Friday, December 7, 2018

Manley's Teachers Pay Teachers Store

I've had a few products up on my Teachers Pay Teachers site for a year or two, but I just realized I've never promoted it before. Teachers (and parents) can find single page print-outs for class or even my entire 150 Story Ideas book. So, check it out here:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Manley-Peterson


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Saturday, November 24, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #53

On November 21, 2018, I ran 4.6 miles to finish up my 1,234 mile goal. Then, I took a few days off for the Thanksgiving holiday with family. Then, to finish my 2018 running season, I ran 9 miles today (November 24, 2018) to finish my year with 1,243 miles which is equivalent to 2,000 kilometers. So, there you have it. I am now done with running with a little over five weeks to go until the end of the year. I will now take some extended time off to rest and relax and heal up any nagging injuries, which are pretty minimal. And then we'll see what I might do for 2019 after giving it some thought. I'll have another post later on to give a summary of my year.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 276
Distance: 1,243.02 miles
Total Time: 192h 27m 28s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.50 miles
Total Calories: 169,516
Avg Speed: 6.6 mph
Avg Pace: 9:17 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 37
Miles Left in Year: 0 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 0.0 miles

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #52

Well, I'm not going quietly into the night, that's for dang sure. I didn't want to finish this year with a whimper, running short distances just to get the mileage done. So, I decided no matter what the weather, I was going to get out there and finish the year strong. The last four days I have ran a little more than a 10K each day, totaling up 25.11 miles, in snow and ice conditions. I am on the cusp. I only have 4.59 miles left to get to 1,234 miles. It is unreal. So close, so close. This has been a long year in some ways, and other times when I think about it, I wonder how it went by so fast. I'm just thrilled to still be standing upright and staring down that finish line.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 274
Distance: 1,229.41 miles
Total Time: 190h 23m 05s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.49 miles
Total Calories: 167,648
Avg Speed: 6.6 mph
Avg Pace: 9:17 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 41
Miles Left in Year: 4.59 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 0.11 miles

Friday, November 16, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #51

So, there goes 1,200 miles. Buh-bye. It is in my rear-view mirror. I've got less than 30 miles to go now to get my goal. My plan is to run a 10K for five days in a row and just grind this mother out. Of course, guess what tomorrow is? The start of deer hunting in Wisconsin. So, to be safer, I'll probably wait until closer to noon to run each day and wear bright colors. My body feels pretty good. I ran a 4-miler today averaging 8:15/mile.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 270
Distance: 1,204.29 miles
Total Time: 186h 28m 23s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.46 miles
Total Calories: 164,181
Avg Speed: 6.6 mph
Avg Pace: 9:17 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 45
Miles Left in Year: 29.71 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 0.66 miles

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #50

Wow, this is my 50th running update this year. And I am so close to the 1,200 mile barrier that it is giving me the willies. I'm still injured. My (currently) mild groin hernia isn't causing any pain, but I can *feel* its presence. So, that is basically all I can think about while running. I have to check on it every half mile or so to make sure I haven't made it worse. I really hope that running won't make it worse. But what can I do? If I don't run or exercise, that makes my body and mind feel bad in another way. So, I have to run something, even if it is a little one mile jaunt.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 267
Distance: 1,198.21 miles
Total Time: 185h 34m 34s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.49 miles
Total Calories: 163,335
Avg Speed: 6.6 mph
Avg Pace: 9:17 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 47
Miles Left in Year: 35.79 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 0.76 miles

Friday, November 9, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #49

Well, six days since my last post and I went exactly one mile. Why? One dreaded word. Injury. I have what might be a mild inguinal hernia where my right leg joins my pelvis. I had it checked out by a doctor, and thank goodness it seems pretty mild and small. I just need to rest, try to strengthen my core muscles, and be careful lifting heavy things. The doctor said running should be okay as long as it doesn't hurt. So, I tried out one mile today. And I finished it without pain. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 264
Distance: 1,186.59 miles
Total Time: 183h 42m 43s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.49 miles
Total Calories: 161,728
Avg Speed: 6.6 mph
Avg Pace: 9:17 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 52
Miles Left in Year: 47.41 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 0.91 miles

Saturday, November 3, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #48

The weather was decent today, so it was optimal for running (or pretty much as good as it can get for this time of year in Wisconsin), but I had to stop early because of a nagging pain in my right groin area. I don't want it to get worse, so I stopped. It is frustrating. I am so close to finishing this 1,234 mile goal. I might need to take a few days off to heal.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 263
Distance: 1,185.59 miles
Total Time: 183h 31m 58s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.51 miles
Total Calories: 161,586
Avg Speed: 6.7 mph
Avg Pace: 9:17 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 58
Miles Left in Year: 48.41 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 0.83 miles

Sunday, October 28, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #47

It has been cold and rainy the last few days, so I haven't had a whole lot of energy or enthusiasm to get out there and run. However, I made myself go out and just get a mile or two, whatever I could manage, and now I finally have fewer miles left than days left in the year. Right now, I have less than 62 miles left in the year for my goal of 1,234 miles. It is funny how my understanding and perception of distance has changed over the years. When I first started running in 2013, if someone had told me that I needed to run 62 miles, I would have been scared and nervous and worried that it was impossible. Now, I just know I need to take it a day at a time and slowly grind that number to zero.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 256
Distance: 1,172.22 miles
Total Time: 181h 06m 04s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.58 miles
Total Calories: 159,793
Avg Speed: 6.7 mph
Avg Pace: 9:16 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 64
Miles Left in Year: 61.78 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 0.97 miles

Saturday, October 20, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #46

A freak snowstorm in October. Just another wonder of Wisconsin. Because of the wacky weather this month, I've only been able to run 12 out of 20 days so far. Kind of a bummer, because I now have less than 85 miles to get to my goal of 1,234 miles in this year, and it seems like things are progressing slowly. When I could run every single day, the mileage added up quickly. Now, not so much. Oh, well, I'm still doing fine, but I'm at the point now where I would be quite content to have this over an done with.

Manley running on October 20, 2018. Where did this snow come from?
Current yearly stats:

Runs: 247
Distance: 1,149.19 miles
Total Time: 177h 04m 45s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.65 miles
Total Calories: 156,687
Avg Speed: 6.7 mph
Avg Pace: 9:15 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 72
Miles Left in Year: 84.81 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 1.18 miles

Sunday, October 14, 2018

2018 Running Goal - Update #45

I squeezed in some longer runs this weekend, even though it has been much colder lately. Frost every morning and the wind hurts when it blows on any exposed skin. But, on the plus side, I've finally (finally!) gotten under 100 miles left for the year. It is starting to seem possible now. It is starting to feel real, and the end is in my sights. I can do this.

Current yearly stats:

Runs: 242
Distance: 1,135.44 miles
Total Time: 174h 57m 28s
Avg Distance Per Run: 4.69 miles
Total Calories: 154,781
Avg Speed: 6.7 mph
Avg Pace: 9:15 min/mile

Days Left in Year: 78
Miles Left in Year: 98.56 miles (from 1,234)
Daily Average Needed: 1.26 miles