Tuesday Topics: Things I saw on my last run

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: Things I saw on my last 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!

Happy Tuesday!  I went back to work yesterday after being off for one week.  Only one student was absent and everyone did well.  I did have trouble with one student (same one with the behavior issues) but that was resolved in 10 minutes.  We have 9 weeks to go till Summer Break!

Yesterday I ran for 25 minutes.  I slept in a little bit, drank some coffee, and then went running.  Earlier I had checked the temperate and it said it was drizzling.  I was not happy about that.  However, once I was ready to head out, I checked again and it was clear.  

Here is a before and after picture.  It was a good run!

Unfortunately I didn’t take too many pictures.  I did see a few things that I will mention here.  Also, I will mention a few things that I thought about on my run.  Originally I thought that was today’s topic.  🤷🏻‍♀️

〰️  There is a lot of garbage on the ground.  Why are people so disgusting?

〰️  I see some pretty flowers.  Are they real or plastic?  

〰️  I like the darkness.  I am in my own world.  

〰️  What is that white van doing there?  I need to stop watching so much TV.  White vans mean only one thing and they freak me out.

〰️  Cute cat.  But why is it running away?  I hope he/she has a home.

〰️  Broken bottle glass.  Be careful.  You don’t want to trip and fall (again).

〰️  So many nice houses here but none for sale.  Could one of these be a house for me?

〰️  I have to use the bathroom.  I went twice before my run.  Can I hold it long enough till I get home?

〰️  I wonder how many students will be in school today?

〰️  Will I be back in time to shower, get ready, make breakfast and head out the door?  I really do not want another parking ticket.  Let me explain.  On Sunday night I left my car on the street that surrounds a school.  There is no parking allowed between 7am-4:40pm when school is in session.  I made it out to my car at 7:03am.  Clarification:  I did not get a parking ticket.  I got lucky.

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Fit Five Friday and April 2022 Ultimate Coffee Date


Wow, it is already April!  We are still dealing with Winter weather conditions since Mother Nature cannot make up her mind.  It is sunny so at least that makes it a bit better.  I’m starting off the weekend with a little catch-up over the Ultimate Coffee Date hosted by Coco and Deborah.  So grab a mug of your favorite beverage and let’s chat for a bit!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that today is my last day of Spring Break.  It sure went by fast!  I taught a few of my students for two hours each morning.  Total there were 5 students.  It was very similar to what I did in the Winter.  We read a few books to discuss point of view and worked on a couple of math word problems.  They’re both difficult to teach and for students to comprehend.  Even more when they do not know how to or want to read.

If we were having coffee…
I’d ask you if you ever donated plasma.  There is a facility two miles from where I live.  On Monday I went to inquire about it and then went on Wednesday to donate.  I was a new donor so the whole process took about 3 hours – the donation itself is about 40 minutes.  It didn’t hurt and I got a debit card with $100 in it.  It came in handy because the next day I had to replace the microwave oven.  It was either that or risk an explosion or fire caused by it.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that it’s been 3 years since my mother had her stroke.  It’s been an eye opening experience.  Many good things have come out of it too!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that you can call me crazy for wanting to run the Marine Corps Marathon 50K.  Maybe it is a good thing I didn’t get in the NYC Marathon.  I haven’t signed up yet – not sure what is holding me back.  I’ve already talked to my coach about it and we will be working together again to train for it.  50K?!?  Yikes!!!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I turn 50 this year.  My birthday falls on a Sunday.  The next week is Thanksgiving and I only have to work Monday and Tuesday.  I am unsure of what to do.  Go somewhere warm?  Have a party with a few friends and family?  I am not really one to “celebrate” my birthday.  I wake up each morning, go for a run, and continue on with my day.  Nothing exciting but just grateful for being able to celebrate another birthday.

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Tuesday Topics: Thoughts on Inside Tracker

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For years I’ve heard about Inside Tracker but never purchased their plan.  My latest blood work was done in August but I was curious to know where I stood now.  I looked into the various plans, reached out to someone about it, and purchased the Essentials Plan.  It isn’t cheap but I told myself I wouldn’t buy more running shoes.  😄  I used a coupon and I paid $136 for it.


I answered a few questions about nutrition, supplements, exercise and lifestyle.  Once I completed it, I made an appointment with Quest Diagnostics for Monday, March 7th.  I was off that day and went there after doing a few errands.  Luckily I didn’t have to fast. 

Two days later I got my results.  I had already downloaded the app to my phone and was excited to see my results.  The first thing I had to do was select my goal.  The options were overall health, lose fat, metabolism, gut health, energy, heart health, endurance, aging, sleep, and cognition.  I picked overall health.  The point of it is to get recommendations (exercise, nutrition, supplement, and lifestyle) based on the results and my goal.  

Each biomarker is categorized as optimized, needs improvement (could be low or high), and at riskAnd yes they’re also identified by those colors.  

My results:

LDL

Glucose

HbA1c

Hemoglobin

Iron

HDL

Triglycerides

Vitamin D

Calcium

Folate

Creatine kinese

Total cholesterol

Magnesium

Based on the results and my goal, the following thing were recommended.

➡️  Level up my aerobic workouts

➡️  Incorporate more olive oil

➡️  Take an ALA supplement

➡️  Eat one serving of a probiotic food everyday

➡️  Take a psyllium supplement

➡️  Take spirulina

➡️  Continue to sleep 7-9 hours daily

What’s next?  I was definitely overwhelmed with all of the information and recommendations.  I compared my results from my last blood work in August and did notice an increase in my triglycerides, HDL, and HbA1c levels, but a decrease in my glucose level.  My doctor tested for other things as well.  She told me my results were normal/negative and that my cholesterol was pretty good.  She also mentioned that my HDL was a little low.

These past couple of months have been hectic.  I haven’t been taking care of myself and haven’t kept up with a consistent form of exercise.  I know I did a lot of Peloton cycling classes but then didn’t keep up with it either.  My mother and I cook every weekend and, well, Mexican food is not healthy.  A lot of food we make is fried.  Cooking with her is a special thing we do.  We make a lot of her favorite dishes and it makes me happy to see her eat the food we make.  

I have purchased a few of the supplements but I know that I need to do more than take supplements.  But at least it is something to start with.  The information/results on the website are more thorough than the app.  On the website you get food recommendations for each group that needs improvement or is at risk.  As an example below are some recommendations for my high LDL.  I’ve never heard of bulgur, spelt, kamut, or teff.  I clicked on the icon on the right of each image and the image turns around to give me more information about it.  I click on the image on the left and I get a recipe.  

I did find it interesting that my iron and hemoglobin levels was low.  I already take an iron pill.  I wonder now if that is the reason why I am feeling more tired than before.  I don’t remember being this tired last year when I was running everyday!  My coworkers tell me that this school year is taking a toll on everyone (especially with my one student that is giving me a lot of trouble).  I rarely drink coffee in the evening because it keeps me up at night.  Now there are times that I drink a cup of coffee and can still fall asleep at night.

I mentioned earlier that all of this is overwhelming.  However, I am glad I did this to get a better understanding of where I am health wise.  I do want to avoid getting diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.  My cholesterol level goes up and down but never high enough to be on medication.  Once my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic and that freaked me out.  

Will I use Inside Tracker again?  Absolutely.  I want to check my progress.  It was recommended that I get tested again in June.  Hopefully I will see more biomarkers in green.

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Tuesday Topics: 2022 Shamrock Shuffle 8k Race Recap

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: What do you do after a long run or race?  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 deviating from this week’s topic to write about my race from Sunday.  I was debating on whether or not to run it and Saturday morning at the expo is when I made the final decision.  I am glad I did it because it was LOTS OF FUN!

The last time I ran this race was in 2019.  The expo was in a different location than in previous years.  It was cold and rainy on Saturday morning as I made my way downtown.  It was actually fun taking the train and being downtown again.  It must have been 2 years since I’d taken the train as well.  

I went to one tent to pick up my bib and then to another one to get my shirt.  The expo was very small.  I just looked around but didn’t buy anything.

Race day was cool – not warm nor too cold either.  I wore pants but could have worn shorts.  I wore a long sleeve top under my shirt and am glad I did because I waited 12 minutes to cross the start line. 

Wow!  There were times that I felt cold but OMG it felt GREAT being there.  It is hard to explain it but it felt wonderful to be able to race again.  This race is one of my favorites!  I loved seeing everyone’s outfit and their excitement of being able to run this race again.

Finally it was time to run!  I knew the signals downtown were wacky and Garmin information isn’t reliable.  The day before I had set my watch for manual laps.  That morning I changed it back to auto lap.  While I did care a teeny tiny bit about my time, I didn’t want to worry too much about pressing that lap button at each mile marker.  I wanted to enjoy the race and finish!  Secretly I was hoping to finish under an hour – and I did, but it was close.

I had been doing good with running without stopping.  I wanted to see if I could do it again and for how long.  I kept an easy pace.  My watch was showing numbers in the 10s but I knew that wasn’t possible.  I also saw the numbers 9 and 8.  I ran and ran.  I took in the sounds and the sights.  I ran sans music and am glad I did.  I listened to everyone around me (luckily no one was talking too much because you all know I hate it).  

I stopped at the first water stop.  According to my watch it was before the 2 mile marker.  I then learned later on not to rely on my watch.  I took two cups of Gatorade and continued to run again.

When I was at the one mile marker my watch said 1.15 mile.  OK, not too far off.  However, at mile 2 it said 2.30.  Soon it was 3 miles but for sure I thought I had missed the mile marker.  Then I saw it when my watch said 3.5 miles.  For some reason that messed with my head.  I stopped to walk for a few seconds.  Then I snapped out of it and kept running.

There wasn’t too many people out there but it was still enough.  I was already getting tired and did my best not to walk too much.  There is nothing wrong with walking but I wanted to limit it.  There was another water stop around mile 4 and I took two more cups of Gatorade.  I was thirsty and should have drank water instead. 

I ended up walking more the last mile of the race.  By this point I was even more tired and wanted to finish.  I’ve run this race plenty of times and know where the finish line is but it felt like it was taking too long to get there.  I knew the hardest part was yet to come.  I was on Michigan Avenue ready to turn left on Mt. Roosevelt.  Oh, I mean Roosevelt Road.  It is a long and hard incline and it feels harder when running the Chicago Marathon.  I was running but stopped to walk.  I picked up the pace knowing that I could still make it under one hour.  I finally finished in 59:42.

I didn’t take any pictures along the course.  I took in everything around me – the energy, the runners, the noise, and the sights.  I recognized many places but also saw some new ones.  Did I mention how great it felt to be downtown again?  Did I also mention how great it felt to run a race again?  Part of the route was new but some of it was the same from before.

It was a beautiful day for a race.  No rain like the day before.  It was sunny and perfect.

My original goal was to have fun and finish.  Deep down I also wanted to finish under an hour.  I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen since I hadn’t been running much these past few months.  I was pleased with how I did and was surprised at my average pace.  I ran without walking too much.  I am definitely in much better running shape than I thought I was.  

Below is the data from my watch.  Interesting on the pace and distance. 🤣

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Fit Five Friday: 5 pictures from this week

Happy Friday!  Friday is my favorite day of the week.  One more week till Spring Break.  I have parent/teacher conferences on Tuesday so that means 4 more work days.  Very excited about it!

I love taking pictures.  Right now I have almost 8,544 pictures stored in my phone.  I wrote a similar post last year and at that time I had almost 6,000 pictures.  I need to go through them and delete some since many are duplicates.  

Let me share with you 5 of those pictures from this week.

📷  Mateo is rarely affectionate with me.  Lately I’ve woken up in the morning to find him right next to me on the bed.  I don’t know what time he gets on it but it’s like he is trying to protect me.  There are plenty of other places he can sleep on but he picks my bed.  He does care about me.

📷  The balcony is one of my favorite places in my apartment.  I know my cats love it there too.  No more snow (hopefully) so I put out the chairs.  Once it is warm enough my mother and I will sit outside and hang out.

📷  My kids are pretty awesome.  No matter what, they’re still kids.  I love seeing them have fun.  One thing they like to do is draw and color.  They also enjoy doodling.  Here are some items they drew.

📷  Funny that I had a similar picture in last year’s post.  My neighbor across the street sells elotes and sometimes I get one to enjoy.  Definitely not the healthiest but it is yummy!

📷   I started running again.  Thank you for your encouragement and support!  It is warming up here and that makes me very happy (we’ve been able to have outdoor recess too).  I’ve done two days of running where I’ve run nonstop for at least 20 minutes.  Total mileage as of yesterday is 27.21 miles so running nonstop for that long is a HUGE deal to me.  

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