Perpetual motion

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Damn it! Who let the dog out?

So night run tonight.  Interesting experience.  I learned what Lebanese college students who are trying to look cool do…they go to the boardwalk and smoke hookas.  The run was filled with second hand smoke in various flavors on the way out.  On the way back I enjoyed a nice head wind and a slight uphill the whole way.  Here’s the route. I went 19:55 out 21:08 back in. I’ve been using this log to track my runs, I added all of yours as well:  training-log.xls

So didn’t see too many angry people with guns, lots of bored soldiers with them though.  I think one person threw a pebble at me, but other than that, not too many problems.  Except for this friggin dog that scared the shit out me and almost got me hit by a car.  Golden lab stray, jumpsout of an alley and comes running right at me, I side step his lunge, and almost jump into oncoming traffic, at which point (and this is like 4.9 miles into the run) I attempt to sprint away.  The thing starts to chase but must have lost me in the oncoming headlights and gave up.  Friggin dog.

In other news, I had planned on saving this run for a while.  But today I almost lost my project manager, because she’s so fed up with this project.  I feel terrible for her.  She’s working her ass off, and this guy we’re being forced to work with by the national director, is screwing everything up.  I don’t know how to support her cause I can’t speak the friggin language, I don’t know if she’s part of the problem or not, but I can tell that the project is having a really bad impact on her.  She’s not getting enough sleep, she’s visibly stressed out, she’s starting to get sick…I don’t know what to do anymore.  I’ve done everything that I can think of from Beirut, I don’t know what else I can do to fix the damn thing aside from forcefully severe the relationship with the partner organization.  Of course that would also basically burn any bridge between me and the national director and would probably get me kicked out of here. 

This place can be infuriating and exhausting at the same time, it’s remarkable, they actually inspire so much enmity that they exhaust your supply of adrenline so more problems end up making you tired.  This training thing couldn’t have come along at a better time.

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