Season of Change
May 23, 2011 5 Comments
One of the benefits of teaching is that the summer is a completely different pace than the school year. For many it is more focused on research. That’s what I hope it will be starting next year. For me this year the summer is about one class. Only one class! Compared to the 3 I was teaching at a time before. What a relaxing time. 😉
Also I’ll have all of those pesky new administrative duties to attend to and I need to go through and paint my office and actually hang stuff up rather than just having pictures laying on shelves. I also want to clean up and organize my lab space. I also will need to write not one, but two, lab manuals for the fall semester. Oh yes, and did I mention that I have two grants that I want to write this summer. One due in July and another in September? Needless to say, I’m going to be pretty busy.
However, the pace will change. I won’t have to have office hours (unless I want to, which I don’t). I won’t have the weekly meetings. It will be a lot of work still, but a different feel of the work.
Since the summer will be a different work pace I’ve also decided to make it a different life pace.
Last year I spent 8 months not eating out. I lost 25 pounds during the process and saved quite a bit of money. I decided that I need to go back to doing this again and instead of going “whole hog” I’m going to just not eat out on week days. Weekends can be for Mr Hive and I to go and enjoy a nice meal out together or with friends. Absolutely no restrictions as long as it is in the budget.
I’ve also decided I need to freakin’ get off my ass and get to the gym. I have a gym membership, but I haven’t been since spring break. I’ve decided I need a goal and will train to FINISH the Waddell and Reed Half Marathon in Kansas City on October 15th.
The website for the 1/2 marathon even includes a training schedule geared to all levels of runners. It starts on June 20th, but I will probably start getting myself in the habit of running and going to the gym regularly now so that I can start the training schedule on the training level I – which is a base of 8-15 miles per week for the last 3 weeks. I think having a training schedule and an ultimate goal (the half marathon) will do me a lot of good in terms of motivation for training and working out.
I plan on modifying the schedule a little to include my spinning class on Mondays (which I love), which is also a great way to do a cross-training/recovery exercise while still getting a work-out.
I’m excited about the summer and all the new things that I have ahead of me. There are quite a few stresses that I’ll have to deal with, but they’re worth of there own post, so I’ll save those for tomorrow – or later. =)
Do you have any plans for change in your life this summer? Any tips for motivation?