Good morning all. I am HOME and in the midst of *unpacking*. Who knew that I owned so much stuff? I mean, over the course of the past week I have filled 4 SUV loads. Ummmm this has never been the case in any other year. Normally I can move myself out by myself with just my SUV. Wonder what happened this year?
Anyway yesterday (Saturday the 22nd) was a pretty big day. Kind of like the culmination of 4 years of hard work and sweat and, yes, many tears.
The ceremony was amazing. My school is really small in general, and we don’t have any graduate students, and my graduating class was about 400 which allowed the whole thing to be over in about 2 hours. Sweet deal. But that didn’t mean that I wanted to rush through it or anything (although I kind of did because I *still* wasn’t fully packed. Oops). Just that sitting in the sun in 75-80* weather in black robes isn’t ideal haha.
The long and short of it is that I graduated. No tears but I did get chills when our speaker, Ann Curry (who, despite my not liking her, was really good) finished up her address with Winston Churchill’s quote “Never never never quit”. Oh and did you know that her first job post-college for journalism was as a cocktail waitress? Maybe there’s hope for me to make it big 🙂
And since you guys liked my Rosecliff pics and liked seeing some non-running stuff in my life I have some from G-Day.
But let me back up a bit. Friday night was Sentimental Night and the Candlelighting Ceremony. It was fun, not quite as emotional as I was expecting though. But we watched a slideshow from the past 4 years and then went outside to the pond to send our candles on their way.
The candlelighting ceremony starts freshman year where, on the very first night on campus, we’re given candles and stand around the pond to light them. And then, 4 years later on the very last night on campus, we take our freshman year candles, light them and then send them of their way into the pond on floating boat-like things. Very cool looking
Sadly my boat thing didn’t want to float and this is what I ended up with
The rest of the night was a night of drinking. Sorry no pictures of that 😛
Saturday morning (aka graduation day) I rose at some ungodly hour to run before the ceremony. I doubt I really slept though given the night before. But I was in my bed for a little bit. So I will say that I did go to bed that night. Maybe just not for that long.
The weather was perfect for an early morning run. Well maybe not *perfect* (I would have preferred it to be a bit cooler and less humid) but all things considered it wasn’t bad. I was unsure, even when my alarm went off, as to where I would be running too. As I got dressed I decided to run the two routes which I can distinctly remember running from freshman year. A nice 6.1 miler followed by the “original” route of 3.8.
The run wasn’t stellar. But I didn’t really expect that I would pull out kick ass splits given the activities of the past few days. Which was nice. Sometimes when I’m going fast and feeling good like that, the background scenery gets lost. Not a bad thing but not what I wanted as my final run. I ended up running the 9.9 and tacked on an extra 1.3 miles because I was running much faster than expected so I could. I also think that I wanted to delay the inevitable of putting on that cap and gown.
Overall a nice 11.2 miles at 9:10 pace. I’m very happy with that.
What I’m not happy with? My bladder. I guess it’s fitting that on my last long run at school my bladder wants to act out.
And from there I went off to go graduate, which I talked about at the beginning of the post. Hmmmm maybe I should go back and edit this to be chronological? Nahhh I’m too lazy and tired to do that ha!
As for today I’m toying with the idea of hitting up the gym for some xt. With finals/senior weeks happening recently the school gym wasn’t open much so I ran a lot. I think I’m closing in on 60 this week. So I’m sure some elliptical would be good for me. I’d rather run though of course. We’ll see 🙂
P.S. I promise I’m going to try to catch up this week on emails and the like. I’m normally not this flaky I swear!