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Who is Nurse on the Run?

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Hello, and welcome to my blog!  My name is Susan, and while I’m originally from Chicago, I’m currently a nurse who lives in the city that never sleeps…New York City!  I moved here in September 2010 after I accepted a position on a burn unit, which is where I currently work and am continually learning how to be a better nurse.  Prior to living in NYC, I lived in a small town in Pennsylvania where I worked at a community hospital doing pretty much any and all types of medical/surgical nursing.  If you are a seasoned nurse, a new nurse, nursing student, or are thinking about becoming a nurse, hopefully you can learn from or relate to some of my experiences.

Let’s not dwell on work, however, because I’ve learned not to!

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My main passion in life is running, as you can tell by the main content of this blog!  You can read about my running story and then catch up with the rest of my running tale by reading my posts.  I have multiple race reports written which go into great detail (really, more than you probably want to know!) about my races, most of which are marathons.  I am proud to say that I’ve both qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon, which is a dream for many runners.  Many more marathons are on the calendar for me, so follow me as I try to run even faster!

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If you know me, you know I love to eat.  One of my dreams in life is to own a bakery, so I have to practice if I’m ever going to make that dream a reality!  However, I also have a degree in dietetics from the University of Maryland (GO TERPS!), so I have a healthy side to me too.  Check out my “Into My Kitchen” section, where I list my culinary adventures, both the healthy ones and the ones that satisfy my sweet teeth (since I have at least seven of them…).  They’re all tasty, so you won’t be disappointed!

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Another exciting part of my life is traveling!  While I always love a trip back home to Chicago to visit my friends and family, I also enjoy exploring other parts of the world.  I’ve been to Europe multiple times, and this past year has taken me to Costa Rica (where I learned to surf!) and up and down the east coast visiting friends.  I’m hoping to make a few more international trips in the coming years, and I’m always looking for a travel buddy…send me a message if you’re interested!

One of the best parts about this blog is all the people I’ve met through it.  I moved to New York City not knowing a single person except people I’ve “met” through blogging!  Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, or if you’re in NYC (or live here!) and want to meet or go for a run.  I’m quieter in person than you may think after reading the blog, but I promise we’ll have a good time!

Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you stick around…and maybe even comment now and then, as I love hearing from readers!  Feel free to stop by any time and live my journey through life with me!

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  1. 1

    Hi Susan!

    I met you at the Bakerella book signing event today. I took a pic of you while you were with her and mentioned you on my blog – Total City Girl. It will post in the morning.

    Nice meeting you!


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    This is a great blog; I am adding it to my blog roll.

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    I hope you can join us!

  4. 4

    traveling, running, and cooking…..sounds just like me. I love the passion you have. So glad to read all about it!

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    I am doing Boston for the first time; I read your great racing report on your Boston experience; I would love a list or a post or a email on what to expect that is not written in print. Case in point: I colleague across the world told me to take snacks and blankets after the bus drops me off due to the wait. I did not know that. Great blog.

  6. jason #

    i think you should add your subway NYC pic to the ‘meet me’ page!

  7. 7

    Hello! I’m a nurse too, living in the midwest. I just love how you packed up and went to NYC knowing no one really and are making the most of it!
    Best of luck in all your running endeavors :)

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    Hey! I’ve been catching up on your posts from the past few months. Are you still doing the group runs with The Running Company? I’ve been wanting to try them one of these weekends (and possibly on a weeknight; I tend to go in the mornings otherwise). Let me know what you think of them!

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    Nice to “meet” you! I’m a nurse too (LPN) and going for my RN currently. I’m excited to hear about your experiences because we all know a day at work is never dull!

  10. 10

    Just found your blog and wanted to say hi! I have been planning on going to nursing school for the past two years, but recently decided to pursue my passion and go to culinary school instead! Big chance, I know, but I realized it was the right move for me and I’m very excited about it. I would love to email you though and get an “insider’s” perspective on nursing. Do you have an email address?

  11. Jessi #

    I really enjoy your blog! Just ran my first half marathon this Sunday in AZ and caught up on your blog the night before for motivation! It must be hard blogging all the time, but blog more!! Lol! Hope you have so more beautiful weather!! If you’re ever in AZ and need a running buddy…I’m not fast, but I chug along!! Hahaha!!

    Jessi, RN

  12. the yoga nurse, annette tersigni #

    OH SUSAN, I loooove your blog! you see you have soooo many gifts. love your kitchen stuff, running your stress off! You rock, honored to connect with you.i also appreciate that there are so many nurses who are running too! Best and warmest regards,Annette

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    Hi! You are totally awesome. Because you inspire me, I started my own blog. And with horror I realised that I’ve plagiarized you with the adress. I’m so sorry! If you want to, I will shut it down and find another name for it. Please let me know what you think! (You are my hero, so this is mortifying..)

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    Susan, I Love your blog!

    I know we’ve tweeted back and forth, but I admire you and the fact that you work on a burn unit! it’s intense and hard work, and I thought the CCU where I work is hard!

    Im looking forward to reading more of your blog! :)

  15. Kim #

    Yay! I’m so glad I found you! I love your story and that you want to own a bakery some day…I am obsessed with baking cupcakes and love sharing my little treats with everyone :)

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    Hi! Just found your blog…it’s great! I am graduating from nursing school in two months! Would love to hear from you with any advice you can give a new nurse about to embark on the beginning of an amazing career. I am scared to death! I also LOVE to run and would love to hear how you juggling training/running with the long hours of nursing. I will definitely keep reading and I added the link to my blog as well, check it out! Good luck with the marathon this weekend, I’m running the half in DC!

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    I’m a Nurse (LPN) too, and i love it! Glad i found your blog! Being a nurse is never a dull moment!

  18. Sarah W #

    Hi Susan!
    Found your blog recently.. I am a 1 week old graduate BSN nurse from Michigan! I was curious as to which NYC hospital you work at. I’ve had a long-time dream of moving to the city … but i’m a little SCARED. Would ya email me if you don’t want to comment which hospital you’re at? Just want a little insight on the hospital scene from a nurse’s perspective. I’ve been looking at NYP for maybe sometime in this decade if I muster up enough confidence. :)

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    Hey! I couldn’t find your email address but I wanted to put on your radar because I think you would be a good fit. Check out for more info on who we are or feel free to email me if you have any questions!

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    Hi Susan,
    I’m the writer who talked to and I just realized that a lot of the quotes she gave me that I really liked were from you! I’d love to be able to attribute them correctly, even if it’s just to a “Nurse in NYC”. The story is due Friday. Can you give me a call at 646-397-4838 or e-mail me when you have a minute? I promise I won’t take a lot of your time. Thanks! — Michelle Crouch

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    HA! I am a NYC nurse/runner/actor (my dayjob is just better, LOL) LOVE your blog!!!

  22. 22

    Hey Susan, I love your blog! I am a night shift RN who is trying to really get into running. Just starting out, any tips for staying fit while working nights?

  23. 23

    Congrat’s on your race times. That’s an incredible accomplishment. Thanks for your entertaining and motivating blog posts. :)

  24. 24

    Love the blog too! great

  25. 25

    Love the blog too! great and interesting !

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    Seems like you’re trying to live life to the fullest! I’m training for my first 1/2 marathon right now, and I love reading about other running adventures :-)

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    Hi Susan! Thank you for providing us with this wonderfully illustrative snapshot of your persona. It’s cool that you worked briefly in Pennsylvania. Were you living there temporarily or did you grow up there? I was born and raised in northeastern PA. And as a certified massage therapist and part-time caregiver, I can tell we’re going to get along well because of our openness and dedication to humanity. Hope to cross paths with you again!

    …And wait you tried surfing too? I can tell I can learn a lot from you. I’m adding you to my Google Reader feed!

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    Ah! I saw your comment on another blog and was immediately attracted to your blog because of your name! I’ve only read your most recent post and your ‘about’ page however I can tell I’m going to be creeping you quite often! The burn unit must be so neat and I can’t wait to read about your experiences :D

  29. 29

    Sussan, glad to see another nurse doing her thing to stay health, in shape, and well. Salud!

  30. 30

    Love your blog! Sounds like you are a very talented runner…very inspiring! Looking fwd to reading more about you!

  31. Jenn #

    Love your blog! Are you on daily mile at all?

  32. 32

    Hey just came across your blog! I also live in NYC (Brooklyn) and go back and forth with becoming a nurse. Looking forward to reading your blog!! :)

  33. Emmy Visconti #

    Hi Susan!
    I came across your blog in the last few months, I love reading about your training and races! Sorry to hear about your injury. They’re always tough, but you’ll be running again soon. I read a post at some point about predicting race times with another race. What site was that at? I know its vague, sorry, I’m just trying to get a feeling for expectations. Thanks!

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    My apologies. I’m giving you a Liebster Award. It’s a frig of a lot of work. Ha. But I do enjoy your blog. Cheers.

    Here are the duties associated with the award (which for some reason I cannot paste into this message, so if you actually want it, let me know and I’ll email the thing:

    1. Choose 5 up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award the Liebster to.

    2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

    3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blog so they know about the award.

    4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don’t know about you.

  35. monique weems-paulin #

    Hi Susan I love reading your blog, we miss you!

  36. Catherine Wolfenbarger #

    Hello! Great blog you’ve got going on here. I was wondering if you had any advice to give to someone who is just starting the road to becoming a nurse. I am pursuing pre-nursing studies right now, and I already have a bachelor’s in another field so I am going to apply to accelerated BSN programs for next year. Living here in NYC, I am really looking for any guidance or kernels of wisdom you might pass along. Thank you so much, and keep up the blogging!


  37. kristin #


    I just found your blog. I am in nurse in D.C. I was just wondering if you had any go to lunch recipes when you work 3-4 days in a row. I find that it is so hard to eat healthy when you have no time to cook after your 2nd night at the hospital.

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    Hey Susan! I am a new blogger who recently stumbled across your blog…and I am so glad I did! I am also a nurse and a runner (although I am not NEARLY as fast as you are! You go girl!). I can really, really relate to a lot of your posts! I recently moved to a new city (St. Petersburg, FL) all by myself and started a new nursing job in a NICU. I used to work evening shifts in a pediatric emergency department in Cincinnati, OH and BOY do I miss those 3p-3a and 11a-11p shifts more than I ever thought possible! I am working nights (6p-6a)and it has taken (and is still taking) a TON of getting used to. So I found myself really connecting with a lot of your posts that attempt to explain to people who work “normal human hours” why you have a love-hate relationship with the nursing lifestyle. I just wanted to say hello and thank you for your honesty in your blog posts. Many of your posts just really hit home with me! Hoping things are OK or are going to be OK up in NYC!! We here in FL know about hurricanes…so everyone up north is in our thoughts and prayers! If you are interested, feel free to check out my (very much a work in progress) blog: :)
    P.S. Is there a way to subscribe to your blog via e-mail? I attempted to set up the Google+ reader thing…but I am severely technologically retarded (which is probably not a good thing for a blogger to be. ha ha).

  39. 39

    I came across your blog while I was searching nursing job opportunities in NYC. I am a new RN working in a critical care unit in a small community hospital in a little town in Pennsylvania (thought that was so cool we have that in common) and I have always had the dream to move to NYC. I am so happy I found your blog. I am senior BSN student and hope to move to NYC after graduation. If you have ANY suggestions, advice, encouragement for me, please let me know!


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    My name is Juliana Lamberti and I’m emailing you on behalf of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). ALSF is a foundation started by a little girl, Alex Scott, when she was just 4 years old. Alex herself was fighting cancer since she was a baby, but decided that she wanted to raise money for “her hospital.” The rest has been history. ALSF has become on of the leading pediatric charities raising millions of dollars to help find a cure. ALSF’s newest event is the Million Mile Run. It is a virtual run that is asking people across the country to run collectively run 1 million miles. With money pledged per mile, the amount of money raised could be groundbreaking. If you would be willing to post about this event on your blog, it’d be greatly appreciated.

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    Hi Susan,

    Just wanted to stop by and say hi. I got the link to your blog from your buddy Laura ( from 50by25). I’m a fellow RN, working in the NICU and training for my first full marathon this fall (Philadelphia). I love reading your blog!

  42. Lisa #

    Hi Susan! Very interesting blog. I, too, am a registered nurse – I really like my job and exercise alot like you, though running is not something I do a whole lot…………..I love big cities – I have “toyed” with moving to Chicago – any advice, let me know…..Currently, I am living in Columbus, OH…I visited New York City for the first time last year – love it!!! I think it would be so neat to get to talk to an RN that works in New York City or Chicago……….

  43. Amy #

    Hi Susan! I just found your blog and am loving it so far. I’m a nurse (NICU) and runner too and can relate to many of the posts I’ve read! Thanks for sharing, I look forward to following :-)

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    I am 1000% sure you have more than 200 followers, but I went ahead and nominated you for a Liebster Award anyway because I love you haha.

  45. 45

    Susan, ran across your blog. About to have a epidural injection in L4-L5 coming up and as an avid runner, did it help? Pain in lower lumbar radiating into left hip and upper hamstring tendonitis due to this. Thanks for any feedback.

    Rex in Nashville

  46. 46

    Hi Susan. I’ve been reading your blog for a little while now and it’s easily my favourite running blog :-) As a student nurse I find a lot of your posts relatable! Looking forward to reading more x

  47. 47

    Hi susan!
    Great blog, very inspiring!
    I work for the American Cancer Fund and we are putting together a Run2Health 5K race series for 2014 spread throughout the state of New Jersey. We would love to have you join us at one of our races!
    For complete race details and locations, along with registration, please visit our race website at:
    Thanks for your support in advance!

  48. 48

    Full disclosure: I lived in NYC for 10 years and trained for three marathons on the streets on Manhattan, including Boston AND Chicago. I absolutely love your story and I can relate on so many levels (I hope you killed it in Chicago – that was a great marathon!

    That said, I wanted to pass along some info about a retreat we’re running (badump bump) that, I think, would appeal significantly to you and your readers… like everyone on here!

    A weekend running retreat for New Yorkers in Stowe, Vermont.

    The pitch:

    Are you single, 30-something, and dying to get out of the city? How does daily trail runs, horseback riding, yoga, and entry to the Stowe, Vermont 8-miler sound?


    Where: Stowe Mountain Ranch
    Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
    Date: July 10-13, 2014
    Demographic: 30-somethings, singles

    Take a look!

    Considering your blog premise, it’s a pretty cool trip to share with folks who follow you who might want to get out of town and connect with other run-happy New Yorkers.

    Please let me know what you think!

    Thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from you.



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