One thing that I have learned over the past 3.5 years is that college likes to throw things at you. Colleges like to throw things at you with a great deal of force. That is fine, I can handle it. However, my running schedule cannot handle it. As I have mentioned briefly before, I am student teaching this semester, which is a wonderfully terrifying experience. This experience has brought a plethora of knowledge, laughter, tears, frustration, joy, respect, and pride.
My ninth graders have given me a world of knowledge and a never-ending supply of quotables. While I am very sad to be leaving at the beginning of next month, I am (almost) sure that they are even more sad to be losing their teacher who gets overly excited about the Battle of Lexington and Concord, sounds a vuvuzela when it is time to stand up to stretch, and without saying a word places a picture of Aretha Franklin on the desk of any student who is not following the class norms for respect.
I have experienced a wide range of emotions this semester. What I have not experienced a lot of this semester is running.
For someone who does not understand the relief and joy of running, this may not be a big deal. But for someone who sometimes needs a long run to feel at ease, this can be frustrating.
The next big race on the schedule is a half marathon two days after my teaching practicum is over. So it is safe to say that I will not be well-trained. That being said, this race marks the beginning of training for the 2016 Boston Marathon. Yes, I am running that race again. I will be running again for the wonderful Brigham and Women’s Hospital and their quest for Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. I am so blessed and honored to be a part of this team again, and I cannot wait to hopefully take my running to another level.
Updates will follow more regularly! Happy running!