Sunday, August 01, 2010

Counting down

Remember when I said I wasn't going to count down the days until school started? Well guess what:

15 days. I can't help myself.

That's it, folks. I'm counting my traditional pre-service work days as my days off since we were furloughed this year. I refuse--REFUSE--to be at school that week or do anything work related, so I'm trying to think of ways right now to fill up the time. I feel like I owe it to myself on principle not to work that week if I'm not being paid. I have this feeling like if I did it, I'd never get that week of pay back. For those of you who aren't (or don't know) teachers, that week before school starts is HUGE. This year for the first time ever, my first day of school will be the kids' first day of school. You can imagine how that's going to feel. CRAZY. I'm more nervous about the first day of school than I have been in a long time. My plan is to get in there this week and drop off a few things, then do the rest of my first week prep from home--but not the week before school starts! Nope. Mmm-hmmm...

So I hereby dub my remaining two weeks "the last week of summer" (this week) and "zen time" (next week). The last week of summer will be devoted to tying up loose ends, getting the dog fixed so he'll stop trying to mount the children, ordering new contact lenses and glasses, delivering my stuff to school, reviewing my lesson plans and resuming my exercise routine. Zen time will be devoted to one last book, cooking delicious meals, laying in the sun for hours at a time, wearing spaghetti strap tops, short shorts and bare feet (before I have to turn back into Mrs. P, the modest adult), napping, walking, and drinking. I think I'm going to enjoy me some zen time.

This is turning into a catch-all post, if you couldn't tell. While we're counting down weeks, let's all breathe in a little bit and realize that it's ten weeks until the Urban Cow Half Marathon, which I'd like to run again this year. (Urban Cow=last year's Cowtown, same diff.) I'm adapting my run schedule again. All summer I've been using Hal Higdon's Marathon 3 (which takes some doing to find on his website, but it's there) because I wasn't really able to have more than three days a week to myself to get out and run. So I did three days of running, two days of walking. I was pretty great at it until this month, and then it all kind of fell apart. I'm not being too hard on myself about it, but I'm using this as a chance to think about why I was having a hard time getting in all my miles and what I can do to make myself more successful.

What I came up with is that 1) I was out of town, which makes it hard to run regularly or eat well, and 2) the increased mileage each day of a three day run schedule was getting to be too high for me to fit it in, time wise. The Higdon 3 day schedule has more miles per day since there are fewer days of running. I can say I didn't mind it and my body felt great, but time's more abundant in summer. So I'm just going to make a minor switch to a four day a week running schedule so that I can get in my miles. I know myself and when I'm working it's not going to be possible for me to get in 7-10 miles during a week day. I think I'll do better if I can spread it out over more days. I love walking, so if I can get in an extra walk on a run day--great.

What are your plans for the rest of your summer? Planning any zen time?


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  1. I can't help but count down either... but I think I have countdowns to everything!
    I am NOT looking forward to going back to work with NO preservice, but hey, thanks district for the extra week! This is me trying to look on the bright side of the pay cut and furlough days... is it working? Anybody, Bueller, Bueller? (Dang)

  2. I've already started counting down until next summer vacation! :-)