Tuesday Topics: My favorite time of the year to run

Hello there!  Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics.  Thank you to everyone for joining me and Kim every Tuesday.  This week’s Tuesday Topic is: What is your favorite time of the year to 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!

Did you guess by the image my favorite season for running?  Yep, it is Fall.  I love it when I can run in shorts and a tank, short sleeve, or long sleeve top.  I hate having to wear so many layers during the Winter.  I remember a few years ago it was 80 degrees in February.  You bet I ran in shorts.

I also like running in the Fall because I love seeing the different color leaves on the trees and on the ground. 

I also enjoy running in the morning too.  One of the reasons is because I get to see the sunrise.  Even if there is no sunrise I like running in the morning when it is still dark (not so much in the Winter).  It is just me alone outside while listening to music or just thinking about what’s happening, what I have to do, etc.   I find it to be peaceful and relaxing.  

After Fall, I also enjoy running in the Spring and Summer.  Winter is my least favorite one because of the weather.  However, over the years I have learned that the right gear will make running in the Winter more bearable.  In the Spring I like to see the flowers.  The warmth of the sun feels really good too.  Summer is great when I am out early and beat the hot and humid weather.  Summer running is also great when running along the lakefront and feeling that wonderful cool breeze.  And of course there is those beautiful views!

I know I complain about the weather.  But no matter what, I am happy, grateful and thankful that I can run year round.  Whether it is hot and humid, raining, snow on the ground, windy, or freezing, I am out there running even if “just” one mile.


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Weekly Run Down: Spring Break and windy days

What a week it was!  I relaxed, watched TV, and read a new book.  Lola followed me almost everywhere I went.  She is so sweet!

On Monday I did not leave the house until about noon because I was reading and watching TV.  And the only reason I left the house is because I had to go to the post office and do laundry.  I should have done those things on Saturday but I felt lazy that day.  I also did my run in the afternoon.  It was windy all day (23 mpg).

This was on Tuesday.

I ended March with 78.22 miles.  I was really hoping it would have been closer to 100 miles but I am still pleased with how I did.  I remember the month started off well but then I had days when I was just too tired and did not want to do my workouts.  Plus, there were many windy days and I just did not want to fight it.

Wednesday was Lola’s birthday.  No big celebration but she spent the day hanging out with me.

This book is so good!  Thanks Wendy for the suggestion.  I am kind of obsessed with Kara.  I’ve learned so much about the Gouchers from reading the book.

Yesterday I had to run 5 miles.  I really had no desire to run that long.  That sounds funny because 5 miles isn’t really that long.  I started off with 30 minutes and was feeling really good so I kept going.  However, my last mile felt hard because it was all headwind and I was tired.  Took it easy and walked as needed.

Today’s run was GREAT!  No wind and it was sunny.  I did overdress and I should have worn shorts.  It was the first time doing an All For One Run.  It was so good and perfect for a Sunday run.  This is one that I will definitely do again.  Check out that playlist!

Anyone else watched “Law and Order: Organized Crime”?  I watched parts of it because my mother was here and I was helping getting her ready for bed.  However, I watched it the next day on Hulu.  It was so good.  I cried.  Now I am watching “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” from the beginning.  I never watched it from the beginning and would randomly watch it on Saturdays since it is on all day.  

Overall, it was a great week.  I left the house a few times to do errands while taking it easy.  I would have liked to have traveled, but definitely enjoyed being at home.

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Fit Five Friday and April Ultimate Coffee Date

Hello April!  Like Jenn mentioned in her post, we are 1/4 through the year.  Wow!  These past few months were a blur, well, except for February with that awful weather.  🙂

I am still on Spring Break, but today is my last day.  However, I am also off on Monday and then Tuesday is a Remote Planning Institute Day (I can work from home).  This week also went by fast.  No complaints.  So, grab your favorite drink and let’s chat.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I want to go on vacation.  I just want to go somewhere and get away.  I have my good days and bad days and I am itching for some time alone.  Is that bad?  I know the pandemic has affected everyone but like everyone else I am just so tired of it.  I want to travel to NYC and to Washington, DC.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I want to buy anther Garmin watch (245) just because of the walking feature.  My 235 does not have it.  Do I really need a new watch?  No.  But I do want to have the feature when I do go out for a walk.  There’s been a few times when it’s been so windy and I’ve had no desire to deal with it while running, that I’d just go for a 20 minute walk.  You will then tell me that I don’t like to walk.  You are right.  However, lately, I don’t mind it.  I usually do a Peloton class or listen to a podcast.  You will be shocked because I don’t like podcasts either.  

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I find this whole virtual Boston Marathon thing a bit crazy and silly.  I get it that it’s been tough on the running industry but they are taking advantage of people wanting to supposedly race a Boston Marathon and get a unicorn medal.  It isn’t even on the actual course.  Plus, $125 is a lot of money for a virtual race.  So am I a hypocrite if I tell you that, since I will never qualify for it, if I were given an entry to it, I will take it?

If we were having coffee…
I’d ask you “What do you do about all of the ads on Instagram?”  This past week I spent some time going through quite a few of them and hiding them and either selecting “It’s irrelevant” or “I see it too often”.  I’d ask you if I just wasted my time by doing that. 

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I know you are tired of hearing about me wanting to buy a house.  While I am excited about it, I am also nervous.  I know the interest rates are low.  Actually, they’ve gone up a little bit.  House now are still so expensive.  More than they were last year.  I live on the south side of Chicago where it isn’t that expensive but seeing prices for a 3 bedroom, 2 bath for $250,000-$300,000 scares me.  I remember years ago when I started looking I did not want to spend more than $225K (I thought it was too much).  Now I have no choice.

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Tuesday Topics: My daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: Do you set a weekly goal?  Monthly?  Yearly?  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!

Hello there!  How is everyone doing today?  Today is day 2 of Spring Break.  Yesterday was glorious…loving Spring Break.  I will write more about it in Sunday’s post.  For now let’s talk about goals.  I have daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.  I am happy to say that this is the first time I’ve actually written them down.  🙂

➡️ At the beginning of the year, I set my goal to run 1,200 miles.  As you know, February was not a good month for me due to the weather (34.26 miles).  March has been better (74.71 miles) but still my mileage is not what I wanted it to be.  That is OK.  I might have to change that yearly goal.  Maybe 1,000 miles?

➡️ In order to meet my goal of running 1,200 miles this year, my monthly goal is 100 miles.  I may need to adjust it.

➡️ Buy coffee 4-5 days per month.  I have both a coffee maker and a Keurig so there is really no reason for me to stop at Starbucks of Dunkin Donuts for a coffee.  I do like their coffee though but know it is expensive.  

➡️ No specific mileage but just do the workouts assigned by my coach.  I do my best but sometimes a run doesn’t happen or is cut short due to the weather or not feeling it.

➡️ Do 2-3 bike classes on the Peloton.  I mean that is the reason I bought the bike.

➡️ Take my lunch to work 4 days a week and order out one day.  I work hard.  I treat myself.  Sometimes I even have leftovers and that is dinner for me.  

➡️ Not bring any work to do at home.  Sometimes I don’t get to finish all of my work and I end up finishing it over the weekend.  I remember a few years ago I would bring work home almost every day.  Now it is just maybe an hour or two to finish my lesson plans.

➡️ Leave work at 3pm.  We do have a staff meeting on Wednesday and on those days I leave at 4pm.  

➡️ Drink 8 cups of water.  I have a 32 oz water bottle that I take to work.  I like to finish it before leaving work.  Then at home I refill it again and try to finish it before I go to bed.  There are days when I don’t finish the bottle and there are days when I refill it 3 or 4 times.  Balance, right?

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Weekly Run Down: Afternoon runner and kids in the classroom

Hello there!  Tomorrow is my first day of Spring Break!  I’ve been waiting for this week for weeks!  Haha!  I have no traveling plans but want to finish up a couple of things for school, read a few books, and watch TV.  Relax, right?  I am excited for Thursday to watch Law and Order!  Anyone else?

As you know I prefer to run in the morning.  But this week was all about running in the afternoon.  I could not wake up in time to run and then get to work.  It is weird how years ago I would wake up around 4:30-5:00 to run, get ready for work, and get to work around 7am.  I am thinking that something is wrong with me.  I’ve just been more tired than usual.

I ran in a few new Oiselle items that I bought.  New gear makes me happy.  Right, Shathiso?  

This week I celebrated my 150th run with Matty.  No shoutout from him but he did make one for a friend of mine that lives in Chicago.  I had no idea she was doing the same run until she posted it on Instagram.  But during the run I did not hear the actual shout (it was towards the end and I was tired of battling with the wind) so then I went back to listen again.  Gonna try again for my 200th run!

After a year of teaching online and not having any students in the classroom, I had two students on Tuesday and Wednesday.  I had so many emotions that day.  I was nervous, scared, and excited.  After Spring Break, there will be 3 students on Tuesday/Wednesday and 2 students on Thursday/Friday.  While I do like having them in the room, the most difficult thing is wearing a mask.  We all have to wear one.  It is hard to breathe and talk.  I found myself talking louder so my students that are at home could hear me.  Oh and we had a fire drill on Tuesday!!  😀

On Saturday I stayed in pajamas pretty much all day.  I finished reading “The Vanishing Half” and then went out to run around 5:30pm.  The book is so good!  Wow!  I had to run 5 miles but instead ran 1.5 miles (Sunday’s workout).  That night I did not sleep well then woke up on Sunday hungry and with a headache.  The plan was to run 5 miles (Saturday’s workout).  Nope.  It was WINDY and cold.  Could not do it.

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

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