Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rocking it, and rocking on

I have a secret life. A couple of them, actually. People who know me would characterize me in a few key ways, the first probably through my professional identity: "my friend (neighbor, sister, _______) Amy, the social worker." I live and breathe the work that I do (whether I want to or not), because I'm a partner in a geriatric care management practice, an intense and consuming 24/7 business. I've not been to a cocktail party in my life without someone sharing a personal experience about the care of an aging loved one, or telling a sweet story about an old person they love and admire. I'm visible in my professional community, and most people who know me do know me first and foremost in this context.

My running shoes are never very far
away during the work day.
It wouldn't surprise most of my professional contacts to know that I'm also a dedicated distance runner, although most of them don't. I'm a pretty passionate and intense person in the workplace, and those characteristics "fit" with most people's image of a marathon runner. I struggle to fit training into my unpredictable work schedule, and although I do sometimes show up at meetings a little sweaty, I'm usually able to pull these two lifestyles together fairly seamlessly.

Where things get a little stickier is my third (and much more secret) life: my "rock and roll life." Nothing thrills me like my first listen through of a new album, or seeing a band or performer I love in concert. I'm no longer as dialed in to the alternative music scene as I was when I had a lot more free time, and these days I don't tolerate well the lack of sleep from being out at a show late on a weeknight (why I have never managed to love the bands that play on Friday or Saturday nights is one of life's great mysteries). But live music continues to be an important part of my life, and I suspect it always will. I have every intention of being that gray-haired weirdo dancing awkwardly to the twenty-somethings' new favorite band at the show.

Coachella: three days of crazy.
Making all three of these lifestyles work together - now that is a chore. I've planned work days around concert schedules (participating in board meetings via conference call in the car while en route to Los Angeles for a show that night), and have even run to and from shows at local bars in order to not miss my workouts. I'm currently in the midst of training for a marathon while excitedly preparing to head out of town for the Coachella Music Festival in two weeks. It's going to be three days of some awesome music and some awesome friends. It's also going to be three days of being on my feet in the dry, hot desert for 12+ hours at a time, without much sleep - and there will be beer. Oh, and somewhere in there, I'm scheduled to "squeeze in" a 20-mile training run. I don't yet have this all quite figured out, but my companions understand the complex layers of my life (and my interests that pull me in different directions), and we will, no doubt, make it work. And make it rock.

6 comments:

  1. You are a true athlete!! I hope you have an amazing trip(jealous). Can't wait to hear about it and your 20-miler.

    Karen @ tradingheels.com

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    1. Thank you! I need to hear that ... I often dismiss it when people refer to me as an "athlete," just because I'm not a very talented one. But that's silly. =)

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  2. Amy! You're going to Coachella!? I am so incredibly jealous. The line-up is amazing! My newest Coachella fave is Shovels and Rope. Really good! I would love to see Portugal. The Man and Band of Horses! Ahh. Jealousy is oozing out of me right now. Have so much fun!

    I find it hard to strike a balance sometimes too. Being a single woman now, trying to go out, be social, have fun and squeeze in 20 milers has been a major challenge lately. I think I am failing, but hopefully I'll figure it out soon.

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    1. Oh, yay, I don't know Shovels and Rope - thanks, I'll add them to my list! I am BEYOND excited. I've only gone to Coachella once before, and I sort of hated it (hot, crowded, etc.), but the line-up this year was just too good. Couldn't miss it. The process of getting tickets was an adventure - I worked harder that morning than during any training run in recent memory, I should have blogged about that!

      It IS hard to be training and still be fun! It would be so easy to let your life become all about running. Especially as I'm getting older and really can't pull off a late night before a hard run. (I've finally accepted that as fact. Sigh.)

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  3. I love live music. But sadly, I'm getting to a point where I can't stay out as late as I used to and I miss some concerts. Good luck with your run during a rock festival. I hope you do a post just on that one.

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    1. Okay, it's a deal! I'm looking at routes, hope I can figure out an interesting (and survivable) run. Stay tuned!

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