Thursday, August 26, 2010

Traveling Consultant

Yes. I’m one of “those” people. If you work in an office environment, I’m one of the guys that your company brings in to “isolate synergies”, “transform the business”, and “foster a can-do attitude”….all with a smile on my face and well pressed Dockers. In short, I’m one of the ‘Bob’s’ from the movie Office Space. In doing so, I travel 4 days a week. Spend lots of time in hotels, even more hotel bars, and collect too many frequent flier points to count.


I just started a new project on Monday and am admittedly a bit overwhelmed. There are dozens of names I need to commit to memory, processes that I need to learn, and coworkers I need to confuse as I duck out for my daily 10 minute “break” with the toilet. (“hey guys, I’m going to go…..call my wife….from the bathroom…don’t come looking for me”)  Although, being stressed makes me constipated.  Score!  10 more minutes in the day.

While I’ve been working 13 hour days with no end in sight, I still have been getting my runs in. Honestly, I wake up, run, go to work, grab something to eat on the way back to the hotel, eat, and then go to bed. Rinse, repeat. In fact, I’ve only had time to call my wife while I have been in the car. It wasn’t legal talking to her on the phone while in the car, but not much I do with her is I do what I gotta do.

  • Monday: 5 miles @ 8:15 pace As per schedule
  • Tuesday: Rest (hacking up a lung) Couldn’t force myself to run with the burning when I pee in my throat
  • Wednesday: 5 miles @ 7:08 overall, 4 @ tempo of 6:55 Run was tough, and I cut it 2 miles short, but I got it done.
  • Thursday: 12x400 @ 5:49 pace with 200 recovery in between Solid effort but I cut my cool down a bit short due to time


This week, it has been a struggle to keep up with my life – and honestly a lot of things have fallen between the cracks. Fortunately, running IS a part of my life and I'm willing to do what it takes to make my 2010 running goals a reality. I know that the fact that I am traveling makes putting running as a priority easier, it is still hard to put it ahead of sleep - which this week I have been doing.  (and I'm REALLY not sure that I'll be able to make the same decision when I have kiddos.)  While my job is the way that I pay my bills, and I love what I do and work very hard to get ahead, it is just something I do between the things are my true passion.

What is YOUR passion? Writing? Running? Photography? Your Family? Work?!?!

I'm no preacher, but I ran across this picture a while ago and it really rings true right now FOR ME.  A lot of you are even busier than I am and are still getting in done.  And for that, I salute you.

32 comments:

Emz said...

Ohhh, I love that.

Love that! Copying away.

Chad said...

I don't think I have a passion. I only run because I'm petrified of Ironman Arizona in 12 weeks.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Great picture. Way to work out even though it's tough and man, I wish I was as fast as you. Listened to your most recent podcast, very entertaining, not sure how I missed you having a podcast.

Tricia said...

You're doing an awesome job with your running. Even more than the physical, your getting amazing mental benefits.

track coach and adorable wife said...

I love that you're a Bob! But I do think that is my problem right now, running, biking, etc is something I work into my day if I can but if other commitments (esp family) get in the way I sacrifice my workouts. I still haven't got to the point where I will wake up at 4:30 to make sure I get a workout in! I want to though, but we are just starting out and it isn't completely a habit yet.

Kelly Garman said...

I have been beyond busy the last two weeks due to the fact my work revolves around very firm deadlines. One top of the normal working-mother-trying-to-raise-a-husband-and-two-kids responsibilities, I'm living on little sleep and an abundance of built-up frustration.

And my running has suffered. And I miss it. And I want it back.

Thank you, Adam, for telling me to suck it up and make it a priority...no matter what my excuse may be. I have 7 weeks until my first marathon. I want to finish strong and reach my commitment of $5,000 for 'Feed My Starving Children.'

I love, love, love "OFFICE SPACE," by the way. One of my alltime favorites.

Barefoot Neil Z said...

Never too busy to read about running!

Angie Bishop said...

I need to try harder to get out there. I love to run but its been hard to get back into a morning routine. My son Jupiter has to get on the bus in the mornings so I can get out every morning now right after he goes to school.

Thanks for that picture!

C2Iowa said...

On top of all of that -- 6 mi at those paces...awesome. I dream of being that fast.

Andrew Opala said...

... my passion is to write the great American piece of software and then have it sued off of me by a bunch of patent troll lawyers in New Jersey (because my New Hampshire LLC has a mis-spelled word in its name)

... BTW I'm still laughing at your comment on Runner's Fuel about the sour cream and salsa looking like someone's yack!

... Love your pace man! Just love it. And I did not suggest you get breast implants.

gene said...

yea, i've seen that sign, too. the one i saw also said, "and when you race him, he will win." ouch.

Ace said...

"the pleasure's all on this side of the table, trust me. "

-Bob

Jamoosh said...

Yeah, and someone busier than me just face-planted on the sidewalk...

Adrienne said...

Good post. I feel your pain as far as making it fit into life, but from one parent that's been doing it a while to one who is about to start on the journey let me give you a little piece of advice, take it or leave it.

Your whole life will change when you have kids--in a good way. You will be busier and happier than ever. BUT--DON'T, DON'T, DON'T--give up the things that you love to do. In fact write them down because you might forget. I'm not kidding. It will be hard to fit them in, especially when your carting junior to all of their activities, working and trying to sleep (notice I said trying).

I'll leave you with a few runs I have done to show you how fun it will be and that it can be done:

*Went to the gym and ALL of the treadmills were being replaced that day. Had the kids in daycare and so I had to run 6 MILES around a double sized basketball court size space--made track work look exciting.

*Hubs out of town. Super busy day. Training for my marathon and had to get the run in so I put kids to bed, started my 18 mile run on the treadmill in the unfinished basement staring at the concrete wall at 10pm at night. Had to stop at mile 11 and NURSE the baby, then finished up the run.

*Often when I'm trying to hit a certain speed I will plan the run right before dinner and it's a really good motivator to get home. For example: Last time I put the roast in the oven set the timer and I had 45 minutes to get home or dinner would be burned. Haven't burned anything yet, and my roast is really good. Almost as good as my meatloaf.

Anyway, enough about me.

Good luck on fitting everything into your schedule/life. Where there is a will there is a way!

RunningLaur said...

You can do it!
I'm sure I'll be bugging you like crazy soon about all of this 'travel' stuff.

Jill said...

Hang in there...remember you're bringing in the big bucks that baby needs for diapers :).

Luke said...

your a bob? I hope your 10 minute trip to the bathroom isn't like the mid day trips in american beauty.

I have a passion for not working, and for most anything outside. It is even better if I can be not working and outside and taking a picture of what I am doing while i am not at work becasue i am outside.

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Running, writing, family, doing illegal things with my hubby, embarrassing myself by writing embarrassing comments on blogs...

Not necessarily in that order of course : )


I am guessing that running helps you manage your stress and helps you keep your sense of humor.

Take care!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Oh and if you do call your wife while you are in the bathroom. Never, ever flush! That is gross and disgusting! I speak from experience...

Raegun said...

I've recently changed posts with my company and now travel 4-5 days per month. Next time I feel like complaining about my little road trips I'll think of your schedule by comparison and suck it up!

Some days I'd like to swap it for my non-travelling position, but let's face it: watching a bunch of middle-management types get wasted and become super confessional in the hotel bar never gets old. ;)

kilax said...

What an inspiring post - just what I needed, as I head down to KC for an unexpected weekend... now a good 9-mile route down there?

I am not sure what I am passionate about! Not work so much. Running. Being with family and friends. Journaling my life on line :)

Kelly said...

Creepy... you are the SECOND person today who has described their job as a "Bob" from Office Space.

Unless...

Unless you are the SAME person!

Are you dating our meteorologist?

Zaneta said...

I really like that picture!! I just saved it to my comp ;) Hope your lungs start feeling better soon!

Spike said...

That sign is why I love Nike; their crap shoes is why I hate them. The truth for me is simple, sometimes I always make time, other times I don't. And I'm ok with that.

Excellent tempo run, especially being sick.

Her Name is Rio said...

Hopefully this job will get less stressful with time. You're doing great fitting your runs in there!

Johann said...

I really have lots of respect for you with all the travelling and still keeping up the running. I'm bad with running and travelling. I'm one of a lucky few that actually have a passion for what I do as a job. I know it really shows how geeky and dorky I am but loving one's job is great. I certainly have a passion for running and writing as well.

Nitmos said...

You're a Bob? I'm a Peter.

I guess we better not cross paths.

Morgan said...

The Bob's! Ahahahahahahaha

Also, Spike told me about that ad and I hadn't seen it yet! Uber awesome. Must print out.

Matty B. said...

Just checking to see if you listen to NPR's Planet Money. They had an awesome episode involving someone just like you: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2010/02/our_messy_inefficient_economy.html

Chris K said...

Great post Adam. Totally dig the pic - email me if you know how to get hi res. As much as it's tough to keep up what your doing, the alternative (not running) seems worse. I remember this song I used to listen to in college by The Dead Milkmen, it was called, "Birth, School, Work, Death". Kinda brutal, eh?

Christina said...

Having just finished a week of traveling for work I know how tiring it can be, especially if there is a time change. My week was so great that the final day of training was canceled so they could lay off people and the people I had trained the days before that were laid off too. Ain't a recession great?!

Laura said...

Last week I was swamped at work, but made it a point to work out at least 90 minutes a day, in a last-ditch effort to win our firm fitness challenge (didn't work - should have done that sooner). But trying it made me surprised at how easy it was to make time for it! Love that quote.