Friday, June 13, 2008
3 Run 3, Week 1 (BOHR): Early Morning Run!
Start Time: 7:31 am (10 minute warm-up walk began at 7:16 am)
Temperature: 75 degrees (Fahrenheit)
Distance: 2.96 mi (4 laps around lake)
Time: 36:00 min
Pace: 12:09 minute-mile
OK, so I can see why people run in the morning. The peace & quiet, & total absence of activity (other than the scant few runners & walkers on the trail) make it complete & utter bliss. Almost NO people, NO noise, NO pollution or smokers, and NO bad smells. (I've got a very sensitive nose; my sister jokes that I should've worked at a perfume factory as a "nose" -- or le nez, as they call it.) And on my runner's "list of bliss" for that's "Check, check, check, & check." ;-)
While I right popped out of bed at 5 am this morning (having fallen asleep on the couch at around 10 pm!), I honestly still can't claim to be a morning person just yet; the numbers today certainly reflect that (!) & also probably some ongoing gastrointestinal disturbances (no details, I promise!), continued overheating issues, & a slightly puffy right knee (due to all the walking I've been doing in my new job; new comfortable-&-supportive-but-yet-professional-looking shoes are on my "to buy" list!).
I estimate that it's going to take me about 2 weeks to acclimate to morning running & the heat/humidity factor.
Today I didn't pay attention at all to my stopwatch & had a decidedly "internal run." It felt great, although I know I probably shouldn't do this all the time, or I'm going to continue to run the pace of a snail. ;-) But right now, I'm giving myself some leeway, due to the many new factors that've recently been added into my life & workout routine.
I figure that this is my time & space to let my mind wander freely, as my job requires my complete concentration & undivided attention for 8-10+ hours straight per day; the job takes a lot of physical & mental energy -- I have to be "on" all day, & am not really allowed any down-time, save my lunch/dinner break. Also, everything about the new job is very regimented, which I'm frankly not used to at all. I have to be on time, to the minute, which is again, something I'm not used to doing.
In my previous jobs (obviously not counting my previous period of full-time self-employment!), I had a bit more latitude & didn't have an exact time I had to show up at work; not only was there was an acceptable range for my start time, but it was of my own choosing. ;-)
However, the nature of my work requires this kind of exact promptness. At first, I honestly felt somewhat rebellious towards this limitation, even though I of course complied with it, (there are strict penalties for noncompliance). (Yes, I already know that just based on my dislike of regimentation & anal-retentive precision, I wouldn't be a good candidate for the military!!!! ;-) ). I'm an independent soul at heart; it's not that I purposely seek to "buck the system," but rather just have my own way of doing things. ;-) I cringe when people attempt to impose external limitations or obligations on me -- I detest feeling "squeezed"! -- & hope to goodness that no one from work is reading this blog. ;-) But seriously, I realize it's just something I have to overcome. I know that deep down the time-limitations, fast pace, & regimentation are actually GOOD for me (Geez, I hate to admit that!), as I have a tendency to approach certain activities (like my writing!) with a certain limitless abandon. While I'm fairly good at time-management in terms of my career, I like to be more open-ended when it comes to the activities in my personal life. (Again, it comes back to the not wanting to feel "squeezed" thing.) However, I also realize that maybe it'd be better to put time limits on these activities, as it'd certainly allow me to get even more done!
Also, on a related note, I need to work on summarization & concision (Wow, that's nakedly honest! ;-) ); as the readers of this blog surely already know (!), it's never been my strong suit. [If I had my way & could have an unending amount of time to write or speak, I'd prefer to spin long & winding fantastical tales, instead of rat-a-tat-tat-ing points like some kind of machine gun, Yes, I love to tell a good story & could (& would like to!) write a book at some point. ;-) My writings have been published before, but not a full-length novel. That's next on the to-do list. ;-)]
I think my new job will help me get to the point faster, & reduce the amount of time it takes for the thoughts to crystallize in my mind. With writing, one typically has more time to reflect upon "the end product," but with speaking, of course, one doesn't always have this same luxury. While I always fancied myself a good communicator, I think that there are still "areas of opportunity" in which to further improve in both of these areas. The way I look at it, I can only grow & improve from the experience. Where there is a challenge, there is room for growth. And in circumstances of uncertainty, all is possible.
OK, enough ruminating & internal reflection for now. And speaking of time management, I need to go & get ready for work! Bye!