I had to get in a long run this weekend since I’m (ha-ha) training for my half marathon at the end of February. πŸ™‚

I did it. 9 miles in 1:53:11. NO WALKING!!



To say I am proud and feeling a little cocky is an understatement! πŸ™‚

Mile Splits:










Miles 1-4 I felt GREAT. I’m talking GREAT. I didn’t have to worry about hunters (I ran on the dirt roads near my house) because I was singing with my IPOD so I knew I wouldn’t be shot. πŸ™‚

The end of mile 5 was fine, too, because of my friend called the DOWNHILL. πŸ™‚

So you can probably guess what happened at mile 6. Yep, the enemy-UPHILL himself. OMG! Mile 7, too. But I didn’t give up. Miles 8 and 9 I wasn’t “hurting”, but I.WAS.TIRED. πŸ™‚

Look at mile 9. Yep. Now I know how a horse feels when they sense they are returning to the barn. They run fast!


Seriously thought I was going to throw up when I stopped running. πŸ™‚

Ate a banana and drank a tank of water. πŸ™‚

Then it hit me. I hadn’t fueled properly. See for breakfast I ate some peanut butter cheerios and a greek yogurt. Yum. I didn’t eat lunch because I went running around 11:45 am. Uh-oh. I DID eat this little gummy energy gel. WOW. It must have worn off after mile 4. πŸ™‚

Took a shower, posted my accomplishment, and took a little nap. Little might not be the best adjective to describe that nap. Woke up at 4:30-went out to eat at 5. THANK.GOD.

Now it’s 7:15 pm, and I feel good!

Let me back up for a minute-my calves NEVER hurt during this run! They usually have flames coming out of them. πŸ™‚

My 2 big toes started hurting, and my back ached a little.

Now I’m just tired. Headed to bed to peruse the internet and read. It was a great run!

What’s your longest run? How did you feel after your FIRST really long run? Any advice or suggestions?


Good Night Maman Book Review

Good Night, MamanGood Night, Maman by Norma Fox Mazer.

Goodreads Summary:

“Dearest Maman,Β 
I keep all my letters to you in my notebook under my pillow. One day, when we’re together again, I’ll give them to you, and we’ll sit and read them….”

In June 1940, twelve-year-old Karin Levi’s world is torn apart as the German army occupies Paris. Karin, her older brother, Marc, and their “maman” must flee, seeking safety wherever they can find it. But Maman falls ill and is unable to travel, forcing Karin and Marc to leave her behind. When Marc manages to obtain two coveted places aboard a ship bound for America, the distance between them grows even greater. Will Karin ever see her beloved “maman” again?

My Thoughts:

I loved this book. It told the story of Karin, a Jewish girl, hiding from the Germans with her family. It was told in a sort of two fold way-the story of her life from her point of view and then letters she wrote to her mom when they became separated.

I’m warning you-if you are sensitive like me you are going to need some tissues.

This is definitely a recommend for my students! πŸ™‚

On a sidenote-since this will probably never happen again I thought I needed to capture this image. I am 2 books AHEAD of schedule for my reading goal this year!! What? Seriously? I.ROCK. πŸ™‚

2013 Reading Challenge
You have read 7 books toward your goal of 200 books.
Great work, you’re 2 books (1%) ahead of schedule.

Running Confession

Ran 3 miles after school with my running buddy OUTSIDE. Been running on the treadmill lately so it felt good to run outside. I just wish there were some trails near our school. It gets a little boring running around town. πŸ™‚

I have a running confession to make. I don’t like training for this half marathon. I mean not that I’m really training for it like I should be, but if I was…. See that’s the problem. I LOVE to run, but I love to run when I want to run and how long I want to run.

I was supposed to start training for the Princess Half Marathon that is at the end of February back in November. Ahem. Just now starting the training. πŸ™‚

So lets say I am on a crash course. I will be seeking out EVERY Disney character I can during the race to take a picture with, you know for the memories, or ummmm the REST BREAKS!! πŸ™‚

So if you are the praying kind, and if you like me just a teensy bit, please PRAY for me! πŸ™‚ That I will finish this race without getting picked up by the street sweeper!!!


Sidenote- this is the kind of day I had today at school.

5th grade:

One student who is 13 told me he was 14. Told another teacher he was 13. He doesn’t know how old he is.

One student didn’t know the difference between a heart and a star while looking at a star.

One student forgot how to spell I. The capital letter I.

Only one of these students has an IEP. Really.

I have to say I handled ALL 3 situations well thank you very much. πŸ™‚

Teaching kids is NEVER boring!

Do you have a running confession?

How was your day?

Love my Garmin Forerunner 10

I’m loving it. My Garmin Forerunner 10 that is! I’ve had it for awhile now, but just now getting around to posting about it.

It is super simple. Press start. Press stop. Easy enough? With just those 2 buttons you can see:

Distance, Time, Average pace, Calories

Press another button to get your mile splits.

It does a few other things, but I haven’t delved into them yet.

Here’s a pic from one of my long runs. πŸ™‚



It’s hot pink. πŸ™‚

I bought it from Garmin over the net for 129.99. It ended up being on backorder at the time, so when I emailed them just to check on the possible delivery date they said they would waive the shipping since it was backordered. I didn’t even ask them to do that.

So hats off to Garmin for their superior customer service AND their superior product. πŸ™‚

If you want to buy one of your own (because I’m a real nice person and all but I’m not gonna share), you can check them out at GARMIN.Β πŸ™‚

What do you use when you run?

It’s Monday-What Are You Reading? 1/7/13

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!

Β Adult Fiction:

Trapped  (Randall Shane #2)Taken (Randall Shane #1)

The Second SilenceThink Twice (Rosato & Associates, #13)

Then Came YouThe Crying Tree

Kid/Middle Grade Fiction:


Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily DisastersTorn Thread

Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #6)

Since I haven’t linked up in awhile I went back and pulled up the ones I read over the Christmas break.

My favorite adult book- Sorry, I can’t narrow it down. πŸ™‚ I did love The Crying Tree (sad) and Think Twice. But really I liked all of them.

My favorite kid book- Wimpy Kid for laughs and Torn Threads because I am still so into the time of the Holocaust.

I’m currently reading The Orphan at Ellis Island. It’s ok, but it’s one of those that I really want to finish just because I want to be finished with it and move on to something else. πŸ™‚

What’s a great book that you’ve read lately that you just couldn’t seem to put down?


We love our soldiers

Before we got of school for Christmas vacation, well a good ways before we got out (I’m such a procrastinator), we made Christmas cards and sent to a group of soldiers over in Iraq. We also collected goodies to ship to them as a care package to let them know how much we care about them and what they have chosen to do. πŸ™‚ AND-we sent a flag hoping that they would make a picture with it and fly it for us over there!



We have asked them to make a picture with the flag, sign some kind of sheet of paper, and mail the flag back to us so we can display it at our school.

The 5th and 6th graders really got into this project. One of them drew and colored a Christmas tree on the front of their card and put American flags as the ornaments. They put a lot of effort into the cards (most of them!).

I showed them this little video of a song by Billy Ray Cyrus to try and get them connected with the soldiers before we made the cards.

WARNING-This is a tearjerker video! πŸ™‚

Taken by Chris Jordan book review

Taken (Randall Shane #1)Taken by Chris Jordan

Goodreads Summary:

No parent believes it can happen to them — their child taken from a suburban schoolyard in the gentle hours of dusk. But as widowed mother Kate Bickford discovers, everything can change in the blink of an eye. One minute her lanky, amazing, maddening Tommy is begging for ice cream. Then in a terrible instant, he’s gone. Opening the door to her Connecticut home, hoping to find her son, Kate comes face-to-face with her son’s abductor. He wants money. All she has. And if she doesn’t follow something he calls The Method, the consequences will be gruesome.

Her comfortable life collapses as precious seconds tick by, and Kate is horrified to uncover the terrible, world-shattering secret she and her son share with a killer who will stop at nothing.

My Thoughts:

First of all let me say that I have got to STOP reading other reviews before I read a book. I end up picking up on things that I might not have picked up on. That being said, I had a hard time deciding on whether to give this one 3 or 4 stars. And that’s probably due to those reviews I read. πŸ™‚ So I went with 4 stars.

This book had me gritting my teeth the whole time. I wanted to help her out with finding her son. Unfortunately, I’m just a reader so I couldn’t. πŸ™‚

4 of 5 stars