…in which the author ruminates on recent happenings.
Yesterday morning I began what will hopefully become a routine: a morning run. I’m doing this partially because I need to loose some inches and partially to fulfill a promise to my mom to work on my fitness and diet.
I’ve started the “Couch to 5K” plan, which is an ease-into-running plan aimed at preventing the drop-out rate of those who try to run too much, too hard right off the bat. It’s a 9-week program in which you progress from jogging and walking intermittently (walk 90 seconds, jog 60 seconds, etc. for 3o minutes) to running a full 5 kilometres. I’m not sure how I am to distinguish between running and jogging, but it still looks promising.
Dixie’s brother first told me about this in June, but he said that it was a bit irritating because you had to constantly keep an eye on your watch (and, presumably, a chart indicating what to do and for how long). Several weeks later, Darren Barefoot mentioned a Couch to 5K app for the iPod Touch, which take all of the hassle out of the plan. Start your music, start the app, and it’ll tell you when you should run and when you should walk, and it keeps track of your progress.
I’ve upped the ante by asking one of our neighbours to join me, making it easier to get up in the morning to do the run.
Dixie has joined the on-campus fitness centre. I may do that once it gets too cold outside for a sane person to run, but there are intramural sports (football, floor hockey, soccer) throughout the school year, which may make that unnecessary.
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Yesterday we went down to the beach at St. Malo Provincial Park. The beach there is comparable to the one we went to at Christopher Lake. The water at St. Malo isn’t as nice and not as shallow, but the sand is far superior. Here’s a bird’s-eye view:
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My final (I think) class line-up:
- Theological Foundations I
- Christian Ethics (Yoder! Bonhoeffer!)
- Intro to Pastoral Ministry (one-week intensive at the beginning of October)
- Intro to Hebrew I
I had wanted to take Greek this year and had registered for it, but I was told that Greek I and II would be offered in a month-long course next summer. I’d like to get both first-year languages out of the way so that I have the option to take advanced language courses in my second and third years. I’m more nervous about Hebrew than I was Greek, but we shall see.
I’ve spent $500 on textbooks, including the purchase of one highly recommended but not required text. Now I’m trying to decide if it’s worth spending the $110 on the not required by recommended critical edition of the Hebrew Bible (i.e. the Old Testament in Hebrew). Apparently the Canadian Bible Society will give us a copy of the Hebrew Bible, but it’s only a basic edition. The bookstore manager says that 2/3 Hebrew students get the critical edition. Maybe I can find it used somewhere for cheap…