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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Tuesday Topics: My favorite Twitter accounts to follow

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  Your favorite Twitter running accounts to follow.  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 know it isn’t a Runfessions post but I will admit that I am not a big user of Twitter.  Mainly it is because I don’t know how to use it.  Does that even make sense?  I mean I can post, and read comments, etc., but when I start reading replies (not from my posts but others) is when sometimes I get lost. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 

I remember I opened my account after a book club meeting where one of the girls wanted us to follow Paulo Coelho.  I just checked my profile and I’ve been a member since February 2012.  I might have to unfollow everyone and start over.  But before I do that let me share a few that I have enjoyed following on Twitter.

@jorgeramosnews – I am a fan of his show on Sunday morning and his podcast.

Dwayne Johnson He is my celebrity crush.  Do I need another reason?  🙂

Oiselle – 99.9% of my running are from Oiselle.  I wear the tops, shorts, and tights.  I have clothes for all 4 seasons.  Some of the items are not cheap but sometimes I buy them when they’re on sale.

Cats of Instagram – You know I have to follow a cats account.

I realize it isn’t a very exciting list.  I may need a crash course on how to best use it.

By the way, I need someone to show me how to add the Twitter tweet box in my posts.  Kim already told me how but I cannot get it to work.  I am sure it is something fast and easy to do just like it was to fix this 500 Internal Server Error message I got last night.  Help!

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Tuesday Topics: My favorite Instagram accounts to follow

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  Your favorite Instagram running accounts to follow.  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 don’t love Instagram but I like it.  I like that one can post a picture and people like and/or comment on it.  There is nothing political or hate involved there.  Well, at least I haven’t seen it yet.

I know the topic is running accounts but I am going to write about some of my favorite ones that are not running related.  

Sweet on my house – I like seeing the different DIY home projects Angie does.  She explains in detail what she is working on and makes it fun.  While I don’t think I would do what she does (I am lazy), I would definitely hire her to do some projects for me.

Learning in Wonderland – Maribel is a teacher like me.  I follow her because she has great resources in TpT.  I have purchased many of them to use in my classroom.  I love learning about new ideas, tips, and best products to use in my room.  Thanks for her I bought a great paper cutter and The Happy Planner.  << I am obsessed with it.

Kim Hides the Rocks Kim loves to paint rocks and hides them for others to find.  She also has tutorials so others can follow along and create their own rocks.  As you know I am not a fan of Reels but hers I do like.  They’re funny!  Another reason I like this account is because I love seeing her cats.  Even the cats have made some Reels!!

Memories by Meyers – There is something satisfying about watching someone write in a pretty and fancy handwriting.  No?  Just me?  Jenna makes it look so easy.  She has an Etsy shop where you can order some workbooks on how to improve your penmanship, learn a new printing style, or learn hand lettering.  I’ve been wanting to learn how to write fancier so these sound like the perfect products to buy.

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Fit Five Friday: 5 things I learned from my run streak

Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is doing well.  I’ve haven’t posted one of these since July.  I did post for Runfessions and Ultimate Coffee Date.  I am hoping that now that I am back at work I can get back to the routine of posting every Friday.  😀 But if I don’t then I know at least one of my cohosts will have a post so all of you can link up with us.

As you know last month I completed my one year run streak.  I thought I would go longer but early in the month I knew I was not.  I was OK with it.  It was a great experience but overall am glad I am done with it.  It wasn’t horrible but just didn’t want to run everyday anymore.  Here are a few things I learned from this run streak.

🏃🏽‍♀️My streak, my rules.  For it to be “official”, each day the runner would have to run at least one mile.  Whatever.  😆 For the most part I would run at least one mile each day.  This Winter was harsh and we got hit with a lot of snow.  It felt like it would never stop.  There were days when I would not run one mile but it was because I couldn’t with all of the snow.  I didn’t care.  Running in the snow is still hard work.  Other days it was cold too.  

🏃🏽‍♀️I took it easy and made it fun.  I had a mixture of workouts and thankfully 3-4 days were easy runs.  I did many of those runs at an easy and comfortable pace.  I also walked and still counted them as running miles.  Again, my streak, my rules.

🏃🏽‍♀️It’s a mental game.  There were days when I did not want to run.  However, I would tell myself that it would “only” be 13-15 minutes.  Once those minutes were over, then I would decide to stop or keep going.

🏃🏽‍♀️I am stronger than I think.  My coach always reminds me of this.  Running everyday is not easy.  Many days I was tired and wanted to stay in bed or watch TV.  But I went out there and ran.  There were also run/paces that he had me do and I would say/think that I could not do it.  I doubted myself A LOT but he would always believe in me.  My coach had me run a 5k and I did it.  I think that is the longest I’ve run without stopping.

🏃🏽‍♀️I found the “why”.  There were times when I wanted to quit and my coach asked me to think about why I was doing a run streak.  At first I thought it would be something fun to do.  But then I wanted to stop.  I realized that the “why” is because I can.  I am healthy.  I can run.  I really had no excuse not to run.

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Tuesday Topics: Tips for beginner runners

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  Your tips for beginner runners.  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!

Dear runner,

So you just started running?  Good for you!  I am proud of you.  Running is fun.  Running is a hobby.  You don’t have to love running but liking it is good enough.  When you start to “hate” it then that is when you probably need to take a break from it.  That’s OK.  It happens to many of us.  Here are some of my tips.  I hope you find them useful.

➡️ Invest in good shoes.  I know shoes are expensive but they’re worth it.

➡️ Running should be fun.  Remember that it is a hobby.  Unless you are training to win a race and money, then it is more than a hobby.

➡️ Listen to your body.  Feeling tired and need a day off?  Go for it.  Do not feel guilty about taking a rest day.

➡️ Walking is OK.  Don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t or make you feel less of a runner for walking.

➡️ A mile is a mile no matter the pace.  Whether you finish it in 15 minutes, 7 minutes, or 9 minutes, make sure to celebrate it.

➡️ You can run a half marathon or a marathon if you want.  It will take time and commitment but it can be done.  I started running in 2005 and ran my first marathon the following year.

➡️ Remember that you are a runner.  Whenever you’re in doubt, remember these wise words from Bart Yasso: “I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others. I never met a fake runner.” 

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