People wonder, “What would be the best way to kick off summer?”. For me that’s easy! Grab some family and friends, get some outdoor exercise, and have some fun! That’s just what we did yesterday at our annual Irvine Lake Mud Run! It made it extra special this year because my daughter Sarah ran with us, and it was her first mud run. Trust me, she’s hooked!
Wait- we have to do math while we exercise? What? Let’s step back and think for a second. The way you begin to make progress toward fitness is by doing a little bit more than you did the day before. When we see all of the brand new, shiny faces entering our classrooms each year, one of the first things we do to help them grow as learners is assess them. Why do we do that? Because we need to know where they are to help them set goals, and we then make a plan to help them achieve success. The same things goes with exercise.
So you’ve decided to grab a buddy or two and start your exercises journey. Where to begin? What do you do if one of you is a runner running 8 minute miles, one a jogger jogging 12.5 minute miles, and one is walker (an aspiring jogger) walking a 16 minute mile. This is how our journey began too!As I’ve said previously, I started my running journey over 30 years ago running back and forth in my mother’s back yard for 10 minutes. Fun right? No! It’s much more fun to grab a buddy or two (or more) and exercise together!
John told me years ago that he considered me “The Pied Piper” of exercise. I earned this lovely nickname a long time ago, at the beginning of my teaching career. Early on, I had to move to different schools because elementary classroom teaching positions were scarce. It was so hard to move each time, but I now cherish those years because I met so many amazing teacher friends along the way. I still stay in touch with all of those friends to this day.
When talking with teachers, the major reason I’ve heard as to why they do not pull small groups or struggle with them is how to “choreograph” them. Who goes where? How do I remember? Well, I have a solution for you!