Call is over
Or I guess it will be in ~2 hours. I had included in my July goals: Practice stoicism during call week.
And you know what? I think it worked.
It’s hard to say, because every call week is different. I had slightly below average inpatient volume, especially for overnight calls, which definitely helped (and is not under my control). But I also set myself up for success more than usual with respect to childcare/support, and I actively resisted my initial feelings when I heard my paging app on more than one occasion. I also really tried to limit other responsibilities (GME, etc). During my 7 days on call, my primary work responsibility is call. I attended required meetings (yesterday was a 12 hr day!) but did not attempt to work on non-urgent projects.
I also stayed ruthlessly organized and on top of my inboxes, notes & patient calls, which helped avoid that panicky piled-up feeling that I’ve gotten in the past when it just feels like I don’t even KNOW what’s out there which definitely compounds call stress. But again – it wasn’t a crazy high volume week, so it’s a bit hard to say how much was just luck.
Either way, it was good practice for future (crazier) weeks!
Total Strength With Andy #2 – Almost done!
Today is my last TS2 workout! I ended up really liking this program. Lots of squats and shoulder press and compound moves. I can absolutely see and feel more muscle definition from this program.
Right now I want to focus more on running, but want to stay strong AND keep any hard-earned muscle mass so will plan on continuing ~3 lifting days/week, and keeping things on the heavier weights side. (Well, as heavy as I can go with home dumbbells – our biggest are 25 lb x 2 which I often use for squats, deadlifts, etc). I may try the Peloton “3 day splits” (ie Callie or Robin’s 3 day splits here) vs Caroline Girvan Iron Series.
I am also training for a 5K (just to improve speed) in Sept. Yesterday I ran 2 consecutive tempo miles at 8:57/mi which is definitely progress! Training in the summer humidity is rough but I’m thinking it may pay off when it cools down? Which might be December, but it *will* happen . . .
I am not sure my pie in the sky marathon idea will come to fruition this year (due to practical concerns like costs – both time and $) but I’m still thinking about it 🙂