Category: Tuesday Topics

Tuesday Topics: Organizing my running gear

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  Show us your organizational skills.  How do you organize your running gear?  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!

In a perfect world I would hire a company to design and set up a walk in closet for me.  I live in an old apartment and, well, it won’t be ideal anyway.  The owner will rehab this place once I move out.

Isn’t this gorgeous?

So that leaves me with being creative to organize not only my work stuff but also my running gear.  Sadly I do not store everything in my bedroom but in various places in the apartment.  My bedroom isn’t big but luckily I have a decent size closet. 

➡️ My running shoes are in an armoire closet/chest drawer I inherited from my mother when she moved.  It is in the back porch.  I used to have 6 new pairs but now I have 2 pairs.

➡️ My favorite running shorts are the Oiselle long rogas.  I have over 30 pairs.  Yes, I love them.  Those shorts are also there.

➡️ Sports bras and socks go in a plastic storage cart and organizer.  

➡️ Pants and long sleeve tops go in the closet.

➡️ Tops go in a dresser drawer in my room.

➡️ Garmin and headphones are in a fruit stand in the kitchen.  We use it to store everything else except fruit.  

Each night I gather everything I need and leave it in the kitchen.  My bedroom is next to it and it makes it easy to grab it all in the morning and get ready.Bitmoji Image

It may not be ideal but this system works for me.  Cannot wait to organize it better once I have a house and more room!

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Tuesday Topics: Day in the life of a teacher during remote learning

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  What are some of your disastrous running costumes or race outfits?  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’m deviating from this week’s topic to write about a day in the life of a teacher during remote learning.  I will make it as exciting as possible!  😀

As you know, school is very different right now.  In the beginning of the school year I worked from home.  Then in January I taught in an empty classroom.  Since March I’ve had 3 kids on various days in my classroom while still teaching online to the rest.  It is a BIG mess and I do not like it.  I know it needs to get done so I make the best of it.

Here is a typical day for me (I chose Tuesday):

5:30-7:30 AM
I get up and make coffee.  Then I check my email.  I also read blog posts and comments.  Since it is Tuesday I make sure my post is up.  Then I go out for my run.  For the past couple of weeks, Tuesday has been a speed workout day and I run between 3-5 miles.  Today it was 6 miles.  

After my run I shower and get ready for work.  I get my coffee and breakfast ready and head out the door.

7:30-8:30 AM
I arrive at school between 8-8:30am.  I live 6 miles from my school and there is minimal traffic in the morning which makes it for an easy commute.

During this time I eat breakfast, drink coffee, check work email, and go to the bathroom.  Then at 8:30am I go downstairs to get my students.  I have 2 that come in on Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 student on Thursday and Friday.  

8:30-8:50 AM
My students log in their computer and work on Imagine Math or Imagine Español.  I finish up any last minute things that I need to do.

8:50-9:15 AM
I log in and then my students log in.  I take attendance.  We talk about what they did the day before.  We go over the number of days we’ve been in school.  This is all done via Google Slides.  Last week I added two slides to include the last day of school and the number of days left of school.  If time permits we also do “Would You Rather”.  I check if anyone else has logged in and submit my attendance.  I remind them to finish their breakfast and to take a bathroom break. 

9:15-12:05 PM
The first subject is Reading.  Currently we are reading John Chapman in Spanish.  The book is originally in English but it is a difficult book for them to read and understand.  Last year my coworker translated it and it is still difficult for most of them in Spanish.  🤦🏻‍♀️

Then we have Writing.  We are working on revise and edit sentences/paragraphs.  My students struggle with writing.  Many do not write complete sentences.  Many don’t start sentences with capital letters nor add punctuation at the end.  It is very frustrating!  The worst part is that they’ve been using their Chromebook for the past year and have not done any writing with pencil and paper.

Then we move on to Social Studies/Science.  The last unit I taught was on “How can one people make a difference?”  We talked about Garrett Morgan, Jane Addams, Luis Valdez, and Susan La Flesche Picotte.  Even I learned about Susan!

The last subject I teach is Math.  It is my favorite!  We have an hour for it.  I teach the lesson and then they work on their assignment.  Last week we finished the unit on even/odd and arrays.  Next week I will start the unit on fractions.

School with me ends at 12:05 pm.  I tell my students to have a good lunch and afternoon and that I will see them the next day.

12:05-12:25 PM
We finish up.  My two students use the bathroom one last time before going home (I do too).  At 12:15 we go downstairs so they can go home.  I stick around for door/playground duty until 12:25 pm.  Then I go inside for lunch.

12:25-1:00 PM
Lunch time!

1:00-1:40 PM
Meeting time with my coworkers.  Each week we alternate between Reading and Math.  We talk about assessments, assignments, students, etc, etc.  Sometimes we just vent on all of the BS that we have to do.  

1:40-3:00 PM
I plan for the next day.  I also review assignments.  I talk to my coworkers.  Sometimes I just put my head down and take a break.

After work I may stop at the store or go straight home.  On a good day I am home by 3:30 pm but sometimes there is more traffic than usual and I am home at 4pm.  Then I take a quick nap or rest for a bit before taking a Peloton bike class.  

Afterwards I shower and eat dinner while reading blog posts.  Sometimes I skip the blog posts and watch TV.  That is why sometimes I am very late is reading and responding to comments.  😬  By 9pm I am tired.  I give my cats a snack and go to bed.

Sleeping

How did I do?  Is my day exciting?  I realize the schedule is not ideal for students because I don’t spend enough time teaching the various subjects.  There have been many complaints about it.  However, I have NO complaints about it.  

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Tuesday Topics: My favorite running costumes or outfits

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  What are some of your favorite running costumes or outfits?  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 am not a costume person.  Heck, I don’t even like to dress up for Halloween!  The only reason I do it is because of my students.  😀

I haven’t run many races in a costume.  I think the only time I’ve done it is when I ran the RunDisney races a few years ago.  And I wore the same two costumes.  Let’s check them out!

☑️ Minnie Mouse at the Walt Disney World Half Marathon

☑️ Sofia the First at the Walt Disney World Marathon

☑️ Minnie Mouse at the Walt Disney World Enchanted 10K

☑️ Sofia the First at the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon

Reading the posts and looking at the pictures made me realize how fun it was to run these races.  I didn’t realized how much I miss racing till now.  I miss the traveling, getting reading the night before, meeting up with friends, etc.

When I run at home my favorite outfit consist of a pair of Oiselle long rogas and a Oiselle top.  Pretty much anything from Oiselle.  My socks are either Balega UltraGlide or Smartwool Run Ultra Light Socks.  I don’t like them with too much cushion.  Also on my feet are a pair of Brooks Launch or Ghost.

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Tuesday Topics: April 2021 Review

This week’s Tuesday Topic is a FREE topic.  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 April is not over yet.  We still have a few more days left.  Things are going well in the running department and I am trying to stay positive and taking it day by day in the work department.

I will use the same format from my last monthly review of October 2020.

At the end of April we’ll be 1/3 done with 2021.  Time is going by fast!

Mileage:  As of this morning I’ve run 87.54 miles.  There are 3 more days left in April and based on my schedule, I will run 8 miles in those 3 days.  I won’t make it to 100 miles but so far April will be my highest mileage month.  My highest mileage ever was 186.27 miles in July 2016.  

Highest Mileage Week:  24.61.  It was this past week and it took me 5:08:31 hours.  

Current Challenge:  My running streak.  Today is day #242.  Total miles is 668.55.  It is still going well and I am hoping to make it to one year.

Current Book:  None but I am waiting for “The Soul of a Woman” by Isabel Allende.  I need to check Wendy’s posts since she always has some great suggestions of books to read. 

Current Song:  No specific song but I am loving anything 80s.  

Current Shoes:  Brooks Launch 5 and Brooks Levitate 1.  I wanted to replace the Launch at the end of March, but sadly had about 200 miles in them due to low mileage in February.  I will hit 300 miles in May and will then add either the Launch 7 or Ghost 12.

2021 Running Goal:  My goal this year is to run 1,200 miles.  I am at 22% done with 264.58 miles.  I know last month I thought about changing my goal to 1,000 miles.  I will revisit again in June, since I plan to run more miles in the Summer, and make a decision.

What am I looking forward to next month?  Almost the end of the school year!  You knew I was going to say that, right?  Have I mentioned that my last day is June 9th?  😊

How is April going for you?

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Tuesday Topics: The night before a race or long run

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  What do you do the night before a race or a long run?  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!

It was a busy weekend for me.  I am late in reading and commenting posts from Friday and Sunday, but I promise I will catch up this week.  😬

I’ve been over a year since my last race.  I am hoping either in the Summer or Fall I can do a race.  So far I’ve been having some great workouts and I hope that translates to another PR.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a night before a race.  Let’s see if I remember what I would do on those nights.  

➡️ Have a good dinner.  I could eat pretty much anything and be OK the next morning.  Yes, to spicy food, but not too much of it anyway.  Sometimes I have a beer too.  

➡️ Get my gear ready.  I don’t want to forget anything in the morning so I make sure to have everything that I will need for my race laid out on the sofa or next to me on the extra bed.  Items include sports bra, shorts/tights, top(s), socks, body glide, watch, gels, watch, credit card, room key, and ID.  

➡️ Set up the coffee maker.  I need to have coffee in the morning.  Sometimes the hotel doesn’t have coffee in the lobby or there is no coffee shop nearby so room coffee it is.  I know it isn’t the best but it is better than nothing.  The best has been where there was a Keurig in the room.  I remember during some of the RunDisney races, there was NO coffee maker in the room and the dining room wasn’t open.  I know, terrible.  I was able to get some later on before lining up for the race.

➡️ Set my alarm.  I remember having to use the room clock for my alarm.  Does anyone remember also having to call the front desk for a wake up call?  Now thanks to my iPhone I set the alarm there and go to sleep.

➡️ Use the bathroom again.  And then maybe again.  Being nervous always make me go to the bathroom multiple times.  

As for a long run, it is pretty much the same.  What I don’t do is set my alarm.  My cats wake me up.  

What about you?  What do you do the night before a race or a long run?

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