Hello and welcome to my blog! I am 29 years old and currently living in Northern Virginia as a single mama with my sons Kevin III and Kyler. Here is a little bit about me and the things that I love!
Running is my first love! I fell in love with running during college. It began as a way to lose the freshman 15 (or 30!) that I gained while indulging in typical college activities, and somehow blossomed into a full-blown love affair. It started with me running on the treadmill at the gym to “burn off” the Chinese take-out and beer that I drank the night before, and now it is something I truly could not live without. I love the way running makes me feel and how it challenges me every day. It helps me think clearer, have more energy, and it inspires me to be a better, healthier person inside and out. My running journey has definitely not been an easy one, but through it all I have run many races including 20 half marathons and 10 full marathons. One of my goals in life is to run a marathon in each state and eventually every continent. One reason I wanted to start this blog is to document my running and training and all the highs and lows that come with it. In 2014 I became certified by the RRCA as a running coach. I want to share my passion with others and help them achieve goals that they only ever dreamed were possible.
I welcomed my first child Kevin Troy III on September 12, 2012, and my second child, Kyler James on May 22, 2015. I had wonderful and active pregnancies and was able to run up until delivery both times. Since then I have been on a new journey to figure out this thing called parenthood. In February 2016 I began yet another new chapter when I separated from my husband and became a single mama. All of my pregnancy/parenting posts and weekly updates can be found here.Teaching
Teaching is what brought me here to Northern Virginia. I grew up outside of Philadelphia and went to college at Penn State University. After graduating in 2008, I knew that teaching jobs were slim to none in Pennsylvania. Since I had nothing to lose, I decided to pick up and move to Virginia to take a job teaching second grade. Since then I have bounced around a bit. After teaching second grade I was a Title I Reading Teacher, and then I taught fifth grade. I finished my Masters degree in August 2012, and now I work with grades K-5 as a Reading Specialist. I love what I do because it is so rewarding to be able to help a child learn to read. I honestly cannot think of anything more important than being a literate adult. Literacy opens the door to future success in life and I am happy to support kids in getting there. Running and being active helps me deal with the stress of work and find balance.
This was just a little introduction to me! Thanks for visiting my blog!