Off to a Running Start!

Wow, I feel like I just sat down to write last week’s write-up and now I’m here again! This has been a wild and crazy week, but ultimately a great one in my book.

I’ve been pretty busy with work and meetings getting ready for the conference. Two weeks from today, I’ll hopefully be writing a recap of how it went (as well as my marathon the following morning!). I’m getting really excited for it, and it’s just a matter of starting to pull all the smaller pieces together at this point. I have some really amazing people that have my back and have been helping me, and they’re such life-savers.

Classes have also been going pretty great. I’m so ready to get into the meat of everything, though it seems like everything’s coming up fast. I had two group project meetings today, and it seems way too early in the semester to be having those. It’s a bit of a balancing act with a lot of to-do lists, but it’s going okay so far. I also had the orientation for my research fellowship on Friday, and it was amazing! I’m so excited to get to know and learn from everyone in the cohort, both students and mentors. There are so many amazing resources being offered to us, as well as amazing experiences. My mentor and I are getting started on an assessment presentation proposal, and I’m so psyched!

I also spent a lot of time on my health this week, and I can tell it’s already paying off. FSU is amazing and offers a free fitness assessment and two personal training sessions to every student, so you can bet I’m taking advantage! I had my fitness assessment Thursday, and it could have gone worse. I found out I have a lot of power in my legs, though not a lot of speed – being a distance runner, I could have told you that. I had personal training yesterday, and we worked a lot on leg stuff which will hopefully add that speed in eventually.

This week also brought some pretty good runs, even though I didn’t think it would happen. I also practiced some good eating habits, including moderation and lettuce. You may think I’m joking, but vegetables aren’t a big part of my life. So I’m trying to add lettuce to most of my meals to at least get something green on that plate. It seems like it might be working a bit, because my weight dropped below a certain number I haven’t seen since about November – progress!

Outside of my own life, my family has had some pretty exciting goings-on back at home. My brother formally announced his campaign for state representative last night, and it was pretty awesome. I was so proud of him, plus I just enjoyed the fact I could watch the Facebook livestream in my housecoat. It kind of sucks having to be so far away while all of this is going on, but I’m helping with some of the technology and digital logistics when I can. I’ll be home for his graduation in May, but have to leave before primaries that Tuesday – boo!

This is hopefully shaping up to be another exciting and busy week. I’m getting down to the nitty-gritty with conference planning while still trying to take care of my mind and body. Hopefully some time with friends this week will help with that first one, while running and eating healthy will help with the second. Hope everyone else has a good week!