sick day(s) + survey action!

I’ve been a little under the weather the past couple days…I’ve come home from work, showered, eaten dinner, and been in bed by 10:30.  For the record, I’m never in be before midnight, and I usually have to force myself into bed before 1pm.  Yes, I do wake up at 6:20 in the morning to go to work.  No, I don’t get a lot of sleep on the days that I work.  However, me going to bed at 10:30 is a definite signal that, um,  I’m not feeling so hot.

Which doesn’t bode well for running because if I’m going to bed that early, then I obviously need some rest, and I’m not above taking some time off for my body to heal.  (I have some control over this running obsession!)  When you check your heart rate and find that it’s in the 90’s (after laying in bed for half an hour), and remember that your resting heart rate is in the low 50’s, perhaps your body is telling you something.  So, I haven’t run since Tuesday. It’s now Friday and I made the executive decision to spend one more day drinking OJ.  Luckily, I don’t have to run around taking care of burned kids (ah, so sad, yet so cute).  Perfect.  I’m not totally down and out, but I don’t think that running is the best option right now.

Hopefully this will disappear tomorrow so I can get back out there!  While some people have a guide for running when they’re sick (such as “above the neck, run…below the neck…don’t run), I more believe in going by what I feel.  I know my running body pretty well and like to think that I can make executive decisions about it.  Not that I’m a medical expert or anything…although I kinda am in some regards.  :)

Do you take some rest days if you’re feeling under the weather?  Or do you run until you puke?  (Mile repeats don’t count!)

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In an attempt to be not totally boring, I’ll answer this survey that Allie tagged me in!  Surveys like this bring me back to the days when I was 15 and we’d send them around to all our friends…except we did like four per week!

1. Four TV shows that I watch

  • Glee
  • Gilmore Girls (not on anymore…only reruns)
  • Football (um, that’s a TV show, right?)
  • Wow this is hard…I randomly watch Teen Mom.  There, I admitted it.

2. Four Things that I’m passionate about

  • Running
  • Health promotion…need to be more involved in that
  • Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Maryland Terps!
  • Blogging…love you all!

3. Four words/phrases I use a lot

  • “I have no idea…”  (My life is clearly a mystery at times)
  • “Fantastic!”
  • “Alright then.
  • “Who knew?!”

4. Four things I’ve learned in the past

  • Life is what you make of it…get a job that doesn’t make you cry!
  • Yes, you can run a marathon without running for a month beforehand.  Not recommended in general, however.
  • Get out of your comfort zone…move to a city where you don’t know anyone…try new foods…it’s totally worth it.
  • Ice cream is always a good idea.

 

5. Four places I would like to go

  • AFRICA
  • Hawaii
  • South America
  • Australia

6. Four things I did yesterday

  • Drank way too much vanilla tea.
  • Took care of four burned kids for 12.5 hours.
  • Asked my four kids how much they ate/drank and if they needed to pee…at least twelve times each.
  • Ate tomato soup + cheese quesadilla.  mmmm.

7. Four things I’m looking forward to

  • Hopefully going to Africa this year.
  • Two of my best friends are getting married…yay!  (I’m co-maid of honor for both!)
  • Marathon.  Marathon.  RELAY.  Marathon.
  • Living in NYC…soooo much to do!

8. Four things I love about winter

  • I don’t like winter.
  • Fleece pants.
  • Coffee being acceptable at all times of the day.
  • The true runners are still out there on the roads.  :)

9. Tag four people to play along (sorry if you’ve done it already!)

 

That’s it for now…off to find some OJ!

On a Dessert Island…

Last week, my fabulous blog friend (and real life friend!) Allie over at Live Laugh Eat tagged me as one of her “desert island” friends.  I’m not exactly sure what a “desert island friend” is, but I’m assuming it means that she would like to take me with her if she had to pick seven people to be on a deserted island with her.  However, with our tales of opening a bakery together, I like to think that it would be DESSERT Island.  Obviously.

Allie wanted us to answer these questions:

1. For which reality show would you want to be a judge?  Probably Top Chef (Just Desserts??) since I would get to eat allllll the delicious food!

2. If you could interview anyone in the world, who would you choose?  Lou Gehrig.  (Do they have to be alive?)  I wrote a paper on him my senior year of high school…quite an interesting man!

3. What is one piece of advice you would tell your 3rd grade self?  Being cool is overrated.  Do what you like, wear what you want to wear…life is too short to worry about what others think.

4. If you could have a role in any movie/TV show (already released), which would you choose? (Harry Potter!! I had to answer that one myself :)Rory from Gilmore Girls!!  I was so jealous of her life…

5. What is your favorite dessert (be specific!)?  Turkey Hill Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream.  It’s probably the only thing I miss about living in Pennsylvania…

6. If you could magically be fluent in another language, which would you choose?  If I wanted to be practical, I would say Spanish.  However, I took seven years of German and never became fluent, so it would be nice to have something to show for that. 

7. What is one item on your holiday wish list? Make sure your family members read your answer!  Glee on DVD!

If I headed to a dessert desert island and needed to pick seven bloggers to come with me, I’d tell Jeri, Erika, Lauren, Janae, Matt, Erica, and Jess

These are my questions for my Spectacular Seven:

1.  What’s the latest book you would recommend reading?
2.  What’s your favorite holiday cookie?
3.  You have to sing karaoke:  What song are you singing?
4.  When you were four years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
5.  What are you most proud of in 2010?
6.  You have the day off to do whatever you want…what are your plans?
7.  What’s on the top of your holiday wishlist?  (I need ideas!)

Looking forward to hearing your answers!

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Today I squeezed in a run after work and before watching my TERPS take on Elyssa’s Nittany Lions.  (TERPS prevailed, in case you were wondering.)  I watched out my patient’s windows as it POURED all day long, but it was dry on my way home and for my run.  It was about 8:30 by the time I got out the door, which made for a pretty solo run in the park.  I passed enough people so I didn’t feel like I was going to end up on Law and Order: SVU, but overall it was quiet and enjoyable…I really enjoy these night runs!  I kept the pace slow(er than usual…) to attempt some recovery. 

Wednesday, December 1 – (When did that happen??)
5.08 miles in 41:57, avg pace of 8:15

Works for me.  :)   Off to bed for this nurse because I’ve got another twelve hours on the schedule tomorrow!  Happy December!

For everyone to answer:  When you were four years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?  I wanted to be a mailman…not a mailwoman because in my books about careers, mailwomen wore skirts and there was no way you were going to catch me in a skirt!

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