Wednesday, June 12, 2013

What I've Learned as a College Grad...

Being in my pseudo "real world," {at least that's how I think of it right now} has provided me with way more knowledge than I expected.  Here are the top 5 things I've learned so far:

1. It's okay to look young.  People always say how great it is to look young but I never saw it that way.  Now, when I tell people I just graduated (and have to clarify that I graduated from college, not high school) and they tell me I look 16, it's no big deal.  I do have to draw the line at being offered a kids menu {13 and under only?? oh please. }

2. Finding a job ain't easy. With a biology degree in hand, I'm finding that there aren't many entry level options out there.  It's all about finding connections and using them!  Which is very stressful and discouraging but you just have to have some faith I guess.

3. It's okay to work a job you may be over-qualified for. Money is money and when you've got loans to pay back, anything will do.  Making minimum wage isn't ideal but hey, it's a job and it will keep me occupied while I search for something related to my major!

4. Mentioning grad school to employers is a big red flag.  Yeah, saying you "may eventually pursue higher education" is not okay, apparently.  I'm still having a hard time agreeing with this but someday it might stick?

5. You will miss college like no other. Everyone has different college experiences but at least once a day I find myself reminiscing and missing the good ol' days at Virginia Tech.  Those were the best 4 years I could have asked for and I wouldn't change a thing about them.  

Thanks for the memories, Lane Stadium!

Julie & I in front of our freshman dorm door

That's all for now!  I'm trying to get back into posting more so hopefully I can keep it up :)

Friday, June 7, 2013

Oops & a running quiz!

Oops, I've been a really bad blogger lately.  Mostly because I don't have much to blog about being home and all.  I can pretty much sum up the last week and a half with a picture of my cat... so yeah. #postgradproblems
As some of you probably know, Wednesday was National Running Day which I had to celebrate!  Of course, I only ran once in the month after my half marathon so I'm no longer in tip-top shape which is a little frustrating.  It doesn't feel that long ago, but there is much that I lost in that time. 
That's enough whining, here is Hungry Runner Girl's running quiz from the other day!
1.  On average how many races do you run a year? I've only ran 4 races in my life... but I'm working on changing that ;)
2.  Head accessories, things you have to run with:  a hat, a visor, sunglasses, chapstick, sunscreen, head band, ponytail, braids, sweat band? I NEED a headband.  And my hair must be in a ponytail that isn't loose.
3.  Where do your workouts come from?  A training plan, a coach, whatever you feel like doing that day or what your training partner is doing that day? Usually whatever I feel like doing!  I LOVED training for the half: having a plan that I followed almost exactly {at least in the beginning} was great for me.  It kept me motivated and took away a lot of the mental battle I tend to have with myself.
4.  How many miles on average do you put on a pair of shoes?  I've never really kept track.. newbie runner problems.
5.  Cell phone=  do you bring it with you on your run or leave it at home? Bring it.  Use it for music and it makes me feel safer I know I have it in case I need it.
6.  What was your last running related injury or have you been an injury free runner? My foot started bothering me after the half but I never got it checked out soo I'm not exactly sure what it was?  I self-diagnosed myself with a metatarsal stress fracture but who really knows?!  
7.  Is your current running goal about running a farther distance (adding more mileage) or getting faster or BOTH?!? My current running goal is to get my mileage back up!  I wouldn't mind getting faster but I'm not really working on that.
8.  Speedwork—->  at the track, on the treadmill, on the roads or never do it? Never do it.  Maybe someday!
9.  Stretching after a run:  hit the ground after a run and get stretching, stretch in the shower, stretch once you get to work/school, skip the stretching? Depends how I'm feeling!   If I'm sore after my run, I don't usually skip the stretching.
10.  What was your reason(S) for starting to run?  Well, I had been eating nothing but candy and junk food during finals and when I got home for summer I decided I needed some sort of detox and started running!  It felt great every time I ran a little further and soon enough I fell in love! :)
Thanks for reading this far!  Or if you skipped ahead, I don't blame you :P  And I'd love to read your responses to this quiz as well!!
Happy Friday!!  Hope everyone has a great weekend :)