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My first 5K was literally an uphill battle
March 16th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

My first 5K was literally an uphill battle

Editor's Note: Adrienne LaGier from St. Leonard, Maryland, is one of seven CNN viewers selected to be a part of the Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge program. Each athlete receives all the tools necessary to train for and compete in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon this September, alongside Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

At 6:45am, 15 of my yearbook students met me in 38-degree, windy weather to set up some registration tables and water stations for our race, "It's OK to 5K."

Not only was this the first 5K I had ever helped organize, it was the first 5K I would RUN.

A few weeks before this race, I began walking the cross country course to get a feel for the terrain. After heading straight up a vertical hill, I was having second and third thoughts about this being my first race.
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Why your waiter has an M.D.
March 16th, 2012
07:29 AM ET

Why your waiter has an M.D.

Anthony Youn, M.D., is a plastic surgeon in Metro Detroit. He is the author of “In Stitches,” a humorous memoir about his Match Day and becoming a doctor.

I met Sam* in the OR a few years ago. A polite surgical technician in his early 30s, we’d often chat after work.

Sam obtained his medical degree from a school in Eastern Europe prior to immigrating to the United States. Now he spends his days cleaning surgical instruments and his nights working in a restaurant.

“Someday I’ll be a surgeon, just like you,” he says to me.

How did this happen? Sam had a bad Match Day.
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