Monday, June 6, 2011

Blogjam

Having a hard time finding time to spend in the blog world lately.  Reading, writing, etc. - all of it is just out of reach.  Work is soul-crushingly intense right now.  Impending layoffs, poor quarterly results, and survival-mode instincts make for a pressure-cooker climate.  More stressful than any time I can remember.  Compounded with some bad health news for a family member, the blood pressure is not in a good place.
Thankfully running/training has been going well.  Still trying to adjust to the sudden onset of Summer, but I've been sweating out some of the stress, which is therapeutic.  Logged my first week of 30+ miles last week and my body held up as well as can be expected.  Started the week with 9 miles (almost) at target marathon pace (8:15/mile versus marathon target of 8:09), and it felt good.  Exhausting, but good.  After an injury stalled start to the year, I've finally crossed 300 miles for the year, and I feel like I've got a solid base going for the start of official marathon training in July.  Injury is not an option ....  "ain't got time to bleed".

Unofficially I'd like to find some sort of race to do in June.  This would be my first foray into anything other than a Marathon, and I'd like to diversify a bit.  Ideally I'd try a half-marathon at my target full-marathon pace, but I haven't found anything reasonably nearby in this timeframe.  I'll keep looking.

Back to work .... deep breaths ...... serenity now.

17 comments:

  1. I hope work gets better! I hear ya on the busyness that is has wrought.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to race in June!

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  2. Ack! I hope the lid comes off the pressure-cooker soon. I'm glad training is going well...hopefully that can take the edge off of your stress for the time being.

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  3. Now that I'm not at work and constantly glued to my computer, I find it harder to read/write blogs even though I have more "free" time. Just way too much stuff at home neglected for eternity. Hoping things calm down soon...and that a lay-off doesn't happen (happened here, sucks!!)

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  4. im all too familiar with survival mode recently too, just keep tell myself to keep pushing ahead and i will eventually break through to the other side soon. thank god for my training, something to distract me. hope things smooth out for you soon.

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  5. You should hold your own half marathon. There is no rule a race has to be organized for you to do the distance. Heck, make it a virtual race and invite your friends!

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  6. I agree with Jamoosh. Virtual half marathon!

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  7. Seriously hope the pressure eases soon - that whole survival mode mentality is just brutal! Good to hear you're training's going well -- good escape valve! Hope all the body parts continue to cooperate!

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  8. Blogging should be a fun, relaxing activity, not stressful. If you don't have time for it, focus on yourself - we'll still be here!

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  9. No back to work, out to RUN, true breathing time!

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  10. Great week of running, seems to help many different woes. Best wishes - hang in there!

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  11. i agree with the comments about you holding your own half marathon. you tell me when and i'll be there. ;-)

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  12. Hang in there...I do hope that the work stress diminishes soon. That can sure take a lot of energy out of you. Thank goodness for running!

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  13. I know what you mean about fitting it all in, hope things ease up on the work end. But YAY for all that running : )

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  14. Sorry to hear that things are tough right now. I hope things improve soon. And way to power through this heat! You're doing great! Hang in there.

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  15. uff da, I hope things get a little (=a lot) less stressful for you. I don't do well under lots of stress...... eeep!

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  16. Serenity Now. Love it. I cannot tell you how many times my brother and I say that to each other on the golf course.

    Hang in there. I am relate to the whole work thing. There is a study that showed that 9 times out of 10 the things we worry about never come true.

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  17. I am so with you on the Blogjam, but here I am anyway at 10 pm, reading blogs.

    Great job on the 30 mile week. Hopefully the miles will help keep the blood pressure down. I hope your days and weeks get better!

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