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Monday, January 16, 2012

I never thought I would say that I love running. I've been trying to work this sickness out, so I've been laying low on the intensity of my workouts, allowing my body to heal. My mind, however, does not agree with that. I use running as my mode of escapism. I get out, and run until I don't care about my life's little worries. I've just been restless since I haven't been running.
Yesterday was the Louisiana Marathon. I know this because it took me 30 minutes to find a way across the route so I could go grocery shopping. I saw the people running by and was inspired. I put the harness on Riley and went across the street, so I could see a little scenery on my run. I didn't focus on any intervals, no running for 3 minutes, walk for 1 minute. Just to run however I felt like it. If I felt like I needed to walk, I walked. If I wanted to run, I ran. I ended up going 2.5 miles in 37 minutes - a 14.8 minute mile. Slower than my race pace, but I had to stop to do some coughing at times.
This morning was no different. I didn't have to come into work until 9am. Laced up, harnessed Riley up and went out. Smooth run, got gawked at by some construction workers, coughed some, and tripped over Riley a few times as he stopped mid-stride to stalk the squirrels. Finished up with 2.2 mi in 34 minutes - 15.5 minute mile. That's still walking according to SP, but if I'm drenched at the end like I was this morning and it was only 55 degrees out, that's more than walking. I have some catching up to do, and once I quit coughing, things should go more quickly, and I'll get back to the structured runs.
Oh well, back to work, break over. I volunteered to work today because no one else wanted to. I'm hoping for a promotion that I applied for, so anything to make myself look like a hard worker without being vicious about it. I likely won't know anything about the promotion for a few more months, given that they haven't even started interviewing yet. In this male-dominated industry [Video Games], I'm trying to make a name for myself and as well as get more women in management. There is only 1 female in management while there is 40 people in managing positions at my facility. Even then, she wasn't hired from within like the majority of managers are. That needs to change.
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