Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Working Girl

No more mornings sleeping in
No more daytime LMN*.

No more couch potato days
Spent lazily in my p-j's.

My green pleather sofa I will miss
But it's time for a goodbye kiss.

I'm once again a working girl,
Thank you Jesus, I desperately need the dollar bills.


*Lifetime Movie Network

Unfortunately, I have no running achievements to mention but can proudly say that I (finally) start work tomorrow - at a physical therapy office! It only took 3 months after we moved up here but I finally found a friggin job. Yay! I'm excited (and a bit nervous) to get back to work, meet people, and get into a schedule of some sort. I found the job on craigslist - which was surprising b/c until now I'd thought almost everything listed on there was a scam or b.s. of some kind - and interviewed for it about a week and a half ago. I was told during the interview that they were going to do a "round 2" for whoever they wanted to interview again. It would be an informal interview to meet the other therapists and see how well the personalities meshed. I was extremely nervous as I was driving to the interview and almost wanted to turn around and go back home. My stomach was killing me, my heart was racing and I felt all gaggy. I arrived early and was pleasantly surprised by how beautiful the office was. It's a tastefully decorated, open area on the 9th floor of a huge building downtown Nashville. There are gigantic floor to ceiling windows that overlook rolling hills and downtown. When I met the interviewer I felt as if we clicked almost immediately. She completely put me at ease. There were several times during the interview that we'd deviate from the question she'd asked and start talking about anything from jewelry to "reality" tv. I felt so comfortable, in fact, that after she described her role in the office that I told her she was "kind of like the Michael Scott of the office". She didn't get the reference right away and I thought "Oh shit, maybe I should have reconsidered this". Then I asked, "Do you watch The Office?" and she said "Yes, I love that show". Looking back on it I'm lucky she didn't misconstrue my comment and think I was calling her a complete moron. Oy. After the interview as I drove home I was smiling the entire way. I felt SO good about the interview. I tried my best not to get my hopes up too high; Dave found himself in a similar situation back in Feb when he interviewed for a job and I would have bet $100 that he absolutely had the job...and then he didn't get it. So while I was excited about the experience, that situation was in the back of my mind the entire time warning me not to call off my job hunt just yet.

A few days later, I think it was last Tuesday, she called to see if I was still interested in the job. I said "absolutely" and she said "Although I planned on doing a second round of interviews, I had such a good feeling after your interview that I'd like to offer you the job". I was stoked! Not only did I want the job hella bad but was extremely flattered that I'd made such a good impression that she decided to ditch the second round of interviews. Score! It was funny b/c I told her how I left there and was in such a good mood b/c I got such a great vibe from her and the office and how excited I was about the job and she said "Me too! I was in such a good mood after you left and thought what a great way that was to end the week". Good stuff. The only drawback it that it's a bit of a hike: probably between 45 minutes and an hour each way. But I'm fine with it b/c I got a great feeling from the people and office when I was there and physical therapy is something that has always interested me. In fact, when I began taking college classes, I was actually taking prerequisites for P.T. Unfortunately, I was told by several people that the "supply had met the demand" and there wasn't that much of a need for P.T.'s. These comments, along with the fact that P.T. had recently become a Master's Program were enough to dissuade me from pursuing it. Of course now I wish I'd been forward thinking enough to realize that the pendulum has to swing the other way as Baby Boomers age, etc. Oh well. I'm hoping that my proximity to the field and other therapists will help me decide whether it's still something I'm interested in pursuing.

I had no long run last week. Boo! It's incredible how my weeks of running can be as different as night and day from one to the next. Two weeks ago I was absolutely pumped and was very focused on running and moving my ass in general. Last week I was more concerned with sitting on my ass than moving it. I couldn't seem to muster much excitement or motivation to move. I think I ran 7 miles the entire week. This week isn't shaping up to be much more promising. I've done 5 miles so far and contemplated doing 9 or 10 today but there is another part of me that is more concerned with fully enjoying my last day of freedom by watching t.v., reading, organizing the house, and cleaning (in preparation for company this weekend). I did do yoga, so at least that's something. I know I really should just do the friggin long run b/c there probably won't be much time over the weekend. God I wish I had a trainer or running buddy to keep me in line. Grr.

In other news I was on last week b/c for the life of me I could not think of all the food groups - which I feel like a moron for admitting but oh well. I noticed a link on the page for "MyPyramid Menu Planner" and thought that sounded interesting so I clicked on it. The page requires you to enter your height, weight, age, gender, and level of physical activity. With a bit of trepidation I entered the information. I know I'm bigger than I should be for my height but was unprepared to be taken to a warning screen that advised the following:

"The weight you entered is above the healthy range for your height. This may increase your risk for health problems. Some people who are overweight should consider weight loss. For more information about health risks and whether you should try to lose weight click here, or talk with your health care provider."

Ouch. I then had the option to view menu plans for my current weight or "to move toward a healthier weight". I guiltily chose the latter. I guess it's better to "keep it real" but it still stung a bit.

I guess that's it for now. I hope I have exciting running news to post in the next few days. If anyone in the Nashville/Murfreesboro area happens to read this and wants a running partner, please leave me a comment. I need you!!


MissAllycat said...

Congrats on the job!! That Is So Awesome!!

I'm getting nervous for your marathon!! My marathon is a week before yours and I did an 18-miler last week...What training program are you using? Hope this doesn't come off as butting into your biz-ness...but I'm just a concerned friend. :)

*jen* said...

Damn. That is pretty scary. I guess part of the problem is that I'm not really following one... I'm sorta wingin' it, which is dawning on me as an incredibly assinine thing when I see that you just did 18 and I'm stuck at 8. I don't see it as butting in - I appreciate your concern. I gotta get my butt in gear. I've kinda realized it but this just solidified it.

What plan do you use?

Rachel said...

Yea c'mon Jen...let's put some fire under your tush and get you running! J/k! But seriously...let's see those long runs!

Congrats on the job!!! That is so awesome that you found a nice office to work in.

*aron* said...

CONGRATS on the job!!!!

you know when i am busier i am better with my workouts, maybe having a job and being busy will get the runs going!! lets see the long runs!! just over 2 months to go!!!!! maybe if you find a training plan then it will give you something to stick to?? you can do it girl!!!!

Emily said...

1. I love Lifetime movies! Used to watch them with my grandma.

2. Congratulations on the job. I hope it's something you love doing!

3. For me having a training plan that somebody else developed works well. I know that if I do what they say, I can do it (learned that for my first 10k training.) I've also learned that I don't always have to do EVERY run they say and I can still do it, which is bad news. I wish I didn't know that. Google Hal Higdon. I've liked his programs in the past.

This is getting long, but I'm almost done. You seem to me to have some natural running ability because you run about 10 min/miles, am I right? That's great. You can TOTALLY do this. You just need to get the miles in!!! Make it a weekend priority and reward yourself.

MissAllycat said...

I'm following an edited version of the Running Room's marathon plan...I tweaked it a bit now that I know what works for me (my body doesn't respond well to adding miles to my long run Every Single Week - it's happier when I do a long run and then do a cut back week. I ran 18 last weekend but am "only" doing 13-16 this weekend, and then will do 18-20 next weekend, etc).

I'm a big advocate of following "someone else's" plan - I've done several Hal Higdon plans and they always treat me right. :)

Good luck!!

SueBob said...

Congrats on the new job! That is great that you found something you are excited about.

"If you think you can, or think you can't, you're right."

~Henry Ford