Tuesday: Scheduled: 2 miles @11:09
Actual: 2 miles @9:47
My foot was still hurting. In fact, I posted on Facebook, "Isn't it ironic that my Achilles heel for the marathon will, indeed, be my Achilles tendon?" I've continued to ice it and wear an ankle brace that keeps it flexed at night, though, and that seems to have done the trick. Keep your fingers crossed!
Thursday: Scheduled: 8 miles speedwork; warm, 4x1600 @9:01 with 800 jogs, cool
Actual: 5.5 miles speedwork; warm (10:53), 3x1600 (8:52, 8:58, 8:58), .5 cool
Thank goodness for Newton's laws of motion. At least the part that says "a body in motion tends to remain in motion". I'd set my alarm for 4:30 a.m. (ugh) so I could get in the run before work. When it went off, though, I quickly decided THAT wasn't going to happen. Fortunately, I had to go to the bathroom, and I took my phone with me (don't pretend you've never done that!) and checked Facebook while I was up, and then sat there thinking that, since I was up, I reallly ought to just go run. If it wasn't for the fact that my body is used to getting up and running, I'd have been right back in bed. Instead, I got in the majority of my run, and it felt really good. I have no question that I'd have hit my goal for the last mile, too...I just ran out of time thanks to all my stalling.
Sunday: Scheduled: 12 miles @11:09
Actual: 12.2 miles @11:25
So I didn't meet the target for this run, but I was really just focused on putting in the miles. After last week's long run fail, I set the bar a little lower: completion! I planned to take it easy and slow down as much as I needed to. I hadn't gotten up in time to eat before church, so I went out on the run armed with some real quality nutrition: a QT taquito and a piece of cold pizza. I filled my water bottle with Powerade and took a couple of GUs with me. I also took my dog, who loves to run...
|...but is camera shy.|
Mile 4.5-11:50 (including a big hill)
|Lots of green, no shade|
Mile 4.5-6 11:36 mpm (slight uphill)
Mile 6-7.5 11:07 mpm (slight downhill)
|This section of the bike path is a crushed limestone (?) and really nice to run on.|
|I <3 this little girl!|
Mile 10 12:13 stopped so dog could get a drink. Instead he just ran in the creek for a while
Mile 11 11:36
Mile 12 11:20 (dog stopped twice--TWICE--to pee!)
I was definitely beat when I got back, but I felt good. My pace wasn't super consistent, but I finished close to as strong as I started. I needed a good run, and I got one. Best of all, my foot didn't hurt at all during the run! I'm starting to get excited about the marathon. I think I've decided on what to wear...
|Possibly some tall socks, we'll see|
Ok, running question: I was covered in salt after the run. Should I be taking something in addition to Gatorade/powerade and GU? I read about people taking electrolyte tablets, salt pills, etc. Is this something I should be using?
This concludes the running portion of this post. Stay tuned if you're interested in hearing why it was ONLY a great week of running rather than an all-around great week.
We now proceed with the complaint portion of this post. You were warned.
I just finished up with one of the most stressful weeks of work I've had in a few years. I love my job, but it definitely has its challenges, and anyone who thinks teachers are overpaid should have spent the past week in my classroom. I guarantee you that I earned every penny and then some! It is a wonderful privilege to be able to teach first graders and even more so to be able to teach students who have difficulty learning in a typical setting. It can also be incredibly challenging, particularly when a student's behavior disrupts the entire classroom. And to make it clear, it's not the disruptive behavior that's so upsetting, it's struggling to find what works to improve it. And struggle we have! I've cried more in the past week at school than since my first two years of teaching. Friday was better, though, and this week is only a three-day week. I can do anything for three days, right? :)
In addition to the fun at work, it was a very full week. Here's a snapshot of our schedule:
Tuesday: N. volleyball match (away)
Wednesday: N volleyball match (away); J PSR class
Thursday: N volleyball match (away), J cub scouts, D concert
I made it to two volleyball matches and the concert. This week brings another 3-match week. At least one of these is a home match, though.
Friday was my niece's 8th grade musical. Apparently, they performed Godspell, but what I saw was this:
|Slouch a little, would ya?|
|You'll have to read it from bottom to top because I don't know how to flip it around.|
See, Chris K? Maybe I'm not the one to write that relationship book after all.
Saturday's bike ride was cancelled due to rain, leaving me free to go to a swimming party with J. That was fun. Then it was time to take N to meet his prom date.
|He has his own sense of style!|
|Yes, I know his vest doesn't match her dress. That's why you don't use a cell-phone picture as a fabric swatch.|