Monday, May 10, 2010

And so it begins

I’m a traveling consultant by trade. Have you seen the movie Office Space, with the two consultant Bobs interviewing everyone to see if they should keep their job? I’m sort of like that without all of the the home wrecking and crying**. Companies bring me in for my snarky comments and quick wit my project management skills and feel no guilt when they wave goodbye after a job well done…or after I grab all of the office supplies – whichever comes first.

This means I travel – a lot. I am currently out of town M-Th every other week. (Last year, it was EVERY week – 130+ hotel nights!) So, that means I get a lot of views like this (taken on Sunday night):



And this (more Sunday pics):


And maybe a little of this (you should have seen the guy next to me looking at me strangely while I was taking this…(Listening to a little Starship – We Built this City (on Rock and Roll)))



This week is different. This week I am training in Chicago. That means a Sunday afternoon flight and a Friday evening flight. That makes for a CRANKY Adam (if there ever was such a thing***). It is funny how much a day on either end of my ‘normal’ travel schedule can throw me into a complete funk. Does anyone else get like that? A slight change to the schedule throws you into a complete self-deprecating tailspin? Before I know it I’m tossing around my clothes, cussing at them to get into the suitcase faster.

However, always in search of the silver lining, I will get to see some very close friends while I am here and will get a reprieve from the 98 degree temps of Phoenix. That, and the training center that I go to has unlimited.soft.serve.ice.cream. Wowza.

The Redhead posted about moving cross country the other day. Having done this less than a year ago I offered a novel of my own perspective. I closed my comment with “turns out, it’s not where you are, but who you’re with that really matters” - A Dave Matthews Band song line, but something that still rings true. And while I could literally draw a map of each home on my 3 mile loop in Kansas City, come to find out, home is where my wife lives – and I can’t wait to get back.

Where is HOME for you? Is it where you live now?

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For those of you that CRAVE a running update, I’m scheduled for 36 miles this week. Most of them will be on the treadmill, but that is a sacrifice I am willing to make. Ever mindful of the 10% week over week mileage increase rule (32 last week) I figure the 12.5% increase is doable. Besides, I’d like to think of myself as a give 125% kind of a guy. 125% in two respects: both giving back to running community as well as giving the herps.



**Or the jump to conclusions mat
***He still smiles, but only shows half of his teeth – which is still more teeth that most humans ever show

29 comments:

Colin Hayes said...

I've lived in upstate NY (don't remember it), the Kansas City, MO area (Gladstone), St. Pete, FL, and the Seattle area. I've lived in the latter since 1982, so this is where I consider home. Despite the frequent gray skies and rain, it's a great place to run. If you're ever up this way, shoot me a message & I'll meet you for a run.
Safe travels!

Chad said...

Did you say "herps"? LoL!

Vincent said...

you remind me of George Clooney in Up in the Air. Do you keep track of your air miles? And hope to reach 10 000 000 as well?

Barefoot AngieB said...

Is KC your home for now? My brother lives there too :)
Hope its a great week for you!

ShutUpandRun said...

You almost look shirtless in that picture. I thought maybe that's why the guy was looking at you. I live in Colorado, and don't really have a home town since I moved so much growing up. This is as close to home as anything I've ever known since I've been here 16 yrs.

Jill said...

Man, you must have enough frequent flyers to travel the world and back a few times - sweet! I hate hate hate to fly, but it's a necessary requirement for my marathon addictions. I just say a few hail Mary's (no idea if that's correct) and cross all 10 of my fingers upon take-off and landing - it's worked every time :). Chicago has an awesome running trail along the lake, maybe you can make it there one day to get in some fresh lake air in the lungs!

I live in Denver but grew up in Davenport, Iowa. Gotta love those midwest girls!! :)

Jamoosh said...

Treadmill? Chicago? Get your dumb ass over to the lake post haste!

Blaine said...

Good to know that your traveling is something akin to Planes, Trains and Automobiles...

Emz said...

I'm with Vincent. Seriously you are an airline whore.
;)

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

Oh I travel a lot for work too and I try to embrace it as new places to run..but then it cuts in to my weekend or a super late flight...I don't like that!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Wow! What a schedule! Home is where my family is. I have lived in Minnesota most of my life and somehow got talked into marrying a cornhusker. We talk about about moving closer to his family (we are closer to them than mine). Maybe someday...

Pam said...

I moved to this town when Hubby and I got serious enough to move in together. It'swhere he is from, and it's HIS home, but it is NOT mine. I f******g hate it here. Home will never be anything other than the small town where I grew up, went to school, and knew everyone.

Rad Runner said...

Oh, I love me some scheduling, I really do, I understand that not EVERYTHING can be planned, but I think there are more fails when leaving everything up in the air.

P.S. my home is where ever there is SUN and my loved ones.

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
I love Starship:) That song is a blast from the past!

I have lived here in MN my whole life..but I was a flight attendant for years and got to travel all over:)

I love the city of Chicago...I agree with Jamoosh run by the lake...or there are parks with running trails all over! Have fun!

Morgan said...

I am so glad you did leave me that novel and those words are so true. Will be thinking of them a lot in the weeks to come! Home is where the heart is and my heart is where Spike is. *schmoopy*

Dr. TriRunner said...

My dad was a business management consultant, so I grew up with him flying out on Sunday night, picking him up at the airport on Fridays, and lots of QT on the weekends. Or at least I like to remember it as lots of QT.. :)

I'm a Minneapolis girl through and through. I quickly found this out when I moved to Boston in 08, only to move home a year later. My family is here. The lakes are here. My running buddies are here. And I wouldn't have it any other way!

Dr. TriRunner said...

P.S. If you're ever touching down at MSP for a week in the Twin Cities.. let me know!!

Her Name is Rio said...

Happy Traveling Management Consultant Week! (well, not really, but we can make it so!) Have a great week.

kilax said...

You are in Chicago. Get yourself off the treadmill and to the Lakefront path. I know it was raining this morning, but it is supposed to let up :)

I think home is where my husband is too. Which, right now, is outside of Chicago. :)

I get all messed up when my routine is off too. Like if I make evening plans during the week. I am like an old woman.

When did you live in KC? Did we talk about this and I forgot?

Tricia said...

I grew up in Austin and swore I'd never live anywhere else. Enter hubby and before I knew it we were living in Florida. Turns out I'm happy where my husband and son are. Oh and I guess all the beaches don't hurt either :)

Ace said...

Home is where the body glide is....

Jameson said...

Nice pics, it would have been even better if you had taken your shirt off for one of them, the guy next to you REALLY would have looked confused then. Also I thought the first dark picture was a limo, quickly realized it was a crowded airplane.

MCM Mama said...

Even when I had a job, I didn't travel much. However, my husband used to and yes, when travel cut into our weekends in any way, I was cranky and he was crankier. I used to think traveling for work would be cool, but he says it's just like having a really long commute.

Safe travels and good luck getting all that running in.

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm enviously thinking of all of the amazing places where you can run - other than the gym in the hotel.

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Daveeeeeeeee. Such truth.

First of all, you better eat a slice of Giordano's pizza. I'm drooling thinking about it...last time I was in Chicago was 2008. (Fun fact: It was for consulting training. Or really that's a nerdy fact, but, I'm assuming you'll be amused.)

And YES one day off on the consulting schedule always screwed me up. I couldn't remember which day it was or why I was still in a hotel bed on a Thursday night.

I seem to have a problem that my closest friends don't live where I do. Gchat makes that less of an issue. I still don't really feel like Washington DC is "home to me." But I'm enjoying it as best as I can.

Glenn Jones said...

Is training still in St. Charles? When I worked for "them", United Airines was an audit client, so I had to fly United everywhere. Which meant a lot of first class upgrades, Red Carpet clubs, etc. In my current job (I'm the boss and only employee)I *was* tavelling about half time. I can relate well to what you go through....

Lisa said...

that is a lot of traveling. you must have a lot of patience and must be a pro at running in different cities!

I agree with you about where home is. Before we got engaged, my husband and I lived 600 miles apart for a year and a half. It was tough and life is so much better together. Where ever we end up, all that matters is that we're together.

RunningLaur said...

We call this home now more or less, and have been here for 3 years in July. I know it'll be even more like home once we're in the house. (btw, if moving heavy things the week of a marathon is your cup of tea, I've got just the ticket for you - ha!)

I think it feels like home because we've made our own life here. If we'd been on our own but in our hometown for a while first, I don't think it'd be so clear cut.

Erin said...

After a quick stint traveling 50% of the time for work, I know I'm not cut out for it and I give you props. Home for me will probably always be Durango, Colorado. The best place I have ever lived and where my husband and I met and fell in love. We may not ever live there again, but will always wish we were. (Never mind that I lived in the Phoenix-Tempe area for 22 of my 30 years.)