Friday Free-For-All – 08/14/15

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Remember how I’m gonna be on live TV on Monday? Well, it turns out I WILL actually be performing one of my songs, as well as a group number. Yikes! But this is good news because they usually put the segments on the website, which means I can share links with you guys and you can actually see me sing! Cool, right?

I may ditch run club tomorrow and do 7 miles solo instead. I love run club, but attending Saturday morning runs means splitting my long runs up into two chunks. While this is a great mental break and I love seeing my friends, I worry that not doing my long run mileage all at the same time is bad training for a half marathon. I don’t want to get used to having a big break right in the middle of my long runs. Every once in a while I just need to do them all in one shot.

I have a 12+ hour rehearsal on Sunday.  “Tech rehearsal” is the first rehearsal where we add all of the technical elements to the show–lights, sound cues, microphones, and in the case of this show, projections. We’re using custom-designed projections instead of any set pieces, which is REALLY cool, but will also take a lot of finessing to get right. It may be a looooooooong day. I plan to bring plenty of snacks and wear comfy clothes. They’re also buying us dinner, which is super nice.

In light of all of the above, I think a nap is in order tomorrow. I can’t remember the last time I took a nap, but I think one will be necessary tomorrow. That is, after I run 7 miles, do laundry, and go grocery shopping. Oy.

Do you ever break your long run up into chunks?

Thinking Out Loud – Chasing My Passions

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Linking up with Amanda from Running with Spoons again this Thursday, to continue my series of non-running related posts.

Last Thursday, I wrote a lot about stuff not at all related to running. My post was all about singing, and staying vocally healthy. As I teased last week, the careful consideration that I have been bringing to my theater activities has got some wheels turning about chasing my passions.

I gave up the dream of performing for a living a long time ago; I’m not courageous enough to deal with the constant rejection, and I like having a steady paycheck. But performing is still something I’m incredibly passionate about, and would like to do more of, on a more professional scale. Newsflash: I don’t get paid for any of the shows I do right now (although I have been in the past); they’ve all been purely volunteer-based, which is great, but I think I’m capable of more. Just like with running, I’d like to push myself outside my comfort zone and see where it gets me. I want to dedicate more of my time and money to things like voice lessons, dance lessons, and acting classes.

Vermont may be small, but there are some great professional theater companies that I’ve always wanted to work with, but have been too chicken to try. Even though I’ve been doing this since I was 9 years old, I’m straight up terrified of auditioning. I get nervous and stressed out and I’m an emotional wreck. I’m scared of failing, so I won’t try. And that’s crap. I’m tired of not doing what I want to do because fear of failure is holding me back.

I think if Chess goes well, it’s going to give a lot of local theater people a chance to see me in a new way. I’ve never had a leading role in a show in this area, and I’m hopeful that this increased exposure will lead to more connections and opportunities.

A lot of these feelings about pushing beyond my comfort zone and chasing my passion can also be applied to my running/fitness and long-term career goals, but that’s a post for next Thursday 😉

Are you chasing a passion that’s not related to running?

Thinking Out Loud – Staying Vocally Healthy

For the first time ever, I’m linking up with Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursdays. And appropriately enough, this post really is some random musings about something totally not running related!

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Most of my readers know that in addition to being a runnerd, I’m also a theater nerd. A musical theater nerd, to be exact. It’s what I went to school for, and is still my favorite “extracurricular” activity aside from running. To whit, I’m doing the musical Chess this summer, and I’m playing the lead role. So far, it’s going well, but I’m definitely worried about staying healthy, vocally and otherwise, until after the show.

Due to the demanding nature of Chess rehearsals and the upcoming performances, I have (I can’t believe I’m typing this) given up alcohol until after Labor Day weekend. I know, crazy talk, right? I firmly believe in moderation, and I don’t intend to give up alcohol for good, but I know it’s bad for my voice. After lots of beers last weekend, I noticed a distinct decline in my vocal quality and endurance this entire week, and I can’t ignore that. I’ll probably have a glass of champagne to celebrate on opening night, but otherwise, no drinks for me. The singing that I’m doing is more difficult and demanding than anything I’ve ever done, and I owe it to myself, the cast, and the crew, to put my health first.

On a related note, I’m attempting to cut way back on processed sugar, and even toying with the idea of giving up dairy until after the show as well. It’s a common thing for singers and theater kids to do in the weeks leading up to a performance, because the thinking is that dairy can increase mucus production around the vocal chords. I myself have never been one to do this. I’ve actually been known to have a milkshake for dinner and then go do a show with no more problems than usual. This time around, however, I’m curious. I often have trouble with phlegm, and my vocal stamina is crap. I usually open strong, but by the end of a two or three week run, I’m shot. I’m stupid excited about this show, and really want to do my absolute best, so I’m willing to try just about anything.

In addition to getting a handle on nutrition stuff, I have a voice lesson on Saturday morning, which I’m really excited about. My voice teacher is incredibly in demand, and crazy expensive, so I had to give up regular lessons a long time ago, but I often go back when preparing for auditions or a big show. I’m hopeful that going over some of the material with him and getting back to basics on my technique will help. I’m also sure he’ll have great tips for staying healthy and keeping my stamina up. This will be the first time I’ve had a big role in a show to actually work with him on, so I can’t wait to see where this takes me. I have another lesson scheduled in a few weeks for some follow-up as well.

All of this consideration of my voice and performing has some wheels turning in my head. Stay tuned for a follow-up post next Thursday.

Have you ever given up a treasured food/beverage? Why? Did it help you achieve what you wanted?

Chess the Musical

Y’all, I got some super exciting news on Sunday. You may recall that I had an audition last week. I went out for Florence, the lead female role in Chess the Musical, and I FREAKING GOT THE PART!

This part is super meaty. Lots of excellent songs and some really serious shit happens to the character. It’s also a part that has been sung by my idol, Idina Menzel, of Frozen fame. I’ve been a fan of hers since long before Frozen came out, and to get to sing some of the same songs as her is a total dream come true.

This definitely isn’t the big leagues–this is a small show in a small theater in a small town. But it feels SO COOL! I feel like a rock star. I’ve never actually had a leading part in a community show in Vermont before, and I’m SO EXCITED to get to show people what I can do.

Here’s a little taste of the kick butt stuff I’ll be up to this summer 😀

Another reason I’m so excited is because this is just one more reason to stay healthy and keep up with my running and cross-training. This type of rock and roll singing is incredibly athletic. Yes, you read that right, singing can be athletic. I’ll need to stay super hydrated all the time, and have a strong core to support scream singing my face off. IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME!

Have you ever been in a play or musical? Would you?

Friday Free-For-All – 02/20/15

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I had an audition last night! You already know that I’m a theater kid, and I’m currently involved with Legally Blonde the Musical, which goes up in April. Last night I auditioned for the musical Chess, which would happen in late summer. This is a great show, and it’s with a theater group that I’ve always wanted to work with, but never have before. It’s always tough to tell how things went, but hopefully by Monday I’ll have some news!

This is a jam-packed weekend. Rehearsal tonight, then tomorrow morning Ben and I are driving to my parents’ house in Quechee (about an hour and a half South) because my younger sister is visiting from Detroit. Then tomorrow night we’re driving back up for a party with the cast of Legally Blonde. Then Sunday I have rehearsal all afternoon, and then there’s a potluck dinner for the cast and crew of Legally Blonde. Whew! I’m tired already!

I’m getting a promotion! My boss called me into her office yesterday afternoon to let me know that I’d be transitioning into a different position, one that will be SO MUCH MORE interesting and engaging than the admin stuff I’m currently doing. It’s going to be challenging, but I think it will be a great change for me. It will be a slow transition with training and stuff over the next couple of months, and my official start date will be May 1!

I wish I were going to be in Disney this weekend. My fellow members of Team Can-Am, Lisa, Kim, Kellie, and Nicole, will all be there this weekend for the Princess Half Marathon and Glass Slipper Challenge. I’m very sad that I won’t get to be there running and/or cheering, but I know Lisa, Kellie and Nicole are going to rock their races and have a blast, and Kim will be the best cheerleader anyone could ask for. And we’ll all be together for Wine and Dine in November 😀

Are you doing anything fun this weekend?