very soft and feel comfortable.  Anyone else running in these shoes?

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I also received 2 pairs of Tieks.  Aren’t they gorgeous?  Love them.  I know they’re pricey but I am on my feet most of the day and these are comfortable for me.

I was sick (again) early in the week.  I did my runs on different days than I was supposed to, but I got them done.  I also stayed home from work on Wednesday.  Going back on Thursday I did feel better, but not 100 percent better.  Today I feel much better.

This week was 3 easy runs and 1 speed workout.  Monday morning I had no problem waking up after the time change, but I did pay for it later.  I was EXHAUSTED!  I did see the most beautiful sunrise on my way to work.

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I was supposed to do my speed workout on Tuesday but did it on Thursday.  It was warm enough that I wore shorts!  Love that I was able to hit the required paces.  Plus, I got negative splits on the intervals!!

On Saturday the plan was to run 6 miles with the last 2 being my fastest.  I ended up doing 4 with the last 2 being the fastest.  Still counts, right?

On Friday the 2nd graders did leprechaun traps.  They brought all of the materials from home (boxes, paper towel rolls, glitter, etc.).  One of the teachers did a rotation schedule and every 20 minutes there were 2 different set of kids working on their trap.  They had a blast!  At the end of the day I asked them if they thought they would catch a leprechaun.  They responded “Yes”!  We’ll find out tomorrow.  🙂

Two more weeks of school and then Spring Break!!

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

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Random Thoughts Thursday 63

Random Thoughts Thursday

• I have a Starbucks Rewards Visa Cards.  One of the perks is getting a FREE drink or food every couple of months.  My free item this time was the Sous Vide Egg Bites.  Wow!  These were so good!  There are a couple of options to choose from, but the ones I had were with bacon and gruyere.  

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• The other day I purchased two iced coffees from Starbucks.  I put one cup on top of my car while holding the other one with my left hand and trying to open the door with my right hand.  Well, the cup on the car fell.  What a mess.  But yes I was more upset for the coffee.  I went back inside to buy another one, but the barista was nice enough to give me a free one.

• I know at one point I wrote about getting a BQ.  I admire everyone that gets that qualifying time but then feel bad when some STILL don’t get to run Boston.  A BQ does NOT guarantee that you’ll run Boston.  This tweet made me angry.  I know he means well, but shouldn’t all runs/races make you feel like you won an Olympic gold medal?  The next tweet made me even more angry.  Ridiculously easy BQ times?  I am in that same age group and to me it isn’t easy.

• I have NO idea how I have so much money in my Dunkin’ Donuts cars.  I told my coworker that I was taking a break from Starbucks and from now on getting my coffee from DD.  Note:  I make my coffee at home, but sometimes I like to get an iced coffee from Starbucks.

• Back to coffee.  🙂  I had this and it was OK.  I added almond milk and it was almost $6.00.  Yikes!  And that is why I just get an iced coffee and that alone is still $2-$4.

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