First Week of Work and a Terrible Long Run

So I survived my first week!  Pretty exciting but I am definitely adjusting back to actually being a real human that doesn’t sit around her house all day long.

In my scrubs!!

In my scrubs!!

Wearing scrubs is so awesome.  It easily takes 5 minutes out of getting ready each morning figuring out what I’m going to wear.

Wednesday I even made it back to MUSC to be a clinician in CARES!  And I got to see one of my favorite patients there and she has improved sooooooo much since I left!  It reminded me again how much I love what I do.

Me and one of my mentors from MUSC

Me and one of my mentors from MUSC

My runs all week went really well (I felt really good and was really able to push it on my speed work of hills and tempo) but I pushed my tempo run from Thursday to Friday and took my rest day Thursday which led to a cascade of disaster.  That meant a tempo run Friday and a 6 mile pace run Saturday back to back.  On top of that, it has been the hottest weekend of the summer yet so I waited until about 7:45 to do that run last night.  Which gave me about 12 hours to recover before setting out of my 13 mile long run this morning with a friend.

I rode my bike over to meet her and we got started right around 9 this morning and it was brutal.  I started sweating just braiding my hair on the front porch at 8:30 am!!  We got about 4 miles in before we were absolutely spent.  Luckily, friends of ours live right off the trail we were running on (where I often stop to refill my water) and we decided to cut it short at 6.  I absolutely can not stand shorting out on my long runs and especially when the distance is really starting to build but today was by far the hottest day of summer yet.  9 am just isn’t going to cut it any more, gonna have to be more like 7, but even then today I think would have been too much.

This coming week I will definitely being taking my rest day as scheduled and getting up much earlier for my 14 miler.  I need that to go okay so I can get a confidence boost after an abysmal performance this morning.  I know its not me, its the heat but it is just so hard to stomach wimping out!  Tomorrow is a new day, and a new start to the training week.  Just have to make this one count!

This afternoon we are off for a paddle boarding adventure.  Great way to spend a Sunday.

 

First Day as a Grown Up PT

I can’t believe I can actually say this finally, but today was my first day being a real life PT!

I got up early enough to take Scarlett for a stroll before getting ready for my day.  It was a beautiful morning and a great temperature.  Such a fantastic start to a big day (and I think Scar thought she won the lottery getting to go out so early)!

Once I got to work, I handed in some obligatory paper work and got right started following the girl that I am going to be replacing.  It was a crazy day.  We saw 13 patients with 4 evals, and for people that don’t do PT, that is A LOT!!  11 patients is a good day without that many evals.  The day flew by (so fast I didn’t even take the obligatory first day in my scrubs picture).  I will try to get one of those tomorrow.

It was so incredible to have so much time to do things after getting done working.  I was so used to having to study for hours when the day was done and only finishing in time to run and do it all over again the next day.

After the day was done, I went over to the farmer’s market on the way home since we missed it on Saturday.  I had time to come home and hang out with Casey for a little before heading out to do my hill intervals.  We even had time to ride bikes across town and have some dinner with our friends Steve and Nicole.  Nicole actually had her first day as a nursing assistant today so we had a lot to talk about (and drink to).

IMG_1762 The good thing is that I am actually excited to go back and fend for myself tomorrow, with 6 of my very own patients!!  Cheers to day number 2!

Surprise in Asheville

This past weekend was our friend Clay’s 30th birthday!!  I had to be super secretive before because it was a surprise.

Clay and Lindsey went up on Thursday and spent a day there alone.  Friday morning/afternoon the six of us picked up a rental car and ventured toward the house.  He had NO idea.  The girls of course hoped out of the car and rushed the door furiously knocking and you could tell he was absolutely clueless.

The house was incredible.  It was like a grown up tree house.  We all had our own huge rooms, there was two big living areas and double decks with a hot tub to top it all off.

Gazebo on the back deck

Gazebo on the back deck

Back yard

Back yard

The first night the we all went out for a nice dinner to kick off the celebration in downtown Asheville.

The girls

The girls

Of course we couldn't get even one where all the boys were looking.  Even at 30 there is no chance for that!

Of course we couldn’t get even one where all the boys were looking. Even at 30 there is no chance for that!

When we got home from dinner we dove into some triple layer coconut cake that I made for Clay (per request).  It was actually really good, and I don’t even like coconut cake.

IMG_1740IMG_1748We had such a great night just hanging out, having a few drinks and playing Cards Against Humanity (A party game for horrible people).  Once we were worn out from that we all decided that the hot tub was essential but we couldn’t get it to heat up fast enough.  The boys had the brilliant plan to heat water over the stove and pour it in.  From the gazebo outside you could see into the kitchen and all the girls were sitting out there discussing how ridiculous this idea was and boy did we take that back.  It worked like a charm!  We were at a balmy 101 by the time they were done.

IMG_1746After a very late night Friday, we woke up pretty late; like 11:00 late.  I haven’t done that in sooooo long.  Our room had no windows so it was like a dungeon.  We could have slept forever if the smell of coffee didn’t call to me from the kitchen.  Once we all got moving we headed out to get some breakfast and do some shopping.

We went to Tupelo Honey Cafe for brunch and it was amazing but the pancake I got totally owned me.  I barely ate 1/3 of it and I was soooo full!

Sweet potato pancake with granola

Sweet potato pancake with granola

Bloody Mary the guys got.  It had shrimp, lemons, oranges, peppers, okra, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery and I am sure I forgot a few things.  It was pretty much a meal in itself.

Bloody Mary the guys got. It had shrimp, lemons, oranges, peppers, okra, tomatoes, asparagus, cucumbers, celery and I am sure I forgot a few things. It was pretty much a meal in itself.

After putting myself in a sufficient food coma, I was ready to walk around and shop with the girls.  The boys headed off to a bar.  Really the perfect scenario.

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My new shoes for work.  Are they not the cutest things ever?!

My new shoes for work. Are they not the cutest things ever?!  Plus the shoes were buy one, get one for a penny so I got a great pair of Tom’s wedges!

When the boys finally ran us out of the stores, we headed back to the house and I headed for a run.  I felt like garbage after eating such a decadent breakfast and drinking the night before and I knew a run could help that situation out.  The run was tough because I had to pretty much go straight down hill for the first half and come straight up at the end.  The elevation was tough but made for a beautiful and very different run.  Plus I felt like a whole new woman when I was done.  The curative powers of a run!

We had all intentions of going back out for some dinner but we were having such a great time hanging out at the house that we just decided to stay there and order food in.  It was so great to get some good quality time in with everyone, especially having time to just sit around with the girls.  And the best thing, we didn’t have a TV on or a computer for two and a half days.  I didn’t even have my kindle.  It was so refreshing.

Sunday morning we had to check out of the house by 10 so we went back downtown to get some breakfast before heading out.

Awesome coffee shop in a Double Decker Bus (called Double D's)

Awesome coffee shop in a Double Decker Bus (called Double D’s)

It was such an amazing trip with the best friends.  Such a good thing to do after being bummed about leaving home.  It reminded how much I have here in Charleston too after being reminded how much I miss from home.

Today was my last day of freedom which means tomorrow is the big first day!!  (Side note: after all this time, I got two calls for interviews today.  When it rains it pours I guess.)  I am so sure I will have a ton to report tomorrow!

 

 

 

Last Day At Home: Blissful

Yesterday was my last day at home and it was so incredibly bitter sweet.  I had the most amazing day hanging out with my family and catching up with so many old friends.

We started the day meeting my grandma for lunch/brunch.  I didn’t have breakfast before and I have to start my day with breakfast food no matter what so I got a delicious baked oatmeal with fresh strawberries and milk and a side of scrapple (a home town favorite; you don’t want to know what is in it, I promise).

IMG_1692Post meal we decided to share a few desserts and I got this ridiculously decadent chocolate caramel tart.  I didn’t even make it half way through the thing, it was so rich.

IMG_1693Once we made it home from lunch we headed right out on our big bike ride.  The trail that I always ran on from my home to Rehoboth Beach was made into a loop so you don’t have to go out and back.  It is brand new and was one of my only things I knew I really wanted to do while I was home.  The ride was somewhere between 18 and 19 miles and it was amazing.

My little brother at the start

My little brother at the start

Mom, showing off

Mom, showing off

Lady walking her Macaw?!

Lady walking her Macaw?!

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The very first beach I ever lifeguarded on!

The very first beach I ever life guarded on!

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One of the old bunkers that used to be part of the military base, now our state park.

One of the old bunkers that used to be part of the military base, now our state park.

Watch Tower

Watch Tower

Back through Lewes at the end

Back through Lewes at the end

My favorite road!

My favorite road!

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Mom's first selfie!

Mom’s first selfie!

After our bike ride I went out for my tempo run.  I thought I was going to crash and burn after such a long ride but I ended up doing great; my best tempo run yet actually!  I must have been perfectly warmed up.

I race home, showered and we headed out for half price sandwich night at Arenas with my family where I had the California Club Dude (turkey, tomato, avocado, jack cheese and sprouts).

IMG_1725And if that wasn’t enough I finished up the night by going to meet my friend Ryan first at the Dogfish Head restaurant for a drink and to catch up and then out to the Starboard to see Laura Lea.  Man It took me back to the amazing summers on the beach patrol.  Not much has changed.  The faces are different (though many of the same) but the energy and excitement hasn’t been altered one bit!

Laura Lea

Laura Lea

New band member, he was so great!  We approve!

New band member, he was so great! We approve!

Super blurry picture of Ry and I!

Super blurry picture of Ry and I! (and Jordan photo bombing)

To say I paid for it today having 3 hours of sleep after that jam packed day and having to travel super early is an understatement but I had the most amazing day.  I wish I could just do it all over again a few more times.

But now I am back in Charleston, baking late into the night to get ready to leave on one quick little final adventure before starting working.  You’ll be hearing from me from yet another state tomorrow!!  Man all this fun is making me tired!

Eating My Way Home

Nearly every time I am home, the trip revolves around food.  After having Casey’s friends in town last week and being home this week, I am going to need a major diet overhaul to start right along with my new job.

Yesterday we started the day with Surf Bagel where I had a Pork Roll, Egg and Cheese on a Whole Wheat Everything bagel.  It is an absolute staple of food from home and NEVER disappoints!

IMG_1677After putting myself in a sufficient food coma, my mom and I went around to all the local shops that I love and don’t have in Charleston.  I ended up with two new dresses that I am in love with.  I almost pulled the trigger on a new bathing suit as well, it was so gorgeous but $128 for a suit is more that I can stomach.

Once we were sufficiently worn out with that we came home in time for me to take my little brother to his Crossfit where I stayed and went for a run.  I had 4×800′s on the agenda and they were TOUGH.  It was hot, humid and there was no breeze but I muddled through.  By the end I was totally spent and downed two full water bottles.  I am sure I was dehydrated before even setting out of the run.  Being home has gotten me completely out of any routine to keep up with water intake.

This morning I got my run in early, an easy three miler before going to lunch with my grandparents at Agave.  This place has the best Mexican food I have ever had.  I got a Farmer’s Market Quesadilla and it was amazing.  It was so fresh and delicious.

IMG_1685Post lunch, I was off to finally get my hair cut.  I absolutely love getting my hair cut (mostly the head massage with the cucumbers on my eyes).  I needed it so desperately, it had been since December!  I have been going to the same girl for 15 years but I guess it is probably time to give up and find someone in Charleston.  My stylist has just gone out on her own and opened a new salon called Lady and Mane and it was so beautifully finished with such perfect touches.

Bathroom in the salon

Bathroom in the salon

Refreshment Station

Refreshment Station

Masterwork on my hair!

Masterwork on my hair!

Luckily I had planned to go to dinner with my friend Megan tonight so I actually got to show off my lovely styled hair before running and having to wash it, ruining her handiwork.  We went to Stingray and had a feel rolls of sushi and had a chance to catch up on life and what not.  It crazy how much can change so fast and how much stays the same really.  Every time I come home I am reminded of that.

I have one more day left here before heading home (to Charleston) and we have a jam packed day ahead of us tomorrow.  Off to bed for me!

Enjoying My Last Days

I typed this up last night but couldn’t get my internet at home to work, whoops!

After getting my job my mom asked if I could make a quick trip home before starting to work so I got a ticket for the next day and jumped on a plane to head home.

Above the clouds.  The plane was so small, the wings were above the seats!

Above the clouds. The plane was so small, the wings were above the seats!

Easy way to pass a quick flight!

Easy way to pass a quick flight!

I had two very smooth flights and got off the plane right on time.  We headed straight to my little brothers lacrosse tournament where I got to see him play for the first time!

IMG_1668Since the tournament was two days we stayed in a hotel in the area for the night.  After watching the guys play all day, I knew I had to get a run in before heading back to the field or risk feeling like a super bum all day.

Harry Potter Weekend passed the quick treadmill run!

Harry Potter Weekend passed the quick treadmill run!

The boys ended up winning 3 and losing 2 and we were done around 2:00 and ready to head home.  Unfortunately, we still missed the World Cup Final which was a bummer, but I am really glad I got to see the little brother play.

When we finally got home, my mom and I went for a 4 mile walk.  After sitting around all day and riding in the car it was nice to move, plus that brought my distance to 7 miles for the day.  Can’t be upset about that.

Not sure what the plan is for the next few days but I am here until early Thursday morning.  I know there is going to be some food involved in the plans (things I can’t get in Charleston) and hopefully a few good runs and maybe a long bike ride!

 

 

 

Whirl Wind

So I had this recap of our visit here in Charleston with Casey’s friend’s all planned out for my post today but then bigger things happened.

I Got A JOB!!

I had an interview Wednesday and felt really really good about it.  I got the call this morning offering me the position and it is an absolute dream!  I will be working here in Charleston in a Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH).  This is the setting that I was working in when I was in Philly and I absolutely loved it.  I can not believe how fast this all went (after everything moving so slowly the last few months).

I will be starting hopefully on July 21st so I have one more week to live luxuriously which I will actually be able to take advantage of now that I am not so stressed out.

My mom wanted me to come home before starting work so I will be flying up tomorrow and will be able to watch my little brother play in a lacrosse tournament and will hang out at home until Thursday, then I’ll head home to get ready for the big start.

Super excited, relieved, nervous girl here in Charleston.  Can’t believe I get to actually be a PT in real life in 10 days!!

Success

Casey had some friends come in to town today so I drug my butt out of bed at 7:45 to hit the road for my long run.  I had a great run, it was over cast and fairly cool and best of all it was done at 9:30!

After I got home I rushed around the house getting the laundry finished, showering, getting my Sunday paper (for the coupons of course) they were walking in the door.

We had a wonderful day bebopping around town, having brunch and a few drinks around town.  It started off a rainy miserable day and morphed into a glorious beautiful day.  The humidity was down, the heat was down and there was a wonderful breeze on the water.  IMG_1627More importantly I met all of my 6 week goals!!

Thanks 1800 push ups, 180 miles and 180 minutes stretching!!  I had to do a lot of making up of stretching this week and it has been wonderful for me.  Every night while we are winding down at night I set a 10 minute timer on my phone and just stretch until the time goes off (and usually longer).  I find that once I start doing something, I have no problem continuing, it is the initiation that is a problem.  NOT a new concept!

I am very much looking forward to a relaxing few days trying having a distraction from staring at my cell phone screen while our friends are here (great excuse to have a little staycation).  I will try to be good about taking pictures of our adventures!!

What is the real point?

I am going to bring up a controversial topic that I hope to talk about non-controversially.

lanceI understand that this has completely died down long ago but we are watching a special about him and his life and I have some things to say.

I don’t want to talk about whether these cyclists should be allowed to take these drugs.  That’s not something I want to go in to here at this point.  I want to think about all the wonderful things this guy did that had nothing to do with cycling or doping or any of that.

I get that cheating is terrible and rules were broken and what was done was wrong.  HOWEVER!!  He has taken on cancer that was a death sentence and survived.  To further continue to take on a feat that you, or I or pretty much anyone wouldn’t dream of on our healthiest days.  This is a man that has raised billions of dollars for cancer research.  He has been an advocate and front man for some of the best advancements we have in cancer.  Cycling was his platform and gave him the ability to generate a ton of funding, but these good, wonderful things he has done shouldn’t be negated when they have nothing to do with cycling.

Anyway, sorry to salt old wounds, but after watching this special I felt fairly strongly about some things.

I am curious (though this may be scary to ask), what do you think? 

 

 

Thank You World Cup

I have literally had the most fun I’ve had in a long time following this world cup.  It was such a crazy, amazing experience to be in a bar, packed wall to wall with people all hoping, praying and cheering for the same outcome.  In an interview with Dan Patrick today, Landon Donovan stated, our country hasn’t come together like that since 9-11.  That an incredible thing to see, coming together without national tragedy.  And he was right, was he not?  How wonderful for a country to be bonded together over a sport that isn’t usually in the forefront of American society!

It is a huge bummer to be out, but we will of course be following the rest of the Cup.  I have a friend who’s father is from Germany and another friend from Columbia so I will be cheering behind those teams for now.

Congrats to Tim Howard and the entire American team (especially my future boyfriend Kyle Beckerman) for an amazing showing at the World Cup and more importantly for bringing an entire country together (an even more challenging feat)!

USAzer