Yesterday on my run I was just thinking to myself how lucky I was that I’ve been able to get outside and avoid (for the most part) the horrendous rain that NewEngland has been swamped with this month. Legit, it’s been sunny 4 days the entire month of June.
However, I also realized that a good heavy rain was also what keeps my speedwork in the cards. I suppose that an extremely hot day would do this too but hey, it’s not like I’m anticipting that anytime soon. Now some of you might know that I really only do speedwork on the treadmill — I typically run by myself and it’s hard to keep track of pace / motivated by myself outside, I’d rather enjoy myself and not have the I’m-going-to-vomit-because-I’m-going-hard feeling.
Since I hate “wasting” a nice day, I’ll go outside whenever possible, and it takes a lot to force me inside. Usually, though, I can count on a good rain or heat wave at least once every 10 days to push me on the treadmill and go fast. Too bad I’ve been “lucky” this month. I know, what a terrible problem to have.
So I was actually kind of happy to hear the pounding of rain when I woke up this morning. What a coincidence that there was heavy rain the day after I was thinking about how I needed it to not feel bad about not being outside! I actually bounded out of my bed because that meant I could do some speedwork at the gym! I decided to focus on short sprints.
- 1 mile warmup
- 8 X 800 (each repeat was 3:20) with 400 m recovery
- 1.37 mile warmdown
Man, those repeats were hard! After the first one I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it. But, because I am stubborn as hell, I finished the workout. And boy, I was glad to be done. I felt pumped and energized but it was challenging to say the least. I finished up my time in the gym with some core and arms. Successful way to start the day.
I had a doctor appt to get my tb test read afterwards and I’m happy to say that I “passed”. So hopefully I’ll be hearing from the hospital I’m interning at and I’ll be cleared to interact with patients. It would be really nice if I heard back from them today and could start tmrw, but I doubt that they’ll move that fast. Bummer.
Now it’s time to do some more studying. Actually, I’m on the sections of the systems of the human body. I already know 99% of this stuff but it will never cease to fasicnate me. When I’m writing out my notes I find myself looking up more detailed info that the test calls for, which means it’s taking me longer to work through it. But I don’t really mind because the human body is an amazing thing and I could spend all day every day looking at this stuff. Maybe I won’t find myself saying this at the end of medical school (my thoughts might just stray to getmewiththepatientsNOW) but I’m enjoying every minute of this stuff!