Fundamentals of… What Exactly?

I do not feel ready for the FE tomorrow. It’s as simple as that.

Here’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow:

 

Morning Exam- 120 questions

  • Trig/Algebra/Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations (iffy)
  • Matrices (iffy)
  • Vector Analysis
  • Probability and Stats
  • Chemistry …bahaha I never understood it
  • Computers… twitter doesn’t count
  • Ethics
  • Economics
  • Statics (easy peasy)
  • Dynamics (iffy)
  • Strength of Materials
  • Properties of Materials
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Thermodynamics (funny how I’m failing that class, but understand everything)

Afternoon Exam- Civil- 60 questions

  • Surveying
  • Hydrology
  • Hydraulics (haven’t taken this class yet)
  • Soil Mechanics (haven’t taken this class yet)
  • Environmental Eng.
  • Transportation
  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Construction
  • Materials

Fun, huh?

 

I am really not comfortable with a LOT on this test. I’m going to try my best, and go in with a positive attitude! Each exam lasts four hours, for a total length of 8 hours of testing!!

If I don’t pass, I still can try again in April. I am probably making a bigger deal out of this than it actually is, but I just want to get it over with. Plus its $$$$$. It’s possible to pass, but I’m not expecting it. I’ll just guess “C” when I don’t know the answer. LOL.

 

I tried to study a bit more today, but I decided that it was just better to relax. I’ve been studying for four and a half years for this test. I get worked up about it really easily, so I’m chilling out. I made a nice pasta lunch today to keep me out of the office:

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I used whole grain penne pasta, broccoli, peas, white beans, pesto, and this little guy:

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It was quite a filling lunch!!

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However, 15 miles requires extra food.

For my second lunch, I made an entire large sweet potato worth of fries! I don’t mess around with the ketchup! LOL.

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My tummy was full and happy.

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After e-mailing with another engineer and friend (we met at the blogger lunch), I realized that I needed to stop thinking about the test, calm down, and relax tonight. Thanks, Gloria!  I had a Sam Adams Octoberfest to take the edge off. 😀

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We did the easiest possible thing ever for dinner. I picked up a rotisserie chicken from Publix, whipped up a Caeser salad (with only a smidge of dressing), and mac n’ cheese.

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I went back for more salad, and more pasta. Not really hungry but it tasted good.

Delicious, yes. Nutritious? Well… It’s not too bad. I just haven’t felt much like cooking the past week. I can’t wait to get this test over with!!!

 

I’ll see you tomorrow night! Keep your fingers crossed!

❤ MegaNerd

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My Longest Run Yet: 15 Miles!

Aaaah! I did it!

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That’s my super excited face.

I ran 15.0 Miles this morning, setting a new PDR (personal distance record). 😀

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HOLLER! (I forgot to stop the watch when I started walking, so the numbers are a bit off.)

Before I left the apartment, I fueled up with a half honey bagel with PB.

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I met Kelly at 5:30 am for our usual Friday run. It was nice to have her with me to keep me occupied for the first 7.0 miles. We walked for a minute or so at the end because I had to go to the bathroom, like REALLY bad. Kelly drove me 1.3 miles to my car, I hoped out, ran to my apartment, went to the bathroom, and ran back out the door. I did all of this is 5 minutes and 36 seconds. Speedy pit stop 😀

I finished the remaining 8.0 miles on my own. I really didn’t know if I could do it! I have never run that far, and never more than 8.0 miles on my own! I actually ran faster by myself, because I was already warmed up, had nobody to talk to, and just wanted to get it over with!

Mentally, I broke the run up into little chunks. First 7.0 miles with Kelly, only 3 more miles to a shot block, only 3 more miles to the next, only 1.5 miles to fill up my water bottle, etc.

Dark cherry Shotbloks: Miles 7,10, and 13.

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Run Stats:

  • Distance: 15.0 miles !!!
  • Time: 2:32
  • Average Pace: 10:10 (a little off because I forgot to stop it, close enough!)
  • Average Heart Rate: 163 bpm

I’m so proud! A few years ago, I couldn’t run 1.0 mile. Hard work pays off, you just have to really want it!

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When I got home, I wasn’t that hungry but KNEW that I needed to eat something. It didn’t take much effort to decide:

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My yogurt mess contained:

  • 1 container Vanilla Stonyfield yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Kashi go Lean cereal
  • 1/2 cup Bear Naked chocolate granola (yup… 270 calories worth!)
  • banana
  • strawberries… which I got tired of cutting!

 

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It tastes better once it’s all jumbled up!

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Next item on the list?

ICE BATH!… dun dun dun…

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Trust me, it was cold. Twenty pounds of ice later…

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Haha. Yep. It hurt. I’ve done it a couple of times before, so I was prepped for pain.

I wore a fleece hoodie to stay “warm”.

My legs were sore all over. I figured dunking them in ice was faster than individually icing each area. Once I was all the way in, they went slightly numb feeling and then it wasn’t bad at all.

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I brought along a watch to time myself for 15 minutes…

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…and a cup of hot pear tea!

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…and of course, Runners’ World magazine, and my camera for entertainment.

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Check out those chill bumps…

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I never thought I would ACTUALLY be training for a marathon. For the past three years, I have been training for 5k-half marathon distances. Not until today have I actually felt like I was MARATHON TRAINING! Now that my long runs are exceeding half marathon distance, it feels for real.

Disney Marathon… here I come!

❤ MegaNerd