I have exciting news!!! I wanted to devote a separate post to this last week so I didn’t make this training recap a novel, but I didn’t have time, so get ready for the novel. I got a new job!!! I’m beyond thrilled. I usually like to keep this blog focused on running and not on my personal life, but I’m so excited I just have to share.
After hearing fantastic things about this organization from Gretchen and Joanna who work there, I interviewed for a job last July. I was invited back for a second interview but felt the job was out of my comfort zone. And because I had just started marathon training, I didn’t feel I could devote the overtime that the job seemed to require. I didn’t want to put running before a good job opportunity, but the timing just wasn’t right and the job just wasn’t ideal. So even though I was in a pretty bad situation at my current job–you might remember me referring to a lot of work stress last summer–I declined to pursue the new job.
Fast forward to December, when another recruiter from this organization called me. The recruiter I’d originally worked with had given my information to this other recruiter, and this new recruiter thought I was just what a hiring manager was looking for. After several rounds of interviews and a lot of anxious waiting on my part, I got an offer and resigned from my job this past week. Squeeeeee!!!!! I’ve been at my current organization for 8.5 years. While I like the work itself and working with a few awesome people who have become friends, the job is emotionally draining and stressful.
Leaving my current job would be awesome enough, but my happiness is amplified a thousand because I’ve moving into a much better job that’s a big step up in my career. Until a few years ago, I’ve been a professional (mostly technical) writer and editor. Four years ago I moved into a web project management role, and more recently we started using the Agile approach to development. In my new job, I’ll be supporting an organization-wide initiative to transition to Agile.
This actually does relate to running for two reasons. One is that it was while running with both Gretchen and Joanna and hearing how much they love working at this organization that I decided to look into jobs there. So, in a way, running helped me get this job!
Second, one of my 2017 goals is changing. When I start this new job at the end of this month, I want to give it all I have. This is a great opportunity to advance my career, and I want to make the most of it. While I’ve heard that the organization offers a lot of flexibility, I don’t want to even ask for flexibility at first. I want to prove myself so that by the time marathon training comes around in the summer, I’ll feel more comfortable asking for flexibility. This means that for this training cycle, I won’t be able to run two hours on weekday mornings anymore. I’ll have to run less mileage overall. I won’t be able to continue the follow-my-training-plan-or-die mentality that I usually have. Work will come first. So, while I’d still like to go for that half marathon PR, I’m just not going to be able to put in the hard work to get there. I’ve decided I’ll continue training but will modify when I need to. I’ll essentially do what I can, and my new goal will be to run a strong half marathon at whatever pace it ends up being.
Onto the weekly recap!
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for small, local, rails-to-trails Boston Trail Half Marathon near Pittsburgh on April 15 using the Hanson’s Half Marathon Method with modifications
- Days running: 5
- Miles this week: 27
- Time running: 5:39
- Miles this training cycle: 102.55
- Miles this month: 49.5
- Miles this year: 49.5
- Strength training sessions: 1
I had appointments related to my new job so wasn’t able to run. Instead I did 36 minutes of strength training, stretching, and foam rolling.
Easy run: 4 miles (25 degrees)
It started snowing just before I headed out. By the time I got out, there was a layer of snow everywhere, which meant any icy spots were impossible to see. The snow was also pelting my face hard and continued until my run was ending. Figures. This was supposed to be a speed workout (800s), but I was slipping all around on my first repeat so just made it an easy run.
Easy run: 4 miles (45 degrees)
Wednesday is my usual rest day, but because I took Monday off I did a few easy miles.
Turns out that resigning from a job isn’t all rainbows and roses. Between the turmoil my resignation created, my guilt over leaving my colleagues to pick up the pieces, and just trying to get everything done I need to, I was stressed and awake most of Wednesday night. When I woke Thursday exhausted, I decided not to run. Typically I would force myself up and plan on waking up in my warm-up mile, but work had been taking so much mental space lately that I had nothing left to push myself.
Tempo run: 5 miles (34 degrees)
I’d been beating myself up about skipping Thursday’s run and not being able to do my speed workout. This led to feeling low and wondering if I should just quit training. And then I had a great run! Funny how that happens. It was after this run that I decided to continue training and do what I can so that I’m not constantly beating myself up if I can’t follow training exactly.
This run was 3 miles at goal half marathon pace plus warm-up and cool-down. I’ve been really struggling with hitting my goal race pace. I started my first mile at 30 seconds slower than race pace like last week. It felt too easy, and I knew I could pick up the pace. I finished at 17 seconds slower than race pace. Second mile was 15 seconds slower than race pace. Third mile was exactly at race pace! YESSSSSS!
Easy run: 6 miles (30 degrees)
I joined the Pro Bike & Run group run and got to meet Ciara in person and run with her. It was a great group of ladies, and the miles went by really quickly.
Dave and I went out for dinner and drinks to celebrate my new job, and I decided to try curling my hair. My hairdresser showed me how to do it last year with a curling want, but it didn’t turn out great when I tried it. I guess practice makes perfect, because this time it turned out great!
Easy run: 8 miles (27 degrees)
I’d planned to run with Joanna, but she had to unexpectedly cancel. My motivation to run immediately sank. But I didn’t stop to think about it. I just got out and started the run. At first I thought about shortening the run–especially when I realized it was much warmer than I thought it would be and I was overdressed–but I got all my miles in. I’m spoiled with doing long runs with friends, so I’m proud I did this run solo. Because I thought it would feel colder, I tried wearing my hydration pack because my hand gets too cold holding a water bottle when it’s below 32. The hydration pack worked well, but I could easily have carried water.
I extended the holiday weekend by taking Friday and Tuesday off to use some of my days off, so I’m looking forward to sleeping in a bit this week before my runs the next few days.