I hadn’t run since Sunday when I attempted a long run and miscalculated the route. From my house to Point Vernon is a hard (for me) 10k. I made it there had a rest and then ran 5k back and walked the rest, 20k in total but not the way I planned to finish off week 3. On Monday I had every intention of smashing week 4 of the plan and then the unexpected happened.
Around 6pm on Monday 19th April, I was just getting ready for dinner when I heard an almighty bang that scared the daylights out of me. I went out the back and saw nothing and then headed out to the front of the house. In the darkness I saw some headlights that looked to be on the driveway facing oncoming traffic. I went back in to get a torch and saw the lights were out and a bloke staggering around on the drive. I rushed down to find that this chap had swerved to avoid a roo, come off the road and managed to flip his jeep to end up on it’s roof across my driveway. The good news is that the roo was unhurt, the driver was very shaken with no more damage than grazed knees where he’d scrambled from the car and the jeep was a write off. Once tow truck was called and he went home life returned to normal. Except that I had a lousy sleep fretting about what could’ve been. I’ve been a first responder, that is very different to having an incident on your doorstep. So with no sleep I didn’t get out for Tuesday’s run and remained out of sorts for the rest of the week. Moral here is drive carefully down dark roads and sadly don’t swerve to avoid the wildlife.
The other complication in my life was a call from a recruiter regarding an opportunity a couple of hundred k’s away. 6 weeks ago we moved the family 150k south to enable school and swim training and despite COVID-19 and the associated issues, it is all going very well. It always seems that just as we get sorted, life throws a spanner in the works. A job opportunity was not on my radar, so this was also causing me some angst. Both of these events were weighing on my mind and my motivation for running had gone out the window, I just couldn’t drive myself to get up and go. Long story short I had an hour of telephone interview that week and then on Tuesday this week an 8 hour round trip drive and a 5 hour interview and now I have an offer for the new position. This is very exciting as it’s a bigger company, bigger role etc, harder to do and a bit more challenging, in a target rich environment, so I’m looking forward to it. Though with this comes more challenges as I’ve to find a home for 5 days a week while I’m at work and clear a house to make it ready for renting. Not a massive challenge but still a challenge. Fortunately my wonderful wife is extremely good at this sort of thing so we have a plan. With this reassurance that we can make this happen I was able to get out for a run.
Not the fastest and it was a bit painful in places. The important thing is I did it and met the 100k goal for the month. Now with everything else I have happening over the next 6 weeks it’s going to be a challenge to keep up with the marathon plan, so I think that’s going into a holding pattern and I aim for 100k per month as a baseline once again. Once I’m settled I’ll be back on to it.
That’s my news. Never a dull moment and I’m looking forward to finding new running routes after I move. In the meantime Happy Running.