Fun news and some changes to my life. An update on running, working in fitness, and some questions for you (my sounding board) on possible next steps.
Less running more cycling.
Never thought I’d type those words. A while back I wrote about running with Up And Running Again, a charity program training at risk youth to complete a half marathon. It was going great in the summer. I was running 3 times a week, leading stretches, getting to know the kids.
Then school started.
They switched practice to the AFTERNOON. Southern Californian natives have another term for this time of day. We call it “hell fire.” So combine that with the logistical fact that being a one-car-family prevents me from meeting the group at 3 PM midweek, I haven’t been running with them.
Or much at all. Because I started a new job. And I ride my bike to get there.
Welcome to Lorna Jane Active.
I ended 2013 with a lot of great new blogging income and thought 2014 would be the same. Nope. So push came to shove and I got on craigslist to look for an easy part time job. It had to be within biking distance. Preferably something health/fitness related. Guess who was hiring?
The nearest Lorna Jane store is 2.4 miles from my house. I’ve never worked retail before but I figured…how hard can it be? I saw the job posted on Thursday, went in on a Friday, got an interview for the following Wednesday and found out I was hired Thursday. BOOM!
It was really that fast. That easy. That is called God’s blessing, for sure. Having even a small regular bit of income has greatly reduced stress at home but still allows me to work on blogging, run coaching, and hey…maybe even afford a few other things.
Back to Bike Commuting
I have a new schedule based on the shifting hours of a retail job. Some days I make dinner at 9:30 AM because I won’t be home until 9 PM. I have to be a lot more choosy about what I can take on with the blog as well.
We’re still committed to being a one-car-family for now so I bike to work. Often it is 2.4 lovely miles in the early hell fire (afternoon). I try to go slow so I don’t get too sweaty. Do you know how difficult it is to ride a bike slowly? I didn’t until now. Frustration nation.
Aside from my inability to bike at a leisurely pace, I am glad for the bike commute. It makes me feel less guilty about not running as much.
The Mox Around The Block
When life is in transition, it takes a while to find out where running fits in again. I know that seems backwards, but it’s true and I’m just now figuring out how it will work.
Running can now resume in the AM and will incorporate taking “The Mox” around our block. Right now, I can start my day by taking Moxie for a warm up jog around the block. Then, if I need more running I can crate her and go back out.
Moxie’s walking on-leash training has been difficult. The good news is that if we jog with her, she does better because she has fewer chances to get distracted by things as we pass them.
She’s 6 months old and 40 lbs and already needs to be walked/exercised at least twice a day. I have AM duty and J has PM duty. One jog around the block is .75 miles and barely work for her. We don’t run her hard either, in case your concerned she’s too young. She’s lightly jogging at best. She runs harder chasing her wubba around the house.
The Busy Chapter
Okay so I’ve clearly turned the page into a new chapter, or a new season. I expect a lot of positive things this fall. I also expect to blog less and take less campaigns. I expect to finish hosting Run This Year for 2014 and have it end with a BANG, but have no plans for 2015.
I also struggle with things I wish I could add into my life but I know I don’t have time for that right now. I wish I could:
- Use some of my new income to pay for a personal trainer certification. Or group exercise?
- Use some of my new income to join a CrossFit gym again. I miss it. A lot.
- Train for a marathon. I want to set a goal for 2015 but I’m not ready for that commitment.
- Create a self-running site for Run This Year so I can host 2015 with less of a time commitment. Namely, something that creates mileage reports for me.
- Turn my faith and fitness curriculum into an online program. I’m running my second group at my church again this fall. Starts in two weeks. GAH!
What do you think?
If I were to start a personal trainer or group exercise certification program in January (when I have more time), which would you recommend?
I want to improve what I can offer as a run coach. I want the education/certification to help me build the faith and fitness program (women’s small group training). Also, I could potentially train clients out of the Lorna Jane Move Studio if I were certified, getting more experience as a coach.
How do you manage expectations when your life gets busy or your schedule is in transition? I usually ask my husband what he thinks and he normally says I’m overcommitting again and I need to cut some things from my to-do list.
Does running/exercise remain constant when your life is in transition, or does it have to float with everything else until it all falls back into a new routine? I feel like I should keep running a constant but my relationship with running doesn’t quite work that way.
Making a Run This Year user site that auto-generated mileage reports costs money. Is the growth potential of this small online community I’ve spent two years building worth the investment?
Creating an online faith and fitness program would be a big undertaking, but something I have a lot of passion for. Is there a place for something like this online? Should I start with an eBook/workbook?