Helloooooo my friends 🙋🏻
My sincerest apologies for disappearing for the past few weeks, I have been adjusting to my new job, making great strides in my application process, AND decided to follow through with training for my 1st Half-Marathon!
1. My New Job
As I’m on my gap year right now, my original intentions to fill this time were to complete my grad school applications, continue my home-aid part-time position, volunteer at a Physical Therapy clinic for more experience, and hopefully travel a bit when applications are all done.
As proof of the extremely small world we live in, 2 months ago, my mom and I were roaming around lower Manhattan looking for a brunch spot. After peeking into 5 different places, we decided to go with The Grey Dog on Mulberry. Right as we walked in, my mom spotted my afterschool camp counselor from 5th grade whom I hadn’t seen for 10+ years. We all chatted for a bit while my mom and I waited to order until the waiter came over and asked if we wanted to all sit together. Not wanting to interrupt his meal with his girlfriend and friend (also another past counselor), I was about to say no, but my mom had already excitedly sat down. Turns out both he and his girlfriend were now physical therapists and the clinic where his girlfriend worked had a volunteer program!
A few weeks later during my interview for the volunteering position, I had anticipated meeting the senior therapist about volunteering. To my surprise, he told me that they had a PT Tech position open that not only would allow me to interact with the patients more closely, but would also be a paid position! Long story short, I accepted the job with alacrity. I have now finished 3 weeks of training and just successfully worked my 1st independent week!
The best part about all of this? I love my job. I say that with 100% genuineness. I have previously worked retail, food service, bars, and concert venues. Yes, they were all fun and were certainly drastically different experiences, but I have never eagerly arrived at work AND left work happily each shift, feeling like I’m constantly immersed with learning opportunities, until I started this Tech position. If all goes well, I will be continuing this job until I become too swamped with Grad School!
I plan on starting my DPT program Summer 2018, which means that by this December 1, I’ll have handed in all my completed applications. This process requires personal statements, supplement essays, filling out endless information about myself and past courses and finally the GRE. Thanks to my best friend’s help with editing and consolidating my ideas, I just finished my personal statement and one of my school’s supplement. Really makes a difference when you have someone helping to tell you that you blabber a bit too much and to focus on getting your point across in under 4500 characters 🤐
GRE wise, I just signed up for my 1st test for late September. This now gives me exactly 2 months to prepare for the 5 hour long test that I haven’t even begun to look at yet. So….. wish me goodluck!
3. Running, Running, Running
I am infamous among my friends for being a ridiculous klutz. I trip, fall, slide, and every other verb you can think of in many given situations. On Wednesday as I was running, at 3.6 miles in, the front of my left foot hooked onto the shoelace of my right foot and I proceeded to pretty violently scrape both my knees and ankle along the concrete. Luckily, there was a water fountain nearby and a kind biker offered a tissue for me to clean off the wounds. I hastily ran the 1.6 miles to get home and took the next day off from running. I have ran 3 more times since then at a slower pace and am slowly regaining my range of motion in my right knee.
As for the half-marathon, I’m planning on doing the Staten Island Half in October and have 10 weeks to begin training. Since I’m using the 12 week Hal Higdon Intermediate Novice program, I’ll start right at Week 3 on Monday!
My only main thing I’ve neglected and need to pay more attention to is better eating. With everything going on, I haven’t been getting a healthy balance of my food groups so I’ll definitely be fixing that up!
Again, wish me goodluck y’all!
Remember! Even when life is hectic and working out is the last thing you want to do, remind yourself how amazing you feel after each workout. No one else can kick you out the door but yourself, strive towards your goals because you are the only person that can make those changes. As #Buddha said, “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
I’ll be updating my blog more regularly now that everything’s on track. Hope everything’s going well with you guys ✌🏼️