I’ve been a runner since the fall of 2002 and have been running with my students since 2004 or 2005. I run with my students to instill the importance of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. More importantly, I want my students to learn what I have learned from running: discipline, perseverance and how to work toward a goal.
The first week, September 1, 2015, I introduced what a marathon is. We talked about the distance and the story behind the marathon. On our field, 6 laps is a mile. Students run a lap and pick up a popsicle stick to help keep track of the laps. I showed the kids the route and how to run around the cones so that they’re not cutting corners.
I have a running log for the students. They color in a box which equates to one lap. 6 boxes or 6 laps is a mile.
I have the students write a journal entry, as well. I provide sentence frames such as: I liked _________. I want to improve in _______. My goal is to ________. I ask the students to write at least 3 sentences and record the amount of time we ran, the number of laps and the weather. I show my students what my running log looks like, as well. 🙂
The second week, I brought running shirts for the kids. These are all shirts from races I have run! They were very excited!
We start out with 10-15 minutes for the first couple of weeks. The kids really love being outside and seeing their progress on the running logs.
Sometimes the kids are out of breath or get a side stitch so we talk about proper breathing. I always talk about pushing oneself and that I am not a fast runner by any means, but I keep on going.
Your path, your pace, Tam