April 24th, 2008

duke-stop

Frustrating Task

I've been working on the same project all week at work. In fact, this is the same project that K (my colleague) and I were working on before we left for NH almost two weeks ago. When we arrived in NH, we thought we were in the verge of finishing it. We were hoping to work on it together while we were there, but never got the time, so it was scheduled for this week. "Just another half day," we predicted, figuring we'd have it finished before lunch on monday.

We've been saying that every day this week so far.

This task is so frustrating! We just keep going in circles, I feel like I'm in a pinball machine or perhaps a house of mirrors. Just banging into obstacles, churning around in circles, again and again. Each time we formulate a plan and put it into motion, something else goes wrong, or we discover a new business rule we didn't know, or any number of oddities.

Yesterday we learned something that made almost three days of work useless. This morning, it was beginning to look like five days of useless work... but now we've found that some of it is useful after all. It's just frustrating, and I feel like I've been working madly but gotten very little done.

I think we've got all the pieces put together, and we'll be able to finish this tomorrow. I'd predict a half day, but that's already proved to be a dangerous prediction! Although as K said, "Monday I'm working on something else. Whether this is done or not."
running

Run Rennie Run

Went running outside this evening, for the first time this year except for a short cobble-stony run in Gent. It was quite a bit different than running on my treadmill, of course. It was prettier, which was nice... But it was stressful not having all of my "metrics" right in front of me. I didn't know how fast I was going, or how far, or how long!

I found it harder, and I don't know how much of that was me pushing myself a bit hard in the beginning, or how much of it was the challenge of uneven terrain and actually moving instead of just treading. I'm sure it was partly both. I think I did kinda "take off" when I started, and I regretted it after several blocks.

I did the 5k route I plotted out for myself several years back (was it the year 2000, back when I was running semi-regularly? Wow, I think it was.), although I might have chopped a couple of blocks off....

...wait a minute, I can map it out with the gmaps pedometer! I'm such a fool. Back in the Olden Days when I figured out these paths, I did it with the odometer on my bicycle. I was just about to comment that I should take my bike out and check the distance again. However now that we have fine companies like Teleatlas mapping the world, there is no need to resort to such archaic methods.

There, I just checked. Didn't even notice the pause, did you? Ah, the wonders of the internet. It seems to be just about 3 miles - not quite 5k, but close. I think I must have gone 1 block farther before looping back last time I paced it at 5k.

Anyway, I didn't run the whole thing - I let myself walk a few blocks halfway through. I also got to pause a bit each time I crossed Campbell, in order to let cars pass (and let me catch my breath!). I don't know how long it took, because I didn't look at nor bring a timepiece. But I think it was a good start for my first outdoor effort. Now I just have to do it more! Still over a month until the Race for the Cure.