“Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”

I admit I’ve gone dark on blogging for two weeks now. I haven’t been lazy, I’ve just been traveling and immersed in my job. Yep, running actually isn’t my full-time job – shocking, I know! So, I thought this presented a great opportunity for me to give you all an inside look at what I do for a living.

I’m fortunate enough to work in the fitness industry, and a pretty cool segment of it. If you’ve ever seen photos of people crawling through mud pits, jumping over walls, climbing cargo nets, that sort of thing, then you’re familiar with obstacle course racing (OCR). HARD CHARGE is a national OCR event company and the first OCR-based sports TV series. And I’m one of a very small group of people who gets to work there.

As the PR and Marketing Director for HARD CHARGE, I spend most of my time working in an office like most people. But for about a week surrounding each event, I get to hit the great outdoors with my colleagues and become a member of the construction/event staff.

Taking a break from work - to do some work.

Taking a break from work – to do some work.

In a nutshell, we come to your town, build an obstacle course, put on an awesome event, film it for a TV show, then take it all down, pack up, and get back to reality (aka: the office) until the next race.

We just had our first event of the season last weekend, and have at least six more on the calendar this year. I love it, though it does require me to chill out on my need for routine, and work on my OCD. Because, in addition to my absence from blogging, it forces me to take off time from running. Aside from taking a trial run through the course prior to event-day (one of the best parts of my job!) I don’t get in any running while I’m working at events. Again, it’s not that I’m lazy and treat these trips as a vacation. I’m out there “swinging a hammer” so to speak; pulling down 14ish-hour days onsite. It takes a lot out of a gal! I save every ounce of energy I have so I can fully contribute to the team’s efforts. Everyone works so hard, I need to make sure I’m giving my 100% too. Running simply has to take a backseat.

Rather than worry about how it’s negatively affecting my training, I let it serve as a good reminder that taking off a few days from a workout program isn’t the end of the world. After all, life happens. Work comes up, family takes priority, a million things can disrupt our routines. But take them all as blessings and enjoy! All that matters is we get back on track tomorrow.

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