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How went the 13 in 2013?

Happy Annaversary! Can you believe you’ve been reading this high brow literature for a year already?! Crazy, right? Well, time flys when you’re having fun 😉

Those of you who’ve been here from the very beginning, I’m sure you’re itching to know how I did on my 13 goals for 2013. Well, you’re in luck! Here is how they went…

Dr-ing goals:

  1. Become good at learning and remembering peoples’ names 
  2. So I’ll be the first to admit that his is still not exactly my strong suit, but I have become loads better at knowing who the hell I’ve talked to and why. It doesn’t come particularly naturally yet, but the embarrassing situations of clearly not having a damn clue are much fewer and farther between.

  3. Become comfortable making non-painfully-awkward small talk 
  4. Much better. Still not my favorite, but a necessary evil game that I can not only play but also now usually win.

  5. Read one paper a day (NOT the MN Daily)
  6. HA! Fail! Big fail! This will be recycled for 2014. At this stage in my career this really shouldn’t be hard. But it is. It really is. 😦 Why?

  7. Graduate
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    Done! 😀

Trotting goals:

  1. Run 5 days a week (1 mile, 5 miles, 20 miles, whatever, just get my ass outside and do something)
  2. Nope, didn’t happen! In retrospect, this was also not realistic. 4 days a week is reasonable and this happened when it needed to (marathon training season…the second one).

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    ...come hell, high water or 100°F + 100% humidity...

    Unfortunately it didn’t happen during the off season. We will be revisiting this issue for 2014.

  3. Finish the Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon (t < 6 hrs)
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    Done! (By the skin of my teeth and thank god, but never mind…)

  5. Half-marathon PR
  6. So I didn’t have the chance to race any 1/2s this year so officially this was a fail. But, if you’re willing to grasp straws with me, the middle half of my Philadelphia marathon was a 1/2 marathon PR… If you’re not buying this (you shouldn’t be….I’m not…) it’s ok, this will be on the 2014 list with some uncharacteristically high stakes attached. The plan is to pace the first half of a BQ marathon for my faster, more dedicated couisin. God help me.

Me goals:

  1. Be a non-promiscuous, healthy vegetarian again (i.e. eat loads and loads of fresh fruits and veggies, no cheating on tartar, sushi or bone marrow and cheese curds and beer are NOT an acceptable dinner — even during orals season)
  2. I’ve been better… This probably needs to stay on the list.

  3. Drink  enough water
  4. Hmmmmm….unless coffee and tea count in the tally this also needs to stay on the list.

  5. Get a reasonable start on my/our children’s book series TAPP — hopefully this will make sense in a year
  6. 😦

  7. Maximize the use of my electronics: iPad, cell phone, computer(s), mp3 players. All of them.
  8. I’ve definitely been better. This will also continue to be a work in oprogress, but I’m happy to report that my technologically challenged self hasn’t totally failed here.

  9. Be at work during “normal business hours” (+/- 20%)
  10. So this was going reasonably well in MN but is literally impossible in the land of persister assays. Consequently, reestablishing something that loosely resembles a work/life balance has a special place reserved on the 2014 list.

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    Note: it IS important to still look cute when leaving work at 3 am

  11. Start and maintain a blog on the joys, frustrations, enigmas and epiphanies of science and running —  you’re welcome
  12. We’re all still here, aren’t we? A year later you are still most welcome 🙂

This year has been rather eventful actually. I (somehow) managed to graduate with my PhD and move 2000 miles to the armpit of the northeast lovely Garden State for a postdoc (with which I’m still having serious relationship issues), in the opposite direction of all parts of my family. In my “spare time” I got to spend 2 weeks on an adventure in Tanzania (complete with a safari and Mt. Kilimanjaro marathon) and managed a second marathon with my second-to-none Team CEMS and a 10 min PR. Not bad.

Happy end of 2013!

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14 for 2014

So last year I started off 2013 with a list of 13 things I wanted to work on over the year. If I do say so myself, I did a pretty good job of at least making movements in the right direction with most of these line items. (To enjoy an entire blog post of Dr. Trot patting herself on the back, see how went the 13 in 2013.) With this great success in mind, the only reasonable thing to do this year is tackle 14 for 2014… (How clever of an idea will I think this is in 2030?)

Trotting:

  1. Workout 4 days/week
  2. Follow a workout plan that combines running (distance, speed and recovery), strength training (core emphasis) and cross training

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    (biking, hiking, swimming…maybe…)

  3. 1/2 marathon PR
  4. < 4hr marathon

Doctoring:

  1. Postdoc paper #1
  2. Read at least 1 paper a day (+ actually think, take notes, etc… while doing so)
  3. Develop (think, read, write, etc… about and actually have the ability to implement) 2 reasonably competitive junior faculty candidate research ideas
  4. Get a postdoc fellowship (preferably that godforsaken F32 I made a first attempt at in November, but if something else comes falling out of the sky and lands in my lap I’m not going to be super picky)

Me:

  1. Be a non-promiscuous, healthy vegetarian again (i.e. eat loads and loads of fresh fruits and veggies, no (read: exceedingly rare) cheating on tartar, sushi and bone marrow) + drink enough water
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  3. Drink beer Read and knit more…together…

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    (~1 book/month…come on, there’s a lot going on here people, and Dr. Trot is a damn slow reader) and get a reasonable start on our children’s book series (it’s the second day of the year and I’m already behind on this one :-/)

  4. Maximize the use of my electronics: iPad, iPod, cell phone, GPS watch and computer. All of them.
  5. Keep in better communication with my elders, particularly those that I can make fun of for being cheese heads. Although, considering that my pathetic excuse for a football team has stunk up the season and is still getting some very sweet new digs, this might not be in my best interest after all…
  6. Become a reasonably good potter…for a chemical engineer… (be able to reproducibly throw (not on the floor, although I’m sure I could become very good at this as well…with probably a hell of a lot less practice) bowls, cups, vases, etc… and larger items that need to be assembled off of the wheel)
  7. Break even $$ over 2013-2014 (i.e. stop single-handedly keeping the dysfunctional airline industry afloat :-/

Ok, that’s 14 semi-reasonable resolutions/goals (whatever floats your boat) for Dr. Trot’s next year. What are yours?

Good luck to us and Happy New Year!

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