Lots of exciting stuff

I’m writing this in my new home state, TEXAS!

I had an interview for the job on Tuesday in the week when I last posted.  On Wednesday, they called to say I got it!  I flew home on Sunday, packed up all my stuff, and left early Friday morning.  I drove down with my dad and got into Austin late Saturday night.  And then I started work Monday morning!  The job I am in right now is a contract position for a year, but I have an interview set up on Tuesday for a full time position in a different group within the company.

I am living with my brother and sister-in-law for now until I find my own place.  They live in a house with a guest bedroom that I have taken over.  They’ve been out of town for weddings the entire time I’ve been here so I’ve had the whole house to myself.  I’m going to start looking for my own place next week now that I’ve gotten a better idea of what the different parts of town are like.

One of the best parts so far about being in Austin is the weather.  It’s been in the high 80s every day and I love it!  Yesterday, I went for my third run since the half marathon (a month ago).  It didn’t go so well but it felt good to be out running again.  It is crazy how quickly my breathing deteriorates when I stop running.  I think if I start running regularly again I will get better soon.  I just have a hard time slowing myself down to the point where my chest won’t start getting tight.  When you ran a half marathon not too long ago it feels a little strange to barely be able to run two miles.

Now that I know my schedule I can add training back in!  I just have to find where I like to run around here.  There are sidewalks everywhere which is great but the one area I have run so far is on a somewhat busy road.  I don’t like having to wait for the crosswalk or breathing in all the exhaust fumes.  I know there are great trails to run on so I’ll have to check those out in the next week or so!

Now it’s time to decide what to train for.  I sort of wanted to train for a faster 5k at first.  Alex wants to do a half marathon in Jan or Feb so I am 95% sure I want to do that.  And then Drew and Alex’s friends were talking about training for a marathon and since I can’t turn down a challenge I think I might end up doing that.  I don’t know when or where they were thinking but since it is on my bucket list to do a marathon I might as well! I did sign up for a Blacklight 5k in November but it is one of the fun runs so I’m not worried about training for that.  As long as I start getting back into the swing of things again I should be fine.

I also started looking up yoga studios which I think will be important this time around so I can stay injury free.   I didn’t do such a great job of stretching and a regular yoga class could make sure that will happen.  I’m going to try to find one either close to work or close to the house.  If I could walk to the yoga studio from either, that would be perfect.

Anyone have any recommendations for yoga studios in Austin, TX?

5 thoughts on “Lots of exciting stuff

  1. I’ve lived in Austin most of my life–depending on where you live, there are great places to run. The trail around the lake is most popular, and I run there sometimes, but it’s right downtown and not terribly convenient because of traffic. If you want some ideas, let me know what part of town and I’ll see what I can do.

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