I have come to realize how important it is to allow life to just happen and not worry so much about figuring out all of the details in advance.
I very rarely plan out blog posts. I may have ideas in mind for the upcoming week or jot down quick notes on topics I want to discuss but when I sit down to start writing, all planning goes out the window.
In fact, sometimes I am completely unsure of what I feel like saying and then suddenly, like the way a Ouija Board would start spelling out words, my fingers are typing away on a subject I hadn’t even thought about two minutes prior to sitting down.
Did you ever play with the Ouja board? Used to freak me out as a kid.
I didn’t plan on talking about running or that I ran a little over 43 miles last week but here we are.
43 miles. Hmm. That’s a lot. Well, for me it’s a lot.
I have friends that are fascinated. They tell me they could never run so much. They tell me that they can’t even run a mile without stopping or, if they can manage a few miles, they most certainly cannot run more than three miles at a time.
Newsflash: Anyone can build up to running. If I can, you can too.
But it doesn’t happen overnight of course.
We live in a world where people want everything to happen for them yesterday.
Strength and endurance, running ability and stamina, it all takes time. Time and dedication.
Having said that, can someone please explain to me why our schools have failed to come to this realization and still include physical fitness tests in the gym class curriculum?
Rather than teaching our kids to develop athletic abilities, they are testing them, timing them and posting their scores for the entire class to see.
I have already channeled part of my rage in a passive aggressive email to the gym teachers (please don’t tell my son) and have a plan in place to take up the subject with Michelle Obama when I find myself some spare time.
It is important for you to know, that when I was a kid in high school, I received a doctor’s note every semester which stated I was unable to run the mile in for the physical fitness test due to my exercise-induced asthma.
I did not have asthma. I just had a nice doctor who allowed me to sit out of running a timed mile or any form of a mile because I couldn’t run, didn’t want to run, didn’t want to try to run and certainly didn’t want to sweat.
One time, spring of ninth grade to be exact, my doctor’s note was a day late and my wicked gym teacher (oh Ms. Tirado if you could see me now) forced me to run a mile within a certain amount of time.
I ran that mile alright. And then proceeded to faint, wake up and vomit.
Ms. Tirado never made me run again. But see, she should have “made me run” again. Just not a full mile at a time.
It’s not fair for kids (or adults!) to suddenly be expected to run a mile. A timed mile!
It is neither safe (nor sane!) to expect kids to know how to do a correct push up and then proceed to count how many each child can do in a minute.
And the posting of the scores for everyone to see? I wonder if there was a special column for kids like me who fainted and then threw up in the gym.
I tell my son to do the best that he can as well as informed him that I am pretty sure no one, including the gym teachers, are doing a correct push up.
Right? How many of you can actually say you can do a correct push up? Geez, I am still trying to hold a plank position let alone push down and figure out how to get back up.
Now, getting back to running and how this applies to you.
Maybe you already run but want to get faster. Maybe you want to start logging more miles.
Or, maybe you want to start at the beginning.
I always come across fabulous links filled with quality information so rather than recite and paraphrase what I read, I have selected three terrific links for you to check out:
Start Running – The best place to start is with Runner’s World. This link brings you to the beginning of your running journey with a ton of information, advice, charts and plans to get you running.
How to Run Nonstop for 30 Minutes – Every beginning runners’ dream is to have the ability to run 30 minutes. This article is a great place to start. Be sure to click on the additional links once you read it; valuable information!
Run Longer: How to Run Nonstop for 60 Minutes– For those of you who can run a few miles without stopping, this article will put you on your path to keeping it up and going longer.
Want to pick up your pace? Click here for seven ways to run faster.
I really do wish that old Ms. Tirado could see me now.
That’s right Ms. Tirado. The same girl who fainted and threw up in your class. No thanks to you.
Did you ever play with a Ouija Board?
Do you plan out blog posts?
Thoughts on Physical Fitness Tests?