This is what I see when I go the shorter way.
I had a TERRIBLE run on Sunday for many reasons. Monday was better and today's was the best yet. The last two mornings have been rather nippy. It was 44 degrees this morning - I wore long sleeves and a jacket! I was supposed to do a tempo run but I don't know if I would have gotten out of bed for that so I
I had done no riding since last week when I rode a weekly high of 112+ miles in just 3 days. It was an awesome week for biking. Tonight I just got on briefly and rode a mere 11 miles. But it was a beautiful afternoon and I got out there. There are two places I can make my shortest loop a bit longer and I took one of them but not the second. And that's okay! But I got a terrible cramp in my left calf. I have never gotten cramps running. It didn't last long but it surprised me.
I go over a bridge and see this swimming hole on many
of my runs and rides.
The above swimming hole has many old stories but I will share two quick ones.
Once I was minding my own business reading while sunning while four teenagers near me were carrying on about something. I got up after a bit and went swimming. When I came out one of the girls said to me, "You're brave." "Why," I asked. "Well, you went right in there and swam with a snake in the water."
How long do you think it was before I swam there again?
Another time an Ironman I know got a blood sucker on her foot. I was across the river and it took me a bit to get to her. Meanwhile I thought somehow a shark had gotten into our freshwater river and bit her leg off from the way she was carrying on. But nope, just a bloodsucker. Truthfully they are truly gross and I don't blame her one bit.
I have been at a math course the last two days. It will continue about once a month through January. It was truly exciting and enlightening. The instructor was awesome. I have had her before but it has been awhile and I forgot how much I liked her. I have already learned a lot and am really getting up to date on current research and the new Common Core. Our country is heading in a new direction. At least most states are on board. Goodbye to NCLB by 2014! Woot Woot! This course centers on Fractional Reasoning and I have been doing a couple of things wrong. Imagine that! It was pretty scary what many middle school students do not know. I can't wait until it is time to introduce this unit and then continue to incorporate it all year. There were teachers there from K to 8th grade. We had great discussions and looked at lots of students' work.
I loved that I didn't have to be there until 8:30 even though we went later in the day. I could get that morning run in. The rest of the week I have to be there at 8 and I am going to see what I can fit in. Once real school starts I almost never get it done in the morning. I always say I will once a week but it doesn't happen. I will shoot for twice a month and we'll see. I am better in the spring when it's light out but as it gets darker in the morning I just don't get out there. Especially when it involves scraping off my windshield in the winter.
The teacher sitting next to me in the math course shared with me that another colleague had shared with her about my running in my helmet story. Great. The more people - especially those I work with and need to have respect from - the better, right. Missed it? Too bad. I'm not supplying a link.