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Running (its what I do)

Running.  Lots of people run and everybody seems to run for different reasons.  This past year I accomplished one of my “bucket list” goals.  I ran my first full marathon. 26.2 miles is quite a bit, but it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I didn’t realize how much more of a time commitment training for a full marathon was versus training for a half marathon. Right now all I have time to train for is another half marathon.

In the past 4 months my cousin and my sister have started running fun runs, 5k runs, and working out. Not only are they doing this to lose weight, but to improve their lifestyle and health.  Here are the things to remember about running and exercise in general:

  • the risk of dying decreases in those who exercise regularly 
  • essential component to any weight management program, it burns calories and may help burn calories even while not exercising. Diets can lead to muscle loss, but exercise can help build muscle mass
  • helps improve blood sugar control in people with diabetes and can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes
  • helps decrease blood pressure
  • helps improve your lipid profile by decreasing triglycerides and raising HDL levels
  • reduction in stress after exercise
  • helps to prevent osteoporosis and the incidence of fracture
  • exercise can also help quit smoking

I am excited that my cousin and sister have decided to train to run their first half marathon in April.  The Big D Marathon (http://www.texasmarathon.com/) will be such a great run with not only my mom, but my cousin and sister to cross the finish line. To begin the new year my Nike plus app says that I have run 288.9 miles in the past 4 months (I didn’t make my goal of 300 miles by 1 /1/13, but plan to by the end of the week). I look at my training program I have chose: Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half Marathon Program http://www.halhigdon.com/training/51132/Half-Marathon-Intermediate-Training-Program) and I should run 298 miles in the 12 week training program.  Since the marathon is actually 16 weeks away I think I will definitely break 600 miles on my running app.  I love tracking my miles, it is personally rewarding.

Bobbi and I are going to keep each other accountable for every mile. Blogging about training, clinical rotations, and life will hopefully also keep me accountable for everything.

the wards

Monday morning is the beginning of something I have been waiting on for a very long time: The time that I no longer have to sit in a classroom and the beginning of 3rd year clinical rotations.

I have my stethoscope, panoptic ophthalmoscope, “Maxwell’s”, “Practical Guide to The Care of the Medical Patient” pocket book, black pens, pin light, different medical apps loaded on my iphone, and “Sanford’s Guide to Antibiotics”.  Should I pack a lunch, do I put snacks in my pockets, do I need a toy since I am going to be on peds? Many, many questions. Guess it will be trial by fire.

Class of 2014 let’s show them what we got!

 

Weekend

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Well somehow or another I lost my flip flops this weekend. Good thing I remembered my tennis shoes to golf in this weekend.
It was a great Sunday morning on the golf course with the men of the family. I was pretty amazed I golfed 18 holes and used the same ball the entire time. Pink ladies golf balls must be my thing.

New Years

Happy 2012.
Had a great new years party with the awesome family and friends.
Mike and I spent the day grocery shopping, cleaning, and then in the kitchen all afternoon. I love cooking with Mike, he is so helpful and such a great cook.
On the menu for the night was roasted pork loin, beanie weenies in a blanket, spicy hummus, homemade pita chips, vegetable tray full of carrots, celery (which was apparently just the right texture and excellent), grape tomatoes, twice baked potatoes, beer bread (which I love), rotel dip, rice crispies, and cheesecake. So I don’t think anybody went hungry!
I didn’t realize how much alcohol was at my house last night until I started cleaning up. Bacardi Razz, Bacardi Gold, Amaretto, Segrahm’s Seven, Scotch, Vodka, Disaronno, and many different assortments of beer, Asti, Yellow tail champaign, and some wine, so everyone had a good time.
Apples to Apples and Kings

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Is the game we spent a couple of hours playing. Jacob Bernard Rules of Kings:
1. Cards 1-8 if they are red you take that many drinks and if the card is black you give that many drinks.
2. 9: make a rhyme and everyone else has to make a rhyme with your word.
3. 10: categories
4. Jacks: all the men drink
5. Queens: all the ladies drink
6. Kings: get to make a rule (say wishy washy after everything you say or my favorite you cannot say drink, drank, or drunk). These rules got to be kind of ridiculous but fun throughout the night!

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Thank goodness for alarms being set on phones so we didn’t miss the new year! Champaign, kisses, and a little bit of yelling brought in the new year with the Loud Family.
Had random people partying at the neighbors house wonder into our yard. The Rules of meeting a stranger on new years in the front yard were established last night by Colt:
1. Don’t ever give your real name
2. Teach someone how to do a proper handshake (no limp wrist and be firm but don’t crush the other person’s hand)
3. Drag as much information out of them as possible: about their life, careers, where they live, and relationship status
4. Make sure they don’t ash in your yard
5. Tell them you don’t believe in drinking alcohol, while holding a beer

And then to finish the night off you have to have some fabulous YouTube videos displayed on the tv. Check out the series Guy on a Buffalo and Nature Walk! Hilarious, but don’t blame me if you have this song stuck in your head for the rest of the day!
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nature walk

the clips

Bought clips and shoes for my road bike. Talk about a first time experience being clipped into a bike that actually moves. Before we got out of the neighborhood I tried to practice stopping three times and I fell over three times.  The road is not nice to you. I made the entire ride, even having to stop three times and did not fall over. Then we made it back to the house and in the process of stopping and getting off of the bike, I unclipped my left foot stepped down, but leaned to the right. BAM! I hit the ground and this is where the road rash came from. I have some bumps and bruises and am a tad bit sore, but I will get to where I look like I actually know what I am doing being clipped into my bicycle.

Oh! People that drive on Riverside are extremely rude. Don’t yell at me for riding on the side of the road because the trail is completely torn up for a mile stretch along the river, I am sure that I have just as much right to be on the road as you do. To make you feel worse about yourself one block down the road from where you honked and yelled at me there is a huge sign that says “Tulsa, a bicycle friendly community”.