Spring 2012 GPA: 3.84
This is officially the highest GPA I've had in my collegiate life (previous part-time summer semesters were both in the 3.6 area), and I freaking earned it! I realized before I started my final labor class project that anything from a 76-100% was still going to earn me an A-, and that really took the pressure off. I admit that I phoned in that last project (I got an 83), but sometimes there's just no benefit to busting your butt. Oh, and my psychology final grade was a 96. I don't think I've ever rocked a class so hard! Speaking of busting my butt...
May 1: 2 Miles in 31m 33s
Sure that's a snail's pace for anyone in the moderate fitness range, but this was my first time doing run-walk intervals for a full 30 minutes (plus a little to finish that second mile). These were 10s run-50s walk intervals, and I finished feeling strong, like I could've done another mile before passing out and sliding off the treadmill. Oh, this time also averages less than a 16 minute mile, which is race pace. Not bad for just a month of pseudo-training! Two down, eight to go!
I'm not really losing any weight to speak of. As of this morning, I'm still down just 6 pounds from when I started. But I'm only really doing cardio two days a week right now, and since I'm doing two days of weight training, I'm buying into the "you're building muscle, which will burn more fat in the long run" propaganda. Who knows what the truth is? Some days I love it, other days I trudge through. Ironically enough, it's the running days I really enjoy. Who would've thought a month ago that would be the case?
I've been thinking for a while that if training for the 10-miler is going well in July, I'll probably sign up for the Princess 1/2 Marathon. (umm...registration starts in July...thought I should clarify the random month) My boss has run the Princess before, and said if I signed up she would do it too. And just by mentioning it to two high school friends last night on Facebook (and following it up with a picture of the finisher medal on Pinterest), I think I might actually have made two new running buddies. Who doesn't love the idea of running in a tiara??
So, it's been just about a month in the gym, 40-60 minutes per day, 4 days per week. I feel good and strong, I know my endurance has improved, and I have more confident days that I'll meet my goal than doubting days. I'm pretty sure that unless I really start dieting I won't meet my weight loss goal, but who knows what the next 5 months will bring? Here's some dates circled on my calendar:
First day of Summer semester: May 13
First "official" training day on the Galloway training plan: May 29
Registration opens for the Princess 1/2: July 10
Last day of Summer semester: August 8
Happy Birthday Scott: August 26
First day of Fall semester: August 27
Last day for $100 weight loss bonus: September 15
Tower of Terror 10-miler: September 29