Happy Monday and happy first week of May everyone!!!
I’ve tried to write-up a training recap for over a week and just haven’t been able to find myself in the right frame of mind to write something with my usual upbeat perspective. Life over the past week and a half has been an emotional roller coaster.
Remember that job promotion that I interviewed for? Well I didn’t get it. I choked in the interview. I’ve been SOOOOOOOOOO busy doing the jobs of two people at work over the past 5.5 months, that I didn’t have time to step back and brainstorm examples of the great things I’ve done for my client groups, how I’ve been a team player offering to help out other co-workers, or the complex project that I helped a client procure that won them an award!! I totally froze up in the interview and couldn’t think of any good examples for the questions I was asked. My brain completely froze because I knew SO MUCH was riding on me getting this. Sadly the only criteria for getting the promotion was how well the candidates performed on the interview – nothing else was taken into consideration (that I know of because my debriefing basically focused on how much my interview skills suck). In other words it doesn’t matter how much extra effort I put into my job – staying late on Christmas Eve, working through Christmas break, and summer and dragging my sick butt into work… none of it matters!!! As a result of the interviews, I no longer support my primary client group. I alone have been good enough to support the client group for the past 5.5 months, but I’m suddenly not good enough to support them at all. I’m heartbroken – I absolutely loved my client group and sadly I’m so unmotivated now.
My focus from now on will be my family.
PA Days? I’ll take them off and spend the day with my daughters. I no longer care if my new clients have an important project that they need my help with. Christmas school break? I’m not working through it any more – I don’t care if there’s an important agreement to negotiate and execute, I’ll use my vacation time instead to play in the snow with the kiddos. Summer? I’ll no longer take a vacation day here or a vacation day there – I’ll take a whole week straight off to play in the pool with my daughters. I’ve got a lot of vacation time built up!
Whew – I feel so much better getting that out.
Now lets recap my training over the past two weeks:
Ran 9.55 km in 55:21 (an avg pace of 5:48/km) on my lunch. My cadence was 84. It feels good to be able to run almost a full 10k on my lunch, then come back to work as it nothing happened – not sore or stiff or tiredd at all!
Pool workout with my coach – we began to add 4 laps of swimming in between each strength drill.
Ran 10.03 km in 52:54 (an avg pace of 5:17/km) on my lunch. My cadence was 86. I was super happy with this run because it was a few seconds slower than my 10k personal best, and I wasn’t even in a race!!
Pool workout with my coach – I swam 4 laps in between each strength drill for a total of 52 laps!! Unfortunately my dollar store swim goggles totally sucked so I had to swim without any – my eyes were burning and stinging afterwards from the salt water pool at the gym. Unfortunately this was also the day I was told about not getting the position, and because of the swimming I looked WAY more upset than I actually was. I suspect that my appearance played a key role in how I was treated during my debriefing as there was an insensitive comment made about how upset I was.
Ran 8.34 km in 48.44 (an average pace of 5:50/km) on my lunch. My cadence was 86, but my left shin felt really stiff and sore. My shin splints on that leg were getting worse.
I had to get up at 5:30 to get my run in before taking the girls to their early Saturday morning Field Hockey practice. Ran 16 km in 1:35 (an average pace of 5:58/km).
Ran 4 loops of the park on my lunch for the first time! I used to run two laps 3 times a week, then I progressed to 3 laps, and now I can do 4 laps!! Distance: 10.79 km in 1:02:06. My average pace was 5:45 and my cadence was 84.
Double workout day! Another pool workout with my coach, swimming laps in between each interval. The intensity wasn’t as high as last week’s workouts because we were starting my taper for the half marathon – 2.5 weeks to go! After my pool workout I got changed and headed downtown to Telus Headquarters to attend a Gear-Up with Telus and Samsung event and I got to do a Tracy Anderson Method workout with… Tracy Anderson!!! The workout was so hard, and so awesome all at the same time. Tracy talked to us about balance, and using technology to reach our fitness goals. The high light was getting a brand new Samsung Galaxy S5 phone and Gear Fit watch to review and keep! Don’t worry, I didn’t forget you guys, I have one to giveaway to you too – keep an eye out for my review coming later this week!
Quick lunch run before an important meeting. Ran 5.48 km in 30:59. My average pace was 5:48 and my average cadence was 86. I’m really happy that my cadence is much higher than it was two months ago.
Strength workout with my coach. Our pool cycle is done and now we’re tapering for the race! I was amazed at how much STRONGER my core was! I can do so much more than I could two months ago – it was amazing and such a boost for my ego which is pretty fragile right now from the whole work thing.
Worked through my lunch workout 🙁 Although my workload will be transferring to the successful candidate next week, I’m still working like crazy. The Senior Ladies Lacrosse league that I joined started up and we had our first practice. I had a blast, and it felt great to be holding my stick again. I was surprised at how easily I jumped back into it – my fitness is pretty much the same as it was back in my 20’s when I played varsity. Sadly my coordination isn’t the same. During our scrimmage at the end of practice I knocked down a pass, then as I chased the loose ball with an attacker behind me, I misjudged my speed and the ball’s speed and ended up stepping on the ball and rolling my ankle:
I am so unbelievably angry at myself!!! How on earth could I do that to myself TWO WEEKS before my half marathon?!? I have trained so hard!!
Needless to say both Saturday and Sunday were rest, ice, compression and elevation days.
I went to the hospital to have it checked out, and I have never been triaged, x-rayed, and sent home so darn fast in my life. Everyone was convinced it was broken until we got the x-ray results, even the x-ray tech was convinced it was broken. Folks I have strong bones – it’s just a really bad ankle sprain – no fracture!!! Yay! My shin splints that I was concerned were becoming stress fractures didn’t show up on the x-ray either! Woot!
The pain has subsided… a lot! And my ankle is now some amazing shades of blue and purple:
I have no idea if I’ll be running the half marathon in 12 days from now or not, or what my training plan will be. I workout with my coach tomorrow and I bet we’ll work core and upper body. And then? I have no idea what the future holds for the next few weeks. I’m trying to be positive but between my ankle and the whole work thing I’m feeling pretty defeated truthfully and have been doing a TON of emo eating. I hope my coach can help me snap out of it tomorrow!
So that’s my past two weeks in a nutshell.
Have a great week everyone!
How was your week? Please tell me it was MUCH better!