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January 26, 2006

run, dan, run!

I've been running every other evening for the past couple of weeks. It was rough starting out, but last night I ran four miles with no problems at all. I would have kept going, except the gym here instituted some silly 30 minute rule on all cardio equipment. Roughly 30% of the treadmills are "scheduled for repairs" everyday! The surprising thing is, it isn't the same 30% each day. So that means, someone is fixing them, but then the other ones break. It seems rather odd that they have that high of a failure rate. It stinks waiting in line to run. It will be nice when it starts to warm up outside.

Nobody has talked me out of signing up for this marathon. Only words of encouragement.

January 25, 2006

a marathon in my future?

So I just finished what could only be described as a marathon of studying prior to my qualifying exam. I am probably as booksmart now as I ever will be. Now I'm thinking of tackling another marathon, running a grueling 26.2 miles. Last fall I biked my first century, see me smiling? Don't be fooled, I was only on mile 40...

Me at Foxy's Fall century with my bike helmet and my Google jersey

I went to an informational meeting tonight put on by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program. The meeting itself was poorly organized and cheezy, but I'm seriously contemplating signing up. I think having a bunch of other people to train with would be a fantastic motivating factor. I've also never fundraised for anything, so this would be a good opportunity for me to contribute to a "good cause".

January 19, 2006


I was playing around with movable type, and it sort of wrote over the old site. That is one way to commit to a change! For now, you can use this link to access the photo gallery, and this link to view a few of the old entries.

January 12, 2006

qualifying exam

On January 12th, 2006, I passed my qualifying exam and became a PhD candidate.