Tuesday, August 25, 2009

doing my homework

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!

last night's reading adventure: see, i still have homework

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.

coffee talk
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).


healthymadison said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You are a organization girl like me! I love it! I make lists, color code my planner/schedule, check things off, do all that jazz and it helps me a lot in the long run.

I like this time of the year too--the beginning on a semester--I am always so excited and motivated. I really hope it stays this time. It should b/c grad school is more serious! haha

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Your dinner was so colorful! Way to hang in there with all the reading and beign in the NICU.

What race are you training for?

marathonmaiden said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

that's one of the reason i want to go into the medical field: i'll always be learning! (yes i am a nerd haha)

runsarah said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I had a coffee disaster this AM, kept pouring water in the coffee grind compartment...and my third year hasn't even officially started! Any tips on how to survive?

Susan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I always loved the "back to school" era because of all the organization it meant. Getting new syllabi and new textbooks was always so fun! I kind of miss school.

I'm excited to hear how the FIRST training goes...I've never followed anyone who has used it, so it will be fun to follow your training!

Siobhan Brady said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hey - why don't you try the runner's world ultimate marathon plan (for moderate runners). i followed their 5k and half plans and got my fastest races ever. i liked that you run your goal pace often so it's not a big shock. and there isn't a ton of mileage or really crazy speed work (but just enough)..

i love that you've been getting all these bars lately - can you comment on how many carbs they have, how much protein, and if any of it is soy? :) i'm on the lookout for a new tasty bar. esp. for my training on my NEW treadmill (so EXCITED!)

Cindy said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i really love grilled corn in the summer--mine usually gets slathered in butter pregrill.
ouch- a cup of joe out the nose does sound painful--especially if it was hot!

Courtney said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I know this is kind of a random question, but do you have any tips for improving 5k times. My current PR is just around 26 mins but I'd love to shave off another couple of minutes (or more!.

Claire said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've been doing good on reading recently...yesterday I took one of our required Nelson's tests and I just finished reading about Kawasaki's. Such fun! Pretty soon my reading will mirror yours as I enter the NICU.

George said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

intrauterine growth restriction mmmm interesting topic, barker's theory too?
I am a med student and I found you blog reading online and I loved it, very interesting stories!

atilla said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

my fav coffee calamity is the leaky travel mug that doesn't declare itself until there is a warm feeling in your lap

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Haha I love the school supply shopping and room organization (minus my suitcases still filled with clothes) but not so thrilled about having all my time invaded by readings, papers, and meetings! Especially when we all know I'd rather be blogging :)

Diana said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thanks so much for the notebooks! I received them today. I also appreciated the personal note. Now I can't wait for classes to start so that I can start using them!

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