I received an email from a reader a little bit ago asking about my daily routine and how I am able to train, especially being a “new” teacher. I decided to write a post in response to that and since I rarely talk about teaching (come on, I think and breathe it every other hour of the day), I thought it would be a nice change to the typical running posts.
[I guess this is also applicable to any graduating senior/recent graduate who is finding themselves adjusting to the daily grind]
When I graduated from college, I WISH wish wish someone enlightened me that I would no longer be doing things on my own time – I would be set on a fairly structured schedule where accountability is key. Now, I was a Type A college student and this still took me for a surprise 🙂 It took me about a year and a half before I found myself in a schedule I could handle and just recently in a place that I like – thank you running, blogging, and my lovely friends!
So this is a typical day for me!
5:45 am – alarm goes off, shower, breakfast, read a few blogs…dilly dally.
7am – leave for work and arrive at school around 7:20ish
8:15 – 12:30 – I have four classes – 2 upperclassmen, 2 freshmen – before lunch. Anything you can imagine that can happen in a classroom of teenagers probably does happen sometime during my days. This was the most difficult thing to adjust to – the go go go and being *on it* for 4 hours straight and have everything ready. [if anyone is in teaching, you know how this goes. If there is anyone who is considering teaching and would like to hear more about this, then let me know and I will send you an email separately (unless more people are curious 🙂 ]
12:30 – 2:12 – Lunch/prep period . I consider this an extended lunch and I use this time to (1) breathe, and (2) get things ready for the next day.
2:12 – 3:15 – 6th period freshmen. If something didn’t happen earlier in the day, this is when it usually will.
3:15 – 4:15ish – This is one of the bigger variables in my day: when I leave work. I change at school into my workout clothes.
4:30 – 6:30 – Run/Workout/Drive home. The location where I run changes constantly throughout the week and the distance changes too.
6:30 – 9:30 – Dinner, vegging out, watching tv, getting things together for the next day (lunch, clothes)
930 -10 – I TRY really hard to get in bed by 10. I need my sleep 🙂
The weekends take on a different form and I usually spend a chunk of time to plan for the week and grade. This cuts down on a lot of evening work during the week.
Since you’ve seen how I structure my day, how do you plan out your week? How do you balance work and working out? Do you plan yours meals and/or workouts too?
[Confession: I haven’t quite got to the point to plan out food for the week. Probably would be a good thing, except my appetite is sooo sporadic, but sometimes voracious after a workout ha]
Today was an exceptional day in the life of a gal on spring break. Slept in [read: stayed out! woo], then went for a 10 miler! My plan for the 10 miles was to keep the pace very consistent around a 10 min/mile. I didn’t turn on my iPod and found that this really helped my breathing [does this happen to anyone else?? ]. I put my iPod on for 8-8.5 and realized that my breathing went nuts! I took a GU at the turn around point at mile 5 and ran into Aron! She was finishing up a 20 miler – Go Aron!! I also carried my amphipod because it can fit over my hand now. Update: my hand is almost FULLY healed since I fell a month ago. So running with my G2 helped SO MUCH. I will do this for Santa Cruz next weekend.
- 10 miles, 9:57 min/mile.
Garmin is in the car, but I remember looking at my splits and I believe the highest mile as 10:17 min/mile and lowest was 9:40 min/mile. So consistent and it will help me to recognize the pace I want for Sunday.
After my run, I caught the end of the students’ track meet and then got a PEDICURE! Omg. Such a great treat for the feet 🙂 (too much rhyming) Have a great weekend!