Good news, selfish reaction

Work sweet work

Today’s workout (elliptical): 55 minutes

My professional life has shifted a bit this week, with a mixture of good news and selfish disappointment. After leaving my old company in 2013 after 20 years, I’d hoped to enjoy a long relaxing semi-retirement. My plan was to take on consulting engagements that interested me and enjoy a far more flexible schedule. That worked fine until last April, when I was offered an extended project that would put me back into a regular working and commuting routine.

I accepted that project role and have enjoyed every minute of it. Work stress has been near zero, because I haven’t had to worry about politics or long term issues. I was supposed to finish up by June and looked forward to returning to my open consulting schedule that would give me time to run every day.

That will not be the case because I’ve just agreed to become a permanent employee. It’s good news because I like what I do, and I’m fortunate that fitness and health are a big part of the organization’s mission. I’m a little disappointed that I won’t be returning to the easy life in June, but I work from home on Fridays and have a lot more time in the evening compared to my old job at Time Inc.

I’ll be spending a lot of time working out at the office over the next six weeks and I’m hoping that will help prepare me for springtime running. I didn’t even attempt to use the treadmill this morning because I’ve learned my lesson about pushing too hard during recovery. I may go on it for a few minutes of easy running tomorrow to see if things have improved. This morning’s elliptical workout was pain-free and the soreness has reduced overall.

I still plan to see a doctor to get the problem diagnosed. In the meantime, the recovery is going very well and I don’t plan to make the same mistake as last time.

Variability, structure, running and Thai food

Post run reward

Yesterday’s run (treadmill): 3.2 miles
Today’s run (street): 3.2 miles

My definition of work is much different than it used to be. When I was going into the office every day, I’d follow the same routine. My morning regimen would usually include a workout and shower, followed by a train ride into the city. Now that the world is my office, the flow of my day can be very different. The consequence of having a less structured schedule is that my posting frequency has (slightly) suffered.

Due to this, I couldn’t find the time to write about a treadmill run that was almost exactly the same as the one I ran the day before. So here’s a recap: I turned on the treadmill, ran about 30 minutes, then stopped. For details, see my prior post.

Today was different. I had a mid morning appointment, so I did an early run outside. It was my first outdoor run since Tuesday, and I appreciated the sunny and warm conditions. I spent most of my time on the road, rather than the sidewalk, and I’ll admit that I preferred it that way. It wasn’t an easy run and I’m not really sure why. I can’t blame it on hard work, as my pace was exactly average.

Since I now follow a variable schedule of my own design, my wife and I took a time-out for lunch and headed to the Lemonleaf Grill (my favorite Thai restaurant in the area). Soon after that, it was back to business, but only through mid-afternoon. It was a beautiful day so I decided to start my weekend early. After all, a variable work schedule also means variable leisure time.