Tuesday, May 15, 2012
This weekend was my cousin's wedding and I saw my speech therapist who we lost touch with each other. As she heard as some of the great things I am doing with my life, she said, "I knew you would go far." A couple weeks ago, I had a couple friends say that they were glad they were able to run or train with me. They phrased it like I was going to become this big star in the future. Maybe I was projecting my own thoughts into their statement.
For awhile now, I have felt like God has big plans for me. Not sure what they are but somehow I feel like South Carolina is calling my name. There have been no decisions from them but I feel drawn to them. I have no reason for this feeling.. I just feel it. Than, today my interview with the Y was delayed. Honestly, I was secretly happy because that means I will have a few more days of time to know about SC. I can drag it out a bit more without dragging it out with the Y.
In other news, a professor is going to help me with the internship search. So, even if I do not get the place in SC, I should be able to get an awesome internship. Funny how fate works out that way.
In other news, I did not do the 18-miler. It was hot. My hip was hurting at mile 1. Needed go potty. I was bored. I know, excuses. But, I really wasn't feeling it. So, I went back to where my parent's were working on their new house they brought a while back. They are remodeling it than going to sell it again. So, I helped with that. In doing so, my dad called me a He-Woman because I was so strong. At one time, I pulled out the front logs with stakes in it by the house where people do flower gardens. Apparently, my strength training in April is paying off. And, no, I will not be changing my user name to He-Woman, hehe!
Here is a photo of my cousin's son and I before the wedding.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
It has been a few days since I have blogged. Let's give you some updates.
On Tuesday, I had a phone interview with the place in South Carolina. I think it went well. She commented on me being passionate. (Is that good?) She also said that she liked my answers to two of the questions. I find out by the end of next week, if I made it to round two. Round two means I made it in the top five and would have a Skype interview. Than, the top three of that group get an internship with this company. If this falls through, one of my professors with tons of connections said we should talk next week. So, we will talk.
Tomorrow, my cousin gets married so I will be wearing my dress that I looked and looked for. Than, the next day I will be helping my parents paint one of the rooms of the new house my parents bought a little more than a month ago. Than, Monday I will be running my 18-miler either in the neighborhood of their actual house or the one they are remodeling to sell. Than, back up north for finals.
Also, next week I will be interviewed by the Y for an internship, which I do not care much about anymore. They have changed the internship so basically it would be my current job as a 5K coach. It is such a disappointment.
Today I worked at the Y. There is a guy that I realized today that I would consider my running mentor. When I trained for my first half marathon, he was there coaching me when he'd come in to walk. He is a seasoned runner with many half marathons and marathons. Honestly, I have been wondering if my training will be enough. I will have three longer runs than the half marathon distance. Today I found his first one was with only one longer run than the half marathon distance. He obviously survived. It was like I need his approval. And, I got it with the golden words, "Oh, you are ready for Grandma's." So, this week is the 18-miler than the 20-miler during Memorial Weekend.
A few days ago, when I worked at the Y, a member mentioned printing off my blog and eventually writing a book. This idea has been rolling around my head for a while. But, what would I write about? My story? Would anyone read it?
One other thing... I lifted today at work. Now, this is a big deal because I don't typically work out at work. I lose motivation because it has to be when we are slower.. so after 8 pm. But, tonight I did! You don't what that means... sticker time!
Anyhow, those are my random thoughts about my weekend plans and the upcoming week.
Monday, May 07, 2012
This week is getting better and better!
First, I rocked the Eau Claire Half Marathon by shattering my previous record. WIN!
Than, today I was contacted for a preliminary phone interview with Hilton Head Health Institute in South Carolina. It's tomorrow!!!
Those were amazing in themselves but than Nicole, a sparkfriend, stopped by my page and told me I made the news!!!
You should recognize someone around 1:46.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
Today I ran the Eau Claire Half Marathon and I PRed!!! I didn't PR by a little bit either. I shattered my previous record by 22 minutes!!! Who does that? Apparently, I do. My previous two half marathon races were over the 3:00 mark. The chip time for today's race was 2:41:43. Does this mean I could do 2:30? I am just so ecstatic!!!
Okay, now that I have calmed down a bit.. just a bit.. I can tell you about the other keys points of the race.
I met Nicole aka MYLADY4. Before the race, we decided we would run the first couple miles together than we could go our own pace. After the two miles, my legs were ready to fly. And, boy did they!
When I left Nicole, I kept thinking I could get 2:45 today. I was just feeling it. I carb loaded (50% of carbs) all week, hydrated well for the few days before the race, and sleep 8 hours or more each night. It really is more than just fueling. I had a long time to think about it today. Much like carbs is our fuel, I decided water is oil to our body. We can have a great car running but it goes WAY better if the engine is well oiled. Today it was.
I was really having alot of fun. Around mile 8 or 9, I got bored with watching people. As I was thinking about putting my headphones on, my aunt, who was also running the race, came up behind me. For the last few miles, we flitted back and forth. In the final stretch, I finished seconds before her. Later, she said she was trying to catch up with me but couldn't catch me! Awesome! And, I say I am not competitive. Riiigghhht....
I definitely think I will do this race again. The scenery was great! Pretty much the whole race along water, trees, bridges and residence homes. That is running paradise for me. Even the condition of the roads were fantastic. No cracks. For me that means no worrying about tripping.
Some of my family was there at the finish line as well. That was nice. My Grandma was even there was I thought was awesome! Afterwards, she took the family, my great aunt (her sister), my sisters, her kids and husband and I out to Godfather's Pizza. Than, gave me money for gas money. I sure appreciated that.
But, today wasn't all fun and games. I am a bit sore. In my right hip, right knee and left tibialis. I think the tibialis (lower shin) was still sore from the 17 miler a couple weeks ago. My knee, left of my kneecap, hurts when I hurt. Than, my hip is my IT band. At least, that is one I know what the issue is. I am supposed to do 18 miles next weekend so I am wondering if I should push it. No sense getting an injury.
Anyhow, today was GREAT!!! Hope to get some pictures of the race soon. As soon as my great aunt sends them to me!
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Another blog? Yes, I think so!
In the last few weeks, I have been waiting to hear from a certain internship. Until I have a decision for my internship, I am living in limbo where I cannot make plans about anyone or any races. The internship that I am waiting to hear about would be amazing but I am starting to wonder if I want it. My place of employment has been pressuring me in completing my internship with them and provided an internship opportunity that is quite enticing. Basically, I would be in charge of the local YMCA running program from start to finish. In my opinion, this is an amazing opportunity because I get to design everything. The running program is not even scraping what their potential could be. It could be so much more!
Anyhow, this really got me thinking. What if place #1 offers me an internship? Do I even want it? More and more, I am finding pros with staying at home that extend beyond the internship opportunity at the local YMCA.
1. Since working at the Y, I have met some amazing people and feel like I am part of the town's community, something I have not had in other towns. It may be cold here but the people will warm you up!
2. I have three friends that will be getting married within the next year and do not want to miss their weddings. Some are new friends. Some are old friends. But, it is a special day for them and would like to help celebrate that day with them.
3. Right now, I am training for Grandma's Full Marathon. A couple weeks ago, I did 17.45 miles. It was awesome to reach a new milestone for mileage but I feel I pushed it too hard. I am still sore. This past Sunday I ran 4 1/2 miles and the next day, my body was screaming at me. My hips were sore. My knees were throbbing. My shins were pulsing. These things were nothing I couldn't handle. Yet it was my body saying, "Hello up there.. yeah, you.. this is too much." In fact, I have a half marathon in a few days and I am really wondering how well it is going to go.
Even through my professors feel I could do better, like I am setting my sights low, I feel like I would be able to do some personal things for myself, like sharing memories with friends and family. So often I have lived in the past or the future - never the present. For once, I want to live in the present by celebrating my friend's greatest memories or training for my first full marathon.
With these thoughts in the back of my mind, I wonder "Will I regret if I don't go?" Will I regret not going to South Carolina? Even through it could be a great start for my career, I do not think so. I love my field but I want my life to be more than a career.
As I approach graduation, people consistently ask me what are my career aspirations. I realize I want so much more than a job. I want a career where I can touch and change people lives. I want my children to be healthy - mentally and physically. I can teach them that. I want friends with similar interests that are caring, trustworthy and real.
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