That describes the weather in southwest CT today. And I am definitely NOT hating it. It is the first seasonally warm day – with lots of bright sunshine!
Although this morning, dense fog kind of clogged up my ride to work. I love this time of year because I no longer have to drive to work in the dark – but today, the fog took over, and semi-dark it was.
I am back into my routine – and I crave routine – so in that sense, I am happy to be back up and at ‘em – back making little geniuses out of the 17 sweet-faced 8 year olds that I spend a majority of my time with!
Normally, I eat my b-fast oats at home. Cook em up nice and hot on the stove. But, I am mixing it up a little bit and bringing some over night oats to work with me so I can get a few extra minutes of shut eye.
This is what remained. Woops. I forgot to take my picture before eating. Well, there is still ONE spoonful yet. See it there…back in the corner?
Last night, I used Katie’s voluminous oats trick. (Seriously.. you can find anything you need on her site!) I cooked up my oats – using more liquid then usual. (I used 1/2 c. oats and 1 & 3/4 c. liquid). I added in a banana and 1/2 a scoop of protien powder… Let it sit in the fridge over night - and was greeted with a HEAP of oats this morning!
Since it is getting warmer, I am totally loving eating my oats cold.. very refreshing. I love my oats – but hot food and hot/sticky weather just won’t go together. Overnight oats is the perfect solution!
I had a GREAT first day back!
My students were on their best behavior…which was a pleasant surprise. Long vacations can sometimes make bad habits come back out of the woodwork. None of that today.. (Although some looked like zombies-not used to the school schedule).
My present to them for having such a fab first day back was a GLITTERING, SPARKLING, BRAND SPANKING NEW….
Don’t worry, I also treated them to these cute little spring eggs – filled with a special treat. Gotta love when holiday items are 50% off at Walmart the second the holiday is over.
30 of these bad boys, filled with a treat.. for $2.00. Wam, bam, thank you mam!
Best part of being an elementary teaching in warm weather.. OUTDOOR RECESS. We have a short one in the morning and a longer one in the afternoon. Soaked up every ray of sunshine! (Plus, we did part of our math lesson outside).
Okay. I’ll stop boring you with my life as a teacher. On to more important things…
Throughout the day, my left achilles tendon was SUPER sore. I don’t know if it was because I was up and down stairs all day.. or the shoes with NO support.. or what…
I stopped on my way home at a nice area in the town I went to college in so I could attempt a nice flat run. Since I was hurting a little, I wasn’t going to push too hard – and promised myself I would stop if the pain got to be too much. I aimed at around a 9/min mile..but ended up closer to 8:30. I felt like I was going way slower then an 8:30 mile. Does this happen to anyone else? Could it be possible that my Garmin was off? Or is it just my judgement?
I was dripping with sweat.. practically before I began. That is my favorite part of running in on a hot day though. I.love.to.sweat. (Does that make me even more weird then I already am?! )
- Mile 1: 8:32
- Mile 2: 8:27
- Mile 3: 8:23
- Mile 4: 8:29
- AVERAGE: 8:28/Mile
Pretty Consistent.. wouldn’t you say? At least I kept a steady pace. Even my heart rate was consistent. My max was 170 – but average was 161…meaning I was exerting the same amount of energy for my run (I guess that would explain the pace consistency as well…)
My achilles was a little sore throughout the run – but I don’t think it was so tight that I needed to stop. From what I have read - I am going to guess it is tight from all of the hills I ran this weekend. I like diagnosing myself! I have been looking up ways to stretch it out online.. but thought I’d give a shout to all the runners out there and ask what types of things you do when your achilles is really tight…
Any & all suggestions would be more then welcome!
I loved ALL of your stories on your doggies/pets! Thanks for all of your compliments on the adorableness of my dogs (we are all partial to our own, I know). I will be sure to tell them they were a HIT on Beyond Bananas!
Something to think about: School vacations as a child.. which one was your fave? Winter Break.. February Break… April Break?
Personally, I think I enjoyed winter and Feb. break most when I was in elementary school. I distinctly remember snowtubing outside with the neighbors.. and how my mother would always have hot chocolate waiting when we came inside. Snow day lunches were treats too.. usually Kraft Mac&Cheese or Elio’s Pizza!
Coming your way tomorrow:
- Chicken Paella
- Evening Wordless Wednesday Post