My entire existence as a “real” runner — i.e., someone who trains consistently from week to week — has been a relatively new phenomenon, dating back to the beginning of 2012. It coincided with 2 other big changes in my life: moving to downtown Oakland and transitioning to a part-time job. The move to Oakland gave me access to Lake Merritt and its perfect-for-beginners flat, 3-mile loop. The part-time job provided enough flexibility to let me figure out when I like to run (mornings, to my surprise) and gave me the freedom to embark on marathon training without overwhelming my schedule.
While I really like many aspects of my job – nice location/setting, friendly coworkers, low stress, and flexibility, there are also downsides, the biggest of which is I don’t enjoy what I do. There are a lot of reasons for that, but we won’t get into it here. As the weeks went on, I came to dislike my job more and more, to the point where I was expending a lot of negative energy thinking about how much I hated it. I kept thinking in the back of my mind, “It’s time to move on.” So here’s my confession: I hung on as long as I could partially because this job doesn’t interfere with my running. (I was also lazy, confused, and a little scared about finding a new job.)
What spun me out of my negative energy cycle was a friend’s suggestion that I apply for an opening at his company. Visualizing that scenario empowered me to decide to actively go on the job hunt. After a couple of months of networking and applications, I got 2 interviews and one offer — which I’ve accepted, pending contract negotiations. I think the new job is an excellent fit for me and my future supervisor seems great. The one thing I’m anxious about is the full-time schedule, plus the 1.5 hours of commuting I’ll be doing each day (at least it’ll be by public transit, thankfully). This will have a huge impact on my running and, more importantly, on my weekly household routine with the Gypsy Runner. It’s time to get serious about meal planning!
So, while I’m excited about the new job, I’m also a little anxious about how this is all going to work. I’m confident that I will figure it out (I’ll have to!), but I know that the first couple of weeks will probably be pretty rocky and exhausting. However, I also think I’ll be spending so much less energy hating my job that the transition will be worth it. Here’s hoping!
Question for you: Any tips on balancing training with a full-time job and other obligations?
This week in training:
Mon – rest
Tues – 1 hour MAF run: 5.4 mi at 11:06 pace
Wed – 1200 yd swim
Thurs – 1 hour MAF run (trails): 5.03 mi at 11:55 pace
Fri – rest. Bought a new pair of running shoes, which is always exciting.
Sat – hard but fun hike at Huckleberry and Sibley (great write-up and photos on Cathryn’s blog): 4.7 mi, ~1400′ elevation gain
Sun – 2 hour MAF run: 10.17 mi at 11:47 pace. This run didn’t feel great due to a bad night’s sleep. My legs were also probably pretty beat from Saturday’s hike, now that I think about it! On the bright side, my average pace dropped by almost 45 seconds compared to my long run from 2 weeks ago, so maybe it wasn’t as bad as I thought. 😉
This coming week, I’ll be resting my legs for RAGNAR(!) Napa Friday and Saturday. We’re down 2 runners, so if you’d like to run with Team “You’re the Wine that I Want”, please email me at willblog4food [at] gmail [dot] com.
Have a great week everyone!