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“I'm gonna be doing a 5k in a few weeks but I don't run. I feel embarrassed that I'm going to be walking it while everyone else is probably running. Advice?”
Start some training now! Don’t go crazy over it, but look into Couch to 5K or a free 5K training app if you have a smartphone. You might not have time to finish the training program, but you’ll be better off than you would be without it! Or, find a friend who will sign up and speed-walk with you!
to the anon who is worried about their first 5K, don’t be! that was me in April participating in my first ever 5K without any training, no running nothing! Jog when you can, walk as much as needed and just have fun. The 5K’s I’ve been to have always had a great vibe around them and so take some time to enjoy that feel and people watch. If your 5K is timed, use that as your starting point. I use my first time as the one to beat in any others. Good luck!
“That's neat, have you ever visited before moving? my best friends live there and I'm up in dallas that's why I'm curious because if you haven't visited there's so much fun stuff and there's this park (that I can't think of the name right now) that I went to once and I saw your post about going on a walk and I feel like you'd love this park it's beautiful and I went there last time to watch the sun rise with some friends (but it's actually better to watch the sunset because it's facing west.)”
I haven’t been there, but my boyfriend and my roommate were out there a few months ago for a conference. They say it’s very similar to the city I’m from, so I’m excited. And there are parks everywhere! I’m hoping to have a big party in the Zilker Metropolitan Park!
Right now we’re looking at the northwestern area, kinda around what Google Maps tells me is West Lake Hills? But we don’t have an apartment there yet. We’ll be staying with a friend in Austin while we visit a couple places we’re interested, pick one, and sign our lease.
I work at PetSmart, actually. (Well, not right now, as I’m moving, but you know.) It’s the best job I’ve ever had. I work in the Pet Care department, which for customers means I get them fish and crickets and do water tests and help them find bird food. But I also take care of every animal in the store, treat sick animals, educate not only myself, but also co-workers and customers, and do a lot of cleaning. It can be very stressful, but it’s also very rewarding.
“If the happiness can happen easily by having sweet chocolate cake and ice-cream, why shouldn't we just do that everyday?”
If you want to, go for it! I adore chocolate cake (but only when it’s a little cold) and ice cream. In fact, if you’ve got a Coldstone Creamery near you, order Oreo creme ice cream with white chocolate chips, fudge, and brownie pieces. It’s to die for.
“HI! I loved your post about dancing on a budget! I danced through out middle & high school, mostly ballet but jazz, tap & modern as well. I stopped dancing regularly 2 years ago when I moved to college, & I became crazy busy and couldn't find a studio in town. I finally have found like 5 but don't know which one to go to! Any suggestions on picking a new studio? I'm always nervous going to a new studio bc I had a horrid experience in high school but I really miss dancing so I need to go back!”
Chat with the other students before and after class (and out of earshot of the teacher, if possible).
Take a look around the building. Is it clean and well-maintained or are the floors dirty?
Compare the things they offer. If one is closed all winter, maybe it’s one that should be crossed off the list. If one only offers tap and hip-hop but you love jazz, try to find one that offers a larger variety.
Look at their websites to see if they’re updated. There’s nothing worse than trying to find a class schedule and only seeing one from two years ago.
See if you can find a list online of notable students who went to the studio. If their students often go on to be company members or well-known choreographers, you’re more likely to have teachers who will encourage and challenge you.