Hallelujah, I’m done exams!

Yesterday I had my final exam of this semester… and of this school year… and of my degree! I spent 8 hours straight studying at Starbucks on Wednesday and a little time in the morning yesterday, and then I wrote my final exam in the afternoon. For some reason I find studying outside of my house much more productive than studying at home. I get so distracted at home and making my lunch takes two hours, and I snack, and I watch TV, and I get nothing done, so I packed a lunch and was at Starbucks for eight hours. I hope my studying paid off but right now, I am just so happy to be done that I don’t care about my exam grade! 

My brother had his last final exam (of his first year) at the same time as me and we literally finished our exams within 5 minutes of one another. I told him that when we were done finals I would take him out for a drink… so that is exactly what we did. 

I rarely ever drink but after 4 years of hard work, I decided an ice-cold Corona would be the perfect way to celebrate my Bachelor of Science degree. You could offer me the choice of 789 margaritas or 645 glasses of wine or one cold beer (preferably Corona) and I would choose the beer every time. 

Now that I am done school (for now), people are constantly asking me, “Oh, so what are you going to do now?”

Don’t ask me that. 

I don’t know. 

I am sure not going to grow up, get a job, and be all responsible and adult-like now if that’s what you’re thinking. 

This week has been my NO CARDIO week. Besides a 15-20 minute stationary bike warm-up before strength and core training, I have stopped doing all other forms of cardio to try and get this glute healed. It has been 19 long days of no running and as the Calgary marathon is fast approaching, I need to really work on getting this injury fixed ASAP. After two weeks of trying to “keep up my fitness” with pool running, elliptical, and tough spin classes, which didn’t help my injury AT ALL, I have taken a break from intense and strenuous cardio. It has been working and this week I have noticed significant improvements in my leg/glute. For the first time in three weeks, I was able to roll over in my sleep without waking up from the pain!

At the gym I have been doing a little warm-up on the stationary bike, then strength training of either legs/back, arms/shoulders, or core (between 45 minutes to an hour) and then my physio routine of leg exercises and strength training. When I get home from the gym I ice my butt ASAP and the ice has been helping a TON. 

It took everything in me not to jump on the treadmill when I first got to the gym this morning because I felt better than I have in weeks. I did get in a 20 minute slow treadmill walk at the end of my workout today and I felt a little sore/limpy by the end but so much improvement. Before you know it I will be blasting the blog with more awkward pictures of me in my running onesies and photos of my Garmin stats 🙂 

Do you drink at all? On a warm summer day would you be able to say no to an ice-cold Corona with a lime wedge? 


  1. It’s a great feeling to be finished your degree, and I remember the “omg what NOW” feeling!! You’ll figure it out. I’d pass on the corona, because I don’t like beer, but I LOVE a cold Strongbow cider.

    (side note: you have beautiful hair! jealous!)

    I hope your butt gets better soon!

  2. Ahh, congrats on finishing! 🙂 I’m on my final leg of the semester, so for now I’ll be living vicariously through you haha. I’m more of an apple ale than Corona person, but it’s not bad. 🙂 Fingers crossed that you’ll be much better by next week!

  3. Congratulations on finishing Exams!!!! That must have been a huge weight lifted off your shoulders. I celebrated the marathon on Monday with a Corona & lime wedge as well. 😀

  4. congratulations on being done!!! that’s so exciting! and you have plenty of time to soak it all in before you need to figure out any next steps…

    hope that you’ve finally figured out the perfect recipe for fixing that glute issue. i struggled with leg pain last year and i know how frustrating it can be.

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