Things to say:
1. LeBron: Bye.. I hope we win without you.
2. I want to run another marathon… which one should I run?
3. I am hungry.
Things to say:
1. LeBron: Bye.. I hope we win without you.
2. I want to run another marathon… which one should I run?
3. I am hungry.
As I have been getting up the past few mornings and making my way through the rain down Court Street, I was thinking… “Will my blackberry actually deliver me GOOD news today instead of the junk e-mail and coupons I recieve daily from places like Best Buy, Bath and Body and Express?” Not that I don’t enjoy those coupons or anything, they are great, but I have come to think of myself with my phone to be similiar to Pavlov’s Dog. Every time my phone beeps for an e-mail, I jump, get excited and frantically reach for my phone (if it’s not already in my hand). All I keep hoping for is an e-mail saying I have FINALLY landed an interview, someone wants to speak with me, anything at all besides a 2 for $20 3-wick candle at Bath and Body.
This morning as I was sitting in my psychology class, I saw my phone light up with a 614 number on it. At first, of course, I thought this is exciting maybe someone is calling me for an interview. Then it hit me, I called on about five different apartments last night and it was the realtors returning my call. Bummer. About five minutes later it lit up again, “Could it be? Eh… I’ll wait till class is over and find out.” Well much to my surprise, it was an employer who did want to speak with me, but for a part-time position, in a field that I love- obviously running. I guess this could mark another lap on the race to find a job. It is something and someone was actually interested in pursuing me AFTER reading this blog. =)
I believe that as the next few weeks pass and I go on the few interviews and info interviews I have set up, things will eventually make a turn-around and many positive opportunities will start falling into place (hey, I am being optimistic, its the only way to be).
Alright, the “living room” in Alden has been invaded by far too many people and it is time to make my way downstairs to print of 30 copies of my resume and new pieces for my portfolio. Adios.
It’s bittersweet. The ending of college and the start to the rest of my life… (or so I hope). I feel like just yesterday it was pouring down rain and my parents were dropping me off at Washington Hall on East Green Drive. After quickly building two loft beds, laying down a carpet, building a futon and putting the extra-long twin sheets and two memory foam pads on that dorm room bed, I was pushing the parents out the door and ready to go meet my floor mates. No sooner were Mom and Dad at the Ohio University Inn and I was meeting up with my best friend and a guy I went to high school with, along with his roommate and we were on our way uptown for the first “Athens” experience. I had freedom, no one was telling me what to do, where to go or what time to be promptly home. It was weird. Really weird. I was that girl in high school who always had the curfew, never rebelled, and rarely missed a day of school and suddenly I was on my own, able to stay out till 3 a.m. and come and go as I pleased. How does someone handle this type of freedom overnight? After about a week I started to get used to the fact that I was my own boss. After a quarter, I had it down pact. Now here I am, four years later and instead of setting up a loft and a futon, I am going to be undressing the double bed and moving out the couches, reverting back to the time where I had to be home by 12:30 sharp and always say where I am going and when I will be home.
In four weeks college is over and its back to the good ol’ homestead, unless this job market turns around. I have spoke with many of my fellow classmates and no one seems to have any idea what they are doing. Sure, there are a few girls and guys who have gotten lucky and landed their dream job. There are others that are up and moving to the big city they have always wanted to live in because they have the funds to do it. There are some who are almost there, so close and waiting on the offer letter and then of course, there are the others who are waiting for the perfect fit and moving home in the mean time.
As tough as it has been to find a job, I can’t complain that I don’t have ANY leads, because I do. I have been very lucky with the people I have gotten to speak with. Unfortunately, they can’t hire me right now nor do they know anyone else who is hiring. But I know it is great that I am meeting these people because who knows, two or three years from now, Alyssa from the Indiana Pacers may have something for me. Melissa from Octagon may have an opening or one of the many others may know someone, who knows someone, who knows of an opening at Nike and can get me my dream job. I believe everything is going to make full circle, eventually. Although I do not have my dream job (or any job) yet, I think it is important to keep looking and to enjoy the last four weeks here at OU. As someone once told me, “Trace Adkins was right, you are going to miss this.”
So all of you recent college grads who are worried about moving back home for a little bit or worried about not being employed yet, don’t worry, everything will be okay one day. But for now, take it all in and remember what it was like to be a freshman. Remember the past four years and think about how they have helped shape you. This is what is really important, remember these moments and good luck with everything in your future.
As I faithfully ran 96 laps (yes, 96) around Ping Center’s track last week… I realized that I must really have some commitment to running this marathon. 96 laps is just ridiculous! It was a 10 mile run, inside, on a 200-yard track. However, when it comes down to it- it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Sometimes I just have to take off running and keep going until I hit my goal. It may hurt along the way, I may lose sight of where I am actually heading or why I am putting myself through that, but when I cross that finishing point it all makes sense. I feel amazing. And I mean, I then have a significant amount of bragging rights towards my non-runner friends. 10-miles to them seems like a nightmare and I just completed it. I put a lot of work into training and I wanted my ending result to be worth it.
Oprah Winfrey said it best, “Running is the greatest metaphor for life. You get out of it what you put into it.”
She was right. I run hard. I play hard. I work hard. It all pays off. I think this can easily be compared to my job search too. If I try hard to find a job that I want, and not settle for just anything that is willing to give me a paycheck at the end of the week, then I will truly be happy and work hard to complete that job perfectly. This job search is starting to show plenty of similarities to my training too. When training for a marathon, it takes a lot out of me. A lot of effort and motivation that is sometimes hard to find on cold days, like today. But for every run that I complete, I feel a lot closer to running the race and a lot more confident to completing it in good condition. As I am constantly searching for a full-time job, I start to get that same euphoric feeling I do when completing a run. For every time I receive an e-mail, a phone call, an informational interview or a LinkedIn message back from a potential connection or employer I feel that I am one stride ahead in finding the right job. Sure, sometimes I start to feel discouraged about finding work that I will love going to every day, just like I get discouraged about finding time to train for this race. However, at the end of the day I know that with each step forward, I am closer to completing each goal.
Last Friday I went to an advertising conference put on by the Cincinnati Ad Club. I braved a snowstorm and long hours traveling to get there and back… but I feel it was very beneficial, and totally worth it. At this conference many professionals who work in the field of PR and Advertising spoke to the group of students about life in their jobs, how they got to where they are today and what exactly employers are looking for on resumes and cover letters. The most beneficial part of my day, that truly left me leaving in that euphoric state, was listening to the Keynote Speaker Matt Moore. Matt is a graduate of Xavier University and now works at one of the top ad agencies in the country, Wieden and Kennedy. He was very helpful in showing that I don’t have to be the absolute best person there is out there- but I should be committed to what I want and to chase after it because employers will notice that.
I got the chance to speak with Matt later in the conference and was lucky enough to have him offer me some advice. I am hoping this all pays off in the end by going to these events. I am making connections that hopefully will help to land me my dream job and that I will be able to give back to these wonderful people who have guided me along the way as well.
After reflecting on this past weekend, receiving some promising feedback via email and LinkedIn today and organizing my thoughts for some meetings later tonight… it is about time to psych myself up for this long run. I am going to go read some running advertisements now and hope they give me a little push to do about 120 laps today. Wish me luck…
Well, it has been almost a year but I am doing it again. The Athens Marathon. And no, I am not ducking out and doing the half. I did that last year, with VERY little training and trust me… 13.1 miles and no training=miserable. I looked back on the race photos thinking “Wow… that girl looks like she is struggling, possibly dying… oh, wait a second… thats ME!!” I ran 10 miles yesterday and today my knee feels like it is going to fall off. I think I need to start taking some vitamin supplements for my joints but I am not sure which ones to take. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Hopefully tomorrow will prove to be a little better of a day, muscle and joint wise, and I can get out there and put some more miles in.
Now, is it just me or do other people get really giddy inside and excited when you finally realize you are training for something real? Because every time I complete a long run, I realize I am one step closer to getting to my starting line for the Athens race on April 11, 2010. It pumps me up to know I am doing something so few others can speak of. No one really understands a marathon until they have run one, and it is such an accomplishment to share with others. I don’t care if you have run one marathon or twenty. You have experienced something a lot of people haven’t. If you have run one, I would be anxious to hear your story about the race! Please feel free to share it with me! (I mean, hey, it could help me in my motivational trek to get out the door)
Today is the day. The last day to register for a reduced price for the Athens Marathon and Half-Marathon. I have decided to not kill my body and simply compete in the half-marathon this year. As much as I would love to compete in a greater distance, I am not sure how well my body will be able to handle it. It is great to push oneself, but should never be pushed over a limit that is going to do more harm than it will do good.
The greatest distance I have run so far in my training is 8 miles. I know I can compete in the half-marathon with little to no problems, however, this time last year I was completing my 20-mile run. For some reason this past season, I was not able to gain the motivation I had last year in my training. I would love to keep up the distance running and compete in a marathon later in the spring, however, I do not feel that being a spring quarter in Athens (you Athenians and students know what I am talking about, its awesome down here) that I will have the time or dedication to set aside for 16+ mile runs.
This summer I am sure I will be way more into running and training. I am going to be a “Head of Fitness” director at an overnight summer camp in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. Last summer I had the unique opportunity to coach jogging at the camp and it was the greatest motivator of all. I trained 78 campers to compete in a 5K race at the end of the summer.
Things like that are sometimes the motivation one needs- its not always a movie or a quote that gets us going. It has to be something more. Hopefully I will be able to teach the running, coach and get kids motivated all while motivating myself as well to compete later on in Columbus in the fall.
Running is different for everyone and nothing ever sticks to plans. Things change, this race has changed for me.. As hard as it is to accept it, I know that the half is what needs to be done and that there is always next year to try again…
Lauren Miller, 21, is a Warren, Ohio native who has been running for about six years. I had the chance to meet with her over coffee one afternoon and discuss her running career, how it was started, how she feels about running in Athens, Ohio and if she has any advice for non-runners and runners alike out there on the streets.
Courtney: Lauren, I understand you are a runner.
Lauren: Yea, I have been running since I was about 15-years-old, I started back in high school when my friend got me involved with the cross-country team.
C: So you ran competitively?
C: Do you still? Was cross-country the only competitive aspect of your running career?
L: I compete in 5K races here at school, in Athens, but I do not run cross-country or track for the teams here. I am not really a competitive runner anymore. I do it more for leisure now.
C: Yea…I think that is what happens to a lot of runners once they leave high school.
L: Um, yea…I mean, I was never one of those runners who only cared about the sport and had to perfect my form and times with every race. I was the girl who just kinda did it for the fitness aspect, and that’s what I still do.
C: That’s not always a bad thing, some people look at that as like “Why are you in this race if you don’t care how you do?” type thing and I think its great. Competitive running isn’t for everyone.
C: You said you run 5K races here in Athens, have you run or trained for anything greater than a 5K?
L: Back when I was a freshman, three years ago, I trained with my friend for a half-marathon and ended up getting sick a few days before the race. Since then I have realized I am not a long-distance runner. I like the 5K and that is it! (Laughs) My friend has trained for a marathon and she is crazy I think. I’m fairly certain I would die if I tried that. But then again, maybe if I put the right training in and felt good about it all, then it could be done.
C: Marathons are a challenge, I have run one and I think I blacked out in the middle of it. I do not remember miles 13-17. I do know that the last six miles are the hardest six I have ever run.
L: I bet they are! That is insane!
C: Yea, I am going to run in the Athens Half-Marathon this year- I was going to do the whole but have not been training properly for it.
L: Yea that probably wouldn’t be good…
C: Ha ha, yea, probably not. So when you go running around campus and through the town, where do you go?
L: Anywhere. There are some routes that I know back from my half-marathon training days that go around town more so than campus, I kinda like those because they are away from the hustle of pedestrians and campus traffic. It’s more of an alone run…I like that.
C: That would be nice. Have you ever run in any of the state parks?
L: I went out on a run with a friend once and she took me to Sells Park. It was fun- we got to explore new territory aside from a residential neighborhood.
C: Yea you need to switch it up every now and then…Do you think that Athens is a good place for people to start taking up the sport?
L: Absolutley. I think that anyone can become a runner. It takes something more to become competitive, but anyone can really go out there and jog for a little bit.
C: That is true. It doesn’t take much skill. Do you have any advice for Athens runners before I let you go?
L: Well…um…I would just say that, like you said, it doesn’t take a whole lot of skill. It requires commitment though and if you can’t give it that, then you will be at a loss. Running can be great though and act as such a stress reliever. During finals week especially, it would not be a bad idea to go out for a run to just clear your mind. I’ll tell you what, next time someone is stressed, tell them to go for a run, clear their head and go. I can almost guarantee they will be hooked from there on out.
C: You are absolutely right! Thank you Lauren for talking to me today.
L: Thank you for having me and I hope someone is able to take something from this, maybe get someone hooked and a new runner on the streets!