Wake up at 3:25 a.m.
Out the door for run by 4:00 a.m.
Return, shower, etc. and out the door for school by 6:30.
Teach, teach, teach, teach until 3:20 p.m.
Cross Country practice with high schoolers 3:45-5:15ish.
Home, dinner, shower, school work, collapse into bed.
Tuesday and Thursday nights, I run with the club. Those are my "double run" days. I realize that I COULD run in the evenings after cross country practice, but honestly, I don't have near the energy in the afternoon. Plus, I have a finicky stomach that works a lot better when it's empty. I do run easy with the kids when they have easy runs; if they have workouts, I time, encourage, etc. Things get dicey when we have weeknight meets or PTO. (I'm the PTO teacher liaison for my school.)
Update on my class...
Last year I had a very special group of
I know this year is going to be extremely challenging for me. I've already had to make a lot of accommodations to the set up of my classroom to meet the needs of all the students. It's going to take a lot more flexibility in lesson planning and the teaching of lessons than in years past. I do love teaching special education children, though. While you have many days that make you want to beat your head against the wall, there are just as many days where you watch "regular" students learn compassion and watch them become leaders and helpers. There will be the day that I've taught the same skill to a child with MR 500 times and he FINALLY gets it. More importantly, the smile and confidence that accompanies that skill. It's a greater challenge than a "regular" classroom, but the rewards are greater, as well.
And my training:
So, the marathon is less than 8 weeks away. I'm kind of on the fence with my confidence level. I've been successful with the new workouts this training cycle. I feel that my body has definitely been challenged, but I've been able to handle the workload without getting injured or too beat up. That gives me a lot of confidence.
BUT... I have raced like crap. I know I haven't been training for 5Ks or 2 mile races, but a non-sucky race here and there wouldn't hurt. I also don't have the mileage base going into this marathon as I've had in the past. In the past, I've peaked right at 100 mpw. This time will be 80s? I put a question mark with that b/c while I've been following coach's workouts to a "T", I've been a adding a LITTLE bit of mileage in the form of doubles or a couple miles here and there. I also don't look too far ahead at my Training Peaks calendar. Still, though...
Time will tell, I suppose. Here some key workouts I've done recently that I feel fairly good about.
*6 x 1000s with an average of 3:41
*16 mile progression run 7:45 working down to MP
*18 mile run with last 4 at 6:43
*And a mini RR...
The 2 mile record for my age in AL is 11:58. If you notice, last spring I ran 11:53. The problem was that the race was measured with a wheel, but fees were not paid to have it certified. Booo. So, Tues. night our club had their local summer picnic with 2 mile race. It IS a certified course, but rarely can anyone PR b/c of the weather. I still had my hopes and went out and hit the first mile 5:56. Then I suffered. 6:10 to finish in 12:06. Normally, I would kind of upset about this, but that's faster than last year, indicating PROGRESS! Well, b/c a 2 mile race is not enough of a workout, I had 10 minutes of on/offs to do AFTER the race. Yep, I am a masochist (and so is my coach).
While the above workouts don't look like anything spectacular, I want all of you to imagine something for me. You are about to go running and you stop by your coat closet and pick out your heaviest coat. You put it under running water until it is fully saturated. Then you put it on and run in it during 80 degree temps. THAT, my friends, is what Gulf Coast heat and humidity feels like. My temps are always in the 80s (even when it's dark) and humidity is above 90% at 4 a.m. In fact, this morning we had a cold spell. It was 77. So... yeah, I feel like I did something in those workouts. :)
Onward and upward!