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May 23, 2010

Sooooo. Now What?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 10:37

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.

Me and my advisor.

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

Oh well.

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!


  1. Congrats congrats!

    And isn’t it funny how you can accmulate so much in such a short amount of time? I’m always amazed… and I’m even one of those people who isn’t a pack rat…

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — May 23, 2010 @ 10:50

    • Oh and I am a packrat so it makes it about a billion times worse! Oops, gotta start to learn how to live frugally I guess ha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 23, 2010 @ 14:16

  2. Congrats!

    I know what you mean about moving. I’m from WA but went to college in Montana. After freshman year, I just kept stuff in storage in Montana. Four years later, I definitely had accumulated much more than I thought.

    Comment by Nick — May 23, 2010 @ 11:16

  3. Congratulations!!! Take some time to relax now, you deserve it!
    Moving out this year, I had the exact same experience – where did all this stuff come from!? I’m currently in the process of going through it all and getting rid of a lot because it’s too overwhelming!

    Comment by BostonRunner — May 23, 2010 @ 11:33

    • The sad thing is that I probably couldn’t get rid of anything because I’m such a pack rat. It’s so cathartic to throw things out but I rarely can bring myself to that place hah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 23, 2010 @ 14:17

  4. Congratulations! Looks like a great ceremony and I really do like Ann Curry!

    100% Cranberry Juice can fix any bladder problem I swear. 4 oz a day mixed with 4 oz of water and knock on wood I have NO problems anymore. 🙂

    Comment by Ameena — May 23, 2010 @ 12:12

    • Really on the cranberry juice? My problem is that my bladder just doesn’t want to be a bladder and hold anything. It’s like I’ve had 657 kids or something! But if you swear that it works I guess I’m making a trip to the store later

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 23, 2010 @ 14:19

  5. That candle lighting thing is a really nice idea! Your graduation pics are lovely too, nice to have it outside, when I graduated it was in our city hall, and it went on and on and on haha

    Comment by Laura — May 23, 2010 @ 15:33

  6. That candle light ceremony looks like a lot of fun. I feel like your college was like my high school in the sense that it was small and there was a lot of traditional stuff. Hope you are enjoying being home! Funny how much you can accumulate in a year!

    Comment by J — May 23, 2010 @ 16:05

  7. Wow, I love all the cool stuff your school does for the graduating class. Since I went to a big school, we had none of that, so graduation was kind of anti-climactic last year.

    Anyway, have fun unpacking/being home. I know you’ve mentioned before that home is not your fav place, but try to enjoy it the best you can! What are your summer plans? I’m sure you’ve mentioned them but I’m getting old and forgetful! 😛

    PS. Saying ‘goodbye’ via runs = the best thing ever!

    Comment by tmart — May 23, 2010 @ 17:43

    • Nope you’re not old and forgetful, I just haven’t said anything about them because I don’t want to jinx anything. Same with my running for the summer, can’t plan races around things that aren’t set in stone yet life wise

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 24, 2010 @ 13:24

  8. Congrats on graduating….and on a 60 mi week! That’s a cool idea about the candle lighting ceremony too.

    Comment by Jenny — May 23, 2010 @ 19:58

  9. Aww, congrats on graduating! So exciting! I finish this week on Friday, and I can’t wait. I don’t think I’ve ever run a 60 mile week (nor do I think I could). You = amazing!

    Comment by Emily — May 23, 2010 @ 20:17

  10. Congratulations, grad! You look happy and pretty, even if you have the bladder of a pregnant lady. But with much better abs. Good luck with sorting through your crap – I threw a LOT of stuff out, and wish I had tossed more.

    Comment by sarah — May 23, 2010 @ 21:16

  11. Well done on getting through the week and smiling all the way through (in the pics anyway)! One door closes, and another one will be open soon, for certain. Hope the interviews are going well/lining up, and you’re able to have a superb summer.

    Comment by Ian — May 23, 2010 @ 21:47

  12. The bladder issues this time were likely due to an abundance of liquids the night before. Seriously, your body was probably storing extra fluid. I love the pond pic w/ the lights- very pretty! Hope you get settled at home and start enjoying your summer!

    Comment by Rebecca — May 24, 2010 @ 04:10

  13. Congratulations! So proud of how you balanced an unreal schedule with such grace. Take time to take a deep, long breath. You have earned some rest & relaxation. Your diligence and talent (on and off the roads) will carry you very far. I would add to Ms. Curry’s comments … “Never, never, never settle.” You will do amazing in whatever career you choose, but remember chances are that you will (like all of us) have multiple careers. You never know where they will lead, so enjoy the ride! 🙂

    Comment by a marathoner — May 24, 2010 @ 10:20

  14. Congratulations!!!

    Comment by Kim — May 24, 2010 @ 10:37

  15. congrats!

    Comment by Tricia — May 24, 2010 @ 11:04

  16. Happy graduation, Karyn!

    I wish there was a pill to fix bladders, so that we don’t need to go to the bathroom, ever. Like, can’t the pee evaporate off our skin pores or something?

    Comment by sophia — May 25, 2010 @ 11:01

  17. Congrats! Great pictures!

    Comment by Jess — May 25, 2010 @ 13:55

  18. yikes, it is so easy to get far behind!!!! 1. LOVED your formal pics. beautiful dress. 2. ALSO a really really pretty grad dress!!!! i love summer dresses. i need to pick one out to wear to my bro’s grad this weekend. it better be nice.

    looks like things are going really well for you! can you believe you’re done?!? i can’t wait to hear how your summer shapes up, where you’ll be,… etc. you jump right into your MCAT class?

    Comment by Lacey — May 25, 2010 @ 14:50

  19. Umm, wow, I stumbled across your blog from another I read that I found on Runner’s World. I’m a Wheaton alum. I saw and read this and thought, this all seems so familiar. Craziness. Congratulations, by the way!

    Comment by Lindsay — May 25, 2010 @ 20:01

    • Thanks! Wow such a small (internet) world about going to the same school!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 26, 2010 @ 22:21

  20. Wow congrats on your graduation! I just read about Ann Curry’s faux pas in her speech talking about alum of the other Wheaton College!
    Anyway what a special, special time. The candle lighting ceremony is so touching. Time flies.
    Best of luck going forward!

    Comment by Marcia — May 26, 2010 @ 09:19

    • Haha yeah. It’s pretty much all people mention to me, and I totally caught it as she was giving the speech. I was like, ummm hte only way Billy Graham and Wes Craven went to my school was if they were in drag as it was all girls until the 80s haha

      Comment by marathonmaiden — May 26, 2010 @ 22:21

  21. CONGRATS ON GRADUATING!!!! omg i have a slight obsession with Ann Curry, that’s so cool that she was your speaker!!!

    Comment by Ada — May 30, 2010 @ 18:21

  22. […] 286.6 miles (8:56 avg pace). Lots of stuff: graduating, accepting a job, paying the security deposit and first month rent! Exciting stuff. Scary stuff […]

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