Before I explain to you why I would be a great addition to your team, let me give you a brief background of how I ended up where I am today.
Exactly three years ago, I was getting ready to return from Iraq after my third deployment with the US Army as a Captain in the Military Intelligence Branch. I had spent the last 15 months tracking, analyzing, and targeting the enemy networks in Baghdad. It was the most rewarding job I had ever had. I had made the decision to leave the military upon my return from Iraq – I wanted to settle down, start a family, secure a high-paying job in the business world, and be physically close to my sisters and parents after 10 years of living far away.
Shortly after, I began my new life with a great-paying job in NYC, I was living on the Upper West Side in a gorgeous apartment with my sister, and I had the freedom and luxury to run whenever and wherever I wanted.
Fast forward to today.
I am a happy stay at home mom to my 1 year old son, AJ. Shortly after he was born, I made the decision to stop working. I knew that if I had to be away from him for any sizable chunk of time, it needed to be for something I loved, something that truly made me happy. The job I had was no longer fulfilling. I didn’t wake up every day excited to go to work. I had NO PASSION for what I was doing.
This past year has brought me a great deal of clarity with what I want to do with my life. Hearing that I was an inspiration to friends, family, and even strangers when I was still running at 9 months pregnant made me happy. When I am asked questions about running, training for a specific race, exercising through pregnancy, or just staying in shape, I get beyond excited. I LOVE helping friends and family create goals and training plans for races – ranging from 5k to marathons.
So why not pursue what I love…what makes me TRULY HAPPY? I am going to be a certified running coach (offering both online and in-person training) and a fitness counselor/trainer for women before, during, and after pregnancy.
Since that point (roughly 4 months ago), I have been working towards my goal: I started this blog, NYCrunningmama. I was chosen to represent Staten Island, my hometown, in the FootLocker 5 Borough Challenge at the 2011 NYC Marathon. I ran my first ultra 10 months after my son was born. I am a FitFluential Ambassador. I am a PowerBar Team Elite Member. I will be an RRCA certified running coach and have my AFPA Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist Certification (both by the end of March).
I know that there are many others with a similar resume. I know that I am not the fastest runner or the most experienced coach/trainer available.
So why pick me???
You want to pick ME because I
can WILL relate to your readers. I prefer reading blogs, articles, or stories from females that I connect with – females that “get” me. Yes – having certain credentials is important and necessary. I know that I have (will have) them. But ultimately, what makes readers come back is the connection they feel with the writer.
- I understand what it takes to raise a child, have a family, cook, clean, perform everyday chores, have a part-time job…while fitting in workouts. I have learned to be flexible. (Learning to Love my Flexible Running Plan)
- I understand that we all don’t have the ability to be elite runners and “just train” for races or events that we want to compete in. I’ve learned how to make every mile (and minute) run mean something. (Marathons + Moderation)
- I understand what it takes to stay fit through pregnancy and the benefits to keeping your body healthy during those 9 months. (Running through Pregnancy)
- I understand what it takes (and can vouch that it’s possible) to train for a marathon AND ultra marathon while exclusively breastfeeding a young child. (Nursing and Ultras?!?)
- I understand time management. I was able to train for my current marathon PR (Boston 2009) while I was deployed to Iraq and working 15-18 hour days, 7 days a week. (Running in Freedom)
Although I’ve only been blogging for a few short months, I have already received so much positive feedback from readers. These women have commented on my blog or emailed me directly – telling me how helpful they have found my posts, my opinions, and my training.
I know I would be a great asset to your magazine and would love the opportunity to show you and your readers!
Thank you for taking the time to read about me, my background and what I hope to provide YOU, your readers, and your magazine!