One of my favorite lines from the movie Kill Bill is when Bill looks up at the stone steps leading to Pai Mei’s home and states “Just seeing those steps again makes me ache” to Beatrix Kiddo. This is exactly how I felt when the professor handed out the syllabus to my 8 week summer course, Anatomy & Physiology II. Been there done that just a few weeks ago. Why am I a glutton for punishment by signing up for a summer course on my own free time and will with 29 tests on the docket in the next 7 1/2 weeks? Not sure I can answer that question intelligently now.
The day started off like any other day with some java to jump start my morning. I didn’t have time to run this am because I was meeting a friend to
commute commiserate with on the hour and half commute to the Norwich campus. I thought it was best to refuel with some more caffeine before taking off so that I would be wide awake for the 3 hour lecture followed by a 2 hour lab. We left really early today because we had no idea where this campus was or how long it would actually take us to get there on the several county routes we needed follow to get to our destination. We made it to campus on time with a half hour to spare so we can readjust our take off time for future classes.
The professor basically covered the entire Endocrine system today which means that I will be tested on I can’t remember how many hormones we learned today on Thursday. Lucky for me, we were dismissed early from lab after some general overview and instruction of what to expect during the remaining lab sessions of the semester.
Again, lucky for me that I packed a gym bag with running clothes and sneakers so I could blow off some steam on the trails at Green Lakes. Let me tell you, I had a really good run today. Not sure if it was my adrenal glands responding to how overwhelmed I felt on how much information I will be required to memorize in such a short period of time. Or if it was because I was just “freaking out” with the amount of work that I will need to know. Either way, I was proud to run 5 uninterrupted miles under a 9:00 pace. I wasn’t carrying any heavy water buckets on my shoulders today; but, I did run up and down those steps in the photo above about twenty times post run. There is always a silver lining.
After about a mile into my run, I decided that I can only do what I can do and that I need to take the pressure off. My goal is to take one day at a time and do the best that I can do. I know that the class will be over before I know it so I need to make the best of it. My
commuting commiserating buddy and I even devised a study plan so that we stay on track with agenda and not fall behind.
I just love how running keeps me balanced and focused and reduces stress. I’m so glad that my body is allowing me to do what I love to do again. I’m going to need lots of miles in the upcoming weeks.
Please feel free to share your remedies to stress in the comments section. I would welcome any suggestions / feedback!!