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