Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Turtle Tuesday #8

Tomorrow marks my last day of teaching for the semester! The students return back to the United States next week! It's hard to believe that the semester is nearly over... it seems like I just got here!

Yesterday was our final field day and we ended up catching two, brand new turtles! (I just realized that I used exclamation points for the last four sentences) It was a great way to end the semester.

Some things I've learned this semester:
-Things never go according to plan
-I can be my own worst enemy
-Having a great support team is worth more than being perfect all the time
-There will be days when everything goes wrong; accept it.
-Sometimes, students will surprise you (in both good and bad ways)

I'm definitely going to miss my students, but it'll be nice to have a bit of a break!

On an turtley unrelated note, yesterday, I went to a presentation on using science for social media. It was really interesting to hear how scientists are using Twitter and Facebook (but mainly, Twitter - it was the most active of the social media sites!) to connect with other scientists. The presenter (my co-worker) even told me that she found out on Twitter that one of her papers had been published! I guess it makes sense that science will follow in the footsteps of connecting others, but I never realized the impact that social media could have on connecting the public to science.


That being said, I made myself a "professional" Twitter (don't worry, I'll still tweet useless tweets on my personal account, as well). I plan on using this new Twitter handle to connect with scientists, follow new conservation news, and tweet about turtles. If you're interested in following my new, sciencey Twitter, follow me @RachelMillerST

Do you have separate social media accounts for your personal/professional presence?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Motivation for the Holidays

Now that the holidays are approaching and I'm STILL attempting to get back into shape/running more , I decided to create a training plan for me to stick to to motivate me to keep running. It's going to be difficult to motivate me to run when I'm visiting my parents in the snow for Christmas, especially because I'm not training for Princess Half this year, so I'm hoping that this training plan will help me maintain fitness and motivation. 

As you can see, I'm keeping the mileage relatively low. For the first 4 weeks, I'm only going to be running 3 days a week. Then, I'm going to add in a 4th day during the week. Maybe I'll eventually build back up to the mileage/fitness I was at when I got injured in February. It's really been hard not to compare myself to where I was a year ago. It's been really hard to be two minutes slower when running my easy runs than where I was eight months ago. I know it's my fault for not getting back into things right away, but instead of sulking, I'm going to try and put in the work to get back to an area where I'm happy with my running.

Also, see those "Days" blocks in my training sheet? I'm doing a 90 Day Ab Challenge. My friend is a personal trainer and created this challenge last year. I decided to do it this time around to improve my core and maybe pick up some more speed. You can find the group here if you're interested! 

How will you stay motivated during the holidays? How many days a week do you run? 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Breakdown and a Decision

Remember when I promised Turtle Tuesdays all of the time? That was before I got into my job and got busy. I had every intention of having one written for you today, but then I had a breakdown at work yesterday and my priorities were coming home and sleeping...

I think that 2.5 months of working programs, covering other people's duties, and working 12 hour days most days finally took its toll on me! I was in charge of one of our groups this weekend because my boss was at a conference. They're a great group, but I kept making small mistakes that I am beating myself up over. I got lost for 2 hours on Sunday (on my way to a new-to-me place) and then yesterday the group was late for lunch. They still had food and no one was complaining - in fact, they keep telling me to relax because they know how stressful this is. I'm the only one who is upset.

Well, when I went into the lunchroom to see if there was any food left, the kitchen ladies told me that there was and I cried.... Then, I went back to the office and someone asked me if I was okay, and then I cried for like 10 minutes. A coworker took me for a walk and I felt better. It's not that leading the group itself was stressful, it's just that I was beating myself up over it.

A co-worker asked me today if I had ever led groups like this before, and I said "my Masters degree is in Environmental Education, I was bred for this!" To which he replied, "what I've learned by leading groups is that you're the only one who knows what's supposed to go right, so you notice everything that goes wrong." So true.

On an unrelated-but-kind-of-related note, remember how I told you that I was training to run a half marathon with the students? I've decided to sit this one out. I took a non-running related injury that's stopping me from running this Sunday. I was sprinting in the dark to catch a shuttle home, tripped over a log, face planted in the gravel, and sliced open my toe, bruised my knee. My toe is nasty looking and it hurts to touch the cut, and my knee is swollen. I've been taking it easy this week and haven't been running. I just think i'm going to be undertrained and I don't want my first "race" back to re-injure me.

Have you ever had to change your running plans? What's your funniest injury story?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Turtle Tuesday #7

I did so well one week with posting, and then I fell off the bandwagon again.

I know I say it all the time, but life is crazy. I've adjusted to the hectic schedule, but I still haven't found much time (or motivation) to blog. You guys should just all add me on Facebook to follow my adventures.

Instead of talking about all of my adventures today, I'm going to share something that I think I've shared before.

I'm definitely swimming with the current, especially with the busiest two weeks of my life coming up. I'm working on staying calm under pressure and being a good navigator. I definitely spend a lot of time at the beach and on the sea. But really, I'm just enjoying life and learning from these little nuggets:

Have a very happy Turtle Tuesday, and I hope you take some wise sea turtle's advice <3