back to school?
unruly, suntanned kids are piling into classrooms across the country, and fresh new notebooks and highlighters are flying off the shelves at CVS. clearly, it’s back to school time! as a stationery enthusiast, organization junkie, and inexorable goal-setter (exhibit a: excel sheet of previous new years’ resolutions), i have a special place in my heart for this time of year.
i loved reading the back to school resolutions on kath’s blog yesterday, and i’m all misty-eyed seeing the young kids like allie gear up for another year at college. i wish i could go out and buy fresh new textbooks and post my class schedule on my bulletin board!
then again, i suppose in some ways being a resident is like staying in school (practically) forever. there may be an MD after my name, and i do receive a paycheck (yay!), but i am clearly still in training, as evidenced by the 8 zillion conferences we go to and the attendings who oh-so-gently obliterate the plans i suggest on rounds (okay, only sometimes).
other than bringin’ home the benjamins, the main difference between school and residency, however, is that i have to balance my learning with a lot of plain old work. one of the things i’m always trying to get better about is my academic reading. this is something we are expected to do, but is not always easy to make a priority, especially after a long day when the last thing i want to do is think about preemies YET AGAIN.
so i will make this my one and only back to school resolution — to remember that i need to fit learning into every day (actually, let’s make that every week day . . . i like realistic goals). it sounds corny, but it’s an important part of my education and one that seems more critical as i get closer and closer to the finish line.
it’s 6:09 am and i’ve already had two minor coffee disasters today: one involved spilling grounds all over my shirt and the floor while making my crucial morning brew, and the second was a minor aspiration event which resulted in coffee spurting up my nose and then all over my desk, including my laptop. it stung a bit as it entered my nasal passages, but maybe i’ll get more of a high from snorting it.
i am proud to announce that i have not let these caffeine calamities break me, but instead calmly cleaned up and moved on. because as i stated yesterday, this is going to be a good week. AND I MEANT IT.
workout: FIRST workout #1! all on the TM @ 0.5% incline
10 minute warmup @ 9:13/mi
3 minutes @ 7:41/mi, 3 minutes recovery jog — repeat x 4
10 minute cooldown @ 9:13/mi
note: this week’s workouts are on the treadmill due to my schedule this week, but starting next week i’ll be back to AM running outside.
kim: thank you for your tips! in some ways, i’m totally with you. i considered a hal higdon program. but i LOVE speedwork and tempo runs — they are what make training fun and interesting to me. i also feel like my body responds very well to those things, and i’ve been doing them to some degree all summer without any problems. in the past, i think it was more the repeated long runs (ie, multiple 20 milers) and long tempos that tended to lead to more soreness and pain, as well as increased overall mileage, so i am going to keep these things down. most of all, i’m going to keep an open mind and be flexible, and i have promised myself i’ll be okay with whatever happens!
doin’ time: YUM! last night’s recipes were some that i might not have chosen to make if i wasn’t cooking through a whole cookbook, but i really enjoyed them.
cantaloupe, mint, and mozzarella salad, grilled corn, and rosemary chicken — served at 9 pm, euro-style. i am packing some seriously delicious leftovers for lunch today.
reading: 20 minutes on intrauterine growth restriction (from the book pictured above that my attending is lending me for the week).