Big Changes Ahead

And I mean big.

Today, we are excited to announce many things, but all of them stemming from the first announcement. I have accepted a new job, and this new job is going to cause us to make another 2000 mile, cross country move. If you know me, you know that my dream has been to work in academics, as a professor. I’ve been working on this dream for 15 years now. I took some detours, and I freely admit that I made some wrong turns along the way.

As proof (?) that hard work and persistence pays off, I have accepted the position of Associate Professor Educator of Computer Science and Informatics at the University of Cincinnati. Yes, that’s right, we’re moving back to Cincinnati. I am extremely lucky to be able to return to my hometown to teach and just as lucky to be able to return to the university that I earned my PhD from.

My new position is exciting for several reasons. Primarily, it’s the “educator” tag on the end of my title. My primary role at the University will be to teach. Teaching is what I love to do, and teaching computer science and software engineering is what can only be described as my dream job. School starts August 26th and I’ll be on campus starting on August 15th to get things ready and settle into my new role. For the truly curious, I’ll be teaching engineering models I, and computer science II this fall.

I’m very sad to be leaving my current position at Google. I mean, why would anyone ever leave Google? The only reason I can think of is to teach!

We are also sad to be leaving Seattle. Seattle has been our home for the last 5 and a half years. Seattle is an absolutely wonderful city, and if you’ve never been here your next vacation should be to the pacific northwest (July or August recommended). This city will always be a special place for us, and I’m sure that our son, Elliott will be proud to say that he’s from Seattle when he gets a little bit older. In particular I will miss being surrounded by the natural beauty of the area, water and mountains wherever you go. This area is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Also, the whole family (yes, Cortny too) will be bringing our 12th man jerseys with us, Go Seahawks!

In a lot of ways, Cincinnati is home, at least for me. I grew up in a suburb outside the city, moved into the city for college and worked downtown for a number of years. I spent the first 28 years of my life in Cincinnati, and I’m happy that our son will grow up where I did and more importantly that he (and any future children, no that’s not part of this announcement) will grow up around their extended family. I would say that Elliott will have his first skyline shortly after we move back, but of course he’s already had some.

Now, for some exciting details. We are already under contract to sell our house in Seattle and to buy one in Cincinnati. Both transactions close a little later this month, and we hope that everything continues to go smoothly in this department (remember, always work with a Realtor). In Cincinnati, we will be living in Anderson Township, not far from the intersection of Beechmont and Five Mile Rd. We think we’ve found an awesome house, and look forward to hosting our friends and families for random get togethers and pool parties. For the curious, pictures are available here: http://www.amybsells.com/your-new-home/?buyer&listingid=RamblingHills

The movers are scheduled to pick up all our belongings in Seattle on July 29 and we’ll be sleeping on an air mattress until August 1st. That evening, we’ll be piling into the MINI Cooper and driving across the country Griswold style (moose out front should have told you). We’re planning on a 4 1/2 day trip, covering 2,400 miles by road with planned stops at Mt. Rushmore, Wall Drug (because I haven’t yet dug Wall Drug), and Antique Archaeology in Iowa.

To all our friends in Seattle. We’ll miss you, and if you want to get together before we leave, the clock is ticking!

To our friends and family in Cincinnati, we’ll see you soon.

To my future students, I apologize in advance for making you learn Erlang.

Half Marathon

Yesterday, I ran my first 1/2 marathon, the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon and 1/2. I really decided to do this because the gym was offering a half marathon training class, so why not?

My official time was 2:13:18. My personal goal was 2 hours, even though I knew that 2:10 was a more reasonable goal. Through 10 miles, I was actually on pace to finish in 2:06. That’s sort have been my problem, I run the first few miles way too fast (7:30 – 7:45 pace). I’m sure that sustained speed will be achievable with more training.

How did I get here? Quickly.

Starting April 1st of this year, I hadn’t run longer than a mile since 2004. That’s right, I hadn’t done anything other than short runs in 9 years. And even in my previous attempts at amateur athletics, my distance topped out at 10K.

I can’t be anything but happy about bringing my run stance from 1 mile to 13.1 miles in under three months. I have a few things to credit for this. First, 5 years of yoga practice, that’s left me in decent shape to start with. Then a year of crossfit. And, the leaning challenge (that I wrote about before), dropping 20 pounds during my training is really what made this possible. I feel so much lighter when I’m running. Working with a running coach is also really valuable. The speed training and distance program was great. 8 weeks ago, my all out miles was 7:45 (I was surprised it was that fast), at the end of the program, I logged 6:32. That’s a number I’m really happy with. Stringing together fast miles, just needs more time.

In summary, I went from not running to finishing a half marathon with a respectable time in under 3 months.

What’s next?