Friday night.

We start with something positive.  A friend of mine gave me sets of novels.  I was really excited, because finally, I can give my students some real books.  Today we were reading Holes, a book I assumed my juniors and seniors have read.  They hadn’t.  My first argument of the day started when junior starting texting in his pocket.  He saw me see him.  He did it again.  I told him to put his cell phone on my desk.  He wouldn’t.  I had to call my cop monitor to escort him out.

At the end of the period, students always write for FMOF (four minutes of formulation).  This came from one of my coolest kids.

This book that we are reading its really interresting and I can’t wait to see what happens at the end because I also want to see the movie.  I want to thank you Mrs. V for bringing us this book to read and for teaching at our school and also for putting up with the crap and attitude that some students give you.  Thank you.  [sic]

I will tell you that it made my day.  Simple pleasures.

Now, on to what this post is about.  Two of my favorite bloggers, Nitmos & Razzdoodle have decided to go on a little blogging hiatus.  Claiming work and life and other flights of fancy, they are taking a break.  Okay.  I get it.  Sometimes, you are just burnt out.  Running, blogging, living.  Oh yeah, and having a family and a job.

I just don’t think they get the concept.  They’re not responsible to blog just so that I will get up and run.  They’re not responsible to keep me motivated, or inspire me.  However, I will tell you, that just starting to read them when I was a new runner, was like being a new kid coming to a new school, and all the cool kids not only invite you, but include you in the big party.

That’s how blogging runners are for me.  I get to read you anonymously, and I get to understand things like PF, what 26.2 means, training plans, etc.  I get to learn about Runner’s World and food, and Hammer Gel…all without ever leaving my home.  These two guys in particular always had me reading, laughing and learning. 

So, a shout out to the two of you.  When you come back, remember we read you.  I know you do it for yourselves, and you need to cut back.  I get that.  Just know that just when I thought I couldn’t do it, I got the encouragement I needed.  Even if you didn’t mean to give it.

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