Thursday, May 9, 2013

Life Lately

It is the end of the 10th week of the quarter at the college where I work, which if you aren't familiar with the quarter system that is the last week before final exams.  This year is a little bit different than normal, however, because it is the LAST quarter ever before we change to semesters in the fall (not including the summer, but summers are always a little different).

I have been a member of  the community where I work for 10 years, either as a student or an employee, and all I've known is the quarter system.  It is going to be a weird change in the fall and it is definitely going to take some time to get used to, 15 weeks is going to feel like it is dragging compared to 10 weeks!

The end of spring quarter also brings the beginning of a month long break for me, I am only a 10-month employee which has pros and cons.  After our marathon on May 19th (so soon!), I will have a week of vacation and then I will work the last four days of May before I am off the entire month of June.

Summer is always an enjoyable time for us because I only work one month, typically July as I am again this year, and we can plan some fun adventures.

Yesterday we solidified some plans for the end of June by registering for this:

Technically we didn't register ourselves, our friend Greg registered us because I was in class interpreting and Mike was busy at work.  It took FOREVER to get our confirmations that we were actually in, but we are! Our friends Amber, Greg, Crystal and Joe are also going to be running the 10K.

Mike and I made plans to visit Crystal and Joe, originally to spectate the B.A.A. 10K as Crystal raced, but we changed our minds and wanted to race too.  The 10K is already sold-out, it sold-out in record time in just 13 hours. 

I don't think I ever announced on the blog our other fun summer plans: 

Made by Crystal

Mike and I are going to continue our reputation as relay lovers by running with four other people during the 100 on 100 Heart of Vermont 100 mile relay in August.  Our teammates include Crystal, her husband Joe and their friends Janell and Aaron. I can't wait! We're also planning on going kayaking the day after the relay, which should be a lot of fun. 

Other than that Mike and I have just been finishing up our last few weeks of marathon training, we have our last "long run" (8 miles is not long to me anymore) this weekend and then we are only one week out from the Cleveland marathon.  

I'm excited about all of our fun races and trips that we have planned this summer!

What have you been up to lately? What are you looking forward to?


  1. Fun! Glad you got in to the BAA 10k! I'm looking forward to the Soldier Field 10 miler on Memorial Day weekend. Gosh I hope my shoulder cooperates.

  2. Isn't it weird when 8 miles no longer seems like a long run? It is to so many people, though!

  3. That relay sounds like so much fun!!! Can't wait to hear about it! :) And quarters sounds strange...I am so used to semesters!

  4. Looks like you guys have some great events to look forward too:) I remember when my husband and I were training for our marathon and family would ask how long our run was and we would say "we only ran 12 today". And we meant it! So funny the look on their faces;) Nowadays, 12 is long, 8 is long. I need to bump up my mileage:/

  5. Wahoo on another relay. I really need to find some friends to do one with as I think it would be oodles of fun. And I know what you mean about the definition of "long" changing as you train at longer distances. I've been training for my first bike century and now a 20 mile ride is a "short ride" that I knock out in the evening after work when a year ago I'd have spent all afternoon going that far and then rest like I'd gone out "forever". Doing a "long ride" tomorrow - hopefully about 60-65 miles. Craziness!

  6. What a great summer lineup! I leave tomorrow for vacation, but the rest of the summer will be spent working on my job promotion and starting marathon training :)

  7. Wow. You have tons going on. A relay is still on my to do list!

  8. That relay is going to be a blast. You guys have a great race lineup for the summer!