Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Week Of Busy Days May 22-May 29th

I hope everybody had a relaxing and safe holiday! Last week was very busy for me, not a lot of training, but busy non stop either day.
Training :
Tuesday - 2 miles
Wednesday- Zumba, weights
Monday was so busy that I don't remember most of it. My son was supposed to have Field Day, but it was postponed due to the weather forecast calling for rain. I don't remember if it rained.
On Tuesday I woke up with a sore throat, and itchy nose. It made me mad. I didn't want to be sick!

My son had a baseball game that afternoon, we are winding down to the last few games, and it is really cool to see how much the kids have learned in the last two months. 
After the game, I did a quick, and slow 2 miles in the local track. It was very hot!
I made an impromptu quick dinner that I'm calling naked Nachos.... Refried beans, topped with steak, pico de gallo, cheese and avocado. I ate it with chips, it was very good!
On Wednesday, I woke up very congested and kept blowing my nose the entire day. After work I went to Zumba... it was very unusual,  a lot of slow songs, but it got done. I say unusual, because Denise normally has a lot of fast and high energy songs, but this time she had 2 or 3 of her favorite motivational songs.... something like "Girl Power" type songs. I don't know any of the names of the songs, but I do know that they are not my favorites. 

I did weights with Roger when I got back.
On Thursday I went back to my son's school to help out with the Science Camp Day. It was fun to follow my kid around doing pretend detective work!
My son dancing during a "Brain Break"
In the afternoon, we went to another baseball game. This was normally a practice day, but they were making up games because of cancellations. The team only had 7 kids! and because of how well they were playing, my son got to bat TWICE in one inning! he was very excited!
My son Pitching
During the game my left eye was very irritated, I thought it was all the dust from the field, but when I got to the car, I saw that my eye had an ulcer!! I hate eye ulcers!! I got very stressed out about this, because this meant an emergency visit to the eye doctor, super expensive eye drops, and wearing my glasses for at least 2 weeks.
Friday we had an early breakfast at our favorite place, Sofia's! they have the best pancakes! Then my son and I were off to school!
We had the First Grade Picnic. It was very hot, and it was barely 10 am, but we went outside for the planned activities. I helped with the Pass The Hoola Hoop game.

Went to the Eye doctor, got my drops, and super fancy over the glasses dark glasses... I hate them!

My son had another make up game, which got cancelled by the second inning, because of a storm. We all got soaked!
Roger and I headed to Rehoboth DE, I'll do another post on Rehoboth this week, we had a lot of fun and got to walk around a lot! 

And I ran a Memorial Day 5K.... but I don't know if that belongs here or in the next weekly wrap...

Today I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap post.

Very slow week... but I'm getting back on track with training for the Bird In Hand Half Marathon in September.
Miles - 2
Zumba - 1 hour
Weights- 25 minutes
How was your holiday weekend? Do you wear glasses/ contacts? School is almost done!! 3.5 days... and one of them is the field day!
Quick question for all the teachers... what is your favorite End Of school year gift? I'm looking for what to give my son's teacher... and I've been so busy, that I'm thinking Starbucks Gift card.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Greetings from Rehoboth !

Hello Dear Internet friends! I hope you are all enjoying you holiday ! 

I'm doing a destination post today. We are in Rehoboth DE, enjoying the warm weather and the beach. And eating ... Just eating non stop ... 

Our adventures from yesterday included :

Our crepes in the morning... 

And not very good tacos later 

My son sent me a text message telling me he is camping today! I'm very excited for him ! 

I also bought two books... The Alchemist and Where'd You Go Bernadette? ... Because I don't have 6 other books waiting for me! #bookproblems! Then I went to the bookstore and droolled over other books I don't have yet. 

I picked up this super cute bag for my sister 

I love Rehoboth and wish that we could live here !! 

How is your holiday going? Any good eats? Any not so good eats? 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Throw Back Post - 1991

In 1991 I was in 3rd Grade. I remember 3rd grade with a lot of fondness, and with a lot of strange feelings. I was in a strange classroom, and was a little weirdo rebel. I am still not sure how I moved up to 4th grade... it might have been because the teacher couldn't stand to see me anymore.

Do you remember the weird kid in your classroom who dressed like a total weirdo in elementary school? that was me in 3rd grade. My favorite outfit that year was a pair of polka dotted leggings, paired with a pair of plaid shorts and a sweatshirt, worn with my sneakers from *USA*, which automatically made them faster and bouncier! I wore this once a week!

I was bored most of the time, and around my second month in school, I started selling my school supplies. And I bought candy with the money, and of course shared with my older sister to buy her silence.

It took my mom a long while to realize this.... it actually took the teacher a while to notice too. The day he finally noticed I was missing my notebook, he told me to leave the class until I had the proper supplies. So I sold my lunch to go buy a notebook. My school in Mexico sold school supplies, such at notebooks and pencils for a small fee. The next day, I ripped a couple of pages off the notebook, and sold it again. I really don't remember who used to buy it from me.

My school used to do Poetry reciting contest, and because I was bored with the subjects being taught, I would memorize the poems in two days and slack off during poem reading practice. I went on to participate on the poem reciting contest 4 times that year. That was part of the reason I passed 3rd grade.

There was a girl who was a bully in my grade, and she threaten to beat me up at the end of the school day. For no reason that I could remember. To which I still clearly remember replying "You are going to beat me up? You with that ugly face? You are so dumb, you wouldn't know where to find the exit to the school! Go bother somebody else!" How do I remember this so clearly? Because she went and told the teacher, and he called my mom. And after she patted me in the back for defending myself, she told me that I can't tell people they are dumb and stupid.... but that the girl was ugly... and probably stupid. My mom taught me to me really mean in school.

My teacher didn't know that I had read all the science books, the history books and the reading books. All of them. Including my older sister's book, who was in 4th grade. My older sister was struggling with Math, so my mom and Grandpa tutored her after school, and that was where I learned multiplications, and fractions.

One day my teacher was done with my constant talking during class, so he called me up to the board and gave me a really hard multiplication... we were in the 12x3 = ___  stage of math, but he told me that I was a know it all pain in the butt, so he gave me something like this 238 x 69 = _____ and told me that if I could do that, he would let me leave the class for the rest of the day. I had to do all the math in the board and show my work. I did it, because I had learned it from my grandfather. He didn't let me out the rest of the day.

Now that I look back, I know exactly why I couldn't pay attention in class. I couldn't see the board, and didn't know how to tell my mom... who didn't believe me when I told her 5 years later, anyway.

Now your turn... do you have any memories of being a difficult kid in school? were you ever bullied? or did you ever bully somebody ?

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Alternate Holiday Weekends SUCK!

I've been divorced for 4 years now. And Alternate holiday weekends still suck!! For any of you who are not divorced, and don't have to memorize a Custody schedule for your child... let me give you a brief explanation. Shared custody of a child means that my son summer holidays get alternated year to year.... last year he was with me for Memorial Day, and Labor Day. This year he goes with his Dad and  I get him for 4th of July.

This was supposed to be my weekend, but instead, my son gets to spend the holiday weekend with his Dad. I'm sad about it, but the only thing I can do about it is deal with it. So I'm planning on running a couple of races to stop torturing myself psychologically, and push myself Physically instead.

Roger and I will be driving out to the beach for the weekend, but not before I can have some more torture. A baseball game was cancelled two weeks ago, and the coaches picked the Friday before the holiday weekend to make it up..... Yes, because nobody else was trying to forget their sorrows with a short trip! So we are driving to Rehoboth DE AFTER the baseball game.... AFTER seeing him play and having fun, and knowing he will be going with his dad.

Ok, enough with my whining. I get to go to the beach for 2 glorious days, and even if it's cloudy and raining, I will still be in a short vacation, and I'm lucky to have that! Packing my Harry Potter audiobook for the long drive, and a few other books to read by the beach.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Would You Rather?

Good morning Internet Friends! It's Tuesday, and I haven't had a soft pretzel in 2 days.... but today is not looking good.

Today I'm linking-up with PattyErika, and Marcia for the Running Gear and Where to get it link up, and I'm doing something different, because I ramble too much about myself sometimes.

So today, the topic is weather conditions, but I want to ask all of you, which would you rather do in regards to weather conditions, clothing choices, and other things.

1. Would you rather ....

a. Run in the Rain
b. Run in 80+ temperatures?

I would pick the rain.

Before my 4th of July run in the Rain last year, I look crazy... there was a costume contest, which I lost.

2. Would you rather....

a. run with friends
b. run with family

Family for me always

Running with my brother last summer

3. would you rather ...

a. be underdressed for a run (Think shorts and short sleeves at a cold weather run)
b. Overdressed for a run (long leggings and long sleeves for a warm run)

I would pick overdressed. I hate being cold.

I was way overdressed for the Hershey Half Marathon, I was very cold...

4. Would you rather....

a. wear tight leggings / capris /shorts
b. wear a loose sports bra?

I would 100% pick tight leggings... boob bounce is no fun.

5. Would you rather .... In case of no music or podcast in a Long race, anything over 10 miles.

a. listen to borrowed music/ podcast.
b. Run with no music/ podcast.

I have picked silence before.

6. would you rather

a. Run on an empty stomach
b. run thirsty

I would run thirsty. I can't run on empty stomach.

7. Would you rather ....

a. Run a race in a place where you can run for free. (where you have done training runs).
b. Run a race in a place you cannot always run (Think amusement park, golf courses, stadiums, others)

I have done both, so I could not pick. A race for me is always fun.

Pick 1, 2, 3 or answer them all.... whichever you are feeling today.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Training Week May 16-May 22

Good morning Sunshine! We have sun again! After two rainy days, we have the sun here again today!
Activity this week
Monday- Zumba with Susan and 2 miles sprints/ jog exercises
Thursday - 4 tempo miles
Saturday- Zumba with Denise and Susan
Sunday- Zumba with Denise and Susan and 8 mile easy run
Monday I went to Zumba with Susan. I had felt some pain on my right toe, and decided to try different sneakers. Well, that was awful. I wore Brooks Pure Flow 4, and couldn't move. I had read something before that running sneakers are meant to move forward, and Tennis sneakers are meant to have more circular motion. I switched out to my Ryka sneakers and immediately felt the difference. Note to Self- no new shoes to Zumba.

Tuesday - Does anybody remember me whining about parents not wanting to help out in the concession stand at Baseball? Well, Because of the Coach under scheduling people, I had to help out for the entire shift 5:30-8:30. It was supposed to be 8 parents helping, but it was only 4 of us helping.

But, I now know what a Walking Taco is. It sounds disgusting, but it smells delicious. I didn't have one, but really wanted to. And I might *or might not*, have had accidentally stuck my finger in one.

Per Wendy's Suggestion: The walking Taco- A bag of Doritos, topped with taco ground beef, Salsa, shredded taco cheese, lettuce and sour cream.  

Thursday, After my son's baseball, I did 4 tempo miles in the local paved track. I ran by the school, where they were having the kids run for their Race For Education event the next day.

Running with the moon

On Friday, our office closed at 1:00 pm. It was so exciting, and at the same time very nerve wracking. On the Fridays that I'm at work, I spend the day between doing work and catching up with Blogs, but having less time, I had to focus on getting my work done.

Messages I drew on the kids track at Race for Education

My son's school was having their Race For Education event, which I had also planned to attend. And was glad to know I could go without rushing. I ran around the track with my son and a lot of other kids. I would say that most kids ran at least 4 miles. The kids were amazing at the entire event!

Saturday I was up bright and early for Zumba with Denise and Susan, which they call Masters Zumba, because it's fast paced. And at 1:00 went to Roger's Self Defense Aikido workshop. I didn't participate, only took pictures. Aikido is not my thing.

After we went for coffee and cake.

On Sunday, I slept in for a long time! I woke up at 9:30! It made me sad to miss most of Sunday Morning.

I headed to Zumba again, because right now the Studio has not found a new place to move to. So, right now my zumba days are numbered, and that makes me sad.

After Zumba, we went to Hershey for 8 miles. I forgot my sneakers, and my headphones, so ran in the sneakers that caused one toe nail to fall off. But there were no excuses to be made. This was my longest run without any music or a podcast.

After the run in the rain, needed a towel to stay warm.
Today I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap post.
** Totals **
Miles 14
Zumba - 3 hours
Weights: 0
Pairs of Snakers : 4 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Throw Back Post- 27 Years Ago

The other day I was thinking of how I'm starting to forget a lot of things... obviously as I'm getting older my brain is making room for a lot more memories. But there is lots of things that I don't want to forget, so I hope to be starting a Throw Back Memory post, so that at least this is down in writing.

Today I'm throwing it back to 1988. I was 5 going into 6 and living with my Grandparents, close to their farm. Their house in a way, was a farm house. Here are my memories of living there.

My Grandfather woke up at 5:30 am, he didn't have an alarm. He woke up to the roosters wake up call. He took the cows to feed out in his farm, or to check his corn, or whatever was in season.

My Grandmother woke up shortly after to make his breakfast. Then around 6:30, she woke me up. We needed to go to El Molino to get our Nixtamal (cooked corn), turned into Masa ( our tortilla dough), and they closed at 7:00am.

She used to make me a shake for breakfast. A cup of milk (She would warm it up for me), one raw egg, one banana, a spoon of honey, chocolate mix and a pinch of cinnamon. And it was my grandmother who gave me my first taste of coffee. *** I need to take a moment to point out that the milk had been fresh milked off a cow the night before, in the back yard, pasteurized by my Grandmother, eggs picked fresh from her chickens)

We made our tortillas while listening to some Radio Program called Kaliman, a radio show.... I think that's where my fondness for audiobooks comes from.

After we were done making tortillas, we packed up a lunch for my grandfather and take it out to him in the farm. A 3 mile walk to his farm later, we shared our warm delicious lunch under a tree, next to his land.

On the walk back home, I was lucky, I could get a popsicle from the store.

After I helped clean up the kitchen, and the dishes, I was allowed to watch cartoons. I vaguely remember liking Thunder Cats, Denise The Menace, Snoopy, Dungeons and Dragons, She-Ra, He-Man.

Around 3 my Grandfather came home to eat our Meal, which is eaten at 3:30.

My Grandfather had a buggy type horse drawn vehicle. He made it himself, with help from my cousins. He also rode his horse when he was bringing in the Cows. He broke his leg when I was 8, when he fell off his horse.

After Meal Time, I had to feed the chickens, and collect eggs. I also had to feed the cats milk, left overs and tortillas. And on Laundry day, I had to help my grandmother with hanging up the clothes to dry. I was responsible for my own clothes, even though I was 5, going into 6, she held me accountable for washing my own stuff. And I had to wash them by hand.

My Grandmother had a two huge gardens, I was allowed to play in them, as long as I was gentle to all the plants and collected any fruit ready for pick up.

Some days, we also had to go feed my Great Grandmother Angelina. Who was not always very nice to my Grandmother. But when it was her turn, she packed her a meal, a small dessert and we went up the hill to take her Meal to her.

When I think back to being 5 or 6, I only remember when I lived with my grandparents, not much else. That just goes to show how much I enjoyed those experiences. It makes me sad to think that My son doesn't know how to do half of the things I did at his age. So time to make memories at the Grandparents!

What do you remember of when you were 5 or 6? Memories of helping out at home? Grandparents Memories?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

You know I listen to NPR When...

Today's post is not about running, because I'm more than just skinny running legs!

I don't listen to music in the car, most of the time, I have my local NPR station on. I am doing this post because my son is starting to show signs of my NPR addiction, and I find it very amusing.

So here it is... You know I listen to NPR when ...

... The first 3 preset stations in my radio are 1. WITF- Harrisburg Area NPR, 2. WHYY- Philadelphia NPR and 3. WPSU- Penn State NPR.

... I often quote NPR reports when talking / blogging with people. #noshame

... My son asks "Why is Audie Cornish the only one doing All Things Considered today? Where is Robert Siegel"? - he is 7!

... My son gets upset that he has to miss the rest of this mornings Bengal Tigers report from Morning Edition. School comes before NPR.

... My son asks if he can send some of this money to WITF, because they need it to keep them in the radio.

... My son can name his favorite Morning Edition Anchor... Steve Inskeep.

... My son is sure that he make an informed decision on Presidential Elections from all the NPR presidential coverage... again, he is 7!  

... We are sustaining WITF Members And

... I  Enjoy my morning coffee out of the WITF Mug !

... I participate in the Morning Edition Book Club, and a few favorite books came from it.  

Now your turn... Do you listen to NPR? Does anybody agree with me that Steve Inskeep sounds dreamy, but admire his brain more? What other shows, radio or TV, do you like that have gotten other family members into?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Kennett Run 2016- Race Recap- Race Repeater

Kennett Run 2016
Price : $30 (Registered in April)
Goodies: Blue Women's cut tech shirt, and lots of goodies after the race.
Weather- Sunny 60 degrees.

*** Correction ***
This is embarrassing! On Saturday when I looked at the results online, it showed me that I was 2nd in my AG. I didn't stick around for the awards, (my son was hungry, and my niece was sleepy and my mom grumpy, we needed to get going. Maybe next time I won't make crazy claims without the real trophy in my hand.) Well, I went to look at the results again today, to log them into my Race Logs, and it seems the timing agency made a mistake. They separated the Age Groups in 5 year intervals and I was in the 30-34 age group. Once the 35-39 group gets added they bump me all the way to 16th in the 30-39 AG. And I am still 2nd on the 30-34 AG. Oh well, I raced and had a lot of fun in this race. AG placement or not! and it seemed too good to be true anyway. I'm sorry for portraying my race as a AG Placement in my weekly recap.

This Recap fits perfectly with the Tuesdays On the Run Link up ( with PattyErika, and Marcia )

We are Kennett Run multiple time offenders! I have now done the Kennett Run 7 times, 2000, 2001, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. This is my longest race tradition! and the amount of the family members running is increasing!

Kennett Run 2015
Kennett Run 2012

Morning of the Race
I was up at 7:00am getting ready to leave. I said we were leaving at 7:30, which some people understood it to be Wake up at 7:30.... College kids...

I picked up bagels, donuts, and coffee for everybody at the Oxford Dunkin Donuts, which is known for their lack of coffee knowledge. I asked for an espresso and as always, they asked me if I wanted it in a CUP. I am always tempted to say "No, just put it in my hand, or straight into my mouth!" How else is espresso served?

Bagels, milk, coffee, espresso (in a cup), donuts, milk, breakfast sandwiches and OJ, I had food for all runners, spectators, and the Royal Baby. (we call my niece the Royal Baby)

We parked at my sister's bakery. They specialize on cakes, and sweet Mexican bread, which is super yummy, but does nothing for us before a race.

We walked to the race start line. My son and my sister ran to the start line... because they are crazy like that! I love those two!

I went to use the bathroom, and the line was insane! I have memories of the Kennett Run having a line of 20 portable toilets by one parking lot and another 10 by the star line. This time there were only 6 by the start line. So again, we sang the national anthem while in line for the toilet.

The Race

This is the longest section... feel free to skip to my conclusions.

There is big chance I'm an Runhole mom! My sister said that she would run with my son, because she wasn't planning on racing at all, but wanted to do the race because it's our tradition. And she told me that I could race this 5K, that she knew I wanted to. She is the BEST SISTER in the WORLD!

I did the first .15 of a mile holding my son's hand, we crossed the start line together. Then he told me I was dragging him down, and said he was running this with his Tia! I kissed him and took off.

I have a bad habit of starting in the middle of the pack, then get frustrated when I have to dodge around everybody.

The first mile of this race is slightly uphill, with a few steep rolling hills. But knowing this after 7 years, I was ready. I passed a ton of people, and heard a some people talking about how this was their first race, it made me teary eyed. It is so exciting to hear people doing their first race!

Then at .85 a woman I was running behind pulled to the side to say hi to her kid, this was also her first race. She said to somebody, I don't know who, that it was very emotional for her to be doing her first race, and that she was fighting every urge to breakdown crying. Then somebody else told her to hold it until the end, that she could cry at the end.

The second mile is mostly downhill, with a long climb down close to the end of mile 2. I was feeling strong and happy, but also very hot. I kept reminding myself that this was only a 3.1 mile race, and that I would be done soon. At mile 2, I snatched a cup of water from a volunteer, took a sip and threw the rest in my head I was so hot!

There is two more hills before the end, and as much as I kept telling myself to pace myself and take the hills slow, my negative thoughts won me out and I stopped half way up the hill. I walked about 10 steps, then started running, knowing the end was really close. I kept pushing my legs, and my brain kept trying to make me stop. A girl who had passed me at mile 2, pulled to the side, panting and with her arms in her knees... I wanted to stop and ask if she was ok, but the Runhole me kicked in again and I kept going. I feel a little bit bad about that.

I could hear the band playing at the park, which meant I was really close. So started sprinting... I had done several sprint work outs with Roger, so I knew that it was in me.

I crossed the finish line with the clock saying 26.20. Went to get water and check for the rest of my family.


* The first mile was uphill
* My jerk brain made me think I was tired, and made me stop in a hill
* There were lots of runners doing their first race
* I love this race
* It was hot

The Rest of the Family

Roger crossed the finish line 4 minutes later, Nina 1 minute after him. When I finished the 5K, I had gotten a picture of my son at mile marker 2, so I knew they were close. 


I started to walk the course back. And cheering on the other runners, until I ticked somebody off. I saw a few runners and I was cheering for them, something along the lines of "You are doing great, keep going, You are doing this". Then a woman runner yelled back at me "We know were are doing it, we are the ones in pain!" Ouch.

I found my sister and my son, I walked along side with them, and then my sister asked my son if he wanted to start running, he said yes and took off. I ran with them for a little bit, then pulled off the course, and ran on the sidelines to meet him at the finish line. I gave him a huge hug and a cup of water. We walked out of the finisher chutes, grabbed bananas and one more cup of water.

Post Race
One of my favorite things about the race is the amount of post race refreshments. This race ruined me for all the other races. They have pizza, donuts, soft pretzels, bananas, oranges, Dunkin Ice Tea, Dunkin Iced Coffee, beer, chips. I have come to expect this level of food at all races... We grabbed some food and went to stretch.

Roger Took this picture of us walking back. It's one of my favorites.
You can't tell, but that diaper bag in my arm is really heavy.

My mom, sisters, Natasha and her Boyfriend, all enjoying our Mexican Ice Cream.
We walked back to the bakery and stopped for ice cream at the Mexican Ice Cream shop. What makes the ice cream Mexican you ask, you ask for it in Spanish... as in "Can I please have one scoop of Limon?" I'm kidding! Mexican ice cream is creamier, more like the consistency of gelato, and we have traditional flavors, like Tamarind, Mango, coconut, Rompope ( a creamy vanilla liquor), and I even saw Tequila flavor ice cream. 

My son jogging back, because 3.1 miles wasn't enough
Victory photo
My brother in law made Roger a special cupcake... he must like him more than he likes us, he never made us a cupcake before. Just sayin'

We went home and made tortas for lunch. Tortas are Mexican sandwiches, they are called tortas only because of the bread we use for them, which we picked up at my sister's bakery.

We hope to be back in 2017 for the Kennett Run!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Training Week May 9th- May 15

My son has run his first 5K! I am a very proud Momma! and could not stop telling him how happy and proud I was the entire weekend!
This week was a little exhausting, with little sun and chilly temperatures, but we had an awesome week of activity. Today I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for their Weekly Wrap post.

Tuesday - 2 miles tempo run
Wednesday - Zumba with Denise, 3 miles easy run, 20 minutes of weights.
Saturday- Kennett Run 5K
On Tuesday the Baseball game went a little longer than it was supposed to, by about 10 minutes. I was supposed to do a 3 miles tempo run, but by the time I got home I was really tired, and very sleepy. But still put on my stuff and went for my fun, but cut it to 2 miles.

Wednesday was another busy day at work. I planned my afternoon on the plan of doing zumba for 1 hour, run for 3 miles and weights, meaning I had my lunch, a snack and another small meal before leaving work. But a co-worker gave me a soft pretzel right before my second meal, which messed up the rest of my eating.
I know that the pretzel could have been turned down, but I also know that pretzel was delicious and I regret almost nothing.

By the time I got home after Zumba and running, I was really hungry again, because my second meal went half uneaten. After 16 minutes of weights, I told Roger that I was done. If I kept going, my body would be mad at me. So did my planks, and started dinner. Still didn't regret that pretzel.

Let me say again, because it doesn't get said enough. To all teachers, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO! Your patience for spending 6 hours / day at school with our children, is very sincerely appreciated! 

On Friday, I spend half of the day at my son's school. Before I started training for the Marathon, I wanted to come in and help on my day off, so after completing the Marathon, I cleared my Fridays off to help out at school. Arrived there at 9, after breakfast, this many kids before 10am requires a good breakfast and strong coffee. I helped out with the Math Olympics. We measured things, helped make paper airplanes, collected 6 pencils (... I kept finding pencils on the floor... ) settled a fight between kids,  consoled a couple crying kids, and opened food snacks! All before lunch!

My boy handing out marshmallows in his class

After school, We also helped on the annual May Fair Festival, which did not get rained out, like we all had feared. Sadly, we only did 1 glitter tattoo.

My glitter tattoo table

My son climbing the wall at the festival, this was the inside section.

On Saturday we woke up to a sunny and warm day for the Kennett Run 5K. I'll do a recap on that race later this week. But I am happy to report that My son finished his 5K, and we all had a great time.

Kennett Square calls itself the Mushroom Capital of the World... but really the neighboring towns are the ones growing the mushrooms... and Mexican Men and Women are the ones who drive this industry... underpaid workers I might add.

My sister set up the bibs and shirts on the coffee table the night before the race.

I did not beat my 5K Personal Record, but I did beat my record for this Course, which has been a long work in progress. I also got 2nd place for my age group, with a time of 25.59.

*** 5.17.16 Correction: I got 16th place on the 30-39 Age Group, but 2nd on the 30-34. The timing agency posted the results incorrectly when I checked on Saturday. So I'm not as Speedy awesome as I am portraying myself to me... just weird awesome! **

Miles - 8
Zumba- 1 hour
Weights - 20 minutes

I hope you had an awesome weekend!
Where do you stand on soft pretzels? What dip do you like for your pretzel? Cheese, mustard, honey mustard?