6 miles on a weekday

So most days before work I am only getting in 2-3 miles. I’m having problems getting out of bed when my alarm goes off (5am is sooooo early!), so by the time I actually get up, I have limited time to run before walking Maddy and then showering and hurrying my butt to work.

But today was different. :-)

I had a state committee meeting to go to, and because of where that meeting was, versus where my office is and where I actually live, it made more sense for me to go to the meeting and then to the office. So not only did I get to sleep in a little, but I had time to knock out six miles.

It. Was. Awesome.

The only bad part is that I think I’ve lost some fitness. I can do my long runs and all, but I need a LOT of walking breaks. I think I’m actually going to do some of the couch-to-5K app stuff during the week just to mentally build myself back up to more uninterrupted running.

In other news, I really like my job. :-) Some parts of frustrating and it’s definitely not as exciting as actually being out on the street, but I love who all I’m getting to meet and what I’m involved in. I get to see how EMS changes at the national and state level and how we filter it down to the different agencies. It’s really, really cool.

Job Update

So I’ve been MIA for the last month or so… Mostly because I’ve been kind of overwhelmed adjusting to a Monday through Friday kind of job after working evenings for the last two years. Most nights I feel like this by 8pm:

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It’s also been really hard for me to run much during the week. It’s been way too hot to try to run after work, and I don’t have time to run more than four miles in the morning. On the plus side, I always have my weekends free to do my long runs. :-)

Without boring you with the details, I now work for a regional EMS council, helping make sure EMS agencies and hospitals comply with state regulations. It’s a lot more involved than that, but I’m not sure you want to know all of it. I still get to ride at the squad and work at the pediatric center on occasion, so I get my clinical care fix without getting burnt out. :-D

…And I have a fabulous office all to myself.

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I’m not used to a desk job, though, so I usually take my lunch break to get out of the office and either wander around a store, like Target (and try not to buy anything), or I check out a nearby park when the weather is nice.

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I’m adjusting slowly, but I’m getting there, and I’m starting to like my new normal… :-)

Checking in…

I promise I’m still alive. Just a little overwhelmed adjusting to a new schedule and a new job and trying to make the rest of my life accommodate it (yes, work fits into my life – I don’t fit my life around work). I will give a full update very soon!

Big Girl Job

I’m going to have a big girl job! I interviewed last week and received an offer the next day!

I’m so overcome with emotion right now. I actually had accepted an offer doing critical care transports that I would start on Wednesday, but this job opened up after I had accepted the offer, and this is more of a “career” versus a “get me out of here” kind of job change. I’m trying to see if I could get a part time gig with the transport company, but I doubt that will happen.

This job comes with an office. My own office. How crazy is that? And I will actually make enough money. It is a big, big deal to get in with this particular place. I’m still going to be in EMS, just a different side of it. I will still pull my volunteer shifts and pick up shifts at the pediatric urgent care that I was already at. Yes, I know I do too much. But it keeps me happy!

I don’t know my start date yet. She said I could start as soon as I want (and my last day as a full time person at my old job was two days ago). If I can go part time at the other place, I kinda want to go through their orientation first. If not, I just want a day or two of freedom and then I’m ready. Well, really, I would love like two weeks off, but my bank account would not enjoy that. :-(

Because I’m going to be going back to a Monday-Friday schedule, I’m going to have to figure out how to still run. On the plus side, it’s so stinking hot here, I want to run early in the morning. And my long runs can actually be on the weekends.

The other thing that makes me slightly nervous is that since it’s an office job, I won’t be as active during the day. So I splurged and bought a FitBit One. I’ve had it for all of 12 hours, so I still need to work out some kinks, but I like it. Just being on duty tonight I’ve already climbed several flights of stairs and walked a couple of miles. I think it’ll hold me more accountable because I am very goal- and number-oriented. Plus you can kinda compete with other people using the app. I know a lot of people found the Flex easier to wear (I have this thing clipped on my bra), but this is way more accurate. I won’t use it while I run – I want this to just be a way to stay active all day. Anyway, full review coming soon.

Decisions…

Sorry to abandon you again. I haven’t run much this past week. The weather has been super hot and humid and I just can’t get my head in the game…

I was supposed to run a 5k tomorrow, but I am supposed to leave for Alexandria at 4am tomorrow, so that isn’t going to happen. Lots of job stuff going on… After 5 years of taking whatever job was open, I actually have two offers at once and each has its own pros and cons… Pretty stressed, not gonna lie.

Pretty buzzed right now, too, not gonna lie. ;-)

I do want this blog to grow and be as awesome as the big blogs. I’m not sure why. It’s hard to think of being a full time blogger. But I would love the opportunities big bloggers get. But I guess I have to be more consistent here, huh?

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Unfortunately, this is a side effect of my field. Lots of bruises, lots of sore muscles. I love my field, I really do. But it is brutal, physically and mentally. The average EMS career, whether paid or volunteer, only lasts 5 years. I’m at 7.5 years…

More to say, just wanted to check in. I hope someone is reading this, somewhere…

Run For The Dream Half Marathon

When last we spoke, I had finished the 8K and felt pretty good. The half… Yeaaaah.

The race started at 7am in Williamsburg, so in order for me to get myself together and out the door in time to handle any traffic or parking issues, I had an early wake up:

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They changed where we parked the second day, so there was quite a walk with no signs or people to direct you and a bunch of us got lost. Finally, finally I made it and sat around waiting for the start (I’m not a run around/warm up like a crazy person. Maybe I should. They tend to run faster than me). While waiting, I nearly got peed on by someone’s dog. Like millimeters away. Thanks…

Waiting in the corrals, some people in front of me and some people behind me realized they knew each other and started shouting at each other for the next fifteen minutes rather than take their damn earphones out and speak like normal people. So my head started pounding and I just wanted to run.

Finally, we crossed the start line and started running. The course was okay. Pretty hilly, lots of major roads where I felt bad for the traffic that was being held up for hours, except for the two miles or so on a trail (again?!? Why do they not tell you about these things ahead of time?) Not much in historic Williamsburg. It was hot and I was tired and mentally just wasn’t in it. The runners around me were pretty rude – stopping suddenly at a water stop and nearly causing a crash of people, knocking water and Gatorade everywhere instead of slowing down to take the cup from a volunteer, trying to dump water on themselves and missing, soaking me instead, that kind of thing.

Needless to say, I was getting annoyed. Plus, my stomach was pretty rumbly, and I admit I’m used to getting a little gas while running. Let’s just say that for the last couple of miles, I wasn’t sure it was gas. Thankfully, that’s what it ended up being…. And we’ll leave it at that.

The last two miles were on the W&M campus and I was pretty spent here. I was annoyed and hot and tired, and I just wanted to be done. I had paced to PR for much of the race, but thanks to the aforementioned issues, I slowed down a bit. I finished at 2:17:41, a 10:31 pace. I wanted to do better than that, but considering I had run pretty fast the day before, and how hilly this course was… It was only a few seconds slower than my first half in October, and that one was flat, so I’ve definitely improved.

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I liked the medal a lot. Very historic-y looking. :-)

I trudged back to my car, just wanting to sleep and eat and shower and I didn’t care what order it was in. The rest of the day was spent icing, eating, and sleeping…

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I’m pretty frustrated with my lack of speed and energy while running, but I have some theories on that. I will get faster. Somehow.

Run For The Dream 8K

Yesterday got away from me… We got slammed at work! So let’s back up a bit…

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It was a good weekend! The 8K portion of the Patriot’s Challenge was on Saturday. This was my first race I ever ran, so it kind of has a special place in my heart.

Yes, I’ve only been racing for a year.

Unfortunately they changed the course a bit from last year. It used to be almost entirely in the Colonial Williamsburg area with the last mile or so on the William and Mary campus. This year, most of it was on surrounding major roads with a much shorter distance in Colonial Williamsburg and on the W&M campus. It was still pretty, but very hilly! There was also almost next to none in terms of crowd support – only really right at the finish line. While I don’t love everyone watching my jiggling body as I try to make running look easy, people cheering for you makes a big difference. That’s why I love the Richmond marathon – people are EVERYWHERE!!

The very last part of the course goes around the track at Zable stadium. I was a little overcome as I remembered how last year I was so proud to run an 8K and wondered if I would ever be able to do a greater distance. A year later – two marathons under my belt and plans to someday qualify for Boston. Not to mention everything else that has happened in my life over the last year… Better than NYE, this…

Anyhoo, I felt pretty good during the entire race. I didn’t push as hard as I could have because I knew I had the half the next day (see, I learned something from the Flying Pirate Weekend!). I finished in 46:44. Last year I ran it in 52:18, and my 8K PR is 46:12. Truthfully, I think I could have pushed a little harder to PR, and on a flatter course I could have killed it, but it’s still pretty cool to see how much my time improved.

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Stay tuned for the half marathon recap – whole different ball game…