today is just another work day for me — i will try not to think about how normal people get to spend their sundays as i drive to the community hospital at 6:30 am for a full day of preemie infant fun. actually, it might not be so bad — apparently, their census is very low right now and i’m hoping that means i will get to spend some time studying and working on a presentation i have to give on wednesday. because i didn’t make much progress on either of those things yesterday! i am not as nervous this time as i was the last time i had to work over there, but i don’t feel much more prepared to resuscitate a floppy, apneic baby. so let’s just hope all of those deliveries stay far, far away!
for the past several years now, i have been threatening to buy a pair of boots. it hasn’t happened because i just haven’t found a pair perfect enough to allow me to pull the trigger. i have been forever envisioning gray boots with a bit of slouch to them and a wedge or cone heel. i guess i just hadn’t beel looking in the right places, because a quick perusal of zappos.com presented me with multiple options for the season! it is going to be a couple of months before i actually pull the trigger (maybe a reward for my upcoming NICU month?) but i think this will be the year that i actually go for it. i hope i uncover a hidden pile of money somewhere (MAYBE IF OUR HOUSE WOULD SELL!!!) because i really want the orange j. crew jacket i posted a few days ago, too. what? it’s hard being a fashionable woman!
all images are from zappos.com.
anyone have any strong opinions as to which boot is best? and no, ‘get all 5!’ is not a workable possibility.
the mindfulness diaries
so i mentioned a couple of days ago that i was going to try an experiment to help me live a calmer, happier life while on stressful rotations such as the NICU and PICU. my plan is simple: i am going to try over the next 2 weeks to be especially mindful of my emotions and experiences as they are happening, and then i am going to write about my inevitable struggles with maintaining zen in the face of long hours, lack of sleep, and reaaaaaaaally tiny babies. i am going to start this week rather than with my first NICU week because i think i will need the practice employing these thought processes while not working so hard. in fact, i should probably get started right now.
long run: at the american tobacco trail in durham. 9 miles with 3 mile ‘race simulation’ segment. this felt good but not fantastic. my splits:
mile 1: 9:34 (i am always so slow to warm up, plus this included some stops to adjust my watch and stuff)
mile 2: 8:34
mile 3: 9:08
mile 4: 8:39 (trying to pick it up for the middle 3 miles)
mile 5: 8:27
mile 6: 8:02 (i was booking it here)
mile 7: 9:16
mile 8: 8:56
mile 9: 8:52
not bad! i think i will aim for a half paced at 8:20 to 8:30/mi. i have run faster in the past (8:10/mi last november) but my speed is coming back too slowly to hope for a PR this time around. to be honest, after all the hip stuff last year, i am just thrilled to be planning races at all!