Where I Landed When I Fell Off the Face of the Earth

Yet again, it seems I have fallen victim to life and all its curve balls. My blogging and training have been in an ongoing battle with my to-do list, and I’m sad to say they weren’t doing too well. This is probably obvious from my absence on all things social media! But I haven’t been just sitting around, twiddling my thumbs. And I certainly haven’t given up hope that my half-marathon will happen come hell or high water! First, let me fill you in on all the things that have been stealing my attention.

The LARGEST factor can be summed up in one word: school. As the time ticks down toward my final days as an undergrad, I have a bunch of projects and exciting assignments that need my full attention. Luckily, they are all things I’ve found to be rewarding as well as time consuming, which make them more worth the effort.

I’m currently in an Editing and Publishing class which operates as an independent publishing house called Cornerstone Press. Every year, the class publishes two books–reading through manuscript submissions, choosing which to publish, and then taking that manuscript from its raw form to a beautifully printed book. Each student is elected to a certain position: Copy Editor, Designer, Marketing Director, etc. I was elected to be Director of Sales, which means I coordinate all sales efforts of our previous titles and the current book chosen by our team.

This semester, we’re publishing a historical fiction novel about Adele Hugo, Victor Hugo’s daughter, titled Syncopation¬†by Elizabeth Caulfield Felt. I’ve read the whole thing, obviously, and it’s phenomenal! I highly recommend you buy a copy after it is released April 20th! Plus, you’d be supporting me and my school in the process! <—shameless plug.

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A great book club read!

The other class (actually ran by the same professor!) is Book History, which I’m happy to say is the most absorbing class I’ve ever taken. I haven’t missed a single day because I am always excited about what we’re going to be covering. It definitely brings out the book geek in me!

Aside from school, I’m applying for grad programs and getting ready to move to New York. Over spring break, I had the chance to spend a week there. Nick and I found our apartment too! Our dog will be happy because there’s a dog park a block away, and I’m happy because there are running paths a block away!

Speaking of running, I actually fulfilled one of my life-long dreams of running through Central Park. Yippee! I did a 4-miler and my time wasn’t ghastly either, considering I was out of my routine.

Since I was visiting over St. Patty’s day weekend, I was invited to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan. I felt like quite the rock star!

Nick still had to work while I was there, so I bummed around the city and saw all the touristy sights I missed on my last visit. Of course, I hit up the New York Public Library first because I have an obsession with all things books and libraries if you haven’t noticed. Another day, I went to the Statue of Liberty and stood in awe of her incredible beauty for what seemed like an hour. I can’t imagine what my ancestors’ reactions were as they immigrated from Finland, and saw her on the horizon. One thing I already love about the city is all the history that it contains.

This picture doesn't even do her justice.

These are just little tid-bits of what I’ve been doing lately. Still, I MISS RUNNING! I cannot stress that enough. I guess I know things are only going to pile-up more and more until May, when school is over. My trial race is the end of May, and I’m absolutely still set on giving it a go. I won’t be anywhere near the shape I should be in to do it, but I think it will be a good test. I’ll run as much as I can and walk when I feel like I’m about to die. After that, I’ll start my training over (or back track a little) and be in full swing by September’s race.

Enough about me…
How are all my fellow bloggers and followers these days?
Anyone else struggling with a crazy schedule?
Any running stories to share? I miss you!

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9 responses to “Where I Landed When I Fell Off the Face of the Earth

  1. Yay you’re back! Was seriously going to DM you on Twitter about your blogging absence. I took a week off of running, my motivation and enthusiasm for it was seriously lacking. I also went on holiday to the Canary Islands (posts on my blog), where I relaxed, tanned, ate and renewed my desire to run. Good luck with school, your classes sound interesting!

    • Haha! It’s so nice to know I was missed! And I’m glad I’m not the only one who took a hiatus from running, but it sounds like you had a wonderful time to rejuvenate! Good luck getting back onto the running wagon, and thanks for reading as always!

  2. Welcome back! I should’ve hit you up on Twitter, but am happy to read your blog post! Congrats on running through Central Park! I ran my first road race there back in college. I finished my first marathon last month; it was an awesome experience. :) Looking forward to cheering you along when you start running again! Best of luck with everything you have going on!!!

    • Thanks! And CONGRATS on your first marathon! That’s super exciting, and I can’t even imagine the sense of accomplishment you must feel. Thank you for being so supportive! I love knowing I have cheerleaders out there, and it definitely helps me in the motivation department! :)

  3. I’ve missed you! But I knew you were busy trying to finish college and get moved, so I figured that was taking up a lot of time! And how fun that you got to march in a parade!

    Good luck on your last few weeks of school!

    • Thanks Amy! Yeah life has definitely been keeping me preoccupied. Hope you’re doing well, and thanks for stopping by! I was afraid all my blogger friends forgot about me since I haven’t been around! :)

    • P.S. For some reason I accidentally clicked the wrong button and unfollowed your blog, and then had to click it again to refollow. It’s all good now! Silly technology.

  4. Congrats on the home stretch of undergrad, girl…you’re almost there! :) I miss running too – I’ve been doing Insanity for the last month and a half and I can’t wait to pick up running again after I retake the LSAT in June. Also congrats on your upcoming move, New York is the best, especially for publishing and literature buffs! Hope to see more posts from you when you’re settled :)

    • Thanks girl!! How do you like Insanity? I’ve heard it’s amazing…and amazingly challenging! Good luck on the LSAT, and it looks like we’re both on a running hiatus until our lives calm down. Sometimes you just have to know when to let off the gas a little bit! :)

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