Below is an elevation graph of the infamous Mountain Goat Run that takes place the first weekend in May in my hometown(ish) of Syracuse, NY. I did this run back in 2009 and I loved every awful second of those hills. I wanted to do it last year but I had class that weekend and I couldn't. I tried comforting myself in the fact that it turned out to be an absurdly hot day and I probably would have melted or spontaneously combusted anyway.
|Mountain Goat Run 10 Miler|
Finished 2009 in 1:21:00 (8:08 min/mile)
|Post Mountain Goat Run 2009.|
Note: this is my sarcastic "I feel great" smile.
Well, it's that time of year. The race is right around the corner and... I have class again. I am scheduled to be on clinical in the midst of my second to last weekend on a med-surg floor with a challenging instructor. I do have the option of missing clinical and making it up at a later date but that's not my style. I like to get things done and over with; a lot like I handle my hills. I want to walk off my last med-surg clinical day with my fellow classmates thinking (perhaps shouting) WOO-HOO that is D-O-N-E!!
At the same time I want to get this race in my line up and under my belt this year. This is supposed to be the year of the BQ for me and races like this help me get my running self stronger and mentally prepared.
There are numerous pros and cons to each side of this decision which doesn't help me at all. I know there's plenty of other races I could do and I also know that I could just make the missed day of clinical up but I am awful at making decisions. Most mornings it takes me a solid 10 minutes to pick a running outfit because I just can't choose (sad, I know). I even have another 10 mile race lined up for June 18th in Baltimore... but it's just not THE Mountain Goat.
A good nurse knows how to prioritize. So, I've put my running/school dilemma into an NCLEX (nursing boards exam) style question to try and put things in perspective.
A runner and fellow nursing student is complaining of having to choose between missing a clinical morning (to be made up at a later date) so she can participate in a local race or missing the race to stay on schedule at school. When she begins to contemplate the decision she becomes anxious, diaphoretic, tachycardic, and hypertensive. The good nursing student knows that she should advise the runner to:
A) Put school first, go to clinical, suck it up, and pick another race.
B) Make up the clinical at a later date and race her heart out; returning to school for lecture after the race.
C) Skip clinical and the race and take the whole morning to herself as she obviously has anxiety issues.
D) Call her physician.
The problem is that these damn questions always have two good answers. I guess I'll have to think it out over some hill repeats. I think if I wasn't such a
dedicated student nerd, this wouldn't be such an issue.
Suggestions?!? What would you do?