I’ve spent two nights back on night shift, and let’s just say it’s been a bit rough! The first night back wasn’t too terrible and actually went pretty quick due to the fact that we had five (yes, five!) admissions overnight…guess it was burn night? Anyway, that kept me busy which makes time go fast, and I had breakfast plans to look forward to so that sped me through the night. Yay for other people who work night shift. Post-breakfast I passed out and woke up at 5:45pm, which is pretty impressive since I used to wake up every one-two hours during my last stint on nights…let’s hope it stays this way.
Night two seemed like the shift that would never end and I was exhausted…a 12:30am coffee run helped a little bit, but the night just seemed to drag on and by 7am I thought I was going to fall asleep. That last half hour was excruciating! Running is a popular topic for us to talk about on nights because a fair amount of nurses run and they like to ask questions…last night they asked when I usually run, and I mentioned that I had a morning run planned after work!
As the Sweat Squad was mapping out their morning last night, I mentioned that if anyone wanted to run a little later, I could use some company after work. Meggie has a bit more of a flexible schedule (and she happens to like sleep…I like her even more than before!), so she said she’d be up for meeting me after work. Hooray! With plans to meet someone in place, I knew I’d actually get out for a run instead of crawling back toward my pillow like I really wanted to do.
I stumbled home in a zombie-like mindset this morning and put on my running clothes, not allowing myself to sit down, not even to send Meggie an email to let her know I was on my way! Quick turnaround is important to not magically passing out in bed. We met up and ran along the East River Path, and as we chatted it up, my tiredness seemed to dissipate a bit. I think I made sense the entire run, although I’ll let Meggie be the judge of that.
As we were running along, we started talking about fitting running into our lives, both with my wacky night schedule and her being in medical school. It would be very easy for either of us to say we’re way too busy to run, but the fact of the matter is that if something is important to you, you’ll make room for it. No one would ever tell me that I’m nuts for going to bed instead of running after a 12 hour shift. I have no experience with medical school, but if Meggie said she was too busy studying to train for a marathon, no one would ever doubt her.
But I run after work and Meggie ran a marathon during her third year of medical school. If something is important to you, whether it’s running, your family, writing, cooking, or whatever it may be, you’ll make time for it. Everyone is busy in their own way, and while we may like to think we’re busier or more stressed out than everyone else (don’t we all think that at times??), the truth is you’ll make room for what is important to you and for what you want to do. It’s our choice to sit on the couch or to get out the door…and I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a marathon to train for.
It just so happens it’s much easier to get out the door when you have a running buddy waiting for you! Thanks for the run, Meggie! (We represented the second shift of the sweat squad, hooray!)
Wednesday, August 17
10.74 miles in 1:27:36, avg pace of 8:10
Now pardon me while I pass out until this evening.
How do you fit in running amidst the craziness of life?