You know what I never see people talking about? Working on your feet 8+ hours a day and training for a distance running event.
I’ve more or less always had a job where I work on my feet. Desk jobs make me CRAY CRAY! In Maryland I was a Kitchen Manager, and now that I’m back home I’m Cocktail Waitressing. In fact, a hilarious moment in my career was the night before the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler (My first ever 10 mile RUN, let alone first 10 mile RACE) and I somehow got tricked into working a double shift. We would close on a tentative schedule. If it was slow we would close up at 10pm and if it was busy we’d stay open up until midnight at the latest…. It was busy and at 11:30 I found myself crying for 10 minutes in the kitchen about how I was going to be in horrible shape for the race in the morning and how I wasted all this time energy and money on training…. (I raced fine the next morning.. So the pity party was a tish dramatic)
But, cocktail waitressing is a lot more running around than managing. I was on my feet before, but not running around like a crazy person. As a Server, I am constantly on the GO between table, POS system, kitchen, drink station, back to the tables, the bar, back again.. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. (I seriously wonder how many miles I speed walk at work.. I’m going to test this out and bring my garmin & foot pod)
Since moving back to New York I also walk to and from work every day, and to any other place I go. If I’m going out to the bars, to a store or restaurant… Etc. (I have however dropped some serious weight because of how much I’ve been on the go. Could be worse I guess )
So my problem is finding time for recovery. Even my rest days are rarely a true rest day. I’ve been trying to line up my rest days and days off to be the same, but lets face it… I have more non-running days in my training schedule than I do days off… Because of this my rest days have been full of walking a ton and running around a restaurant for 8+ hours a day. I find that since upping my mileage, I am pretty much constantly sore.
At first I was kind of waiting for my body to get used to being SO active again. But I’m not allowing my body proper time to recover…. Not only am I not going to improve or perform at my optimal level, I’m also begging for injury by keeping up with all of this.
In the perfect world, I know that I need at least one day off a week with no running or work. However, as a cocktail waitress who just started not very long ago, my schedule is different every week. I can’t plan rest days and long run days for the month or even week ahead that way if my schedule is constantly changing….
The funny thing is, I think if I can just get my cranky ass hips to stop being soooo sore, it could actually be a wonderful aid to my endurance… Is that crazy? haha. I mean, I always attributed working in a fast paced environment to why running was so fascinating to me… But I know to listen to my body, and right now its telling me that 8 more weeks of half marathon training followed by full marathon training is not going to end well if I don’t figure out my long runs and rest days….
I know just like anything else, I would adapt to it over time, and eventually be in some seriously bad ass shape but… I can not get these hips on board. I feel like they are sore 100% of the time. Not in a omg I’m injured sort of way, just in a IM GOING TO BE TIGHT AND MAKE YOUR LIFE MISERABLE NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOGA AND STRETCHING YOU DO. (insert evil laugh) sort of way…
Have you ever worked a physical demanding job and trained for a half and/or full marathon?
How did you arrange your rest days?