Work out wagon

The combination of my pathology class, every patient that I've seen with diabetes thus far and a few of the MI's I saw over the summer have prompted me to get back on the workout wagon. Oh yeah, and the indignity of pannus retraction that I've seen on a few occasions. I fell off that wagon about 6 weeks into first year with the advent of "oh-crap-I-have-to-study" as one of the dominant emotions in my life. I've done some on and off running since then, but I've been feeling increasingly like crap, not had the energy to get out of bed, put on some apple shaped weight and generally become less than the healthy person that I once was. Seeing fatty streaks, atherosclerosis and ruptured plaques was pretty much like when I watched "Scared Straight" 20 years later back in the day...3 months later and I'm finally getting off my arse to do something about it.

The last time I self-coached myself through a half-marathon, I ended up needing 3 months of PT and a year of rest before I could run without pain. So, I bought myself a nifty heart rate monitor (Suunto t4) that has an interesting physiologically based training effect measurement that it uses to schedule in workouts and emphasizes not over training. Anyway, I'll occasionally be posting about running/working out with this infernal machine strapped to me as catharsis from time to time, so bear with my lameness. I'll probably put it away come time for my surgery rotation (I mean lose the majority of my rights as a human being) anyway.

1 comment:

The Lone Coyote said...

Yeah, surgery will make it tough to work out. You can try doing calf raises while you stand in the OR for hours on end. But you should have time to work out at least a few times a week on most other rotations.