It has been very hot lately but the kids are doing great with their running. This week, we discussed pacing. I taught the kids the meaning of the word and how I want them to not run too fast nor too slowly, but at a good pace.
The kids enjoyed running over the hurdles, too.
I shared that it helps to run with a friend. Running with a friend can keep us motivated. Several students wrote about that in their running journals.
I hope it cools down soon! It has been unbearably hot lately but my students are doing very well!
I also told my students about my amazing coach, Coach Kate, who a few days ago, ran a marathon pushing a stroller in 3:25:40, unofficially breaking the Guiness World Record! I loved that I got to brag about my coach and show students that girls are awesome!!!
A few weeks ago, my students were surprised when I told them that my goal that week was to complete all of my training runs. I said, “I know that my coach wants the best for me and she would want me to complete all of my runs this week.” Puzzlement. I said, “What? Are you surprised that my coach is a girl?” The students said, “Yes, we thought coaches were boys!” I proceeded to tell them all about Coach Kate and how amazing she is. They were surprised and in awe at the same time. I also told my class about Coach Jimmy, Coach Kate’s husband and what awesome achievements he has had. I have a lot to teach my students–not just academically but about gender stereotypes, gender roles and just life in general.
At the beginning of the school year, my class and I had a whole discussion about after a boy claimed that “boys are stronger than girls.” I countered his thought with, “What kind of strength? Mental or physical?” The discussion got heated as girls and boys argued their points. One of my female students yelled, “My mom does everything! Boys don’t do anything!” There is much work to be done and most importantly, I want my students to be open-minded and respectful. I’m glad I can provide example of positive role models, both female and male, and use running as a means to show them that strength has many facets and both men and women are strong!
Your path, your pace, Tam