Weekly Randomness

Today’s randomness post is sponsored by Hurricane Dorian who is making me obsessively check the weather for later this week since I’ll be in Ocean City.

-I AM A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER.  Yes, after spending most of my summer evenings studying, I have officially passed the NASM certification exam.  I took 2 practice exams and the online final exam earlier in the week and earned grades of 90, 94 and 91 respectively.  I don’t actually know what my grade was on the certification exam as it’s just pass or fail, but I’m excited to have passed!

-I legit almost had a full blown panic attack on my way to the exam.  Jason and I had driven to the location a few weekends ago so we would know where it was.  Apparently our GPS decided it wanted to go a different route Saturday morning which would’ve been fine had it not taken us to a dead end street (while telling us to make a left turn off said street) in a very shady part of Harrisburg.  I quickly pulled out my phone’s GPS which got us back on track but I was so paranoid of being late to the exam I was nearly hyperventilating and Jason had to rub my back to calm me down.  I was grateful I recovered well enough to not have the incident affect my exam.

-I plan to now enjoy my vacation week before diving into the NASM group trainer certification.  That is a shorter course and I believe the final is online and won’t require going back to Harrisburg.  Then I shall decide what exactly I’m doing with this new career path.

-I finished Run Less, Run Faster and returned it to the library.  It was the first training focused running book I’ve ever read.  I was curious since it advocated 3 runs a week and I already do that as my default.  I think for anyone who is set on achieving a specific time goal it seems like a solid plan to follow, and my running friend Todd shaved 15 mins off his marathon time using it.  I’m fairly certain I couldn’t adhere to such a strict plan particularly for 12 weeks given the paces are so intense.  I think it’d take the fun out of running for me.  That said, I did like the speed workouts it listed and whenever I decide I’m in good enough shape to go for my lifetime 5k PR I may incorporate some of those into my training.  Oh I also thought it was rather skimpy on the sections about cross training (I’m not biking on roads and don’t have access to a pool), strength training and nutrition.

-After about a month of wearing them, I don’t hate my new Brooks Ghost 11, but I don’t love them like my 10s.  Twice now I’ve gotten hot spots on the bottom of my feet though I don’t know if it was the socks rather than the shoes.  I also find they grip the back of my ankle slightly different and I’m not a big fan.  I know the 12s are out but apparently the Brooks distribution center is relocating and my local running store has had back orders waiting from them, so I was content getting the 11s.  I now wish they had still had the 10s in stock.

-I ran 8 miles yesterday, the longest I’ve ran since mid April.  It was actually the same course too which I didn’t realize until I checked my log, and I only ran 2 minutes slower than in April.  Jason ran about 6 minutes faster than me.  He’s running well and I hope he races well on Saturday.

-I am now done procrastinating and plan to go pack now.  Unless Jason wants to watch another episode of 13 Reasons Why.  When did I become such a slacker with packing?

Stay safe this week my east coast friends!

Are you in the path of Hurricane Dorian?  What running training books have you read?  Have newer models of your favorite shoe left you disappointed? 

About TracyNicole

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental advocate. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights. Inspired by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Elon Musk.
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4 Responses to Weekly Randomness

  1. Congratulations on passing your exam! I read Alex Hutchinson’s book, Endure recently and really loved it. My post on it is here: https://wordpress.com/post/runningtotravel.wordpress.com/13568. I’m in central NC and we’re right on the cusp of Hurricane Dorian’s projected path, but at this point, who knows. If we’re lucky we’ll just get a bunch of rain and strong winds with minimal flooding, but if it turns just a little to the west, we could have it go right through us.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Thank you! How did you fare with Dorian? My sister and brother in law were evacuated from Salvo in OBX Tues. at noon after arriving Sun. morning. OC was fine Tues. and Wed., overcast and a bit cool on Thurs. so we visited Berlin that day then had some rain when we left on Fri. On Thurs. they put barriers up at the boardwalk to help with the winds to keep sand from blowing onto the boardwalk. The surf definitely looked rougher that day as well.

  2. Dorian was just some rain where I live; no flooding even or downed trees. I couldn’t believe they actually closed schools for two days. We’ve had much worse from just bad thunderstorms honestly. I think Dorian was a bit unpredictable and the school officials were erring on the side of caution, at least in central NC, where I am.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Glad to hear your area wasn’t negatively affected. That’s really surprising schools were closed though I agree it seems like everyone was erring on the side of caution and it seemed like Dorian’s route was really hard to predict.

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