Sabotaging Myself

It’s funny how I can unwittingly sabotage myself.  Saturday night, after my 4.4 mile walk, I wrote up a training plan on a calendar.  Sunday was going to be a 2 mile walk, followed by a 2 mile walk this evening.  However, on Sunday I was still in so much pain, there was no way I would be able to walk another 2 miles.  In hindsight, of course, I can tell myself that was a silly plan, but yesterday, I was beating myself down about it.  Then there’s today’s training.  This evening, I walked 2 miles on the treadmill at the hotel.  I finished in 31:49, which is quite good for me (I know it’s not for most other people).  Yet, I kept thinking there was something wrong with the treadmill, that even though it said it was going 3.7 miles per hour or jogging 4.3 miles per hour, that the belt was slow and therefore was slower that the reading!  <sigh>  Instead, I should celebrate staying on the plan and finishing at a faster time than I probably have ever done in the recent couple of years.  Also, I went to the gym close to midnight when most people wouldn’t bother!

Training notes for today:  the Achilles tendonitis paid dissipated at the 1.15 mile mark, and it didn’t hurt as much as it did on Saturday.  Perhaps the massage I got earlier helped.  Or maybe it was because I didn’t stretch first…  I stretched afterwards.

Tomorrow will be a more difficult day.  I’m concerned about the Hayes Street hill, so I will be putting the treadmill at either the maximum or 11%, whichever is less and see how fast I should expect to walk.  I’m going to walk 2 miles tomorrow but will incorporate .2 mile of the walk at the steep grade.  I’m hoping to build up to .6 mile to almost match the length of the Hayes Street hill.

First Day of Training

Today was the first day of my training for the Bay to Breakers.  It’s kind of sad actually because it’s been over a month since I signed up… and less than a month until the foot race!  Today I walked 4.4 miles around Lake Merced, and it took me 1:33:45!  That’s over 21 minutes per mile and unacceptable!  During the first mile, my Achilles tendonitis flared up almost immediately, but it did subside afterwards leaving me with a little bit of pain.  However, it’s discouraging because that dictates how the training starts.  I did stretch prior to the walk and during, but the pain goes away when it’s ready to.  At the start of the second mile, the back of my left knee started hurting; it’s never done that before, so I was worried, but eventually that subsided as well.  The rest of the walk was pretty uneventful.  I will have to remember to bring more water though as I almost ran out.

I’m happy that I finished the walk around the lake even though I haven’t actually exercised for several months… maybe it’s more than several months.  However, I have a lot of training to make up in the next three weeks.  My plan is to walk four days a week, two on flat surfaces and once on the treadmill at 11% grade for .7 miles to simulate the Hayes Street Hill.  OK, I’ll have to work up to that so that I don’t injure myself.  This is going to be extremely challenging because of how soon the race is, but the fault is all mine… well almost, but I’m not getting into those other details.  I’ve also figured out where I’m going for my next long run next Sunday.  I’m going to walk six miles on the Sawyer Camp Trail in Millbrae.  It’s a total of 6 miles one way, but it’s well-marked, so I’ll go turn back at the three mile marker.  I’ve done this several times the last time I trained for the marathon (circa 2004).

In the mean time, I’ll have to keep stretching out my Achilles tendon in hopes it won’t inflame or as much.  Toodles until next time…

How to Improve Your Resume – Part 1

I work as a corporate recruiter in my day job, and I’ve been doing it for over 20 years now, so I really do feel like I know one or two things about resume writing.  From time to time, I’ll share some of my nuggets of wisdom… like today 🙂  I review hundreds of resumes every week, and truly I don’t spend that much time on them.  I don’t know about 10 seconds and such, but it’s basically long enough to figure out if you meet the minimum requirements or not.  With that said, my first two points are:

  • The Print:  Don’t use fancy fonts.  Stick with Arial, Times New Roman, or Verdana.  We need to be able to read it, both at 1:00 p.m. and at 1:00 a.m. (yes, I work into the night on some regular basis).  If your font has “comic,” “joker,” or “ghoul” in the name, changes are THAT’S THE WRONG FONT TO USE!  Use a font size that doesn’t cause me to squint; you’ll just make me angry!  Use 10 or 12 size font.  Make sure your grandma can read it. 
  • The Content:  The content is the most important thing on your resume.  Make sure your resume contains information that will lead someone to know without a doubt that you meet the minimum qualifications.  For example, if we require 10 years of experience, why would you think it’s okay to only list the last three jobs you had that equals 8 years of experience?  This just happened to me about a week ago:  I was looking for two years of adminstrative support experience.  The candidate indicated that on the second to the last line on her resume!  Why would you hide it?  Do you really think people are reading every single word of your resume?  REALLY?

I have so much more to say on this subject, but I’ll save it for next time.  Good hunting…