It’s National Savings Day! How to save money on running gear/races

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  It’s National Savings Day!  How do you save money on running gear/races?  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 like to spend money (I work hard for my money) but I also like to save money.  As you know right now I am saving money to buy a house and also for retirement.  <<My goal is to retire way before I am “supposed” to.  😀  Anyway, here are some ways that I’ve been able to save money on running year/races.

💰 Sign up early for races.  I haven’t signed up for a race in about 2 years.  But I do remember that when I signed up for the Publix Atlanta Half Marathon, I did so months in advance and ended up paying only $50.

💰 Buy gear on Amazon, Zappos, or Running Warehouse.  I bought my Garmin 235 for only $100 from Amazon!  I’ve also used a discount code from a running club when buying from Running Warehouse.

💰Sign up to be on company email lists to receive discount codes.  I’ve received codes from Liquid I.V. and Headsweats.  I recently received a code for 28% off from Liquid I.V.  It is my new favorite product and you bet I stocked up. 

💰Shop during popular times of the year.  I’ve found some great deals during Black Friday and also after Christmas.  

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Tuesday Topics: An interview with my running coach

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  Interview your favorite blogger.  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!

My running coach is Juan J. Arrieta.  I’ve known him for a few years (we met when I was a BibRave Pro) and have been working with him for over a year.  I took a few weeks off last month because I was feeling tired and not motivated to run.  Now we are working together again as I train for a 50k.  

I enjoy working with him and love his workouts.  I love how he motivates and encourages me.  He also knows the right words to say when I have a great and a bad run.  For this post I decided to ask him a few questions so that you can all get to know him. 


What made you decide to start running?  I was looking for ways to develop my endurance and stamina to do better as a racquetball player, and someone recommended running could help me do that. Before long, I had switched entirely to running and stopped playing racquetball altogether!

What was your first race?  My first race ever was a charity 5k, the Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity.

What was your best or worst race?  My worst race was probably one of the most important ones in my growth as a runner; it was the College Station Marathon. I didn’t train or prepare properly for it, physically or mentally, and also did a lot of things wrong in terms of nutrition, pacing, etc.  I feel my best race so far has been the Glass City Half Marathon this past year in which I did the complete opposite of what I did in College Station.  It resulted not just in a personal best time, but also in pure enjoyment from beginning to end. It was an unforgettable day for me, one that I will treasure forever. 

What’s on your Winter/Spring bucket list?  Next year in winter I want to go to Hawaii and run the Honolulu Marathon; it is definitely a bucket race for me. 

If you could go on a run with any celebrity, who would you go with?  I feel it’d be Will Smith, not just because I believe he is a great actor, but I also admire him as a human being and feel that he’d have a lot of life lessons he’d share that I could learn from.  

If you could run anywhere in the world, where would you run?  Japan.  I’d love to get into the Tokyo Marathon one day and run it, but if I can’t, I’d still love to visit and run a few times there.

How do you stay motivated to run?  Running is now part of my everyday life and will continue to be until the day I die. It is simply part of who I am. It helps me keep things in balance in addition to being great for my health, both physically and mentally.  I also know that even on the days in which I may be tired or not feeling up to it, there are several positives that come from being disciplined and staying consistent, so that helps me stay motivated throughout the year.

What are you training for now?  Right now I’m training for the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon and the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon as well.

Five words to describe yourself.  Friendly, learner, passionate, driven, and caring.

You recently moved to San Antonio, what do you like about running there?  I love how well-developed the running trails are here and all the options we have all over the city, as well as the variety in the terrain they all offer. They serve as an excellent training ground and environment to be around.

What is your favorite and least favorite part about being a running coach?  My favorite aspect of being a coach is connecting with each and every athlete I work with, listening to them, and sharing the various things I’ve learned over the years in a way that helps them reach their goals.  My least favorite part is not being able to meet in-person more with those I coach. There are many things that are difficult to evaluate, convey, and understand through online, digital, and phone communications.

What are some of your running pet peeves?  Can’t think of any at the moment.

Is there a popular race you never want to run?  Ha! I don’t think I would ever do something like the Western States 100 even though it is extremely popular with a lot of people.  I admire those who compete in it, but that is just something which I never see myself doing.

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Fit Five Friday and October Ultimate Coffee Date


I am so happy that it’s Friday!  I’m starting off the weekend with a little catch-up over the Ultimate Coffee Date hosted by Coco and Deborah.  So grab a mug of your favorite beverage and let’s chat for a bit!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I told my coach about my plan to run a 50k next year.  Looks like it is official.  🙂 I am nervous.  Training during the Winter worries me.  I know I did a one year running streak and while sometimes it felt hard, it was doable.  I am crossing my fingers that it is a mild Winter and that running outside isn’t an issue.  

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I am looking into tickets to go to NY to spectate the NYC Marathon.  My nephew lives there and he said I could stay with him.  He suggested flying into LaGuardia but Southwest does not fly there.  I do have a credit for American Airlines and there are tickets available but getting to the airport is about a 30-40 minute drive.  I know, first world problems.  

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I am 68% into my goal of running 1,000 miles this year.  I still need 317.45 miles to make my goal and there are 3 months left this year.  Now I wish I shouldn’t have taken so many days off in September.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that my nephew is a Marine!  My sister is going next week to California to see him.  My little baby is a Marine!  How exciting is that?!  Thanks to Facebook memories I have pictures from when he was a little kid and happy to tag along with me to the store, etc.  Now he is a grown up and a Marine!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that things are a bit better at school.  I have my routine set up and know what to do with the two different curriculums that I have and with students whose last time they were in school was in kindergarten.  However, not sure what happened yesterday but I had 3 kids crying/upset right before our afternoon recess.  They would not tell me the reason (I did find out for two of them after mom and a social worker spoke to them).  Well, I had to talk to them before going home to let them know that no matter what happens that I was happy to have them in my room and that I loved them very much and that each day is a new day/start for all of us.  Well, saying all of that made me cry too.  That was the first time I cried this school year.  It was just another reminder of how difficult last year was for all of us.  Let’s hope today is better.  They told me they want to color so I will let them color.

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Tuesday Topics: My Fall Plans

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  What’s on your Fall bucket list?  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 do not have any races coming up so I’m deviating from this week’s topic.  Well, sort of since my topic is still Fall related.  🍂 🍂 🍂

I am excited about Fall!  I LOVE Fall!  Can you tell?  Let me tell you what my plans are for this Fall.

🍂 Run in shorts and long sleeve.  Yep, it is still warm enough for shorts but cool enough for a long sleeve top.  Sometimes I wear compression socks.  I am not ready for tights.  Those belong in the colder weather/Winter.

🍂 Enjoy Thanksgiving.  I am grateful every day for everything I have.  I am lucky and fortunate to be in good health, have a job, and a place to live.  However, Thanksgiving to me is “just” another day.  I look forward to my days off and spending time with family.

🍂 Train for a 50k.  Yikes!  I guess now I will be doing it.  I am nervous and excited about it.  I already told my coach.  And now I will need to train to train for my 50k.  

🍂 Buy a house.  I have to add it here again and hopefully it will happen.  I know everyone keeps telling me to be patient and that the perfect one will show up.    

🍂 Stop staying late at work.  There is always work to do and I will never catch up.  Sometimes I feel like I do more than I should.  I am feeling better about work because I have my routine set up with my students.  I feel like I know what I am doing and that is making the day go smoother.  <<It’s been challenging to learn and implement two new curriculums this year.

Any fun plans this Fall?

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Fit Five Friday and September 2021 Runfessions

It’s the last Friday of the month which means Marcia has opened the Runfessional!  It’s also time for another edition of Fit Five Friday hosted by DarleneRenéeJennZenaida, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?!

 I runfess…
That while I haven’t been running much these past couple of weeks, I’m interested in running a 50k next year.  Just skip the marathon and go straight to the ultra.  I’ve done two of them (2012 and 2014).  Ha, my first one was almost 10 years ago so now I have to do it, right?  I knew eventually I would like to run it again and get a PR (the second race was slower than the first one).  

 I runfess…
I am not jealous at all of anyone running the Chicago Marathon this year.  I am happy for them and plan to cheer for them in a few weeks.  I hope to see Shalane fly by.  I am still surprised the race has not been cancelled.  

I runfess…
Last month I mentioned that my primary doctor is leaving the practice I’ve seen her at for over 10 years.  She will be in a different location and a part of a different hospital.  Yes, I can join her there.  I am hoping that all of my current information will transfer over to the new hospital on MyChart.  Knowing that I will continue to see her does make me happy.

I runfess
Wednesday was our virtual Open House.  I did it together with the other 2nd grade teachers.  I have 21 students and about 3-4 parents (from my class) showed up.  Then I had my own session from 7-8 in case parents had questions for me.  Two parents showed up.  This makes me sad and angry.  To make it worse, we all had to stay at school till 8pm for Open House.  I don’t understand why we could not do it from home.

I runfess…
The stress eating is still going on.  It’s taking me longer than usual to settle into a routine with my students.  I have two new curriculums and it also takes me a long time to figure out and plan what I need to do.  Math, reading, and writing is challenging.  I feel like I am not getting anything done and productive at school and with my students.  

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