I was coming home from Kansas along highway 70 and had been driving for about an hour and a half when I got to Columbia, MO and noticed on my GPS that I still had 3 hours to go before I would get home. Then I checked my GPS again to find that I was only 1 hour away from the Lake of the Ozarks where my parents have a condo and quickly concluded that I would head South for the shorter trip to a place to sleep for the night. It was still early enough that I knew I could get there, maybe see a nice sunset over the lake and still get in a jog before the night was over.
I thought the reviews on Wednesday night would last until about 6 or 6:30 so I had bought a ticket to see the Royals play the Twins at Kauffman Stadium. I’d seen both these teams play before … …. huh …..well, as a St Louis Cardinals fan, there are some rough memories of the Cardinals playing both of these teams back in the 80’s.
1985 – The I-70 Series when both the Cardinals and Royals went to the World Series. After the first four games of the series the Cardinals were up 3 games to 1 and only needed one more win to clinch the series then dropped the last three games of the series to the Royals. 😦
1987 – The Cardinals played the Minnesota Twins in the world series …..ugh again…. After 5 games the Cardinals were up 3 games to 2 but lost the final 2 games.
Still – getting to the World Series is a heck of an accomplishment and both of those series went 7 games. AND – I was at Busch Stadium in 1982 when the Cardinals did win the World Series against the Milwaukee Brewers! 🙂 HA! 🙂
Earlier in the week I was checking out different things to do in the Kansas City area and found they had a pretty cool looking King Tut exhibit in town through September but the times conflicted with my board reviews but not the baseball game. 🙂 I’d never been to Kauffman stadium and guess I wanted something fun to look forward to to help get me through the remaining days of board reviews – StubHub to the rescue!
I figured ticket prices would be comparable to St Louis with some less expensive seats available on Tuesday and Wednesday and, sure enough, I found a Field Box seat at Section 141 for only $15! These same seats were going for $200 on Monday night when the Yankees were in town.
I did learn something pretty cool since I didn’t have a printer to print off tickets like I normally would – there is an app for StubHub that can be downloaded and a section of the app allows you to pull up your tickets and just show your phone and a picture of your ticket to get into the game.
The last day of board reviews finished up around 3:30 that day and I’d already checked out of my hotel that morning so I went straight to the ballpark. I learned the gates didn’t open until 5:30 and didn’t want to hang around outside in the hot sun for an hour an a half to see the inside of the ballpark or 3.5 hours for the game to start, especially since I knew I could be almost all the way home if I were to leave so, I took some pics of the two stadiums and headed out. I didn’t know that both Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman stadium were located in the same area.
So, I never stuck around for the game but it made me realize again that there are a lot of things to see and places to go not too far from St Louis. Iowa was only 4 hours North and they had a pretty big festival going on up there over the weekend when I was there. I know one event was trying to set a new world record for the most number of Kayaks (or maybe just rowboats in general) for being on the river at the same time along with some concerts, fair activities and a few concerts.
Memphis and Nashville are within 4.5 hours to the South and KC was just under 4.5 hours to the West and with my gas sipping car less than two tanks are needed for any round trip.
Week 32 Weigh-In
Anyway – I was wearing my shoes during Thursday morning’s Week 32 Weigh-In since I needed to leave by 6:30 a.m. to get to Chesterfield, MO for another round of board reviews and was running a bit late so I just stepped on the scale fully dressed to get my weight for that week.
I was bummed that I lost my one little square with my fantasy car so I just added a whole new strip. The marketing folks at Chevy did a great job when they named the color of that car Metallic Rock Red. Very nice guy appeal 🙂
For the next two weeks I’ll probably be a little liberal with my diet – and for me the word diet simply refers to what I happen to be eating as opposed to any caloric deficit or fad type of plan pertaining to my eating. When I was up in Iowa and had that 13.1 mile training run I had plenty of energy to get me through that run and I was simply eating normal meals – That day I believe I had a breakfast (homemade waffles from the hotel) then ate during my first break during reviews, then had an actual lunch a few hours later then a protein shake, grits and some naturally organic nutrition bar I’d gotten from my brother. Just ample and fairly good eating but, what a difference it made on my run. After so many talks about hyperinsulemia or hypoglycemia I tried a simple candy bar prior during our reviews and it did make a difference and NO, I did not experience any crash later on during the day but I was more alert and didn’t fall asleep at all during the reviews. I just need to maintain being sharp and alert mentally these next couple weeks and keep up my study intensity to have the best chance possible at passing this Part III exam.
Another interesting thing I learned about that exam is that someone who say, scores a 65% might pass the exam while another person who gets 80 or even 90% of the answers correct might fail the exam. That’s because after the exam is taken and all the exams world wide have been submitted, the governing body who puts out the exam (NBCE) then decides exactly which categories each question falls into. Then, each section will have a minimum number of questions that have to be answered correctly.
This exam also varies the most from year to year. Heart, Lungs and kidneys are kind of staples in the exam but, one year the eyes might get asked about a lot and maybe not at all the next exam. Neurogenic diseases might be hot one exam but not so much on the next so, one kind of has to know everything just in case.
I am feeling more confident in my ability to pass this exam, time will tell. But, confident enough that I’ve started checking out Part IV which is actually still given this year in November but, I had my sights more on taking it in May of next year since that exam runs close to $1,500 now which has to be paid in cash …no credit cards accepted. I’ve got an extra couple hours this morning so I think I’ll email Dr Laura and start inquiring about taking Part IV reviews a couple times. There are some reviews in November. Currently, I’m taking reviews for Parts II, III and PT because all that has to be known for Part IV and 8 days is usually enough time for all three of those reviews but, with Part IV it takes an entire week for just that one exam …and …of course, we’re still expected to know everything from the previous reviews which, isn’t exactly unreasonable to get licensed as a doctor.
I’ve also been looking into the NRCME – Nationally Registered Certified Medical Examiners which is something I’ll be eligible for once I have a licence. There’s some good videos on YouTube about the NRCME and I did a search for the Illinois and Missouri areas and learned the range of prices charged for giving a DOT physical are ranging from $50 to $280. I was hoping to be able to travel to various areas where over the road truck drivers get their own license for driving and maybe offering a service where I would drive to them to administer these physicals and perhaps be able to get 10 or 20 physicals completed in a few days time. Maybe I could work out a deal with some of these truck driving schools where they can include the physical as part of their tuition then offer a price break. Maybe $120 for a regular physical and offer a special deal of $80 or $90 for having the quantity.
There’s still things to look into but, here is a great thing – the exam to become a NRCME is only 80 bucks! 🙂
Eat Your Veggies?
I was looking at an article in the HuffingtonPost called “6 Vegetables That Might Save Your Life” and the first line starts out, “If there’s one food that no one — not your doctor, your nutritionist or even your mother — will tell you to eat less of, it’s leafy greens.”
uh – I don’t think so –
The average standard of care would indicate that the types of leafy greens advocated in the article are actually contraindicated for people taking blood thinners. Also, these leafy greens, especially the super healthy looking dark green ones are contraindicated for people prone to kidney stones since the majority of those stones are calcium oxylate and foods containing high quantities of those substances should be avoided. Unless, of course, you like getting kidney stones.
First 100 Mile Month
I’m at 96 miles for the month and perhaps, could be getting a bit lazy since I had three straight days earlier this week without running. The focus on studying has been rather intense so running hasn’t been on my mind quite as much but, there’s also pure exhaustion which has kicked in a couple of times and had me passed out and sleeping by 8:30 some nights.
Still, there are 3 days left in this month so, hitting 100 miles with only 4 miles left to do will be pretty easy – basically one more run and I’m there.
Upcoming Events & Marathon Ponderings –
A week from tomorrow I have my first Half Century (50 mile) bike ride. That should be interesting and it will be a new distance record for me. Right now, my longest distance would be the 35 mile bike ride from the Tour de Donut. I’m hopeful 🙂
The week after that is Part III boards ….then a week off from any races then….
could or should I do 4 straight weeks of half marathons? idk.
I already have one in the books (the 4th one) but, dare I add three more in the preceding weeks?
I know I’ve had a running fantasy/strategy in my head before of running a half marathon distance a week – maybe for a year straight or something like that. That distance seems to have a pretty favorable effect on me physically and maybe it’s the kind of thing that needs to be done in order to push/force my weight down into the 220’s(?)
I also know that I don’t have much in the way of long runs that exceed the 10 mile mark – maybe 2 right now? I’ve done a double session of running which put me over 10 one day but that isn’t quite the same in my mind.
Cost is a bit of a factor but, I would be using a credit card for the additional 3 events so registration is attainable.
My scheduled long runs would be cut short since most are over that 13 mile mark in the weeks leading up to the full marathon but, as stated, I’m not hitting those distances much. I know I’m getting closer and I am improving but that improvement does take time.
I do have a couple days to decide – I think rates for most those runs won’t be going up until after the end of this month.