In Case You’ve Been Wondering, I’m Still Alive&Well & Publishing Insanely Personal Health Articles

Helllllllooooooo followers! It’s been far too long! I’ve been crazy busy, and, as usual, I want to share all of my life updates with you guys.

First of all, though, I want to link you to another article I just wrote for VICE’s health vertical Tonic, one of the many awesome undertakings I’ve been engaging in lately! This article gets super personal, but, let’s ask ourselves, when do I not keep it real in my writing? 🙂 The article’s all about accidental pee when I’m killing it in my hard running workouts and how I’m not the only serious athlete who has this issue.

I don’t know what I got more out of when I was writing this article: learning about this strange condition that mostly female but also male athletes have to deal with during training, or proving to myself that I had a legitimate condition and I’m not a crazy person. Either way, it was super informative and fun to report on this topic. I just feel blessed that every day I get to do what I love for a career– so I hope that you have some fun reading this article, laugh a little, and that you learn something new too!

Speaking of doing what I love for a career, I finally did what I’ve been telling you guys I was going to do, because if Ally Spiroff says she’s going to do something, she does it. I’m excited to share with you that I made the move to NYC a little over a week ago!! I’m interning at Rodale, an amazing publishing company that I’ve wanted to work for since halfway through high school when I first took up serious running. I work as the Corporate Communications Intern, which means I have the privilege to work with all of the Rodale brands– including Runner’s World, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Bicycling, Organic Life, and Prevention magazines. Anyone who knows me (like you guys, my loyal readers since day one, do) knows this internship is an amazing first stepping stone for my career. I’m beyond stoked about it!!! I’m determined to show up at work every day, own the internship, show off the skills I have, help my coworkers in any way that I can, and earn my chops. So far, so good! I’m loving every single day, I get totally non-intern responsibilities all day every day, and I do them all to the best of my God-given abilities. In addition to my internship, as you must know based on this post, I’m still freelancing for VICE and working with my awesome editor there, who has so graciously agreed to help me develop and sharpen my reporting skills. She is the dopest!

The Concrete Jungle
One of many views of my brand new, XL playground. 🙂

Living and working in the Concrete Jungle is everything I’ve always dreamed it’d be and more. Everything about this city is one of a kind. You cannot get this feel anywhere else, this feel where everyone exerts a certain confidence and is striving to be their best self. It really is the best of the best: in design, fashion, food, art, and basically every other aspect of lifestyle.

Now, don’t get me wrong, moving to NYC isn’t without its challenges. Packing up my life, starting off my career on the right foot, leaving friends and family scattered all over the U.S., navigating the largest city in the country and one of the largest in the world as a resident for the first time, and not to mention knowing next to no one in the city isn’t exactly the easiest feat I’ve ever challenged myself to. In fact, I’d say it’s probably the hardest task I’ve ever taken on. It’s more than ok, though, because I was so ready for a new adventure and a really difficult challenge. I wanted to fly away from the Midwest and soar to new heights. It helps that everyone I’ve met here so far has been incredibly welcoming and helpful, despite the stereotype that New Yorkers are unfriendly. Everyone is just doing their thing, but it doesn’t mean they don’t help a new sista out. In fact, they’re the more open to chat at a bar or coffee shop than people I’ve encountered in any other city.

The confident vibe that each and every person here exudes has definitely rubbed off in just one week on an already confident me. I’ve never been more determined to be successful ever before in my life as I am right here, right now. I’ve also made sure, per my fabulously wise parents’ advice, that I take care of my health and well-being first, embracing the challenges one step at a time, and trying not to take on every obstacle all at once.

Now that I mention taking one step at a time, don’t think the move has stopped me from full-throttle NYC Marathon training. I mean, what better place to train for the NYC Marathon than in NYC? 😉 I’ve already joined a running team, which I don’t want to release the name of until it’s official. I’m enjoying meeting people through there and having very talented runners to push me again, an aspect of training I haven’t had the privilege of enjoying since I left my dear Chicago training buddies. It also helps to have people there that have accomplished the sub-three hour marathon feat, a goal I’m gunning for in the 2017-2018 marathon season. I have a laser focus in accomplishing that goal and the new NYC routes, gyms, and training partners have only fueled my fire! Working with and training with people that are more honed in their skills than I am is only motivation to be better. And I will be better.

I’m more driven than ever, but I’m also finding time to enjoy all aspects of NYC culture — art, design, fashion, and, of course, food. I even had time to find an awesome Packer bar where I can cheer on my team (and the ONLY team anyone should cheer for, HA) every Sunday with my fellow NYC transplant Wisconsinites! If you know anyone who lives in NYC that I can hang out with (hey hey, straight up advertising/admitting that I have very minimal friends here and I’m trying to build my social life from the ground up) or if you know of any amazing places an urban explorer like myself should check out, please, hit me up! Also, COME VISIT. I’m the best city tour guide!

Thanks so much you guys for the constant positivity that I receive on my website! You seriously have no idea how much I appreciate it and how much it inspires me. I’ll keep you guys updated on NYC life, and you’ll be the first ones to know when I have new work published. I hope whatever new challenges you’re embarking on at the end of summer/beginning of fall, because this time of year is always a time of new adventures in your life, you have that New Yawk (said like a true New Yawker) state of mind and you rock anything that comes your way!

As always, peace, love, and running (fast),

Ally Spiroff 🙂

Published by Ally Spiroff

I am Ally Spiroff, and what seems like seven short years ago I created a Twitter account, @runningforlife2. I tweeted how I felt and what I was doing. I tweeted about my greatest passion in life, running. I also tweeted about my other passions, food, music, movies, books, pop culture, writing, traveling, and life. Before I knew it, people (mostly those people in the running community but others too) began to latch onto my life. Then, I realized, “hey, this Twitter thing is pretty cool.” I get to write about what I love. I get to tell my story. The world around me, all of my people, get to ride along with me as I take on the world, one day at a time. People can watch me grow. I can watch other people grow. The Twitter handle has evolved into @allyspiroff over time. With it, the content has also evolved, but the same crazy woman is behind the content. :) So what exactly is my story? Who exactly is Ally Spiroff? I graduated with a Master's in Communication from Loyola University Chicago in May 2017. I was a Division I collegiate athlete there for five years, all four of my undergraduate and one of my graduate years. I graduated with honors in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s in English. In the winter/spring 2015-2016 due to a redshirt season of indoor and outdoor track, I returned to run a fifth year. Since I have always thought that it is more fun to jump over water and other obstacles than just run normal laps around the track and I like a good challenge, I am a steeplechaser by nature. I got to chase fast steeple times for one more season at Loyola, as well as run the 3k, 5k, and even the mile/1500 with my teammates that double as my best friends, sisters, inspirations, and the greatest people you will ever meet. Now, you might ask, how did I still run at Loyola if I graduated in the spring of 2015? I started the cutting-edge graduate program Digital Media & Storytelling in the fall of 2016 at Loyola. It was a two-year program, so I was blessed with another year at the wonderful Jesuit institution to finish up my Master's degree. After obtaining both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I have become an experienced writer and researcher. Through graduate work, I have become well versed in Adobe Creative Commons software programs, specifically Photoshop and shooting and editing video in Premiere Pro, and in Google Analytics, along with other search engine optimization tools. Through an abundance of internship experience, I became extremely proficient in news editing software programs. I have lots of experience in the newsroom and writing for news producers as well as out in the field on assignment and in working with a variety of people. My experience as an undergraduate and a graduate student while simultaneously being a Division I collegiate athlete on Loyola’s cross country and track teams as well as in a variety of jobs/internships and volunteer work has helped develop my confidence, drive, responsibility, time management, sense of teamwork, people skills, communication, troubleshooting skills, attention to detail, critical thinking skills, leadership, planning skills, and even a sense of humor. I also have extensive experience with all outlets of social media. As I mentioned before, I am an avid tweeter and Instagram user, with 1,450+ followers on Twitter. I have lots of experience with creating and building content for websites. I also run the website I created for my graduate school capstone project, titled "Wise Old Women." I am on Pinterest, Foursquare/Swarm, and Facebook as well. I wrote in the arts and entertainment section of my university’s award-winning newspaper, The Loyola Phoenix. You can find my running profile on the Loyola Ramblers website. You can find all about my collegiate running career on TFRRS. Of course, you can also catch me on LinkedIn. I am lucky because I get to tell people’s stories for a living online, through digital media and other means. Currently, I live in New York City and I'm the Digital Editorial Assistant at Runner's World magazine, and I'm a freelance writer for VICE's health vertical, Tonic. I really love life. I have big dreams. I do not know where my dreams will take me, but I am confident that they will take me far. I am an open book. I like sharing myself with anybody who wants to listen. I am enjoying the opportunity to further my education every day and perfect my craft. I love learning something new every single day about myself, others, and the world around me. Besides being a multimedia journalist and a city dweller, I am a literature (Hemingway and Plath are my favorites) and grammar nerd, a hippie, a music fanatic, a foodie, a concert-goer, a traveler, a huge sports fan, a fashionista, an art lover, and an urban explorer who likes natural adventures (like hiking up mountains in Alaska) as well. Wherever I go and whatever I do, I conquer it. I was born and raised in Milwaukee, though, and no matter where I go, I never forget my roots. Milwaukee will always be my city and where my heart truly lies. I have quite the eye for unique knick-knacks. My spirit animals are the grasshopper and the gazelle. When I take the Essential Enneagram Test, I am #3. I am a hard worker with relentless energy. I am everyone’s sister. I am nutty but in a way that I like it. I think that God is so good and we are blessed to get to walk this earth every day. I believe that every person has the right to be exactly who they are. I am dreaming big, with my head in the clouds, but there is still some common sense in there somewhere. ;) Turning over a new leaf in my life, at the start of grad school, I wanted to create a comprehensive website where I could connect you to all of my social media outlets. I will continue to share my running experiences and life journey through this awesome outlet we now have called the World Wide Web, and I hope that everyone continues to enjoy all things Ally Spiroff. Peace, love, and running (fast), Ally Spiroff

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