Wait! For fun- everyone in the ER runs marathons???

Saturday, March 15, 2014

I work in an Emergency room. When I started there, I was so excited to be working with people who are my age and enjoy the same things. I was mistaken.

Working in THIS ER is weird. No one goes out drinking. No one parties on the weekend. No one plans vacations or trips together. No one goes to the casino. Everyone runs marathons.

5k's. 10k's. Tough Mudders. Dirty Girls. Warrior Dash. Color runs. I've seen sign up sheets all over the ER for these events. These people even travel hundreds of miles to run. It blows my mind and I have never been around people who enjoy running for fun as much as these adrenaline junkies do.

Needless to say- Me being a chain smoking, sedentary, obese, alcoholic, gambler has it's draw backs in this environment.

So I did it. I signed up for Foam Fest. It is a 5k (Not too bad, right?) It has similar obstacles as a Tough Mudder but there is a boat load of foam. We are driving all the way up to Buffalo to do this. Our team is The Toe Taggers. I don't necessarily enjoy the name because it sounds like we kill people and not fix people. There is at least 10 people on this team and counting.

I am a nervous wreck! I don't run! I hardly walk briskly. So this is the challenge that I have set up for myself. I am going to be 29 this year. Maybe if I set a fitness goal (which is something I have never done) as opposed to weight loss goals, I will feel better and maybe even start to enjoy exercise.

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    Hey the best thing you can do for your patients is break a sweat, lead by example etc. My husband is a trauma anesthesiologist in a county hospital. 75% of his patients are obese, about the same number of nurses are as well. He has to stay strong to MOVE THE PATIENT to the bed...Most of the nurses, techs, MA's etc have let themselves go physically and are unable to move these sickly patients. As far as offering healthy living tips, are you really going to listen to a nurse who can't tie her shoes?

    I'm not a runner by nature however I took my out of shape body and huffed and puffed through a 10K with Cheetah girl back in 2009, in the pouring rain. She is a runner and knocked it out in a swift 50 minutes, me about 1:30. Did I mention I had a 60+ yo granny coach me through the last 2 miles? Afterwards we went out and had a great breakfast and many laughs. This is my running buddy, we run in tutus when we are inspired. We have run in Santa hats and been covered in color. Yesterday it was the pinkest 10K/5K in Santa Cruz, followed by brunch with divaesque pink mimosas...

    Yes we drive, we tri and du as well. Sometimes it's just the two of us, sometimes we take our boys and usually we have other girls along, we always reward ourselves afterwards and having a fitness goal in mind makes it much easier to put one foot in front of the other! Move your body, have fun!
    1427 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Fitness goal is much better than weight loss goal. People dial in weight loss number like picking out lottery numbers.
    1436 days ago
    A zombie run?? That is something I could get into!!
    1436 days ago
    Haha I have to admit that the name IS kinda funny... in the medical morbid humor kind of way. My ER does some things together but mostly it is done at work with out favorite night shift doctor ordering us all a bunch of food from Chili's or Applebee's. Never a fast food joint with him! Unless we get Frosties. Frosties. FROSTIES!

    Man I miss frosties...

    But yeah my ER is not the vacation together type. My RT department does a bunch of runs together, though. Mostly us young people. We are gonna do the Zombie run in our state in October. FUN!
    1436 days ago
    Woohoo!!!! Good for you! I signed up for a 5K (fundraiser) myself this year do give me some motivation to get moving again. Last year I walked it, this year I'll walk/jog. Or maybe run if I can. I refuse to injure myself trying, so I'll just have to see where I end up!


    You get this just for signing up!
    1436 days ago
    People are at different fitness levels. Just have fun. Had to laugh at the team name. Nursing humor. Might offend some, though. Gone are the days when nurses didn't take their own advice. We are getting healthier!
    1436 days ago
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