Friday, September 17, 2010

I'm Back

I didn't go anywhere but I am back from the land of preliminary exam. I passed by written exam about 1.5 weeks ago. It was a grueling 7 day exam. Yes, the exam lasted 7 days and I needed all 7 day to finish it. I was working all day everyday on it. No running, no bike commuting, no doing anything but writing. After I finished the exam I had 2 days to finish my proposal and send it to my committee. Then I had to make a presentation and study for my oral prelim. It has been challenging. I haven't more than once a week for the last month actually it has been longer than that since I have been injured. So anyway, I passed my oral prelim yesterday and go the okay to write my dissertation. I am officially a doctoral candidate! It is kind of crazy. It use to seem so far away but now it feels like I might actually graduate. Then I will be done with school forever...that is kind of a scary thought to me. I like school a lot.

Today my first day back running, I ran 5.4 miles with a friend. We ran faster than I would have run by myself. We averaged 7:38 per mile. I was done for by the end of the run but it felt great to be back out there running. My hip bothered me a little. I have to keep doing the PT exercises and hope that it helps.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is really awesome and huge accomplishment. Also- running 5.4 miles is great too. Good luck with you dissertation and your running.

  2. I was ABD, so congrats on making it this far! Amazing run considering you are having hip pain.

  3. Welcome back Julie! You are so amazing...congrats with your wonderful accomplishment! You have been working so hard and I admire you for that.

    Good luck with the running! Take care!

  4. Sounds like you're making an excellent return to running. Congrats on becoming a Doctoral Candidate--huge!

  5. Congrats. Great job on the running as well.

  6. Hi Julie,
    Yes, I am running the Monster Dash Half on October 30th!

    Next year you need to run Women Run The Cities. Seriously, with your awesome will place very well! It is also so much fun and has great energy!