For a while, I was complaining that I was frequently bored at work and had nothing to do. And while that is, unfortunately, still often true, I do have a pretty huge deadline for a project I’ve been putting a ton of time into looming on Tuesday. Things are mostly done, and I’m not too worried, but looming deadlines on group projects mean a lot of meetings, and this project is definitely not an exception.
The good news is I really like meetings because they a) give me an opportunity to get to know other people, b) pretty much always help me learn something new, and c) are generally where I get opportunities to volunteer for work and then am less bored because I have things to do.
The bad news is the people I’ve been in these meetings with are in a variety of time zones, which means a lot of late meetings for people like me for are in EST.
On June 2nd I ran 1.31 miles. It took me 14 minutes and 30 seconds with an average pace of 11:05 miles/minute, and when I stopped I thought that I might die. With that experience behind me, I decided to set a somewhat conservative but attainable goal of being able to run a 10k (6.2 miles) by the beginning of August.
On June 26th, I ran that 10k in a little over an hour with an average pace of 11:03 minutes/mile, and when I stopped I felt phenomenal – I even half danced the rest of the way home.
Reaching my goal, especially in less than half the amount of time I had planned, felt amazing. Fantastic, in fact. And in getting there, I’ve learned some things about establishing habits and routines that started in an effort to get in better shape, but that I now see can be applied to pretty much any part of responsible adulting. So here’s what I’ve learned (part one):