Yesterday, I was offered (and joyfully accepted) a job as a Race Manager for the renowned Hermes Cleveland running company! I've been wrapped up in the application and interview process for the past couple weeks, and between that and the holidays, I really neglected the blog and have been a little absent on social media. I hope now y'all can understand why! This position is a dream job for me, and though I have always had faith and confidence in myself, it's still a bit overwhelming to have it actually happening!
What this means for Amanda
This job is going to keep me busy! I'll have a slew of races on my plate to manage myself, plus I'll be pitching in for other events and other business needs. Fortunately, it sounds like I'll still have the flexibility to teach my group exercise classes in addition to the full time job. With a salary coming in, I'll also be able to start looking for housing, to eventually move myself and my puppy into our own space once again. Once that happens, I'll finally be able to start settling back into actual habits and routines, which should allow for more "me-stuff" to occur.
What this means for Adventures with FitNyx
I'll still be blogging! However, since I will be working for a racing company, I likely will no longer be writing race recaps or reviews. Any review of a competitor's race (or even one of our own) can easily be viewed as heavily biased, and that would contradict the purpose of writing the review in the first place. Though I'd like to believe I will always write an honest, unbiased review, not everyone else will see it that way. Instead, I will likely start focusing more heavily on product reviews (and boy do I have a backlog that needs to get up soon anyway) as I move forward. I'm hoping to also have other non-race adventures that I can share, and perhaps once I've settled a bit, I'll have more time for researched discussion articles, but for the time being expect to see primarily product reviews and linkup posts.
What this means for my Social Media Accounts
You're going to see a lot of two things: race day photos from my events, and product photos (often with the #ad or #gotitfree tags). My goal is to keep as much of my posting interesting, honest, and relevant to my original audience without becoming overwhelmed with sponsored posts. I'll never tell you I liked something if I didn't like it. You'll never see me promote something I'm not actually using myself. If I wouldn't spend money on it, I won't tell you to, either. I'll still be posting group ex related things as well as general gym/workout photos. In fact, some of the products I'm scheduled to review are interesting bits of workout gear for which I'm developing workout plans. My YouTube channel will likely grow over the next few months as I start developing more video content in conjunction with trying and reviewing products.
What this means for YOU
Keep reading! Stay engaged! If you want to hear about something, ask about it. If there's a product you're curious about, let me know and I'll find a way to get my hands on it. Wanna run one of my races? Let's talk! I'll still be bringing the same energy and passion for the industry to everything I do - I'm just going at it all from a slightly different angle now! Also, if you're in the northern or mid-Ohio areas, and you'd like to host a race event, give me a call and I'll hook you up!
So what DO you want to see going forward? What are your favorite parts of the best race events you've attended? What makes or breaks a race for you? What are some of your *worst* race experiences, and what would have made them better? Gimme some ideas so I can start prepping for an awesome new career!