Fit Five Friday and February 2022 Runfessions

So far this month has been emotionally exhausting.  I am struggling with one of my students.  When I think we’ve made progress, we take two steps back.  Yesterday during class I finally broke down TWICE.  My students saw me.  I felt bad and embarrass.  I know that isn’t what one would expect a teacher to do but I could not stop.  Well, I finally did and managed to still teach my students.  I did feel a bit better once I let it all out.  Sometimes crying does help, right?  😺

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 almost threw away what people were leaving on the street as “dibs”.  Most of the snow has already melted and people still think it is OK to still do it.  No!  They’re just being jerks and saving their own personal parking spot.  We got more snow yesterday but not enough for dibs.  

I runfess…
That I love Camila from Peloton but it did bother me when in one of her classes she played the song “Que Perra Mi Amiga” which translates to “What a B$%#& my friend is”.  Seriously?  So many songs out there and that’s the one she decides to add to her playlist.  I don’t say that word (OK, maybe have said it once or twice) but the song did annoy me.

I runfess…
That with 11.10 miles (yes, 11 miles! 😬 ) this year, I do not know how in the world I will complete 1,200 miles.  I actually want to do 1256.413 since it is 2022 kilometers.  I actually got the idea from Shathiso who blogs at The Gaborone Runner.  Still not running.  Still making the excuse of “it is too cold and I don’t like the snow.”

I runfess…
That I was not impressed with the Super Bowl Half Time Show.  I didn’t even watch it that day.  I saw it a few days later on YouTube.  The artists and songs are not my thing.  I did recognize one of Mary J. Blige’s songs but that’s it.

I runfess…
That when I don’t like the music genre in a Peloton bike class, I mute it and listen to my own music on Amazon.  I still try to do the same cadence and resistance as the class.  Camila is my #1 instructor right now but sometimes I do not like her playlist.  Why do the class anyway you might ask?  I am taking all of her classes.  She has done 98 classes and I still need to take 34.  Almost there!

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Tuesday Topics: Some random thoughts and life updates

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Here are some random thoughts that have been on my mind lately.  I am doing OK.  Hanging in there and taking it day by day.  

💬  Hey there!  How is it that we are going on two years when everything changed?  I remember two years ago I was worried about all the hills in Atlanta.  I was running a half marathon and was not ready.  

💬  I love today’s date: 2-22-22!!  I had some fun activities for 2-2-22 (it was a remote learning day for us) and will be doing something similar today with my students.  

💬  Lately I’ve been in a weird mood.  I was doing really good with my Peloton and then suddenly felt unmotivated.  I was taking a bike class everyday since January 1 and then took a few days off.  I am not running (more on that later) so at least I am staying active on the bike.  My goal is to complete 300 Peloton rides.  As of yesterday I am at 252 rides.  I’ve had so much fun with Camila’s classes.  I’ve gotten a few PRs and a couple of badges.

💬  I’ve been struggling with a student in my class.  Due to his behavior I’ve had to call for assistance and my students and I have had to go to another room.  It has left me emotionally drained and exhausted.  I feel bad for him and for my students.

💬  My last run was on January 18.  I am over the cold weather and the snow (yesterday was a great day for running but I didn’t have time to run in the morning).  I see others running outside and I simply cannot do it.  I know, I know-it sounds like a bunch of excuses.  I know that having the proper gear makes a different and I have it all, but still no.  Some days I miss running and other days I do not.  

💬  I signed up for the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle!  It was $40 and it is one of my favorite races.  I am a little nervous but my goals are just to finish and have fun.  That is all I can do since running my last race almost two years ago.

💬  Do I still want to run a 50k this year?  Absolutely.  Not sure which one yet.  I am bummed I could not keep up with my training and run the original race I was planning to run on March 26.  Oh well, things happen for a reason.

💬  I bought some new shoes.  Have you seen the latest Brooks Ghost 14 shoes?  So cute!  But that’s it.  No more shoes this year.  😀  Someone take away my credit card.

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Tuesday Topics: My six favorite of 2021

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: Your six favorites of 2021.  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!

What a year 2021 was!  It was full of ups and downs.  I managed to find joy in various things and here are some of my six favorite things of 2021.

⭐ Favorite Day.  It was the first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year – August 25th.

I’ve written about how the 2020-2021 school year was awful.  I was beyond happy when I found out that teachers and students were going back to the classroom.  Remote learning is a lot of work and it isn’t fun for teacher or students.  I made welcome bags for my students and was happy to see my classroom with students.  

⭐ Favorite Group Run.  I hope one day I can run with this group!  Thanks to Kim for putting this collage together.  We may not all be running together but at the same time we are.  Right, girls? 

⭐ Favorite Cat Photo. So many to pick from since I take many pictures of them.

Love my fur babies!  A coworker has 2 male kittens and it is tempting to bring them home.  However, I have no room in this apartment and I think Lola will run away if I bring two more kittens.  She already has to put up with Mateo.

⭐ Favorite Run.  August 28th when I completed my one year run streak.  

Favorite Purchase.  The Happy Planner.  Years ago my coworker told me about it but I never looked into.  Last year I saw another teacher post about it on Instagram and immediately went to Michaels to buy one.  Then I bought another one.  Then another one.  I have about 5 different ones but only use one.  I know I went overboard.  I have different tabs to organize my papers and I like how I have everything that I need for school and my students in one planner.  Saves me time as I don’t need to look in different places for one piece of paper.  

⭐ Favorite Thing I Found while Decluttering.  Two Winter coats!  I cannot remember the last time I wore these coats.  I have a few black jackets but like adding a bit of color once in a while.  It was hard to get a good picture but the blue coat is gorgeous.  I thought about donating them but I like them and will try to wear them more often.  They do bring me joy!

This was another fun topic.  It was great going through my photos to remember the good and not so good moments of 2021.  

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Fit Five Friday and February 2022 Ultimate Coffee Date


Happy New Year!  I am so happy that it’s Friday!  I stayed at home for two days due to remote learning.  I’d forgotten how exhausting it is.  How did it go?  Keep on reading and you’ll find out.  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 I thought that January felt like a long month.  I cannot exactly put my finger as to why but it just did.  I went back to work on the 10th so that was almost halfway through the month.  Could it be that it had 31 days but actually felt like a couple hundred?  Who knows but glad it is February.  I will be even more glad when the snow melts and we have some nice Spring weather.

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I still haven’t been running.  We got more snow on yesterday prompting us to have 2 remote learning days.  It is also cold.  No thank you.  But you bet I’m still on the bike!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that I was EXHAUSTED on Wednesday after my first day of remote learning.  I took a nap after my building meeting.  It went much better on Thursday and we had a lot of fun.  It was 2:43 and I told the kids they could leave or stay.  One said that school doesn’t end till 3pm.  He then reminded me that that is what I wrote in the schedule (I jokingly told him that I was going to change it).  So we stayed a bit longer.  At 2:59 I told them it was time to go.  Another student said not yet because it wasn’t 3 yet.  💖 💖

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that even though preparing for two days of remote learning took a lot of time, a little part of me is happy about it.  Why?  It was wonderful to teach and talk without a mask.  I also got to see my students without their mask.  I saw all of their cute faces and listened to them talk and laugh. << Hearing children laugh is the best!

If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you that lately I’ve been having dreams about water.  I dream about driving my car and ending up in water but having walking on the water.  I’ve also dreamed of leaky pipes with water all over the house.  Thanks to the Internet there are different interpretations which left me even more confused.  Or maybe it simply meant that I had to use the bathroom?

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Tuesday Topics: What’s on your Winter bucket list?

This week’s Tuesday Topic is: What’s on your Winter bucket list?  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 do wish I could tell you that I have signed up for a few races.  I have not.  I am still waiting for the weather to improve so I can resume running.  We are supposed to get more snow tomorrow.  🙄  One of my goals this year is to do 300 Peloton rides.  As of yesterday I am at 193 leaving me with 107 to go.  I thought about changing it to 400 but who knows how it will be once I start running again.  I know I won’t take a class everyday.  

These are not exactly bucket list items but they’re a few things I want to get done or continue this Winter.  

❄️  Continue to use the Peloton bike.  I know I’ve mentioned before that Camila is my favorite instructor.  I do prefer her Spanish classes than the English classes.  She has 85 classes and I’ve taken 35 leaving me with 50 more to go.  I cannot keep up with her!  Even if I take one of her classes per day I won’t be done till maybe May.  And then I also need to take into consideration her newer classes.  Why did I wait so long?

❄️  Look for another 50k.  I would like to do one in the Chicago area.  

❄️  Train and run the Fargo Half Marathon.  OK, so this one isn’t technically in the Winter but training needs to start soon (the race is May 21).  I am not signing up yet because I don’t know what the situation will be like in May.  I thought airfare would be more expensive but it isn’t.  I checked on Sunday and it was $318 roundtrip.  But add in hotel, a rental car, and race registration and I am looking at least $500.  I guess I shouldn’t complain since I haven’t paid for any races, lodging, etc., in 2 years.  My last race was in Atlanta in 2020.

❄️ The last item is this 🏠.  I know you are all tired of hearing me talk about it so I won’t.  

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