Happy Friday everybody, and a special welcome to those visiting for the first time from Kristy’s Grow Your Blog Hop. For those who are regular readers, as always, I’m glad that you’re here. I haven’t done an “About Me” post in awhile, and since its Friday and I usually participate in the Friday Five linkup each week, I thought it would be fun to write this post Friday Five style.
I wear a number of different hats. Five of those hats are:
1. I am a runner.
I started running in March 2013, and ran my first half marathon in January 2014. To date, I’ve run six half marathons, three ten milers, and a number of 10ks and 5ks. Some of the races I’m most proud of completing include the two half marathons that I ran while pregnant – one at 24 weeks and the second at 32 weeks pregnant.
My focus for 2016 is on rebuilding – rebuilding my strength, my stamina, and my overall fitness – after giving birth to my son in December. My major focus right now is on training to run ZOOMA Annapolis in June.
2. I am a teacher.
By day I am a high school Social Studies teacher. I am in my eighth year of teaching, though I’m currently on maternity leave. I’m excited, but also very nervous, about returning to work at the end of March, and how returning to work will affect my ability to find a balance between my demands at work and at home. I absolutely love working with my students and cannot wait until I’m back in the classroom working with them.
3. I am a wife.
My husband, Preston, and I have been married since July 30, 2011. Time has flown by, and its hard to believe that this summer we’ll celebrate our five year anniversary. One of the many things that we enjoy doing together is running, though with a baby now at home it’ll be awhile until we’re able to run together again. If it weren’t for my husband, I’m not sure that I would have had the strength to train for and run my first half marathon. Crossing the finish line of that first half with him is a moment that I’ll never forget.
4. I am a dog mama.
This past Monday marked three years since Preston and I adopted our fur baby, Riley. When we adopted our then eight month old English Springer Spaniel, we had no idea how he’d affect our lives. Its safe to say that now we can’t imagine our lives without him, and I’m pretty sure he can’t imagine his life without us.
5. I am a mother.
The most important hat that I wear is as a mother to my 8 week old son. December 23, 2015 is the date that my life forever changed, and though some days are challenging, I wouldn’t for a minute change the fact that I am now a mother. I hope to not only be a role model for him, but I also hope that I can inspire him to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle. I can’t wait until he’s old enough to understand and appreciate cheering on the sideline for me at a race, and maybe one day, I’ll be able to cheer him on at a race.
QOTD: What hats do you wear?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!