Did today fly by or what? I actually did a double-take when the clock read 4 p.m. Where did the day go? Oh, that’s right—I ran and swam this morning before I became wicked frustrated and discouraged during my job hunt.
Let’s rewind to last night first. For Meatless Monday, I originally planned to bake tempeh, but during my Trader Joe’s run, some biddie cut me off and proceeded to take the remaining three packages. Uh, rude. Girlfriend already had two, so why not share? I was peeved. Anyway, I ended up making blackened tofu and green beans.
Luckily, she left one package of tofu for me.
Workout #1 – Running
My day began with a 40-minute run. Before heading out, I looked at my workout schedule, and I couldn’t believe the last time I ran was this past Wednesday—yikes! Even though I anticipated heavy legs, I was pleasantly surprised; I felt fresh, rested, and fast enough to sprinkle in some fartleks. Afterward, I completed some upper-body exercises that will help to strengthen my “swimming muscles” like bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, and pushups.
A craving for eggs hit hard, so I made an open-faced breakfast sandwich.
Sadly, I used up the last of my Greenmarket spinach. Oh, well; I guess I’ll have to go again tomorrow.
While my breakfast digested, I caught up on emails and started poking around online for job postings. I haven’t talked about my job hunt at all because there hasn’t been anything to report. Even though I’m doing some freelance writing now (I wrote these three articles for SheKnows.com), I still need a full-time “big-girl” job. My friend Gabby wrote a really good blog entry about the current market, and basically what it comes down to is everyone wants an unpaid college intern, which I am not, or they want an employee with 3-5 years of experience, which I don’t exactly have right now. Anyway, after searching for an hour, I became really restless, so I headed over to Chelsea Piers to swim.
Workout #2 – Swimming
When I went to bed last night, I mentally prepared for two workouts today. Given my employment status, there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to workout twice a day, or at the very least, swim on a regular basis. Plus, since I did a bunch of drills with Andrew yesterday, I wanted to work through them a bit more. From my basketball and strength training background, I know it’s all about muscle memory, which can only be accomplished through lots of proper repetitions. Basically, hitting the pool 24 hours after working with a coach was a no-brainer. Anyway, as I walked into the pool, I wondered if I’d see Andrew, and sure enough, he was there working with another triathlete—too funny! (I’m hoping I got a few brownie points!) During my 40-minute swim, I revisited a lot of the drills Andrew showed me yesterday. It might be mental at this point, but I’m already starting to feel faster and more efficient.
After my swim, I was staving, so I whipped up a protein smoothie and chased it with plenty of water.
Today’s glass included one frozen banana, frozen kale, a few frozen blueberries, almond milk, and one scoop of Jay Robb egg white protein powder. I was still a little hungry, so I also ate a no-bake peanut butter protein bar.
It hit the spot!
More job searching ensued this afternoon, and I’ll be honest, it was quite depressing. There are a few career websites I consult multiple times each day, plus the webpages of big-time publishing companies like Rodale, Meredith, American Media, etc. I’ve started to think creatively, and I sent my resume and a general cover letter to a bunch of New York City-based fitness brands. However, for every unsolicited email I sent, there were easily five postings that asked for applicants with at least three years of experience. One webpage even said, “If you graduated in 2011 or 2012, you will not be considered.” Glahhh! So yeah, I’m feeling a little down right now.
How did you land your first job out of college? What did you do? Did you like it? How long did you stay there?