January 14, 2009

there is no doubt about it: a nap is in my future today. i slept 6 hours last night, which is not enough. i’ve been trying very hard to maintain my sanity on this PICU block by being stubborn about doing the things i want to do in addition to work — things like running, reading, and making dinner to have with josh at the end of a long day. and it makes me happy that i am able to do these things, but this lifestyle is not sustainable on the long term.

yesterday, i didn’t leave clinic until 6:20 pm (i think i was the last one to leave the building! ouch!). i debated skipping my run, but who wimps out on day 2 of marathon training? so i headed to the gym afterwards and banged out an easy 4.5 miles while reading everyday with rachael ray magazine. this gave me a little bit of fake post-run energy, so i came home and made the doin’ time dinner i had planned on. josh and i were finally reunited after two overlapping call days (!) so we caught up and that was nice, but by the time we were done it was already 9:30.

which is not late in the grand scheme of things, but it is when you get up at 4:15.

at that point, i figured that i was already going to be tired, so i just resigned myself to that fate and did about 15-20 minutes of reading. i’m trying to be really good about this resolution right now, because i feel like if i can keep up with it during the PICU, it will always be easier on other months.

anyway. the end result: a long work day, a nice run, a relaxing dinner, some reading . . . but only 6 hours of sleep.

i’m glad i did it all, but like i said — a nap is in my future. luckily i have a short day today, and a whole weekend to recover. whew.



workout: 4.5 miles total, with 4 mi @ 8:57/mi (0.5% incline) and the other 0.5 composed of 4 x 100m strides at pace from 7:13 – 7:30/mi with recovery in between each

doin’ time: i made lemon-parseley pork chops and green beans with caramelized shallots last night. i made a few changes to the green beans (steamed instead of blanched, and used less butter with the shallots) but overall i was faithful to martha’s ways. i should have cooked the pork less and the beans more, but it was still a delicious and impressive-looking spread.

we ended with a piece of this (hideously expensive but worth it) chocolate bar. venezuelan dark chocolate with walnuts, dried plums and cardamom — and it tasted even better than it sounds.

reading: 15-20 minutes on a pediatrics article on acute disseminated encephalomyelitis

floss report: check.


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