I just accessed my prior running curriculum, the Couch to 5K program. I ran it earlier this year with my students, culminating in a 5K in June. Since then, I’ve hung up my Asics, spent a little time this summer on the treadmill and stairmaster, but essentially wandered aimlessly around the gym looking for something to do. Meanwhile, since I gave up teaching PE (not my wish, actually), and started teaching English, I also gave up the passion for healthy living. I’ve gained 10+ pounds, have been sitting around grading papers, and generally started feeling sorry for myself. My marriage of 13 years has ended, and I have no direction.
Enter the CT5K. Again. I called my gf Kim, and we started week 1 a few weeks ago. Today, I will be finishing week 2 on my own, since she was sick, and I was out of town for Thanksgiving. We have a race that we are looking at in San Mateo in early January, and since I now have a partner to run with, I should be able to re-focus. Running does that for me.
I remember running with my Dad around Hughes Jr. High when I was a kid, and we’d always sprint toward home. I’m generally lazy, but I must remember my mantra to my former PE students: You have to start somewhere, and if you stop, you’re starting from scratch again.
Consider me starting from scratch. I’m going to run to my soon-to-be-ex-husband’s house, and pick up my kids. They can walk back with me. It’s only 2 miles. Think they’ll complain much??