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The last first day of school

This was a decent week, despite being the first week of class at Purdue. It's always so weird for the first week or so to see a formerly vacant campus explode with people. This also means that WalMart is packed, you are always running in to clueless people who decide that the middle of the sidewalk is a good place to STOP and figure out where they are, and that I'm walking at least 10 minutes from my parking spot to campus.

Another weekly update

Oy, I am so boring with these post titles, sorry guys :(

This week, however, was anything but boring - stuff literally every single day for OMEGA. I think that my life is incapable of just having a normal pace: it's either moving at warp speed, or I feel like I'm riding a turtle.

80 miles (but with 92 in a 7 day period!), 1 workout, 1 fantastic long run

High points: Tuesday's workout was ok, and I eventually started feeling better as the week went on. The best run of the whole entire week, though, was Saturday's 22 miler. I woke up at 3:30am, met Stacy at the store at 4am for 2 miles, then picked up 3 more people for our first 10 (including a cookie stop at Cory's house!), then a few more at 5:50am for the last 10 (with a stop at Armstrong Hall for our traditional long run group photo). My right knee was really bothering me during the last 5 miles or so, but other than that, a great run at a decent pace and with my favorite group of crazy runner folk - I've mis…

Vacation time, la versión editada

This past week was pretty good: I got to spend some time in Ohio, and it was a down week for running! That meant that I was lazy and ate lots of whatever and got tons of sleep.

58 miles, one less-than-stellar workout, one big workout/race, and one day off!

Eh, stuff happened this week

Well, I guess I should get the big news out of the way first: I passed my prelim!

For those of you who are (un)lucky enough to not know what I'm talking about, this basically means that I'm an official PhD candidate now. Your prelim defense (at least in the PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue) is like a hybrid research proposal and MS thesis defense. A lot of it depends on your advisor or if you've already done a Master's program. In my case, it took me two years to get to this point. I tripped right out of the gate (called one of my committee members the wrong name) and was sweating through my cardigan by the end (there's a reason I wore black), but it's ALL DONE NOW and I passed :)

So. There's that.

Running update! 76 miles this week, two ok-ish workouts, one big scare where I thought I lost my GPS watch, and more good weather. I will update this with my highs and lows when I'm not so exhausted...

I'm back home in OH (IO!) this week to…