Saturday, March 13, 2010

The price of running...

Hey all! What a week it's been, sorry I have been a little Missing in Action! Hopefully the giveaways have kept you busy.

The winners of the Tote bags of goodies have been contacted, thanks so much for entering! 

This week I have been taking steps to check some things off my list -I have a lot to do since I took my Leap of Faith  and decided a career change was in store. I am playing a bit of a waiting game, while at the same time working hard to get so much done, it's a strange combination.

In October I blogged about a personal goal of mine and I gave these hints:

  • It's Personal
  • I will get to spend more time at the gym
  • I may get to scream at people like on the Biggest Loser. 
  • I will get to invest in more sneakers than pumps and more bosu balls than blazers...

Well, October was a LONG time ago. Sometimes, we have a goal or a vision and it takes us a few years or months to take the steps. As part of my career change last weekend I tested for my personal training certification!

In honesty and a little sadness, I have to say, I held back from blogging about it, for two reasons.  The one I can say is that I had a fear of failure. I had blogged about studying for personal training before without saying it, but I thought if I told you guys I was doing it and then I failed, that failure would be SO public. If I didn't blog about it, I didn't run that risk! It makes me sad that I let fear keep me from being open about that part of my journey, but in the long run I think it was a good thing to do.

I was (and am until next week) working at a regular job the whole time and wasn't sure what was going to come of what I was pursuing. I didn't want to rock the boat or anything, but felt I was being called with an urgency to step out into a place where I am now...

Looking back, I am a bit bummed I didn't share with you what I was doing as I went along! I tossed in hints but it would have been cool to share with you guys and I KNOW you would have supplied me with great support.

Think I can make the cut and be a trainer like Jillian?

The deets: The lowdown was that I signed up for a course that allowed me to have classroom time AND lab time where the students worked hands-on with each other. It worked amazingly well with my learning style and instilled me with a great deal of confidence. I took the written exam, the practical or hands on exam and now I wait to hear if I passed each.

In the meantime I am required to complete an internship at a gym to finalize the certification. From there I will fill in the gaps with my American Council of Exercise book and take that certification as well. After that I have 2 additional certifications I want to earn, one in nutrition and one as a fitness instructor. I will blog about those as they come up. The program I went through was ideal for me and served as a really great foundation and foot in the door.  AND, I start the first of my internship THIS weekend!! I hit the gym Sunday morning to spend 6 hours with a trainer and all her clients for the day, I am SO excited!

There is of course (as there always is) more to fill in with the story of my journey with this, but I hope to do a full post (or four) when I am more established in what my career will look like.

In light of ALLLL of that, the weeks since giving notice at my job have been filled with a lot of planning and phone calls and meetings! I have been running more to create a balance and to center myself doing something I love. It works nicely.

Because of the studying and classes for my certification test, I missed the Valentines Day run I wanted to take part in. This weekend is the St. Patrick's Day Race I had planned on, but not yet registered for. I have been thinking of it all week. It is 35 dollars to enter, it's only a 5k and I would be running it alone.

However, coming up in April I have 2 races that I have committed to doing with friends and fellow bloggers. I am leaning toward passing on the pricey race this weekend. Instead, I want to hit up free yoga at my local Lululemon Showroomm Skype with my brother and do a nice long run dressed all in green, just for me.

St. Patty's Day race 2008

I love racing: getting the shirt, the medal, the PR and helping out great causes or maybe just having fun. But with my career change I am trying to be frugal and save some cash! Especially if I have 2 others planned that I can run with my friends!

Are you running a St. Patty's Day race? 
Do you ever skip a road race because of the entry fee? Do you ever feel pressure to do a race because you told someone you were or blogged about it? ;) 

HAVE a FAB weekend! 


Continuous Changes said...

Wow, that is so awesome! I am glad you are taking the leap of faith and I think you will be great at it :)


My Life and Running said...

So exciting for you! I would love to hear all the ins&outs ups&downs of your steps to reach your goal. Please share them! (how was that test??)

Congratulations & know you're inspiring people to think outside of the box with career goals!

Annika said...

What a wicked choice for a career, congrats! Hope you got, and it all worked out with, my address... Thanks a million again!

teacherwoman said...

I am so excited for you and your career change!

Yes, I have skipped out on a race because of the fee... especially those shorter distances that I don't have to train so much for!

Loser Girl Jess said...

I'm doing the shamrock run this weekend in portland, and I am so pumped! It cost $30, but you get a free tee-shirt, beer, and chowder afterwards, and it has been a great motivator for me the past 6 weeks.

Congrats on your life change!

Julie said...

Hi Mary,
Congrats on making an exciting career change!! I think it is right up your alley and you will be a wonderful trainer:)

I am running next weekend in the Get Lucky! 7k in will be my first:) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Nil17 said...

Keep after it Mary! I know this has been a HUGE leap of faith for you but I know you can do it. You have passion & drive that will inspire those you work with. *hugs*

Ann said...

Mary -
CONGRATULATIONS on the decision to make a career change!! It's such a scary thing, but SO rewarding!! You are going to be an AWESOME trainer!!!! :)

I feel TREMENDOUS pressure to keep up with the 5ks (um, afterall, the blog IS about 12 5ks in 12 months - no skipping allowed!), but I know what you mean about getting busy and the high entry fees.

Keep us posted on the progress of your career change! SOOOO excited for you!!!! :)

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

I want you to be my trainer.

Alexa said...

I do sometimes skip road races because of entry fees, sometimes they are absolute rip offs! Especially when it's a short race, and you get crappy swag. I'm running the Lucky 7K, and I'm soooo pumped about it!
What other races are you running this spring Mary??

cstironkat said...

I'm so happy for you, it takes a great deal of faith and change can be scary. So many people get stuck because they are afraid. I'm proud of you and you are an inspiration to me. Take care,

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

I do get tired of race fees, so that does deter me sometimes.

I think it's a great goal you have and I agree you should have shared it!!

KatDoesDiets said...

How exciting and amazing! Can't wait to hear more.
Race entry fees are bumming me out at the moment.

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