Monday, December 26, 2011

What Might the New Year Bring?

Hope everyone had a good Christmas. For those celebrating Hanukkah still, keep on celebrating my friends. Same with the joyous Kwanza celebrators. I hope I can universally satisfy all these holidays without leaving any of them out.

2011 is coming to a close, and it’s about that time again to sit back and think about all the good times and bad times we all had. We just think about these memories one more time before we shove them back into the farthest end of our heads and make room for 2012. That is, if we don’t have to worry about the end of the world that these Mayans apparently are predicting.

I’d really like my luck to turn around for this New Year. That would be a real good thing. Not just to help me, but to help my family as well. That doesn’t mean I want money or anything, even though I do, but that luck can come around anytime. Any type of event that allows me to get closer to any type of success would be satisfactory.

I was planning on writing what my New Year’s Resolution would be for 2012, but I figured it best to save it for my first blog post of the New Year. I’ve never had actually made a resolution that was serious enough to keep, so this one requires a lot of thinking. I’d like to make one I could keep at least six months, the whole year if better. I don’t know yet. More pondering to do.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Big Update

Well, as promised, I decided to put up another post. It’s been a while since I was able to get my thoughts outs, so it’s good to get it all in here. It’s been a crazy month, and it’s only going to get crazier. The semester is almost over, finals are approaching, and winter break is just around the corner. Also, I even landed a job for the break. I’m a bit shocked myself. Go working class!

As a running update, nothing has really changed so far in my training. I’m still taking it one step at a time and upping my mileage at a slow pace. Some days I can really feel some improvement, some not so much. As long as I maintain a high level of discipline, I get where I want to be. I’m surprised I’ve been this patient because I really want to get out and get into some competitions. The shin pain is on and off, but definitely a lot better than it was a year ago. If I keep doing the exercises and stretches, it won’t be so bad.

The college track season kicked off today at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center. It was great to be back despite being a spectator. It’s always a fun time and gives be a nostalgic feeling. The team had a kickoff banquet last night and I made this video for it. I’ve probably been tooting my own horn about this video for the past 24 hours, but it’s not for my own personal glory. It’s purposeful to give athletes the memory of what they did last year, and get them pumped up for this year. It also kind of summarizes the season for parents who didn’t go to any meet last year. It also gets them pumped for the season. It’s also a great recruiting tool for the coaches. What can I say? I enjoy my job. The video is below.

At the meet today I got to speak to an old teammate who I grew to admire over time of watching him compete. Competing as a post-collegiate athlete, it was great to hear about the mental decisions he had to make in order to come back into competition. The discipline he needed to get out every night after work and practice for a few hours to improve the little things in his mechanics is phenomenal. It really gets me fired up to compete again. I find him and me to be alike in some ways. We both love this sport and enjoy the hard work and fun times that go into everything. And at the end of the day, whether we do well or not, as long as we’re having fun doing what we love, well then that’s all that matters. It’s not very often I find someone to talk to about all this. It’s great.

That’s my month long update, I suppose. I guess I could write something after finals, or right before Christmas. Thanks for reading for those who actually read this.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Short Update

Hello everyone, I figured I’d try to write a quick post before the month was over, trying to fulfill a monthly commitment to this thing. It’s been real busy with homework and projects and stuff, and it’s getting a lot busier as the semester draws near to a close. Final projects and exams, weekend track meets all that stuff to keep me busy from doing my extracurricular activities. Probably by this weekend I’ll have another post to begin December, to share a recent project I had just completed. Stay tuned.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Snow in October - A Disaster

Who would’ve thought, snow in October? I figure it’d be fitting to write about it before November begins. It must be a first for some people, to see a snowstorm in October. I know it’s a first for me as far as I can remember. Are global warming theories coming alive again after this snowstorm? I don’t think one storm in the eastern coast could justify any of those theories.

I know it’s the weekend of Halloween and for some people this storm really put a dent on their plans. It sucks not having to be able to go out in some costume that’s suited for a warmer day or the storm strands you from walking a great distance to an awesome party. For those who said “The hell with it” and partied hard regardless of the storm, I salute you, because I spent a good 6+ hours in a computer lab doing homework. I made my commitment.

Anyway, the aftermath of this storm was pretty substantial I guess. Just listening in on some figures and hundreds of thousands of people have no power. It’s rough that the first snowstorm of the year had to be wet and heavy, so they’d break power lines and trees. Some areas won’t even have electricity restored for a couple days. My family won’t have it restored until 9PM (supposedly). It sucks. I feel for all those people without power. I know we live in New England and we should be used to storms (minus ones in October), but having power outages as severe as this isn’t good for anyone. I wish all families well and a quick restoration to their power.

And for those students who are hoping for no classes/school because of the storm’s effects, good luck with that too. I’m kind of hoping as well.