Fit Five Friday and June 2021 Runfessions

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

 I runfess…
That I am halfway done with Summer School.  It is going by fast.  While I am very happy to have students in my room, it is shocking to see exactly how much they missed out on last year.  My students are struggling in reading, math, and writing.  I know there isn’t anything I can do about it now and don’t want to worry about it either but I just cannot stop thinking about it.  Every morning I go in ready to teach but end up modifying so much of it because the material is just too hard for them.

 I runfess…
That I have no idea why I get so much spam email.  One day I had 35 and another day 4!  How?  It cracks me up that many of them are for pornography.  Lately I’ve also been unsubscribing more from newsletters and companies that I am no longer interested.  But seriously how does one get that much spam email?  Thank goodness for Gmail for filtering them and putting them in a different folder so I can delete them all at once.

I runfess…
That I have the iPhone X but have been thinking of upgrading.  I’ve had it since January 2019 and I like it.  It does what it is supposed to do and haven’t had any issue with it.  The thought of paying more each month isn’t appealing.  I think I already spend too much on my phone bill (who doesn’t?) and do not want to switch.  I’ve been with the same company for about 20 years and according to them I already get a good deal from them.

I runfess
That I almost signed up for a 4-mile race next week.  It is one of my favorite races!  Is it weird to say that I do not feel ready for a race?  I don’t even know why I feel that way.  Based on my training, I am ready.  How hard can 4 miles be?  I’ll wait and see how I feel next week.  I do know that it i supposed to rain on Sunday.  Actually it is supposed to rain all next week.

I runfess…
That I cannot believe June is almost over.  July will be here soon and then August.  Then we know what happens next.  I know I shouldn’t be complaining since I did sign up to teach Summer School.  I also signed up to teach in a Jumpstart program for students entering Kindergarten in the Fall.  It is for 4 weeks, 4 days a week, and 3 hours each day.  I don’t have the job yet but cannot imagine not getting it since I know there is a lack of teachers that do not want to work this Summer (and I do not blame them).  

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Tuesday Topics: Things I saw on my last run

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  Things you saw on your 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!

Last night the phone alert woke me up and scared me.  It was loud!  There was a storm coming my way.  I looked out the window and all was calm.  Another alert went off.  There was a tornado warning in the suburbs.  A few minutes later there was rain, wind, and thunder.  I was now wide awake and checking out the weather app and the TV to get more information.  Still raining with thunder and rain.  Eventually it calmed down and I went back to sleep.

The tornado was devastating.  It was an EF3 and destroyed many houses.  Fortunately no one died but a few were critically injured and were taken to the hospital.  I cannot imagine what those that lost their homes and/or family members are going through right now.

This morning I did my run with Matty to celebrate my 250th run.  It was a fun run!  I took it really easy and walked too.  The weather was pleasant but it was windy and humid.

I did not see too many interesting things along the way.  There was more trash than usual.  Lately I have noticed there is a lot of it in my neighborhood.  The trash could have been from the storm or from Father’s Day celebrations.

I did see the following:

👀  Flowers

👀  Little Free Library

👀  Fallen branches

Some random things I’ve seen on other runs are pigeons, squirrels, bunnies, condoms, and bottles with yellow liquid.  The last two gross me out.  Well, more the bottles with the liquid.  Some people are just plain gross.

Surprisingly I did not see any dogs walking their humans.  😀 It was actually very calm.  Matty made me laugh (as usual) during the run.  He talked about how in his parent’s house in RI they don’t lock the bathroom door.  Whatever business you have to do there, make sure to do it fast before someone opens the door!

Not running related but before I left for work I checked again on the mama pigeon.  One of the eggs has hatched but there is still another one in the nest.  I also checked on Mateo.  It was another exhausting night for him.  He was in the same spot during the storm.

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Weekly Run Down: Summer School and a new level of exhaustion

This week was my first week of Summer School and it left me exhausted.  I have 13 students on my roster but 11 have shown up.  I like having them in the room.  I like being able to talk to them in person.  I like that I can give them assignments online and on paper.  I can see their actual work.  I was doing OK in the beginning and then I was very tired.  The heat could have been a factor too.  I was so tired that I didn’t do my usual workouts on Thursday or Friday but went out for a run/walk for one mile.  I am so close to 300 days and will not stop now.

I was up and ready to go Monday morning despite being up late the night before prepping for this week.  It was cooler in the morning which made the run more bearable.  I did enjoy it!  I came home and both cats were sleeping after being up all night.  ¡Caramba!

Tuesday and Wednesday’s weather was decent too in the morning.  It did warm up later in the day.  But by Thursday and Friday I just wanted to stay in bed.  Ha, I didn’t.  It rained hard on Friday morning and there was a lot of wind and lightning.  

Saturday morning I woke up early and didn’t feel as tired.  I had 7 miles on my plan.  I thought 5 would be good enough.  I made it to 6 before heading home.  I saw two black bunnies which surprised me because I hadn’t seen any that color.

This is the school I am teaching this Summer.  It is new and I want to work here from now on.  Everything is new and clean.  Even the bathrooms are very clean!

One of the things I struggle with being an educator is speaking out.  I can voice my thoughts and opinions to my coworkers.  However, I “have” to be careful when I do that with an administrator.  Last year I received a call from my Principal after I responded to an email sent by the the top tech guy.  I guess I was not nice enough and either he called or emailed the Principal.  She told me that she knew I was going through some rough times and to pretty much stay off email.  I was very upset!  I think I cried too.  I wasn’t upset at her but more that it got to that point.  So I am not supposed to email the the top guys?

I do worry about repercussions.  Teachers have been demoted and moved simply because they do not agree with administrators.  A few of my coworkers have told me not to be afraid to speak out.  I guess that happens in every workplace?  🤷🏻‍♀️ As I mentioned before, the days prior to Summer School were very confusing.  There was very little communication from the administrator.  Things are definitely better.  However, on Friday I found out that I will not get paid for the hours I spent last week prior to the first day of school.  We didn’t get any time to get ready nor to plan.  We couldn’t even go into the classroom to set up.  Teachers from other schools did get that option.  We were basically expected to show up Monday morning and be ready.  I don’t work like that.

Before school ended my coworker helped me draft a letter to the person in charge of Summer School.  In it she wrote about how disorganized the process has been and the lack of communication.  I did not send it.  I was irritated on Friday and told myself that once I calmed down I was going to update the letter and send it to her and other people.  I haven’t yet but I will.  It isn’t so much about the money but the principle.  The District always expects us to do extra work outside our work hours (many of us already do that anyway) with no compensation.  They do not realize that they give us more work than necessary but no time to get it done.

The same thing happens prior to the start of the school year.  Many teachers spend hours and days setting up the classroom prior to the first day of school.  This year our first day of school is August 23rd.  I am tempted to show up that Monday morning with nothing set up nor planned.  But I know if I do that then I will regret it because then I will spend hours and days later on to prepare.  I like to be ready.  I do not well when I am not.

What a week!  Lots of emotions but moving along.  Let’s see how it goes next week.

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

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Fit Five Friday: 5 things to remember from June 2020

Join me as I go down memory lane again to remember a few things from June 2020.  I did a similar one in April.  I am enjoying reading again posts from last year and seeing how some things have changed.

🗓️ Graduation celebrations – Last year there were none.  They were all celebrated via caravans.  It is great to see that they’re all taking place right now.  Two weeks ago my nephew graduated from HS and then my niece graduated on Friday.  I did not go but at least they and family members got to attend the actual graduation.

🗓️ Summer School – After more than a year of remote learning, some students are back in the classroom.  Last school year there were 3 in my room.  For Summer School I have 13 students on my roster but 11 have shown up.  It is nice to have them in the room but it is also exhausting.  😀 Plus I can honestly see how much school they lost this past year.  This is getting me ready for the 2021-2022 school year.  Also, 

🗓️  Phase 5 – And in the blink of an eye, we are now in Phase 5. Things are looking more normal now.  I am still wearing a mask when I go to the store, doctor, etc, and have met up with family members a few times.  Feels good to get together, eat, and laugh.

🗓️ Have not moved yet – This year it is ever harder since it is a seller’s market.  Some of the houses around where I live are selling for higher prices than last year.  I still want to move so I need to figure out exactly what to do.

🗓️ Virtual races – Remember how last year this was all we did?  I did them to keep me motivated.  Real races are finally taking place this year and a few of you have participated in them.  I have yet to do so.  Though one of my favorite races, Elmhurst 4 on the 4th, is actually taking place.  

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Tuesday Topics: Running while sick

This week’s Tuesday Topic is:  Do you run when you’re sick?  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!

Today is day #291 of my run streak.  I’ve run in cold, freezing, humid, and hot weather.  I’ve run in the snow and in the rain.  What will actually make me NOT run?  It will either be an injury or being sick.  But exactly how sick will I need to be?  Let’s find out.

Let me start by saying that I rarely get sick.  I guess working 12 years with students has paid off.  😀 When I do get sick, I get a cold that lasts 3-4 days and it usually happens 1-2 times a year.  The last time (that I can remember) I got a cold was in January 2020.

To run or not to run?

I’ve worked with several coaches and they’ve told me that if my symptoms are above the neck (sneezing, runny nose, etc) then it is OK to run as long as you feel good.  However, if they’re in or below the neck (sore throat, diarrhea, body aches, chills, etc), then skip the run.  For the former, it should also be a personal choice.  If you want to skip it then go ahead.  Nothing wrong with taking a rest day.  If you do run, keep it easy or run fewer miles than what is on the plan. 

If you have a fever, then you should not run at all.  Running will raise the body’s core temperature and in return could increase the risk of dehydration or delay recovery time.  One or two rest days to bring the fever down is better than days or weeks that you may need to take off if the situation gets worse.

The last time I felt sick enough to skip a run was the day after I received my 2nd vaccine.  I ran in the morning and then used the Peloton bike.  It was later in the morning when I had chills and my whole body ached.  I was working from home (thank goodness!) and somehow made it through the work day.  No way could I run after school and am glad I ran that morning.  See, another reason why I don’t like to procrastinate!  I did feel much better in the evening and ran again the next morning.

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