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Week In Review Last of 2017!!

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Happy New Year!! I hope you are enjoying New Year Day's celebrations... right now I'm desperately searching for my sons glasses, I will do anything to save $$$ on new glasses, wish me luck!



Workouts
Tuesday- 3 miles
Wednesday - 5 miles
Thursday - 5 miles

Monday we woke up to presents under the Christmas tree for my son, and my nieces... ( *** Short story, while we were opening presents, I found out that one of my brothers gave my son the same  Lego Set that Santa was going to be delivering the next Morning, a quick message was sent to Santa to make a swap. As my son said many years ago " Who needs Santa when you have Tias ?"  My sister came to the rescue and found a present she was saving for my son's birthday and made the swap with Santa. *** )



We were supposed to run, but we got super lazy and watched tv all day instead. It's the holidays, and whatever ! On Christmas Day we watch Happy Endings, and laugh our day away. 

Tuesdays was a difficult day to get up for wo…

Last Friday Five of 2017

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Happy Friday!! Last Friday of 2017! What an amazing year!

I'm Linking up with the Friday five 2.0 ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy .



Life is awesome, I'm very privileged and lucky to have all the things I have and my health. While it's hard to narrow amazing moments down to 5 events, I want to highlight 5 awesome experiences of this year, I no particular order.

1. Seeing my son's face as he saw Bushkill Falls- This year my son has been more into hiking, so we took the opportunity and took him to Bushkill falls in the summer. The look on his face when we saw the main waterfall was amazing! I will not easily forget the amusement on his eyes.


2. Running a Half Marathon on Mother's day- Just because I'm a mom, doesn't mean I want to wake up to a home-made breakfast and flowers... those are nice, but I prefer to wake up to running a half marathon. So many things about the Delaware Running festival made this race memorable for me, the scenery …

Running In Numbers 2017

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It was a great year of running, and races! I am so lucky to have my health and stable finances to help me support my crazy racing addition. 

I loved most of my races... I'm ready to admit that there was 1 race that I shouldn't have done, but it is what it is now and that's in the past.





Here are some of my running numbers: 



To date I haver ran 880 miles

That was 177 runs in 159 hours, 40 minutes and 59 seconds. ( I don't stop by watch at stop lights)

I ran 23 races, which were :

1- 1 mile 
1- 2 miler
6- 5Ks
1- 5 miler
1- 7K
5  10Ks 
1- Marathon Relay (7 miles)
7 half marathons

Half marathons and 5Ks are always my favorites distances. 

I tried out 5 different distances : 2 miles, 5 miles, 5K and the marathon relay leg (7 miles). 

I brought home 14 medals (  3 of which I feel I didn't deserve, those would be the Girls on The Run 5K, the Big Run 5K and the Great Race 10K) 




I ran my fasted 10K at 51.50

I Ran 4 different cities - Wilmington DE, Lancaster PA, Pittsburgh PA and Baltimore…

My Favorite Books of 2017

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It has been an amazing year in books! I have found many amazing books this year, and exceeded my reading goals for the year.




At the beginning of 2017, I set a goal of reading 60 books and to read more books written by women, and by people of color. And on the way to that, I found amazing books that took me out of my comfort zone and taught me a lot. And I read 74 books (To date, still reading 2 more) and found amazing books by different authors. 




Today I'm linking up with Jana and Steph for Show Us Your Books to review my favorite books of the year. 




Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

I didn't grow up in the USA, so I didn't learn about Bruce Springsteen until 2001, and I didn't learn anything about his career or life, until I read his book. And his book was amazing! He is an amazing writer, this book was fantastic. 




Before I fall by Laren Oliver

I know I was very late to reading this book, but when I found it, I couldn't put it down. This book is a story of a girl who die…

Week In Review

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Merry Christmas !! I hope you are your family are having a wonderful holiday! 



All is quiet here now, and it's time to sit, eat and relax !! My week was busy, there were lots of celebrations, and gifts. 

On Tuesday we had our office holiday party. After work, I ran six miles on shorts! I love a nice warm day in the middle of December. 

On Friday I helped out at my son's class holiday party, we decorated all the cookies !! and ate them too!



Saturday was our annual visit to Longwood Gardens with my family, this time we explored parts of the Gardens we hadn't seen before. 



In Mexico, we do all the celebrating on Christmas Eve, so we started the celebrations with birthday cake for my Dad and Sister. My Dad was born on December 24th, my sister's birthday is December 27. 



I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas and Holiday with your family and loved ones!!

Firday Five- Holidays 2017

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Happy Friday!! How is your day going?




I'm Linking up with the Friday five 2.0 ladies at Fairytales and Fitness and Running on Happy .

I debated with myself on whether to post this or not... if you are reading this, it must mean I just went with it, either because I'm tired of pretending I'm handling the holidays fine, or because I'm too tired to come up with a brand new five holiday happy things to post.

Every year, I try to make my holidays less stressful and more full of joy and warm and fuzzy things that the holidays are about. This year, I failed at keeping myself together and I gave into the anxiety and just lost it one night. As I drove around town erratically, crying and singing loudly to whatever song was playing on the radio, I made a promise to myself to do more to take care of myself in the next few days. Here are 5 things I am doing to give myself a break and take care of myself. 

1. Doing my nails- I love painting my own nails and sitting still and quiet until…

Favorite Songs 2017

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I love music, not all types of music and not all the time, but every year I love finding new songs to dance, sing and cry to. Here are some of my absolute favorite songs of this year, many that I played over and over until Roger asked me to stop dancing so loudly in the kitchen.... true story!

Daddy Yankee Vaiven
This song was my calming song on the holiday season of 2016, it held me together and I loved blasting it on the way home after Zumba or a run. I'm mentioning is as a favorite for 2017, because it was in all my running playlist for 2017.


Mariango And Enrique Bunbury - Dinero

I love when Enrique Bunbury does collaborations with other artist that are very different than his own style, this song is the best example of a fantastic collaboration. I also love the singer's voice. I danced and sang this song in the kitchen alone many times! This video is NSFW.



Ricky Martin and Maluma- Vente Pa' Ca

Ricky Martin only gets better with age, or he is absolute perfection, and Maluma..…

Week In Review - Countdown is ON

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Happy Monday!! How was your week?



Workouts

Monday - 3 miles + Weights 
Thursday - Zumba
Friday- 4 miles on the 'mill and core stuff
Saturday - 6 mile Jingle Bell run
Sunday- 7 mile tempo

Last week at work was intense and really busy, I left work most days feeling exhausted and ready for a nap. But no naps were taken, and most things got done last week.

I don't have very much to say, so here are some pictures of my week.

Monday

Running in the dark



Wednesday

My Son baking a cake... we made them into cake pops later that week.




Saturday


The River Runners' Jingle Bell Run





Off to see Star Wars with my brothers and Roger



Sunday

And this picture broke me for the day... My niece playing with all the gifts that I sent down to my parents... I know she is having a lot of fun, and that the look of happiness in her face is worth more than anything in the world, but this picture is mentally painful to see.... I spent hours wrapping those presents!