Sunday, September 23, 2012

I Live in Iowa: Week 75

I am tired. It's 7:37 PM Sunday night and I am exhausted. Yet, I don't try to go to sleep before 8 because it just never seems to work out. Either I wake up really early, or I can't fall asleep anyway.

At work I did something I have never done before. I walked into the office of the guy like four levels above me after hearing yet another piece of unexpected news and asked for motivation. We have been working on this project for a year and a half, and major things are still changing? I was frustrated.

On the positive side I started working on a project dealing with a component I have never work with before. So I am still learning. It is interesting because I feel that I am nearing mastery of the majority of what we do in FEA. On the one hand that is great because I can complete projects quickly and I am getting more exposure to the details and variables that we do not often use. On the other hand, I get bored easily. I doubt that I will ever be the guy that has the same position for five or ten years. I am not sure I am that patient.

On the running side, I had a nice 82 mile week with one race and three workouts. Technically it was an 8k PR so I'll take it. By the way one of those workouts was following M on a fartlek through streets I have never been on otherwise at 5:30 in the morning. I also ran 10 miles with my training partner M and his son S who is young enough to have a jogger stroller. I have never run with one of those before and it was not as hard as I thought it would be. We still averaged 7 minute miles.

On the coaching side, it was a great week! We really had some great performances from most of the team. From seniors running PRs to freshman cutting a minute off of their 8k time in only their second 8k. We are not where we want to be at the end of the season, but we are in a very good place. Most of the team is healthy and everyone is motivated.

On the social side I went out to Park Farm Winery Saturday night and had a great time eating pizza and having some wine with a couple friends. It's one of those things that I just was not expecting to be in this part of the country and it makes  the whole place just a little more exciting.

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