Friday, June 15, 2012

Running With Work

The KL Marathon is seriously just peeking around the corner and the butterflies are starting to pile up in my tummy. The countdown has begun with only 9 days to go and I seriously hope I've done enough to see it through to the finish in one piece.

I've cut back on my mileage since Monday and don't see myself running much save for this Sunday's TM Fan run and maybe a short run on Tuesday with the biggie being saved for the KL Marathon next week. Cutting back on my mileage wasn't really what I was planning to do but work has got in the way (which is a blessing, really) and I simply can't find the time or energy to squeeze in my regular runs this week. At least I'll be bringing fresh legs to the race next week.

I was actually planning a few easy runs this week but work has suddenly piled up since last week with some near impossible deadlines that have upped my stress level by a factor of ten! While I enjoy doing projects that involve running, the deadlines coupled with extremely last minute and labour intensive work involved can be pretty hard on me, especially since I take a hands-on approach to things.

The past two weeks or so has seen me working on four 'running' project simultaneously starting with the PNM launch, the TM Fan run, The Shape Night run promo buntings and now moving on to the NTV7 Feel Good Run project. It's been a nonstop production nightmare for me and the boys in the office making sure everything is delivered as promised. So far, even with the incredibly tight deadlines, we've been delivering our end of the bargain pretty well.

While I'm happy that there is decent business coming in regularly, I'm not at all happy that it's putting a huge dent on my training schedule. Most times I'm pretty beat up by the time I get home and have to force myself to lace up and run, though once I'm out running it's a good stress buster.

Sometimes though, I just wish I was working in an industry that had fixed working hours so I could actually plan and accomplish regular run sessions. But I make the most out of the situation and squeeze in whatever training time I can muster.

While I would have preferred much more training time before the KL Marathon, I'm happy with what I've accomplished so far and am eagerly looking forward to the marathon next week, butterflies and all. I can't believe that it was only last year I was standing by in awe looking at all the marathon runners being flagged off and this year, I'll be joining them down that long 42KM of hell :D

Anyways, wishing all of you, the TM Fan run participants this weekend and the SCKLM runners next week all the best! Looking forward to seeing some familiar faces at both the events.

10 comments:

  1. You win some. You lose some.

    But hey! You've been putting a lot of effort prior and I bet you'll have a good race come SCKLM (and others too!)

    You are sure one busy (and lucky) guy, Nick!

    Good luck and have fun this Sunday!

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    1. Busy, yes, lucky, don't know ... LOL!

      I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that all goes well for the KL marathon. The haze worries me though.

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  2. Well, don't think too much about it. U hv worked towards it for a while and seriously, two weeks is really not going to make a big difference. Just go out there and try to soak in the experience. And after that, see what u need to work on and tackle it. One step at a time.

    My only concern is the haze though.....

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    1. Thanks for the tips and advise Francis, coming from a season veteran like you means a lot :D I'm just going to enjoyed the whole thing as best as I can.

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  3. I tend to agree with Francis. The same situation for me. I was feeling rather confident prior to the long drawn illness but now I just have to "play by my feelings" on race day and adjust accordingly. Sometimes things may unfold quite surprisingly though. So just go with the flow and don't get too hung up on it given the circumstances. Good luck and for your first go on the conservative side and don't injure yourself. You'll already run your best marathon by default.

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    1. Thanks Jamie. I'm definitely taking your advise on being conservative with the run. After all, I intend to run lots more and don't really want to screw myself up after my first FM :D

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  4. Good luck and have fun!
    Hopefully the haze will be gone by next Sunday.

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    1. Thanks Neoh. I'll be looking forward to starting with you :D

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