trail running in West Virginia

Our family trip started out freezing at our cousin Anthony’s Little League game. We were definitely NOT ready for that weather. Coming from NC where the temperature is high 80s/90s, low 60s/high 50s was a big change. The team lost by one in the last inning but even though Anth was disappointed, he was excited to have more time to visit with us :)
I somehow convinced Julie, the anti-runner to go running with me this morning on a trail near my family.

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It was one of the first times in a long time I ran on a trail, honestly, I can’t even remember the last time I did, so I was excited to see how I felt.

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Since it had been so chilly the night before, we thought it’d be great for running but most of the trail was unshaded so we were super sweaty by the time we finished. The trail was beautiful though and we had great views plus lots of other walkers and runners were out enjoying it as well.

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Our trail excursion ended up being a walk/run with 1.5 miles walked and 3 ran for a total of 4.5 to start the day :) we finished up trying to take selfies and failing. Don’t judge me.

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Luckily my grandma had strawberries to replenish our energy afterwards :)

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Trail running, yes or no?

it’s my weekend!

Yay so excited! I worked the last three days so I could have the rest of the week off to visit my family in Pittsburgh. I wasn’t as exhausted last night as I was during my last three 12s, but today I’m so so tired. Luckily, moms driving so I can nap :)
This week marked my last week orienting to days; next Monday I start four weeks of orienting on nights. I am so excited to start working on my own but I’m nervous too. I’m grateful I have coworkers I feel comfortable asking questions, but there’s still so much to learn! I’ve really started to form my own way of doing things but know I have a long way to go.
My mom actually came into Charlotte yesterday, and she and Julie brought me a surprise at work while visiting a friend in the hospital-

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A gluten free salted caramel brownie from Amelie’s? Yes please! It definitely helped me power through the rest of the workday :) After work, we grabbed dinner at Basil before calling it a night to pack sleep like the dead.
Since I skipped packing last night, I hurried to pack the morning before becoming Burgh bound!

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How’s your humpday going? Update me!

a holiday filled two days

Did you know two very important holidays were this week?  First of all, on Wednesday, Julie and I decided to celebrate National Hot Dog Day poolside :)

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Luckily, I have a grill master for a sister.  We were grateful for the few hours the rain let up so we could celebrate, and read outside while soaking up some sun.

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I finally finished Lone Survivor (finally!), and headed to yoga to sweat.  I planned on capping the day off with a new running club, but that fell through when I showed up and realized I was a half hour late.  If it were another neighborhood, I would’ve just run by myself, but where the run club was can get unsafe pretty fast, and I didn’t want to run alone.  Oh, well there’s always next time!

Today I worked and it seemed to last forever.  It was just one of those days.  Julie reminded me in the last hour that today was National Tequila Day, so after getting report, we headed out for Mexican and margs to finish the night :)  Definitely another day worth celebrating.

IMG_4700Tomorrow’s my last work day of this week, yay!  (Until Sunday that is ;) )  Did you celebrate these holidays this week?  How did your week go?

 

flywheel first

Hope everyone had a good weekend and a happy Monday :)  After work on Friday I met up with some friends who had been at an event in Uptown while I was at work at caught up.  Saturday was pretty lazy, the highlight was going with Julie to FuManChu Cupcakes again.

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Since I can’t have the cupcakes, I enjoyed a sample of icing again while Julie chose two- the salted caramel with bacon (again) and sriracha with lemongrass icing and crushed peanuts.  We decided the sriracha one was more of a novelty because Julie said it was kinda flavorless.  We ended up lounging around most of the day, and I had to work on Sunday.  The unit was actually pretty slow, with not a ton of patients, even though I had a full patient load.  I felt like the day went really well, and left feeling like I had a good handle the whole time, which made me feel great :)  Who knows if that’s going to start being a regular feeling, but it was a great way to start the work week!

Today I had plans to go to run club with Serena, but the weather had other ideas, and Charlotte was under flood warnings/torrential downpour and thunderstorms most of the day.  I didn’t want to be super lazy all day, so I convinced Julie to try Flywheel with me.  Serena had actually told me about Flywheel originally, and that they offered a free class for your first visit, so we decided to try it out.  Julie was leery when I told her it was going to be intense, but it was a great work out that flew by.  It’s a stadium style room, with the lights down and loud music, and I just loved it.

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We left the class drenched in sweat, and definitely feeling like we got a good work out it.  It was mostly spin, and then towards the end we did arm stuff with weighted bars while maintaining our pace on the bikes.  I’m pretty sure my arms will be sore tomorrow, I don’t work them out nearly as much I should.  Also, Julie only fell off her bike twice, so I’d consider the class a major success :)

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I rewarded myself with a new to me gluten free beer that was pretty good for a gluten free beer ;) , New Grist.

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How was your Monday?  Ever try Flywheel?

friday faves

Happy Friday!  Hope you’re having a great day before a great weekend :)  Just wanted to share some of my favorites this week since I’m working today- like usual, they’re all over the place.

1.  Fage Key Lime Greek yogurt

I bought this flavor randomly, and honestly, when I pulled it out of my lunch bag yesterday, I was NOT excited.  But, I was really surprised and ended up bringing it again today because it was so tasty.  Definitely a go-to now :)

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2.  My compression socks

This may be a repeat, but these babies are saving my legs during long and busy shifts.  The rest of me may be exhausted by the time I get home, but my legs feel pretty fab.  Also, the added time in the them will hopefully benefit my shins.  Plus they’re super sexy in combination with scrubs ;)

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3.  My homemade spring rolls

These things are so super easy to make (I don’t know why I was intimidated by the rice paper) and so so yummy!  I cannot wait to make these again soon, they’re delish

IMG_46184.  My porch

 

The last two days (plus all the days I worked last week), I got home from work and sat on my porch.  Sometimes talked on the phone, sometimes nothing, but I love it.  I even love being out there after a run, to recover and drink water.  I love being outside, and I love having the convenience of my patio plus there are a little less mosquitos up on the top floor.

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5.  Lone Survivor

I’ve been reading this book for awhile, and even though I had a hard time getting into it at first, now I’m hooked.  I can’t wait to finish it, it stresses me out to see what happens (even though I already know).  My only issue is not reading it when I’m exhausted after work since I need to go to sleep!

What are you loving this week?  Healthcare people, do you wear compression socks?

 

inspiring blogger

Hope your week is going well!  Mine is absolutely flying by.  I ended up taking a rest day on Tuesday since one of my shins was feeling wimpy :(  I spent the day icing every chance I got, stretching, and doing the “toe yoga” I learned from a physical therapist last spring.  I should have at least squeezed in a spin workout since since then I have yet to workout.

Wednesday started another run of three 12s and, to be honest, when I got home last night, I was exhausted.  The day was extremely long and draining.  I felt like I could never really get ahead on what was happening, and just had so much going on with my patients.  Thankfully it all seemed to come together for me by the end of the day, but I was definitely running all day long.  I had leftovers from dinner with a friend on Tuesday night, and they might have been what got me through the day :)   Not gonna lie, I got home from the hospital, took off my shoes, and collapsed into one of the chair on our porch while talking to my mom on the phone.  When I finally forced myself up, I needed to shower, eat dinner, and pack lunch for the next day all before heading to bed for the night.

Today was much calmer- it was still busy- but not as crazy as the day before, and much more manageable.  I know prioritizing and scheduling my day will become easier as I get more experience, but I can’t wait until most days are like today.  I feel like I have the hang of things and then realize I need help figuring out something that seems so simple, like who to page for which service.  But, I’m learning fast!  Tomorrow’s my last day this week, and I’m definitely hoping for a repeat of today :)

Anyway, yesterday, after my super crazy day, I was super excited to see that one of my favorite bloggers, Amy from Fitness Meets Frosting, had nominated me for the “Very Inspiring Blogger” award.  I can’t believe I was nominated as “inspiring”, especially since recently my blog should be called “Sitting on the Porch in Scrubs” rather than “Running in Scrubs”, but I’m flattered nonetheless :)  Thanks lady!
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The Rules:
Thank and link to the person who nominated you (duh)
List the rules and display the award (check)
Share seven facts about yourself
Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated
Optional: display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you

My 7 facts:

  1. I am mildly obsessed with pretty much all shows medical.  Grey’s, Untold Stories of the ER, and my summer favorite, NY Med, I just can’t get enough.  Is this weird since I spend my days in a hospital?
  2. Pink is my favorite color, and it’s pretty obvious.  My running shoes, my laptop cover, my bag for work, my nails, pretty much everything is pink.  You’d think I was 6 instead of 26.
  3. I am OBSESSED with traveling, and wish I could travel the whole world.  I’m not exaggerating, I would probably go anywhere, as long as I’d be safe.  So far, most of my traveling has been in the US and western Europe, but I’d love to visit eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and South American (basically everywhere :) )  I’d also LOVE to be able to go on sister trip #2 with Julie, it was so much fun the first time!IMG_0743
  4. I try to eat healthy, but I’m still not a huge fan of a lot of veggies.  As a result, I end up eating the same ones over and over again.  I need to learn to expand my palate asap!
  5. I used to be great at drinking water (hello, look at that bottle I’m holding like my newborn in the above picture), but recently I’ve been slacking, and have found I sometimes have to force myself to drink water.  What’s up with that?  Anyone else have these issues?  I don’t understand!
  6. I never pre-map my runs when I go running outside.  I usually just determine how long I want to run, and try to create a course as I go.  This leads to me exploring lots of new roads which helps keep my  runs interesting, and me more engaged.  This also leads to me sometimes having to pull up a map on my phone to figure out where I am, but it keeps it fun :) IMG_2846
  7. I love storms in summer, especially at night.  They help me sleep, which is great when I’m working :)

Okay, now for my recommendations:

Sorry there aren’t more right now, it’s late and I’m working tomorrow!

Nurses- can you relate?  Everyone- how’s your week?

 

starting the week off right

Happy Monday!  Today started off with lots of errands with my sister before sweating our butts off at the pool.

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My laptop wasn’t working so I had to pick it up at the Apple store after leaving it there last week, but yay, it’s home with me now!

I headed home early to hydrate because I had plans to go on a group run again with a new friend.  Tonight’s run was just under 4 1/2 miles (4.45 to be exact, thank you Garmin :) ) and was super sweaty.  Luckily the temperature had dropped a little so it wasn’t too too terrible…but I may have made a pit stop to drink out of a sprinkler along the way to keep going- don’t judge, you know you’ve considered it.

Other than that, my day was pretty boring.  BUT I did see this video and knew I had to share it with y’all :)

How’s your week going so far?