Tuesday Topics: My favorite race medal

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: What is your favorite race medal and why?  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 have run 168 races ranging from a 5k to a 50k.  I don’t know exactly how many medals I have but I know it is a lot.  I don’t have a medal for each race and I have received multiple medals for completing a series or challenge.  Thanks RnR and RunDisney!

Right now my medals are in a box.  I have one from the Shamrock Shuffle in the kitchen because it is also a bottle opener.  🙂  My mother liked one of my medals and put it in her walker.  When I ran the Shamrock Shuffle again this year I asked her if she wanted another medal and she said “Yes”.

However, of all of my medals, my favorite one is from my first 50k.  It is small and simple.  I worked hard for that medal.  I’ve run a few marathons prior to that race but to date it is the furthest distance I’ve ever run. 

Two years later I ran another 50k and got another medal.  Small and simple again.

As for my other medals, I don’t plan on keeping them.  I don’t have room for them anymore but don’t know what to do with them.  I know there is an organization to donate them but I need to fill out a form for each medal.

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Fit Five Friday and April 2022 Runfessions

So far this month went so much better.  Remember that student that I was struggling with last month?  Totally different kid.  For the first time in a long time I can actually take a deep breath and feel really good about myself.  Teaching is actually more fun now.  But I am still counting to the last day of the school year!

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 DarleneRenéeJennMichelle, and me!  Let’s get started, shall we?!

I runfess…
That I am annoyed about the Peloton price increase.  I know it isn’t a lot but still.  I know I’ve paid the same amount since 2019 but still.

I runfess…
That I said no more TV but have been liking “The Golden Girls”.  It is hilarious and I will say that Sophia is my favorite but I am definitely Dorothy.  Are you a fan?

I runfess…
That supposedly Spring is here but it does not feel like it.  The constant weather change is driving me nuts.  Shorts and short sleeve one day and then jackets and tights another day.  Sunny one day and rain and gloomy another day.  

I runfess…
That I really dislike American Airlines.  Last year I booked a flight and then had to cancel.  Then I used the credit from that flight for another trip which I then cancelled.  Somehow that trip was separated into a trip credit and a flight credit.  A flight credit only I can use it whereas the trip credit can be transferred to a sibling as long as they have they same last name.  I had absolutely no idea about it nor know why there are two separate credits.  I want to go to NYC during Memorial Day weekend and was planning to use the total credit amount (this was before I knew about the two credits).  I cannot use both the trip credit and the flight credit to pay for the ticket.  That leaves me with using the flight credit (since the amount is higher) but I still need to pay $73 for the difference which is the amount of the trip credit and cannot use.  The good thing is that I have until the Fall to use these credits.  I am also looking for flights to Mexico and not only are they expensive but there are no direct flights and travel time ranges from 6 to 16 hours.  🤦‍♀️ 🤦‍♀️

I runfess…
That I know I want to run a 50k but haven’t signed up for it.  I am debating between the Marine Corps 50k in Washington, DC and the Lakefront Ultra in Chicago.  I like Washington, DC but would need to travel whereas if I run here then I can sleep in my own bed.  Plus, it will be cheaper!  The one in Chicago is in late October/early November.  What also terrifies me is the weather.  I used to be hardcore about running in the cold but now am a wimp about it.

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Tuesday Topics: April 2022 Review

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I know April is not over yet.  We still have a few more days left.  I am excited for this month to be over because then next month is May which then brings us closer to the end of the school year. 

After a rough start with running due to the weather, I am back at it.  I started a new run streak and am excited about it.  I am also planning to run a 50k this year.  Yikes!

So let me tell you about how this month is going.

At the end of April we’ll be 1/3 done with 2022.  Time is going by fast!

Mileage:  As of yesterday morning I’ve run 55.30 miles.  All of my runs have been easy runs with run/walk intervals.  Each day I run for a specific amount of time instead of miles.  I like it!  Each week I am slowly increasing my mileage and last week was 16.79 miles.  There are still a few more days left in April but I am guessing that I will have about 70 miles for this month.

Highest Mileage Week:  16.79.  It was this past week and it took me 3:45:46 hours.  

Current Challenge:  My running streak.  Yesterday was day #25.  Weather is so much better than a few months ago but still does not feel like Spring.  

Current Book:  Finally reading “When I Ran Away”.  It is taking me longer to finish reading it and I have mixed feeling about it.  I have my days when I like it and days when I don’t.  

Current Shoes:  Currently running in an “older” pair of Brooks Launch.  I’ve run mostly in the Ghost and kind of forgot how much I love this shoe.  I remember the first time I wore the Launch, my feet hurt, and I almost stopped wearing them.  Glad I didn’t.  I have a new pair of the Ghost that I am thinking of sending back and instead get the Launch.  But after that, no more shoes.  

2022 Running Goal:  My goal this year is to run 1,200 miles.  I am at 7% done with 95.57 miles.  Who knows how realistic this goal is.  I have a long way to go but hopefully the 50k training will get me to that goal or at least close to it.

What am I looking forward to next month?  Almost the end of the school year!  My last day of school is  June 7th.  😊

How is April going for you?

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Tuesday Topics: Running a marathon for charity

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: Tips or benefits of running a marathon for charity?   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 watch the Boston Marathon yesterday?  Wow!  The women’s race was INTENSE!  My students and I were jumping up and down and screaming.  I had my students watch it with me – not the whole thing but definitely the ending of the women’s race.  They were so cute!  I love spectating the Chicago Marathon and have decided that next year I will go to Boston to spectate.  Save the date for April 17, 2023!

It has been years since I’ve run a marathon for charity.  My very first marathon in 2006 I ran on behalf of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.  I think I had to raise $3000.  Other years I’ve also run on behalf of the American Cancer Society.  Two things that I loved about running for them were the free training programs through CARA and the hospitality tent after the race.

I think I was lucky when I was fundraising because I received a lot of money from family and friends.  I used to work at the American Bar Association and I also asked the members to donate money.  I remember them giving me $250, $100, and $50.  I had no trouble raising the money for the various races.

🟣  Back then I relied a lot on letters.  There was no Facebook or Instagram to ask for a donation.  I mailed everyone I knew a letter explaining why I was running the marathon and the reason for running for that specific charity (one of my sisters is a breast cancer survivor).  I also included a self-addressed and stamped envelope for them to send the form with a check or credit card information.  Very convenient for them. 

🟣  I sent emails.  Again, no Facebook to send messages.  I sent a couple to remind them to send their donations.  Many would thank me for the reminder.

🟣  Thanks for Facebook, friends that are raising money post about it there.  I like reading the story behind the race and the charity.  I want to know why they picked that charity.

🟣  I have asked friends to remind me about the donation.  As much as I would love to drop everything right there and then to click on the link and make a donation, most likely it won’t happen.  Life happens.  I get distracted and forget.  I tell them that I will NOT be annoyed if they keep reminding me – I want them to!

I don’t think I will run and raise money again for a charity but am more than happy to make a donation.  If you are running for an organization that has to do with children (extra points for education), breast cancer, or pets (cat lover here), then definitely count me in.

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Tuesday Topics: Fun hobbies/activities besides running

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: What fun hobbies/activities do you do besides running?  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!

Happy Tuesday!  I am happy that this will be a short week – I am off on Friday!  So far things are going well with my students.  I have been playing music by Selena in the morning and they all seem to enjoy it.  However, I know one day they will probably tell me to play something different.  

As you know I enjoy running in the morning.  I listen to music or just get lost in my own thoughts.  This time alone prepares me for the day.

Besides running I enjoy watching TV and reading.  Lately I’ve been watching too much TV and am ready to give that a break.  I became hooked on Chicago Med and finally am caught up thanks to Netflix, Peacock, and Hulu.  I also enjoy watching Chicago PD and Law and Order: Organized Crime.  I am not so crazy anymore about Greys Anatomy and am wondering when the show will end.  Most of the characters are annoying but I feel like I need to watch it till the end.  Anyone else is a fan?

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Let’s talk about reading.  I love to read.  Now that I am caught up on my shows I will spend more time reading.  Thanks to Wendy’s reviews I have a long list of books to read.  I am actually excited about it!  I started my list from a review she did in August.  Yes, I have a long way to go.  Even though I plan to teach during the Summer, I will have plenty of time to read a few books.

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Right now I am reading this book.  Anyone else has read it?  

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