[Hallc_running] (not your usual) call for shifts for A1n/d2n

Xiaochao Zheng xiaochao at jlab.org
Tue Feb 4 13:17:17 EST 2020

Dear All:

Have you ever wondered, what the most challenging part of a running race is? Whether it is 5k, 10k, half marathon or a marathon?

It's not the beginning, it's not the end, it's the mileage in the middle!

Let's take half marathons as an example: At the start of the race, adrenaline kicks in and you realize you are running at your fastest pace. You try to not trip over anyone, and you try to get ahead of the crowd. Without realizing it, you are flying by mile marker 3.

When you reach the last 3 miles of the race, you tell yourself: The end is within reach, it's only a 5k, piece of cake.

It is the middle, always the middle part of the race, that is hard and tedious. You run up hills, down ramps, but your mind is not always on the road. Your eyes are searching for a water/gel station, a pit stop, an excuse to pause and take a break.  But no, water stations are few, and all you can do is to chug and chug away.

I often compare running an experiment to running a race. You sign up for a race (like proposing an experiment and get approved), you buy the best gear possible (like building equipment with a budget), you prepare/train for a long time (like you prepare and train for a long time), and eventually race day comes (like your experiment is on the floor), and you realize this is it, you have to finish the run and you have to finish it strong.

If counting the December run, we are not about one month into A1n running with cell "Dutch" on his day #25. It is like in the middle part of a race, and we are in dire need of water/gel refills (I mean shift workers).  Please, if you have a day or an afternoon to spare, come sign up for some shifts. You are like the road-side cheering squad, the real fuel of the race.


(not your usual) experiment contact person,

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