A Mile or More in My [Running] Shoes

chronicling my continued growth as a runner, my second round of the NYRR 9+1 for gauranteed entry to the 2015 NYC Marathon, my foray into nursing school, and the stuff called life that happens in between...
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GPOY: Pre 12-hour Nightshift Insomnia Edition

Tonight I start my 12 hour shifts in the ICU and I’m confronted with a rare bout of insomnia. I’m usually a pretty good sleeper, but this afternoon the struggle is real.

Here’s hoping I catch a few winks before I get a move on. I have a feeling coffee will be my constant companion for the rest of the day.

Any nightshift folks have recommendations for shifting sleep schedules?



the lighttttt

Effective tomorrow…

Coffee Date

Things have been busy in these parts. Last week marked the end of the classroom portion of nursing school. (Say whaaaaaat?!) While all of my classes are over that doesn’t mean the work is done. This week marks the start of the integration part of our program. The integration portion is like our clinicals on steroids. For 6 weeks we work alongside a Registered Nurse on his/her shift. I will be working night shifts in the ICU and I’m incredibly excited to start.

Because we work the same shifts as our preceptors, there is a fair amount of “free” time during the week. Sadly, that free time isn’t so free - there’s the NCLEX to think about! 

This morning has been spent doing the paperwork required to register with the testing service, applying for licensure in the state of New York, and signing up for my Kaplan NCLEX course. I’ve also been trying to schedule out my next few weeks in studying and planning out how many questions and Q banks I will do, and what content I will review and cover. 

In my non-nursing school related life, I have grand plans to go for a run outside because it’s gorgeous and sunny. I might also head to the gym to lift a little bit later. Exciting stuff, right?

So that’s what’s going on in my world… 


Happy Game of Thrones day!


Happy Game of Thrones day!

9+1 volunteering done! Great race today, runners! ❤️, 2 of your friendly Start/Finish Marshals 

Personally, I thought we looked dead sexy in our orange vests. 

It was a jam packed NYRR weekend. Between running yesterday’s 10k Scotland Run and this morning’s volunteering at Race for the Parks, I’ve spent an ample amount of time in the the early morning cold doing running things. Despite having freezing cold fingers and toes, they were both great experiences. (I even managed to catch some rays and some much-needed vitamin D.)

Megan gave me slip-free hospital socks so I don’t slip and chip teeth. Laughs were had.

HAIL! Eight is GREAT! #goblue #marchon #umichalums #elite8

Happy, happy golden birthday to one of the lights of my life - my seester Laura “Lulu” Woodruff. You are my sunshine. Thank you for being one of the best parts of some of my most favorite memories. #itsyourturn



This Stanford band member reinforced my firm belief that band geeks DO have more fun. 

This little ray of sunshine was just what I needed on this last day of Spring Break. Back to the grind tomorrow!