High Five for Friday

TGIF y’all!  I’m thrilled that’s Friday.  Although I’m not crazy about how hot it’s (finally) gotten this week.  And don’t even get me started on the humidity.


1//On our last day date of the summer, Chris and I checked out a new donut place in the Third Ward, mostly because they had gluten free donuts.  They were the BEST donuts I’ve ever had – super moist, good flavor, and drenched in chocolate ganache.  A big pricy at $2.25/GF donut, but so, so good.

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2// I started my new job this week!  Whenever a teacher starts at a new district, they go through a week of New Teacher Initiation Induction.  Honestly, out of the two induction weeks that I’ve attended, this was by far the most informational and realistic in terms of content.  I feel extremely fortunate that we moved when we did in terms of my career.  I have four years of teaching experience and the fact that I get to use all of that knowledge AND still be in a position/age where I want to learn everything about my profession.

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So much Google, so little time.


3// Not only do I get a fresh start in terms of my professional behavior (not that I needed one before, but you know, it never hurts), I get to have a fresh wardrobe start as well!  I’ve made a major effort to shop my closet and think about what pieces I’m missing.


Hmm, I think I see a pattern?


4// Because I’ll be particularly busy this fall (teaching, new job, coaching), Chris has graciously demanded that he help more with domestic duties and such. Honestly, this is really hard for me, but when I looked at my schedule, I realized that there’s no way I wouldn’t be able to have his help.



5//Today is my first official day of cross country practice (although the season started on Monday) and I’m looking forward to getting to know the girls more and running with them.  Remember this is really the only season where I like to run with other people. 😉




Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth.


High Five for Friday

1//  The Illinois Half-Marathon was, um, HOT.  It was the worst half I’ve ever ran.  But I seriously can’t complain because my “worst” is still sub-2:00 hours.  My splits were pretty humorous – the first 10K was at an 8:08 pace and the second 10K was at a 9:27 pace.  I’m pretty impressed with myself that I have 5 half-marathons under my belt!



2// I got the job at Marquette for this summer!  I will be teaching science in one of their summer programs.  I’m looking forward to teaching physics and reconnecting with the ol’ Alma Mater and the people that inspired me to become a science teacher!



3//  Like I mentioned yesterday, I’m going to have to start training for the Summerfest Rock ‘n’ Sole Half-Marathon that’s on June 14th.  I think I’m going to go more the route of “Run Less, Run Faster” versus trying to get in 5-6 runs per week.  That’s just not good for my body nor soul.

Rock'n'Sole Screenshot


4// Speaking of running, Chris and I registered ourselves for events in the fall.  He’s running his fourth (!!) full marathon in Madison in November while I’ll do the half-marathon.  And then in September, I’ll run the 10K and he’ll run the half-marathon at the Brewers Mini-Marathon.  We’re looking forward to finding local (and cheaper) races as time goes on!

fall race schedule


5// Only 24 more “get-up” days for school.  I’m not sure I’ll survive.  It actually helps that the weather hasn’t been nice!  If it were sunny out, I’d be struggling MUCH more than I am now.


What are some of your highlights from this week?




Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth

High Five for Friday

1// I was able to see my brother perform for his senior recital last week.  We did the 4 hour drive to Chicago (and back) that night and it well worth the 8 hours in the car.



2// I had phone interview for a summer gig at the old Alma Mater.  I would be part of a teaching team for the Upward Bound program.  It would be so cool to work at Marquette during the summer!  I should hear back sometime in the next week… *fingers crossed again!*



3// We started the last unit of the semester this week.  It seems so bittersweet that my time at my first job is coming to a close.  I’m not sure how to deal with the knowledge that I’m leaving, but the kids do not.  I’m not sure if I’ll tell them at all or if I’ll tell them on the last day of school.


4//  Today, the 9th grade will be performing service projects around our community.  My homeroom in particular will be picking up garbage along the Cedar Rapids riverfront.  It’s actually really fascinating to me how snarly the students become about volunteering.  So, yesterday, we had a long talk about what a property tax is and how it affects them.  They shut up fairly quickly.


5//  Half-Marathon #5 is scheduled for tomorrow!  I really enjoyed the Illinois Marathon’s organization last year (although maybe not so much the race).  I’m looking forward to writing a recap of tomorrow’s race.  I should probably look at the course elevation and the route map so I don’t have another issue like I did at the Brewer’s Mini-Marathon.


Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth.

Friday Five

Happy Friday!  I’m devastated that it’s already the Friday of spring break.  This week went by so damn quick.  I’m definitely not mentally prepared to return to my Iowa classroom on Monday.  But, it’ll be fine.  It always is.

{If you’re here for the Runners Link Up – scroll down to #5! 🙂 }

1//My whirlwind three days in Milwaukee were, well, crazy busy.  It’s a whole ‘nother post in and of itself.  Seriously, applying for your second job is worse than applying for college + your first job combined.  I’m pretty smitten with three schools so *fingers crossed*!

2//I was able to reconnect with an old friend that I hadn’t seen since we moved to Iowa.  It was nice seeing her and I’m looking forward to rebuilding that friendship (hopefully) when we move back.


3//I went on quite the driving tour of Milwaukee this week and I totally forgot how much I love the architecture, the grit, and the history of that city.  Driving through Miller Valley (above – B&W) brought a lot of feelings back from this past September (Brewers Mini) and from when I was student teaching and drove through it every.single.day on the way to school.

4// It hit 50 degrees yesterday and will hit 60 degrees today!  Praise be!

5// And, finally…RUNNER’S TELL ALL!

It’s time for another running link-up!  Amanda and Beka wanted to know what our favorite running gear was, so without further ado…

Tees:  Generally, this is hit or miss.  I really like the tech tees from Target as they’re affordable and they work.  But, I’ll also wear a lot of race tees that are wicky.  Also, I totally forgot about the most IMPORTANT piece of running gear for women…the sports bra.  I swear by Nike U-Back adjustable sports bras.  They have a hook-back like a normal bra and are this bra is the ONLY one that keeps everything in its place without hitting me in the face.  I HATE the excuse, “Well, I have big boobs so I can’t run.”  No.  You can run, you just don’t want to or don’t want to find the right equipment.

Shorts: I’ve worn Nike Tempo shorts since 2009 when they were THE cutest thing to wear with a tee and flip-flops around Marquette.  Actually, my first pair of Tempo’s was a Marquette version.  I’ve since accumulated a lot of these in different colors.  I love them because they don’t ride up when I run, but they also breathe.

Socks: These socks are like running on clouds.  They have just the right amount of cushion where they’re cozy enough for running and regular wear.  Although you should probably wear them for regular wear first.  I love Smartwool’s too because they don’t reek after you run in them.  However, they are on the pricy side and Chris just experimented with some Asics socks and says they’re pretty similar, so I’ll have to give that a try.

Shoes:  I recently broke up with Mizuno.  Sad, I know.  I’ve worn Mizunos for almost 4 years and when the running store clerk brought out Brooks, I’m pretty sure I accidentally gave him the stink-eye (oops).  But sure enough, I slipped on my feet, hopped on their treadmill and became positively smitten with them.

Fuel:  I LOVE drinking coconut water instead of Gatorade, but that ish can get expensive.  So, I normally cut gatorade in half with water.  In terms of food, I love the ProBar Chews in Raspberry – they have caffeine in them!

What were some highlights from your week?  If you run (and you SHOULD!), what is some of your fave gear?  Anything I absolutely need to try?

Friday Five

Happy 250th post to me!  I can’t believe I started this little blog of mine in October of 2012 and have stuck with it for as long as I have.  Go me. 🙂

1// We had parent-teacher conferences this week (2-12 hour shifts…woo!) and I am always so blown away by the support that we teachers receive from parents.  Even when I have areas of improvement for students, it’s really great to see that parents and teachers can work as a team.


2// I had my first great run in a looong time and it was outside!  I’m officially breaking up with the treadmill especially since the weather is finally turning the corner!


3// My little brother was accepted into a collegiate music program!  I’m so proud of him!


4// Last semester, I tutored an old student of mine in chemistry and as a thank-you, her family gave me a (very generous) gift card to any business in the town I live in.  I was so surprised!  It was so thoughtful and sweet.

And finally…

5// I got an offer for an interview for a school in Wisconsin!  I’m pretty excited/anxious/nervous about it.  But, just because I have an interview doesn’t mean I’ll get the job.  I’m just so honored that they’re deciding to interview me.