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Monday, May 07, 2012


I've had a rather full week.

It started off kinda meh on Monday and Tuesday, and then suddenly I got a notification that I'd be interviewed at a rather large financial servies/insurance company on Friday. Hence I had to change a hair appointment to Thursday, which I did.

Hair dude gave me a fab cut. So I go. I was almost late and - get this - I ran through the streets of Boston, in ballerina flats, to get to the interview on time. This, I am able to do! I must've looked a little silly, trench coat flapping behind me. No matter. At least I could do it, eh?

And it looks good, yanno. I am not trying to get my hopes up, or otherwise risk jinxing it. So kindly forgive my vageness. But there is naught to report yet, not really. But it felt good. It was also the first in-person interview I've gotten for this job search. So even in that manner it's something of a victory.

Turning to sports - quite literally.

I ran my (egad, is this right???) 28th 5K race. I finished in 46:02, which is not so great for me. I've only been slower 5 times. Two of those times, oddly enough, I was a good 40 pounds lighter than I am now. For one of them (my first 5K), I was 20 pounds lighter than I am now. This is also my second-slowest time for this year (the first 5K of the year was 21 seconds slower). I was overdressed and hot, and splashed into puddles in an effort to cool off my too-hot feet.


This was a charity race, for Miles for Hope (Brain Tumor research). They gave out medals for top finishers in each division. The divisions were tiny, e. g. women 45 - 49, rather than women 40 - 49. But that's okay.

And I came in third in my division (out of four). So I got a medal! W00t!

It's weird. I know my time could have been considerably better, and it has been. I know that I was hot and that slowed me down. I know that a goodly chunk of the people doing the 5K were walking it. I know that the division was somewhat artificially kept small. I know that this is a lot more like the Participation Generation, where people get rewarded for just showing up.

I know all of that, yet I don't care. I got a medal!!

The last time I got any sort of a non-finisher award for anything athletic was when I was 11 years old and attending horseback riding camp. We had shows at the end of the year and ribbons were given out. I placed fifth (it's a pink ribbon) out of six. Even the gal who was in sixth got a ribbon (the Participation Generation goes back to the summer of 1974, apparently).

I cannot begin to tell you how much silly pride I have in this medal. And how good I feel about not only running this, the 28th 5K, but also about running through Boston in ballerina flats to get to an interview on time.

Life has changed. Neither of these things would have happened a scant five years ago.

I am a new person.

And I've got a medal!!!!
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    YAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!! Congrats on being 3rd!!!!!!!

    I have to laugh - I was in a boat race once, we came in 1st in our class - and last in the entire race!!! But hey, a win is a win!
    3128 days ago
    A new person and a medal to prove it! That's so awesome, JES!
    3128 days ago
    Good for you in winning the medal. Good Lunck on the interview - keep us posted.
    3128 days ago
    I am tutu excited for you.
    Sorry! Couldn't resist the pun, my petite ballerina!

    Hope nothing BARREs your way to the job, and you JETE into the stratosphere of success.
    3128 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    28 5Ks - that's incredible! Well done on showing up for the race - that's more than what 90% of people in our age group are doing. Enjoy that medal because you DO deserve it!
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    3128 days ago
    Racking up those 5Ks...woo hoo! Crossing fingers on job prospects...

    Nailed my 2nd official 5K yesterday myself...gotta pull a blog together on this.

    Keep on celebrating the new, improved, Jes 2.0! Woo hoo!

    3128 days ago
    This is great! So full of accomplishment and hope and great energy. Congrats on your well earned medal. And by the way the new hair is great!
    3128 days ago
    Congrats on your 5K and your medal! Enjoy it, you've earned it. And congrats on your "ballerina run" which is as much of an accomplishment as your actual 5K race. I hope good things come from the interview too.

    Also FWIW, equestrian events frequently award ribbons to the 8th place (I think that's a brown ribbon).
    3128 days ago
    YAY! Where are you going to put the medal? Maybe you could wear it to your 2nd interview at the financial place? emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3128 days ago
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    You get a bunch of medals from me, girl -- you are awesome. Good luck on the interview!!!
    3128 days ago
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