A Change Would Do You Good

Here’s another post title song reference for you (or Ralph 😉 ) to name the singer, lol!

So there’s been a few life changes happening over here in HellyLand with the biggest being a career change for me.

I’m excited to share with all of you that I am now a REALTOR!!!

I’ve written in the past about my tug-of-war with teaching and this last stint was the clincher in which I realized I needed to take a break from it. I absolutely LOVED being an English teacher, but the amount of grading was extremely taxing and overwhelming. And, the politics of it all (I’m in Arizona where we’re the last in the country for student funding) was/is disheartening.

I knew I still wanted to help people because that’s my jam, and I knew that I needed flexibility with scheduling because of my husband’s traveling andplusalso #kids…..I kept coming back to real estate.

It was 6 weeks of schooling, 2 exams, and a ton of money but now it’s official!!

Find me at Homes by Helly on Facebook:)

and at @homesbyhelly on Instagram

I even have my own Facebook and Instagram business page that you can follow if you want to see me looking like a normal person and not in sweaty running clothes, LOL. I feel so professional!!!

With all this newness, it’s no wonder my running has faltered. I’ve shared with you my recent struggles with my motivation towards training (or lack of) and I think it’s because I’ve been so focused on this career change. It does worry me, trying to balance it all, but I’m excited to try something different. If it means that running might need to take a back seat, I think I’m going to have to let it.

That being said, TOMORROW I REGISTER FOR BOSTON!!!!!!! I have a feeling this is going to re-ignite my running fire ❤

Thank you all for staying with me. I know I haven’t been very active here, but I appreciate you continuing to stop by and catch up:)

xoxo,

helly

–Have you gone through a major career change? Did you end up liking it?

–What tips would you give a new realtor? What are some things you liked/disliked about yours? 

–Did you catch the singer of this post title? Sorry if you’ll have this song in your head all day, lol!

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Slowly But Surely

Literally.

I’m trying to get back to my “normal” self, but that has been taking some time and has also meant me accepting my slower-than-I’d-like paces. I’ve gotten to be more okay with that, especially now that I’ve let go of that November half.

There’s been some runs where I’ve felt, “YES!!! My body remembers what to do!!” and then only to have a run where it’s been, “Why do I feel like I’m running through a mud pit? Is this a Spartan Race? Where am I?”

On the canal, Helly. You’re on the canal.

BUT, I did have a muddy experience during one of my runs a couple of weeks ago that didn’t surprise me given how I’ve felt whilst running.

#lulufail

This was during a group run for my local Lululemon store. Yes, I was wearing BRAND NEW LULU when this happened 😥

I had an 8 mile run this past weekend that I so badly wanted to do with girlfriends, one of which was moving away that day. But in my hearts of hearts, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to keep up. I knew that if I tried, I would have yet another miserable feeling run.

So I let them go.

And I ran by myself.

On the treadmill.

It wasn’t a completely horrible run. I managed to do my two fast miles (7:30, 7:25), but holy hell were they hard to do on that machine. The rest of my miles were at a much more comfortable 9:15 pace.

Anyway, so that’s where I’m at. Slowly, but surely making my way…

–Does it take you awhile to return to your “normal” self after a tough training cycle?

–Have you fell in mud while running? Only me? 

 

I’m Just Not That Into It

Pulling a Run Eat Ralph with my post title, lol (guess where it’s from!)

Anyway, it was short lived, but just like that, half marathon training is over.

SAY WHAT?!

In all honestly, I couldn’t get into it. I’d mentioned before how I’ve struggled acclimating to this heat (and I actually like hot!) and along with my extended Phoenix break (i.e. I’m out of shape), it’s required extra motivation on my part to get my workouts in.

And I just haven’t been able to muster any.

Where am I going from here?

Originally, I was training for a half marathon race I had never done before–3TV Phoenix in November. But I’ve decided to stick with my tried and true Scottsdale Half Marathon in December. I’m hoping familiarity, cooler weather, and more time to build a base will help make my mojo come back.

I’m not bummed, I’m not disappointed. I’m actually very happy with my decision. I don’t regret taking it easy after Phoenix at all. I knew I needed a break.

And now I know I need more time to get back into a rhythm:)

–Does it take a while for you to find your mojo after a big race? 

–Do you take breaks after goal races or continue training?