Photo from Mount Royal, Frisco, Colorado.

"That is happiness; to be disolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep." - Willa Cather

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Two scientists were racing

I wish this post were about a running race.

But it's about a husband and a wife who have gotten in a bit over their heads with work, research, running and parenting.



Above are photos for our TransAlpine Run passes. The run starts September 5th. Unfortunately, we haven't had much time to train for it.

Instead we've been trying to plan this huge party/Danish wedding we're having in two weeks. And my job has gotten crazy with the planning of my PhD project and working full time in my regular job. Plus SR's job has not become less stressful and he continues, understandably, to be quite affected by every "you're dying" conversation he has with his patients and their families.

Sometimes I wish we could just relax with a duck and a good book.

There have been some highlights in the past week, though.

-SR and I got in some practicing with him pushing my butt as I run uphill. This is one of our tactics for the TransAlpine race. We have no mountains here, but make do with these steep but small hills around here called Åse. (I also love running with my new Gregory Wasatch backpack and I'm looking forward to using it at the TransAlpine Run )

-We were invited to participate in a 5k relay by a friend who's company is going to sponsor us!!! In the race, all 4 participants run 5k. Not only is the race paid for, but we get clothing, too. Our first sponsor. That race is next weekend. The great thing about a relay, of course, is we don't need a babysitter.

Running Songs of The Day:

The Flaming Lips - Race For The Prize (Sacrifice Of The New Scientists)
The following song has pretty lame lyrics, but I love running to it: French Navy by Camera Obscura


Danni said...

That sounds very busy! But yay for new gear!

SteveQ said...

I thought the stuffed animal looked like a platypus. Must be the angle.

My current fave running song is "London" by the Rumble Strips. It's impossible to move slowly when it plays.

sea legs girl said...

Yeah. New gear is great, especially if it makes you feel kind of hard core.

Steve Q. You are most likely correct. It definitely resembles a platypus more than a duck now that I look again. But to us it will always be a duck since I don't know what sound a platypus makes.

SteveQ said...

I'd tell you what sound it makes, but it's probably different in Danish. Do your children's books have animals making the English or Danish sounds?

I once went to a party made up of international students, who were supposed to make different animal sounds and have others guess what they were. Dogs may say "bow-wow" in English, but it was "boo-boo" in Italian and "wang-wang" in Chinese.

olga said...

I think you are going to have lots of fun. I am reading a book on "Motivational DNA", and it is fascinating to learn how I and others might be operating so differently - and it so makes sense! You seem to like variables, so go for it! You wouldn't be happy with a simple routine with few challenges.

Helen said...

I agree with Olga - it wouldn't be fun if it were simple :) But you do have a lot on your plate - PhD studies and all - yikes!! Still, you can forget it all while running the Alps... that will be such an awesome experience. Have fun with the relay.

Helen said...

PS - congrats on your first sponsorship - nice one!!

Meghan said...

Hi Sea Legs,

I'm with the others, too simple isn't too good. However, there's a fine fence line of comfort, not too busy, not too quiet, at least for me. Sometimes I'm on one side of the fence, or the other.

Good luck over there! You're going to be running a really fun race!