Running Thoughts: Thinking Ahead and Routine Rest
Writing Time Limit: 30 minutes
Today I’m providing a two for one deal because I never finished Sunday’s “Running Thoughts” post. Sunday’s run was the second 5-miler of the MRTC Road Race Series. My official time was 48:53–21 seconds slower than the first race. This morning I ran at a much slower pace running 4.52 mile sin 47:44.
My big takeaway from Sunday’s run was the need for rest. I was exhausted. I had burned the candle at both ends for a couple of weeks, and my body rebelled. By the time I returned home from the race, I was sick and battling a stomach bug. Apart from heading to church to facilitate Sunday school, I spent the rest of the day in bed.
As I ran this morning, my thoughts centered around planning ahead for my 6th grade reading class. We are beginning I Am David (originally North to Freedom) by Anne Holm. The book will take us a few weeks to complete, but once finished I’d like the students to complete a project to demonstrate their understanding and lay groundwork for the project-based approach we will take in the second trimester. the specifics of the project are still fuzzy, but I’d like to incorporate some creativity, some arts, and soem thinking routines. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
The other thought that captured my attention this morning is my need for more routine rest. On school days I wake up at 4:45. There are many week nights that I don’t go to sleep until after midnight. (I typically accomplish a brief nap while putting Evelyn to bed.) My routine isn’t healthy, and I need to change it. I need more sleep. I need better disciplined in that area. While running, I considered a few ways to do this like turning all electronics off by 10 PM and getting the kids to bed earlier so I have more time to decompress from the day. I have no idea if these things will work, and I’m reluctant to not use my iPad after 10 PM since I do some much reading digitally. What works for you? Do you get enough sleep? How do you ensure you are getting the rest you need in order to perform at your best and accomplish all that needs to be done? I’d love to hear your recommendations.