Thursday, November 06, 2008


Oh so one thing I didn't mention about this job offer...

Wait, I shouldn't even say I have an offer until I actually have the formal offer. I feel like will jinx it or something. The guy I will be working for is a Pretty Big Name and I am still afraid when I talk to him that I will say something stupid and he will rescind my informal offer.

Anyway, back to what I was saying. While the position wouldn't start until the end of the summer, I do have to go on a cruise for the month of April.

Now "cruise" would probably be the euphemism of the year.

I am pretty sure there will be no fruity cocktails.

Instead there will be 12 hour work days for 25 days straight and sea sickness drugs and lots of science.

And so this will be my home:

I don't know if you can really quite tell from the photo, but the boat is 185 ft long.

What does this have to do with running at all?

Well, this is totally going to eff up any spring marathon plans.

Unless there is a treadmill somewhere on board, a 50 m long boat is not conducive to training.

Can you imagine? I would have to do 50 laps just to do a 5k! Oh my God, I think my brain would explode if I had to do an actual long run!

Add to that the 12 hour work day, which is mostly physical labor.

The cruise really is a solid 25 days at sea. I might be able to pull off a late summer half-IM like I had hoped. Well, I guess in some ways this is good - I can just focus on getting back into good running shape. Maybe I'll see if I can find a March half-marathon somewhere and aim to finally break 2:10...


Lisa said...

you're talkin like you already accepted that job offer ...!?

(and i know how you feel -- I still worry that my phd supervisor is going to revoke my phd every time we have a conversation about the paper I'm writing.)

Joe said...

"The boat is short, I'd have to run a million circles to train, waaaaa." You're just afraid I was going to embarrass you at the marathon, so you found a convenient excuse. [insert visual of Joe making chicken clucking noises here]

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

O my God, Danielle, you went and did it.

You joined the Merchant Marines.

Did somebody break your heart?

Was it ... Joe?

Nitmos said...

This seems like a very good reason to miss a spring race. Sign me up.

Anonymous said...

Don't you ever dock?

Steve Stenzel said...

Wow! That'd be quite the experience!! But yes, it would dampen the training. I'm wondering with Nicole: are you "out at sea" all the time? Would you have any time on land?

But really, 25 days not running isn't the END of the world. You could be doing pushups and crunches and lunges and such!

Good luck!

jeanne said...

wait...are you saying NO STARBUCKS for 25 straight days??????

i'm out.