Thursday, February 24, 2011

Updates and Climbing Arthur's Seat

Hi all. Sorry to have been so absent this month... A lot has happened: some untracked eating, sporadic running, some relationship-y discussions, and a few grad school responses. I've heard back from 4.5/6 schools (but really it should be more like 4.5/5). I didn't get into one of my top choices (Vanderbilt) and my other top choice said they're still debating who they're going to select for their three slots and will let me know at their "earliest convenience." I'm trying to not get too discouraged, but it's hard not to. That said, I have a few really good offers from other schools so at least I'll be somewhere next year!

Aside from that, I'm currently in ENGLAND for our Winter break from school spending time at the houses of a few of my friends I've made this year. Right now I'm up in Teeside (near Newcastle) with Helen. We've run a few times and I can now say I've run in 3 different countries (USA, France, UK). Can't wait to add to the list!

I'm feeling a lot better since our last post and hope to start back up with P90X when I get back to France in March. I stepped on the scale yesterday here and weighed in at 165 lbs (75 kilos), so despite the fact that I can see that my ab muscles have disintegrated since I quit P90X in December, I haven't gained any weight. Whew. I can tell a huge difference with my running though since I've stopped doing strength training.

So far, I'm LOVING being here in the UK. I've learned that I'm a brand of paper towels and have been relaxing a bit and drinking plenty of tea.

Tuesday, we took the train 2.5 up north to Scotland and spent the day in Edinburgh! What a cool city! A huge hunk of our day was spent climbing the Salisbury Crags and Arthur's Seat and then wandering back to town through Holyrood Park. In case you were wondering, Converse all-stars aren't the best choice if you're going to be climbing any pseudo mountains.

Let's just say I definitely think I deserved this classic British lunch after all our walking/climbing!

All in all, it was a lovely day. Even if we had to rush to change train stations (went to the wrong one) on the way back and I left my bag with my newly purchased Gap shirts in the cab due to panic. Ick.

On that note, today we're off to York to see some vikings and a classic English tearoom called Betty's. Yum.