Mile Repeats & Life Changes

One thing I like about blogging is that it holds me accountable. In my last post I said I was going to do some mile repeats, but they were the last thing I actually wanted to do as I set out on Wednesday morning.

But then I thought how nice it was for you guys to wish me luck on them and give me thoughts on other speedwork, and I wanted to report back on a (hopefully) successful workout.

I’d say it was somewhat successful. The repeats felt good, which means I didn’t push myself hard enough. I’d like to get these down to 7:20 – 7:30 miles, and really think what I need to work on most is getting comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. I’m glad I got this workout in though, because it gives me a benchmark for how hard I’m going to have to work next time!

I’ve been keeping a secret…
On November 6 I didn’t just run a marathon. I was also anticipating some news – either very good or very bad. Talk about crazy, roller coaster-like days.

(I finished that bitch but it wasn’t pretty)

So as I sat at my computer awaiting this news – uncomfortably, as I was chaffed within an inch of my life, my IT band throbbing and my legs so stiff I don’t think I could have gotten up if my apartment caught fire – I hoped for something good to soften the blow of the marathon disappointment.

And exactly at 7:00 p.m. I found out I was accepted to the NYU Dietetic Internship, the one I wanted so badly to get into.

HOORAY! I really wanted to shout it from the rooftops.

But I didn’t, because I wasn’t sure what to do about my job situation and I didn’t want to jeopardize anything before I had a game plan. The internship starts at the end of January, but since the first half of it is academic (so three classes at night and a recitation on Friday morning), I decided to keep working full time. The classes will be more challenging and take up more time, but I thought I could do both until July, when I’ll be placed in a hospital for the clinical portion of the internship and would have to quit my job.

So even though I had this exciting news for months, I haven’t been able to talk about it because I wasn’t ready for my work to know that I would be leaving in the future.

My job is pretty demanding, and I’ve been stressing A LOT about how I was going to be able to do well in my internship classes and do well in a gig that is anything but 9-to-5.

Very recently, I had an epiphany of sorts.

(proper “epiphany-like moment” photo)

I came back to work from my vacation and just thought, “Ok, enough. I’m done.” 

And that was it. I got an additional student loan, secured a part-time job, did some financial planning to make sure I wouldn’t end up homeless before the end of the internship and gave notice to my firm.


So in the course of about a week, I’ve basically changed my whole life around. I’m not a spontaneous person AT ALL, but once I put my mind to something important like this, I do it and I don’t turn back. I think the last time I made such a change, I moved to NYC from Boston not knowing a soul. And look how that turned out!

(appropriate, yeah?)

Sure, it’s scary that I won’t have a salary, my health insurance won’t be as great and I’ll be slightly more in debt to Uncle Sam when I graduate, but sometimes you have to take risks in life and just hope they work out.

So here’s to hoping, following my gut and the fact that I can’t stop smiling about what the next year holds.

Question: What was the last big life change you made?

48 thoughts on “Mile Repeats & Life Changes

  1. sofia

    AMAZING NEWS, kelly!! AHHH. I am so excited for you! Yay for the internship you want and leaving behind a job that no longer suits you. This is awesome :) Celebratory run soon? Preferably before the end of the month before I move out of the CP running area…

  2. Lauren

    Ahhh! Congratulations Kelly! That’s so exciting! I’m happy everything is working out for you – AND that you were brave enough to take a risk to make this happen. When’s your last day at your job?

    Good luck with the start of the new part-time job and your internship! And congrats again!!

  3. Jess

    Congratulations! I am so excited for you. You’ve worked so hard—you deserve it : )

    The past year has been big on the life change front for me as well—I’ll also be starting a dietetic internship soon, but I also went through a breakup with a long term live-in boyfriend and have been sorting through some romantic unfinished business in another corner. I know that endings are generally regarded as sad, and sure, there have been a few rough days, but overall, it all just feels like steps toward a new, better life, signs that I’m on the right path.

    1. Anonymous

      Thanks Jess!! You’ve had a lot going on lately too and you’re so right – ultimately the change is good, even if some parts suck. Excited to hear how your internship goes!

  4. Michelle

    Congratulations! You must be so happy about the internship!! I am also in grad school and I am interning this year. Last summer I got the chance to work in the field I am in school for but it meant I had to give up my office job where I had worked for 6 years. It was only a summer job though and I had no clue what I would be doing in the fall. I ended up making several connections at that job and have been working part time since the fall in my chosen field. I have always chose the safe route so this was a huge leap for me. Although it was very scary at times it all worked out. I hope the same happens for you!

    1. Anonymous

      Thanks so much! I truly believe that “it all works out in the end” if it’s meant to be and if we put our minds to making things happen

  5. Sarah

    How exciting!! The last big life change I made was moving states to go to college. That was definitely a big one. Best of luck! Sounds like you are so happy!

  6. Anonymous

    Congrats! That’s awesome how things have worked out for you!

    Also nice job on the mile repeats! You can totally get them down to 7:20 :)

  7. geekgirl

    Congratulations and good for you taking risks.

    My life has been the same for years. I haven’t moved or anything. If I can stay healthy this year there will be a couple of life changes coming though. I’m really afraid of change, though.

  8. Tracey Leffler

    Congrats on the internship! You are going to be amazing! And considering you are coming off an IT Band issue, your mile repeats are great!

    A big life change for me was deciding to come to Boston for college and I guess it worked out as I still haven’t left.

  9. Betsy

    People I’m jealous of: you.
    I’m so excited that you quit your job!!! And you got the DI! Fingers crossed I’ll be in your position in a year. :)

  10. Katie

    Wow, congrats, Kelly! That is soooo exciting! It is definitely scary to take those types of leaps of faith, but whenever I have taken ANY leap of faith, it has paid off in the long run! Very excited for you! Good luck and I look forward to hearing more! :) (Nice running, too:))

  11. Elizabeth

    Oh wow! Right before Christmas vacation I had had enough at work, like yours its demanding and stressful and I have very little interest in what I do. I made the decision to quit my job without another job on the horizon. My last day is in 7 days, this weekend I’m moving out of my place, I subleased my room and will be crashing at my boyfriends for a couple weeks to see if I can land a new job out here. If not, it’s possible I’ll move back to Arizona working part time for a place I used to work and live with my mom. I too had to follow my gut and hope my feet land firmly in a happy place. :) best of luck!!

  12. AmandaRunsNY

    Congratulations Kelly! This internship is so worth all of those sacrifices and I’m so excited for you! My last year of grad school, I decided to forgo working too (even though I had a great internship that paid well) and it was completely worth it. I passed my CPA exam before even starting my job, and I was really able to focus in my classes instead of stressing about getting all done. Also, I got to do some running too, which is always cool.

  13. Kimra

    Oh my goodness, what big changes! Congrats on getting a killer internship and having the guts to change your life around to make it awesome. It sounds like you’re in a good place and setting yourself up to kick ass in your career.

    And great work on the repeats! I know what you mean about getting comfortable being uncomfortable — pushing yourself is hard!

  14. Danielle

    How exciting! I know this might be cliché, but I really do believe that things happen for a reason and following our heart is always the way to go. I’m sure that this will work out for you. Even if it’s not the way you imagined. Good luck, girl. And way to rock those mile repeats!

  15. Aron

    That is SO EXCITING!!!! CONGRATS girl! Chris did something similar last year and it was scary but so awesome. Somehow things just work out… you are going to be so happy :)

  16. Leashieloo

    Wow, major congrats on having the courage to make a change like that! I would love to throw caution to the wind and shake things up, but I am too fearful and have too much going on to do so…

  17. Kace

    Congrats on getting the internship! Do what keeps you calmer and doesn’t worry you sick. It’ll be a tricky few months but if it feels right, follow it! So exicted for you :)

  18. michelle marie

    kelly, wow. congrats! you’re incredible. i’m so, so, so happy for you– awesome proof that YOU make your life, and if you want it to be awesome and kickass, it sure as hell will be! :)

  19. Corey

    Congratulations, Kelly!!! That’s a huge accomplishment! You work so hard and I’m sure totally deserve all the great experience it will give you. Those kinds of decisions can be hard to make, trying to figure out money and what’s going to work out best long term, but I also believe in listening to your gut and knowing that you will make the right choice. Congrats!! I hope you did lots of celebrating for this :)

  20. Sarah

    That’s so amazing Kelly! Congratulations! I’m so glad that you got the internship that you wanted, and even more importantly, that you’re living life the way you want to. It takes so much courage to make a big change like that. Hooray for you!

  21. Meggie

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Now, here’s what I need you to do. After you complete your internship and become an RD, I need you to write a book on nutrition that then includes that chocolate is, indeed, a health food. As well as frozen yogurt. Deal? YES!

    Last big life change? Deciding to go into OB/GYN…

  22. Anonymous

    Congrats! I am so proud of you for making this awesome, exciting, slightly scary change. I think you’re going to be really happy :)

    Also, nice mile repeats!

  23. Kristy

    Hi Kelly! This blog post made me so happy. I’m thrilled for you. It takes so much courage to take a leap of faith and you are moving on to great things. I’m excited to hear more about your journey along the way. Best of luck to you! This gives me hope that these sort of life changes can happen if we put our minds to it. Thanks for the bit of inspiration.

  24. Grace

    Good luck! You’re going to be amazing at your internship! The last big decision I made…not so sure but big decisions are coming since I graduate in May and have to figure out what I’m doing with my life??? It’s pretty scary…

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  26. Anonymous

    Congrats, what an amazing accomplishment. That’ll be a great career.

    What a huge life change and I admire your gutsy decisions!

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