With no races for the rest of the year, my coach approached me with the idea of preparing to run a fast 10k. Yes, but I suggested that instead we go with a 5k. I like my runs and I’ve been working with my coach for 4 months and I need something fun and exciting to train for. I doubt there will be real races when I finish my training so I plan to race this on my own.
Last week I mentioned how I made time for myself. I stopped working after 3pm and went to the balcony to ready a book while drinking some wine. It was great. This week was a bit different because I went to my classroom to unpack and set it up. It was exhausting. I arrived Monday morning and was so overwhelmed with so many boxes and I had no idea where to start.
At the time the information I knew was that the District would revisit the current remote learning plan at the end of Quarter 1 (October 30). There would be a possibility that teachers and students would return to the classroom after October 30th. However, that week I found out that teachers would return to the classroom on October 13th. Then they added that students would return to the classroom on November 4th. Nothing is official yet since we have not received an email from the District. I have 27 students. My classroom has 20 desks but only 10 of them would be used. I am not sure whether I want to go back to teach or take time off.
Before I talk about my training let me show you some pictures of my room.
The first thing I did was set up my desk and then unpacked the boxes. I threw away a lot of stuff and also organized it in the lockers, bookcases, and cabinet. I am planning to go again this week and hopefully will be done.
Monday and Tuesday were an easy 3 miles. There was an incident at school on Monday and I was still upset and angry on Tuesday morning. My heart rate was high that not even walking brought it down. Then I started thinking about quitting or taking FMLA and it went down. So weird and understandable. Let me tell you what happened. One of the administrators told me that a parent had called to complain about me. Apparently I yell all day to the students. This parent also said that her daughter is afraid to log in and ask me questions because she is afraid of me. I was FUMING. I was so angry that I cried. And then I was angry for letting it get to me. We just finished week #5 of remote learning and not one thank you from parents.
I finished September with 86.06 miles. So close to 100 miles.
Thursday morning I was so tired and did not want to get up. I had a workout that I was excited to do but no energy. I finally got up to run because I did not want to break my run streak (day 34) and also because it was a new month and I had new shoes to wear. I bought them last year and am finally wearing them now.
I felt so much better on Friday and did Thursday’s workout. I ran 5 miles with a few 1/4 mile tempo repeats. The required pace for each repeat was 11:10/mile. I was actually surprised when I saw my splits.
On Saturday I had to run 4 miles with the last mile being at HMP (11:30-11:45). I guess I had more energy than I thought.
Overall I am pleased with this week. I ran again 7 days and have been feeling good. Well, except for Thursday when I was very tired. I have not given it more thought to Monday’s incident but have spoken to a few parents whose child has been a bit “difficult”. I have a few students that have done zero work and others that like to goof off and distract and think it is fun to do so. Umm, absolutely NOT.
Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.