Monday, June 27, 2016

Becoming a personal trainer, my dream fitness job & moving forward

If you would have told me, a few years ago, I was going to be a personal trainer I would have laughed. Health and fitness has only become a recent passion of mine. Seriously, I grew up hating gym class and any form of exercising (besides cheerleading which I mainly did so I could watch cute boys get sweaty and because I loved (and still do) to dance.

Now, I can't imagine my life without it.

Yes, my passion is running (clearly, or else my blog name wouldn't make much sense) but I've also developed a love of strength and cross training.

This weekend, I took my personal training certification. I haven't taken a class in YEARS so it was hard but it was also really fun. Adult learning is so important. I love challenging myself and stepping out of my comfort zone (apparently, I should have listened more in Grade 10 biology!)

My amazing teacher Ali (she's the reason I even thought about coaching!!)

After taking an Orange Theory Fitness Class with some friends, a few months ago, I knew immediately I had to become a coach. I thought I would need my group fitness certification, and even took the course, but then figured out the personal training certification was a better fit with the OTF principals. OTF is more of a group personal training experience. I submitted my resume, a few weeks ago, and now I'm waiting to find out if I'll be selected to undergo the next stage of the hiring process. Fingers crossed!!

I love that OTF has a cardio and strength training component. I also love that I'll be able to use my knowledge of running to help people.

And, that takes me to my next thought. I'm thinking about taking my run coach certification (something I never thought I would say!!) I took my personal trainer certification mostly for myself so I could better understand what I needed to be doing to supplement my running. I think the run coach certification could also help me become a better runner. I've been unofficially "coaching" some people on the side but I think it would be beneficial to have some more knowledge. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! :)

And, finally, my fall goal is to take a nutrition course. I want to learn more about fueling for workouts, identifying deficiencies in diets and focusing on what I need for my body.

So, that's what I'm thinking right now. 

Yes, it's going to be a lot of work and a big commitment but I'm excited.

None of this is set in stone, obviously, as I still have a full-time job, am a single mom and like to have some room in my life for friends and myself.

So, that's what's going on in my life right now.

I write my personal training exam in three weeks and then I'll be able to write plans for anyone who is interested. 

How was your weekend?
Have you taken any adult learning courses lately?
If you aren't already doing it, what's your dream job?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thinking Out Loud #62

Once again I'm linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud. Check out the details in her first post if you're new around here.


1. What a month! Can I have a June do-over? Between my health issues, blood pressure problems, hospital visits and now, a leg injury, I think it would be fair to have a do-over. Seriously though, they're all little problems in the grand scheme of things but I definitely had a few extra pieces of chocolate Tuesday night (after my physiotherapist told me no running for at least a week) and then proceeded to buy myself a new pair of lulu crops. Because, if you can't run, you may as well look cute walking. I'm just not going to talk about what gaining 25 pounds means size wise :O

2. I'm currently moving all my photos off my laptop. My stepdad's computer died and since I don't use mine, except to store photos, I decided to give him mine. I thought about getting a wireless hard-drive but couldn't justify the cost right now. I snagged a 128 G stick for 20 dollars at Staples (score!)

3. I'm getting a little frustrated with a campaign partner. I was approached by a company, a few months ago, to work with them on a year-long campaign. There were many back-and-forth emails as the details for the inaugural program was being figured out and then eventually I had to sign a contract. It's been well over a month since I signed the contract but I still haven't hard a word about the next step. I've sent two, unanswered, emails and am getting a little annoyed. I love working with different companies but not when they waste my time.

4. Now, for some good blogger-mail news... I was contacted by one of my favourite companies to start a partnership with them!! I can't give away the details just yet but WOW am I blessed!!

5. Confession time: I haven't been to GoodLife Fitness in a couple months (I think?) My favourite group fitness class there is BodyPump but I just haven't made time to fit a class into my schedule. My doctor wants me to wait to do any "heavy lifting" until my next test at the hospital, June 29th, but then I can hopefully get back there and start building back some muscle!

I miss my muscles
6. I'm planning a girl's trip to Waterton!! Every Monday, I get together with my best girls to watch the Bachelorette (or Bachelor/Bachelor in paradise depending on what's airing) and we eat, drink, and catch-up. The time always flies by, too fast, so we decided to check some things off our summer bucket list and head to Waterton for a girl's camping trip!! We're heading there, next month, for two nights and I can't wait! So far, our plans include the Crypt Lake Hike and stand-up paddle-boarding! Oh, and at least one visit to Weiners because they have delicious giant hot dogs (falafel dog for me please!)

7. I'm finally getting my yard done! I hired two guys to install my fence posts and then I'm going to handle the top soil, laying sod and gravel. I likely won't do the fence until the fall, or next year, but at least I won't be that neighbour on the street anymore.

8. I'm taking my personal trainer course this week. I can't remember if I mentioned it or not but I switched gears from group fitness instructor to personal trainer. It's a better fit for what I want to do after I hopefully pass ;)  The course is three-days long followed by a written test and a practical exam. I'm a bit nervous but excited too! 

Alright, that's all I have for you today! I'm off to get ready for a fancy supper.

Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Race Recap: Ladiesfest 8K

Ten days ago, I ran the 8K Ladiesfest race with June. We decided to run an easy race together and, our goal, was to finish in under an hour.
I've run this event twice before. The first time, in 2013, finishing in 49:37 and again in 2014 coming in at 43:46 (my current PR!) 
This race is capped at 750 participants and always sells out fast. June and I met at the starting line just before 7:30. There was lots of nearby parking and we had plenty of time to use the indoor, hotel, bathrooms before it was go time. 

There were lots of our friends running so we spent a lot of time, at the starting line, talking and taking part in the warm-up. Before I knew it, it was time to go. 

We had lined up near the middle of the pack, since it was self-seeded and we knew we weren't racing, but we should have moved closer. We spent much of the first kilometer weaving around runners and even some walkers.
The first part of the race is downhill. It's a steep one too. While I don't really like downhill I think we both just let ourselves fly. We passed a lot of people and made up for some of the early weaving. 
The rest of the race is in the river bottom. The path is fairly narrow which makes it hard if you want to pass and once the leaders come back and you're forced to race in a single-line. I felt really bad for one girl who was pushing a stroller. The organizers have all those pushing a stroller start at the very back but it was clear this girl was speedy. She caught up to the front quickly but was having a hard time passing because of the narrow paths and single-track. We ran together for awhile before we finally hit a clearing and she was off.
I forgot to double-knot my shoe laces at the starting line so I had to stop TWICE to tie them! Thankfully, June wasn't in a rush and found it quite hilarious (even insisting on photographing the moments haha!)

The last kilometer, or so, of the race is all up hill. It's a steep climb back to the finish area. June and I hadn't stopped yet (except to briefly fix my shoe laces) but decided to run a post, walk two posts, on the hill. 

As we were approaching the top I checked my watch and noticed we were making great time.
June suggested a walk break just as we were about to round the last corner but I told her to keep going (aren't I a great friend hahaha) as I wanted us to come in under 53 minutes. I also pointed out two girls that we could pass if we sped up. So, we did. We flew by them and crossed the finish line together.

238/712 Overall
43/121 Category

Have I mentioned lately how much I love running with friends?
I've had some ups and downs lately with running. I've lost speed, I've had to drop out of races but I'm thankful every day that I can do what I love with people that I love.

My friend Ali who crushed her race and got a new 45:03 PR!
The best part about ladiesfest? You get a rose and a chocolate as soon as you cross the finish line.

From there, you're treated to a bunch inside the hotel. It's pretty basic (bagels, fruit, danish's and coffee) but it's free! 

I'll definitely do this race again next year.