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Reading, Running, and More!

In Uncategorized on April 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Hey everyone!
Hope you are all doing well! I sure am!

Since you last heard from me quite a bit has happened in school, running, and reading!

School wise I have made my way through a test in each class, each went pretty well, I am still waiting for the geology one to come back. Astronomy was the first test, and that went pretty well. There was one problem that I misinterpreted and didn’t go as well as it could and should have, but as a whole things went well. It still continues to be the challenging course of the quarter, but it is interesting to learn about the constellations, and to be able to find certain ones in the sky that I couldn’t find before. Physics has been a pretty straightforward class. It is sort of a joke to be honest, as on the tests you get to use your book notes and homework (which is done in class for us). So obviously this test went really well. Geology is still going well. We have a lab with a stratiographic profile due this week. It continues to go well, and as I said the test hasn’t come back yet, but I know it went well.

Running has continued to be good. April is coming to an end, and I am a little over 100 miles for the month, with one more day of running left (probably 5 miles or so). Next weekend is Bloomsday! I am excited! I have finally decided on a plan of attack for my race strategy. There really won’t be one. As you all know my marathon plans are in full swing and I have been training for a string of 5 of them for a while now. I am going to go out and run 20 miles on Saturday and then just run Bloomsday, possibly staying with Duard who will be visiting Saturday and Sunday, or starting as near Michael who is crashing on our couch Friday night having arrived from the Virgin Islands, that night. It’s going to be a great weekend, busy, but great!

As far as athletic enterprises are concerned I am also embarking (starting Tuesday) on and Ironman adventure during the month of May. Those who have had conversations with me will know I have stated that I will never do an Ironman. This is true, to do all of that in one day (all of that being 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking, and 26.2 miles of running) is pretty close to insane. I have run two marathons, and I know that that would not be fun after the swimming and biking. I have teamed up with four friends and we will begin to compete in Ironmay, a competition to complete as many Ironmans over the course of the month as we can. I will undertake a good chunk of the running, while the others focus namely on the swimming and biking. I will update you all on how the event is going and goes throughout May and at the end of May!

Reading is about to become very frontal in my life. This quarter I already finished the 4th book of the Gregor the Overlander series. I forgot the final book at home over spring break, but my dad is bringing it to me this next week when he comes to visit! I also finished Jodi Picoult’s latest book Lone Wolf. It was a great read delving into the topic of vegetable states, and what constitutes one, and who should be the one in charge of making such a life altering decision, the son who abandoned you for 6 years, or the daughter who has been your life, but is still a minor at 17. Jodi Picoult often undertakes difficult topics and surrounds them with a wonderful story, telling it splendidly. Recently I worked my way around Amazon’s shipping policies to have one of the three books coming my way arrive early. I got it on Friday, and finished it yesterday. Brothers to the Death by Darren Shan finished up the vampire saga (no where near the Twilight realm). This Saga has 4 books (Saga of Larten Crepsley) that make up a prequel series to the larger 12 book series (that I read first) Cirque du Freak. It was obviously a great read and one I finished quickly. I have two more books coming this week the second book in the Brotherband Chronicles (Tuesday) and the final book in the Kane Chronicles (Thursday). Both continue series that I have been reading and come from a couple of my favorite authors (John Flanagan and Rick Riordan respectively). I am looking forward to reading them!

That is all for now, I have recently updated my running blog if you care to take a look at that!

Until then,


School and Running

In Uncategorized on April 16, 2012 at 1:22 am

Hey all!
I hope you all have had a great few weeks since you last heard from me! I know that I have been terrible at updating you all on my life, and I hope to try and do a bit better in the coming quarter.

A quick recap (because I don’t think I did it) of last quarter. It was easily one of the hardest quarters I have ever had with constantly getting minimal sleep, and studying at all hours of the day. It all ended well though. I passed all of my courses. I got a 3.7 in my Weather and Climate class (which was a bit of a surprise) because I didn’t have a lot of spare time to study for the final (I got a 70% on it), and it didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. It was my highest grade though! My math course which got the most of my attention was my next best class with a 3.5. I attribute this to the great study group we had last quarter, it really helped because I was able to get through all the homework and myself help to teach the others. Going through it a second time wasn’t a bad thing either. Geology also saw a bit of a depletion because of the hefty amounts of time I spent with my math group. I ended with a 3.2 in the course, but I am not upset about that. I learned a lot and am ready to move forward into this quarter.

This quarter has started off pretty well. My most demanding class has been astronomy, but it’s been great to learn a little more about the place we live. I can now identify quite a few of the constellations in the zodiacs by sight, at least the one’s up now, as well as I have seen Mars a couple of times. Geology is going well with this quarter’s topic being historical geology. We have been taking a look at fossils of late and are learning a bit about the rock record. It’s been fairly low key so not much to say about it just yet! Physics is also a bit of a challenge, but the labs are what they were a year ago when I took the first sections of it and are a bit ridiculous to say the least, probably didn’t even need to be there last week to complete the lab.

Running continues to go well. My knees have seen little pain, the left is non existent. The right is often tight and could use some true deep tissue massages all the way around, but with some strengthening and massaging of my own I have seen little problem and completed a 16 mile run yesterday on a gorgeous day! I have also started a couple of courses that see some yoga, biking, and TRX (a suspension class based solely on your body weight to complete the exercises.

As far as a running schedule so you all know of the races coming up I have a race next Sunday the Susan G. Kommen Race for the Cure 5k in hopes of qualifying for Bloomsday Second Seeding. Two weeks after that is Bloomsday itself! I haven’t quite figured out my racing strategy for it. As much as I would love to go under my 48:10 from a couple of years, I don’t quite have the speed I did then (or a year ago) and also have focused on my long runs quite exclusively lately. At the end of May I hope into what is marathon season for myself. I start with Coeur D’Alene over Memorial Day weekend, 4 weeks later I hop into Seattle Rock and Roll at the end of June, and two weeks after that one complete the standards to join the Marathon Maniacs upon completing the Missoula Marathon in early July. I may run up in Bellingham a week later the Windhorse Half Marathon. In September I have set up a schedule to visit North and South Dakota (in the reverse order) for the Sioux Falls and Bismarck Marathons! Rounding out the season about 3-4 weeks later with the Spokane half marathon! Hoping for a personal record in that last one! That then drops me smack into 5k season, but we can get back to that in 5 or 6 months!

Quite a lot of racing ahead of me! Something I am excited for! I look forward to hearing from some of you!

Until the next time,