Can you believe today is my 100th day of my running streak?  I can hardly believe it myself.  No way did I think it would go this long.  How much longer will I keep doing it?  Who knows. 

Monday was the last day in November and I ran 2.67 miles.  I was supposed to do 4 but it was very windy and the wind wore me out.  I did some quick math and knew that I’d met my goal to run more miles than I did in October.  I ended up with 104.71 miles.

The most exciting thing happened on Wednesday.  So for the past 9 weeks I have been training for a 5k.  My goal was to finish it in 33:30.  I’ve had some great workouts and have done much better than expected (i.e., I’ve run 3 miles without stopping and have done many runs with negative splits.) 

My coach had set up my 5k race for Saturday.  Last week on Sunday we talked about it more and while I was excited about it, I was also nervous.  What if I didn’t meet my goal?  I was also worried about the wind.  Well, at that point I couldn’t worry about it too much since there was nothing I could do about it.  I was running 3.10 miles on Saturday no matter what.

Fast forward to Wednesday and I went out for my run.  I was supposed to run a progressive run of 3 miles with the first mile between 11:30-11:45 pace.  I didn’t feel like I was going that “fast” but when I looked at my watch I was running at a 10:30 pace.  It wasn’t cold nor windy.  I kept going and just went with the flow.  I finished my first mile in 10:37.  It was faster than I was supposed to but kept going.  Halfway through the second mile I was in the 10:20s.  I had to make a decision.  Could I keep running at this pace?  Could I run 3.10 miles in 33:30 or faster?  There was only one way to find out.  I kept going.   I finished mile 2 in 10:30.  Mile 3 is when it started to feel hard.  I wanted to stop just for a few seconds.  But I was so close and while I was breathing hard and it was feeling hard, I kept running.  I finished mile 3 in 10:19 which is the fastest mile in this training cycle.  I had programmed my regular 3 mile run in my Garmin with the specified paces, so of course it stopped at the end of mile 3.  I stopped running and then pressed the resume button to run .10 miles.  Finally done!  Finish time is 32:22.  I had met my goal!!!  I was so happy and could not believe it.  By then it was about 8am so I had to quickly get home to shower and get ready for school.  It wasn’t until later in the day that it really hit me what I had done.  My PR is 29:48 from May 2011.  I have never trained for a 5k and while it wasn’t an official PR nor an actual race, I am very pleased with how I did.


So what’s next?  Train for a 10K.  My PR is 1:04:02 from September 2010.  My coach told me my goal will be around 1:05-1:06.  Excited to see how I do!

In the school department, Friday afternoon I found out I got a new student.  She is a transfer from a GE classroom in my school.  You can just imagine how I felt that day.  I was annoyed and frustrated, but mostly angry.  I cannot believe that a District will allow that many students in a classroom.  It may be fine during a regular school year (one year I had 29), but definitely NOT during virtual learning.  There are just so many other things I want to say and write here (I am sure you can imagine), but I will not because, well, it won’t be appropriate.

Saw a cute friend this morning while out on my run.  🙂

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

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32 Comments on Weekly Run Down: Running 100 days and 32:22

  1. Trust, me I get it!! I had a great week until one of my at-home learners logged themselves off when I dropped 12 at-school learners to PE and was informed by the mother it was my fault! He isn’t with me, he is with you!! I kept my 12 students in line and under control…I was so made that I couldn’t write a response back because I was so MAD!I teach at the school with 12 live students while I am streamed to 4 other students! You know how hard that is, right! On my prep time, I come back and work with my 4 at-home friends because it is beneficial, not because I have to, so how am I in the wrong??? BTW awesome PR job. I just took 24 minutes of my previous 50k time!

    • Teaching online is hard and I cannot imagine doing both online and in person teaching. We were supposed to start that in November (I think) but then that did not happen. I am glad. Some parents are just horrible and blame everything on the teacher. It sucks, I know. Hang in there! You are AMAZING!!

  2. Nice work on your miles and on your 5k! You’ll be back under 30 minutes, I bet!

    I don’t know how you teachers do it. This year is horrible–I hear so many complaints on both sides. It will be interesting if you guys go back into the classroom in February.

    • Thanks, Wendy! Next year will be the year of PRs!! I have heard that we will not go back but of course that can change. I just know I miss being in a room and with kids. I may complain about it but I need my room and my students.

  3. Congrats on crushing your 5k goal, Zenaida! I personally think a virtual race (or time trial, whatever you want to call it) is so much harder without the race atmosphere.

    So sorry about a new student. That just seems wrong halfway through the school year!

    Good luck with the 10k training. Excited to follow your journey.

  4. YES!!! Congrats on your 5k and I am not one bit surprised that you made your goal. And especially with your 100 days and counting streak on top of that…you are going to be in great shape once real racing starts up again.

  5. Congrats on that awesome PR! I can’t wait to see how you do in your 10k. Sorry that things at school are still rough. It’s almost Christmas break!

  6. Way to go on that 5K! And, more than a minute under your goal! That’s a substantial achievement 😉 Also, great job on the streaking! The longest I’ve ever run streaked was 41 (or maybe 42?) days during one of my winter streaks.

  7. Way to go on the 5k! Your consistent hard work is paying off. That’s so frustrating about the extra student. I can’t imagine how anyone can blame the teachers.

  8. Congrats on the 5k and the 100 days. Both are amazing!!

    Teaching is the hardest job ever…just saying.

    Excited to follow your 10k training!

  9. I can’t believe they are still adding students to your roster! That is crazy!

    You kicked butt on that 5k! I haven’t even thought about trying for any kind of speed this year. I think maybe next year I will see what I can do.

  10. Huge congrats on all of your hard work paying off with your 5K! And congrats on 100 days of your streak – quite an accomplishment. Do you think you’ll keep going?

    So sorry about the addition of another student. This year has been so hard for students and teachers – there’s just got to be a better way for everyone!

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