Yesterday was one of those great days where you accomplish a lot, feel great, and still get to relax! Those were few and far between during years one and two of medical school, so I am insanely grateful when they happen now 🙂
I woke up early to get some work done before heading downtown for VisionWalk. VisionWalk is a 5k for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Ironically, my sorority in college participated in this walk every year; now as a medical student member of the ophthalmology group, I get to keep walking it! I saw all my sorority sisters in their cute sweatshirts and felt so nostalgic for my college days. I’m sure they were all wondering who the weirdo staring at them was… I feel old.
The walk started at 9:30 but I had to be at the school’s hotel for a scholarship brunch at 10. So I hung out for the pre-walk festivities and left right after the walk started. The scholarship brunch required us to wear our white coats so I quickly ran into the hotel and changed out of my workout clothes.
The scholarship brunch is for students to meet with their donors and thank them for the amazing gift of helping to pay for their medical education. Medical school is a tremendous financial burden and any help whatsoever is not taken lightly by us as students- I think all of us felt inspired to give back to future medical students when we have the financial capabilities. As a student, you don’t think about how you will give back to your university. Seeing these accomplished physicians take time out of their Saturday to spend time with students and support the university was really special. I want to be that kind of person when I’m older.
I met my donors- Dr. and Mrs. Peggy Rapp at the hotel (they were the first ones there- holla to amazing donors!) This couple is from my home town and it would be an understatement to say they are the most amazing people I’ve met. Dr. Rapp is a retired orthopaedic surgeon who has sat on just about every board for the medical school, made huge contributions to his field, and is widely respected. His wife Peggy is the sweetest most wonderful woman and I just wanted to hug her all morning! They are both social butterflies and spent the entire brunch introducing me to new people.
We sat at the head table with the Dean of the Medical School. I truly felt honored to be there with the Rapps! (If Dr. and Peggy Rapp are reading this, I promise I’m telling the truth! I love you guys!)
The brunch started out with some fruit and then we were released by tables to the buffet line. They were serving asparagus, carrots, and herbed potatoes (all delicious), salmon, and 2 different kinds of mini quiches. I opted for the salmon over the quiche but they looked divine. The table also had a huge basket full of pastries but I resisted… phew!
After some remarks from the Dean and a short speech from a student, we all introduced ourselves and then spent the rest of the morning chatting! I had way too much fun and am already looking forward to next year.
The rest of the afternoon was spent cleaning, organizing, and watching E! (what else?). Around 4pm I decided to go for a run outside because the weather yesterday was literally perfect.
I used the app Run4Good which is an AMAZING app and you should go download it right now. Saucony has created this app to help fight childhood obesity! For every mile you log on the app, money is donated to the cause. There are monthly challenges and if all the app users accumulate the challenged amount of miles, even more money is donated! Yippee!!
Besides the app being philanthropic, it’s also functional. It kept my time, pace, calories burned, and milage, all while I could listen to a Jillian Michaels podcast in the background. Sounds good to me!
4 miles done. I walked 5 minutes at the beginning and end which made my pace average about 11 min/mile.
What are your Sunday plans??