July 14, 2009

as much as i might wish for unlimited spans of time to fit in everything that i want to, i am realizing that there are limits. a big D-to-the-UH to most residents (especially those this far along in training), but understanding this and actually accepting it is hard for me. however, it’s necessary, because only then can i stop beating myself up for not fitting in everything. and that alone improves quality of life by a large margin.

if i graphed it out hour by hour (and while this is something i would totally do, but just don’t have time for right now!), i would see that the following list of ‘requirements’

☑ working 70-80 hours/week
☑ getting to work and back
☑ maintaining basic level of household liveability
☑ cooking martha-quality dinners most nights
☑ running 20-30 miles + cross & strength training
☑ reading for work
☑ blogging!
☑ sleeping enough to not be out-of-my-mind tired
☑ spending some time to be with my husband, and having some time for friends as well

. . . does not fit into the 168 hours that comprises a week.

this is not a complaint; this is just reality. accepting that there are going to have to be choices and sacrifices is a part of life — i guess i am just late in figuring this out. after all, there are residents with children who seem to be pretty happy and balanced, and i know that they must have to do some pretty heavy prioritizing. but not doing everything 100% of the time doesn’t have to mean fail.

i love to run and do not want to give it up. i also love writing this blog, so ghost world isn’t going anywhere! reading is something that i really DO need to be doing for work, so i can’t scratch that off of the list. and sleep is essential!

but on a day-to-day basis, choices have to be made. last night i ditched martha in favor of takeout pizza & salad, and you know what? we survived (and it was pretty good, too). i was able to sleep 8 hours (yay!) and feel ready to start my call day with an AM run.

more than trying to cram everything in (except perhaps for sleep), this is balance, and it’s a lot nicer to accept reality than to always be striving for some predetermined idea of perfection. i think i finally get that now. remind me later if i forget.



workout: 5 miles with 10 x 400m intervals — interval paces between 7:15/mi – 7:45/mi, recoveries between 9:00 – 11:00/mi. i’ll spare the specifics because i want to head out on today’s run!

reading: none because my brain was fried from taking the in-service exam all day!

doin’ time: none, as the above indicates. i’m only sad that i don’t have a lovely picture for today’s post!


  • Reply Allie March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Hey Sarah! Thanks for visiting my blog. Not enough hours in a day, and not nearly enough in a week…I hear ya! I&#39m such an all or nothing person so I understand EXACTLY where you are coming from. I love your big-picture perspective though…I&#39ll have to keep that in mind myself.

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    I&#39m always amazed but what you manage to balance in your day…even with working on my summer project & a long commute I&#39m having such a hard time finding room for exercise, I&#39m getting worried about next year.

  • Reply Anonymous March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    i agree, there are NOT enough hours in a day. but from reading your blog you seem to be pretty balanced.but i think i&#39ll always have a hard time accepting that i won&#39t get *everything* done

  • Reply atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    glad the blog is here to stay… its part of my daily entertainment and I think allows me to really get to know how you think… I remember having the same thought pattern when I was a fourth year resident and I was training for a marathon on 2 hrs sleep and realized that wasn&#39t a healthy choice. I kept running but gave up the training time it would have taken to get to the marathon level

  • Reply Susan March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    What a good post! There&#39s so much to balance in life, and I have no clue how people with children do the same things I do. I have to remind myself that there is always someone busier than I am, and I am really very fortunate…at least I have a job to stress about!

  • Reply Cindy March 10, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    you&#39re doing a great job balancing it all–far better than i did, because i was quite the slug back then and the only i &#39cooked&#39 was canned ravioli. good job!

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