Monday, December 16, 2013


If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I did officially pass my PhD defense this week! Very exciting!  Things went mostly smoothly during my presentation (with only a brief computer automatic restart shaking things up in the first few minutes). And I handed in all my final paperwork on Friday morning. It is so strange to be finished with my degree. But, I'm also excited to see wherever life will take me next.

This weekend we had some friends in town visiting, so it has been nice to relax and enjoy some quality time with friends. Plus, soon we'll be traveling home for the holidays too!

Of course, I couldn't miss my weekend run, so I made sure to get up on Saturday morning for a long run (seriously, I think long run Saturday is one of my favorite things ever). My knee has been bothering me a bit this week, so I was taking things easy. So while Ryan went out for a 19-miler, I aimed for something shorter, and then walked for a few miles. I ended up doing some running on trails rather than just the pavement, which was awesome! Total, I ran 9.5 miles, then walked almost 3.25. It made for a solid morning -- plus, how can you not enjoy a beautiful sunrise like this?!

So, how was your weekend? 

By the way, to celebrate the holidays, if you need to stock up on Nuun (a great stocking stuffer!!), you can get the friends and family discount for 20% off one order using the code HOLIDAY13 now through Dec 31!


  1. Congrats! So so excited for you and your amazing accomplishment!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!! <--Me yelling from Singapore.

    I was hoping to hear the good news soon (since despite my declarations that I WILL get on Twitter, I haven't...yet).

    Glad you were able to relax and celebrate with friends. It's a pretty surreal-feeling accomplishment, huh? :) Enjoy every minute.

  3. SO AWESOME!! Now you never have to go back to school again!! :) You deserve the rest!!!
    My weekend was great! I got some good work outs in and was very productive!!

  4. Whoop whoop! Congrats!! What an incredible accomplishment!

  5. Yay, great job Kristen! Although I'm sure the actually formalities were overly stressful but anti-climatic (graduate defenses are weird like that), you should be very proud of your accomplishments. Looking forward to seeing what's next!


I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...