I’m Having An Affair With Running

With running.

Dear Exercise Classes,

I love you. You are wonderful. You mean a lot to me. However, running means a lot of me, too. And, running and I are having an affair right now. Its not you, its me.



You’re probably tired of hearing my whine about the endless check boxes that you drown in being the “booking resident,” right?

Suffice it to say I have three sets of lists:

  1. Giant spreadsheet of all the patients and workup/clearance. This is the master list.
  2. The list of people recently booked to add to the master list.
  3. The running list of day to day things to do to make sure the master list is pristine and all the patients have no issues come the day of surgery.

This is somewhat my dream and night mare.

Check boxes make me feel needed. Give me purpose.

But, Bellevue, I’m sick of using fax machines, which is a lot of my to do list.

Speaking of check lists, I really I have a very specific way of making my lists.

I separate them based on “section” of my life — residency admin, residency research, personal, so on and so forth.

That’s usually my overall list and then I make a separate list of things that need to get done today or this week.

Do you do that? Or organize your to do list based on timing i.e. “to do now” versus “to do later.”


I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking of how to be more organized.

I spend a lot of inordinate amount of time thinking about a lot of things I shouldn’t.

Things like guilt, fear of failure, and fear of missing out. I think those are some of the 3 greatest driving factors in my life, especially the first two.

The fear of failure is strong, guys.

How do you think I passed step 1 of the boards?!

Finally, popcorn is a gateway drug.

Whatever you do, do not buy this popcorn: LesserEvil Avocado Oil Popcorn.

The promise of that and coffee are what get me up in the morning.

That is literally my ramblings for the night. There was no filter, editing, or even too much brain power put into this post.

I hope you enjoyed.

Until next time..

Dally coffee tally: 1.5 (WEAK)

Daily check box tally: 16000000,00000


4 thoughts on “I’m Having An Affair With Running

  1. Hi Meggie! I love your obsession with checklists (and your blog)! If you are looking for a new read, I think you would enjoy the Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.

  2. Pingback: Whirling Dervish | The Thinks I Can Think

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