Sunday, March 13, 2011

Run Status Update + Real Life Algebra!

When did this become a running blog, from the most unlikely source?!  Yeah, I know, I know, but I appreciate that you're all sticking around to read about the making of an Airman!

We had a very slow start to this morning.  Damn that time change!  I am still unshowered and haven't been to the commissary yet.  I did finally get outside and went for a run, around the duck pond again.  I felt stiffer than two days ago, especially since I put in a hard workout at the gym yesterday.  I know I took more breaks than Friday.  I did 1.18 miles and my average pace was 9:34, which really isn't too bad, considering that I'm doing a brisk walk on my breaks.

For all of those students who say, "When will I use this in real life?" about math concepts, I present to you my own personal example!

I drew this up for you in Paintbrush, which is like MS Paint.  I wanted to determine the pace I needed to run, in order to meet minimum graduation standards for BMT.  I converted minutes to seconds, in order to minimize errors.  13m56s is the minimum time in order to pass for females at graduation.  As you can see, I need to be running at a 9:17 pace.  

Are you doing the math too?  I just need to shave 17 seconds off my run time and I'll be able to pass!  Yay me!  And that's by the end of BMT, so I know I'm going to be in better shape than when I start out.

Ok, enough math geekery (right Megan?!), I need to get showered and get going!  


Sarah said...

I'm so bad at math, I seriously wish you were closer, I'd be over for tutoring on some nursing math... which is basically dimensional analysis. LOL. I just SUCK!

Nicole said...

Is it weird that I like math like this? It's like a puzzle!

Megan Dub-Yuh said...

Speaking of math geekery, I woke this morning thinking "In four years Pi Day will be on 3.1415."
My student intern said, "you are SO a math teacher."

Erin said...

@Sarah - You can do it! You always underestimate yourself!

@Nicole - Nope, not at all! :)

@Megan - Awesome! I didn't even think of that!

Dung Maurice said...

Algebra is great, especially if you know how to handle it correctly