shifting into gear

March 23, 2010

SHU 1, ER 0
superquick post this AM! and sarah, you can rest easy — no margarita pix to awaken a fierce craving at an inopportune time.

last night’s shift was somewhat crazy! we had a steady flow, and very few easy/uncomplicated cases. we may bitch about kids who show up in the ER with pinkeye or the sniffles, but they DO allow for a quick in-‘n’-out which can be refreshing in the midst of complex hospital frequent fliers, traumas, and surgical workups.

i left about an hour after my shift officially ended, and there were still so many loose ends and patients i was worried about that the very first thing i did this AM was to log on to our system to check everyone’s labs and imaging. luckily, everyone seems to have fared relatively well over the past 7 hours.

most humorous event of the night? a boarding psych patient who had been refusing a pelvic exam to address issues down there for 3 days changed her mind and decided that she needed one NOW within seconds of my arrival.

annnnnd i got an IV. 3 left to graduate — yeah!

race plans?
god, i feel NAKED without a training plan. chalk it up to the past 5 years of almost always:

■ training for a race
■ recovering from a race
■ prepping to train for another race
■ rehabbing an injury

i realized after my half this weekend that i’ve been racing distances of 13.1 and up for 5 years! in that span of time, i’ve done something like 8 (?) half marathons, 4 fulls, a handful of 5Ks, and 1 lone 10K.

i don’t know what makes it so much fun for me to pick an event and train for it. after all — it’s not like i ever WIN! but there is something fun and addicting about having a goal and going after it, seeing how my body responds to various challenge. and the high of feeling like i ran a race well is powerful — often leading me to pick my next target within days of completing the previous challenge.

it’s tempting for me to pick a 5K and map out a training plan right now (i STILL want to go sub-23 minutes — someday). but i think a more valuable and greater challenge at this juncture might be doing exactly the opposite. this doesn’t mean i won’t plan out my workouts in advance, but it means that i will aim to take it a little bit easier. translation: more strength training/yoga, fewer speed-focused workouts, and shorter weekend long runs.

i’m not quite ready for retirement yet, but i think a little sabbatical might be in order! i will post again once i define my aims and goals (or lack thereof?) more clearly.



workout: 45 minutes elliptical to ‘wash out’ my legs from the race (they felt antsy and wanted to move!) + 20 minutes easy AM yoga

cooking light creation: farfalle with lamb, ricotta and parsley (recipe in the sidebar). with carrots, zucchini (that i added), tomato, and onion, this dish was veggie-packed enough to stand on its own. i made it before heading into my shift (a strategic move to leave josh with dinner — i know, i should get wife of the year or something)

the ricotta made it extra delicious! the march 2010 issue of cooking light hasn’t failed me yet.