Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Forgotten Handbag

Back in another life, I used to have more than a few handbags. I grew up watching Sex and The City and my need to be cool was bigger than my need to have useful things.

When my son was born, the need for a handbag was lessened, to increase the need for a bag that could carry diapers, three changes of clothes, stuffed toys and piles of fruit snacks. I still carried a handbag to work.

Then I started running, and needing to carry less things, to make room for running items. So, I dropped the handbag, and I haven't carried a handbag in years! I have a small wallet and carry my phone in my pockets.

For my brother's graduation, I dug out my fancy bag. My plan was to wear my comfy shoes all day, and switch to my heels for the graduation ceremony.

The traveling handbag

On our way to graduation we stopped at my brother's house. I suggested that we changed the kids into their fancy outfits, because it would be difficult to have this privacy again.

My son changed himself, and I helped my sister with changing my niece. At this point, I put my handbag down ... because that is the universal sign of "I need all my hands". We packed everybody in the cars and took off to see the Lion.

On my drive to the Nittany Lion, I realized that my handbag had been left at my bother's apartment. Uggghhh!!! Whatever, I had my wallet and my phone, I would get the bag later.

After waiting in line for 1 hour for the lion pictures, it was time for dinner. Brother #1 was going back to Brother's #2 apartment, I asked him to please bring me my bag.

We rushed around getting to dinner, I drove my brother to the Graduation and came back for my pregnant sister, my son and my niece, then drove back to graduation.

After the ceremony, I asked Brother # 1 if he had my bag... he forgot it. It was close to 11 pm and I just wanted to get on the road to go home, so I asked Brother #2 to bring me the handbag when he drove down to my parents on Sunday.

Sunday came, and my brothers, my son, Roger and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy, we enjoyed it, and each went their way after the movie...

At 7:45 pm on Sunday, my Brother #1 called and asked me "Are you missing something?" I looked at the dinner table, my son was there with my phone and Roger was there too. So I said "No, nothing that I can remember....." He gave me a second ... "The Handbag!!! " at this point, it wasn't about the handbag or the shoes inside of it. It was about my work keys! The keys I needed to get into the office, into my desk and the file cabinets! Tripple Uuuuggggghhhhh!!

Brother #1 offered to meet me half way between my place and my parents... but it was 7:45, my son was due to be in bed by 8:15. Then he offered to have Brother #2 meet me the next morning. This made the most sense. So I planned to take a couple of hours off from work the next day.

30 minutes later, I got a message that Brother #2 was on his way to my house with my handbag!! The first thing he did when I opened the door was hand me the handbag. Then asked if he could spend the night. He ate half of the food in my fridge before he left.

This bag accidentally traveled to PSU, to Chester County and back home in one weekend.... but never made it to graduation!

Do you have a handbag?
Have you left your handbag anywhere?
What is one thing in your handbag that you would not want to lose?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Weekly Wrap 5. 28.17

Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend! 

Before I say anything else, Thank you to those who gave their lives for this County! 

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

Wednesday- Weights and Zumba at the Y
Friday- 3 easy miles 
Saturday- 5 tempo miles
Sunday- 2 mile hike

We are in the homestretch for Second grade! my son has three days left of School, which are 1 day picnic, one regular day and one half day, then he will be on to the summer break! I am so proud of my boy! 

On Tuesday I woke up with a weird pain on the side of my right foot, I have no idea where it came from... my last run had been Sunday and I had no problems with it at all! As the day went, the pain got more intense. I could barely walk when we arrived at baseball. So skipped my run and went home and rolled my foot on a tennis ball. 

My son at the bat 

Me, hiding behind my hat, sunglasses and a book- I'm the scary anti-social Mom

Wednesday, I headed to Zumba, figured I would take it easy on the foot. Then did light weights. My entire body was so tired after, that I fell asleep on the couch before 8 pm! 

On Friday we woke up on Rehoboth Beach, we were there for a couple of days for the holiday. Roger swore that he didn't want to run, but as soon as he saw the runners on the boardwalk, he decided to head out there for an was 3, when he got back, he watched my son by the pool, while I went for my 3. No problems with my feet. 

Roger before his run

The view of the beach from Cape Henelopen 

Saturday we ate breakfast and then Roger headed out for a 5 miler, and I had my turn after. I felt bad for Roger, he got to run when the temperatures were higher and the sun was out. My weather turned perfect, cloudy and light breeze. After that we headed home. 

My son kicking the waves

On Sunday, we had no plans, and it was shaping out to be a lazy Sunday, but I have an inability to ever sit still, and suggested we drove to Ohiopyle State park for a short hike, some pizza and ice cream... the pizza and ice cream with a beautiful view was worth the drive! 

Currently Reading 
Dreams Of Joy by Lisa See. I read Shanghai Girls a couple of weeks ago, and could not wait to get this one started! I have learned so much about Chinese Culture and China during their   Civil War. 

We still have one last day off from work and school, so tomorrow we are making the best of being lazy... we have no choice, our weather is calling for rain all day tomorrow. 

How was your weekend? 
Do you want to run when you see others running? 
When was your last impromptu trip ? 
Teachers, are you ready for the summer break? 

Friday, May 26, 2017

May Runfessions

Happy Friday!! We are off today and enjoying a little bit of rest! yay for holidays!!

I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with  Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness and Marcia for Runfessions.

1 Overconfidence doesn't win the race! I runfess that, I went to the Kennett Run overconfident. In April I gave myself a goal that I didn't think was overly ambitious, but then I didn't put in the work to get it done. I still enjoyed the run, as much as one can enjoy running as fast as one can for 3.1 miles! There is always next year.

2. Going Commando- I runfess that I went last weekend without underwear! During the Delaware Half marathon, my undies kept giving me a wedgie, I hate wedgies! By accident, I didn't pack any underwear when leaving for the Kennett run! All my running shorts have those light liners, so I just went without the underwear! I changed my shorts about 5 times total that weekend, so it wasn't completely gross... that area stinks after running during the summer, so one less piece of stinky clothing is amazing!

3. I have been slacking off - I don't know what it is about May! I runfess that this month working out has taken a back seat. Between baseball, graduatuons, work and the holidays... The day just flies by me!

4. I miss my running group- adding to the statement above, I runfess that I miss running with the Fleet Feet Group, I haven't run with my running buddy Adrianne in an eternity!

5. Food - would it be my blog if I didn't have a food Runfession? There is this great Mexican restaurant close to my job... and I have been slowly trying all their food, I Runfess that right now, I'm infatuated with their enchiladas !! How is that a Runfession? Because I don't care if I'm running, I just get the enchiladas. 

Have you gone commando for running ?
Are you overconfident about anything ?
How do you like your enchiladas ?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My ESL Teacher

This August, it will be 20 years that I moved to the United States. When I first moved here, I only knew a few phrases in English, those being 1. My name is Ana, 2. I don't speak English and 3. May I go to the bathroom?

We got scheduled for an ESL class as soon as we started school. ESL stands for English as a Second Language. My ESL teacher was Mrs. Miller, a Filipino woman who was studying to get her Doctorate in a university near by. She spoke limited Spanish, but her goal was to teach us more about American Culture and assimilating to the school

Mrs. Miller and two classmates

Mrs. Miller was more than a teacher to us, she was an advocate for those of us who didn't speak English in my school. When I first met her, she looked at my grades from my school in Mexico and had me switched from Geometry to Algebra, because I had very high grades in Algebra in Mexico.... (side story, I could have taught Algebra class, I knew everything that was being taught in class, only had to learn the English part)

Mrs. Miller's 1998 ELS class. Two of my sisters are in this photograph

Mrs. Miller had the challenging task of working with kids of varying ages, the youngest was 12, and the oldest was 19; and helping us with homework assignments from all subjects.

Mrs. Miller gave me a Spanish English dictionary that I used until it fell apart.

Mrs. Miller showed us Star Wars, because she wanted us to learn about some pop culture things, she also let us watch Saved By The Bell and The Simpson a few times.

One of my fondest memories of Mrs. Miller, was when she gave my family a Christmas tree. We didn't have one, most likely because we couldn't afford one. She bought one for the classroom, for our Christmas party, then asked if we wanted it, to which we responded with a very enthusiastic yes! Mrs. Miller made our Christmas !!

I only took ESL for 1 year, my goal was to graduate High School and go to college, leaving no room for ESL classes, but if I needed help, I could always visit the ESL classroom to talk to Mrs. Miller, or Mrs. Reed in my last year.

Did you take Algebra in school?
How about Geometry?
Was there an ESL teacher in your school?
Did you have a teacher you always knew you could count on for help?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kennett Run 5K 2017

Race Details
Price : $30
Goodies : Woman's cut tech shirt, and post race party with tons of food and beer.
Weather : 57F ( 13.88 C), cloudy with a light breeze.
This is our annual family race. My sister and I have been running it for years now. Back when we started running it again, my sister Maria would be the one waiting for me to finish at the end, she was really fast without any training.
Each year we park at my sister's bakery and then do the .75 mile walk to the start line. This day was a little breezy and felt a bit chilly, but the walk helps us warm up for the run.
I really don't have much to say about the run itself... the course was changed to take out some of the hills, but there were still some steep hills in the race. After running a half marathon last weekend, the 5K felt short and super sweet, but it still took a lot out of me.
I had hoped to beat my 25.58 Kennett Run time from last year, but I didn't put in enough work to accomplish this goal. I was disappointed in myself, but at the same time, I didn't dwell on it for too long. I ran to the best that my body could and that was enough for me.
Photo by my brother at the finish line
This year my younger sister didn't join us for the race, and this made the whole event a lot more relaxing. She sometimes gets into fights with us for very petty things, and it's difficult to be stressing for the race, while walking on thin ice with her to keep her happy. One year she got mad at both me and Maria at the start line and refused to speak to us ... it was awkward and very frustrating. This year, we did not have to worry about that at all. *I'm a jerk sister!*
Oh! I will tell you that, I took great pride on passing many men at the race, as I passed them, I would say in my head "You just got chicked!" and laugh quietly.
For as much as I complained about the course change, running through Downtown Kennett, although quick, was really pretty. I used to work in Downtown Kennett and love this town, so many memories of adventures always live with me.
The organizers make the race a big event, and local business come out and set up tents and tables. This year, the organizers for the Mushroom Cap Half were out there, signing people up for the Half marathon in November. They were offering a shirt, a glass and a magnet to sign up on the spot...  after checking dates, I signed up for the November half marathon.
We grabbed donuts, iced tea, pizza, pretzels and beer... we just ran a 5K, so we needed to recover!
For the first time, I wasn't hungry for donuts... there was something wrong with me, I'm always hungry for donuts.
This is the only race that I know that offers different color shirts for men, than the do for women. The first year we ran it, the shirts were pink... and although I love pink, it bothered me. This year, they were a cerulean blue for women and a light gold for men. My sister is wearing her race shirt in the picture above, and below is Roger with the Men's shirt.
Do you have a family annual race?
Is there a family member that causes stress in your family? you can tell me, I wont' tell anybody !
Have you signed up for another race, while on the high from a different race?
Do you prefer V neck shirts or scooped neck?
Are you hungry for a donut?


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.

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.

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?