Monday, August 29, 2011

CPR Certified!

As the last step in my RRCA run coach certification was to burn a pair of running shoes as a sacrifice to the late Steve Prefontaine become CPR and First Aid certified. I assume that this is in case I see anyone who looks like this:



If you have no eyes and have a wide opened mouth, I now know to lock lips and get to second base. Or something like that.

The day actually started at 3:30am. I had 20 miles on the schedule and because of other commitments (hot air balloon ride on Sunday) I had to get them all in before the class at 8. Which, of course, meant that after accounting for time to stagger around in an oxygen deprived state, stretch, drink some recovery stuffs, shower, etc, I’d have to be done with running by 7am. Ouch.

So, with matted hair, sleep still in my eyes, and a brain that was still 75% still asleep I started running at 4:30am. The run itself went well. I was surprised at the number of people who were out and about at 4:30, but more importantly I found that the temperatures had not 100% cooled off by that time! In Arizona, because of the low humidity, the air temperature cools off rather rapidly, but the cement keeps radiating heat well throughout the night. That meant that at 4:00am it was still 90 degrees and by dawn it had fallen to a balmy 87 (according to the news). Lovely. Because I must move like a turtle trying to get out the door that early, I was only able to get in 18 miles and then I had to be done to get to the class.

The CPR and FirstAid class itself went really well. As much as I talk about it being all suck-face and boob grabbing (which it was) it was a very valuable class. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions that are out there right now that certainly cleared my head:

  • It is all about boob grabbing now, no face-sucking required (that is WRONG – breaths are still an important part)
  • You should tourniquet any bleeding (That is also wrong, mostly because 90% of the time people don’t do them correctly)
  • Knives are required (for some reason this display case was in the training room)



At the end of the day, I’m glad I took the course. This way if I’m ever at a race and I see someone drop dead, I’ll at least have some frame of reference as to what to do. If it is a girl, I’ll suck face and boob grab until the real professionals get there. And, if it is a guy? That dude better hope that some other CPR certified coach comes running up – FAST.

10 comments:

Nobel4Lit said...

So when someone is cut, we're just supposed to press it? I should really take a class...

Jamoosh said...

"And, if it is a guy? That dude better hope that some other CPR certified coach comes running up – FAST."

Well, count me out for the next "Thorns Off" race...

Sigh

Gracie (Complicated Day) said...

Yeah but don't knock it...we have to recertify every 2 years, and I used to snooze through it until a guy had a heart attack in my parking lot last year. Yikes.

Beth (i run like a girl) said...

This is both awesome (congrats on your certification!) and hilarious.

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

I will never get that first image out of my head. Never. What did your classmates think you were doing?

track coach and adorable wife said...

Wait which one is the dummy?

That's a haunting image!

Laura said...

I'm having nightmares about the dummy expression...must not have been a good suck face.

Anonymous said...

Squeezits were friggin awesome!

Glenn Jones said...

Congrats on the certification! And how cool - a Buckethead mask!

Chad said...

Why did you do this??