February 22, 2008
whine me up, whine me down
golly, what a two weeks it's been.
Employment-wise, everything's great. Well, not really. But it could be. Last week was my last at the clinic; business had reached the point where it was costing me money to go there and not earn any money, so that was that. Meanwhile, I was answering every ad I saw and still held out some hope for positions I'd applied for. Then, completely out of the blue, through a freak sequence of events, I got the chance to rent office space 1) very very very cheap, 2) 2miles from my house, 3) in an office with two therapists I absolutely idolize and who are willing (well, not averse anyway) to teach me what they know. Well, great, after paying $30 to the county I am now a business owner. After 3 or 4 days of wild running-around and spending $$, the office is fit for clients. And even greater: the chiro office I'd applied at hemmed and hawed and hemmed and finally offered me a part-time job, which takes a lot of financial pressure off the joe positive LMT business. Yay.
Runningwise, things are likewise. We've had some ok weather this week, and I've been able to tackle the tinman workouts with no problem. There's a 10k tomorrow, and I asked tinman about treating it as a hard workout, and he said that would be a great idea. If I can run 6:45s that will fine.
Except for the whine.
I have yet to convince even one of my quasi-regular housecall clients to come visit the new office. My break-even point is one client per week. That's how cheap my rent is. One. I thought "surely I can get one client a week." But now it's more like "who the hell am I thinking I can attract even one client a week?" The chiro job would put my mind at ease, only they are so disorganized there that they can't even settle on a start date. Since the initial interview, it's been: phone call to warn of impending email to discuss dates/times of future interviews with people whose schedules are unknown and will have to be discussed in some later phone call. I've spent all day today waiting on such a phone call, and today was to have been my first day on the job. Finally, there's my foot. For the past two weeks I've noticed pain in the first metatarsal (big toe joint), and I attributed it to some push-up type exercises I'd been doing, so I stopped. No dice; it's getting worse. I can walk, but it hurts. I can run, but it hurts. If I do nothing it also hurts, which is one of the reasons I keep running on it. I can't decide if it's a bunion or something else (and no, it's not gout). I was able to run 6:45s forever and ever during Monday's stamina-pace workout, but because tomorrow is a big scary Race and I'm grouchy and hate everything, I wonder if I should pass it up.
Posted by joe positive at February 22, 2008 1:58 PM
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Posted by: tuscaloosarunner at February 22, 2008 4:00 PM
tusca: god, I hope not. anyway, the pain isn't on the ball of the foot. I hope it's just tendonitis from a tight extensor hallucis longus (muscle that moves the big toe, esp during push-off).
Posted by: joe positive at February 22, 2008 5:18 PM
Congratulations. It's not easy for you, I'm sure. I noticed during brief stay that Tampa has an inordinate amount of massage therapists.
Good luck with the race too.
Posted by: Adeel at February 23, 2008 11:10 AM
My big toe has been bugging me too. My left one, actually. It feels slightly strained. I think it's from running hard over a course with a short steep downhill and a sharp turn.
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Posted by: Salty at February 26, 2008 2:12 PM
Congratulations on becoming a business owner! Very exciting, very scary. Good luck!
Also, good luck on the race. Be sure to give us a recap!
Posted by: mindi at March 1, 2008 12:31 PM