I started a new Nursing job almost 10 weeks ago (can’t believe it’s been that long!). So far, I am loving it. It’s an area that is a lot less stressful. The pace is busy but steady. I only work 4 days a week, and 10 hour shifts. It’s been wonderful. However, good things like that don’t come without a price. As much as I love my new job, it is a lot of standing and walking. Walking patients from the registration area at the front of the hospital to our lab in the back of the hospital. Walking to the pharmacy, to the lab, to return patients to their car. Standing on our feet with checking patients in, assessing, drawing blood, rechecking vital signs every 15 minutes, and charting. All done standing. I will sneak in a sit break here and there. But, I’m probably standing 90% of the day.
In my last job, on the ICU unit, I definitely did a lot more sitting. I would get most of my tasks and med passes organized so I would only have to be up on my feet at certain times, and I would sit and chart other times. That’s one of the bigger adjustments I’ve had to make. So, as much as I would love to go out and run after work, being on my feet is the last thing I want to do. Fitting in running has taken a lot of thought and planning, and extra internal motivation. Especially since I work about 48+ hours per week. It would be awesome to run before work, but that would mean I would have to wakeup at 4am, and to use the treadmill. I’ve even noticed it might be time to buy some new work shoes, or downgrade my old Brooks Adrenalines to work shoes. It’s possible I’ll have to invest in some non-running compression socks.
And to follow-up about my CrossFit class last Friday: I hurt all weekend long. I actually had to take Ibuprofen all weekend. My whole body hurt. I could barely bend over to pick things up off the floor. My hubs found it quite humorous. Especially when it came to me getting off the couch or out of the car. I looked like an elderly person, and he didn’t even help. He said it would only make me stronger. Back in the day, when I would have really sore legs from running, I could at least use my arms to assist me or brace myself. It was no such luck this weekend because my arms hurt equally as bad. I even skipped my long run, because there was just no way…
I had the temptation to quit CrossFit again. But I know the more I do it, the stronger I’ll be. The better overall athlete I can be. I just have to push through the first few sessions.