Archive | October, 2013

Joining the Air Force: Getting Started

12 Oct

Good morning!

I do want to start making videos again, but until I have the right environment (aka an apartment), I’ll be writing about my Air Force journey here.

YT Screenshot

There was a time I sort of consistently made videos.

If you’re finding this because you’re looking for some information on joining the Air Force, here’s a quick intro: I’m a 26-year old woman, I have a bachelor’s degree in film studies, and I have joined the Air Force, shipping out for BMT (Basic Military Training) on December 17th. I AM SO EXCITED.

BMT Countdown

There are no military members in my family, and therefore, I currently have no family support. I only say that in the event that someone else is in the same situation, and they don’t feel singled out because of it. It’s okay to do what YOU want and not necessarily what your family wants.

A lot of people have been wondering why I decided to join the military. For… just about everyone I know, this was a total surprise. My interest in joining the military was never something I told anyone, mostly because I never gave it any serious consideration. Back when we were 15, a friend of mine was dating a Marine. That was the first I really heard of the military other than in history classes. Fast forward like, 9 years to talking to my boyfriend’s cousins who are in the Army. That was pretty much it.

DEP group C-17

My recruiter and some of the other people in her DEP (Delayed Entry Program, aka those who have officially joined the Air Force and await shipping out) on a trip to tour a C-17. It was awesome.

At first, I completely intended on joining the Army, but I decided to look into the Navy and the Air Force before making any commitments. I don’t love boats or chopping my hair off, so the Navy was out.

I discovered that the Air Force has the best benefits, the shortest deployments (max 6 months), the nicest bases, and all around it was just the best choice for me. The Air Force website is so comprehensive and user-friendly. There are plenty of YouTube videos and blogs from people (I especially watched/read from women) to fuel my excitement. I had already made my decision to join before I saw my recruiter.

Serving my country comes with so many bonuses: Healthcare, free housing, monthly allowances, steady pay with job security, potential to travel the world, meet new people, see new things… what more could you ask for? I’m all about the adventure. screenshot

The Air Force website offers online chatting with a recruiter, but really, it doesn’t compare to going into a recruitment office and talking to someone face-to-face. You can explain your situation and ask questions and ask more questions after that.

Once you’ve made the decision to join the Air Force and you’ve filled out preliminary paperwork, you have to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). This is similar to the SATs. It’s a long exam, mostly done on the computer. This is an important test for the Air Force because they have high standards for educated Airmen. For having not been in school for three years, I did really well! I made the highest aptitude, but on the lower side. I highly recommend The Princeton Review’s study guide, Cracking the ASVAB.

ASVAB book

Once you’ve met the required score on the ASVAB (which varies depending on which branch of military you’re trying to join), you can go through MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station). I’ll go through that 8- to 9-hour day of fun (not really) next!

Base Pic


My Gear part 2

1 Oct

On July 27, 2012, I posted “My Gear” in which I shared the running sneakers I use as well as my running apparel.

Since writing that post, not much has changed with my apparel, but my sneakers are completely different. After working in footwear at a sporting goods store, I learned a lot about the different kinds of sneaker and how important it is to understand how your gait works and how your feet strike the ground.

When I wrote that post, I was running in Nike Lunarglide+ 3’s, which is a stability shoe. A stability shoe is good for those whose feet evenly strike the ground or turn a little bit inward (also called overpronation). When I started running more distance, I felt a lot of pain in my knees and ankles. At first I assumed this was just because my joints weren’t used to such high impact for longer periods of time.

After a trip to the chiropractor, I learned that I actually supinate, meaning my feet turn outwards a bit when I run/walk. Wearing a stability shoe that helps push your feet outward was just making my supination worse.

Now I run in a neutral shoe, and this provides support and doesn’t angle my feet in any direction. As someone who supinates, I swear by the Brooks Ghost 5’s (although they’ve come out with the 6th generation now but I haven’t tried them).

Brooks Ghost 5's

The top three technical running shoe brands are Brooks, Mizuno, and Asics, but I definitely prefer Brooks. I do have a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s which is also a neutral shoe, and I like them for walking in! Plus they look good.

Birthday Shoes copy

The best way to determine what kind of sneaker you should be wearing is to go to a running store that offers to watch you walk without shoes on or go to a doctor who can make that kind of observation. A quick way to get a general idea is to look at the bottom of your shoes that are well worn. You’ll notice that a certain portion of your shoes may be run down way more than other parts of your shoe. In my case, the outer sides of my shoes are scuffed up because of the way my feet turn out when I walk/run!

I have a detailed list of the footwear and apparel I wear for running and working out on my new Subblime profile! Here I have a photo of everything, a link to where you can buy it, and my own description of why they’re great to use. Check it out!

Subblime Profile