When i woke up today, i had a huge smile on my face knowing it’s this pretty lady’s big day! i am so grateful to have a cousin that is also one of my best friends! love you mel! i’m over the moon in joy getting to celebrate with you and jonathan! ❤️
I honestly can’t believe it’s been 5 years... missing you a little bit more today. i wish i could spend my day in kent, but eating a galley boy and of course potato puffs will have to do! ❤️ #dansmithday
Sometimes an impromptu trip home gives you time in one of your favorite places, and lets you get to drive one of your favorite people home from work! 😊 so grateful for the time with my people today! ❤️ #allthejoy
My heart is just so full today! i am going to miss this group of kiddos so very much! ❤️ they did such an amazing job for their reader’s theater! i can’t believe i only have 2 more days with my littles!
On this #globalrunningday, i could probably go on and on about the sport and how much i love it, but i will settle for a simple reflection. there’s so much joy that comes with miles. that time is a place for clearing my head, and focusing on my not only my physical but my mental health. i’m beyond grateful for the people and community! so ready for the akron race series this summer! ❤️ #runthemileyourein#mileschangeyou
Confession: my attitude towards running has been pretty negative these last few months. after getting hurt, i was a little discouraged when i had to drop down from the half to the 10k. even as i was getting released to run more, i was running scared and was a little h*****n myself. the expectations i had made, made it even harder and honestly not fun. up until last week, i was even contemplating not attempting to run at all. as i was processing the decision, i was thinking about how i have spent all year teaching my kindergarteners about the word “persevere.” literally there’s a sign in the front of my room that my kinders all point at when someone says “i can’t.” i felt like i should put into practice what i have been preaching to my little ones and lead by example. have i had obstacles and has it been hard? absolutely. however, instead of adding all of this extra pressure, i needed to change my mindset. i have come such a long way in two years, and to think that i was upset over not being able to run 13 miles is kind of silly. today as i was running, i chose to be present and just have fun. i wasn’t looking at my watch or stressing about my splits. to be honest i didn’t even know that what mile i was on. i was taking in the city that i love, and giving countless high fives to everyone. it was in fact one of the most enjoyable runs i have had in such a long time. crossing the finish line, didn’t bring me disappointment, instead it brought me complete wonder and joy, and a little hungry for more. i have no idea how i pr’ed with little training and injury, but i’m here for it. i’m so grateful for this journey and excited for this summer. on to akron! ❤️ ps: if anyone is in need of an amazing physical therapist, @mattstevensdpt is your guy! i literally would not have finished this without him. thank you for putting up with all the questions and my stubbornness. #runthemileyourein#youcandoanythingforamile#runcle
Happy mother’s day to this incredibly strong, caring, and funny woman! thank you for being my biggest cheerleader, the person i can always turn to no matter the situation, and the best zumba in the kitchen partner i could ask for. i’m beyond grateful to have you as my best friend and my mom! i love you so much! ❤️