Ok, so clearly karma works in the strangest of way for me these days. Yesterday I was wallowing in self pity, wondering when things would turn around for me regarding work, and running was just so so. I've had great improvements in both areas that I have to share!!!
Ok, so first of all, I did go out and have a long, slow run that was overdue from Sunday. I was scheduled to do 10km, and was a bit nervous because I haven't done that distance in ages. Pretty much since my first and only official race, which was the May Race Weekend in Ottawa Ontario, back in 2009. I had been training for the run mostly on a treadmill over the winter, and in the month before the race, it was cool and wet out on the roads. Well, the day of the race, the temperature skyrocketed, and I wasn't prepared. At about 7k, I crashed hardcore, I couldn't convince myself to keep moving. I finished with a time of 1:07:45, but felt I could have done much better.
So Yesterday, I decide to go out for my run at 2pm. Normally I would never consider running at this time, but I didn't think it would be that bad temperature-wise. WRONG! It was at least 25 degrees, and humid. I immediately regretted my decision to go outside, but dedicated myself to do it anyways, just slower than usual. I went at it, and actually fared pretty well. I stopped a certain number of scheduled periods, and even had one additional stop to fill up my water bottle at a local park. So it was surprising to me when I got home and found that my warm up, run and cool down took a total of 1:15! That was amazing to me, it meant I totally beat my race time, and might have accidentally done my slow long 10k in one hour! :D
As for the work progress, I was partially depressed because of the number of places I had contacted looking for positions and getting negative answers. I had one glimmer of hope from a firm that was hiring, but wasn't sure if they wanted a "first year call" IE a new lawyer. So I continued to be persistent, reminding them I was around, and I was shocked to get a call back with terms for employment and an interview this afternoon! The interview went really well - I actually had more questions for them than they had for me. This is mostly because it would be a commission based job, which is a bit scary because there is no set income month to month. That being said, I would be taking on my own files (also scary!) working decent hours, in a small firm with great people, and I would be gaining some great experience. I think I stand a chance, now I just have to wait and see if it is offered to me. There will definitely be some challenges, but I have to be up for them. I hope that they would help me avoid any lawsuits and help me really learn along the way. So fingers crossed that I might not be unemployed anymore!!!!