Heading Back to the Real World

Holy Moly! Where have I been? Mostly, locked in a practice room.

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For the past 10 weeks I have been nestled away in sunny, yet surprisingly chilly, Virginia Beach as part of my Army training.  It’s been a great experience and I’ve been lucky enough to make some great friends out of my battle buddies here. But graduation is coming soon and I’m heading back home to a summer of running, teaching, playing, and traveling.  The 4 things I enjoy the most.

A few highlights of my time at the U.S. Army School of Music. I was able to keep a fairly regular schedule of distance running.  Unlike last summer while I was away for BCT I was given the freedom here to get in my long runs on the weekend. I even got a friend to come along with me on those early weekend mornings.  We kept a pretty standard progression plan for half marathon training. We started at 6 miles, then 8, then 10, then bumped back to 6 and increased the pace as we worked back up to 10. And then we did it again.  Ending with 9 good weeks of running and leaving me ready to knock out a half marathon as soon as I leave here next week.

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Early in the cycle we were able to attend the Virginia International Tattoo.  As someone who has spent over a decade on the highest circuits of marching band in the country this was something that was incredible to see.  Military groups from across the globe came together, not to compete, but to entertain.  Seemingly thousands of musicians filling the floor each one providing a taste of their home.  It was a pretty amazing production.
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Training as a whole was pretty enjoyable.  I spent a lot of time on my instrument and in the gym. (Basically, those are the only 2 things to do here) I was able to bring my PT score up to a maxed out 300 on our final PT test of the cycle.  The only initial entry training soldier in our class to do so I might add.

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And I was able to get a mic in my hand from time and spread some smiles. Graduation is a week away, then it’s back to rejoin the Mississippi National Guard and the 41st Army Band.

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Oh, hey, AND I was able to sneak in a trip off post to see a Norfolk Tides baseball game.  They are at the Triple A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.  I can’t begin to tell you how great it was to sit in a ballpark for an afternoon and enjoy nachos and baseball.

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Updates coming soon on additions to the fall and spring race schedule, fundraising for St. Jude has already launched for the Memphis Marathon in December (you can donate by clicking here), wedding planning updates (yes, we’re getting married in Disney World. Who’s really surprised by this?), and the latest addition to the Ranger Run Virtual Race Series. Tell your friends to tune back in.