Weekly Recap – April 8th

MONDAY: Body Pump

TUESDAY: 5.6 miles outside

WEDNESDAY: Rest – I needed a night off to be an introvert 🙂

THURDSAY: Rest – choir rehearsal

FRIDAY: Rest – taught three voice lessons

SATURDAY: Chocoholic Frolic 10k – recap coming shortly!

SUNDAY: 2 mile walk to loosen up the legs

April Mileage: 13.8 miles

YTD Mileage: 107.1 miles

Notes: I had a very busy week with both running and music – it was wonderful! Plus, I PR-ed at the Chocoholic Frolic 10k (despite crappy weather and crappy hills). I’m planning to start integrating some swimming and other cross-training cardio options as I continue to ramp up mileage to give my legs and body time to recover.

Happy running, everyone!

How is April starting off for you? Has the weather cooperated for outdoor exercising in your neck of the woods?

Something’s Gotta Give

So…I blinked and it’s now April 3rd! This means, time for a new set of monthly goals. Last month I wasn’t terribly successful (I need to take more pictures!), so here’s a late-entry for a bonus point:

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I got a haircut!

As I consider what I want to focus on this month, I have Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “Something’s Gotta Give” running through my head.

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Often, songs pop into my head that perfectly describe how I’m feeling at the moment – it’s completely subconscious and usually neat (unless it’s an obnoxious song such as “Tubthumping”…I know, what kind of crazy subconscious mind do I have?!). At any rate, I’m feeling spread thin. I am part of a running club that starts running 2x/week shortly, choir that rehearses weekly, I teach lessons two nights per week, blogging, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and oh, my job that has picked up in workload recently. Also, I am an introvert, so I gain energy from alone time which I have been severely lacking in. I found this a few months back and boy does it resonate with me – check it out:

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I feel that I’m at the point where I’m on the edge of a breakdown, which typically consists of shutting down and doing nothing. I think part of the reason why I’ve been able to continue with such a busy schedule for so long is that I genuinely am enjoying everything I’m involved in. I love teaching – it brings more joy to me (and hopefully my students!) than I thought it would. I love singing and making music. I love being physically active. I love the fact that I’m getting to know a young person and hopefully be a positive adult role model. I love connecting with other runners and music lovers in this amazing blogging world. So what now?

After many days of pondering, “what now?”, I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to get comfortable having a busy life. I need to get comfortable living outside of my comfort zone. So, that’s my goal for April – get comfortable with the new me.

And take more pictures…I still need to take more pictures. Smile

Are any of the rest of you busy people? How do you cope?

Weekly Recap – March 25th

I’m a little late this week – sorry! I wasn’t feeling well over the weekend and have been battling some insomnia issues, so I just wasn’t able to get the blog updated timely. I promise I will do better this week!

MONDAY: Rest – Dawson’s Creek night with the framily

TUESDAY: Body Pump (1 hr) and Zumba (1 hr)

WEDNESDAY: 3.8 miles outside – teaching after

THURDSAY: Rest – choir night!

FRIDAY: Rest – teaching night

SATURDAY: 3.8 miles outside and fun with the “Little Sis” from Big Brothers Big Sisters

SUNDAY: Rest – I wasn’t feeling well

March Mileage: 34 miles

YTD Mileage: 80.1 miles

Notes: Well, I got back to Body Pump…that’s good, right?? This was an “off”-feeling week. We had a 6 miler scheduled for Sunday, but I just wasn’t feeling great with the lack of sleep. I’m careful not to push myself too hard when I’m not prepared, as I think this might be playing a role into when I have minor allergic reactions. We ordered a new bed on Sunday, so maybe more restful sleep will help!

Happy running, everyone!

Weekly Recap–March 18th

MONDAY: Body Pump and Yoga – two hours of torture…I kid, I kid…

TUESDAY: 2.5 miles outside – it was cold and I wasn’t feeling well (had planned 4 miles)

WEDNESDAY: 3.8 miles outside, plus teaching afterwards

THURSDAY: Rest – choir night

FRIDAY: Rest – Fondue with some friends!

SATURDAY: Rest – I wasn’t feeling well

SUNDAY: 5.5 miles with temps at 0 degrees (before enjoying ourselves at the bar for St. Patty’s Day!)

March Mileage: 26.4 miles

YTD Mileage: 72.5 miles

Notes:  Overall, I feel pretty good about the week – I managed to survive Body Pump (and even joined the Y on Sunday so I can continue to enjoy it!) and get some mileage in even though I wasn’t feeling 100%. Looking to step it up into half marathon training this next week.

Happy running, everyone!

How was everyone’s St. Patrick’s Day??

My Life as a Sometimes Music Teacher

My studio is well underway and has been officially in existence for over six months. I had always thrown around the idea of starting a studio, but had some anxiety (have I mentioned yet that change and I don’t typically get along all too well?) surrounding “what-ifs”. Last fall I decided to stop fearing what wasn’t and start embracing what is, and haven’t looked back!

Here are some items I’ve learned through this new adventure:

#1) I thought I would be the one teaching and not learning, but I have discovered I too have been learning a great deal.

What I hadn’t anticipated was what a wide range of abilities I would be tasked with teaching from the get-go. I had students who had some musical background and could sight-read and match pitch well; at the same time, I had students who were approaching singing needing more help with the basics. I learned it’s important to help students recognize the progress they’re making – whether it’s singing an entire song a cappella in tune, or finding proper placement of a vowel on the first try.

#2) Everyone is on their own journey and it’s important to respect and embrace that.

Maybe I think too much or something, but I’ve noticed through teaching (especially through teaching people in different life stages), that it’s very important to go at their pace for learning and growing (with a little nudge here and there when needed Smile). Similar to how I’ve found running be such a personal experience, making music can be a very personal and meaningful journey. I feel so blessed every lesson I teach that I have been selected to accompany my student on their journey.

#3) Everyone is different and has different learning styles – it’s important as a teacher to figure out (and quickly might I add) what their style is and embrace it.

I learned in college that every teacher should be prepared to present any given topic in seven different ways to accommodate everyone’s different learning styles. This is probably the thing I use in lessons more than everything else I learned. For students who have the technical background, I can use technical terms to help them achieve the correct placement, for example. For those who don’t have the technical background, I have to explain things in a way that is meaningful to them.

All this after only six months – I can’t wait to see what the next six years bring!

Happy making music, all! Note

Any other teachers out there? If so, what lessons have you learned in your teaching experience?