I woke up today with some new kind of resolve about the job search. I wish it would have come to me 2 weeks ago when I was super stressed about it. The reality is, I don’t have a job, but I’m happy. I’m not happy because I don’t have a job. I’m happy because I am in the place, geographically and mentally, where I want to be. Among other things. I’ll have a job soon, this I know. I’m positive. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the time I have and make the most of it. That’s the resolve. Continue reading “5/21/18”
Hockey metaphors anyone? Directly after the opposing team scores, it’s important to have a strong shift. To bounce back forcefully. Yesterday I felt like I got shut out, so it was important for me to bounce back forcefully. Or, just have a solid day. This is timely because the Lightning just went up 3-2 in the series last night. And I know everything about hockey. Continue reading “5/20/18”
Today is one of the days where I asked myself: Why? Why am I doing this? It’s 90 degrees and humid. I logged 44 miles already this week. I’m away from Dana for four hours on a Saturday. And, it’s really hot. Just being outside is uncomfortable; running is crazy. In asking myself why, I’m now asking myself: Why am I asking why so soon? I’m 6 months away from race day. Continue reading “5/19/18”
Toilet with ferns and flamingo. I love Florida.
I had a good run today. I want to say that first because I’ve been talking about other stuff before I get to what this journal is really about. Making too big a deal of the photo I’m posting and trying to tie everything together. That’s fun and it’s a good writing exercise, I guess, but sitting down as soon as I’m out of the shower and getting my thoughts down about the run should be first and foremost. Continue reading “5/18/18”
This mural is called Little Miss Sisyphus and it was painted by Carrie Jadus a few years ago. I have passed this mural verging on a hundred times and I’m a little inspired by it every time. One, because it astounds me that someone can paint an image like this. Two, because it’s almost unfathomable to think about painting an image on this large of a scale. Third, it’s inspiring because of what it is. Often, I feel like I’m working hard for incremental gain. Often, I’m discouraged because it feels like I’m starting again from scratch. And often, I feel like giving up. All these “oftens” apply to my current job search and running, so I can relate to the Sisyphus story. Also, it is super cool that the man is replaced by a young girl. That fits the historic, and current state of things. Continue reading “5/17/18”
I am exhausted. I waited until 11:30 to go running today because I had to wait for the maintenance guy to get here. He’s still not here, but that’s another story. I’m so tired because I went hard yesterday and today it was just gross outside. It was sprinkling at first so it was easy to feel like I wouldn’t overheat. It stopped, though, and it got sticky, gross and hot. I ran the first 6 miles and had to run/walk the last 4. Overall, 10 miles at 9:50 pace. Continue reading “5/16/18”
Gear: Lunartempo 2s, Apple watch, that’s it
Excellent effort today. 8 miles at 8:16 pace, with the first mile at 8:32, and the seven subsequent miles all around 8:10 – 8:20. Since it’s been raining off and on, it’s slightly cooler than it has been, but the humidity is high, and the air feels like a soggy blanket. The flowers are blooming all over the place.
From the first step of the run, my legs felt super heavy, which tells me I didn’t fully recover from the weekend. Continue reading “5/15/18”
Today is a good day to not have a job and be a writer. It might not be the best day to run. The forecast for the rest of the day, and the week for that matter, looks like a lot of rain. I will run this week, however. If anything, it makes it cooler and maybe even refreshing to run in the rain. A few of my most memorable runs happened while it was raining.
I remember one about two years ago. Continue reading “5/14/18”
Today was the second long run of the first significant back-to-back long run weekend of my pre-training, if that makes any sense. There’s an explanation needed, I suppose.
The race is December 8 and I start the training block for it on June 11. Continue reading “5/13/18”
The photo is from under the bridge by Tyrone Mall. There are multiple murals down there but this one stands out, for me. Maybe because today I felt like smiling. I didn’t experience any of the mind-body separation I so enjoy, but I just had a great time, and after all, that’s why I run. Continue reading “5/12/18”