There is a LOT going on in my life right now, so I think Tinaâ€™sÂ High Low High is an awesome format right here.
I just got back from an awesome workout at Uplift.
While I could certainly work out during the day at my job…
As of last Monday, I am no longer with my job. It was certainly a surprise, shock and disappointment, but I am grateful for an amazing four years there and to walk away with so many colleagues turned friends.
I went back to work the week after my momâ€™s funeral, so a little downtime after the most stressful year of my life is really a blessing in disguise right now.
In the interim, Iâ€™m looking for some freelance writing and social media consulting work, and I would be incredibly grateful for any leads! My email is theodora at preppyrunner dot com. Iâ€™m not currently in a rush yet to get back to an office, and I truly am excited (and OK, yes, a little terrified) of this whole â€œthe world is my oysterâ€ thing.
Accordingly, I am FINALLY actually taking my NASM test, now that I have no excuse not to study with this extra time on my hands!
I am so excited to head to PA this weekend for the Runnerâ€™s World Half Marathon + Festival!Â I know this is super late in the game, but if youâ€™re interested, you can use the code PREPPYRUNNER for 10% off â€” AND! I have one entry to give away, and Iâ€™ll give it to the first person to comment.
My poor sweet dad needs another knee replacement. His original replacement came loose this year and he couldnâ€™t really attend to it while taking care of my mom. At least I have the time now to go out and take care of him…
My half-assed marathon training is going as well as half-assed marathon training can!
Shameless plug: Iâ€™m raising money for the New York Junior League to help women and children in NYC and you can donate here.Â Iâ€™m SO close to my goal!
For most of the summer, after losing my mom, I had zero desire to run any long distance. A few miles that I could run/walk through my tears? Sure. Being out there for hours on end? Meh. But around September, I decided that yes, I was in this. Iâ€™ve just been trying to build as best I can, and last weekend I ran 17 with my sweet friend Leah (on the left above) and we will probably run the marathon together. It wentâ€¦fine. It didnâ€™t feel super terrible, it didnâ€™t feel easy, for sure, but, it was fine, and I wasnâ€™t sore at all the day after, which I take as a good sign. Depending on how the RW weekend goes this weekend, I am going to attempt to build up to 18-20 on Sunday.
Iâ€™ve been attempting to read what I can to understand this grief process and to understand what Iâ€™m going through. Thereâ€™s a woman named Claire Bidwell Smith, who is an amazing writer. Iâ€™ve read her After This and am currently reading her Rules of Inheritance. Sheâ€™s coming to NYC next month to speak on a panel, and I bought a ticket yesterday. I hate that I have a need to have a â€œfavoriteâ€ grief writer, but holy shit is her work impactful to me. She was also an only child, and I have already listened to the first episode of her podcastÂ several times, so much does it speak to my experience of navigating this experience without siblings. (She also just has a really soothing voice.) Sheâ€™s also speaking with Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters, which is also on my list, but I know it will be a really tough read.
Thatâ€™s a serious note to end this post onâ€¦so hereâ€™s a meme.
Advice on career planning/career planning resources?
Who else is running NYCM?