November 20, 2005
things turn around
The pitiful week got worse before it got better, but it did eventually get better.
The situation at work continued to gnaw at me to the point where it actually affected my running; I stopped a couple miles short of Tuesday night's goal, and bailed out of Wednesday's track workout after just one item. I've worked in jobs like this for years but never got so worked up about it that I let it get in the way of running. I decided that something's got to give, and it will, and soon.
Thursday evening my husband's grandmother died. It was totally expected and must have been exactly what she wanted, but it's sad nevertheless. My husband headed for Baltimore to attend the funeral (which will be Tuesday); I couldn't take that much time off, so I stayed home.
I did, however, get to the 15K we'd planned to race Saturday. The weather was warm and windy and lousy, and I went into the race with the biggest bad attitude since, well, I don't know. I hated everything: the disorganization, the lack of traffic control (the race was along two-lane backroads in Monster Truck Country), the sun, the wind, the heat. Somehow I ended up with 1:02:40, which was 3rd place and a PR and all that blah. I did finally meet Kevin Beck in person, and got to chat with him and some Sarasota people I'd only ever met online, and that was pretty cool.
But wait - there's more. When the mail came yesterday it included 1) my husband's birthday present to me (3 countem 3 pair of NB900 shoes, which I love, and which are no longer in production, and which we found on clearance somewhere), and 2) the award check from Baltimore, which I was beginning to despair of as the weeks went by.
And this morning's slowish 10 miles was not a heartburning hatefest about work that I couldn't wait to get over with. It was just a slowish 10 miles, business as usual. Or, as we say in The Business, BAU.
Posted by joe positive at November 20, 2005 5:40 PM