i might be a little crazy…

After night shift on Wednesday (aka Thursday morning), I started off the day with a little over 4 mile walk with a friend from nursing school who I haven’t seen in a while.  We meet at Freedom Park and the miles flew by while we caught up.

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The weather was gorgeous since it was still early in the morning, and surprisingly, I didn’t feel that tired!  I knew the smart thing would have been to call it a day, but it was so great to just walk and talk about what’s going on in our lives and work, so I didn’t even feel my exhaustion.  Instead, I felt really hungry (since I hadn’t eaten since the middle of the night, and that was fruit and yogurt), s we grabbed brunch after our walk at Toast and treated ourselves to the macarons near the cash register on the way out :)

IMG_4781Love me some macarons!  All of my surprise wakefulness left me the second I got home and I crashed.  I was so so tired.   I had plans to go to running club when I got up, but the temperature was in the 90s, so I convinced myself an episode of Game of Thrones was a better choice.

Resting may have been a better choice because I had BIG plans last night- the return of margarita Thursday!

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A new taco place opened near our house called Bakersfield opened last week, and Serena, being from Cincinnati, was super pumped to eat at the new location.  Dinner was delicious and not too expensive, this will definitely start becoming a more regular thing :)  Our group had a lot of fun chatting and enjoying the food (and atmosphere!).

Happy Friday!  Any plans for the weekend?

my week so far

Happy Thursday! Thanks for all your feedback following my last post, I really appreciate it :)
This week has been all over the place schedule-wise since I’ve been on night shift Monday, Wednesday, will be on Friday (I was scheduled to work Sunday but everything worked out in my favor and I was able to accept a last minute invite to the Panthers game!)

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Because I’m working every other night, my sleep schedule is a mess, and so has the rest of my schedule. I think because my sleeping has been so off, my appetite has been too, and I’ve been loving lighter foods, especially during my “lunch” break at work (aka 2 am).
Some of my go-tos recently have been:

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Siggi’s Icelandic yogurt with Kind granola mixed in (obviously not at work, but still lovin it)

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FRUIT! All kinds, watermelon, these baby tangerines, strawberries, grapes, peaches, I’m loving them all!
I’ve also been loving the treadmill, but that’s thanks to 90 weathers plus lots of humidity.
Overall, this week has been great (seriously) and I can’t believe these are my last days on orientation. Yikes!
How’s your weather been? Super hot and humid or perfect?

remember me?

So I’ve been MIA recently and my blogging has become  A LOT more sporadic and I feel like I owe y’all an explanation.  I didn’t really know why I was feeling less than motivated to write until the other day when my friend Meghan wrote a post linking teaching and blogging (here).  Not necessarily the same thing but the sentiment is there- I feel like I’ve always been pretty transparent on Running in Scrubs, maybe a little toomuch so. What do I mean? I mean sometimes I don’t feel comfortable being 100% truthful about certain parts of my life, like work, because it’s so easy to find me. And I feel like that means I’m sort of lying to you. I want to be honest with y’all about the difficulties of being a new grad but at the same time, I worry about who will see what and the different ways it can be misconstrued. So, like Meghan said in her post, I’m going to keep work stuff surface stuff. Like, “work was great/busy/whatever”. And I just felt like I owed that explanation to you guys because I don’t want it to seem like my life is perfect and without stress or that I don’t have bad days. I do, I’m human, and I choose not to dwell on those aspects on my little blog :) but honestly, figuring this out is why I haven’t been posting as much. I’ve been doing the same things, I just felt guilty about writing posts and not being entirely truthful. So, lo siento, I’ll be better at it now that that’s off my chest.

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The Writing Process Tour
I am exciting to be writing a post as a part of the writing process tour. Karen at The Mile Report asked me to join and I really liked the idea :) So, here goes my answers:
1.What are you working on?
Blog-wise, I’m working on sharing my life as a new grad nurse, Charlottean, and wannabe runner and yogi. Life-wise, I’m working on being speedier when running, more consistent with my yoga, a better eater, and a better person in general. I’m also working on trying new things and being more out there- I tend to stick my comfort zone a lot so I need to venture out every once in a while.

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2. How does your work differ from others of its type/genre?
Truthfully, I’m not sure it does differ. And that’s okay with me; I started my blog to procrastinate from studying and for me. So it probably is really similar to a lot of other running blogs. And nurses’ blogs. And that’s fine, I’m not trying to be the first or super different, it’s just for me.
3. Why do I write what I do?
I write about my life. I just write for me. I’m not trying to pretend I’m something I’m not, so I just try to be honest. There’s no real process behind choosing what I write, I just write what I want to share with y’all :)
4. How does your writing process work?
My process is simple- I just sit down and write. There’s no elaborate process, but if I have something I want to talk about and don’t have time, sometimes I’ll start a new post just with the title and maybe a sentence to remind me. This is true especially for recipes or multi-part posts. I don’t really have a schedule for writing either, just whenever I can find the time. Sometimes it’s in the morning, sometimes it’s super late at night, it all varies.

So, that’s my process :) sorry it got a little long!
How was your weekend?

the best season of the year is here!

After working night shift on Thursday, I didn’t want to sleep too late because I had big plans for that night.  No worries about that though, we dog sat my roommate’s family’s dog so she made sure I was awake once she realized I was in bed.

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Once I was up, I was up and not as tired as I thought I’d be.  I decided to walk over to my sister’s to see what I could borrow to wear, and brought Gracie with me on our little walk.  It sprinkled a little bit on the way, and Gracie made sure to keep me safe when we got to red lights :)

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Luckily, the rain stopped, which was perfect because we were going to the Panther’s game!  Yay, I am SO happy football is back.  Serena and I talked about going to this game for awhile since the Bills were in town and two HUGE former Clemson players were drafted by them.  See, Clemson fans are lifelong :)  Also, I was really excited because I’ve been a bad Charlottean and although this is my third football season living here, it was my first pro game.  I know, terrible.

We grilled out before the game and then walked to the stadium so we wouldn’t have to worry about parking.  It wasn’t raining but it was that gross super muggy weather that you basically sweat nonstop in, so that was fun.

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There were actually a lot of Clemson fans at the game, and it was a lot of fun!  Plus, since it’s preseason, tickets were a lot less than normal which was a win in my book.

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After the game, we walked Uptown to meet a bunch of friends that were at the game too for drinks.  The night turned out to feel great and (sorry to be super cheesy) made me feel like I love my city.  Charlotte’s the best.

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The rest of my weekend was much more low key, just hanging out with friends, catching up on Game of Thrones (new obsession), and waiting for Shark Week to start (also an obsession).

How was your weekend?  Are you a football fan?  Game of Thrones?  Shark Week?

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you know it’s hot when…

you leave hot yoga and feel refreshed walking outside into 90 degree heat.  That was me on Thursday when I got in a hot yoga class earlier in the day before I headed into night shift.  My walk home from the class almost feel cool because it was that hot at yoga.

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Surprisingly, I was able to squeeze in a nap between yoga and going for a run, so I felt pretty good going into work sleep-wise.  My nap ran a little long though thanks to the snooze button, so rather than run outside, I hopped on the treadmill for a quick and easy three miles.  I prefer running outside, and I know it makes me a stronger runner, but sometimes it’s so much easier to just control your pace so you know when you’ll finish, and zone out without worrying about getting hit by a car.  Plus, I figured three treadmill miles were better than none at all, so I was okay with that :)

Work that night flew by, I don’t even think I had a chance to get water until after 1 am, and by that point the shift was half over.  It wasn’t that the patients were difficult, it was just there was A LOT that needed to be done.  My whole shift went by like that so I basically collapsed into bed when I got home.

Nurses- night shift, yea or nay?  Runners- how do you feel about the treadmill?   Better than nothing?

a little speed work before night shift

I survived my first night shift as a nurse!  I wasn’t sure what I felt like eating, especially since we had a big lunch with my mom, so I ended up packing a bunch of fruit and yogurt and it was perfect :)  I decided to try and eat smaller snacks throughout the night rather than one big meal so I wouldn’t wreck my normal schedule, and it worked out surprisingly well.  I also packed workout clothes to hit the gym on the way home the next morning, but thanks to being awake for the majority of the day before, I was way too exhausted to go.  I also made plans to go to yoga with my sister and had to bail- sorry Ju!

20140731-172527-62727087.jpgAfter crashing for a few hours, I woke up to run before packing my food and heading back in.  I checked the weather and it was in the 90s so opted for a quick treadmill run rather than risking heatstroke.  I wanted to mix it up though, so I ended up doing Serena’s go-to speed work pyramid:

1 minute at 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5 than work back down and repeat.  I did this until I hit the 3 mile mark and felt like I got a pretty good run in :)

I packed a pretty similar lunch bag to the first night for work and it did not work out as well for me- I was starving my 2am and ended up buying a grilled chicken breast to supplement.  Work flew by the first night and wasn’t quite so busy the second, so I guess it just depends on the night; night three is Thursday so we’ll see what that brings!  Today was spent napping on and off (my day sleeping was NOT the best today, I don’t think I slept more than 2 hours at a time all day) and taking a rest day from running (arms and abs).

Tomorrow I plan on running, getting some yoga in, and hopefully napping before heading into work, wish me luck!

How is your week going?  Do you take a certain day for a rest day or does it vary each week?

night shift orientation, here I come

Hey! Now that I’m home, I’m back to orienting for the next few weeks before being on my own. My unit wants me to orient both days and nights so I’m comfortable with both, so now I’m working nights for the next four weeks. I’m excited to work with another nurse and see how she organizes her night, and what is different from days. For one, our lab draws are done on night shift, so I’m hoping to get more comfortable with remembering all the supplies the first time I go in a room; there aren’t as many ordered on days so I haven’t had as much practice as I’d like.

One thing I’m not too excited for is becoming nocturnal again- my roommate and I have learned quickly that our apartment is not the best for day sleeping. Usually there is construction plus it’s really bright. Today my mom, sister, and I went to brunch at Common Market before I picked up these puppies at the grocery store:

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I am SO excited to try them out! Afterwards, I tried to nap before squeezing in a 5 mile run before work. It was super sweaty, luckily I was able to stop by the restaurant Julie works at during the summer for some cold agua that saved me. Sisters are the best :)

Now off to my first night shift as a nurse! Any advice? Get in a good run today?