Grad school and pushing almost 90lbs in the stroller

The Winter 100 Challenge is back! I have a great lineup of prizes this year so hurry up and register!

This week I registered for my first semester of graduate school at the Maryland University for Integrative Health (MUIH).  I’ll be taking Foundations in Organic Chemistry, Foundations of Health and Wellness, Physiology I: Healthy Function, and my first of 4 cooking labs.  I’m really excited for all the new things I’m going to be learning, but I’d be lying if I said that chemistry class doesn’t have me a little nervous.  Let’s hope I’ll be better at chemistry now than I was in high school ;).

I’m also still working on my health coach certification course through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).  I’m almost halfway through the program.  I am really enjoying everything I’m learning through the program and I am finding the workload to be very manageable.  Most of the curriculum is through an app so it’s easy for me to listen to lectures throughout the day.  I’ve learned about macrobiotics, the raw food diet, veganism, Ayurveda, food allergies and sensitivities, and so much more.  It’s great to learn all these theories and I’ve enjoyed testing out some of them myself.  The thing I love about the IIN program is that it stresses bio-individuality – meaning there isn’t one dietary theory that works for everyone. 

The timing of my health coach course and the beginning of grad school could not have been better for me.  MUIH and IIN just announced a partnership a few weeks ago that will allow IIN students to have their certification count toward 6.5 credits in my masters program.  That’s almost a whole semester of classes!

I’m still undecided about my race plans this winter.  I think I’m just going to keep up with what I’m doing now and see how I progress as the weeks go by.  I don’t think the 50K will sell out so if I decide to do it, I won’t be signing up for a while yet. 


Almost all of my runs are still with the jogging stroller.  It’s tough, but when I think back on how I really improved my pace after I had Zain, I think I big part of it was that I ran with the stroller so much.  The single stroller weighs 25lbs + 18lb baby = 43lbs.  The double weighs 34lbs + 18lb baby + 35lb almost 4 year old = 87lbs.  I think pushing 43-87lbs should make me stronger!


Don’t forget to go sign up for the Winter 100 Challenge!

Happy running!


  1. says

    I was a chem major in school. Organic Chem is tough but it looks like your class is only a foundation so hopefully it won’t be too bad! Good luck!

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