Today was an extremely busy day!
I went to Veteran’s Administration to start learning how to navigate through its system. I was extremely impressed with the level of service, professionalism and courtesy, I was shown throughout my time over at Togus.
After that I went to the Maine Career Center in Augusta. The Veteran’s Counselor had a great suggestion for me, but I have to hustle, the deadline for applying for this position is the 29th and surprise I have decided to apply. Wish me luck.
I like retirement a lot, but with costs rising like they are, the budget is getting tighter than is comfortable. We are not in desperate straits or anything, so I can and will be a picky about what I decide to do, plus everyone tells me I am too young to be “retired”. 😉
So what does all of that have to do with running?
Running helps relieve stress and I needed to unwind a little after working on my résumé, calling people for references and putting a lot of my work history online into a job database. I was ready for the run, when I changed out.
My scheduled run was for 4.0 and I did 3.5, so I was happy. I will admit that I was pretty tired from yesterday’s long run and my legs definitely did not like coming back up the hills. So I just moved along comfortably, without trying to push too hard.
Plus it was still a little muddy down-back, so I couldn’t just run, I had to pick my lines, otherwise you step in ankle-deep mud and I just didn’t feel like doing that today :-).
I can feel myself getting in better shape and am definitely losing the weight like I want too, but I notice that the lack of speed work is affecting my how fast I run a bit. I am pretty much staying over a 9:00 minute pace for almost all the runs now and you know something I really don’t mind. It is more important for me to have a good running base and get to my goal weight than it is to run fast now. Fast will come later :-).
During the run, I had a chance to think about what I am doing and know that it is the right time to start seriously thinking about re-entering the workforce. If I could get this job, I would be very happy, if not some other work that I will enjoy the work, are what is important to me now.
Now to double-check all the information I have done so far, make sure that the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted, while making sure I have all the correct terminology in the application (key words).
You know that run did make a difference, because before the run, I was still a little wishy-washy about applying for this position and I did a lot of thinking while I was running. After finishing I know that I am going in the right direction by applying for this job.
Anyone need a great worker, who lives in the Augusta, Maine area – I’m back and available! 🙂