An update on life as of lately — talking all things work, running, and play!
I most definitely typed Life Lately: October into the title of this post until I realized it is indeed November… and the 14th of November too. Time sure is flying these days!
It has been a hot minute since we last checked in and chatted about life as of lately so I figured today was a good day to do it. So let’s get to it…
Teaching is still going good! Granted, I still have really good days and really bad days, but overall the good outweighs the bad. Whenever I am having a really good class period, I try to really soak in the moment and remind myself of those moments when I have a bad day, because I know I can get through whatever gets thrown at me. I am doing a lot better about leaving work at a decent time, which I really have daylight savings time to thank for that. Now I try to get out of work before 4pm so I have enough time to get a run in before it gets dark out. Some days I can get out by then, other days it just does not happen, but I am doing better at it!
This week I have parent teacher conferences (today and Thursday), which means I have late evenings at school. I was gone all weekend and am feeling a bit overwhelmed with conferences being here, but I know it will all be good. I really just need to make it through this week and three days next week then it’s Thanksgiving break! I am really ready for break. I have had full weeks of school since Labor Day weekend and I am really ready for a few days off with my family to come back into the remainder of the semester refreshed and refocused. I think I may be more excited for break than my students are!
I cannot believe it has been almost a month since my marathon back in October. My body is finally feeling 100% recovered and I am enjoying running again. I took 2 full weeks off and slowly got back into running. All of my runs have been easy paced and I have not been doing any speed work or workouts, just running. It feels good not to have to run and train right now, though I am already planning out my 2018 race calendar. Right now my plan is to focus on the half marathon and 10 mile distance in 2018. I would love to train for and run another marathon, but am not ready to commit the time to it again just yet. I think focusing on shorter distances (like the half marathon and 10 mile) during 2018 will set me up for a good speedy base for a return back to the marathon in 2019. That’s my plan right now. I have a spring half marathon in mind, but have yet to register for it. I will definitely be running the CRIM again and I plan on making the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon my fall race. I LOVED the first half of my marathon (which is the int’l half course) so I want to run that in the fall.
For now I am just keeping a base going as we get into winter and will start training for my spring half in late January/ early February. Will share more details soon as everything gets finalized!
I have exciting news… I am moving! I know what you are probably thinking, didn’t you just move Brie? Yup, I moved down to Coldwater in August and am moving to a new apartment a couple miles from where I am now. I had actually planned on moving apartments once my year lease came to an end because I have a two bedroom apartment (which I really don’t need living on my own) and am paying a lot of $$$ for it. I met another teacher at the school I teach at who is in the same position as me and we found a new apartment complex that is being built and is going to be incredible. So I am ending my lease early and we are moving into our new apartment over winter break. And we are SO excited! The apartment is brand new so we will be the first ones living there and everything is so nice. We have a really nice kitchen, we each have our own bathroom (being on the same schedule as teachers it was kind of a must), our balcony is huge, and we have a pool and workout facility. Can you tell I am super excited??! My apartment right now has no amenities so I am really looking forward to all that this new complex has to offer. Every time I see my roommate at school we talk about how excited we are and how we can’t wait until move in day. I have absolutely no desire to get everything back into moving boxes after having moved just a couple months ago, but I am really excited for this new apartment that it is making it worth it. Plus it will be really nice to have a roommate in a town where I don’t know too many people!
This past weekend I was up north and it was just what I needed. I went up to Bellaire with my mentor teacher from last year and some of the other teachers that worked at the school I student taught at last year. I was really close with my mentor and our little teacher group (and still am) so when they invited me up to their weekend up north I was so excited that I was going to be able to make it work. We arrived at around 9 on Friday evening and stayed inside all day Saturday before going to Short’s Brewery for dinner on Saturday then headed back inside until we left on Sunday afternoon. It was a laid back and relaxing weekend and just what I needed after being stressed out for a couple of days at school.
Also, there was SNOW. And a lot of it! I loved watching it come down as I sat inside. I love watching snow from inside, but am not so much a fan of it being outside in it. So it was perfect to sit inside under a cozy blanket and watch it come down while we played endless board games, ate good food, and just relaxed.
What Made Maddy Run: There is so, so, so much I could say about this book. I read it for a couple of reasons: to better understand mental illness so I can better work with my students, to think about my own relationship with running, and to understand the pressures of college athletes. There were so many times I was reading this book before bed and just could not put it down. Maddy’s story is extremely devastating, but there is so much for all of us to learn from it. One aspect of the book that I was pulled into that I did not know was much of a factor in Maddy’s story was the portrayal of our lives on social media. It really made me think about how much and what I post on social media and what it portrays about my life to others. The book really got me thinking about a lot of topics that were discussed and gave me a whole different outlook on mental illness and depression. I would recommend this book to EVERYONE. It is such an important read.
What Happened: As soon as Hillary Clinton’s book came out I wanted to read it. I placed a hold on it at the library and was so excited when it was finally available last week. I have about 150ish pages left and have loved it all so far. Hillary is SO honest and is not holding back at all with this book. It has been really interesting to hear stories from her perspective and although I already had a lot of respect for Hillary going into reading this book, I have even more.
Next up I am going to read Unbelievable, which is Katy Tur’s account of the 2016 election. I have heard Tur on a podcast and am really excited to read her account of such a historic election. Can you tell I am a poli sci nerd? 😉
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