Suddenly, I’m in the process of transitioning between jobs and I’m required to go through a Department of Transportation physical process. Essentially, this is to make sure I’m fit and capable enough to drive a vehicle for my job. You’d probably assume this involves a hearing and sight test right? Well, it does, but apparently there is a lot more to consider than that, because at the testing facility today I was subjected to a whole slew of tests including a breathaliser, vision test, hearing test, flexibility, weight, height, urinalysis, hernia (Sorry Michelle, I promise I didn’t like it!), back X-rays (?!), and a blood pressure test. What exactly am I getting into again?
So, when it came time for the blood pressure test I was curious if my levels would illicit any sort of reaction from the nurse as I expected my heart rate to be abnormally slow at rest from my running regimen. She propped my arm up on a stand, wrapped the self-inflating cuff around my upper arm, turned on a machine that did all the work for her and walked away to fidget with something else. The machine started inflating and as I felt the clogging and surging of blood through my veins I was surprised myself at the infrequency of the beats. The machine released its grip as my blood surged back through my arm and then all of a sudden it started chirping out a series of beeps that sounded relatively alarming to me. The nurse walked over with an annoyed look on her face, pressed some buttons and shut it up.
“Am I dead or something?” I jokingly asked.
“No, it’s just that when the machine gets such a slow pulse it doesn’t know how to read it and starts freaking out…like, ‘What’s going on here?!'”
Then without prompt she says, “Do you run?”
Hah! Just what I expected!
I smothered the proud and self-righteous tone in my voice and calmly replied, “Yes I do.”
“I could tell” she responded.
I received another care package in the mail from my dudes at Chicago Soy Dairy. You can order all these on their site. http://www.chicagosoydairy.com/store/
10 miles – easy, but pushing Noah in the jogging stroller as he played batman motorcycle and kept telling me to let go and push him ahead. Easier said than done with a stroller that pulls severely to the left. Still, it was fun.
Breakfast – Oatmeal (w/ peanut butter, raisins, almonds, flax seeds), coffee
Lunch – Thai Peanut Saute noodles, water, smoothie
Dinner – Smoothie (too full from snacking all day)
Snacks – Water, coffee, banana, orange, post-run smoothie, leftover soy yogurt, chocolate soy milk, tea
A Perfect Murder – Unbroken, Cease To Suffer