Running Events Galore!

In Uncategorized on October 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Hello all!
Well I told you it would be a couple of weeks since you heard from me! I thought about sending you all a note on Friday, but figured a couple of days wouldn’t hurt as I was running a half marathon this morning and I know that many of you enjoy hearing about my running!

As you may recall I went home last weekend (the reason for my absence in telling you all how I am doing). I went home for the sole reason to help out with the Tomahawk Twilight Invitational! If you have been following these letters over the last many years (or just know me) the Tomahawk Twilight Invitational is my favorite cross country meet of the year and something I will never miss as long as I am around to go to it. The meet being in its’ fifth year was a success. We had 52 teams this year (the same number as last year), around 2,000 athletes, just as many spectators, and an open race at the end of the evening that was HUGE! I didn’t partake in the open race, but got to watch the start of it such a spectacle! Overall the weekend was a success! I personally didn’t feel as stressed out during the day as I ran around on Friday and Saturday, spending a total of 26 hours on the golf course. My head coach in high school spent more time there than I did so kudos to him! He’s a big reason why the meet is the success that it is today!

Of course I haven’t updated you on any classes in the past two weeks. In my last email I had not even been to all of my classes having one class only on Tuesday evenings. I have now been through two full weeks of classes plus the three days you heard about before. Tuesdays are my long days. I only have two classes, but I also have a lab on that day. The lab for my geology class is definitely one of my favorite parts of my Tuesdays. This past week I was able to identify an assortment of minerals doing different tests, using the colors (which I do rely on my lab partner to help with), the streak (or color that the mineral is in powder form), the hardness, among other tests. Geology continues to go well, and as far as my education classes are concerned I have made a few friends in them (that are in all three of our ED classes), so we have a fun time in them!

I am partway through Jodi Picoult’s first novel Songs of the Humpback Whale. I am really enjoying it. I see parallels in it as far as the Humpback Whales (which one of the characters is an expert on) in my studies as an Earth and Space Science Major. So it is an opportunity to learn more things through my reading of novels, especially since Jodi Picoult is a writer who gets her facts correct, even if she does write fiction novels. Two books by my favorite young adult authors came out this week, The Lost Stories by John Flanagan and The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan so I have obtained those and started reading The Lost Stories… Which does put Jodi Picoult’s book on hold. I also obtained 5 or 6 books from my former boss Marilyn Carpenter, so I will also be reading those (I don’t know all of their titles off hand) at some point and relaying their information when I do get to them!

The half marathon this morning went well! I really ran it on a whim. With my recent knee injury I was a bit wary signing up for this one. I had told a few of you that I wouldn’t be doing anything longer than a 5k for the rest of the year (or at least until December), but I did help to train my friend Marissa Schafer for her first half marathon at Bellingham Bay Marathon. Her and I got in the long runs without any pain coming from my knee, so I figured I would be okay running the half so I signed up for it with a day to spare on raised registration. I ended up running pretty well. I walked in hoping to merely best my time from last year of 1:44:08. I bested that by about 8 minutes running an unofficial time of 1:36. A good day all in all! I was pestered by one man (whom I have seen on campus and at various sporting events in the area) for wearing my second seed singlet. I was clipping along early at about 7:30 pace and I was running with a former MP cross country runner Shawn Lyons. This man was heckling me because I “should have been faster.” A little irritating, but the fact that I was simply just running it today. I did start picking up the pace a little later after I parted ways with Shawn who was shooting for a bit of a slower time than I, I do know that I took in the top 60 of the half marathon finishers because of some people who were counting along the course and calling it out to runners. As far as the rest of the races for the coming months to finish out the year, I will be running two Jingle Bell runs (Spokane and Seattle), and will most likely be running a half (or possibly full) on New Year’s Eve up in Bellingham!

Anyways I hope you are all doing well!


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