After a rough Monday this week absolutely flew by. Not to say the rest of the week wasn’t tough – my darling MountainMan has been out of town all week and I really miss him. Although, I *am* a little relieved he’s been off having fun because if he was home I’d hardly have time to see him anyhow and he’d probably be feeling a bit lonesome. Yep, this week’s been a packed one!
I started the week off with some grading, thesis writing, a *delightful* soldering session (3 hours of sticking little tiny components together and enjoying the delicious sent of melting solder, mmm) and a late night trying to get my *favorite* finite element model to work. Workout: Not-so-easy 4 mile slog down to the local park. Sooo tired.
Tuesday I spent the morning switching header wires out for the lab course that I TA. I actually kind of like these repetitive tasks – mainly because I feel so accomplished when I end up with a nice big pile of parts to prove how much I got done ha ha. I also pounded out a couple pages of my thesis and did some more work with the model from hell. Alas, these latter tasks gave me far less concrete rewards for my efforts 😛 Workout: 3 miles with my favorite smartypants running buddy 🙂 High point of our running conversation? These awesome-sauce shorts from my new addiction, Oiselle. Dang you Oiselle and your comfy, comfy clothing!
Wednesday was actually pretty good – I was on campus for 13 hours but my advisor was out of town so I got to actually eat lunch for once instead of rushing from lab, to a meeting, and back to lab like usual and desperately trying not to pass out from hunger while teaching lab. I am a major fan of lunch!!! An unfortunate combination of extended office hours (5 hours instead of the usual 1…yay?), panic over the fact that my model *still* wasn’t working, and wayyyy too much caffeine during the day meant I was up til 2 working on research. No running for me.
Thursday brought some enjoyable thesis writing and another tough office hour session (*only* 4 hours this time 😛 But I got a candy bar from a grateful student. Woot!). Workout: Felt like I was flying! 2 miles easy downhill, 1 mile up-tempo back up the hill, 1 mile easy (but still uphill, my calves are still tired!). Freakishly amazing considering the lack of sleep.
Today I taught in the morning and then spent the rest of the day editing figures for a manuscript that I’ve been fortunate enough to contribute to. I actually kind of like tediously moving and cropping images in Powerpoint. Especially since I can listen to my new favorite podcast (Welcome to Nightvale – so weird, but so awesome!) while doing so. Workout: basically the most difficult 4 miles ever. Easy pace but was just dragging 😦 Too much time hunched over computers = back muscles so tight I feel like my lungs are being crushed. Boo.
Things I learned this week:
1) Some of the best runs come when you are least expecting them (ok, already knew that but got a great reminder on Thursday 😉 ).
2) I find nearly 30 hours of face-time with students exhausting. I love teaching, but teaching students how to debug code takes a ridiculous amount of patience and energy. I seriously don’t know how elementary/middle/high school teachers teach all day, every day. I’d probably turn into a total grouch :S
3) 25 mile weeks can actually be plenty tiring. Even if weekly mileage less than 50 still *sounds* like a piece of cake to my ex-collegiate-runner brain, when you’ve barely run for almost a year 25 miles in a week provides plenty of physical stress. I have been extremely grateful for the full 25 miles worth of quiet time & endorphins this week though 🙂