As I checked my e-mail, I couldn’t believe it. I received a confirmation that I would be able to participate in the Nike We Run Seoul 10K race happening on October 23rd, with 30,000 other people! This was another one of those last minute impulse kind of decisions that I didn’t really fully think through. My friend Choua had posted on her facebook about the race the other week, and I thought that I should sign up.
A long time ago, I told myself that I would try to run in a full marathon by age 30. Well, years later, as my body is getting older and I’m feeing it more and more, I’m in no shape to run a marathon. Honestly speaking I was never a long distance runner. I hated having to run the mile during P.E. class when I was younger. I always enjoyed playing sports like soccer and volleyball, but having to just run was pretty close to torture for me.
My friend Janice and I decided to sign up and we started training on Sunday morning. Yes, we went to our school fitness center at 9:30am to run! We started out running 5K. Today, after we both found out we are in the race, and had our second training run. We might even try to go to school early around 6am to run as well (in case anyone else wants to join)!
As I was running today, there were many times that I wanted to really give up and stop, but it was nice having other people running with me. It helped me to keep going even though every part of my body was telling me to please stop.
I’m excited to share with my students about this too. I can already see some potential analogies I could use my training for this race as connections for my mini-lessons in reading workshop!
- Creating quarterly reading goals- Creating a goal to run 10 K, and working my way up to meet that goal.
- Reading with fluency & stamina- When I run, I need to run at a good pace, not too slowly or not too quickly.
- Developing strong reading partnerships- It’s much more fun and motivating to run when you have a partner.
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