Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Life zooms along...

Well, it's that time of the semester again... I'm up to my eyeballs in "stuff" - scholarship applications, conference proposals, ethics clearance application and let's not forget - my own research. I am buried, I tell you, buried in stuff!

The car got fixed and now I need to start thinking about snow tires. More financial fun!

The cat continues to get better. She still has her cone on, poor thing. I've tried taking it off, but she starts grooming compulsively and re-opens the wounded area, causing it to bleed. So, the cone stays on until she's healed.

My room mate, Gord, finally headed east to his new home in Cape Breton. So, the house is quiet. Or rather, "the house is less full of laughter". Isn't it funny how it's less likely that the house will be filled with happy laughter when you're the only one in it? I am more of a "quiet ponderer" type when left alone. Sometimes good. Sometimes not good.

In any case, I am on the hunt for a new roomie. I have been reluctant to post ads on public bulletin boards around school, hoping instead that something will come up through people I know. But I may post an ad yet. We'll see...

And now for the juicy stuff. Running! (You were expecting something else?)

I have a 5 km race this weekend, which I am looking forward to. I know, I know, I said I was not going to do any more 5 km races; they're too short. But I wanted to see if I could end the season with a better time, so we'll give it a whirl.

The marathon decision is out. Karen wins! At this point I am planning to run the Calgary Stampede marathon next July. The only possible glitch is that I may be funded to go to a conference next year around that time. And if I can get an all-expenses-paid trip to Europe, well, I'll pick another marathon. (Who wouldn't? I mean, really!) But the decision on that won't be made for several months, yet. In the meantime, I will train like I'm running in July and if I need to postpone, I will.

The other thing I've been exploring with running is how to train using heart rate as a guide. I've done a bit of reading and would like to learn more, so suggestions for Sarah's reading list are most welcome.

OK, folks, time to return this pretty little head to the books.... Will try to catch up on blogs soon. I miss you guys!

13 comments:

Downhillnut said...

YAY, I won the marathon! ...decision.

Of course, if you are unable to compete that day due to a calling to Europe, your duties will fall to the next runner-up. :D

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Catching up on blogs....what's that, lol. I'm so far behind on reading I'm sure I will shock people as I snoop around and leave comments...lol.

Glad to see the cat is doing better. Coolness about your marathon choice but if you decide to delay it, you could always come to PEI with me...

robtherunner said...

What? Passing up a marathon for an all expenses paid trip to Europe. Simply unthinkable :)

CM said...

BTW, the Des Moines marathon was last weekend, but it occurs every year. I highly recommend it. Of course, I have never personally gone near it, but I highly recommend it for you because you have a great cheering squad (of 1) here, and I would try to take good photos, and besides, it would be such fun to have you visit. Just another thought for your ever-lengthening list...

Backofpack said...

I can't remember what was on your list. But of course, we have a lot of good ones down our way. Calgary is still something we will think about - but not for 2008. Got too many trips on the burner as is. Good luck with all your stuff!

craig said...

I guess that cats, like people, sometimes need tough love.

Maybe the marathon vs. Europe thing doesn't have to be either/or. How about finding a marathon to run while you are in Europe? Then you could have your cake and eat it too.

Turtle Guy said...

I tried, honestly I did - and nearly a Bluenoser at that!

...keeping fingers and toes crossed...

Robb said...

I'm bummed. :(

I thought I'd win and have you here to run in Halifax. Shoot.

The best part is that you will run a marathon. Honest.

Anonymous said...

Sarah,

Misty here...closed the blog for a spell but still check in from time to time.

As for the renter option...I have a male friend (54 yr old, NS, semi-retired) who is looking for new accomodations. He's easy to get along with and could fill the house with some laughter cause he can be quirky at times.

He isn't involved too much in the physical activity side of things (as you say Gord was), but he does enjoy getting out for some hikes and going to the parks in the summer. His main love is travel.

If you're interested, feel free to email me either the details or your email address at "musicalmisty@hotmail.com"

Sarah said...

Have fun at your 5k and I hope you get a pr!

Madcap said...

Oh, I hope you get that trip!

Granny said...

Glad the kitty is doing well. We had a cat years ago that had to wear a cone. He was not happy.

PNW Runner said...

There's always lots of other races to do, these all expense paid trips don't come by very often.