It’s been a busy summer so far! I’ve just completed 15.0 credit hours of graduate coursework for a certificate of graduate study in traffic safety. I took the classes from April to June, and usually, students complete 15.0 hours of coursework at the graduate level over the course of a year. It was a lot more time consuming than I imagined it would be at the beginning, but I am glad that it is over! You wouldn’t believe the comments you receive when people find out you’re getting a driver education endorsement! I’m still going to teach English Literacy to ELLs so don’t get too excited. And if you are asking yourself right now, “Is she crazy?” then just go ahead and nod your head because the answer is “Yes, she’s definitely crazy.” My last day of class was June 28th, which was the same day a year ago that I lost my cousin, James Nickel, in a traffic collision with a 17 year old motorist. Also, I used my settlement from November 2012 when I was hit by a 17 year old motorist to pay for my tuition, so I consider it to be a “coming full circle” of sorts.
I am still taking 6.0 credit hours at two community colleges to finish the endorsement requirements for driver education, and those classes won’t finish until the beginning of August. It’s been a battle to get my training in during June with the tug-of-war between college and other responsibilities. It sort of resembled this:
Last Saturday, I was able to return to CARA for my long runs. We ran 9 miles, and I wasn’t sore afterward which is a good sign. However, I forgot how really very super hungry running that far makes me. There had better damn well be some food in the kitchen after I come home from a long run! Hence grocery shopping on Friday night. Being hungry after running, for me, is similar to always feeling at least a little bit hungry even after a large meal. It is like there are only varying degrees of being hungry but never really a full feeling. I am really uncomfortable with never feeling full :-/. I will get used to it.
Here’s what the training looks like for week 5:
Today, I will run while watching Germany destroy Brazil (Note: Ben is cheering for Brazil).
I’m going the distance with the Alzheimer’s Association ALZ Stars®, a program to advance the care, support and research efforts of the Association.
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This year, I am running in honor of my grandpa, Merle Willson, who is currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. He no longer remembers who I am, but I would like to recognize all of the hard work he has invested in our family throughout the years beginning well before I was born. His hard work on the farm cleared the path for my mom to go to college, which turned into the opportunity for my brother and me to become college graduates as well. His generosity and work ethic through the decades are his legacy, and they will echo into the future long after his time. He may not remember, but we always will. Thank you Grandpa!
I would also like to recognize Grandma Willson who has become Grandpa’s primary caretaker. Thanks for taking care of Grandpa! You rock!
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