Weekly Run Down: Hot days and committee work

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With school being out last Friday you would think that I would actually be on break this week, right?  Nope.  It was all work.  Well, Monday I went to my uncle’s funeral with my mom.  It was actually a nice day (not cold and no rain).  The rest of the week was spent in school working on our reading, writing, and social studies curriculum.  We had to update pacing guides, curriculum maps, and PBA (performance based assessments).  It was a lot of work and there were many times where I was frustrated.  We did not finish our work and will possibly be meeting July 31 and August 1.

After I complained so much about the cold and long winter, we had some HOT days this week.  Humid days too and then some rainy days.  Definitely not consistent here.


I was supposed to run 3 miles on Monday but when I was getting ready in the morning at my mom’s, I realized that I had two sets of running clothes but no shoes.  🙁  So I did 3 easy miles on Tuesday.  Later on in the day I went to see my mother and had pozole for dinner.  Yummy!

Did you run on Wednesday for Global Running Day?  I did!  I wasn’t planning on but ended up running 5.34 miles.  It had been raining and it was HUMID.  I almost skipped the run because of the rain but eventually it did stop.  Despite the weather, it was a fun run!  Aren’t my shoes cute?

Thursday was 1.5 mile warmup, 2×5 minutes and 3×2 minutes, and 2 miles cool down.  It was a tough workout!  I did better than I expected and proud of it.


Friday morning I woke up a little dizzy and nauseous and was uncomfortable the rest of the day.  I did a few errands after school and then went home to bed.  Saturday’s run was tough.  I don’t know if I was still tired from Thursday’s workout or I was just simply tired.  I am still trying to figure out this fueling thing.  You would think that by now I would have figured it out?  Nope.  Still working on it.  I drank one serving on the way to the Arboretum.  I also had two gels with me just in case but did not use them.  Maybe I need more fuel?

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The beginning of the run was tough but then somehow I felt better in the middle of it.  But by the end I was struggling again.  The last 2 miles were not my slowest but they were my toughest ones.  Check out the butterfly made with legos.  It has almost 40,000 pieces of legos!

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

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Random Thoughts Thursday 75

Random Thoughts Thursday

• How is it Thursday already?  This week is going by fast!  I’ve been busy with working with other committee members to plan next year’s reading and social studies curriculum.  It isn’t fun because it is a lot of work.  At least I am getting paid for that time or else I don’t think I would have signed up to do the committee work.

• Remember how last week I posted about the ridiculous prices to fly to Missoula, MT?  Friday morning I checked online again and found a “cheap” ticket.  I paid $557.  That was the cheapest price and it is a direct flight which I like.  Still, the price is ridiculous.

• I saw this too.  Why?

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• Yep, that is me.

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• Yesterday I was making hotel reservations for my upcoming races in KS, MI, and GA.  Got good deals through Southwest but one of the reservations in Olathe, KS must be a mistake.  I paid $59 in a different hotel.  I checked again in two other places and they also list the same prices.  $999 for one room?  What is up with these prices?

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Tuesday Topics: Celebrating Global Running Day

I will confess that I’ve never done anything “special” to celebrate Global Running Day.  Last year I was in a professional development class and signed up for two RnR races (which I ended up not going to).  And honestly I don’t remember what I did in previous years.  I might have gone running but don’t know for sure.

This year Global Running Day is Wednesday, June 5th.  At the moment I am not planning to run that day.  Wednesdays are my days off.  Tuesdays and Thursdays is when I go to my mom’s and get home late.  Because of this my coach schedules the next day as an off day.

I missed my run yesterday (I spent the night at my mom’s because we were going to my uncle’s funeral and I realized I didn’t have my running shoes) so maybe my coach will have me run on Wednesday?  Or I can just do an easy 3 miles that day.  Haven’t decided yet.

At the moment I am excited to get these shoes!  They’re supposed to arrive today.

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For 24 hours Rock ‘n’ Roll will have their best prices of the year beginning on Wednesday, June 5, 12am PT.  More information is HERE.

I would love to run in Dublin, Mexico City, Santiago, Cancun, Medellin, Oaxaca, and Madrid!  The prices are pretty cheap but airline and hotel will definitely be expensive.  Which race would you want to do?

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For those in the Chicago area, there are a bunch of events taking place that day.  So whether you live in the suburbs, or north, or south part of the city, there will be something for everyone.

Tuesday Topics

This week’s Tuesday Topic:  How will you celebrate Global Running Day?  You can write about this topic, or 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!

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Weekly Run Down: Banned from Brooksrunning and summer break

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Thank you for your comments in my post last week about my mother’s stroke and recovery.  Now that school is over, I hope it isn’t as hectic and I won’t feel so stressed out.  I am still planning on helping out whenever I can, but at least now I won’t have to deal with the work and stress from school.

This week was a slow week in my running.  I felt tired and didn’t feel like running.  I finally made it out on Friday.  Maybe I felt good because it was the last day of school?  Don’t get me wrong, I like what I do.  I do enjoy teaching.  This year was rough with some of my students.  Plus, add in everything else that has to be done (like testing and more testing) and it takes out some of the joy of teaching.  My ideal job is for one day to be a math interventionist.  I already have my math endorsement but just waiting for a position to open up in my school.  I hope soon.

I ran 2 miles on Friday and it felt great. 


Saturday I went back to The Arboretum to run 10 miles.  It was a perfect day for running but I struggled on my run.  Managed to do 7.72 miles.  I saw a turtle about one mile in and it freaked me out.  Well, not really the turtle (how scary can it be?) but I guess seeing an animal kind of surprised me since I’ve never seen one there.

On Friday I had my students make Father’s Day cards.  I know it is a bit early but at least they will have one for that day.

My classroom at the end of the day.   A little sad to leave (I will miss my students) but happy to get a break.

Earlier that day I received a email from Brooks Running that really pissed me off.  What the heck!  I like their shoes and have used them for a number of years and plan to continue running in them.  But, yes, I am annoyed.  

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This is their True Blue Guarantee.  Some shoes I have used and returned because, well, I did not like them.  Others I returned new because I ordered too many (they were on sale) and then did not need them anymore.  I feel like I’ve been personally attacked.

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I know, I know, I need to stop worrying about it so much since there are other things I should worry about instead of an email from Brooks Running.  At least I can still buy shoes at Running Warehouse. 🙂  Speaking of shoes, anyone see these?  So pretty, right?

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

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Random Thoughts Thursday 74

Random Thoughts Thursday

• May has been the rainiest month.  It seems like it’s been raining almost every single day or every other day.  Wine?  Yes, please.

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• Another picture from one of my students.  They always make me smile.

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• Ugh, it always makes me angry when I hear that women are the ones that need to be more careful.  Why?  Why aren’t men taught to just leave women ALONE.

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• My next race is in one month.  I will be running the Missoula Half Marathon in Montana.  I registered and made a hotel reservation.  My flight is something else.  I waited too long and now it is SO EXPENSIVE.  The cheapest from Midway is $619 (and it will take me 8 hours to get there) while the most expensive one is $1,060.  Insane.  Part of me doesn’t want to go anymore.  Maybe prices will decrease in the next couple of days?

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• I am also planning to run 3 half marathons this summer (ND, SD, and WY) through Mainly Marathons.  Registration right now for each one $100 (price goes up to $115 after Friday).  I also need to take into consideration hotel for each race and a rental car.  I guess the question now is how bad do I want Hawaii to be my last half marathon next year (in my Race in the 50 States Goal)?  Something to think about.