Once Upon a Stressed out College Student

Hellooo friends, I have been super busy lately and I’m sorry that I haven’t been checking in as often. Since this is my blog and I can be as honest as wish, I have to admit that I have been feeling overwhelmed with everything lately. I recently picked up a second job and ever since I started, my schedule has been extra cramped. I’ve been scrambling to get from my classes to work and then immediately after I usually have to get over to my second job, do homework, and find time to breathe in between all of that. I’ve been considering any day that I can squeeze in a 20 min nap to be a particularly good day. However, there’s a foreseeable end to it. Two weeks of school and three days of exams left until I am free. 🙂 I will cherish every glorious moment of sleep after that. There’s been a lot of positive things happening in my life though, so I can’t really say it’s been all bad. This past weekend, I sang Beethoven’s 9th with the Midland Symphony Orchestra! 🙂

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It. Was. EPIC. 😉

I also busted out my bike for my first outdoor ride of the season!

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Biking is definitely not my strongest sport but I’m getting there. 🙂 Surprisingly, swimming has become one of my new favorite ways to relax. I’m still struggling a bit with finding my tempo in the pool (music nerd, FTW) and taking too many/too little breaths. It’s getting better and I’m definitely sprint tri ready. 🙂 My tri is next weekend (April 26th) so after that I’ll be taking it easy and resting before jumping into something else. 😉 I maayyyy or may not have been inspired this past weekend to pick a marathon for this year.

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and I mayyyy or may not have set a goal of trying to BQ. 😉 see, my awesome friend Beth qualified at her recent marathon and reading her review gave me the fire that I’ve somewhat lost over the past year in terms of marathon training. As always, we’ll see how things go. 🙂

Have any of you ever done the Grand Rapids Marathon? What did you like/dislike about the race? Comment below!

Triathlete in the making

Hey everyone! Guess what arrived at my doorstep today?

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I finally got a tri suit! 🙂 I’ve been in the market for one but most places were ridiculously expensive and I’m a broke college student. However, a friend sent me a link to a website called the clymb and found that they had most of their tri suits on clearance! 😀 I got this baby for 70 bucks including shipping. I was really impressed with how quickly this delivered. I was afraid I’d be waiting a few weeks. Anyways, I tried it on and it fits perfectly. I’ll be taking it out for a test run probably on Friday. 🙂

I’ve been really surprising myself with how committed I am to swimming. I used to have such a difficult time getting myself to get to the pool but now I actually look forward to it. Don’t get me wrong, running will always be my #1 sport but swimming is getting better. Today I started my day off with a swim and felt really refreshed. It just goes to show that a little effort will pay off in the long run! (no pun intended heh)

In other fitness related news, the Boston Marathon is happening in 1.5 weeks! I’m seriously considering skipping classes because, I mean, it’s pretty much a religious holiday, right? 😉 I’m always super inspired by the athletes who run the Boston Marathon and I hope to be there someday. #BostonStrong 🙂

Some non-fitness related news (yes, I have a life outside of fitness 😉 ), I’ve been REALLY busy with school. Today I gave my final presentation for my education class which relieved a lot of stress. I also got a second job at Sam’s Club which has been keeping me very busy. Between my two jobs I’m basically working full-time while going to school full-time and training for a triathlon. It’s been crazy but I’m managing. Jeremy has been even more supportive lately which has really helped me get through everything. Love you babe! :* That’s pretty much been my life lately!

What advice to you have to give to a person doing their first triathlon?