Time For A Change

I have a contradictory personality. I love to go into a day without a plan and call an audible that has us traveling two states over for an unplanned amusement park visit. I love to sign up for an entire series of races when I have barely been training. I even enjoy throwing in a surprise marathon with barely 7 miles under my belt in months. But I also find comfort in routine. I eat the same thing for lunch every single day, an apple with a spoonful of peanut butter. I rotate the same three t-shirts as night shirts. And I have had the same pre-race routine for the past ten years. The truth is I don’t like change much unless I am in charge. If there is going to be change I need to be the one that does the changing. So, last month when I discovered that Spark Running Store was closing, I was thrown for a loop.

If you have been following along, you know that I have been at Spark Running since September. I started working at the store as a way to get out of the house after 16 years as a stay at home and work at home mom and still stay active in the running scene. And I loved working there. I loved helping people find the right shoe for them. I loved talking about race nutrition and encouraging people to lace up their shoes and get out there. When I found out the store was closing I was gutted. What now? Would I have to get a “real job?” Would I go back to blogging and social media for Ann’s Running Commentary? Would I expand on the editing job I did with Chris Russell for his Marathon BQ? I was almost paralyzed with indecision.

Luckily, that didn’t last long because the owner of our local Fleet Feet was willing to take on a relative newby in the shoe fitting business. And better yet, he’s decided to let me put my social media experience to work. This week I start a brand new chapter of my life. I will be working at Fleet Feet Severna Park helping people just like I did at Spark Running but I will be tweeting, posting on Facebook and Instagram and working many of our social events for both the Severna Park store and the Annapolis Store. Suddenly life had gotten a whole lot busier. But it has gotten a whole lot more fun as well.