Fit Five Friday: Five things I am looking forward to Spring

Welcome To Fit Five Friday!  It’s time for a brand-new Friday Five, and we are thrilled to bring you this Fit Five Friday link-up!  We’ve got FIVE incredible co-hosts, and we are ready to link up every Friday to share YOUR weekly fitness favorites!  Join hosts My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Run Laugh Eat Pie, Runs with Pugs, and Zenaida every Friday for Fit Five Friday!  Who’s ready for some fun?

Here are the guidelines:  Your link should center around some kind of fitness (exercise, wellness, mental health, nutrition… the possibilities are endless!)  Please link back to your hosts!  It’s the right thing to do!  Share the link-up love by visiting and commenting on your hosts and at least two other Fit Five Friday bloggers!  Feel free to share about Fit Five Friday on your social media!  Tag #FitFiveFriday to get the word out!

Winter is here.  While I am not a big fan of it, so far it hasn’t been too bad.  We’ve had snow maybe 2-3 times and it hasn’t been that cold.  Winter running is all about having the right gear too.  I have plenty of it so so far I am surviving.  

How many more weeks till Spring?  

💐 Flowers – I enjoy seeing colorful flowers.  They make everything look prettier and makes me feel better.  With everything that happened last year and what is happening this year, we need to stop, admire and smell the flowers.  

💐 No more snow – While there is never a guarantee that we won’t get snow, it is less likely that it will happen.  As you know, I HATE the snow.

💐 Running in shorts and short sleeve shirtI love running in shorts.  I also love running in shorts and a long sleeve top.  I dislike running in tights with a long sleeve shirt AND a jacket.  The less the better.

💐 Spring Break – Honestly, I was planning to go on vacation but now am seriously doubting I will go.  Yes, it is the same trip I was planning to take last year.  If I cancel again then at least I will have a week off to stay home and relax.  No complaints there.

💐 March 14 – Do you know what that day is?  It is Daylight Savings Time.  I know we will lose an hour but there will be more light in the evening.  Eventually there will be more light in the morning too.  Oh, and I realize the first day of Spring isn’t till March 20th, but it still counts.

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Tuesday Topics: My favorite book from 2020

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  What was your favorite book you read last year?  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 love to read.  I find it so relaxing to sit down on the sofa or anywhere comfortable and read a book.  Add a glass of wine and it is much better.  :-). Reading takes me to a new place.  Reading transports me to the place where the story takes place.  It is a whole new world for me. 

Thanks to Wendy for posting the books she has read.  I go through it and then pick a few to place a hold at the library.  Others I have read based on other people’s recommendation as well.

I don’t have a favorite book that I read last year.  I read a few interesting books and it was hard to pick one.  I wished I could say that I read more books since I did have more time last year.  I didn’t.  I also watched a lot of TV last year.  Thanks Netflix!  Also, none of the books I read were running or fitness related but I do have one on my list to read this year.

UnorthodoxWow!  I enjoyed everything about it and learned about Hasidic Jewish traditions.  I also enjoyed the Netflix series.  It was a perfect thing to do during the beginning of quarantine.

Truths I Never Told You – I could not put this book down.  I knew it was a very different way of living in the 50s and 60s but to read about (illegal) abortion made me feel sad and angry.

Ghosted – I was not too crazy about this book.  I only finished it because I wanted to see how it ended.  Rosie Walsh meets the perfect man.  Somehow he then starts to avoid her.  Ha, I thought he was just a jerk.  He wasn’t.  There is a family tragedy that took place years ago and it involves both families. 

Darling Rose Red – This was another I could not put down.  At one point I remember it was late and dark and I was still outside in the balcony reading.  It was twisted but yet interesting.  I had never heard of Munchausen syndrome by proxy and this book is an example of it.  Cannot imagine how this could be happening out there.

Books I am writing to get from the library are:

The Silent Patient

Win at All Costs

The Vanishing Half

The Promised Land (I have the audiobook and started listening to it but keep getting distracted).

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Weekly Run Down: Week #5 of training for a 10k and 21.99 miles

I went back to work on Monday.  Honestly, I did not want to go back.  Everyone was tired and it was tough.  Looking forward to Spring Break!  🙂

We got a little bit of snow on Monday but no way was I going to run 5 miles.  I know it isn’t a lot but I didn’t have enough time either. 

During the week the rest of the snow and ice melted.  I hate going out in the dark while there is still snow/ice for fear of slipping.  I wait till it isn’t dark anymore but then sometimes run out of time.  Once I got back at 8:15 and was ready by 8:30am.  🙂

Saturday morning I had to run 7 miles but I was very tired and slept in till 7.  Then I couldn’t run because I had to take my mother to the doctor.  But I did get out later in the evening.  Felt good being out there.  I did not feel cold at all.  But I did not run 7 miles either.  Some miles is better than no miles at all.

I ran 7 miles this morning.  I had to run the last two miles between 11:00-11:15.  Both miles were done in 11:17 and 11:19.  So close and both are positive splits.  I still win because 7 miles is a lot to run.  I am pleased with how I did because the last time I did this workout was on December 26th and those last 2 miles were done in 11:48 and 11:12.

I laughed when I saw my total mileage for the week.  Oh gosh!  How did I let that happen?  It does bother me but it isn’t the end of the world.  I need to pay more attention.

Tomorrow is the day that teachers are going back to the classroom.  I keep changing my mind about whether or not to go.  I have my substitute lesson plans ready just in case.  I will know for sure tomorrow morning.  This year is clearly one of my worst years of teaching.  I do not feel like I am appreciated nor respected.  I hate that our Board of Education does not have any parents or teachers to voice their opinion and make decisions.  How is it that non teachers are making decisions for us?  They really have NO idea what we are doing or dealing with this year.

A NEW link up – Fit Five Friday

It’s time for a brand-new Friday Five, and I am excited to be a part of the Fit Five Friday Link-Up!

Join hosts My First 5K and MoreRunning With Attitude, Runs with PugsRun Laugh Eat Pie and me, every Friday for Fit Five Friday!  Who’s ready for some fun?

Here are the guidelines: Your link should center around some kind of fitness (exercise, wellness, mental health, nutrition… the possibilities are endless!)  Please link back to your hosts!  It’s the right thing to do!  Share the link-up love by visiting and commenting on your hosts and at least two other Fit Five Friday bloggers!  Feel free to share about Fit Five Friday on your social media!  Tag #FitFiveFriday to get the word out!  And let’s go! We can’t wait!

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Tuesday Topics: My word for 2021

Welcome to the first edition of Tuesday Topics for 2021.  Kim and I have lots of fun topics for this year.  We are excited for you to join us every week.  

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  Your word for 2021.  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!

There are so many words and it was hard to pick one.  I thought about everything that happened in 2020.  I thought about what I was looking forward to in 2021.  I then decided my word to be “Joy”.  Then I realized that I had picked the same word a few years ago.  But, I feel like this word will mean so much more this year.

Why this word?  I know many bad and great things happen in 2020.  I struggled a lot in my personal and professional life.  I tried to be positive but many times it was hard.  However, there were many times that that is what got me through.  I had to find joy in things around me.  It probably sounds corny but honestly I had no choice.  I mean, there were times when I cried and was angry, but then felt better afterwards.  I had to move forward.

Where will I find joy?  This is not in any specific order and not everything is on this list.  

My health.

My students.

My running.

Spending more time with my mom.

My friends.

My coworkers.

My cats.

My iMac.

My Brooks shoes.

My Oiselle long roga shorts.

My MAC patentpolish lip pencil in Ruby.

Cooking with my mom.

My new car.

My running playlist.

Making apple martinis.

My pens and highlighters.

Working with my coach.

My blogger friends.

My family.

Tuesday Topics

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Weekly Run Down: Week #4 of training for a 10k and what defines a run streak?

Happy New Year!  How is everyone doing?  We had another low key New Year’s Eve.  My sister and nephew came over.  We ate and played lotería and then they left.  The rest of us ended up going to bed at 9pm. 

I got off on the right foot this week but then towards the end it all went down.  We got snow and it made it tricky to run outside.  

On Wednesday I went to the gym but could not stand being there.  The treadmill was shaking so much and the pace was way off between the treadmill and my watch.  I ran 2 miles and left.  

I went out the next day but then more snow was coming down.  It got slippery and I didn’t want to run too long.  Friday was the same.  Ugh!  I hate this weather.  I hate even more that I don’t have a treadmill at home.  The reason I went to the gym is because I got a free one week trial but it was very uncomfortable there.

I retired the Brooks Ghost 12 and am now running in the Launch 5.  

I am sad Winter Break is over.  I wished I had another week.  These 2 weeks sure went by too fast.  I spent time watching “Criminal Minds” and relaxing with the cats.

What exactly defines a run streak?  I was hoping to do at least one mile but this weather is not being friendly and sometimes one mile is not possible.  My streak, my rules, right?  🙂

I know I can stop any time I want but I realized that this run streak is not about doing said streak.  To me it is about being able to run outside.  Like everyone else I am so tired of being indoors.  I look forward to running outside every day even if it is just half a mile.  

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

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