What an exhausting week. I survived my first week of school and I completed my running streak!
Not too many running pictures except for Saturday’s run. I went to the lakefront to celebrate the end of my run streak. I got there a little before 6 and it was still dark. It was the perfect time to reflect on this running adventure that would end that day.
I was there for an hour. It was hot but felt good being out there. I saw many runners and it reminded me of when I was training for the Chicago Marathon. Yeah, do not miss it at all. OK, maybe a teeny tiny bit.
Total mileage for this run streak is 1,068.95!
So what is next? My coach and I will be working together again. The plan first is to get back to build a good, strong base and then train for a race. Maybe a half marathon. I would like to pick up where I left off and finish my goal of running a half marathon in each state. I still need 8 states (South Carolina, Kansas, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho, New Mexico, and Hawaii). I would also like to PR in the smaller distances. I do know I will not be running everyday anymore. It is time to get serious now and incorporate strength training in my workouts.
I had two days of meetings and PD. Our new Superintendent went to our school on Tuesday. He encouraged all of us to reach out and email him. I have emailed him a few times and he has responded. It made me happy when he said “Your voice matters”. Let’s hope he and his team really mean it.
All 21 students showed up this week. It was chaos but I know it will get better. These students left school on March 13, 2020, but don’t know if any returned when parents were given the opportunity to send them back to school. All I know is that I have A LOT of work to do. And it requires so much patience. It was hard to get them to follow directions; simple directions is not simple for them. A few left the room (more like ran) to go to the bathroom. I told them that they cannot just leave the room and that they needed to let me know.
I am on the 2nd floor and somehow during dismissal I “lost” a few students on the way out. We practiced the next day and it went better. And we practiced again on Friday, but one girl left and I didn’t see who she left with. One of my students said she left with her mom. I don’t know all of the parents yet but in the past sometimes a sibling, another family member, neighbor, or babysitter picks up a student.
I understand the reason for wearing a mask, but it is so hard to wear it all day. I told my students that I would be speaking loud because of the mask. I also asked me to talk louder (they have to wear masks too). Fun times, right?
I was very late in responding to posts from Sunday and Tuesday. So sorry but it was hectic this week. Better late than never, right? I am not sure if I will read posts today because I need to do a few things for my students and work on my lesson plans. But I promise I will read and respond.
Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.