In an effort to keep my privacy and to publish relevant content, I don’t often talk about my full-time career on my blog. Today, I’m opening up to share how a change in my career (and an international trip) will affect my training schedule. As a blogger, I aim to relate to the average person. I know many athletes have full-time jobs and other commitments outside of running. Sometimes those commitments require you to shift your training goals, and that’s okay. Change is good.
Since February 2013, I’ve been working at 360i, a digital advertising agency. We help major brands develop digital strategy, creative assets, relationships with influencers, etc. I’ve worked on both the Insights & Planning and the Influencer Marketing teams. It’s tough for me to remember my career before 360i, because that’s also a time before I started my blog (August 2013). I’ve grown by leaps and bounds in the last three years. I could never have imagined the experiences I’ve had.
About two weeks ago, I connected with a recruiter about a role at a company similar to but smaller than 360i. I agreed to an interview, so I could learn more about the opportunity. My first two interviews were last Tuesday. My second two interviews were last Thursday. Before I knew it, I was accepting an offer and submitting my resignation. I was thriled to be joining a new team but realized that timing wasn’t great. That’s life, right? It’s for good reason, though.
It’s customary to give two-weeks notice when leaving an employer. This week is Week 1. However, many of you know that I’m leaving for a week-long trip to Florence and Barcelona on Saturday. That should have been Week 2. After some discussion, it was decided that this would be my last week at 360i. Between packing and wrapping up responsibilities at work, it’s going to be a hectic week. When I return from Europe, I’ll jump right into my new job the last week of April. All of these things are exciting, but they’re also stressful. They’ll change my schedule in ways that I can’t anticipate.
It’s imperative to stick to a consistent training schedule while preparing for a major race. I had originally planned to train for a PR at the Brooklyn Half Marathon. While I’m in great shape coming off Ragnar SoCal, I can’t commit to training for a PR in Brooklyn. It would be unfair to commit to a consistent training schedule when my life is going through a major transition. I’ll still train as consistently as possible to prepare for the race. In fact, running is an important constant in my life. However, my goal is now to enjoy the course with a large group of friends. Change is good.
I was nervous to share this change in my training goal. I wondered if it would make me seem less dedicated. Aren’t fitness influencers supposed to be relentless? But I don’t care. Ultimately, I want to encourage others to set big fitness goals but to also practice self care. This is me leading by example. I’m excited to start the next chapter in my career. Until then, I’m off to Europe. Arrivederci!
Photography by Nick A. Urteaga