Day 235…

11.8.12

Well Thursday has managed to make its way to me rather quickly as this week is flying by.  I’m up and after the standard routine of walking the pup and getting ready for work, I head to the train.  Unfortunately, the N/R/Q is still not running past 34th St. so I’m on the 6 again this morning and it is absurdly packed.  I had to let 4 trains go by before I could squeeze on.  I really hope that they get all of the lines back up and running soon as it is somewhat of a pain in the ass to get to the office when I have to take the 6…

Work is going to be busy again today.  We are prepping for a big client presentation tomorrow so it’s going to be a lot of back and forth to make sure that the presentation perfect.  To top all of that, we just have a lot of deliverables on the list and tons of calls, so as I said – it’s a busy one here…

Making our way through the day and I’m happy to report that I am no where near as sore as I was after my last session with my trainer.  I feel really good and that only makes me think that I will be able to bounce back quicker than anticipated.  I’m hoping that my run this weekend goes as well as last weeks as I officially signed up for my first race since finishing treatment (it’s on 12/15) and I have some time goals in mind…

Back to the work at hand so I can try to finish up all that is needed and then head out for the evening.  I’m looking forward to seeing Trente and Lou as we finally have plans to see one another after months of trying to get something scheduled.  I haven’t seen them in ages – probably 2 years which means the last time I saw them they just had their second kid.  Where does the time go?…We meet up at a bar close to the office, have a few drinks and as it always tends to be with close friends from the past, you pick up right where you left off.  We have lots of laughs, grab some dinner and I head home to the pup and to a night of what I hope is good sleep…

Until then all…

Day 234…

11.7.12

Waking up and it is wall-to-wall election coverage everywhere you turn (TV, Internet, Radio, Newspaper, people). Obviously the election last night is the hot-button topic of the day, and it really should be.  The election is a such an important piece of our fabric as citizens, and it makes me happy to see how many people got involved in the voting process…

To the gym I go to pick up from my last session with my trainer as the weather is cooperating (for now as we expect another major storm today/tonight).  Of course she immediately turns the screws on me and starts me off with running six flights of stairs and then it is straight into more exercises.  Honestly, it is 30 consecutive minutes of joy/hell.  I love being able to work out, but man, she pushes the limits for me…I finish the workout, shower and head to the office…

Pick up some breakfast and straight into meetings I go…there is a very urgent client request that I have to respond to and that ends up consuming the majority of my morning…of course I’m starving, even after I finish breakfast, so I grab some almonds to try to hold me over until lunch gets here…once I start working out and running with regularity, all I’m going to do is eat.  I can’t keep up with my metabolism, but I do love to eat, so there could be worse things to deal with…

Work through lunch and into more meetings I go…the weather has taken a quick turn for the worse as it is snowing hard and the wind is literally blowing it sideways.  This is the absolute last thing our region needs after Sandy.  People are still reeling from that storm and now the temps have dropped and snow is falling.  We need a break…

Having more snacks (don’t judge me!) and then wrapping up the day to head out into the storm…

It’s nasty out…to dinner, drinks then to the pup and finally bed…

Night all…

Day 233…

11.6.12

Happy election day to one and to all.  I’m up early to head to the polls and do my part as an American citizen.  I get to the polling location and can already see that it will be quite a process to place my vote.  Unfortunately there is an immense amount of disorganization at my location.  Very long lines and a lot of confusion about the new format where voters have to fill out their ballot SAT style and then place them into a scanner to be read and logged…

The line for my district seems to be twice the length of the other lines.  People are starting to get antsy and I can already guess that there will be fireworks before I leave.  At this point, I’ve been in line for a solid 30min and haven’t made much progress.  The volunteers that are checking the voter log book are moving at a snails pace…the powder keg ignites and a woman starts yelling at the unfortunate volunteer.  While I feel bad for the volunteer, the woman is raising her voice on behalf of all of us so I can’t really fault her.  She points out that there should be TWO lines instead of ONE as the alphabet should be split as that is how the log books are organized.  The volunteers realize their mistake and split us up.  I go to the line that I’m told and continue to wait…I wait more…still waiting…finally I make my way to the front of the line only to be told that they made a mistake in splitting the alphabet and that I should be in the other line.  I do my best to be patient about this, so I calmly tell the official what happened and that they need to put me in the front of the line that I am supposed to be in…thankfully they do this and I get my voter forms and head to the ‘privacy booth’ to fill out my selections…

I make my way with my selections to the scanner only to find out that ALL OF THE SCANNERS ARE BROKEN…are you kidding me?!?!  The officials say that it is ok and they take my from and put it with the rest of the forms into the ‘emergency ballot box’.  My confidence level that my votes are going to actually be counted is about 0%, but I have to hope they get the scanners fixed and my votes are counted.  I’m far less concerned about my presidential vote as I know NY is already decided, but there are local elections that are just as important…overall, it was an hour of pain to vote…this country has to find a better way for us to vote…

Finally I am able to leave the voting location and I practically break into a jog to get to my client meeting in midtown.  I make it in time and we have a great meeting with our client…back in the office and it is even more meetings…we are slammed, but again, like I said yesterday, it’s great to be busy…

Eating lunch at my desk and getting through more work before more meetings…the day finally begins to draw to a close and I head home to eat dinner (I’m having a craving for udon/ramen) and to watch the returns come in…

Although many felt that the race was going to be tight, the statistical experts feel like it will not be a close race…the early returns keep this race incredibly tight and there is a growing sense of uneasiness that Obama may not get reelected…slowly he begins to build momentum, but I’m fading and trying to fight falling asleep which is really silly considering that I have such sleep issues…I give in and fall asleep before it is decided, but I wake up to texts from friends telling me Obama won…I can now try to sleep the rest of the night…

Until tomorrow all…

Day 232…

11.5.12

Waking up to a “normal” Monday today and getting ready to finally head back to the office after a week of working from home due to the wrath of Sandy.  I’m actually really excited to get out of the house and into the office to see my colleagues and just to get back to a normal routine as last week was nothing close to normal at all.  Going through the routine of walking the pup, showering and heading out.  I wonder how the commute will be today as my normal subway line is still not running downtown, so I’d have to bet that the 6 will be slammed with people.  I’m hoping that by leaving earlier than normal that I’ll be ok for the ride in…

Thankfully the ride was easy and no where near the congestion I was expecting.  There is quite a buzz/energy in the office.  Everyone is swapping stories about the week and we are all just really happy to see one another and to see that everyone is doing well…we jump right into meetings and set expectations for the week as it is going to be incredibly busy and we have a lot to catch up on…

Day is flying by as it is heads down and work, work, work.  I’m getting a lot done and am enjoying being back.  Before I know it we’ve had lunch and are immersed in afternoon meetings…I’m beginning to wind things down before heading out for dinner and home to the pup…

Will be getting up early tomorrow to vote…hope you all do the same…

Night all…

Days 228 – 231…

11.1.12 – 11.4.12

So apologies for not staying on the daily post schedule.  I vow to get back to that starting with this post.  Things as I’m sure you can imagine have been rather out of sorts with the storm and such.  As mentioned in my last post, while fortunate to not experience loss of power, I was keeping busy with work and friends and trying to stay supportive as best I could during the past week…

Some highlights of the past few days would be…seeing a lot of my friends, spending quality time with the pup, seeing my sister, taking long walks and a real highlight – running 6+ miles for the first time since I was sick…

The run yesterday with Andre was fantastic based on a few things.  For one, I did not have a good night of sleep at all, but I decided that I needed to run anyway, so when you couple a poor night of sleep, daylight savings time and general stress from life/the storm, I was a bit unsure as to how the run would go.  Andre and I hit the park at 945 in the morning and were greeted by thousands of runners who decided to run an unofficial marathon since the real race was cancelled (more on that to come)…we talked about doing the full loop and set off on the run.  It was cold, but really great to have that cold, clean air in the lungs.  It started off a bit slow as it took the legs a bit to warm up, but we hit our pace nicely and decided to go for the full loop.  It was so inspirational to see all of the runners in the park that were due to run the marathon yesterday.  I really felt for Andre as he was one of those who lost their spot in the race and was likely going to run a ridiculously fast time of 3:10 or faster…

**Side note, as a runner and as a citizen of NYC, I was beyond appalled by the way in which NYRR (specifically Mary Wittenberg) and the Mayor’s office handled the cancellation of the race.  Was it the right decision for the city?  Absolutely as the city was not prepared to host the scale of the marathon after the devastation from Sandy, nor should the resources have been applied to the race when so much of the city was in need.  What would have been the right play?  Canceling the race should have happened on Tuesday when the scale of the disaster was apparent.  It was so irresponsible and unconscionable to cancel the race less than 48hrs before it was due to begin.  Half of the entrants (20,000+ people) were coming from out of town and as a result of the late cancellation they are now out countless dollars that will never be reimbursed.  It pains me for those people along with all of the other runners who dedicated endless miles of training to the race.  But I also feel so badly for the people of the city and NJ and CT who are still struggling without power and heat and access to their normal daily things.  There are other issues with NYRR that should be brought to light, but that will happen on another day.  The focus should be on the people that are still struggling…

Other items of note – I’m still not sleeping well and may need to find a sleep therapist as the lack of sleep is really beginning to add up from a mental and physical standpoint.  Aside from the sleep issue, I’ve been feeling really great physically and am excited as to what the rest of the year and next year have in store for me as I build my body back and start running races again…

Tomorrow we are back to daily updates…

Until then…

Days 223 – 227…

10.27.12 – 10.31.12

First and foremost, I hope that everyone, their friends, families, colleagues and loved ones are safe and sound after a rather tumultuous stretch of days.  It goes without saying the hardship Sandy has caused for people and my heart goes out to everyone who is dealing with any sort of loss (electricity, physical home damage, etc.)…

I have been one of the more fortunate ones during the storm in that my apartment thankfully did not lose power.  It flickered a few times on Monday evening, but other than that, I have been able to have electricity and hot water.  The Internet was down in my area for a bit, but it has since been restored…

My office is in one of the zones that is without electricity, so I’ve been working from home each day which has been rather trying at times, but we are all managing the best we can considering the circumstances.  Last we heard is that we could be open on Friday – which would be great…

Walking through the city and seeing the destruction is very depressing   You can see the strain on peoples faces.  The mental toll can be as tough as the physical toll.  I continue to hope that everyone does what they always do here in NYC – find a way to prevail.  I know it will happen.  As tough as it is, as hard as things get, we will find a way to get through it all…

I’ll update again daily moving forward…sorry for going off the grid…

Until tomorrow…

Day 222…

10.26.12

Dragging today – the week has totally caught up to me, but physically I’m feeling more and more like myself after finally recovering from the gym and everything else.  Hoping for an easy day in the office and then letting the weekend begin…grabbing my usual coffee and into the office I go…

Seems like I’m not the only one with cobwebs this morning as our group seems to be in a bit of a haze.  We hit our stride pretty quickly though and begin to knock out our work…there is a lot of talk in the office about the coming storm/hurricane/Frankenstorm and people are wondering if it is going to be as bad as they are predicting.  I’m really hoping that things are not as bad as they are thinking it could be – especially after the mess of last years freak Halloween storm that wreaked havoc on everyone…

Breaking for lunch…not going to lie, I really don’t like the lunch we got today.  Something just doesn’t taste right to me so I’m going to go out and grab something else to eat…stopping in Ricky’s as I go for food to check out all of the Halloween costumes – there are some really creative ones there, but I think I’m going to stick with one that I wore a few years back…

Back at work, pushing through the day and really looking forward to getting home to my pup and my couch…the powers that be at the office have asked that we all bring home our computers in case the office is closed on Monday from the storm, so we are all packing up and then off everyone goes…

Home, relaxing and very very happy to be doing so.  My plans for the night have fallen through, and I’m going to stay in and catch up on some DVR and try to get some rest for a run tomorrow…

Until then…

Day 221…

10.25.12

Another morning, another day of being sore from everything, but at least I’m not as sore as I have been.  Small victories.  Normal morning routine and then off to the office I go…

It is going to be a very very busy day today.  I have meetings on the calendar that take up the majority of my day, so I have to figure out how I’ll get the rest of my work done with little free time.  The morning meetings begin and we are off and running.  They continue to flow well and I’m finding that the efficiency of the meetings allow me to have more time to get to my other work…

On on the non-work front, I’ve been trying to figure out what I should be for Halloween this year.  All signs seem to be pointing towards me recycling an old costume from the past – just a matter of which one I choose (Agassi or NASCAR).  Both have pros and cons from a comfort front, so I guess I’ll have to make a game time decision on that…

Afternoon is flying by and before I know it, the day is wrapping up.  Heading home to the pup and then out for a bit…

Until tomorrow all…

Day 220…

10.24.12

Wow, I’m absurdly sore this morning.  So much so that it is tough to get out of bed.  Every muscle in my body hurts.  I have to think this is the result of 4 consecutive days of putting my body through various rigors which was topped off with the PT session at the gym.  In my mind I say to myself that this has to be what pro football players feel like on Monday mornings – like they got hit by a truck.  After I manage to pull myself out of bed, I take Riley for a walk, shower and head to work…

The only good thus far is that the body is loosening up slightly as I make my way to the subway – but I dread the idea of the stairs – who knows how the legs will feel…I manage better than anticipated.  On the train I run into a former colleague from my Ogilvy days.  I love random subway run-ins.  We catch up and part ways.  I get to the office and people can tell I’m struggling and I see the smiles on their faces.  I know it is all good smiles – the kind that know I’m getting myself back to normal, so I smile back and park myself at my desk…

It is another busy day here, so I’m doing everything I can to be as productive as possible.  Being short-staffed is never fun, but it does still yield quality work.  Everyone on the team is slammed, but we find ways to be very efficient…breaking for lunch and then right back at it…

There is an ALS benefit that I’m supposed to go to tonight, but the massive exhaustion that I feel is telling me to listen to my body and pass on the event.  I have laundry to do and I really just want a night at home with Riley and my couch.  I tell my parents and sister that I’m not going to go to the event and I get back to the tasks at hand for the rest of the work day…

Finishing things up here and heading home.  Excited to get laundry done, make dinner and hit my couch for some DVR and some baseball…no surprise to me that I’m getting tired early, so to bed I go…

Night all…

Day 219…

10.23.12

It’s an early-rise morning for me as today marks my entry back into the world of working out.  I found a trainer that was recommended to me via Team in Training who has expertise in working not only with runners, but also with cancer survivors.  I’m excited and a bit nervous as I hope I can keep up with the program that she is going to put me on…

The workout starts right away once I get to the gym.  We start with jump rope (can’t tell you the last time I did that), followed by push-ups, sit-ups and TRX work (upper and lower body).  Thankfully she gives me a minute or two to recover and then straight into more lower body work with lunges and squats.  We finish up with some triceps lifts and pull-ups.  Somehow I survive.  I am already terrified of how sore I’m going to be tomorrow – though it is the good kind of sore; the kind where you know that you had a great workout…showering up and heading to the office…

Starving and grabbing anything I can find in the fridge.  I’m eating some yogurt, a banana and then a cliff bar.  I already know that I’ll be hungry all day because of the morning workout.  Jumping right into meetings.  It’s Tuesday, so as you all know, that is usually my busiest day in terms of internal meetings. Getting through the morning as best I can and quickly breaking for lunch before diving right back into the rest of the day…

As the day wears on, my worst fears are starting to come true – I’m already feeling the tightness in my body from the workout (and the past 3 days of intense activities).  I stretch as often as I can…finishing up the day and getting ready to meet and old college friend for dinner and drinks to catch up and talk about a potential business alliance…so great to see Louise.  It has been 4 or 5 years since we have last seen one another, but as it is with all old friends, we catch up quickly and get along great…even if the business end of things doesn’t work out, it is great to have her back in my life and I’m really happy to see all of the great things she has going on – including getting married!…

I head home, walk the pup and climb straight to bed.  I’m totally exhausted…

Until tomorrow…