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Way back on January 21st, I wrote about ‘to run or not to run’ the Boston Marathon.

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I said I would train for the Marathon and just take it day by day, week by week…

One thing was for sure, if I wasn’t feeling it, I wasn’t going to run the race. I was going to listen to my body and work with Coach Jorge to make sure everything was A-Ok.

January came and went… then February… then March…

my pace was getting faster, all while running longer… and swimming + biking

I never did more than 35 miles of running in one week… I worked my butt off all winter long…

I focused on where I was weak and did functional strength training for my hips and glutes. As a result, my knee pain that I had back in December has not been back to haunt me.

I have my asthma under control and I’m breathing better.

I feel powerful.

I used my recommendations from InsideTracker to make changes to my diet.  I’ve been supplementing with Vitamin D and Iron. I’m trying to sleep more in order to lower my cortisol levels.

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a comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.

this goes for life and triathlon.

but right now, I’m talking about life…

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When I was a young girl, I was a springboard diver.  I was fearless.  I suppose I am still pretty fearless, but it’s just different now.  As a diver, I would leap off the high dive, doing all sorts of twists, reverses dives, without a care in the world.. not even scared of what could happen if I messed up. I just went for it. Coach would tell me what to try, and I would just do it. Sometimes failing, slamming down hard on the water, but I got right back up there and tried again. I persevered.

All of those years diving is a metaphor that fits my life right now…

Jumping off that diving board was always a risk.  Trying a new dive, always a risk.  But you never know unless you actually go for it.  I remember my coach telling me that diving is 99% mental, and he was right.  It was so easy to psych yourself out of doing a dive.  If you thought too hard about it, Boom! you would mess up. I swear… the times I thought “I can do this” were the times I nailed the dive, and the opposite also applied.

Going through a career change feels very similar to trying a new dive. I am taking a risk, I am trying something new, a dive I’ve never done before.  I don’t know how I’ll land, or how pretty this all will be, but I won’t know unless I try. I am trying this new ‘gig’ because deep down in my heart, I know that I can do this, and the mind is a powerful thing.

I’ve been saying to myself for a while ‘dream big’ and now it’s time to walk the walk.

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change is scary… no doubt about it.

I’ve been pacing the house all week, my mind has been spinning, I literally can’t focus. I usually have my s*it together, but not this week.  What the heck is wrong with me?! I keep asking myself. Honestly, I’m a mess. ha.

today this change hit me hard…

March 31st, 2015 was a milestone for me. I dropped off my laptop, my iPhone, my iPad to my big corporate office.  I turned in my security badge and signed bunch of paperwork… then it was over. The job that will hopefully be my last ‘big corporate’ job, has officially ended. Just like that…

Part of me was left with those material items… leaving behind the comfortable and facing the uncomfortable head on. I’m not the same girl that walked into that office when I started, I’m stronger and more confident. I’m ready to try the high dive again… 🙂

 

Have you ever gone through a career change?

What advice do you have for me starting a new job?!

 

 

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Ugh.

I consider myself to be a very positive, bubbly person. Most of the time, I am happy and I mean that. I love to smile and I like to think that people enjoy being around me…

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being positive is a  great quality… but what you don’t know is, deep down I’m internalizing EVERYTHING. Things can get quite dark and dreary, but I tend to put on my happy face. I usually go days/weeks feeling great, just letting things go, until I burst.  Last night I had one of those nights where I just could not stop crying.

and it actually felt so good… 

I just have a lot going on right now and I just feel, well, Ugh.

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Here’s what’s on my mind…

… the asthma diagnosis let me down last week.

… my father-in-law had emergency brain surgery last weekend. he’s doing fine, and is in rehab, but it was very scary.. he fell off a ladder and had some brain bleeds.

… all of a sudden my confidence for running boston is dwindling…  the decision ‘to run or not to run’ is a cloud over my head. I have one more long run to go and I will take it from there. My body isn’t feeling 21 miles this weekend, so coach moved it to next weekend… my legs need a little break this week and I’m listening to them. I’ve been training hard and I don’t want to take any chances.

… I’m in the middle of a career change. I’m super excited, but I’m scared! Let’s be honest, starting a new job feels like the first day of school. Next week ends my time (hopefully for good) in a cubicle.  I start in two weeks at a start up company, in a role I’ve never been in before.  Change is good but scary at the same time!

… it’s been cold, wet and gloomy in Boston.  This week it was in the 30’s-40’s with NO sign of it warming up anytime soon.  Honestly, why do I live here? I guess we are in this ‘pattern’ and the meterologists claim we had kind of bad winter that lingers.. GREAT. Good thing for Vitamin D supplements.

all of the above is causing me to feel very stressed and down lately.

Sorry for all of the complaining, but I have to be real, this is who I am. I can’t sit here and pretend life is perfect all the time:)

thanks for listening! Please send you virtual hugs my way.

xo

Kristin

life

a transformation.

Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing…

 endurance, change, hope and life.

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I felt it was time for a change. It’s a new year, with new goals. Time to give my little space in the internet world a nice little revamp.  The perfect way reflect my previous accomplishments, my growth and the year ahead!

I thought long and hard about what could symbolize not only the season ahead, but my journey though life thus far…

Training for an Ironman last year left me with this powerful feeling that I can do anything I put my mind to.  It gave me confidence I never knew I had and quite honestly, it transformed me. I cannot help but think of the butterfly when it comes to these feelings. All of a sudden… I have wings. 

Here are a few reasons I associate with butterflies…

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follow your passion.

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I have always believed in fate.

I think that everything happens for a reason (sometimes, even the bad stuff) and I think that our experiences (good and bad) make us who we are. 

For the past eight years or so… I have had jobs that just didn’t feel like me. I have felt lost. Friends of mine had CAREERS and I just had a job. I was working to work, to pay the bills.. going through the motions.  Sure some of these jobs I actually liked (and some I didn’t). I liked the people, my managers, the culture, but the J-O-B was never something I was passionate about.  Most of these jobs have been in ‘corporate America’ and deep down I always knew corporate America wasn’t for me. I knew this ALL along, but yet I didn’t know what other options I had. There was even that time in 2008 when I left a corporate job to apply to Physical Therapy Doctoral Programs (which didn’t work out, obviously). Frustrated, I went from job to job, searching for the answer that I was never finding. Also frustrated because I know I have a lot to offer and I had not found my time to shine. I couldn’t help but think: If I could find a career that gave me the same passion & excitement as triathlon does, it would be a DREAM career!

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