• On Life and Love

    Experiment, experiment, study–oh, wait. No glassware.

    That was actually Wednesday, Thursday, and today. So I’m cleaning glassware all day so I can do a study to refine our methods. I want to come in tomorrow to do the study so I can have an entire day with the lab all to myself and not have to fight over elbow space, but policy states I need a babysitter, and I don’t have one. I got new running shoes today (not particularly cute, but they are very comfy), and I’m fighting my desire to run a week’s worth before Sunday, because that would just do no good. I simply have much excess energy I need to burn off…

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    Ouch, ouch.

    Walked a few miles both yesterday and today due to shin splints. New shoes are en route, however. I ordered a pair of Saucony Grid Aura TR 6’s yesterday that should arrive tomorrow. Weightlifting on Tuesday went well: Bench: 15 pounds (6.80 kg), 1 set to failure, 12 repsLat pulldown: 134 pounds, 1 set, 10 repsShoulder press: 10 pounds (4.54 kg), 1 set to failure, 8 repsTricep pushdown: 48 pounds (21.8 kg), 1 set to failure, 8 reps I had a lot of trouble keeping good form on the tricep pushdown…

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    Havin’ some bebes

    I had two, possibly three, babies yesterday. I ran a photolysis experiment on the sulfamethoxazole with titanium dioxide for six hours and ran samples from various time points on the HPLC. The tentative results? Fifty-three percent degradation from a lamp we thought put out no UV light (and thus shouldn’t have been able to drive a reaction much at all). There were two definite products formed, although we haven’t identified them yet, and we may have to do a bit of tinkering to get good isolation of these since they’re very polar. These are my babies. The first comes off the column just before two minutes, and the second after…

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    Sailing away.

    Three miles today in 34:49, which is an 11:36 mile on average. First mile was in 12:21. I walked 0.25 mi. in the middle to test whether I could pick up after doing a mile and half and do it again. And I did. Rather than doing four miles tomorrow, I’m going to do exactly this routine for Wednesday and Thursday to give my body time to adjust, even though I feel I could go longer/harder. The splints are developing, as well, and I need to find some good stretches to work that out.

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    Training plan. If one is generously applying that label.

    I’m entertaining the idea of formalizing a training plan for the next couple of weeks. While I have no problem running the exact same distance/route every day, I’m fully aware the body’s tendencies to adapt and reduce the usefulness of a workout when it’s monotonous. Current Idea:Monday: 2.5 miTuesday: 3 miWednesday: 4 miThursday: 3 miFriday: 2.5 mi (because I know I am le tired at 05:30 on a Friday)