Saturday Thoughts … and a Big Announcement

Happy Saturday, friends–and woohoo for the weekend!  Any big plans?  First, I have to thank you for your thoughtful and amazing comments on my Nautica South Beach recap.  You know how to make a girl feel loved!  Since coming home Monday, I’ve been bouncing around all over the place, trying to play catch up, which means this post has virtually no structure.  Have to go with the flow, right?

1.  You don’t want to know what I would do to be back in Miami right now.  I would do the race again in a heartbeat—and partake in the post-race festivities.


Just taking over the hotel pool.  Hey, carbo-reloading while floating in a water sounds like legitimate recovery, right?

2.  Post-SoBe, my Full Throttle Endurance workouts have been a little easier this week:  low-key tempo work Tuesday and recovery indoor cycling session Wednesday.  However, I totally attacked the water during Friday’s swim, and not to jinx myself, but things technique wise seem to be clicking.  Like really clicking—guess who will be in the fast lane number one next week?  Woohoo for progress!

3.  This Facebook update from Brooklyn Cupcake totally made my Friday.


My love of cupcakes (and Brooklyn Hijinx) knows no bounds.

4.  And the big news:  I got a part-time job at JackRabbit, a New York City fitness store that specializes in all things running, biking, swimming, triathloning, and yoga-ing.


I actually held off on going public with this update for a while (shocker!) because I wanted to make sure it was A-OK with the company for me to mention this news.  You know how much I love JRab—remember when I went to the Craig Alexander event and bought my Saucony running sneakers?—so applying for a position seemed like a no-brainer.  Plus, since my current internship is part-time (and ends in May), I needed to make moves and lock down a steady paycheck. (Although it’s entirely possible my paycheck will go directly back to JRab—how can I say no to new gear at an employee discount?) Anyway, Friday was my first day, and it was great!  My coworkers are so awesome and friendly; I mean, they’re all runners and triathletes, so that’s not really a surprise.  And yes, there’s a learning curve, so even though I have to digest a lot of information regarding specific product features and general retail protocol, I’ve been around athletic apparel and bought enough gear over the years to know a lot about it.  And I feel very confident talking to customers about their fitness goals and figuring out which products they need.  I’ll definitely blog more about my experience as I gain–ya know–more experience.

Have you worked in retail?  What did you think?

26 responses to “Saturday Thoughts … and a Big Announcement

  1. Sounds like a fun job! I’ve worked as a waitress before, but never in a retail store. Tell us your funny stories!!

    • I love people watching (and talking to people, obviously), so this job is perfect! No funny stories yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

  2. Yay! That’s exciting! Guess who will be getting a tri bike at a good discount then?! Hehe, that’s what I do. I lead an all-women’s bike ride during the summer months in return for a sick discount and free maintenance at my local bike shop. Best deal ever!

    • Employee discounts are the best! I almost applied to a few nearby bike shops, but I definitely know more about running (and general triathlon stuff) than the nitty gritty of biking. Although I did help a woman pick out cycling shorts yesterday … 🙂

  3. Congrats on the job. Brilliant news!

  4. Sounds fun! You’ll learn a lot. I worked part time at a running store when I first got into marathon running
    Helped to be around like minded folks and the discount was an added bonus!

    • Very cool, Nicole! The shoe training won’t happen for a while (it’s the last training program I’ll complete), but I’m so excited to learn different types of shoes, runners, etc.

  5. Yay girl! Joining the part time sports store worker club. The discounts are what win you over.. let me tell you. Congrats!

  6. Working in retail is definitely not easy, BUT I will say that it’s a lot of fun if you feel passionate about the product or service you’re selling. Working at ESD today was fun, if tiring, because I love her jewelry so much! While working at Aeropostale in high school … not so much.

    • Ah, I remember Aeropostale! I went through such an Aero phase in 7th grade. The biggest challenge for me will be learning the ins and outs of the clothing, electronics, accessories, you name it. The general stuff is easy to remember, but the different features (and what makes one model different fron another) will be difficult to memorize. All in good time!

  7. Fun nothing like a gig where it’s related to something you love!

    • Right? While working yesterday, I couldn’t stop thinking about how lucky I am to have this job because it’s so much fun!

  8. Yay congratulations on the job!! I’ve never worked in retail but Mike worked at Old Navy for over a year, he actually liked it! The discount was pretty sweet too 😉

    • Oh yeah–the discount is a very nice perk! I’m excited to learn the nitty gritty of all the products. Like yesterday, I helped a woman who wanted to buy a wetsuit (so cool, right?), but I had to consult our wetsuit binder “Bible” because I don’t know the models, price points, etc. All in good time!

  9. Congrats on the new job 🙂 How exciting. I’m working at Whole Foods now and the worst thing about it is on the days I’m exhausted or in a bad mood. It’s much harder to deal with a rude customer on those days. I usually just try to keep it short and to the point!

    • I love Whole Foods! Patience isn’t exactly my virtue, so hopefully I can keep things pleasant and to the point on those inevitable off days.

  10. Congratulations on the new job! That will be right up your alley!

    • It’s been great so far! I mean, I’m basically talking to runners and triathletes, so what’s not to love? 🙂

  11. Congratulations! You’re so personable and knowledgable that I know you’ll do a great job.

    Plus, you won’t make stuff up. I was in GNC recently and I could totally tell that the employee was BSing me. But you compete (and kick ass!) in triathlons, so you definitely know what you’re talking about. Congrats, Carrie!

    • I’ve been having so much fun so far! The other day, I helped people pick out gels and nutrition for the upcoming half marathon. Sometimes fudging is necessary, but straight up BS-ing isn’t cool.

  12. Congrats on the job! That’s so exciting and awesome that you get to work in the fitness field!

  13. This is why my hubby doesn’t want me to work in retail….discounts on all things. Congrats!

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