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,


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