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Random Thoughts Thursday

• Who else finds it annoying when people “Reply All” to an email instead of replying to the sender?  I’ve seen it happen quite a few times.  What is even more annoying is when someone replies all asking people to just reply to the sender and then someone else replies all apologizing for replying to everyone in the first place.  🤦‍♀️

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• How is it that we are almost halfway through August?  I am not ready for Summer Break to be over.  I need a few more weeks before going back.  My first day with the students is the 31st but my first day is the 26th. 

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• I am catching up on Grey’s Anatomy and have seen some very interesting episodes.  “Flowers Grow Out of My Grave” talks about Day of the Dead.  We see a few of Meredith’s loved ones (Lexie, Ellis, Derrick, Mark, and George) make a quick appearance on the show.  We also hear the song “Chasing Cars” in Spanish.  The best one is “Silent All These Years” where Jo not only meets her birth mother but finds out her mother had been raped.  There is also a very powerful scene where the hospital hallway is lined with only female employees.  A rape victim needs to have surgery but does not want to go because she said that she sees the face of her attacker in every man’s face.   

I use Google Meet for school and am excited about the new features.  Out of all of them, I think #4 and #5 are the ones that will be more beneficial for me.  But I am excited about all of them.

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About a week ago something felt weird in my ear.  It felt like there was some pressure and a dull feeling.  Plus, I could not hear very well.  I didn’t do anything about it and thought it would get better.  It didn’t.  I finally went to Target and bought this earwax removal kit.  I’ve been using it since Sunday and so far it is so much better.  Earwax building rarely happens to me but still it is not a pleasant feeling.


Tuesday Topics: Running with a celebrity

Happy Tuesday!  It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week we have a fun topic for you!

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This week’s Tuesday Topic:  If you could go on a run with any celebrity, who would you go with?  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!

I’ve written before that I am a HUGE fan of Des Linden.  I would love to run with her.  I’ve met her a few times and recently saw her compete in The Olympic Marathon Trials in Atlanta.  I was so close to her that I could have held out my hand and touched her.  I didn’t.  

There are a few other celebrities I would love to run with one day.  Let me tell you all about them.  I don’t know if any of them are runners so then going out for a walk will do.

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
I really wished Obama could run again to guide and protect this country.  Would he want to?  I know he can’t.  There is so much going on right now and it is heart breaking.  Yesterday morning I saw the news about the looting that happened in downtown Chicago.  Michelle seems like a down to earth person.  I’ve read her book and watch the documentary on Netflix.  

Dwayne Johnson
What is there not to like about him?  There is just something about him but his smile is what does it for me.  Did you see him perform in Lip Sync Battle?  Watch it now.  🙂

Cody Rigsby and Matty Maggiacomo
They are my favorite Peloton instructors.  Cody does mainly meditation and cycling classes.  The latter are so much fun!  He is funny and has so much energy.  I think that I have laughed in each of his classes.  The first running workout class I took was from Matty.  I was not impressed because I was annoyed that he talked so much.  🙂  Now he is my favorite one.  The talking doesn’t bother me as much because many times he has interesting things (Fun Facts) to say.  I also like his music

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Weekly Run Down: Fall weather and running 7 days this week

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This week’s weather was PERFECT.  It was in the 60s and I even turned the AC off.  We had the windows open at night and it felt so good.  It was nice to have a couple of days like that because the hot weather is back.

I had some really great runs this week.  On Tuesday I ran 3.10 and my pace was so much faster.  I even stayed in HR zones 1-3 like I am supposed to.  Last Friday I did the same distance and finished in 39:02, but on Tuesday my finish time was 36:19.  That is about 1 minute faster for each mile and they were all under 12:00!!  As you know, I am not at all a “fast” runner so seeing these numbers sure made me happy.


Thursday’s run also went well.  I did 2 sets of 3:15/80.  The last time I did this workout was July 16 with an average pace of 12:19.  On Thursday it was 12:05.  What was exciting about it is that I ran without stopping the first two intervals of each set and actually felt really good.  It was a big confidence booster and makes me even more excited for the next couple of months.


Saturday’s run was 8.01 miles along the lakefront.  During the week I had calculated my total mileage and it would have been 26.99 miles.  Now you know why I had to run that extra .01 to get an even 27 miles.


I also did 3 Glutes and Legs Strength workouts.  The first one I did was on Tuesday.  I was very sore for about 2 days.  Let’s just say that it was hard to sit down to use the toilet.  I did another one on Friday but wasn’t sore afterwards.  Today I did the same workout that I did on Tuesday and so far am feeling OK.  Next week I want to add include Arms Toning workouts. Peloton Workouts-1.jpg

I posted this in Instagram but it makes me laugh so much so I will share it here.  It is from this morning during my workout.  I’ve mentioned that Mateo is a very dramatic cat.

School update:  We got an email from the Superintendent that our first day of school is August 26 (it was supposed to be the 24th) and the students’ first day is the 31st.  We will have 3 days of Teacher Institute to give us time to collaborate and plan with our colleagues.  Some school districts are allowing teachers to go in the classroom to do their remote learning.  I am hoping our District does the same (at least 1 or 2 days per week).  Crossing my fingers!

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

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• I went to Target last week and was surprised to see that there was hardly any paper towels and toilet paper.  I have enough toilet paper for now but need paper towels.  Is that how it is where you live?

• My cousin gave me a small bench that belonged to his daughter.  I remember years ago when I first saw thinking that I would like one for Lola.  Now I have 2 cats and it is perfect for them.  Except Mateo does not share.  But don’t they look adorable?

• I was cleaning my room and found some very old items.  Ha!  I found my high school yearbooks and a box full of cassettes.  I know I can donate my cassettes.  I might keep a few since my car has a cassette player, but what do I do with my yearbooks?  Do I really want to keep them? 

A few weeks ago I got a code for some free masks.  I should have known that it was too good to be true.  I received an email that it was mistake, etc, etc.  I understand but was still disappointed.  What I do find weird is that I placed an order for masks and since it cannot get fulfilled, I get an offer for buy one/get a free pair of socks.  Socks!  Now I wonder if that was the original intent.

Our District decided to start the year with remote learning.  I am OK with that decision.  However, I want the option to teach from my classroom a few days a week.  I am tired of teaching from home.  Check out this cool video of a teacher in his classroom!  

Tuesday Topics: How to taper for a race before going crazy

Welcome to another edition of Tuesday Topics!  This is an updated post from September 2019.  

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This week’s Tuesday Topic:  How to taper for a race before going crazyYou 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!

Honestly, I don’t mind the taper.  While some people get taper crazy, I actually look forward to it and love it.  

What exactly is tapering before a race?  Basically it means to take a break from running so your muscles could rest and recover.  By doing this you will be able to be rested enough and have a successful race.  Tapering usually starts 2-3 weeks before your race.  Most tapers are done for a marathon but can also be done for half marathon.

During taper I may run a few days but more importantly make time to rest and sleep.  When I trained using the Hansons Marathon, I was not used to running 6 days a week and was constantly tired.  I welcomed with open arms when it came time to taper.

So what can you do when you have more time and energy in the weeks before your half marathon or marathon?

🏃🏽‍♀️ Sleep.  Your body needs it.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Think about your goals.  What are your A, B, and C goals?

🏃🏽‍♀️ Make a gear check list/bag and check it twice.  Write it down so you have everything ready for race day.  The last thing you want to happen is to arrive at your race and find out you forgot your gels, sunglasses, or socks.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Finalize your fuel and hydration.  Will you be bringing your own or use what is provided on the course?

🏃🏽‍♀️ Reflect on your training.  You worked hard in the weeks/months prior to your race.  Perhaps you wrote about it in a blog or journal.  Reading about it will get you more excited knowing you went through weeks of long runs, waking up early, and dealing with the hot/cold weather.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Eat better/healthy.  While it is tempting to eat all of the food, it isnt’ a good idea.  Drink plenty of water and eat meals that have good carbohydrate to help store fuel for race day.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Read a book.  Grab a glass of water, sit on the sofa, and relax with your book.  Or a movie will be ideal too.

🏃🏽‍♀️ Meet up with friends.  Many of them probably haven’t seen you for weeks since you’ve been training hard for your race.  Use that time to catch up with them, laugh, and to have a good time.

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