Have you found your passion?

As I was walking home tonight, it came to me that I had the perfect topic to write about, albeit this may be a ramble, please stay with me.

Tonight, I met up with one of my good friend’s from November Project, Alice, and one of her friends from college – someone who is very into fitness, and happens to be working for a fitness company this summer. We had a drink and chatted about the different aspects of fitness – where do we workout? what blogs do we read? how do we find out about workouts? The list goes on and on, but basically I can sum it up in the – integration of fitness, blogs, and social media.

For anyone who knows me well, and as you can probably pick up from my blog, these are three things that I feel very strongly about in my everyday life. I would even venture to say that these are my “passions.”

Let’s rewind a bit to the years, 2004 – 2007, when I was in high school. The two major leaders in my life at the time, were the Head of the Upper School and my college counselor, who later became the interim Head of the Upper School. These two leaders had some of the greatest impact on my life, something that I didn’t realize at the time. Dr. White, the college counselor and later Head of the Upper School, is someone I grew to know very well through my high school years. We could even be found writing college applications and eating pizza rolls at her house, voluntarily, on Sunday afternoons during senior year. That’s just how close we became.

As we were writing these college applications, I can remember her telling us countless times, something that I likely found obnoxious at the time, about how in order to go to college and be TRULY successful, you must find your PASSION. At the time, I also thought this was absolutely nuts. How was a girl like me, at the age of 17, supposed to find my passion. I loved to run cross country and track, play basketball, at times, hang out with my friends and family, laugh, and just enjoy life. While all of these were very important to me, none of these were truly my passion (although my friends and family will always 100% be my rocks). I never thought about it at the time much, but I think while we were supposed to find our passion, and use this to draw us to our destination, it was during these times that we would figure out what our passion is.

At that time also, in my mind, I thought my passion had to be – biology, marketing, string theory, basically anything academic related. These were the things we were learning in school, but I should have stopped at the time to realize, this wasn’t what was going to be my PASSION. I was always strong in school, did my work, and got good grades, but this was not where my passion lied. Never once in my life (maybe once, but not more), have I ever thought about being an academic (I’m eternally grateful to those who have taken this route in life, and who knows, maybe someday I’ll teach). Yes, my academic’s’ have always been important to making me who I am, but these are only a means. In no ways were these the end for me, although for some people they might be.

I think all along, I never realized what my passions really could be. Although I don’t think that I have 100% found my true passion, I think through my years of academics, working as an accountant, and figuring out life, I have gotten a little closer to finding my passions. I’m not sure I’ll ever be 100% there, but boy have I gotten so much closer.

When I stop to smell the roses, or as I said in my instagram tonight – Look around – Look up, look down, look all around – my passions really do lie in my fitness, writing, and social media. These are the things that I love and really bring the true happiness to my life, along with so many other things. But these are the root of it all. Yes, I’ll likely always have a different job (that’s just who I am), but these are the things that make me truly happy – MY PASSIONS!

So that was long, but I really hope you stayed with me through it. I’ve gotten lots of feedback about avoiding the day to day with my blog posts, so I’m hoping that got a little deeper into who I really am.  So thank you to you, for reading this.

What’s your passion? Or do you even know what your passions are yet?

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VERT Sasquatch (TOL #10)

So let’s talk about the VERT Sasquatch race, and what better way to talk about it, than in the TOL Style. This is definitely my favorite link up of the week, so why not join in on the fun. Here are my favorite things about this race.

1. NACHO AC – Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of running the VERT Sasquatch for the 4th year in a row. This was my original race, with the Nacho Athletic Club, 4 years ago, and now I am a very very proud member of the crew. We are such a fast team (6th place out of 50ish teams) and they are the best drinking team!

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2. The Race Organization – If you live in Boston, are a runner, and haven’t run one of the Cambridge 5k Series races, then I have to say – your a wee bit crazy. They are the BEST races, aka 5ks, in Cambridge. The courses are always well planned, with good timing, fast people, and the best part of all – a GREAT post race party, with tons of beer. The head of them all is Eddie – and I can’t thank him enough for putting on all these amazing races.

3. The Race – This race was absolutely a blast. It is just about 2.4 miles through the woods aka The Fells. This is the only time I have ever run in the Fells, each year, but I would love to get back out there more regularly. The course has some uphill with a lot of uneven surfaces, so you have to be very very careful – but that’s why we all love it, right!

I was a little slower than what I would have liked, but with the Half, on Saturday, this was to be expected, so no complaints here.

4. My Aunt was in town from Saturday night until Wednesday morning. She isn’t a big runner, but has been doing some 5ks with her kids, so she decided to join me and I’m so glad she did. I always love having family and friends join for any of my races.

I was told to give the Jake face (my cousin doesn't smile in post race pictures).

I was told to give the Jake face (my cousin doesn’t smile in post race pictures).

5. The Party – The post race party at this race is one of the best. It’s held at the Stone Zoo, and hosts three breweries – Night Shift, Slumbrew, and Downeast Cider – all of which I believe are local to the Boston area. They keep the drinks flowing, and they are always nice and cold after such a hot race. There’s also a dance party, with prizes!

I’m off to another race tonight – The Jim Kane Sugar Bowl 5k – in South Boston. Leaving in a little bit with a few coworkers. I’ve done this race for the past three years, so I’m hoping to best my time from last year – we’ll see what happens, as I was at FlyWheel this morning!

XOXO

Have you ever run a trail race? Any races this weekend?

 

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Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon

This past weekend I had the pleasure of heading up to Portland, Maine, for the Old Shipyard Port Half Marathon. I had not been to the state of Maine, since I went for a wedding in the 5th grade, so I was very excited to explore Portland.

 

Katie and I headed up after work on Friday, and made it from downtown Boston, in just about 2 hours (I thought it was impressive!). We decided to head downtown to check out the starting area. The expo and packet pickup were only supposed to go until 8, so we didn’t expect to make it. As soon as we got close though, we saw lots of people and Katie had me make a run for it. I grabbed our bibs (unfortunately no shirts, although we did buy them), and we walked around for a bit. The expo didn’t have much, but that’s the beauty of a smaller race.

We were staying out by the airport, so we opted for dinner in downtown Portland at the White Cap Grille. The food was pretty good, and was just perfect for what we needed that night – salads with lots of protein. From dinner we walked around and back to the car, then headed for the hotel to hit the hay.

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With the 7 AM start, the alarm clock had us up at 5:00 in order to get back downtown. I was glad we just got down there, with plenty of time to spare. Once down at the Gateway, we walked around, got some water, and just tried to hang out. There were quite a few people, which was amazing. And both Katie and I ran into people we knew – love the running community.

The race started at 7 AM and we were off. Katie was gone before I even blinked (she’s speedy!), and I decided before hand that I was going to try to “negative split.” Well within seconds, this negative splitting turned into just trying to take the course as I could, with the hills, which then turned into – I’m going to SnapChat the race!

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My phone was in my pocket, which was annoying, so I grabbed it and proceeded to take the story at various points along the course. If I can get it on here, we’ll even have the video of it. Rumor has it that the sound quality is bad, I need to get better at that, but it’s a gem. Please share. Am I the first person to ever SnapChat story, a half marathon? If you know, let me know.

The course was absolutely beautiful, but a scorcher. There were a few hills, around miles 4 and 6, which really kicked me. Thank goodness for Summit Ave though or I don’t know what I would have done. Overall, I loved the course and most definitely would go back up again – although I hear Portland has lots of other great races.

My time was: 1:49:06. Given the conditions and my antics, I thought this was very respectable. I ended up with a 1st in the Filly Division too, which was good enough for a beer stein. Great race, great times, great people, great course, and the greats go on and on.

We got lunch afterwards at the Port Hole on the water and walked around. There were quite a few great restaurants and shops around. I managed to get a few donuts at Holy Donuts too, which we are still enjoying at home!

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Back with my Sunday race soon…

XOXO

Did you race this weekend? What’s your favorite course?

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TOL #9: Thursdayyy

It’s Thursday, so what better time to link up with Running with Spoons – it’s been awhile – happy to be back!

1. I saw a bunch of people writing Thankful posts today, so just a few things I’m Thankful for right now:

– Summer

– The Ability to Travel

– Friends and Family

The list could honestly go on and on and on, but we’ll keep it at that for now. Maybe I’ll have this for another post in the future with more detail.

2. Racing – I have not one, but two races this weekend – a half and a 2 miler (more on this in a minute). I’m heading up after work tomorrow to Portland, Maine, for the Shipyard Old Port Half Marathon, with one of my very best friends, Katie. We’re staying by the airport for the night, and then heading in for the race. We’ll bop around for the rest of the day after that.

Then, we’ll be heading back into town aka Boston, and I’m picking up my Aunt on Saturday night. Sunday morning, I’m heading to Vert Sasquatch with Nacho AC. This is the original race I ran with them and I can’t wait to run it again. The course is only 2 miles of trails or 2.3, but boy is it tough – I LOVE IT! The only experience I’ve ever had with trail running, but I’m definitely going to try to get into it more.

3. For those in Boston, have you heard of the company Move With? They are mostly focused on yoga teachers and getting them exposure at the current time. Primarily this is done by hosting yoga classes with them around town. Admittedly, I have never been to a class, but I have been wanting to – so soon!

Well, their amazing intern, Kiley, reached out to me a few weeks ago about running. They are looking to expand their platform a little bit more to the running front and to start group runs – so they’ve asked me to lead. I was so excited to get this ask and am thrilled they found the blog and my social media (I’m working on it!).

Here’s MY SITE (so cool!), and I will let you all know once I start to lead group runs. They will likely be in the Fort Point / Seaport area, and I would love to have you guys join, so watch out for those!  If anyone has pointers on leading group runs, please reach out to me and let me know – this will be my first go around with it all. I’m so excited about this opportunity though and for their belief / trust in my abilities – I won’t disappoint!

I guess I thought I had a lot more for ya’ll, but that’s about it for now. I hope you’re enjoying your Thursday evening. I just enjoyed a Talenti bar on the couch and am watching Shark Week!

Enjoy your weekend!

Any weekend plans? Have you led group runs? How boring are these posts without pictures? 

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USA’s Birthday

Well we’re back at work on this beautiful (?!?) Monday. I came home last night, turned on my computer, in hopes to potentially blog, and got the 3 beep from my Mac. The irony of the situation is that I had been trying to talk my Dad into getting me a new computer, just a few hours before…it’s like they know!

I spent the weekend at Devils Lake in Michigan. This is where my family has been going since I was born and it’s been a place for my family, for far longer than that. I LOVE going back, year after year, with various members of my extended family. We were lucky enough to have everyone from my Dad’s side this year, plus 4 significant others, giving us a grand total of 25. It’s such a treat to have everyone there and I loved showing it to Sam.

Paddleboarding on the Lake.

Paddleboarding on the Lake.

The days were filled with jet skiing, pontooning, lots of beer, some running, and just hanging out with the fam – something I don’t get enough of at any other time of year.

Lounging on the Lake.

Lounging on the Lake.

On Saturday, we went over to the Devil’s Lake Firecracker 7k. This was the 4th year for the race and the 2nd time I have run it. This year, I had my parents, sister, and two uncles join us for the run/walk. It was a great time had by all. The competition was tough this year, and I was able to manage a 4th place overall female, and 1st place in my AG with a 30:50, just about 20 seconds slower than last year. I haven’t been doing much speed work, so I’ll take it.

Family at the 7k.

Family at the 7k.

That’s all for now. I’m trying to plan out my fall / spring racing. If anyone has suggestions, let me know.

 

What’s on your race calendar? Did you run a Fourth of July race? What’s up for this week?

 

 

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Shopping Sunday

It’s Sunday, and I’m relaxing on the couch after a longggg day of shopping – life could be worse, we’ll just say that.

After a day of moving, Sam and I hit the road this morning for a day in Kittery, Maine for the outlets. It turned out to be a gross day, so this worked out perfectly. In only a few shorts hours, we managed to drop some $$$ and come home with lots of clothes and some stuff for the apartment – no complaints.

On the way back, we decided to make a stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for lunch and a little more shopping. This was followed by a stop at the New Hampshire Liquor Outlet, grocery, and then finally home.

To say it was a success, is an understatement. No complaints whatsoever.

In terms of workouts, yesterday I hit the bike at FlyWheel, and managed to put up 261 points on the Torq Board. I believe that was the second best showing ever. This morning, I went to Bar Method, for my 7th class. After 7 classes, I am absolutely loving it. I have until July 22 and I’m hoping that during that time, I’m able to crank out 20 classes. We’ll see if I get to that goal.

Hope everyone had an absolutely fabulous weekend.

What did you do this weekend? Where is your favorite place to shop?

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