Sunday, 14 December 2008


I've had a week to think about this, although I really didn't need to think that hard.

After 25 years in the radio business, I got downsized out of my current broadcasting job last week. It didn't come as much of a shock, considering current economic times, but I didn't expect it to happen to me. Not to worry, though, really. The radio gig was a side job. At my "real" job, I got a promotion, more money, and a better schedule. All in all, I'm a happy camper.

That said, I will sorely miss nearly every one of the people I've worked with in the newsroom. I'll miss the snarkiness. I'll miss the often-unbridled laughter. I'll miss the "freebies". But I will not miss the job.

What does this have to do with my 12in12 challenge? Pretty near everything, actually.

As of January I will no longer have to be at my real job until 10am...instead of the 7am I've been doing for years. That means I can run every freakin' morning if I want to. It also means I will have two whole days off every week, which makes even more time for training runs. It also means I may sleep in every day, if able. I'm a 5 o'clock wake-up guy, and have been all my life. That's probably not going to change.

This could not have happened at a better time, I'm thinking. The 12in12 is shaping up nicely. I have booked my runs through April and have decided which others I'll sign up for when finances allow. For the update, and links to their web sites, check the list to the right. The only month I haven't decided on is August. Not much going on that month that won't cost an arm and a leg to get to, the same month I'm going to Spain for La Tomatina. I'll work it out.

I am now wrapping up my rest and recovery from last week's CIM. Ready to hit the road again.

Gotta run.


Running Hoosier said...

Glad to hear that loss will not effect you negatively. It looks as though you have a solid plan laid out.

I don't start my J-O-B until 10:30, so one I am healthy again I will do my runs before works as I did before.

I run better in the morning so I have enjoyed the extra time in the AM.

leslie said...

Your new schedule sounds wonderful!

At a Christmas party last night, someone told me I should take a solid month off of running after a marathon. I'm thinking you're not following that advice, right? They were convinced that dire things would happen if I started back to running now. Any thoughts, my most-experienced marathon running friend???

Anne said...

Oh, Michael! I am sorry to hear about your job. I was in your position two years ago -- convinced I was "safe" because I was making money for the company. I forgot that I was also among the best paid, which put me at the top of the chopping block.

Anyway, you'll be fine and I'm so glad you found me on Daily Mile.

Kim said...

I'm also going to be doing 12 in 12. Or at least 12 by may not be one a month. It may work itself out to 2 in my month-1 month off. However it works-it'll be 12 by December.