Guess what finally came in the mail?
Our first informercial purchase…the Perfect Tortilla! You can turn any tortilla into a tortilla bowl by baking it in the oven. No extra oil or butter.
I’m a fan.
Yesterday morning I had to take our annual residency in-service exam. Basically, it’s a test we take every year that gives us and our program director a sense of where we stand compared to everyone else in our class and across the country. You can’t really fail it, but it can make you feel really stupid, which is how I felt during the physics section of the exam.
So that afternoon, I decided I oughta start reviewing physics and pulled up some online modules.
Folks, don’t try to learn physics while lying on your couch listening to Ray LaMontagne on Pandora. I was wide awake when Dean left me to run downstairs and grab his laundry and was out cold when he returned 5 minutes later.
Dean loves this Imgur website, and the other day we were both laughing at the following video clip (click on the picture):
When he found me upstairs passed out on the couch with my laptop laying on top of me, he decided to try to wake me up using my favorite food: chocolate. He apparently took a handful of chocolate chips and put them right by nose. Didn’t work. Wished he had taken a picture. haha.
Running: So, I’ve pretty much decided I’m not doing RnR New Orleans anymore….looks like it will be a DNR for me (in medicine, that stands for Do Not Resuscitate…in running that stands for Did Not Run). Between getting brought down by the flu for several weeks, my knee, work, wedding stuff, and finances (i.e. saving up for extra expenses associated with the wedding and me having to travel to DC for a month right before the wedding for work/residency), it makes no logical sense to try to pull off a marathon right now, and honestly, I probably won’t start formerly training for one until after my boards next fall.
I have been and will continue to run regularly…lately I’ve been running 5-8 miles/day to every other day, but I’ve been doing it on the treadmill at a very, very comfortable pace, the kind of pace that I feel like I could run for hours at if I had the time. For me, that pace on the TM is about 6.9-7.1 mph with a slight incline. In one sense, it’s kind of disheartening when I realize how slow I’m running compared to what I am capable of, but at the same time, part of growing up is recognizing you have a lot more responsibilities, but still only 24 hours/day, and so you can’t do EVERYTHING at a 100% all the time. I think it is so hard for me to accept that with running, because there is always an objective measure staring you in the face with every run. I compare that objective measure (my pace), to what I know or think I am capable of, and it drives me nuts when I know I can do better. The problem with this, though, is that that so called “objective” measure doesn’t take into account all the other stressors and things going on in your life that affect your energy, motivation, and time. It’s not fair to yourself to expect yourself to run at a pace you did when you had less commitments, more free time, less stressors in your life, or when you were a 100% healthy.
So anyway, I’m sure I will be itching to race soon, but for now I’m just taking it one day at at a time and using my time running as a time to relax and zone out.