Sunday, March 23, 2014

A New Challenge

Tomorrow we are back in school after Spring Break.  We're on the downhill run through testing and the end of the year, but that's not what we'll be talking about tomorrow.  Sometime over the break (I believe it was Thursday), I clearly lost my mind.  Really.  Let me give you some background.

You know I've been involved with Classroom Champions since August.  Well, this month's focus is Taking Care of Yourself.  We've been talking fitness, nutrition, and education.  Previous topics included Goal Setting and Steps to Success.  My kids have done a terrific job setting goals for themselves and working on their steps to reach them.  I, however, have not done such a good job modeling this month.  The reason for this is mainly because I am horribly out of shape, and it's not an easy task to think about what it's going to take to get into any kind of reasonable shape.

March 8, 2014
Here is my starting place.  I'm not going to post numbers or measurements, just pictures.  But that's enough.  You can see there is some work to do.

So, where does the craziness come in?  Somehow or another, the filter that says "this is not going to work!" turned itself off when my sister said "Hey, we're going to do the 5K Dirty Girl Mud Run in Dallas on October 4th.  You in?" I say the filter turned off because what came out of my mouth was not "Are you nuts?" but "Of course!  I've always wanted to do this!"

In case you haven't heard of this particular run, it's a 5K obstacle course done in the mud.  Yes, that's right.  Not only a 5K, but an obstacle course.  See... Lost. My.  Mind.  Just sayin'.  Just so you can see what it's like, here is the link.  Check it out.  

Now, I'm not setting myself up for failure.  I promise.  It is designed for people of all athletic abilities, so there are detours for each obstacle if you need them.  It's not timed, and I'm running/walking with a team who has promised to stay together no matter what.  But still.

So, what does this have to do with my classroom, you ask?  My kiddos are going to help me.  They are going to help me figure out what steps I need to take, they are going to help me plan how to meet them, and they are going to be my accountability partners.  We are going to talk training for the distance, training for the obstacles and the nutrition needed to reach this goal.

I'm not going to make it easy on myself to back out.  I've already registered.  Now I'm posting this blog to the Twitterverse and FB.  It's not a secret.  No matter what happens, I'm doing this.  What happens when I do....well, we'll see!  You'll be along for the ride.

BTW, Classroom Champions applications are open now!