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.
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.
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!