It’s amazing how quickly things can change! If you know me in real life, you know that I am NOT a morning person. I could easily go to bed between midnight and 1 am any day of the week (and preferably sleep until 9-10-ish). For clinical, I wake up at 5am which certainly dictates an earlier bedtime. I’m pretty busy doing assignments after clinical, but I’m usually in bed by 10-11pm. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, I was in bed by 10pm and naturally woke up around 7-7:30 am. (Such glorious, glorious sleep.) I’ll admit that I was pretty nervous about having to wake up so early because I’m truly not a morning person, but going to bed at a more reasonable time certainly helps….although I don’t know if 5am will every feel THAT great.
Clinical has been going pretty well. I’ve worked in surgeries that I’m more familiar with and surgeries where I definitely learned a lot because I never encountered anything like it in my work as a nurse, and we haven’t gotten to that material in class yet. Lots of reading through my pocket anesthesia book and learning on the fly. It was a good experience but I was definitely exhausted by the end! One day at at time.
I was way too tired at the end of the clinical day and reading about cases when getting home to do any running during the week, but I was able to get in some miles over the weekend. Saturday was an easy five miles, and then Sunday was the big long run day! I’ve been adding one mile per week to my weekly long run, and this week was a day I’ve been anticipating for awhile. Last week I hit nine miles and felt great, so I moved up to ten miles – my first double digit run since I had surgery in August! I haven’t had any problems with my hips since surgery, and I have physical therapy and patience to thank for that. Many people ask how I didn’t just go out and run five miles early on in my recovery, but I chose to have surgery and I knew what I was getting into with recovery, and if I was going to go under the knife, I was going to do it the right way.
Feeling confident that I could run ten miles is why I put all the time and effort into proper recovery. I threw on Lindsey Hein’s podcast with Janae from Hungry Runner Girl and headed out along the Hudson. Flat + water fountains is a good combo for building long runs, although some day I’ll return to Central Park for longer runs with hills. I told myself to take it easy, but I ended up just going with what my legs wanted to do, and the pace slowly crept down as I went on. It’s Fleet Week in NYC, so I dodged a bunch of sailors near the Intrepid which made it interesting. For the turnaround, I was able to spot the Statue of Liberty for the first time on a run – I’ve made it!!
I continued to drop the pace on the way back and started to fly in the final miles – wrapped up with a 7:16 mile – whaaaaat? Life is good. 10 miles in an average pace of 8 minutes! It feels so good to be running and not constantly thinking about my hips and if something hurts or if it will hurt. Love love love it.
I ran again this morning with some lessons learned from last week. My legs were DEAD after nine miles last week, and I struggled through my run on Monday. To avoid doing that and in the name of recovery, I took out my heart rate monitor and told myself to keep my heart rate less than 160 bpm, whatever that pace may be. It was a little misty/drizzly along the Hudson, and I was listening to a new (to me) podcast – Up and Vanished. Nothing like listening to a murder mystery when it’s rainy and not a lot of people are around, ha! But I crushed four miles at 9:34 pace – recovery done right!
I’m not sure what I’ll max out at for running/long runs – only running three days per week isn’t really conducive to doing crazy long runs without risking injury, which of course is something I’m trying to avoid after being on the injured reserve list for so long. This is working for now so I’ll keep rolling with it.
Outside of school and running, Eric and I took advantage of having a car for the summer and put it to good use! We headed up to Newburgh Brewing Company and Storm King Art Center for a day outside of the city. Newburgh Brewing has a big open beer hall with picnic tables, the game of bags, lots of board games, etc etc. We had lunch and a beer (can’t sample much when driving!), but it was a great spot! After lunch, we took a short drive to Storm King Art Center, which is a 500 acre outdoor sculpture garden. I’d never been before, but it looked perfect for a stroll on a nice day. I’ll admit I don’t totally understand modern art and all the sculptures they had, but it was pretty and a good escape from the city! Highly recommend if you’re looking to get out – if you don’t have a car, I believe there is bus service to get there.
Now time to hit the sack to get this week started! Hope you all enjoyed your long weekend!