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Seal

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That is all.

Risk it!

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We made it. Wonder how much my “empty reserve” holds…

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Goodbye favorite fabulous driving glasses.

C&EN Onion

Graduate Student Power Tripping After First Nature Publication

After receiving word earlier this morning that the draft of his manuscript submitted to Nature Chemistry was “accepted with minor revisions,” Scripps Research Institute graduate student Caleb Miller has reportedly lapsed into a state of megalomaniacal power tripping.  “I got… accepted… in Nature…” sources report Miller stating, initially with slight trepidation and disbelief.  “got into Nature,” he repeated emphatically.

Since initially learning of the success of his latest publication, Miller’s over inflated sense of self worth and rapidly ballooning ego have made working with him nearly impossible.  “He’s become insufferable,” stated Sarah Ferguson, a first year graduate student.  “I get that being published in Nature is a big deal, but Christ, maybe he could turn it down from eleven?”

“He actually — and I shit you not — demanded that we all refer to him as ‘your highness.’  Who does that?”  Ferguson added.

Reports indicate that Miller then attempted to start a chant of his own name in the lab.  “MILLER!  MILLER!  MILLER!” he chanted while loudly and rhythmically clapping his hands, eventually trailing off as lab members looked on with incredulity.  “What does he think this is, a football game? added Steven Jackson, PhD., one of the lab’s post-docs.  “I’m first author on two Nature papers and one in Science,” he added with slight indignation.

about cenAs of press time, Miller had constructed a crown from Parafilm, borosilicate transfer pipettes, and a large crystallization dish, and had re-purposed a large column for use as a scepter.

You really need to be reading C&EN Onion.

Are they done yet?

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Maybe give them a few more minutes in case.

¡El Niño!

el ninoSuper good news; from Nature, it looks like we’ll be in an El Niño this winter!

Why is this good? Per Wikipedia, “During an El Niño, snowfall is greater than average across the southern Rockies and Sierra Nevada mountain range, and is well-below normal across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes states.”

Marathon

medalWow, it’s been more than two months since he was supposed to run that marathon? Do you think he lived?

I’m alive, but I didn’t run that marathon. But I did do another one! The Shiprock Marathon.

The Thursday before the marathon, I messed up my achilles. Then I spent about 4 hours talking myself out of just running it anyway. So I signed up for one about 6 weeks later. Gave myself 2-3 weeks for it to recover, then did a little bit more training. I was definitely much more ready for the first one, but oh well. I finished! Time wasn’t awesome, mostly walked the last 6 miles, but I did it.

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shiprockOverall it was downhill, and while it was still at about a mile elevation, it’s lower than I’m used to. My Achilles acted up very rarely. When I felt it at all I just knocked down my pace for a few minutes and I was fine.

Shiprock was a cool area, there’s the Shiprock itself (see selfie on right), which has a fun background. When white people came through, we thought it looked like a ship, and named it as such. However, the Navajo people had already named it the “rock with wings”. Hopefully I’m not messing these stories up too much, they explained it while I was eating my carb-loading pasta dinner.

pedometerThere’s two reasons: 1) during a great battle, wounded Navajo went to this rock and it flew away carried them away to safety. (That’s the one on Wikipedia.) 2) Father Sky and Mother Earth got into a fight, and Father Earth sent down a giant eagle, and the Shiprock is the tailfeathers sticking out of the ground. There are some other feather bits sticking out too.

Four Corners is pretty close too, so I went and did that. Driving back that day was a little rough, lots of snacks and energy drinks were required. You can also see that I got a lot of steps on my pedometer.

I’m still not in love with this running thing, but I think I’ll keep it up.

 

Marathon Training

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How I imagine I’ll look.

Running a marathon is one of those things I’ve always wanted to do, just so I can have done it. I don’t like running, it sucks, but maybe because that’s because I suck at it. I’ve tried to get into running a few times, but never seriously.

It is time.

And while we’re at it, let’s start out with a grueling marathon that doesn’t even try and hide it: the Bataan Death March. Really.

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Thinking about training

8/3: 1 mile (9 mi/min)
9/14: 1 mile (9.2 mi/min)
9/17: 1 mile (8.7 mi/min)
9/20: 1.5 miles (9 mi/min)
9/22: 1 mile (9.7 mi/min)
10/1: 2 miles (9.4 mi/min)
10/5: 1.5 miles (8.9 mi/min)
10/11: 2.5 miles (9.4 mi/min)
10/14: 2.5 miles (10 mi/min)
11/2: 3.5 miles (9.9 mi/min)
11/8: 3.5 miles (10.6 mi/min)
Well, I guess I can kind of run. Short distances. Slowly.

Registration

12/26:  Registered for Marathon
I actually registered. In fact, I declined the insurance, where if you back out, you can get some of your money back, that would only tempt me. Stephanie, Joe, and Diana also signed up, so I guess we’re in this together…

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How I imagine I’ll feel.

Portland

12/26: 5 miles (9.7 mi/min) (at sea level)
Wow, after adapting to living at elevation (Santa Fe is at 1.5 miles), coming back and exercising I feel like a god!

12/30: 1 mile (10.1 mi/min) (hungover)
12/31: 4 miles (12.1 mi/min)
Okay, even elevation doesn’t compensate for running with a hangover, never doing that again. But did get one last run in at sea level, even if it was shorter and slower than my first one. The big difference is that my legs are becoming the limiting factor, not just becoming short of breath.

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What I won’t be winning.

Back to Santa Fe

1/13: 6 miles (11.8 mi/min) (back to 1.5 mi elevation)
1/16: 3 miles (9.8 mi/min)
1/19: 2 miles (10.1 mi/min)
That was probably a longer break than I should have taken, but it was icy out, and didn’t seem worth twisting my ankle over. I discovered that running at work is fun, because I can explore some of the areas I never go to. Also, they’re a lot better at shoveling snow and de-icing.

1/30: 4 miles (10.6 mi/min)
2/10: 4 miles (10.2 mi/min)
2/11: 1 mile (9.2 mi/min) (Salida, CO, morning before snowboarding)
Another 11 day gap there. I broke my phone, (dropped it from 2 feet…) and I couldn’t get myself to run without being able to simultaneously track it with RunKeeper, and listen to music.

2/13: 4.5 miles (9.9 mi/min)
2/15: 1 mile (11.8 mi/min) (beer mile)
2/18: 12 miles (11.5 mi/min)
2/25: 3 miles (10.9 mi/min)
2/28: 5 miles (9.5 mi/min)
3/2: 17 miles (12.3 mi/min)
3/5: 1 mile (7.7 mi/min)
Things are getting serious. Did a 12 mile and a 17 mile run. Also tried to see how fast I can run a single mile. That slow 3 mile run was due to trying real running shorts (vs. basketball shorts) and freeballing. I didn’t like either of those.

This morning I’m going to do my last long run before the marathon, a 20 mile run, and then I’m just going to do a lot of short runs before the marathon. Here we go…

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