Where I’ve Been Running This Semester

Hi friends….does anyone still read this thing?

After my sporadic blogging over the last 2.5 years, I wouldn’t be surprised if the answer were no.

But, I finished grad school last week (praise the Lord!) and so I should have some more free time on my hands for fun things like workouts, reading, trips and writing about it all.

Well after 2.5 years, I'm officially done with my MBA program. War Eagle!

I can’t promise I’ll go back to blogging five days a week (who has the time to read that much anyway?), and I’m still trying to figure out what a good cadence of posts would be, but I would like to at least blog more frequently than once every couple of months.

In the meantime, let me bring you up to speed on what I’ve been up to the last couple of months (other than school).

So since we’ve last touched based, I’ve visited and run in four different states: Texas, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Alabama.

I already covered my running adventures in Texas in an earlier post, so I won’t rehash that for you.

Then I was up in Boston for work in early November and got to do a chilly morning run along the Charles River. The views were gorgeous, but I probably should have packed warmer running clothes. My long-sleeve tech top was not cutting it with the wind. I am not made for New England winters.

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I also took a trip to see the Boston Marathon finish line…because how could I not?

Today has been hard. So tonight I walked to a place the represents strength, resilience and hope --the Boston Marathon finish line. There are few things in the world that unite people of all races, genders, nationalities, and socio-economic backgrounds th

I was home in PA for Thanksgiving, and while I mainly focused on wrapping up MBA coursework, I did manage to squeeze in a short three-mile run around town. This run was the beginning of a large body of evidence proving how out of shape grad school made me.

Then lastly, I was in Alabama last week to finish my MBA and present on my Capstone report. I hadn’t ever stepped foot on Auburn’s campus before that, so I wanted to do a run around campus to see the sights. Guys, let me tell you, I can get on board with December weather in Alabama. I did my run in capris and a long-sleeve top and was so warm by the end I was rolling up my sleeves and ripping off my ear warmer.

Went on a nice early morning run around campus with my tiger friends today.

Auburn’s campus was beautiful. It reminded me a lot of Maryland’s with it’s old stone buildings and quads. The football stadium though was juuuuuuust a bit bigger than what we’ve got in College Park.

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So that’s what I’ve been up to on the running front. Other than those four runs there hasn’t been much happening. I have lost a lot of my fitness (though oddly enough, haven’t really put on weight), so I have a long path back to where I was prior to grad school.

I’ll have a couple posts in the next couple days that talk a little more about my MBA program and my fitness/running plans going forward, but for now, just wanted to give a quick update on what’s been going on this semester.

Freedom 5K Recap

On Saturday Meghan and I headed to President Lincoln's Cottage to run the Freedom 5K. This race is in its third year, but this summer was the first time I'd heard of it. I always get excited when I find a new race in the DC area to run. After living here for more than a decade, it's rare that I come across a new race to try. President Lincoln's Cottage is a bit off the beaten path compared to other major DC sites, and I had never been there before, but getting to race on the grounds … [Continue reading]

San Antonio: Not the Best City for Running

When I'm on business trips for work in new cities, one of my favorite ways to see the town is by going on a run. So when I was in San Antonio last week for work, I was really excited that my hotel was kind of right downtown on the riverwalk. I'd heard the riverwalk was really pretty, and when I took a stroll on my first night in town to find a place to eat dinner, I enjoyed some of the sights and sounds. Plus I had a little friend join me for dinner. However, on the walk back home, … [Continue reading]

Checking In!

Oh hey friends. So it's been more than a month since my last post because I'm the worst blogger in all the land. I could make a million excuses for why this is, but really it's just that I had a lot going on and when I didn't have to be at the computer for work or school, I didn't want to be anywhere near one. But I've had lots of fun stuff happen in the last month so I figured some quick updates might be in order: 1. Running. I was on a pretty good streak there in July and early August, … [Continue reading]

Seashore Striders Five Miler: My Second Age Group Award

It's become an annual tradition that the first Sunday of my family's beach vacation in Rehoboth I run the Seashore Strider's 5 miler. This tradition started five years ago when we happened to rent a beach house right on the course. I figured how could I not run a race that went right past the place I was staying. I've done the race every summer since (except for the one where I had a stress fracture in my foot). I've had varying degrees of success in the race. It's usually pretty … [Continue reading]

Books I Read on Vacation + a Few Others

Man it's been a long time since I've done a book update -- in part because I've been lazy, but also in part because I haven't been reading nearly as much this year -- which makes me a little bit sad. But I just got back from my beach vacation where I read a ton of books, so figured it was time to do another update! Books I Read in April Devotion by Adam Makos I really like the first book I read by Makos, and I might have loved this book even more. Here's the description from … [Continue reading]

4th of July Weekend Fun

Long weekends go too fast. Or I just try to cram too much fun stuff into them -- this one was no exception. I ended up taking Friday off and spending the day at the pool with Emily before we headed downtown for an event at the Air and Space Museum. The museum was celebrating it's 40th anniversary and was throwing an all-night party. Emily and I got there around 9 p.m. hung out and listened to the Air Force band and then wandered around in some of my favorite exhibits. My coworker … [Continue reading]

Starting from Scratch

Hi friends. So June has been a pretty busy month for me with work and school and softball, and if you've been reading for a while, you know I had definitely struggled to find time for running last semester with school being so brutal. But now that summer semester has wrapped up and I have a few weeks of blissful freedom before the fall semester starts, I'd like to get back into some sort of a regular running rhythm. If nothing else, I'd like to be not stupidly out of shape for the five … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: County Clare, Cliffs of Moher and Galway

Our last day in Ireland was the only day it ever really rained while we were there. We know we got pretty lucky to only have one real day of rain, since it rains a lot in Ireland. Our last day in Ireland was also one of our longest days. We left our hotel at 7 a.m. to board a bus to take us through County Clare and eventually to the Cliffs of Moher before dropping us in Galway to catch the train back to Dublin. I was really excited to see parts of County Clare since that is where my mom's … [Continue reading]

Ireland Adventures: Killarney and the Ring of Kerry

Friday was one of the only days of the trip where we didn't have a super early wake-up call for planned activities. So instead of sleeping in, I decided to explore Killarney National Park on a run. The entrance to the park was a short ways from the hotel, and one of the hotel employees gave me directions on how to get there and told me I'd be very safe, and I'd only have to worry about seeing very large deer. So around 6:30 a.m., I set off to explore. I ran up past St. Mary's Cathedral, … [Continue reading]