The one where he moves to Oklahoma to train for a marathon with a marimba in tow...

Okay, there are nuggets of truth in this statement, but as a whole it’s not entirely accurate. Tomorrow, I am indeed moving “where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain” to be a Sooner for 4 months. I am also training for my first full marathon and the bulk of the training will take place in Oklahoma (but the race itself will be in Raleigh, NC). Margarita the marimba will be making the trek as well.

I’m taking a 4-month hiatus from my glamorous life in G’boro to accept a one-semester position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Percussion at the University of Oklahoma while Dr. Lance Drege is on sabbatical during the fall semester. My teaching responsibilities will include lessons for undergraduate and graduate students, directing the fantabulous OU Percussion Orchestra, and heading up Percussion Studio Class. Here are some upcoming highlights for the semester:

November 10 at 8:00 p.m. – OU Percussion Ensembles Concert
November 11-14 – Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Indianapolis, IN)
November 30 at 8:00 p.m. – Nathan Daughtrey, Visiting Faculty Recital
December 15-19 – Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic (Chicago, IL)

There will no doubt be more events to add to this brief calendar (student recitals, holiday percussion ensemble concert, Sooner football games) once I arrive & get acclimated.

Apparently I didn’t think this would be enough to keep me busy his fall, so I’m training for my first full marathon – the City of Oaks Marathon in Raleigh, NC. I ran my first half marathon last October and it kind of owned me – a very hilly course here in G-town that ends with a nice uphill flourish. Ugh. Pain. Accomplishment. Joy? I don’t know, but I had definitely caught running fever. The plan was to run another half marathon this fall, but as soon as I learned I’d be moving to OK, I decided that being in a new place would be the perfect opportunity to increase my mileage and aim for the full 26.2 miles. Not sure where the logic is there. Whatever, here’s my fall race schedule:

September 5 – Brookhaven Run 5K (Norman, OK)
September 27 (2 days before my birthday, btw) – Heels & Hills & Him Half Marathon (Irving, TX)
October 3 – Komen Race for the Cure 5K (Houston, TX)
November 1 – City of Oaks Marathon (Raleigh, NC)


I have a great network of runner friends here in Greensboro, so I can only hope I’ll find the same in Norman.

I’ll be doing quite a bit of blogging as the semester unfolds (for me that probably means one entry a month, but it’s at least something...).