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Today was a good day!  The semester is now in full swing.  My classes are started up and my schedule is very, very busy.

This morning I got up at 6am and went downstairs for a quick 3 miles on the treadmill.  I didn’t push my pace since I’m just getting back into things after traveling and I’m still a little out of whack, but it was a comfortable 3  miles in 29:10 (9:43/mile).  I did the first .75 miles in my Vibrams and they felt excellent.  It’s been a while since I ran in them, so I need to work my mileage back up, but I intend to work my mileage up to a point where I can actually do my long runs in them.  I’m hoping that by the time May rolls around I’ll be able to run the full 26.2 in them.

After a full day of work I headed over to the gym to get my first day of lifting in.  I’m following the New Rules of Lifting for Women program.  If you haven’t read it, go track it down.  It’s excellent!

I got to the gym and my locker and when I opened it I realized I had everything I needed, except a shirt.  And I wore a sweater and nice button down shirt to work.  No good for the gym.  😦

I knew if I went home to get one, there was no way I would go back out to the gym, so I wandered up to the front desk and managed to beg my way into a free t-shirt!  It was a large, and a tad ridiculous, but hey, it’s a shirt!

So tonight was New Rules workout #1.  It didn’t take super long – the first few stages are fairly short workouts.  But I always love the way I feel after lifting.  It’s incredible how quickly I feel and see results.  So I’m excited to be getting back into it again!

I’m really happy to be training again.  It makes me feel like I’m doing something with my time and I’m taking better care of myself.  I’m determined to train the right way this time.  I made it through the Adirondack Marathon and it was a blast, but I didn’t train the way I should have.  Strength training and cross training are such important parts of a proper training schedule, and they give you some pretty important benefits that you just can’t get through running alone.  I’m looking forward to seeing how much faster and stronger I can get now that I’m including these things into my training.  It’s hard to fit them in, but that’s just part of training.  You need to make time for it.  When I’m not doing those things, I spend an obscene amount of time sitting around watching TV or playing on my computer every night.  Time that I could be spending doing something that’s good for me.

So now it’s time to make time!  For myself and for my training.

And BOY is it COLD!!!!!

I wanted to take a picture of my car thermometer this morning, but I didn’t want to take off my gloves, so it didn’t happen.  But I promise you it said -22 F.  No lie.  It was sick.  After I started my car I ran back inside to hold my hands over the heater so they could thaw out – it was painful.  And I had only been out there for about 1 minute!  AND I had three layers of gloves on!  THREE!

So this morning my gym at work re-opened for the spring semester.  My clocky alarm went off at 6am and I lept out of bed.  I must say, that thing is HIGHLY, HIGHLY effective.  I packed my gym bag the night before to make it easier to get out the door.

By 6:45 I was out the door and into the FREEZING COLD.  My car barely started.  But after several minutes of warming up the car, I made it over to the pool.  Today was a morning swim.  I didn’t do a TON, since it was my first day back and my internal clock is still all out of whack.  But I got in a good (slow) 550 yards and then headed off to work.

I intended to lift tonight, but I overestimated myself and my ability to recover from my jet lag.  By 3pm I was falling asleep at my desk, so I decided to hold off one more day for lifting.

I definitely like getting up early to work out.  It makes me feel like I’ve done something with my day early on and puts me in a good mood.  The hardest thing is dragging myself out of bed when it’s so cold out, but the clocky doesn’t really give me a choice when it starts running away (what a great invention).  So far, so good!

Tomorrow is a 4 mile run in the morning, nothing in the evening.  Lifting begins Wednesday night.  I can’t wait to get a run in tomorrow!

Hello blog world!

I am two weeks into my three weeks in New Zealand and it’s pretty amazing down here.  I can write a better summary later, but here’s a quick picture recap…

My first full day in NZ – we climbed halfway up Ruapehu.  So much for jet lag!

Mead’s Wall (the volcanic dike – or vertical intrusion) and Ngauruhoe in the background.  Both were used in LOTR.  Yeah, I geeked out a little.

Tongariro (the whole volcanic complex) with Ngauruhoe (the large cone volcano).  AKA: Mt. Doom

Huka Falls (in Taupo)

Hot mud pits at Waiotapu

The Taupo thermal pools

Off to the south island!  Downtown Christchurch

Christchurch Botanical Gardens

Christchurch Botanical Gardens

Heading up into the Southern Alps for some fieldwork – Porters Pass

Our field site for the day (the flat area in the bottom right hand corner).  We had a 45 minute hike each way (in and out) carrying all our equipment, but it was still completely gorgeous and awesome.

Sheep running through our field area.  I was so happy.  Sheep + pretty landscapes = happy me taking lots of pictures!

Geologists have the best offices.  🙂

All in a day’s work.  Not too shabby!

Happy New Year!

I don’t like new year’s resolutions.  I never have.  Something about them (or maybe that term) really irks me.  I do like goals, however.  And I really like setting some goals for the upcoming year.

My 2011 Goals


1. Begin working on my Ph.D. – This year I will be writing my research proposal, starting fieldwork and gathering data, and beginning to process said data.  It’s a lot to do, but I’m really looking forward to it.

2. Successfully advise an undergraduate senior thesis – I have my first student doing a research project with me and I really want to kick some volcano butt.

3. Update my wardrobe – Since I am a young geologist, I don’t have a ton of spare change floating around to spend on new clothes.  And when you’re a geologist, people really don’t think anything of wearing casual clothes to work.  However, I’m tired of people thinking I’m one of my students, and it’s about time I started dressing professionally.  It’s not that big of a deal in my specific field, but it’s helpful in academia.  Plus, I really like nice clothes.

Health and Fitness

4. Begin and complete the New Rules of Lifting for Women – As soon as I get back from New Zealand, it’s time to start lifting three times a week.  The gym is closed while we’re on break, but I can’t wait to get back in there and get lifting again.  I love how quickly I can see and feel a difference.  And it’s going to make me a stronger and (hopefully) injury-free runner.

5. Swim two times a week – I really enjoy swimming laps and want to incorporate that into my training schedule as a cross training activity.  I can’t wait for the pool to re-open!

6. Run injury-free! – In 2010, I learned a lot about how to train effectively – usually by doing the wrong thing  :-).  Now I can apply that knowledge and train properly.  Here’s to an injury-free 2011!

7. Complete marathon #2 – I’m running the 2011 Buffalo Marathon this year and intend to beat my time from the 2010 Adirondack Marathon.

8. Run 1000 miles – I ran somewhere in the vicinity of 700 miles in 2010, and I have around 1400 planned for 2011 (marathon #2 and possibly ultramarathon #1).  So I’m going to go with a reasonably attainable goal of 1000 miles for 2011.


9. Buy a house – We plan to buy our first house this spring and I can’t wait!  I’ve been waiting to buy a house for years, but the time just wasn’t quite right before.  But now we’re ready and really looking forward to making our first house our home.

10. Donate or sell things we don’t need or use – With the anticipation of purchasing our first house this spring, my husband and I are on a kick to get rid of the things we don’t need.  We don’t want to be unnecessarily moving stuff, and we’d much rather they go to people who need them.

11. Continue cooking and experimenting in the kitchen – I’ve had so much fun cooking and trying new foods since I went vegan this past spring.  I never liked to cook before, and now it’s one of my favorite things to do.  I always follow recipes from other people, but in 2011, I’d really like to try making some recipes of my own.

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