Hello! I’m so happy you’re taking the time to read my blog!

Allow me to introduce myself, I’m Alyson! I live in Boston Massachusetts with my husband. I’m a third grade teacher at a local public school. I’m also a runner, trying to become a cook, and am slowly trying to convince myself that there is more to reading than “beach books”. (Don’t judge, there are many days after work that last thing I want to do is come home and get involved in a character’s complex, existential crisis. But I’m working on it.)

I’m a third grade teacher and absolutely love it! However, it is one tough job and one that has challenged me to find work-life balance for three years now. I’ve vowed that 2017 would be the year I figure it out (or at least better than I have before). After all, the rate of teacher burnout is crazy high and I love teaching. I’m still in the early stages of my career and refuse to quit now! So, I’ve realized I have to create a system that keeps me from burning out! And that is what led to running!

Running! I’ve been running for a few years now but just began taking it more seriously within the past year. I began by stepping up my half marathon training programs, switching up my nutrition and FINALLY began strength training.  It was great! Although this increased focus on exercise and eating healthy meals began to stress me out even more. Every day after my students got on the bus at 4:45pm my after work “to do” list would begin. I had to workout (either run or attend a workout class), then I had to go home and cook dinner. If I was having left overs or the dinner I had planned was SUPER quick I could probably get in a 30 minute sitcom before heading to bed where I would read about 2 pages in my book and fall asleep. Health and fitness were not quite the escape I thought they would be.

A few months ago I began following a few runners on instagram. Some are professional runners and some are “amateur” runners. (Although there’s nothing amateur about these women’s running pace or weekly mileage.) It suddenly dawned on me! Running and eating healthy are a hobby! Reading is a hobby! I don’t need to stress about squeezing more in my day. Instead I need to shift my thinking and see these activities for what they are: enjoyable, relaxing activities that challenge be better and allow me to decompress after work.

That FINALLY brings us to this blog. This blog is a way for me to continue turning running, healthy eating, and some quiet time with a book into a hobby. It’s a way to take these things off the “to do” list and put them on my “get to do” list.

We’ll see how this goes!

Take what you love and run with it!