If all goes as planned, this is my last first week of classes ever in life. I like everything about it except the knowledge that I will have to start repaying my student loans in exactly one year, which is frightening. So I will just avoid thinking about that for a little while longer…
One thing I do need to start thinking about is studying for the RD exam. I spent last week – my first one post-dietetic internship – getting my portfolio together, working at the running store, applying/looking for jobs and kind of adjusting to my new schedule. I had some downtime, but instead of cracking open the fresh RD exam study materials sitting on my table, something coerced me into watching multiple episodes of The Hills on Netflix Instant instead. I guess that was my brain telling me I needed a little break. Thankfully I came to my senses and stopped watching before the Spencer and Heidi drama got too ridiculous.
Jean Inman RD exam review materials = gold standard
But now that school is back in session, it’s time to get down to business. My goal is to take the RD exam by the end of February, so I devised a study schedule that I think will prepare me pretty well. There are four different “Domains” to study for the exam, so I’m splitting them up like this:
- Week of 1/28: Domain I – Principles of Dietetics
- Week of 2/4: Domain IV – Foodservice Systems
- Week of 2/11: Domain III – Management of Food and Nutrition Programs and Services
- Week of 2/18: Domain II – Nutrition Care for Individuals and Groups
- Week of 2/25: TAKE EXAM
I split up the domains starting with what I need to brush up most on – some may take less than a week to review, some maybe more. I’m also going to take a bunch of practice tests throughout the next couple weeks, since that kind of trial and error is how I learn best. Studying plus classwork plus working at the running store plus searching for RD jobs/hopefully starting one at some point soon means it’s going to be one busy month, but I’m up for the challenge.
Going well, the Achilles is still behaving itself for the most part. Here is the plan for this week:
- Monday: 6 miles easy (done)
- Tuesday: XT – spin class, elliptical and some lifting/corework (done)
- Wednesday: 7 miles easy (done)
- Thursday: 5-6 miles easy (planned)
- Friday: XT (planned)
- Saturday: 8-10 miles, depending on how I feel (planned)
- Sunday: 5-6 miles, depending on how I feel (planned)
Per usual, Coach John gave me a total mileage and long run goal and I get to split it up however I want, keeping in mind that if the Achilles starts to bug me I need to back off. I still feel like my training is in some sort of limbo since I’m not doing workouts and the mileage is pretty low, but I’m trying to focus on progress and the fact that I feel pretty good instead. It’s still important to be flexible with the Achilles and I don’t want to get all hung up on the typical “OMG must catch up immediately!” mentality. That never ends well.
shorts in January > 0 degree windchills, aside from the whole global warming thing
Question: If you’re an RD, how did you study?? And how was the exam?? Runners, how do you stay patient when coming back from injury?