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It’s been a little over 9 months since I took a leap of faith in myself.  Went pretty dang far outside my comfort zone.  Left a cushy corporate cubicle job that I could have had until cows flew to the moon or whatnot.

I have so many thoughts about my first year of pod med school skipping around in my noggin, not all of which I can put into words just yet.  I have tried to write this a few times but wasn’t quite ready to share.  If I sound at all negative, I don’t intend to be.  Just being real.  I will hit ya with the short list and maybe some more at deets at a later date.

In summary, and not shockingly, it has been an unforgettable experience.  It went by slowly and yet, wicked fast.

I made some friends who will be in my life, for life.  They are awesome, unique characters and we helped each other keep sanity in check on the reg…talk about bonding!

Med school is 10% raw intelligence, 90% how bad you want it/how long you will keep plugging away at it, day after day.  It is no 9-5.  You are working overtime, all of the time.  If you’re not,  you’ve already fallen behind.  This takes focus and drive and elimination of distraction.  *cough* I gave up facebook for 5 months.  I actually didn’t miss it or any of the bullshit people post on it on the reg (shut up people) *gasp*.  The blogger in me will link this to the book ha.

I wasn’t able to be completely ‘there’ for the important people in my life these last 9 months, though I made a valiant effort.  Most of them stood by me and were there when I needed words of encouragement, a vent sesh, or shoulder to cry on.  I didn’t take any of those moments for granted.

Oh yeah, did I mention med school takes a personal army of sorts?  Liiiiike personal chef.  Dog walker(s).  Chauffeur to train.  Bless my parents.

Holy shit!  I am so much stronger mentally and physically than I was in August.  Stronger despite the weight of extreme stress that I carried on my shoulders.  A weight I felt I could never put down.  That right there is something I am thankful for and proud of.

I got a few perfect scores.  I also failed some exams.  I was open about them to the people I trust (refer back to: it takes an army).  I recovered from those blunders but uphill battles are never enjoyable.  It’s a thing…that people don’t like to talk about failure in med school.  You are pressured to put on a facade of perfection, whether that is your nature or not.

My best grades were nice to see, but honestly what gave me the greatest satisfaction was passing my weak areas, regardless of how many points over 70 that number was.

Words of first year wisdom: Do YOU(!!)  Don’t listen to everything everyone has to say.  Don’t use too many study materials.  Don’t study too much from back exams, especially don’t do that if you haven’t already mastered the material.  DO be nice to everyone you meet, even the janitor.  People talk…better give them only good things to say.

And to conclude:

Dat ish was a rollercoaster but I am alive!  Stella is too but she gained 5 pounds.  We have been yogging as of late.

Long time no chat.  Seems to be the trend lately but alas, I am alive!  School has been nonstop exams on quizzes on labs on……BONKERS since we started back up in January, but I have come to expect that at this point.  I am officially 3/4 of the way through my first year of podiatric medical school and have no clue where that time went.  It does feel pretty good to say that I didn’t, in fact, say f*ck it after first semester and return to working for THEMAN in a dreary cubicle. ; )  I’m glad I stuck it out because I am liking school more…we are getting into the good stuff, aka actual foot dissection and clinical skills.  I can fix you now (+6.25 more years) of edjoomacation.

2 weeks before my spring break, I decided I needed to get out of Philadelphia for a few days and my trusty friend Gina was down for a Seattle party.  While Seattle wasn’t nearly as sunny as it was the weekend before my arrival, I was expecting clouds and appreciated what they had to offer.  Sometimes a quick hike in nature is all you need to find yourself again, don’t ya think?

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The air is so clean.  Philly, you smell.

I have been to Seattle a number of times before, so this trip was less about the touristy spots and more about good food, drink and a bit of nature.  We went to two noteworthy restaurants which I LOVED.  Canlis (they filmed an episode of Top Chef here) and The Whale Wins, which is likely the only Seattle restaurant that has humans in it past the grand olde hour of 10pm.  This city is VERY SLEEPY mid-week, what with all the fog and clouds…

At Canlis, I did eat gluten and confirmed for the 1000th time that it hates me.  But it was worth it in the moment.

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This is the foie gras (smoked torchon with beets, chamomile, chocolate and an oatmeal foam).  Okay let me just say, foie, chocolate beet and oatmeal foam MIGHT just compare to a hot night of passion…

Everything was amazing but I’m pretty sure this was my favorite dish.  We also tried the Steak Tartare with Wagyu tenderloin, Pork Belly, Dungeness Crab Cake, King Salmon and Soufflé, Apple Pie macaroons and house-made truffles for dessert. 

This decadent meal was followed by a needle-in-haystack search for a night cap at Linda’s Tavern.  Hipster meets college student meets who is awake at 12p on a Tuesday night crowd.  I enjoyed the fact that they had Crispin cider and of course, the people-watching.

The Wale Wins, WINS. 

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House Pickled Veggies, Caviar D’Aubergine (roasted cauliflower, pine nuts, thyme & lemon peel) – OUT OF THIS WORLD even though it looks like vomit.  Mushrooms in cream heaven, and Whole Roasted Snake River Trout with roasted lemons & walnut sauce.  I have trout fished in the Snake River…little known paleofeetfact.  Everything was amazing and I was able to enjoy it despite my major stomachache from the previous night’s gluten fest (only a few bites of bread with the foie gras). 

I also tried two fitness classes while I was in town – flybarre and Flywheel at the South Lake Union studio.  They were fun and different, but I will stick to Crossfit haha…my chronic cardio is a thing of the past.  I did learn that Crossfit translates pretty well to this form of cycling, as my “power numbers” were on the higher spectrum compared to the rest of the class – they post them on a screen for everyone to see.  They actually just opened one of these in Philly!

The best trips are the ones you book last-minute…and can I pleaz haz more spring break, complete with tree-hugging?

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sooo everyone was freaking out about my slash marks today.

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I swear they are not painful even though my back looks like I stepped out of stigmata and/or the Carver missed my face (old school nip/tuck anyyyyone?).  oops.

note to self: do not use sh*ttiest speed rope in gym with razor-sharp metal bottom.  note to self^2: buy own speed rope stat.

goodnight!

 

 

My body still hates me buttttttttttttttttttt whatever.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?  Both knees have been bugging out and shoulder/neck still not 100%. I thought for sure I’d be feeling good by today.  If 5 straight days of rest and light workouts doesn’t work I don’t think there’s much I can do except show up and modify everything from here on out.  So there’s that.  Knee doc appointment is coming up and I am very curious what he has to say about my formerly good knee-turned-bad.  Glad my coaches are understanding.  They all dual as life therapists,  bless them.

Despite all that, I had a pretty damn good weekend, including fabulous philadelphia weather and some spur of the moment live band karaoke for The Abbaye’s 10th anniversary.  Yes, the grandma got OUT.  I even sang AND enjoyed it, shockingly.  Even though I consider myself a social person (and yet antisocial at the same time…nvm), I have a fear of singing in front of people other than my nearest and dearest.  But not last night!  Who am I, where is my former self?

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Training dump from what I recorded in my phone the last couple of weeks –

Thursday, December 27th

  • For 20 minutes, front squat x2 – start at 50% and move up.
    • 115lbs
  • Conditioning: 3 rounds for time: row 250m, dumbbell push press (20lbs) 15 reps, ring rows 15 reps
    • 12:52 mins *RX

 

Wednesday, January 2nd

  • 15 minutes to work to peak set of 2 weighted pull-ups (pronated grip)
    • light band + 10lb
  • Conditioning: 15 thrusters, 20 CTB, 10 thrusters, 15 CTB, 5 thrusters, 10 CTB (63lb bar, light+mini band)
    • 9:59 mins

 

Thursday, January 3rd

  • Skin the cat practice
  • 12 min AMRAP (strict TTB, light band pistols)
    • 4 rounds + 5 pistols

AHHHHH, ripped my first callous this day.  Only took 5 months and you’re darn straight I documented it.  3 more followed in the path of palm destruction womp.

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Friday, January 4th

  • False grip muscle up practice
  • Conditioning: 3 round for time of deadlift (50% max) 20 reps, single arm overhead squat (20lb db, 103lb deadlift)
    • 6:20 minutes

 

Saturday, January 5th REST

Sunday, January 6th  REST

Monday, January 7th  REST

Tuesday, January 8th REST

Wednesday, January 9th  REST

 

Thursday, January 10th

  • Power clean, up to peak of 2
    • forget/I remember it was shitty
  • 21-15-9 reps of: thrusters, box jumps (45lb thrusters, 24 inch box)
    • 7:22 minutes
  • Endurance rowing
    • 10×30 sec on, 2 minutes off – record total distance
    • 1537 meters

 

Friday, January 11th

  • 3 sets of 10 reps back squat
    • 125lbs
  • Skipped conditioning bc of shoulder

 

Saturday, January 12th REST

 

Sunday, January 13th

– Croga

 

Monday, January 14th

  • Pistols – worked to mini band
  • Pause front squat – work to 80% max.
    • 75/95/115/120/120/120/120 lbs
  • Tabata push-ups, followed by 2 min AMRAP SL squats
    • 34 pushups (knees), 30 pistols (light band)

 

Tuesday, January 15th

  • Push press – peak of 3.
    • 73 lbs then failed 83 and tweaked my trap AGAIN )(@#&%*#)%@ own fault.
  • 100 double unders for time; 7 barbell jump squats EMOM (35lb barbell)
    • 4:58 mins

 

Wednesday, January 16th

  • Deadlift – peak of 3.
    • 178lbs
  • 3 rounds deadlift at 85-90% of peak.
    • 153lbs
  • 3 rounds of 1 minute per movement for MAX total reps: wallball (14lb), American KB swings (12kg), kipping pull-ups (mini, then light band kip).
    • 109 reps

 

Thursday, January 17th REST

Friday, January 18th REST

 

Saturday, January 19th

  • 5 mile run/walk with stella

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HERRO’ stell.

Sunday, January 20th

  • “Jack” – Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of: 115/75 pound Push press, 10 reps, 10 KB Swings, 1.5/1 pood, 10 Box jumps, 24/20 inch box
  • 35lb (modified to strict press instead of push press for shoulder), 12kg KB (American swings)
    • 9 rounds + 10 box jumps (started with box jumps first movement)

Why do we fail?  We fail because we are unprepared.  Whether that be mentally, physically or just plain sh*t happens.

Why do we succeed?  We learn from our failures, grow from them, become better prepared for the next hiccup.  Life throws you a lot.  Just gotta roll with.

“A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.” ~ Tennessee Williams.

(Nabbed from this) <—- read this if you haven’t.

I had a bit of a rough week.  Last Sunday I woke up with one of those ohman-can’tmovemyheadsidetoside-fuckkkkkkkkkkkkk musclepull/nervepinch things.  Well it lasted a full week.  So what did I do?  I iced, heated, biofreezed, stretched, lax balled, slept, NSAIDed.  Oh yes, COMPLAINED.  A lot.  I hate when I do that  but sometimes I can’t help myself.  No crossfit for 5 days.  2 days of half-assed crossfit.  I was annoyed because it was technically still syllabus week for our new semester…ya know, those 5, blissful, calm-ish days before the storm when I wanted to do two-a-days like a muffuk’n football player during pre-season?  Yep, didn’t happen.

But I had lots of time to think about how I should be spending my days, these days.  I actually enjoyed my bone lab on Friday.  I [finally] booted facebook to the curb (don’t miss it – yet).  Spent Friday night relaxing, yesterday studying.  Went for a jog with Stella.  And don’t ya know, today I finally woke up feeling somewhat normal woo!  Caught 12p croga, Varga-brunched with my best ladies, studied my foot.  No really, my foot:

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Stella wants to eat my foot.

I meal planned.  Food shopped.  Cooked.  Meal prepped.  Planned my school week.  Planned my workouts.  What a virgo-inspired Sunday.

I think I also kinda sorta motivated myself to BCCC round 2…as the smarterish, plannerish, totes good willpower version of my former BCCC self.  I mean I really want a pull-up.  And no more bad joint days outnumbering good ones.

I will decide for certain…tomorrow!

Who is BCCC’ing?  Should I?

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 12/8

Fight Gone Bad – 226 reps RX

Monday 12/10

STRENGTH: Back Squat – work up to 85-90% with a Coach and then attempt 5 sets of 2 between 85-90% every other minute on the minute.

143 lbs

CONDITIONING: With a partner, use your “Fran” weight and complete 30 seconds on/off for 7 minutes of thrusters.  If you cannot share your bar just rest during the 30 seconds off – otherwise, your partner should be using the bar when you are not.

45 lb – 68 reps combined

Tuesday 12/11

STRENGTH: High Hang to Hang Snatch, 15-20 minutes of Skill Work (Coached!)

35 lb

CONDITIONING: In groups of 3: Overhead Squat (75/53), Rest, Burpees – 12 reps. Rotate through each station stadium-style.  Your score is your number of Overhead Squats!

Could barely OH squat 53 this day…had to drop down to 45 then 35…total mental block due to school stress…

Friday 12/14

STRENGTH: With a coach, work up to 80% for 2 reps of your best press.  Then, complete 5 x 2 every other minute on the minute with anywhere from 80-90% of your max.

63 lb

CONDITIONING: 4 x 500m Row – Record your time and your average stroke rate for EVERY interval – WRITE NEATLY or risk the WRATH of Danny.  Try to rest as long as it takes you to row – if you’re sharing, just wait for your partner to get off the erg, get right back on, and go.

Don’t remember…

Saturday 12/15

Rittenhouse Run!  Our team dominated #1 baby!  Was nice to get out and play with some new faces 🙂  Stella came, too!  One thing I love about crossfit is that it’s dog-friendly.

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Monday 12/17

STRENGTH: Back Squat, up to a peak of 1.

170 lb – not my personal best but pretty close (176 lb)

CROSSFIT SECTIONALS GAMES WOD 12.6 WOMENincludes Masters Women up to 54 years old – Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes following the rep scheme below: 65 pound Thruster, 3 reps 3 Chest to bar Pull-ups 65 pound Thruster, 6 reps 6 Chest to bar Pull-ups 65 pound Thruster, 9 reps 9 Chest to bar Pull-ups 65 pound Thruster, 12 reps 12 Chest to bar Pull-ups 65 pound Thruster, 15 reps 15 Chest to bar Pull-ups

Completed full round of 15 – used 55lb bar and light band for pull-ups

ENDURANCE ROWING – forget!

Tuesday 12/18

STRENGTH: High Hang to Hang Snatch, 15-20 minutes of Skill Work (Coached!)

45 lb

CONDITIONING:

“Jeremy” 21-15-9 reps of: Overhead Squat (75/53), Burpees

Used 45lb bar –

Wednesday 12/19

STRENGTH: A slightly different complex: Split Jerk x 1!

98 lb PR

CONDITIONING: 7 Rounds for time of: Push Press (95/65), 7 reps. Burpees, 7 reps.

7:57 min – used 55lb bar

ENDURANCE ROWING – 3 1k’s for time/pace (4:30.5/4:22.9/4:17.3)

Thursday 12/20

Run 1 mile for time – 7:05 min and a PR since knee surgery!!! – previous post-surgery mile was 7:09 mins back at the end of September

Friday 12/21

STRENGTH, A: In 12 minutes, making your own jumps, work up to a peak set of 1 for the pull-up (pronated grip).

Mini band

STRENGTH, B: With a coach, work up to a peak of 1 for the press.

68 lb

CONDITIONING: Tabata Row – 8 rounds of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off.  That is an all-out effort.  Good baseline scores are +900m for women, +1000m for men.

860m