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No Friend To Suck-Baggery

I'm all supernova-y today

What a difference a day makes. Yesterday I was a giant bag of smashed hammers. Today, not so much. Let me be clear – it’s not that today I was a huge ball of energy, but in comparison to yesterday I was a freaking supernova.

My day started at 5am because that’s when all the cool kids start working. And if that isn’t when all the cool kids start working, please don’t tell me. It’s probably best if I live in this fictional world that I’ve created. Regardless, I was up at 5 to prep my notes for today’s class. And by prep I mean throw together the Prezi presentation. I already knew what I was going to talk about – I just had to put it into some form of aesthetically pleasing presentation.

Then it was off to school to teach. After that, the rest of the day was all mine. And while it wasn’t my most productive day by far, it was still a great day. I managed to finally cross off an analysis from my list that I’ve been trying to cross off for some time. Beyond that, I read and commented on a Ph.D. proposal which will be defended on Monday. And in case I hadn’t mentioned it before, this proposal defence will represent the first ever Ph.D. qualifying exam where I’m not the one being grilled, but instead am playing the role of examiner. Of course, after the analysis and a thorough review of the proposal I was suffering from a mad case of the stupids. My brain had decided it had enough, so I opted to putter in the office until about 6pm. This worked in my favour because I took the time to organize files, clean up a few things, update my CV, and then make sure everything was set up and ready for my day tomorrow – which looks to be full and hopefully even more productive.

Once home it was time to jump on the treadmill. I wasn’t sure how the run was going to go given that I had opted to take yesterday as a rest day. While I knew I felt much better than yesterday, I knew that I was still tired. But, since my runs won’t run themselves, and since training is no friend to suck-baggery, and since I commented yesterday that I was going to return to embracing my exhaustion today, I jumped on the treadmill and just started running. The machine was set at 7 miles (11.27 km) per hour to start – as a warm up. I wasn’t sure how fast I was going to go today, but after several minutes something clicked. Within no time I had pumped up the pace to 8.1 miles (13.04 km) per hour. And there it stayed until my last mile – which clearly demanded more speed. So it was up to 9 miles (14.48 km) per hour. If only I could maintain that pace for the marathon!

The end result – and I have to check my data to verify this – I think I managed a new personal best 10 km. Specifically, I ran 10.06km in 48 minutes and 55 seconds. Not too shabby.

I guess resting yesterday was a good idea after all.


Fridays With Elliot

Well it’s Friday. Again. It seems that the weeks are just flying by. I put the blame squarely on the two courses that I’m teaching. But this isn’t a bad thing. Not even slightly. In fact, I think time is flying because I’m having so much fun.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m also exhausted. But it’s the good kind of exhaustion. The kind where you know you’ve just finished something really rewarding and now deserve the sleep of kings. Or perhaps some chocolate (thanks – don’t mind if I do).

Sadly, my reward is going to be short-lived. I have a lot of big projects coming up in the next few weeks. Several papers to edit. Several papers to finalize and submit for review and hopefully publication. Several papers to begin writing. A couple of grants to write. Assignments to mark. Assignments to create. Midterms to grade. Scholarship applications to review. An Undergraduate Research Assistant to hire (which means undergraduates to interview). A presentation to prepare. Meetings to attend. Too many meetings to attend. And then develop and teach three 8 hour days of statistical training for the Public Health Agency.

Beyond this, I’m stoked to write that I’ll be an examining member on my very first and second official Ph.D. qualifying exams. This means I have two separate proposals to review and evaluate, not to mention two separate students to question and hopefully form some opinion as to whether or not they are adequately prepared for the rigours of Ph.D. candidacy. I’m nervous and excited about this process. Probably not as nervous as the students, but I’m still pretty nervous.

Clearly these are going to be a challenging few weeks, but I know I’ll get through them. Of course I’ll get through them.┬áTo manage the stress that I’m sure might pop up from juggling all of this, I’m going to be trying to stick to my marathon training schedule as much as I can (translation – I’m going to be upping my mileage whoring). And I also have yoga to remind me to breathe. And as always there is Elliot, who is at this very moment pawing at my belly and reminding me that I should probably get off the computer and go to bed.

Such a smart kitty.