edu180atl: anna moore 9.4.12
I ran 6 miles today. I know folks who easily knock out a 10-20 mile run and follow it with three more days of 4-6 miles. For me, 6 miles is monumental. Monumentally ugly at times. You know those gazelle-like folks you see prancing down the road, smiling, and carrying on a conversation?
That’s not me.
I’m the tomato-red-faced woman making horrible oxygen deprived gargling sounds, sweating profusely, and checking to make sure I still have coverage on the phone strapped to my arm in case I need to call a taxi to get home. Sometimes, too, my vanity gets in the way. I have times when my body needs me to slow down, or even walk for a moment. Then I hear a car approaching and think: I can’t let them see me walk! Or, I’ll see another runner approaching, and I’ll refuse to let myself walk.
Such silliness. My sister’s words on the day I ran my first 5K come to me: “Run your own race.” When I remind myself of this, I am a better runner: sometimes slower, sometimes faster. But, always stronger because I am running for myself, for all the reasons I started running: to be healthy, manage stress, model a healthy lifestyle for my children, push myself to do something I did not think I could. It’s my race. It makes no difference who is faster or who runs further. It’s great to let those other folks inspire and encourage me, but their fitness does not change mine. When I run, I have to go into my own head and body and get really honest about my strengths, my barriers, my fears, my goals.
As a teacher, how can I help my students learn to run, enjoy, and trust their own race?
Anna Moore is a novice runner and a biology teacher at Westminster. Just like this post, she usually has more questions than answers!