Monday, May 22, 2017

Weekly Wrap 5.21.17

Happy Monday!! Holiday weekend is around the corner... I can almost smell the pool chlorine and the fireworks!!

 

I'm  linking up with Holly and Tricia this week for the Weekly Wrap.




Workouts
Thursday: Zumba at the Y
Saturday: Kennett Run 5K
Sunday: Zumba with Susan and 5 miles easy run

This week was lazy, and recovery from the Half Marathon. I had hoped to get in at least one speed training, but it was so hot on Wednesday and Thursday, that I skipped the speed. I regret it a little... but only a little.

Thursday we had a scorching hot baseball game, I kept forcing my son to drink water at his baseball game. Everybody was there to see him play my sister, and his grandparents, He felt like a rock star!



On Saturday we were at Kennett Square PA , for our annual family run. My sister Maria and I have been doing this race, this will be our 8th year running it (6th consecutive). This year the route was changed around to start in the Anson B Nixon park, and go trough Downtown Kennett Square.

I bombarded Instagram with pictures, and here they are again.

 
 
 
While we were enjoying the post race festivities, I accidentally signed up for a fall Half Marathon.... accidentally as in I waited in line for 7 minutes, gave them my name, phone number, DOB and credit card information.... how is that for accidentally?  I signed up for the Mushroom cap Half marathon, it will be its 2nd year, and I had really wanted to do it last year.

On Sunday I went to Zumba with Susan, one of my favorite ever Zumba instructors. I love going to her class, I smile and laugh so much that my entire face is sore after class.

After zumba, it was time for my easy 5 mile recovery run. I was tired and hot, and wanted to cut the run short at 4 miles, but pushed through. There is a section of Camp Hill I don't like to run, it's a small uphill and an empty church parking lot, but about .20 of a mile... my heart wanted to skip this section, but my brain forced me to run it, and it was a good thing! I found a wallet on the ground on the way into the parking lot!



I looked around to see if anybody around looked like they were looking for a wallet, but the parking lot was empty. I paused my watch and picked up the wallet and the $10 next to it; and kept on running. I made the loop of the parking lot and realized that I didn't re-start my watch and lost on the distance... whatever... I ran the last mile holding the heavy wallet. And as soon as I was back to my car, looked up the person on Facebook and send them a message to arrange the wallet pick up.

2 hours later, I met the owner of the wallet and returned it to her. She said that her and her family had been going crazy looking for it, and was glad that I had found it, the thought she lost it while out in a bike ride. She gave me a generous reward... I told her that I couldn't accept it, but she shoved the money in my hand and took off saying that she couldn't accept a no for an answer.

Currently Reading

I'm am still reading Marathon Woman, but at work I'm listening to A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren. I admire her so much on all the work she has done!


This will be a short and busy week at work, I'm excited for a few days off for the holiday.

How was your week?
Have you ever lost your wallet?
How many days do you get off for the Memorial day Holiday?
Any big Holiday plans?


Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Five 5.19.17

Happy Friday!!

How are you today? how was your week?

I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with  Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness. Today's theme is fashion, but I have no fashion sense. I wear black 95% of my life, and that makes me happy.



Today I'm brining you 5 Random things that held me together this week.

1. Crosswalk Musical- I loved Beauty and The Beast, and I laughed so hard at this remake from James Corden's Lale Late Show.




2. Lip-synch Battle- I have gotten completely caught up and lost watching this show on YouTube, and this is my most recent favorite.

 
3. The Kennett Run- This is our annual family run! I made an insane decision back in April to beat my Kennett 5K run time this year. I haven't raced a 5K since December, and getting pretty nervous now. Time to beat is 25:58, but with the new course, I am not sure how to count it as.
 
 
4. Marathon Woman by Kathrin Switzer - I have been reading this book any chance I get, because it is so great! I have read other great books about runners, but this one is written beautifully! I will write a review and join Wendy's book club link up... probably next week.


5. Show Me How To Live- Yesterday I woke up to the news of the sad passing of Chris Cornell. This song was part of my college life soundtrack, and I was very sad to hear of his suicide. Yesterday I listened to this song on  my way home, and basked in the pain of his words and the pain in his voice. Gone too soon.

 


I know this was a mix of happy, silly, sad and confused post, but that is just how life is! right?

Visit the link up to read about other fabulous fashionable bloggers! I'm sure I will learn something from them!

How was your week?
Are you a Chris Cornell fan?
Have you read Marathon Woman?
Did you have ice cream this week?
Did you watch Beauty and The Beast?
Do you watch Lip-synch Battle?




Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Delaware Running Festival - Half Marathon 2017

Before I get on the details of the race, I dedicated this race to Dawn, a woman from another agency my office worked with. She passed away last week, after a battle with Cancer. I met Dawn in 2006, when she came to audit my files for another program, although we made mistakes and our files were not always perfect, Dawn was always kind and worked with us on corrections. Dawn, your bright smile and kind spirit will be very much missed here.

Race Details
Cost: $95 ( I registered late)
Goodies: long sleeve woman's cut tech shirt, running hat, post race beer, snacks and medal.
Weather Conditions : Sunny start of the race 45F (7.22 C), 55F ( 12.77) at the end of the race.
 
I do not remember how I found this race... but knew that a Mother's day race sounded like something awesome to do. My sister agreed to watch my son, and I signed up. The registration process was super simple and was done on my phone, while in line for coffee<- True Story.
 
Bib pick up was on Saturday, and confusing. When we showed up, there were about 20 tents, and none of them clearly marked Bib Pick up. We walked around by the park, until I asked a couple who was carrying what looked to be bags with bibs and shirts. They pointed me to where the Bibs were. There was no expo the day before the race.

 

Day of the Race

We left my parents house at 5:30 am, cutting it real close. (We stayed at my parents, and my Mom gave my niece a bath at 11:00 the night before, she screamed and cry for most of it and kept us up for a while. I only kept telling myself that I loved my niece and my mom over and over. This caused us to oversleep Sunday) After grabbing bagels and coffee at Dunkin, the drive to Wilmington was smooth and quick.

Parking was at the train station, and the race started at the Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park. There were about 1500 runners, the half marathon and marathon started together at 7:00 am. The Half marathon relay started at 7:10 am.

The Running section of this recap

We ran through the Riverfront park, and the Delaware River, which was beautiful and crowded. After looping the park, we ran by a very shady looking part of town, I normally don't get scared of being mugged, but I kept telling myself that criminals couldn't possibly mug 100 people at the same time... and that there might be other runners with watches more expensive than mine... Insane thoughts, I know!
 
 
That man looks really tall!
 
We then ran through downtown and into Brandywine Park by the Brandywine River. This section reminded me a lot of Kelly Drive in Philadelphia with the trees, the river and the road. Because of the trees this entire section was shaded and the most beautiful and scenic. I was feeling pretty good and energized, but knew that some hills were coming ahead.

Along the course, there were several signs marking the mileage. One was for the Half marathon, another for the Marathon and one more for the relay. Each went with the color of the bibs, but this didn't click and frustrated me for half of the race.
 
 
 
 

I started to struggle at mile 6, after the slight uphill and I stopped to walk a few steps. I walked and ran without rhyme or reason, feeling tired and a little defeated. I considered just stopping and snap chatting whomever, because I was losing motivation and felt tired. But I reminded myself that this race was for Dawn, that  I'm a badass mother runner and because I paid a lot of money to run this !

To keep myself motivated I stared singing whatever came on my playlist... I sang Greenlight by Pittbull, Green Light by Lorde <- at which point the questions on my head became why do I have two Green light songs on my music? What the heck people? Do we not pay you to be creative and come up with different names for your songs? Get Your act together!

We turned into a beautiful neighborhood full of gorgeous homes! Some of the residents there came out to cheer on people, and some had a few cups of water and signs. There was a kid with down syndrome giving high fives and telling everybody they were rock stars, he was precious! His high five lasted me another mile.

After this we ran through "Little Italy" There was a man giving out Italian water ice, and I took some because I was hot. I held on to that cup for about 3/4 of a mile, until it got tossed. Around this neighborhood somebody had a sign that said "You are awesome!" and I said to myself out loud "Heck yes, I am!!" (<--that's a lie, it was more like, Fuck yes, I am!)

I started to feel blisters on my toes, and on the side of my foot, they hurt and felt like they were going to be huge and bloody, but I told myself to acknowledge they were there, feel the pain, and keep running. Nothing else to do but keep running. We looped back to the Riverfront. Around here, there was a woman running the Half marathon relay who was wearing a thick sweater and ear muffs!! I was struggling to keep all my clothes on and she was wearing earmuffs!!

I took my longest walking break at mile 12, because we it was a steep (ish) hill. I was tired and was starting to get hungry, and as soon as we hit the top of the hill, I started to run hard. My brothers told me they were planning to come see me at the finish line, and I wanted to come in close to 2:05.

As soon as I crossed the major intersection and turned to the finish line I saw my brothers. It feels so amazing to have somebody waiting at the finish line! It was wonderful to hear them cheering me on at the end. I can still hear my brother shouting "Finish strong! Stay with it!".

I crossed the finish line at 2:01 on the clock, and 2:00:26 on my watch. My race fishing song was just wrapping up, I timed it perfectly.

My brothers came over and I gave them a sweaty hug. While we waited for Roger. Brother#1 said that he was planning on doing this same race next year and he was going to beat my time. I can't wait!

Roger finished at 2:25. We walked around the running festival, got some water, chips, bananas. I grabbed a pretzel and a pizza slice and bought a shirt at the merchandise tent.
 
 
Happy with my pizza and pretzel!
EDIT : I forgot to say that this race offers free race photos.. here are my favorites. 




There were two pictures that were only of my bib and somebody's chest, and a few in which I looked like a turtle with no neck, I'm not posting those because I didn't like them... but they are in FB.

Post Race Thoughts
 
I loved this race! Other than the weird Bib pick up, it was well organized with a beautiful start, a gorgeous course, plenty of water stops and portable toilets.
 
I did better than my own expectations, but I was sore and tired the next day. I didn't put enough training going into this race, and didn't go enough hills or speed training, but my time tells me that a little more effort would have gotten me a better time. I might be back next year.
 
Have you raced on Mother's day ?
Which family members have come to cheer you on at the finish line?
How was your mothers day?
What is the most scenic race you have done?





 



Monday, May 15, 2017

Weekly Wrap 5.14.17

Hello! how are you today? How was your week? Mine was busy!

I'm  linking up with Holly and Tricia this week for the Weekly Wrap.



Workouts
Wednesday - 3 easy miles
Friday- 2 miles of track exercises and sprints
Sunday- Delaware Half Marathon



My week was a super eventful week. It went by very quickly, it was as if every moment was completely busy, it was almost perfect for Taper week ! Baseball took a few hours this week, my son played two games. Then I was at a conference for work on Wednesday and Thursday, by the time Friday rolled around, my body was exhausted!


On Wednesday I was at the company dinner for the conference, all the socializing with my co-workers was really tiring! I like the people that I work with, but sometimes answering "So, how is the family?" 30 times, can get to be just emotionally draining. My brain was tired, but a 3 mile run made my whole body feel better.




Thursday was a day of training, work socializing, lots of eating, and lots of listening to sales speeches. I didn't feel like myself after that... I know it sounds like I hate people, but I need to say that 89% of my work is to enter numbers in a computer, and review files. So when I can't hide behind a computer, my social skills need to do most of my work.


Case Management- If you are waiting for the movie version of this, I hear Penelope Cruz will be playing me in the movie.


I accidentally brought a mug home from the conference... oops... Did I mention the conference was at the Hershey Lodge? and there was baskets of chocolate in all the training rooms?

On Friday we were supposed to do light weights and 3 easy miles, but I was really tired and took a nap instead of doing weights. After that, my son and I helped out at school Spring Fair, we were in charge of the glitter tattoos, the activity we have been doing for 3 years. By now, we are the experts!





My son trying to chose where to spend his Fair tickets



On Sunday, Roger and I ran our 3rd Half Marathon of the year, at Wilmington Delaware. I don't know if you remember, but Roger and I had visited Wilmington DE back in the fall last year, but didn't see very many people of activities to do. So we decided to check out the Half Marathon, and see where all the good spots were to visit. We were not disappointed, this Half Marathon was gorgeous! Most of the route was very scenic and took us through some beautiful parts of the city. We loved it! I'll recap it later this week, and share more about the details of the race then.




Currently Reading 
Marathon Woman by Kathrine Switzer- I can't put down this book!! it blows me away that she had to lived through this horrible sexism, just 50 years ago! 




Awesome Quote of the week- My son has pure wisdom in his head! 

"Mom, Do you know what supper power I inherited from you? Super farts!" I don't know where he comes up with this stuff! 


Did you listen to your mom and treat her super nice? 
Did your kids listen to you and treated you like a Queen?
Are you good at socializing at work ? 
When was the last time you attended a work conference? 
What super power did you inherit from your Mom?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Five 5.12.17- Mom

Happy Friday!! How was your week? I'm super late for the link up! My week has been very busy, I've been busy and away for a conference, and it feels like I have been away forever! I will get back and read of your blogs ! I promise! 

I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with  Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness. Today's Theme is Running Moms... there is many awesome running Moms out there, check out the link up and some of my favorite bloggers. Today I will talk about my Mom and 5 things she taught me. 


1. The desire to always keep learning- From a very young age, my mom told us that material things were not important, that those could be taken away, but that the things that we learned, those would stay with us forever. She bought us books and encouraged us to stay in school. This sounds like something all Moms should do, but back in the time I was a child in Mexico, this was seen by other mothers, and relatives, as something that was strange and out of the ordinary. While other Moms were teaching their daughters to cook, clean and take care of children, my mom was pushing us to do well in school. 





2. Feminist ideas- Back in her time, my Mom shocked everybody in my Dad's family, when she still went to work after she got married. My Aunts made fun of her, and told her to stay home and take care of my Dad, because that is what a good wife is supposed to do. But my Mom never stopped working. After my Dad came to the USA, she solely supported us for 15 years. She doesn't call herself a feminist, but she strongly believes the feminist ideas. 



3. Work Integrity- My Mom taught us that calling off work is not acceptable. She would send us to work even when we were sick. The first time that I went home sick, I cried for 20 minutes in the car before going home, because I thought she would send me right back to work. 





4. To work hard for what I wanted-  My mom doesn't like excuses, she likes plans and detail explanations of how something will be accomplished. Growing up, I saw her planning out goals, and executing steps of her plan, to always get what she wants. This is what I believe gives me the drive to stay focus on goals.





5. To save money- I will admit that this the one thing I'm not best at, but my Mom is an expert money saver. I don't know how she does it, but she has always worked hard and saved up her money for things we needed. 





Bonus




I want to give a huge shoutout to my younger sister Maria. Without her, I could not be a mother runner, because she has watched my son for races, and it's because of her the I have been able to run the Hershey half Marathon twice! She also ran with my son for his first 5K. My sister is a big support to me in so many other aspects of my life, and I know I'm love and appreciate everything she does for me and my son. 


What did you learn from your mom? 

Were you allowed to call off work when you were younger?
What is the latest you have ever showed up for a party?
Mother Runners: Who watches your kids while you do races ? 


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Thoughts on Mother's Day

Out of all the memories in my head from buying gifts for my mom for Mother's Day, this one stands out to me the most. My Dad picked us from school, and took us to pick out something for my mom from a stand by the church in the center of town. I picked a musical card with flowers inside, and presented it to my mom with so much pride and joy. My mom accepted it and then said to my Dad, while we were still in the room "I would have rather have you give me the money you spent on those gifts, I don't need cards and flowers, but we do need diapers for the babies." I think since that year, I have not given my mom another card for any other holiday.




All my life, my Mom has taught us that celebrations, holidays and gifts are not important to her. That she would rather have us all get along, do what she says and take care of each other. Those all sound pretty simple, but are in reality, very challenging for 6 siblings to comply. Even as we are all adults.

I learned to be this way too, and get very anxious when anybody wants to celebrate my birthday, give me cards of presents. I would prefer that the day goes unnoticed and quiet. I feel the same about Mother's day.


For Mother's day I ask for the same thing, for everybody around me to act like they don't feel forced to celebrate me. I'm not trying to say that Mothers are not important, and should not be valued; but that Mothers need to be adored 365 days a year, not just one day.

I was on the phone with my sister on Tuesday, and we talked about plans for eating on Mother's day. She suggested making Enchiladas, which everybody at home loves, but only Mom and I can make. "We can't have you both making us food for Your DAY!". I laugh and say "But that is what we both love to do, to take care of all of you! As long as you all help and don't get into any fights." She agreed to help and have my brothers and sister help.

This year for Mothers day, I'm only asking for everybody to get along and for my son to do what I ask him to do, because that is really all I want for Mothers Day.... and to run a half marathon.

Happy Mother's day!


Sunday, May 07, 2017

Weekly Wrap 05.07.17

Happy Monday! How was your week?

I'm  linking up with Holly and Tricia this week for the weekly wrap.




Workouts
Monday - Zumba with Cat, and weights
Saturday - Girls On The Run 5K
Sunday- 8 easy miles

This week was a slow one. Between work, baseball, rain and graduation, I was not able to get more miles in, but that's life.

On Monday the weather was calling for severe thunderstorms and wind. So I made it out to Zumba instead. The rain never came, but I still got at least something done.

On Thursday, I went out to dinner with my co-workers. I had only planned to be there for 30 minutes, and still squeeze in a quick run, but the service at this place is notoriously slow. I should have known better. Baseball took the rest of my night, and packing for the Graduation trip.

My little brother graduated from Penn State on Friday! We made the trip out to State College PA, and enjoyed some good quality family time... that's partially a lie! We enjoyed some time rushed around campus, trying to get pictures and food. I barely ate, and couldn't function very well, I'll tell you more later this week.


2 things... 1. How awesome do my sneakers look with my dress? and 2. 63% of the  family went to PSU
 

On Saturday my son and I were up early to do the Girls On The Run 5K. He has wanted to do this race for a couple of years, but scheduling hasn't worked out. This year he was super excited to run it, because of the medal at the end. Several things didn't go our way, but we had a lot of fun anyway. And breakfast always makes up for everything!




On Sunday we ran our last long run before the Half marathon. We were cutting it short, and I had to run 3 miles faster than planned, because I was due to pick up my son. I didn't think I had those paces in me that morning, it really surprised me.

So... Funny Story.... On Friday night, while driving back from State College, at 12:45 am... I got pulled over. My registration expired at the end of April and I kept putting off renewing it. The trooper let me go, and told me to renew my registration. Which I did as soon as I got home at 1:30 am.

On Sunday, on the way to the movies with my brothers. I got pulled over again. The cop got me for doing a "rolling stop" and gave me a fine. I was so angry!! I have seen a lot of people completely blow that sign, when there is other cars and people around, but he had to get ME! I was very angry at the world after that. Maybe that was only funny in an ironic way...

Pulled over TWICE and one weekend!! I'm a good driver, I don't drive fast or reckless, I obey all the road signs and I almost never forget to renew my registration. I guess, it was just my turn.

How was your week?
Have you gone to any graduations this year ?
Do you go out to dinner with your co-workers?
When was the last time you got pulled over?