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!
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 🙂