Running on Sweets

Kill me now. πŸ™‚ Yesterday Kara and I ran 2.5 miles in 47 degree weather AFTER eating sugar cookies, brownies (with icing), breakfast, and lunch in 28:35.

The holidays might be the death of me. I CANNOT say no to a student when they bring me home baked goods! I HAVE to eat them. πŸ™‚

We did not run today because Kara took off from work to go shopping, and I didn’t want to get ahead of her in mileage. πŸ™‚

Sidenote: I’m attempting to teach my 5th graders how to write a structured paragraph with topic sentence, detail, explanation, etc. So we did our brainstorming yesterday about the things we want for Christmas. I put mine on the board, and of course it included a treadmill. I was explaining to them that my reasons why I wanted one was because I could run on it in my house when it’s cold, rainy, or dark. One student said, “Can’t you just run in place?” πŸ™‚

Could I?


Jingles for Tots 10k Recap

Did it. Done it. I have run it. πŸ™‚

My very 1st official 10k race. What a great feeling. A chance to do something charitable by giving to children who are in need of a special Christmas AND to test my limits of running.

I knew that this was going to be hard for me because:

1. I had not run that much at all in November.

2. I haven’t run that far since April.

So I decided that I would run this one for David. My brother-in-law who lost his fight with pancreatic cancer back in April. I ran for David who can’t run anymore. We miss you and love you so much, David!



Here was what kept me going throughout the race.





182331_508704225830750_1908828341_nΒ A lovely picture of me um…possibly struggling? πŸ™‚

Jingles on my shoes.



This was a great race. We ran the 5k route with the 5k runners, then just got to do the whole route again. They had signs up along the course with cute sayings-not that I can remember any to give you an example or anything. I think they might have said, “You’re really not dying, you just think you are ” or “We have paramedics on stand-by just for YOU!” πŸ™‚

I think the 4th time I passed one guy at a water station and didn’t take water from him he was thinking I was crazy, but I told him I could usually multitask, but not while I was running. πŸ™‚

I finished in 1:11:33. I was NOT the last one either. In case you were wondering.

Then it was Subway time! With a good book. At 4pm I had to walk in a local Christmas parade with my XC team-I think that was about 2 miles. Then supper. Then bed at 9pm.

It was a GREAT run and a GREAT day!

The best part of the whole race was when I looked up at around my 2.6 mile spot and saw my husband in his car in a parking lot. πŸ™‚ He works night shift so he was on his way home from work and stayed out later just to see if he could see me even though he should have already been at home in the bed. THAT.MADE.MY.DAY. πŸ™‚

On Sunday I treated myself to this:

469663_2571177854358_1417192558_oI might have had 2 of them. πŸ™‚

What’s your best time for a 10k?


Sean Griswold’s Head Book Review

Sean Griswold's Head

Sean Griswold’s Head by Lindsey Leavitt

Goodreads Summary:

According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions on. It’s supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas-it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really known him.

The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it’s working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking-er, focusing on-Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He’s cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.Β 

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.

My Thoughts:

CUTE, LIGHTHEARTED, AND FUNNY! This was the 1st time I had read anything by Lindsey Leavitt-who used to be an elementary school teacher, and I LOVED it. πŸ™‚

Payton is an organized and well, let’s just say very “studious” student. But she loses focus when she finds out her dad has MS. Or maybe when she has to find a focus object at the suggestion of her counselor which becomes the head of the boy who sits in front of her in class. That she never really knew-until now.

This was a CLEAN and WHOLESOME read so I would say 5th grade and up would enjoy it. Girls that is. πŸ™‚

I can’t wait to read another book by this author-Going Vintage-especially if it’s written with the same kind of wittiness(is that a word?).

5 of 5 stars

Knocking out the miles

I FINALLY knocked out some higher mileage today. Kara and I ran 4.01 miles Β in 47:27 today. Slow and steady. πŸ™‚

Miles 1 and 4 hurt. Mile 1 ALWAYS hurts! ALWAYS! Miles 2 and 3 felt good.

Flat ground is my friend. Downhill is my best friend.

We only encountered 3 dogs on our run. They were mostly ankle biters. Which could still do some damage, but they weren’t huge like bears or anything.

I’m hoping that this 10k that I signed up for this Saturday is going to be kind to me and only give me flat ground and downhills. I mean I know I can stop and walk if I want to, but I really want to run the entire race. And I know I’m “supposed” to take off the day before a race, but let’s face it people-obviously I’m not in it to win or anything. Not with my times. πŸ™‚

So I’m still streaking minus one day! πŸ™‚


Holiday Running Challenge

Busted. I skipped a day. 😦

But let’s recap what I have done this week.

Sunday I ran 1 mile AFTER I ate Mexican with the family. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone. πŸ™‚ I was bound and determined to continue the running streak so my husband followed me in the car with the headlights on (obviously) while I cranked out a slow and painful run. He kept yelling things at me. Like-Shannon, you’re running a little slow there. Shannon, I’ve only clocked .4. You’re Garmin(he didn’t use the terminology of Garmin seeing how he doesn’t know what it’s called.) is wrong. Shannon, how does that Mexican feel? It seems like it’s slowing you down some. I may or may not have told him to shut up. πŸ™‚

Monday-skipped. Bummer.

Tuesday-Ran 1 whole mile after school with my running buddy. She didn’t yell things at me. πŸ™‚ Score for her!

Wednesday (today)-Kara and I ran 2 miles!! YAY! What mileage!

Our plan for the rest of this week:

Thursday-Run more than 2 miles

Friday-Run more than 2 miles


You know I’ve signed up for a half marathon in February-the Princess Half at Disney World? Nope. Haven’t started training for it yet. So I found a good picture that sums up my lack of training so far.

I have GOT to get started on a training program! Starting tomorrow. πŸ™‚

By the way, I applied AGAIN for some Mizuno shoes with their Run Project. Keeping fingers crossed.

How far did you run today?


Christmas Bulletin Board

December has been my month the last couple of years to decorate the bulletin board in our hallway. Voila!



Thank you, Teresa, for coming along at the RIGHT time as I was STRUGGLING to get the garland stapled at the top!! πŸ™‚

Being 5’1 is a problem sometimes. It’s good to know people. πŸ™‚


It’s Monday-What Are You Reading? 12/3/12

Here we are with another chance to share wonderful books with each other thanks to Jen and Kellee over atΒ Teach Mentor TextsΒ and Sheila over atΒ Book JourneyΒ who both sponsor this great meme each week for young adult/children and adult respectively!


Who Was John F. Kennedy?: W...


Sean Griswold's HeadΒ Little Blog on the Prairie


The Abduction of Mary Rose


My Kind of Christmas  (Virg...

LOVED Sean Griswold’s Head!!!! Favorite book for the week even though The Abduction of Mary Rose was a close 2nd. πŸ™‚

Be sure to check in next week because I am in the process of listening to my 1st audio book!!!

What was your favorite book this past week?

Running Streak Continued

Day 4-1 mile in 9:58

Day 5- 1 mile in 10:29

Day 6- 1 mile in 11:20

Day 7- 1 mile in 11:50

Ummm….do you see a not so good pattern there? Slower….and slower…………………..and s l o w e r…..

We can chalk that up to the timing of eating supper and the mount of supper eaten. LOL!

On the positive side:

1. I HAVE been running each day.

2. I ran everyday at my conference for the 1st time ever.

3. I ran at our teensy weensy track in our teensy weensy town for the 1st time. 9 1/4 laps make 1 mile. I’m not sure who was scared more-me or the armadillo!

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Have a great Sunday! πŸ™‚