I completed my last race of 2017 today at the Race to Deliver 4M in Central Park. It was another well-organized event from New York Road Runners, with over 5,600 runners. Unfortunately the kid races and open runs were canceled for the day, but despite the early morning rain and blustery winds, I am glad the race stayed on.
Hello world, sorry for falling off the blog grid for another short while. This time I’ve been galavanting around many a National Park, bridesmaiding (that’s a verb, right?), and playing tour guide with family visiting from across the pond. All the while, I’ve been compiling some delightful podcasts of varying lengths to keep your eardrums happy.
In an effort to ~*~get fit~*~, stay in shape, and keep myself strong, I’ve been signing up for short races through New York Road Runners and NYC Runs. I’ve completed three since late August, and have my fourth (and last of the year) on Sunday.
I find that having an event to work towards keeps me motivated. Some folks can go to the gym multiple times per week and break a sweat on the treadmill for no other reason than just to do it, but I am not that person. I have never been much of an athlete–not beyond my days as a co-captain of my high school bowling team. 😉 I’m not a fast runner, either, but participating in a race provides a level of accountability that, so far, has kept me moving towards bettering myself.
Percy Sutton 5K
Harlem – Aug. 27
Haunted Island 5K
Roosevelt Island – Oct. 28
Abbott Dash 5K
Midtown – Nov. 4
Pace: 29:24 🎉
My goal in 2018 is to complete the NYRR 9+1 program that guarantees entry into the 2019 NYC Marathon. Whether I make it that far is a whole other story, but it feels good to at least set a goal and keep pushing towards it.
The race this coming Sunday is a 4-miler. I’m still trying to figure out how much rest I need before these events; for my slowest time, I ran 24-48 hours before the race… I quickly learned that was a bad idea.
Seven days out, this is my plan leading up to the race, including the past couple of days of exercise. My goal is to incorporate strengthening and balance through yoga with some cardio early in the week. For this race, I am leaving 3 days of rest.
Friday, November 10: 60 minute Vinyasa yoga class. Focus on balance.
Saturday, November 11: Practice run-through (literally) of the course. Cold with a wind chill. Steady pace and a couple minutes of pausing throughout as we navigated our way around the park. Completed in roughly 45 minutes.
Sunday, November 12: Rest day. My hips were feeling pretty sore, so I spent some time on the foam roller.
Monday, November 13: 60 minute Vinyasa yoga class.
Tuesday, November 14: 30 minutes of running hills.
Wednesday, November 15: 60 minute Vinyasa yoga class.
Thursday, November 16: Rest day.
Friday, November 17: Rest day.
Saturday, November 18: Rest day.
Sunday, November 19: Race day.
I’ll use this post as a benchmark what I actually achieve and how it goes on Sunday. More to come…
The first few months of this year are jam-packed with conference fun (and plenty of planning). As with many phases of a company’s growth, shifting from a small 10×10 booth–where most items can be packed up into one of those nifty rolling cases–to a 10×20 or larger booth requires more planning, logistical work, and a jump in “stuff.” Last year we upped our conference game and now have an enormous wooden crate that stores eight different booth ~*~elements~*~ (locking kiosks, standing banners, etc.), and a slew of overhead lights, cords, pop-up banners, tablecloths and more.
I’ve always loved conferences (whether attending or presenting). Along the way I’ve learned a few lessons and tips to share with anyone who is coordinating a (larger) conference booth for the first time. While it’s safe to assume that Murphy’s Law will apply to any conference you attend or exhibit, here are nine tips to help you make your next conference planning (and execution) a success.
To kick 2017 off on a bright note, I’m excited to share a new side project I’m taking on: I have been appointed to Farmingdale State College’s Science, Technology & Society Advisory Committee through 2019. Science, Technology & Society is FSC’s largest academic program, and in their continued effort to provide the most relevant coursework to prepare students for the realities of today’s workforce, they are reworking the curriculum and program with input from an advisory team.
After my first podcast chat with Chris Nesi of the House Of Ed Tech, we realized we didn’t touch upon one of my favorite ed tech things: Ed Tech Bridge! We reconnected, this time with my pal and #EdTechBridge co-founder, Steve Isaacs, and had a great conversation about the importance of connecting educators with ed tech companies (and vice versa).
This past Tuesday I spoke at the Open Access Symposium 2016 at Stony Brook University. It was an honor to represent Flocabulary at my alma mater and chat about education technologies.
I participated on a panel, moderated by my wonderful librarian friend Laura Costello (whom I met during her time at Columbia, but is now at Stony Brook), with two brilliant folks in the education space: Brian Sweeting of Columbia University’s Teachers College EdLab (where I have spoken a handful of times over the years), and Claudia McGiveny of Stony Brook University Libraries.
Chris Nesi and I have crossed Twitter paths for quite some time. Given my love for Twitter and proximity to New Jersey, I’ve come to get to know many wonderful NJ educators over the years, both in person and online. Chris was someone I had connected with digitally, but not much more than a few tweets. I was so grateful, then, when he asked me to join him on his awesome podcast, #HouseOfEdTech. What’s more, we got to talk about two of my favorite things: podcasts and education technology!
Since Day 1 of my new gig, I’ve had ISTE on the brain. It’s a behemoth conference of 16,000+ educators, and I was leading up my company’s efforts on its booth presence, programming, and parties this year. I’ve been MIA on the blog for the past month or so mostly because working on ISTE has been (happily) consuming my life. It’s a huge investment of time and money. While I wasn’t able to attend in person, my heart burst at the photos, videos, and happy tweets that from educators stopping by our booth.
Like many yuppies trying to find stable ground 5 years ago upon entering the workforce in a shaky economy, I’ve had an interesting path in my short career. From entering grad school, my plan was to work in public or academic libraries, and I achieved that, albeit in a per diem or poorly-compensated capacity.
There are many factors to consider when building a community from the ground up, and from my experience, no two companies are the same. (Not just from my own career advancements, but from speaking with the community managers I’ve met through CMX that cover many different industries, too.)
After a couple months of settling into my new role, I’m happy to share a recent article I wrote for USC Rossier Online.
I have experienced the power of a PLN through my own community work in ed tech. Twitter is the head honcho, but there are other tools available to expand your network, and each has its own unique elements that make collaborating and connecting within them different. The article shares tips and tricks for Slack, Voxer, and Google+ Communities as new outlets to nurture your PLN.
Organizing and executing a webinar is no easy task for community managers or content marketers. Considering technical logistics, quality content, an engaging presence, and all the other details that go into great webinars, there’s a lot that could seemingly go wrong.
CMX Summit East 2016 is quickly approaching, and with it comes two awesome days of workshops, speakers, networking, and all-around good times. I went to my first CMX Summit last year and learned so much (from the speakers and fellow community managers alike).
One thing I have plenty of community experience with is webinars. I gave a quick overview in a post last month, but wanted to a drill down on Google Hangouts On Air, which I used at my previous job for the last year or so that we conducted webinars. For those looking for a free service with easy ways to share archived footage, Hangouts On Air is a good option, once you learn the ins and outs of its various features.