A Weekend of Good News

Yesterday was full of good news.  First, the boring running stuff:  In the morning I hit the streets for my 6.5 mile training run.  My 12K race (7.45 miles) is coming up next week, so I am building up my mileage every week by adding more to my long run.  Every time I embark for one of these long training runs I feel a mild thrill of apprehension, wondering if I am indeed going to make it back home without either exploding a hamstring or — worse yet — stopping to walk.  Every time I complete a long run I’m full of a sense of power and excitement.
Assuming I survive the race next Saturday, I think my next step will be to attempt a half marathon.  Surely if I can run seven and a half miles now I can work up to thirtteen.  The task will be to choose the right race: Birmingham on February 14th, New Orleans on February 28th, or Rome, GA on March 6th? Decisions, decisions.
And now, the  professional news: I received word yesterday from the editors of a scholarly journal I had sent an article that they want to publish it! If you follow me on twitter you have no doubt already heard this news as I was excitedly bleating about it all day yesterday.  Pardon my ridiculous enthusiam and unseemly boasting on the subject, but it is my first scholarly article that’s been accepted and I finally feel like a real professional academic.  I guess I have to stop making self-deprecating remarks on this topic now.
This coming week I’ll be racing around, busy with end-of-semester grading, exams, and paperwork.  Before it all starts, though, I have decided to take the entire weekend off for some quality relaxation and solitude.  Must fuel the mind (and revel in my recent good feelings) before the busy week takes me over. At the moment I am still in my pajamas, half writing this post and half watching 84 Charing Cross Road on TV. The dog is snoozing next to me. We know how to live large!
So what are your weekend plans?

First, the boring running stuff:  Yesterday morning I hit the streets for my 6.5 mile training run.  My 12K race (7.45 miles) is coming up next week, so I am building up my mileage every week by adding more to my long run.  Every time I embark for one of these long training runs I feel a mild thrill of apprehension, wondering if I am indeed going to make it back home without either exploding a hamstring or — worse yet — stopping to walk.  Every time I complete a long run I’m full of a sense of power and excitement.

Assuming I survive the race next Saturday, I think my next step will be to attempt a half marathon.  Surely if I can run seven and a half miles now I can work up to thirtteen.  The task will be to choose the right race: Birmingham on February 14th, New Orleans on February 28th, or Rome, GA on March 6th? Decisions, decisions.

And now, the  professional news: I received word yesterday from the editors of a scholarly journal I had sent an article that they want to publish it! If you follow me on twitter you have no doubt already heard this news as I was excitedly bleating about it all day yesterday.  Pardon my ridiculous enthusiam and unseemly boasting on the subject, but it is my first scholarly article that’s been accepted and I finally feel like a real professional academic.  I guess I have to stop making self-deprecating remarks on this topic now.

This coming week I’ll be racing around, busy with end-of-semester grading, exams, and paperwork.  Before it all starts, though, I have decided to take the entire weekend off for some quality relaxation and solitude.  Must fuel the mind (and revel in my positive feelings) before the busy week takes me over. At the moment I am still in my pajamas, half writing this post and half watching 84 Charing Cross Road on TV. The dog is snoozing next to me. We know how to live large!

So what are your weekend plans?

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7 thoughts on “A Weekend of Good News

  1. MC Etcher December 5, 2009 / 11:26 am

    The running stuff is not boring – keep us posted!

    Congrats on the article! Very cool. You’ll have to give us more info – what’s the topic?

  2. Kate December 5, 2009 / 12:15 pm

    Good – I am glad I’m not the only one interested in how many miles I’m doing! As for the article, it’s on WIlliam Faulkner, one of my all-time favorite writers. I’ll probably try not to be too too detailed about job stuff on here, so that’s all I’ll say for now. Thanks for the interest, though!

  3. clarabella December 5, 2009 / 12:40 pm

    YAYAYAYAYS all around! I am so happy for you! Also, if you do the B’ham or Nola race, I will try my damndest to join you in the city (although I won’t be running that far with you). Keep me posted!

  4. Kate December 5, 2009 / 3:55 pm

    C – I am actually leaning toward the Birmingham one right now because it would be such an easy drive for me. I’d love an excuse to go to New Orleans, but it might be better to plan a trip there, sometime when, say, you and I and Mel could go, or something. And I wouldn’t be stressing about a race.

  5. Timothy December 6, 2009 / 10:22 pm

    That long run magic is…well…it’s magical. I agree, the running posts are interesting, and congratulations on the distance ramp up, and the guts to try a half marathon. Even when I ran I thought anybody running races that long was a crazy badass. Still do.

  6. Brandon December 7, 2009 / 1:44 pm

    I like the new look but what happened to the typewriter?

  7. Kate December 7, 2009 / 9:49 pm

    T – Yay, I’m a crazy badass! Well, maybe. We’ll see if I survive the 12K first…

    B – Thanks! No typewriter over here – I’m fresh-starting it all up.

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