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Another great week again!  Ran 6 days for a total of 20.81 miles.  Running 6 days does make me tired but it is manageable.  Good thing Summer School is not too hectic so I can relax and take it easy.

Due to the weather I’ve been getting outside between 6-6:30am.  Most days I finish my run dripping with sweat.  I like to sit down on the steps to cool down before going inside to shower.  As you can see most of my photos are of me on those steps.


I ended the month with almost 85 miles.  My goal was to run 100 miles.  So close.  Well, I am determined to get it in July.  


Another great workout on Thursday.  It was similar to the one I’ve done for the past 2 weeks.  This time it was one set of intervals but each one was 15 seconds longer with a shorter recovery (80 seconds instead of 90 seconds).  Prior to that I did 3 surges of 15 seconds each with 30 seconds recovery.  I liked this workout even more because it was one set of intervals instead of two.  🙂


I finished Deborah’s Run Bet Challenge and “won”.  I say that I won because I got the money back that I put into the bet.  Happy when that happens.  

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Wednesday was Mateo’s birthday.  He is one year old!!!  He is so dramatic but I love him.  Ask Lola and she’ll tell you something different.  Umm, she hisses whenever he is near her.

Saturday morning was another run on the Lakefront.  It wasn’t as humid as the week before but it was still a tough one.  Not sure why I am struggling with my Saturday runs.  I had to run 6 miles with the last 2 being my fastest ones (around a 10:00 pace).  Ha, not even close but not horrible either. 

And in non running news, our District sent a survey asking teachers for our thoughts and concerns regarding going back to school in the Fall.  I cannot imagine being an Administrator and having to make these decisions.  Many things were brought up such as sick pay, procedures for when a child gets sick, quarantine steps, who will teach music, art, PE, and cleaning/sanitizing steps.  My main concern is is it safe to go back to the classroom?  Do I want to risk getting sick?  There is NO way to social distance with that many students in the classroom.  I had 18 last year and it isn’t possible.  What if I do get sick?  What happens then?  How long will I be out?  Who will stay with my students?  

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

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29 Comments on Weekly Run Down: A hot week and winning a RunBet Challenge

  1. I hear those same questions from my friends who are teachers. It is just such a mess right now. I hope that the schools can get the kids back in a way that is safe for everyone.

  2. Awesome job, especially on the increase in runs last month! Like you, I always like to sit on my front steps to cool off for a little bit before going back in the house. I always feel like a sweaty mess!

  3. Happy Birthday Mateo! Congrats on your miles! The school thing is a mess. I don’t know what the answer is but any place there are kids there is zero social distancing.

    • Thanks! Hopefully soon we’ll hear from our District. I have no choice but to go to work but I know teachers with kids need to decide what to do as well with their kids.

  4. That is so tough about going back to school. I hope that they make a decision that feels right to you.

    Happy Birthday Mateo! If all Lola does is hiss, it’s good. As long as fur isn’t literally flying I think you’re good. 🙂

    Nice solid week for you, Zenaida! I never run 6 days a week. Even short runs — heck, my 3 runs tired me out and they’re not even that long, LOL!

    • Hopefully soon we’ll hear back from the District. I don’t have any other choice but to go to work but at least I can mentally prepare for it.

      Well, Mateo also likes to chase Lola. He wants to play but she wants nothing with him.

      • That’s pretty normal for one cat not to want to play with a younger cat. He’ll also settle somewhat as he gets older, too.

        Being a teacher now is just so hard. 🙁

  5. Nice week and month of running! I’ve been running early (and sweating), too. 6 days is great! I don’t know what i’d do if I worked in a school. I am glad I am not in your shoes or have to make any of those decisions!

  6. Great job on the runbet! Also, you had a great week of consistency. Something I had not thought of, until seeing all your concerns, is what about substitute teachers? I’d think that would be a tough situation to keep a strong roster of subs available, and to ensure all of them are in good health themselves AND aren’t at risk by entering someone else’s classroom. UGH. So many variables…lots of tough decisions.

    • I am glad running is going well despite the heat.

      That is a great point about substitute teachers. Our District does not have enough of them and that is why sometimes we have to double up. That will probably not be allowed anymore.

  7. Great week and month of running!

    Lots of questions to think about….I wouldn’t want to be the decision maker. Two of my good running friends are teachers and it’s interesting to hear all about these discussions. I hope you feel safe with whatever is decided!

    • Thank you.

      I know that whatever is decided from the district, some teachers will not be happy because we are all in different situations. I hope we find out soon so we plan and get used to the idea of said plan.

  8. I can’t imagine the issues that schools are facing
    Way to go on nearly 85 miles, and GO US on the Runbet

  9. It must be so hard for the people who need to make decisions about schools. Ive heard alot of talk about options for virtual learning for some students and a rotating schedule for others. But who will do all of that teaching for different groups? I hope we get some answers soon. Great job with your runs this week!

    • I can imagine how difficult it must be to be making these kind of decisions. Hopefully we’ll hear soon so we can also start making plans or at least get used to used to the idea of said plan.

  10. Great job on getting your money bak! Who knows what to expect with Covid and returning to the classroom. I have taught little(toddlers, preschool, and pre-kindergarten), kindergarten, third, fifth, and 6th and am happy to not be teaching in this crazy time. I do have a child in 5th grade who is so social that on-line learning bored her without the human interaction of teacher or fellow classmates. Good luck with hitting 100 miles in July, you can do it!

    • Thank you! I really hope I can get to 100 this month.

      I am in introvert but so miss the interaction with my students and the other teachers. I miss hugging my students and seeing their smiles.

  11. Nice runs this week, Zenaida. Congratulations on winning your RunBet. I haven’t done any yet but maybe I will have to check them out. Good luck with your 100 mile goal this month.

    I can’t imagine teaching right now. I think I am glad I retired when I did. Our state has just said that masks will be mandatory for all teachers and students. I can’t even imagine having to enforce that policy. Ugh! Hang in there.

    • Thanks!

      The thought of wearing masks freaks me out. I know it is for my own good and for me to be safe but it will be so hard for the students. Plus, I can barely hear them now when they’re talking and a mask will not help. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

  12. Happy birthday to dramatic Mateo! What a cutie!

    It’s such a hard decision. Our state must mandated that 5-day brick and mortar school must be an option (even if it doesn’t happen), which would mess with the hybrid options. We chose a school-based distance learning model – little man wants to stay with his school, but tis anxious about actually going. We have no idea if it’s the right choice but I guess we will find out.

    • He is so dramatic but always makes me laugh!

      Ugh, I can imagine how stressful it must be for you too. I can understand he feels anxious too. It is so tough and I don’t even know what is the right option for schools right now.

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