The CrossFit Librarian

Who is this woman? This CrossFit Librarian?

Well, it's me of course! But first let's have a little back story.

I know I've eluded to the fact that I hold advanced degrees in Library Science and Environmental Science. After working as both a private school media specialist and a public school media specialist, I left my position as a school library media specialist in our county school system in late 2012. WHY?? I decided to jump ship before the ship sank.

In November 2012 I attended a meeting with all county school media specialists. The backstabbing, gossiping, general dissatisfaction with all things Pasco County did not sit well with me. I was new to the county system, only 6 months in. I wanted to hear how much all these women (and I think one man) LOVED their jobs, but I did not. I left that meeting KNOWING that something BIG was going to happen and it wasn't going to go well.

And then in November 2012 citizens elected a new superintendent, Kurt Browning.

Just a few short months later, Mr. Browning made this announcement:

"The Pasco County School Board has decided to lay off all positions of media specialists and literacy coaches."

Surprised

I jumped ship and decided to take some time to focus on being a mom, a wife, and try my hand at blogging about  fitness, weight loss, life with the #TampaTrio, autism, etc, etc, etc.

And as much as I loved being a SAHM, and blogging,  I was LONGING to be back in a library. I CRAVED it.

And suddenly, I received a phone call from Hillsborough County that they wanted to interview me!

So much time had passed between the time I submitted my application and the phone call, that I honestly had forgotten that I had even applied!

I went to the interview thinking it was for a Youth Services Librarian.

After the interview I learned that they were actually considering me for a SENIOR LIBRARIAN/BRANCH MANAGER!

I walked out of that interview feeling CONFIDENT!

Confident, but still like "whoa, a BRANCH MANAGER!!" That's a pretty significant/important position.

2 weeks went by, and then I got the phone call!! They offered me the position!!! And it was then that the CrossFit Librarian was born!

Returning to work meant a HUGE change in my daily schedule.

My "normal" CrossFit schedule was a 9am WOD. But I needed to be at work by 8:30am, and I have an hour commute (it's only 29 miles, but UGH to Tampa Traffic!) The LAST WOD of the day at CrossFit En Fuego is at 6:00pm. I get off work at 5:30pm. See my dilemma?

That left me with ONE option: 5:15am. Yell

OUCH!

To get myself used to the change, I started the transition to a new schedule 2.5 weeks before I returned to work. Thankfully, Hillsborough County only has 2 days per month for new employee hires, which gave me plenty of time to get everything organized on my end. Workouts, childcare, etc, etc, etc....

So back to CrossFit. 5:15am.

That's what time the WOD starts.

Which means I am up at 4:30am. Tongue Out

I tried a few early morning workouts back when I was training for the Iron Girl Triathlon. I hated them. LOL. Seriously.

So I was a bit nervous that I'd not be able to do 5:15am.

But you know what....I LOVE CROSSFIT EN FUEGO.

I truly WANT it.

So I've made it work. I have been doing CrossFit at 5:15am for OVER a month now. I have not missed ONE planned workout. Not one.

I'm up at 4:30am, I'm home by 6:30am, I leave the house at 7:15am, drop the kids off at childcare, and am at work by 8:30am. There is just something so AWESOME about getting your workout done first thing in the morning! AWESOME I tell you!! Awesome!!

I CrossFit, I'm a Librarian (and a really freaking awesome librarian if I do say so myself.)

I'm the CrossFit Librarian.

You can follow my CrossFit Librarian adventures on IG using the hashtag #CrossFitLibrarian

I'll see you around the stacks!

Saucony Triumph Review

Disclosure: I was provided product from Saucony through Fitfluential for this review, however all opinions are my own.

When the opportunity to review a pair of Saucony Triumph shoes presented itself to my HUSBAND, I jumped on the opportunity.

During the past 2 years that I've been blogging most of the review opportunities I've recieved have been for ME. I was super excited to be able to surprise HIM with a new pair of athletic shoes. Especially ones that make you go #WHOA

My husband is generally VERY active. Due to a back injury he is no longer able to run, but he walks with me, and he really enjoys riding his recumbent bicycle.

When the box arrived it was all I could do to take a quick photo before James put them on. He was SO EXCITED. It was nice to see him so happy about a pair of athletic shoes.

 

After I took the photo he immediately put the shoes on his feet. I asked him what they felt like and he said they were very LIGHT. 

He recalled how he had worn Saucony shoes back in the mid 1990's when he was a runner and he loved them back then because they seemed to be especially made for "big guy feet." James wears a size 13W, so I guess he's got big feet?

The next day was a Saturday and he put his new shoes on and we went out for a nice bike ride. Normally he wears his Teva Sandals, but not this day. And when we got home, he didn't take his shoes off like he normally does.

He kept in WHOA mode ALL DAY LONG. That says a lot. And what says even more is that he's been coming home after work and putting his Triumph shoes on.

He LOVES these shoes. And as you can see they go great with everything.

Be sure to follow #WHOAface on Twitter to get other opinions on the shoe. Also you can follow Saucony on Twitter and Instagram @Saucony.

#SmoochUrPooch with TropiClean Advanced Cleaning System Fresh Breath PLUS Giveaway

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Over the course of the past 6 weeks I've been telling you all about my dog and our attempts to un-stink his doggy breath. He's a cute dog, and deserves all the doggy smooches he can handle.

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Even my husband has noticed that Matthew has been smelling better and today I heard him talking to Matthew out on the back porch (when he thought I wasn't listening) and he actually invited the dog to climb up on his lap for some snuggle time. I wasn't fast enough with my camera, but you'll have to take my word for it that it was just precious to hear. James and Matthew have a very "at arms length" relationship for a variety of reasons, but it was touching to hear James invited our 130lb lab on to his lap.

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