Whew, time keeps flying by! I have been staying busy, like everyone else, and mostly happy about it.
Running: I had been sticking to my training plan to a T until the last week and a half or so. I don’t know what happened, I just kind of lost my motivation and discipline. I had finals last week, so that was part of it as those puppies totally take precedence. I had time to get some runs in, but I just didn’t. I had been spot on with my training so I’m not too upset over it. I was a week ahead of my plan for my long runs since I didn’t run a 10K race, so fortunately I didn’t fall behind. If I didn’t have the cushion room I hope I wouldn’t have been so laxed and would have just sucked it up and kicked it into gear. I did reach my goal though, 75 miles for April!
May 1: The ducklings and goslings were out – I’ve seen so many of them and it’s beautiful. Refreshing. Joyous. I’ve really enjoyed running more regularly and seeing everything change from February to now, nature and the animals. Even since May 1 I’ve seen the goslings grow, on Friday (the 6th) they look significantly bigger!
On Friday I ran 10 miles midday. Most of my long runs have been midday, between 11 and 1pm. I know this isn’t ideal but given it hasn’t been overly warm I think it’s actually been really good for me and trying to acclimate my body to working in warmer temps. I stopped a few times for water and to talk with a stranger and my pace ended up being 12:04. I think that’s about what my slowest half pace was, and since I’ve actually trained for this one (okay, I didn’t have a base like my previous halves, so it probably balances out) I don’t think I’ll PR but I certainly don’t want a personal slowest time either. 11:30 is probably a realistic pace.
Next weekend: Cleveland half marathon with my kid sis 🙂 I am looking forward to this, it’s been great to have a goal to work for during nursing school to get my butt back in gear and to be able to share the experience with my sista.
Nursing: I passed my last term with an A and a B and did fine in psych clinical. I am now in my last term of classes! I am pretty relieved about this. I was thrilled to be halfway through, now as the end is in sight I have a greater feeling of a relief than of excitement. I am relieved to be almost done with classes, but apprehensive about my skills and the opportunities I’ll have to practice before I actually graduate. I only have 3 more weeks of med surg left, plus my community and OB rotations which are less hands on. I will be precepting in July and August and I am really looking forward to that, nervous too, of course. I won’t find out until late June on what my assignment is, but regardless of what unit I may be on I am hopeful to work with an excellent teacher.
In the next few weeks I have the HESI exit exam and ACLS certification – I definitely want to be confident with ACLS (advanced cardiovascular life support) so I don’t blow the opportunity to get that certification. We have to pass the HESI exam to graduate, so I’d like to do well on the first one but I know that odds are not good. The second exam is offered the Friday before our pinning ceremony. I just got a review book that I’ll start working on and plan to go through all of it before taking the NCLEX. Also have some paper/poster/presentations but those will hopefully go smoothly. I can’t believe I’m thinking about HESI and NCLEX already – okay, yes, I am getting excited 🙂
Wishing a happy mother’s day to all the women who have had a child, lost a child, or are expecting. To my own mother, grandmothers, mother-in-law, and all my wonderful mommy friends. ❤ Wish I could be spending today with family.
Peace & kindness ❤