Thursday, May 28, 2009

Gearing up for the weekend!

I can't believe tomorrow is Friday! I'm a fan of four day work weeks! When I was hired, my original schedule was for 72 hours per pay period, working five days one week and four the next. However, due to whatever mix up/the powers that be, I'm magically going to be working 80 hours per pay period. I'm not sure where this miscommunication occurred, as my manager told me during the interview I would most likely be hired for 72 hours, and my offer letter says 72 hours. I could say that I'll only take 72 hours since that's what we agreed on, but it essentially means more money (this girl's got some loans to pay off!), and if I feel like volunteering to go home early on a slow day, I'll feel less guilty about it. That doesn't mean I'm a little sad about not getting to take all those three day weekend trips I was planning on!

Life in the "real world," I suppose.

Speaking of the real world, I gave my first enema today! (Please don't stop reading my blog, I promise not to mention any details!)

Moving on, I had a nice little run today. More hills!! I don't necessarily mind the hills as much, but I can't ever figure out if my pace varies from mile to mile because:

1) I'm running uphill/downhill.
2) I'm just going slower/faster.
3) Combo of 1 and 2.

At least when my runs were 95% flat (back in the Prairie State), I could tell since it was purely based on #2. I figure as long as I don't slow down like thirty seconds per mile, then the change in pace is most likely due to elevation changes. Right? Any good tips on how to gauge on effort when running on hills? I kind of rely on my garmin to let me know how fast I'm going, but obviously running up hill at the same pace requires more effort than on flat land.

Thursday, May 28
4.03 miles in 31:55, avg pace of 7:55

Last mile in 7:37 because I REALLY had to go to the bathroom. Such a good motivator. Then I came home and did Week 1, Day 2 of the One Hundred Push Ups program, where I maxed out at 17! Sounds good to me. I also did a variety of ab exercises and then my made up weight lifting routine. When I actually research what the moves are called, I'll try to post what they are so I can get some feedback since I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing. :)

Looking ahead...

Such a fun weekend coming up! Today was the first night of Princeton's Reunions, which will last until Sunday. I didn't attend last year, but apparently it's like the HUGEST lawn party you'll ever attend. Every fifth year (so 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, etc.) hosts a tent with a different theme and lots of beer. I suppose there are actually some scholarly/family-friendly events, but of course the grad students don't attend lectures on Shakespeare and instead opt for the parties. I got some interesting phone calls from the Rocket Scientist last year during the events, so it should be a good time.

Good luck to everyone running races this weekend! Heather at Hangry Pants is running the Brooklyn Half Marathon, and on the other side of the country, a gazillion (literally!) people are running the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon. Including, but not limited to: Aron at Runner's Rambles, Danica at the Chic Runner, Maritza at Marathon Maritza, Tara, and Julianne. Have awesome races everyone! I can't wait to hear about them!

Because we could all use a little makeover...

ZestyCook is giving away a BLOG MAKEOVER, which we all could use a little bit of help with, including my blog which features a header put together with Microsoft Paint. A fine, fine editing program, we all know. Go check it out...but I hope I win! ;)


  1. Did you go to Princeton? have fun this weekend. I am sure you will adjust to the hills in no time.

  2. I love love love hearing about your new job chronicles!

    Congrats on your first stick. It still gives me a glow of accomplishment when I actually get someone on the first stick (rarely happens - I suck).

    If the 80-hour is an issue, I'd show your manager the offer letter. But if you're okay with it - enjoy!

  3. Have a great weekend Susan. I could tell you're learning lots on your new job.

  4. Great job on the run!! So are you only working 8 hour days then since you will be working 80 hours per pay period?? Wish we had that around here, everything is 3 12 hour shifts! It's nice though necause you get 4 days off but so tiring on the days you work!

    The 100 push up challenge looks fun!! Think I might do it also!!

  5. A 100 push-up challenge? I'm intrigued!

  6. I love stories about your's exciting for you so keep sharing!!

    And 100-push ups? Dang, girl. I think I can do 12 right now before passing out in a heap.

  7. Hahah I love your header! I think it's super cute! Great job on your run. Unfortunately I don't have any tips on gauging what's affecting your pace. I'm so used to running hills that I know they'll slow me down so I just don't think about it anymore.

  8. have fun tonight girl :) you def earned a good time working all those hours!!

  9. omg giving enemas = i am so glad i don't have to be physically involved in anything like that! nurses really do have hearts of gold for doing things of that nature.

    hills slow me down like crazy. i just try to aim for an 'equal effort' feel

    ooh 100 pushups! i want to do it, but haven't' yet mustered the motivation to start . .

  10. What's the 100 push up challenge? I should be doing that!

    Have you thought about using a heart rate monitor for hill training? It's probably the best way to gauge your effort.

  11. Great job on the run and the pushups!! Have a fun weekend. :)

  12. The real world is certainly frightening, especially if it involves enemas. Props to you for being such a grown-up nurse-lady (and also a speed-tastic runner)!

  13. Hope that you're enjoying the weekend so far! Sounds like you have a good attitude about the work hour mix-up. :-)

  14. It's gotta be the hills! GOTTA BE! They slow me down, then I speed up a bit when I am going downhill, even though I try to slow down. Silly silly hills. They are a friend in disguise ;)

  15. i definitely want to hear more about your job!

    and 8 hour shifts? that is an interesting concept to me. i work three 12s a week, so i frequently have four day weekends (this weekend was --8-- days because of clever scheduling! of course, working 4 nights in a row this weekend will not be fun).

  16. thank you for the shout out!!! i hope you had a fabulous weekend :) will be catching up on it shortly hehe.