Fit Five Friday with the Ultimate Coffee Date August
Time flies when you are having fun, right? It’s that time of week again! Fit Five Friday with with your FIVE amazing hosts – me, My First 5K and More, Running With Attitude, Runs with Pugs, Zenaida ! Feel free to join in on the fun!
Welcome to the Fit Five Friday
What the heck happened? Suddenly it’s AUGUST??? As the temps have been raging for most of us, how about an iced latte (your choice of cow or plant milk) and we can have a chat.
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If we were having coffee…
First of all, I would tell you that I had great intentions in July. Especially with
- the gym
- working on my job situation
I kind of failed at the gym. I did manage two weeks in a row, but heat, commuting, and prioritising running got in the way. Plus I also was away for a week and before you know it, it will be an entire month since I’ve been to the gym.
The good news is though, that while I’m not sure I was 100% on my running schedule, I really did do my best to make it a priority, even by getting up early in the morning to do my runs due to the stifling heat and humidity. Yes. Me. I may not ever be a member of the 5am club; I have so many failed attempts at this, but at least I have made the training a priority.
And as the caption says, this is the most kilometres run in a month since May 2020. Not a big deal to some, but a big deal to me.
If we were having coffee…
I would tell you that the job situation and the job search is taking up a LOT of rent-free space in my head right now. At the same time I am very angry about certain decisions that have been made, I’m also doing everything in my power to remain professional and do my job to the utmost ability. Next to that I’m looking for a new job which also takes up time and energy. I’ve actually had 3 interviews since May and all 3 haven’t panned out.
I get a lot of rejections, sometimes almost immediately as I’m sure companies are using key word searches on resumes that are submitted. Maybe I’m too old, too expensive, don’t have the degrees companies want (and 30 years experience doesn’t count) – I don’t know. If you can’t get your foot in the door, you also can’t tell that company why you would be the best person for that job. Hmmmph. Oh well. Onwards.
If we were having coffee…
I’d tell you I ticked one of my parkruns off the Run the Rhine challenge but it wasn’t the one I planned to do nor was it even the 2nd choice!
We spent 6 days away from home in July, traveling down to Basel, Switzerland, purposely, mind you, so that we could run in Weihl am Rhein, at the Dreinländergarten parkrun, just over the border. Our whole trip was planned around this parkrun! We were even going to run there, do parkrun and run back!
As luck would have it, we checked the website the night before while we were pizzaloading and that particular parkrun event was cancelled due to another event happening in the park that day.
So here we were in the Most Expensive Place in Europe and we had to drive back into Germany about 60 kilometres to attend Dietenbach parkrun in Frieburg instead.
Wasn’t a bad thing to be honest – though it was like 172% humidity it was a super nice parkrun, nice people, nice volunteers; we had a great time! One of the participants who I chatted with prior to the start came to me after I finished, with another woman who was leading a yoga warmup, and asked me if I wanted to go into the lake with them. Normally I don’t do that sort of thing but I thought WHAT THE HEY and went for it. I took off my shoes, socks and my top and went in the water in the rest of my running gear.
Life is short my friends. Nobody GAF if you jump in the lake with your clothes on while it’s so hot.
Coffee with the group was a lot of fun afterwards too. I’m glad we ended up in Freiburg.
If we were having coffee…
I’d mention that now that it’s August, I’m focusing on getting through the Half Marathon in Stavanger, Norway. It’s on the 27th. I’m nervous about it, about the time limit, but now I just have to focus on my training and do it. The air travel situation is not making my nerves any calmer – our original flights booked have already been cancelled and rebooked for later departure from Amsterdam and earlier departure from Stavanger. As there is literally nothing we can do about the chaos at the airport, I’m just going to work on being zen about it.
The last thing I’d tell you over coffee…
I’m not setting any goals this month. Just working towards Stavanger and then Chicago. And then, my friends, I will work on something that involves less distance!
What would you tell me over coffee?
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Glad you jumped in! I’ll bet that felt great!
Good luck with the half & getting there. Travel (the actual getting there) can be such a bummer these days). Hopefully everything goes really smoothly with you!
I kinda want to say be thankful you have a job, because imagine getting all those rejections (or never even hearing from them) when you were unexpectedly laid off. But I do know that looking for a job nowadays is a really soul crushing experience.Hugs.
Thanks so much Judy. And believe me, I AM very thankful I have a job. I know it could be a more unfortunate situation. Indeed it really can be soul crushing.
I know you do, and I don’t at all mean to minimize the pain of looking for a new job — because it’s HARD.
Good luck with your job search. I hope you find one that meets your needs. I hate my job… a lot. But the thought of looking for a job….
I have failed often at the gym but like you I’m trying to run before work. It’s hard but I feel better when I do.
Your trip to Basel sounded wonderful. Switzerland is such an expensive place… even back when I was there many years ago.
My half is a week after yours – Sept 3. Hope you have no travel hassles and you enjoy the race.
When I ran NYC marathon, I ran a half as a training run twice.
Thanks Darlene. It’s definitely not fun looking for a new job.
I really hope to get the gym at least 4 times this new month. But hate to make it a goal because, well, you know…
Switzerland really is and has always been expensive! but so beautiful!
Keep your fingers crossed for us traveling!
Ron used to run marathons to train for a marathon! ha! what a nut bag LOL
I can imagine that the job search is frustrating! There seems to be lots of jobs out there so hopefully you will find something that suits you. Summer running is so challenging hoping for an early fall :)
Sounds like that alternative park run was even better than the first! Love the post run dip and coffee!
Good luck prepping for and getting to your half marathon. We just had no issues traveling to Spain from the US and all around Spain (via train). Hope you have no issues!
“Pizzaloading” — love it! So lucky you checked the website the night before. I’m impressed you drove to the other Parkrun. I’m not usually that adventurous.
Sorry about the work woes and job hunt frustration. I was having an existential crisis about work last week but I’m not sure any other options would be better. For the first time ever I’m wondering, though. (I’ve been with my firm for 30 years)
You have had a LOT on your plate, and much of it looks to have involved some (or much) stress. I’m glad you took the plunge & got in the water! How liberating that must have felt! I hope your job search takes a promising turn…..thinking of you <3
Your getaway to Basel sounds amazing. Switzerland is the one place I really wanted to visit in Europe that we haven’t yet made it to. Sorry about the job search. I seem to it up against the “we’re going for a younger demographic” almost daily in my job these days. Sigh. Love that you jumped in the lake!
That cool water must have felt so good after your hot and sweaty run! Good luck with your half later this month and then Chicago.
I hope your job search turns around and you find something you love and where you’e appreciated.
Good luck with the job search! I hope you find something you love as well. How is the training for Chicago coming along?
The whole job search thing can be so frustrating! Keep the faith – it took me a quite a bit to land something. Sending you lots of good vibes!
Best of luck with your half! I’m so excited for you to run Chicago!
I haven’t been doing all that great with the gym-ing either but planning on turning that around shortly!
Best of luck to you on your job search and on the half marathon! I hope traveling goes super-smoothly!
I feel like a few of us in the blogger group are struggling with work right now. I wonder why? I can tell you that my job has gotten crazy stressful–so busy and all the mental health issues we are seeing is really taking a toll. I hope you find something else soon!
Good luck with the half marathon! I hadn’t realized it was coming up so soon!