Friday, November 18, 2011
Yesterday, I blogged about an exciting internship opportunity with the Y, I am employed with. Everyone was excited.. my boss, another supervisor, Tara, me... until I talked to my advisor about it. Apparently, I have to have all my coursework done, no ifs, ands, buts. No way around it.. I cannot swap the two semesters.
Mind you, this is the same advisor that doesn't think I should apply to Cooper Institute in Texas. Cooper is one of the founding fathers of Exercise Science but he doesn't think I should apply. Um, why not?! Shoot for the stars, land on the moon?
Man, I feel so disappointed..
On the positive side, Tara, the supervisor, said I could probably do it anyhow. Meaning, I will be a paid running coach so that's exciting. It also sounds like I can do the same type of internship in the Fall 2012 if the program works out.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
WOW! What a day!
Yesterday, I started looking for an internship and announced it to the world on Facebook. A supervisor from work is on my supervisor and she replied with "I know of a place and a staff that would love to have you. No pressure ;)"
Today before I even got to punch in, she suggested we talk private. We talked about an internship with the Y that I have working at for the last year.
Basically, I would help plan, and implement a running program for people wanting to running a 5K, half marathon or full marathon. I would be working with two personal trainers who are experienced runners which could be a great learning experience. In addition to that, I would help with Y events such as the Couch Potato Triathlon (April) and 5K Run/Walk (June) which is put on by the Y!
The drawback is that I am supposed to do my internship in Fall 2012 but tomorrow I am going to see if I can speak with my advisor about switching it to Spring 2012 than finishing my classes the following semester. I really want to do this.. even if my advisor doesn't let me, I am thinking the Y might pay me. Apparently, they have had me in mind from the get go!
This is a great opportunity which align with my personal and professional goals.
Besides being tackled with this at work, a co-worker brought me a mocha cappuccino and later on gave me new jeans!
Oh! Also, I am going to the movies with a friend and he is paying for ME!
And.. a different guy asked me for my number.
My head is still spinning with all this goodness..
Saturday, November 12, 2011
In the last few weeks, I have fell off the wagon. With my staff supervisor approaching me about the possibility of leading the 5K running group in the near future, I knew I had to get on back to running!
Part of my issue has been if I miss a run on Tuesday I feel like I cannot run on Wednesday because of the planned Thursday's run. Anywho, I decide it is okay for ME to run two days in a row. I plan to be very tentative to my body!
Anyhow, today I went running OUTSIDE! It was in the 50s and that is beautiful weather for November in Wisconsin! The first mile or so, I didn't even use my Ipod but rather just enjoyed . It was wondering. Than, a Y member pulled up next to me and was joking with me. He drove off. Eventually, I knew I had to turn around but I kept pushing it.
When I was almost to the end of the road, I felt my pace pick up. That's what I love about running outside. You can pick up or slow down with out adjust the ground below you (i.e.: the treadmill) or worry about others noticing. You see, I felt like I was trucking so I thought so until another runner breezed by me. Okay, maybe, I wasn't running 8 min/pace but I still felt I was "fast".
In the end, I did 4.56 miles in around a hour!
Now, out to eat for chinese... yum, yum!
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
As graduation is getting closer, I feel like my life is coming together.
Currently, I work at the Y and am coming up on working there for a year. Honestly, I love it! Apparently, it shows as well because I do a good job and my boss has been noticing. This week my boss, Shelley, has been giving me more responsibilities. This is good and bad.
In addition to having more responsibilities, a staff supervisor approached me about leading a group run in the future.
A few months back, I introduced the idea of having a beginner's 5K program for members to my boss. They tested it out. Apparently, it went well because it sounds like we are now going to have a program for training at all levels - 5K to marathon. A staff supervisor approached me about leading the group for 5K runners! How exciting!
This wouldn't happen for a while but this would be a great step for me! In the future, I want to be a running coach.
While discussing with the staff supervisor about leading the 5K beginner's group, I explained that I was leading the 2nd half of the group fitness the next day. I could see the wheels turning in her head. They used to have a step aerobics class but we no longer have one. You see, she is the Group Fitness Director.
Right now, I feel like it would be awesome to be a personal trainer/group fitness instructor. It's weird because it is like it was just meant to be.
If I didn't have go through this journey, I wouldn't have this passion for fitness and helping others change their lifestyles. I would still would have had a passion to help people but I felt like I would have been lost. But, I got to experience this journey and changing my life for the better. It is something I cannot regret and don't want to take back. I guess sometimes you have you be in a bad place to find something amazing.
Besides this future running lead opportunity, I taught the 2nd half of step aerobics for my group fitness course. Even through I do not like attending group fitness, I had alot of fun leading the class at step aerobics. Next semester, I am required to take a practicum where I put the skills to use. My major has a few majors within it as many do.
With that said, each practicum lab has a lab which is catered more towards a specific major. For example, my major is Exercise Science so the two labs that make the most sense for me is the one I assess the students in the required health class or leading the group fitness group. My professor put me in the group fitness class!
So, basically, next semester I will get paid to run, and I get to work out for my course work. Oh, yeah, I am taking track and field next semester. I better get this butt if I am going to be ready for it next semester, lol!
With the possible opportunities in my life right now, I feel blessed to have this journey and like life is gelling together. Right now, as long as the stars align themselves, I wouldn't mind being a personal trainer/group fitness instructor. Later on, I might want to do something else, but for now, this is what I want.
I might just be on Cloud Nine!
Monday, November 07, 2011
This weekend I went home and it was nice and relaxing. I didn't realize how drama filled my college life was until I went home and didn't have to deal with it for a few days.
Anyhow, I did end up eating like calories didn't count. My mom made soup on Saturday night and I gained 5# overnight. In fact, Saturday morning I weighed 156 and on Sunday morning 162 and today 165. Okay, I know I had way too many cookies but NOT that many. There are 3500 calories in a pound so to gain that kind of weight, I would have had to eat 31,500 calories in excess.
Now that WOULD be overeating!
Also, I went for a walk on Saturday and Sunday. Walks don't burns TONS of calories but they DO burn calories... there is no way I gained that much weight.
So... you know what that means!
Bring on the water!
Also, kinda got off of my running so..
Bring on the running, as well!
So, hopefully, I can get back on track.. lose that water that is hanging on, get running, and get my tush back into routine!
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