Sunday, February 3, 2013

A will finds a way


Disclaimer: this post is a bit of a departure from my norm.  I’ll work on getting back to the hilarity tomorrow!

The tagline for my blog is “Boring, with a little bit of life, work, and running mixed in”.  While I am sure that some of you just read my blog for the off chance that I’ll post another picture of me on the toilet (found here, but also in many other posts) some of you might have noticed that I’ve been a bit “off” lately. So, while I would love this post to be about me picking myself up by the $600 Jimmy Choo slingbacks and pushing forward, I have a feeling it is going to be a lot more of “life happens, reassess and move on”.

Little bit of life
Things at home have been...interesting.  Some time back I took the fork in the road less traveled and am still sort of waiting for it to make all of the difference. (Ironically, it is a pet peeve when people do the “I’m going to be vague as a call for attention but then never explain myself” thing. I’ll explain soon, promise.)  The result is that my day to day schedule is pretty wonky. Mornings are spent prepping lunch for my son and getting him to daycare and evenings are spent rough-housing, making sure he doesn’t put forks in electrical outlets, and prepping for the next day!  I'm exhausted when I go to bed and exhausted when I wake up in the morning.

Work
I received a pretty large promotion about 6 months ago that put me one level below Partner....which was renamed to Senior Exec...which was then renamed to Managing Director.  Either way, whenever I make it to the next level, I think I have to wear a white wig.  I have teams both in Arizona as well as the Philippines which means that I work wonky hours and have lots of late night conference calls.  Good for productivity, bad for...everything else.  The workload has grown exponentially over the last months to the point that I’m essentially doing about everything I can to keep my eyeballs above water.  Don’t worry though, I have a snorkel on order from Amazon in case I go under.

Running mixed in
“Mixed in” is a very good way to describe my running.  Because of life and work, running has taken a bit of a back seat.  I would love for my running to be my #1 priority, but the reality is that #1 is my son, #2 is being able to feed my family, and #3 is running.  This has meant that I’ve been doing a lot of evening runs (which I hate) and doing a lot of evening runs followed by morning runs (which are TOUGH).  The consistency hasn’t been there which has led to a number of dings and small injuries. Did I mention the Boston Marathon is in 10 weeks?

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One of my favorite saying is that if you want something done, ask someone who is busier than you are.  Often times, the people who have the most going on become the best at managing their time and getting the things done that matter most.  I’d like to think that I have become a master at this.  I’ve stopped watching most TV, I’m starting to get good at 5 minute showers, and I’ve cut down twitter surfing to a manageable 7 hours a day.

I’m not running like I would like, and a sub 3:00 marathon in Boston seems like a pipe dream, but I have the will – so I’m going to continue to struggle to find a way.

19 comments:

Crystal said...

Thanks for getting real. It's nice to know that you're just as human as the rest of us. Best of luck in all of life and happy running!

RunningLaur said...

Just keep swimming.
And remember, this is your only chance at life. If it means laughing at poop jokes to make your day more fun, it's worth the time :)

Steph said...

You have your priorities in order, unlike a lot of other people. The schedule will smooth out and become manageable over time. You're doing what you can do and doing a better job of it than you think!

Jamie said...

Keep doing what you're doing! You'll be able to fit in what you love soon. Sometimes, life needs change and takes weird detours.

Emily H said...

You are amazing.

Kate Geisen said...

I hope things calm down for you or, failing that, you are able to keep adjusting and rolling with it.

RunningMoose50.com said...

Adam, as already said, you've got your stuff in the right order! Congrats on that promotion and on your son making sure you don't put forks in the outlets. I know my kids have saved me many times from doing something stupid (usually by yelling, "quick, hide, here's comes mom!!"). Whenever you can, don't forget to make some time for yourself for your own sanity. I'm not saying necessarily enough for a run, but even a few minutes to just sit and say, ahhhhh...life is good!

Kayla Moothart said...

When it rains it pours - I feel like the more I get into adult life the longer the period of time that it is raining too. Eventually - things will get a little smoother. Good Luck.

Lish B said...

I work alot with my counterparts in India so I end up working strange hours at times when deadlines are coming up. I feel your pain! Hopefully you keep getting better at managing it.

Sue's Ramblings said...

The inside joke on work-life balance here is: work is your life, the rest is up to you to manage.

The Banter said...

We, as Americans, really need to encourage the word 'wonky' to be in our everyday vernacular. Thanks for leading that charge.

BrennanAnnie said...

I am right there with you. For four months, as I was training for my Ironman, I made everybody else take a backseat. I felt horribly guilty but they understood that this was the exception to my running life. Since the race has been over I have definitely gone back to sporadic running when life does not get in the way and that seems to be happening less and less now. Today is just one more example. Sick kid means mommy is not going to get the run in.

Courtney said...

Good to know I'm not the only one short on time and struggling to balance work, family, training, etc... Being a working parent is hard and finding a balance is often harder. Hang in there, it'll get better. Besides, anything worth having is worth the work you go through to get it.

Al's CL Reviews said...

Priorities are in order.

The rest will work out.

Just don't feel the weight of the world has to be on your shoulders. Don't forget to ask for help if you need it.

stephrunson said...

The work, family, training (and everything else) balance is so difficult to find. And for me, even if I think I've found it, I'm still left feeling guilty when I'm choosing one (say training) over another (time with the kiddos).

It sounds like you're making the best choices for you and your son right now.

Redhead Running said...

Congrats on the promotion!!! That is awesome! Also, keep up the juggling act, at some point it's got to calm down enough that you can take a break and find some time. Sending internet hugs your way.

pensive pumpkin said...

I'm proud of you.

No, really. You are holding up much better than your realize.

I'm also proud of you for taking the deep breath and admitting that you are human. That is hard. That is also what she said. ; )

Big hugs and big props. You've got this.

Glenn Jones said...

Congrats on the promo! Being an Andersen alum, I can appreciate what it took/takes.

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