Run Disney Virtual Running Shorts

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I have never been able to attend a RunDisney race at Disney World or Disney Land, which makes me extremely sad! They fall at the wrong times being a teacher and not being able to take off that much time. It is quite hard! However, when I heard about RunDisney offering the virtual race I was extremely excited until I saw the price. Then, I became sad again. I knew it was a very high price, but I thought I would be patient and wait to register. It was a good thing I did. I asked my husband and he said OK, and I did not hesitate to register.

I am only planning on running a few races in the fall, depending on a few things that we are waiting to hear about, but I was not planning on running any 5k’s anytime soon. I registered for the series which includes the Shoes, Shorts and White Glove. If you complete all three in the series, then you also get a fourth medal and a Mickey tumbler! Uhhh…okay….no problem! 4 medals for 3 races.

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I love that RunDisney is doing these virtual races especially because it is during the summer and I have time to run in-between swimming and doing crossfit!

Look how incredibly cute the bibs are……13346914_10101824631920188_543588848372405228_n

You can download these from their Facebook group and then if you want to save ink like I am doing, just screenshot them and add your name in with clipart on a photo editing app.

I think the races are sold out at this point, but if the bibs were not cute enough, look at how amazing the medals are….CjZkKfJWkAEzMnC

They released this picture on their twitter page and I loved them, especially the series medal! I know that most of the money is going towards the medals, but they are still super cute.

I was able to earn my yellow shoes medal today! I taught swimming this morning and then ran after that and boy was it hot, hot, hot!! My lungs were heavy and it was hard to breathe and I will not be doing that again! I felt like I was going to pass out, but I did it! When I finished I was desperate for water, so I sat outside in my backyard and turned on the sprinkler! My face was blood red! 13346374_10101824316936418_1314761507003306178_o

It is also Memorial Day today, which means that we should honor those service men and women who were never able to make it back home to their friends and family! Thank you to all the men and women who serve our country and fight for our freedom! May we never forget you! Both of my grandparents, my father, uncle and brother have all served in the service and I am forever grateful that I knew/know 5 out of the 6 of them!

I hope everybody has had a wonderful Memorial Day! Remember, it is not all about BBQ’ing and playing outside with friends and family!

Dream Big

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Dream Big

I believe that the key to a happy life is trying to stay family/people who love me for the way I am. People who love me for what God made me inspires me to be the best  person that I am today. I am lucky to have family and friends in my life because they inspire me to live life to my fullest and to chase my dreams.

 My dream is to one day have one student come back and tell me I helped them or made a difference in their life and even if it takes 50 years, I know I’ll get there because I’m not afraid to dream big!

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 While I dream big, I hope to inspire others by my positive attitude and uplifting spirit. I have many students each day that I teach/coach every day. I hope to one day have one of those students come back and show that I made a difference in the teaching world! I had a friend the other day tell me that my teaching style was strict but caring. The atmosphere in my room was different because she could tell that I cared about the students and their achievement!

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That comment made me feel amazing! I try to work very hard to help my students…..long hours, lots of time at home, being away from family, putting other things to the side, etc.

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All good teachers know that feeling at some point in their life. I love having students come back up to me year after year wanting me to teach them or giving me big hugs! I even have my junior high athletes doing that and I love it!

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How do I DREAM BIG?

By working as hard as I can to be the best teacher I can day after day, even it means the kids have to see my cry, get upset or frustrated! It is all raw and students need to see that a teacher is normal! 

What I am loving Right now…..

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What I am loving Right now…..

There are a few things that I am LOVING this summer. All of these items I have used for many years . I want to share with you these items incase you  have never used them or if you are in the market for something along these lines! 

The first one is my Erin Condren Planner. I have used Erin Condren for 3 years now. If you are a teacher and have never heard of these planners, please click on the link above and start using them. They are a little on the expensive side, but they are so worth it.

I am the type of teacher that likes to write out my plans before I type them in and this allows me to do that. It has calendar, notes, grids, folders and so much more in this planner. It is my go to planner and pretty much holds my life in it at this point in time. I just ordered my new one which is the one below and can not wait for it to come in! I also may have ordered a few more accessories to go with it, but you will have to wait and see.

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This is just an example of what the lesson planning section looks like. It is amazing!

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Something else I am loving right now is Bullfrog Sunscreen.

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Since I teach swimming for about 2-4 hours out of the day for the month of July I am always on the lookout for a good sunscreen that I do not have to reapply every hour or so. Insert Bull Frog Sunscreen! If you have never used this stuff it is absolutely AMAZING! I have used their products for 3 years now in and out of swimming lessons. I recommend it to all of my students/parents that I teach. I have not burned in 3 years.

The downside to this sunscreen where I live is that it is hard to find. Luckily this year I have only needed 2 bottles and I have found them at Academy hiding behind other sunscreen. The one pictured above is my particular favorite because of how it sprays out with a continuous scary. I only use SPF 30, because SPF 50 can actually clog your pores.

The last thing that I am loving right now is my Eno Hammock!

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I received the Eno Hammock as a birthday gift. I do not have any trees in my backyard, but I love this hammock. I figured out a way to hang it up in my backyard. You can hang this hammock up virtually anywhere as you can see above and below. It has adjustable straps on it and can be positioned any way. I have the double nest hammock which is like the one in the above left picture. It can fit two people in it. I love it and can not wait to use it in all different ways. It is quite hot outside right now to be laying out, but once those fall months come along I will be laying in my hammock quite often!
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If you haven’t seen some of these products I hope you will check them out. These are all products that I have personally and have used numerous times!

Question: Have you used any of these products? If so, which one and what did you think of it?

Crossfit- Back at it!

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In May I started back up at Crossfit again. I am not going to the same crossfit as before because the one I attend now is on my way to and from work. I usually go 3 times per week, but this summer has been kind of crazy, so I haven’t been able to go as much as I would like too. Between teaching swimming lessons and working in my classroom I have only been able to attend 4 times in the month of June and then July will be even crazier.

I can definitely tell I need to get back to where I was before or at least close. My breathing is different now and I have lost some of my strength, but there are a few things that I can still do, such as pull-ups and handstands. I didn’t loose the technique, just trying to remember how to do everything.

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I love that I can still do a handstand with one arm. I may have to go up with two arms and then take one away, but I still am able to do it.

One thing I have been working on is my butterfly pull-ups. I had them before I stopped last time, but it has taken me a while to get them back. I keep ripping my hands, so I have to take it nice and slow. If you know any good wraps or something I could do to help my hands, please let me know. I am desperate to not rip my hands so much.

I took a video the other day trying to do the butterfly pull-ups, because I wanted to see what I still needed to work on. I think they came out pretty good, but I know I can still use some work on my technique. I know they are not perfect and I can only string together about 5 of them, which means I need to build my strength back up.

Question: Do you see anything that I can work on for my pull-ups? 

Sweet Summertime Swimming

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This summer I have been super busy teaching swimming lessons every weekday to precious children. I am a certified WSI instructor. I was certified 3 years ago and I LOVE teaching these precious babies how to swim. I mostly teach 3 years old and up and I usually teach private lessons. I have to turn away so many people because I book up on lessons towards the end of May, beginning of April. This summer I taught one more week then my normal amount of time, but now I am finished and can finally concentrate on my own summer enjoyment!

Here is just a few pictures/slideshow that I made on the iMovie app to show you how my summer has been going…It is less than a 1:30, so I hope you enjoy!

I have loved teaching these sweet babies how to swim this summer! It is such a joy to see the parents watch their babies improve year after year! They all work so hard each year. Swimming can be a very scary process, if not handled the correct way.

I am not the type of teacher to push the children in to learn how to swim. My motto this summer has been PATIENCE and PERSISTENCE! If you are patient with a child, they will eventually come around to learning how to swim. I have seen it happen over and over again! Trust the process!

Question: How many of you out there teach swimming lessons? How long do you teach during the summer?

The Runner’s Choice Review

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It has been a while since I have had time to write anything, but I am happy to finally be back and able to write! We have had an exciting couple of weeks, but one of the exciting things I wanted to tell you about is the review I was given a chance to do!

Disclaimer: I received this product for review – all opinions are my own, no further compensation was received. 

I am constantly have trouble trying to figure out why my feet start running whenever I run. I stopped running for a while because my feet would start hurting only a mile in to my run. Who wants to run past a mile whenever their feet start hurting.

I tried out different inserts, rolling my feet, different shoes, and could not find anything that would work! Insert “The Runner’s Choice”. 

The Runner’s Choice is for the discomfort of sore feet. It is designed for people that are on their feet all day or for people that run 3 miles or more at a time. After you try this product the first time, you will be back for more.”

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I was not to sure about this product whenever I got it because I thought “How much could some oil do to help my feet?”. I did some researching and thanks to the company for providing lots of information was able to figure out just what these oils were.

This is what “Trusted” Health Products had to say about their product: 

“The Runner’s Choice is scientifically formulated with 100% natural botanical oils of almond, eucalyptus, eucalytol, wintergreen, peppermint, and spearmint. Unlike many commercial creams and lotions, the botanical oils in The Runner’s Choice are very easily received through the pores in the skin, with simple topical application, and no rubbing.”

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The application of this product is super easy! 

” Apply to feet immediately before and after running, jogging, or when you will be on your feet for long periods of time. Coat the bottom of your feet, between the toes and the top and 2 inches above the ankle for best results. Do not rub in (rubbing is not required for effectiveness). Wash hands after use. Avoid contact with eyes and other sensitive tissue. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on open wounds.”

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Most foot creams and lotions you have to rub in, but all you need to do with Runner’s Choice is tap the bottle on your feet gently and it will coat your feet. “The body will recognize the natural properties of these botanicals and they will smack in through the pore openings in the outer layer of your skin.”

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The smell of the oils are very strong, but smell very good. The ingredients listed in the bottle are all natural and easy to read. None of the items that you can not read their name. The ingredients include” Oils of Almond, Eucalyptus, Eucalytol, Wintergreen, Peppermint and Spearmint”. I love the smell of Eucalyptus. It is a very calming smell for me!

After trying the product and taking it on a test run I loved using it mostly after my runs and during the day whenever I am teaching! I have researched their other products and I am hoping to try some other products out soon! They all look great and are healthy. If you like to use oils as a way to fix different body items, then this is the right product for you!

If you would like to find out more information about “The Runner’s Choice” or the “Trusted” Health Products,  you can visit their Trusted Health Products Website! 

You can also like them on Trusted Health Products on Facebook!

 “For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out The Runner’s Choice and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer! Click here to get your FREE bottle now!

I hope everybody is having a great start to their week! :0)

Question: Have you tried this product before? If so, what did you think of it? If not, would you be willing to try it out? 

Fitness Friday…A Day late

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Things have been crazy over here. This week was my first week back to school after Christmas break and lets just say that trying to get back into a groove of getting up early, lesson plans, and the students is not easy!

We started a new novel unit this week over “Holes” by Louis Sachar! Most of the students have seen this movie! They are all really excited to read the book, however they keep comparing the book and the movie!

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I am thinking that a compare and contrast essay between the book and the movie are going to be appropriate for this unit!

This week, I got a couple of workouts in, but I spent a lot of time with my family. Also, I just finished getting over the flu and did not want to push my body so hard that it decided to relapse.

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I saw this quote the other day and I loved it! It takes me back to when I ran my first half marathon! 

Monday- 3 Mile Run

Tuesday- 3 mile Run

Wednesday-Friday- Rest and I was exhausted every time I came home. There were also freeze/wind chill warnings and I would rather be well for my half marathon next weekend, then coughing up a lung!

Saturday- Run 6 miles with friends-I may be running some trails, but I am not sure yet.

This week I plan to run on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and then take Friday-Saturday off since I will be traveling to Louisiana for my half marathon. I have two half marathons in two weekends, so I am definitely going to be taking it easy as not to burn myself out!

Question: How was your workouts this week? Did you get in any?