I am in the process of applying to volunteer at an area hospital, and let me tell you, it is quite the process. You need to not only have your vaccination records, but you also have to get a blood test to test the active levels of the antibodies in your blood and get a PPD (tuberculosis skin test). I suppose it’s the state’s way of making sure everyone who works in hospitals are REALLY healthy.

But anyways, I went to the doctor to get my physical yesterday (oh yes, you need one of those too) and the nurse sort of freaked out when she took my pulse. Apparently my resting heart rate is 52 and while that’s normal for someone who works out a lot, it’s not normal for the average person… and I guess she didn’t realize that when I said I ran, it meant that I run a lot. I’m not quite sure she really believed that I was slightly marathon obsessed and that’s why it’s so low. C thinks that it is probably in the high 40s when I sleep. Holy efficiency!

Today was supposed to be a rest day but since I have to travel to D.C. tomorrow for work (boo), I had to switch it up. I’m not sure how I feel about two rest days before the half, but there’s not much I can do (I refuse to run on Friday because my legs will definitely be sluggish on Saturday). It was lightly raining this morning when I started running, stopped midway and turned into this gross humidity. Yuck. Is nice summer weather here yet?

Although summer means that the season of cold showers is back. We don’t have central A/C here (not many people do in NYC unless you are one of the lucky ones in a luxury apartment) so one of the ways I stay cool is to take cold or lukewarm showers. I used to do this in Florida all the time, and it actually feels kind of weird when you go back to hot showers once it gets colder outside. Call me crazy, but I kind of like them on the colder side!

***Burpee Challenge: Day 2***
This morning was day two of the Burpee Challenge, which means 16 burpees for me! I felt like my legs were tired (not sure if its combined with the five mile run this morning) and the series was hard. I did about seven in a row without needing a break, and then I stopped after every two or three. Who knew that this exercise could be so tough?! Below is a brief update I’ll post daily (thanks to my SweatPink sisters for the idea!) about the challenge and my thoughts… (want to contribute? Feel free to send me your thoughts about a particular day and I’ll feature you! Email is bklynrunning (at) gmail.com.)

DAY 1: The 30-Day Burpee Challenge
1. How many burpees did you do? 
2. When did you do your burpees? How long did it take you? I think it took me about two or three minutes.
3. Now that you’ve joined… what do you love about the challenge? I think this will be a great way to build up my endurance in other ways than running. I tend to get stuck in running and not do anything outside of that, so it’s fun to try out different exercises. I’m also interested to see how it impacts my running and if I’ll have a six-pack ready for summer because of these babies.
4. Most importantly, how do you feel after day 1? My legs are slightly tired when I exercise and when I was doing the push up in each burpee, I noticed that my back/shoulders were sore. Otherwise, I feel great!

What’s your resting heart rate? Do you ever take cold showers?  

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