March 30, 2016

Some things to tell you

This post is a bit of a stream of consciousness but I have a few things to share! First some news that makes me grin from ear to ear...last week was a big week for me. On Thursday, I took the certified personal trainer exam after 2 months of studying. It was hard. Two months of self-study and teaching yourself new material is hard. It requires a lot of self-discipline and at times, was a bit lonely. But guess what? The studying paid off. I PASSED!! I cannot wait to start this next new phase of my career. Any tips for a career transition? 
The four happiest letters!
Second, I signed up for my first post-injury race!! I'll be running the Chick-fil-a 10k! This race is one that I have had on my radar for a few years. It's in a section of Newport News that is very scenic and the finish party includes Chick-fil-a! What more could you want? My only goal for this race is to successfully train and compete it. I think it's a manageable distance and will create some structure for my running. 

Are you interested in running the runDisney Disneyland events but weren't able to register in time? Well fear not! One of the charity partners, the Children's Bureau of California, contacted us to let us know there are bibs for the half, 10k, and 5k available. If you're interested, check out the info on their website here. Sadly we won't be headed back to the west coast for a Disneyland half weekend...maybe another year! 

I just started reading My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman. I gave this book to Mom for Christmas and I was hoping she would pass it along after she finished it. It was a fair swap though as I passed off my copy of Suzy Favor Hamilton's book, Fast Girl
Definitely a page turner!
Now that I'm back to running, I'm thinking I may get refitted for running shoes. I have been wearing New Balance 860s pretty religiously for the last few years but I never loved the most recent version (v5 I think). I also feel like some added cushion might be helpful as I get going again, not necessarily an overly stabilized shoe but a new shoe always feels great on the road. 

What's going on with you? Any good books to recommend?
{Christine}

38 comments:

  1. So excited for you! And super excited to hear how today goes :D

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    1. Thanks! I really appreciate all of your input :)

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  2. Congrats Christine! Never a doubt that all of your studying and hard work would pay off! And a 10k sounds like a very reasonable distance for your first post injury race. Sounds like it'll be a great post race party.

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    1. Thanks Kathryn! I'm so glad to be done studying. I just may burn my flashcards. :)

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  3. Congrats on your certification! It will be fun to follow you as you embark on this new adventure!

    Enjoy your trip back to running!

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    1. Thanks, Wendy! I am so excited to have a race to train for again.

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  4. Congratulations!!! I know that you are going to do amazingly well with your next phase. And glad to hear that you're feeling good and returning to running. Always good to get back into the groove of things!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Meridith! I am really excited about this transition.

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  5. Congratulations on passing your exam! You're going to be great as a personal trainer and I can't wait to read more about how you use the certification and start training. Also, good luck with your comeback for the Chick-Fil-A race. I've seen those and it looks like a really fun series.

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    1. Thanks, Amy! I really appreciate your vote of confidence. I'm definitely a little nervous since this is new territory for me but should be a fun change.

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  6. Congratulations, Christine!! That is so awesome!!! Way to go!! I hope you celebrate in style :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah! Adam surprised me with flowers and we had dinner out last week which was lovely. :)

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  7. Congrats on both accounts! Can waait to see where this new career path takes you! Also great to see you have a race on your calendar!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad to have a race on my calendar again! Feels great!

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  8. I have my first post injury big race this weekend scary and exciting! Good luck with your training

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    1. That is exciting! I hope it goes well, Deborah! :)

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  9. I just finished My Year of Running Dangerously a couple weeks ago. I really enjoyed it! And congrats on passing the exam :)

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    1. I've heard great things and after finishing a book that I didn't love, I'm excited to jump into something a little more appealing.

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  10. Congratulations, Christine!! I'm so excited for you! The 10K sounds like a lot of fun...can't wait to hear about it! :)

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    1. Thanks, Karen! I am so relieved the studying is over.

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  11. I do the Chick-fil-A almost every year! (except this year. I'm out of town) have fun!!!

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    1. Oh that's good to know that you enjoy it that much! :) I'm really excited to try a new race!

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  12. Congratulations Christine for both things!!!!

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  13. Congratulations! I'm currently reading a fairly gruesome Stephen King novella in the short story collection Full Dark, No Stars. Not sure I can recommend yet... ;) I need to check out those running books. Glad to hear about the 10k. I like having a goal race, even if my goal is to show up and finish.

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    1. Exactly, Elizabeth. I feel like I need a bit of structure to my running routine and having a "show up and finish" race is perfect.

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  14. Hooray for racing again!! So excited for you.

    I just finished The Boston Girl.

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    1. Thanks, Darlene! It's been quite a hiatus from racing so I'me ager to be back.

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  15. Congratulations Christine!!! And yay for racing again!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy! Appreciate your support always :)

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  16. Congrats on your certification! I think about things like that, except the truth is I like my life! I also think about becoming a RRCA coach -- not really becoming a coach, more taking the course for my own info.

    I also think about things like becoming a nutritionist, a physical therapist -- mainly because these things fascinate me & I like to learn!

    I like NB a lot. But I recently got fitted again due to my ankle problem. Not NBs.

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    1. Thanks Judy! I am thinking about pursuing a run coaching cert for the knowledge base so maybe down the road I could specialize in strength training for runners. We'll see... :)

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  17. Congrats on passing your exam! And that's really exciting that you signed up for your first race post-injury! I also love the feel of a new pair of shoes:)

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  18. Woohoo congratulations!!!!!! And I'm seriously considering that Chick-Fil-A run - OMG!

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  19. Congrats! That's so awesome =)

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  20. Congrats on getting certified! Also, I am so jealous of that Chick Fil A race. Those are my favorite chicken nuggets and they will probably make awesome post-race food!

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  21. Yay, Congratulations that is so exciting!!!
    Good luck with finding a job that you can use it and totally completely enjoy!!!
    Also, that is so exciting about the race, you're coming along and back to running so well.

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  22. Congratulations for passing your exam! And, a race to train for too. How exciting!

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