Yes, it’s true. Today is Global Running Day! As a 5th grade teacher, I thought what better way to celebrate than with my students. So, I went to globalrunningday.org, printed off bib templates, and all 70 fifth graders decorated their own #globalrunningday bib. This wasn’t my first time celebrating with my 5th graders. In fact, here’s a picture from last year’s Global Running Day.
And here is this year’s group picture.
This year, instead of telling students how many laps they had to do, I instead set a time goal. I told students that they were to run or walk for 20 minutes. There were a few who tried whining and griping, but I quickly shared with them about the 94-year-old who just set a new half marathon record. Needless to say, I didn’t hear any more griping.
I happily ran around the track in my “I run like a girl” shirt and Adidas Ultra Boost X shoes. Happily, I gave encouragement as I passed each child.
Going out to the track is nothing new with my students. We regularly head outside for a quick lap around the track for a “brain break” in the middle of our school day. The rule for the “brain break” lap is that the students have to stay in front of me. (I walk the lap.) Students will sprint ahead of me, walk, and then as I get closer to them, they’ll scream and sprint ahead again. Throughout our 20 minute track session this morning, there were quite a few screams and statements such as, “How do you keep on running?”
I responded with, “It take dedication and practice.”
How did you celebrate Global Running Day today? If you didn’t celebrate this year, what do you plan on doing next year?
First, let me preface this by saying that I pride myself in being a fairly optimistic person. I also pride myself in being someone filled with activities and keeping my time filled with productivity. There comes a time, however, that my life starts to become chaotic. To put it another way, filled with mayhem. Yes, a “violent or damaging disorder; chaos”. I was clued in to this chaos after waking up Monday morning in extreme pain.
When I woke up Sunday morning I felt like my neck was a little stiff but as the day progressed it got better. I had no idea that the next morning I would wake up in excruciating pain. At first I just tried to shake it off and figured it would get better. I donned my running clothes and headed outside for a run. I only got about 1/10 of a mile down the street when I realized that I was in too much pain to continue on. I thought maybe I would go for a walk instead, but even that proved to be painful.
When I got to work later in the morning, my coworkers encouraged me to perhaps call and make an appointment to see the chiropractor. Being my stubborn self and one who likes to avoid doctors, I decided to wait. I figured my pain would feel better the next morning. Sadly, that was not the case.
Fast forward to today, Thursday, and I finally went in to see the chiropractor. The verdict? A stiff neck and stress. Go figure.
Right now I am juggling:
a full time job teaching 5th graders
a husband, a teenager, and a pre-teen
training for marathon #15
a part time job grading state tests
a part time job as an influencer
helping to plan an event
the precipice of a BIG family change
I totally understand that I’ve brought a lot of this extra “stuff” on myself, but I enjoy “doing”. Rarely am I idle. You will never hear the words “I’m bored” come out of my mouth. For the month of May, however, perhaps I’ve bit off a little too much. I keep telling myself that June will be better. Once school gets out and it’s summer break I’ll have more time to run, to blog, to clean the house.
Lesson learned here?… Not every single moment of every single day must be filled.