Day 1 back-to-school is in the books and I am back teaching for my 16th year! It's amazing how quickly those years have passed! I remember when I was a new teacher and filling out retirement paperwork. That date seemed so incredibly far away...and now I'm almost 20 years in! I can honestly say that the saying of "Find what you love to do and you'll never work a day in your life" is true. Teaching has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl...and working with the population that I do is so rewarding! Not every day is filled with doves and roses but there are certainly far more amazing days than bad!
Back to school also means that I don't have the wiggle room as much as I do in the summer to get my workouts in. In the summer, I can wake up a little later and still make it out for a run without throwing the whole family off...or I could squeeze in a workout while the girls were having rest time after the beach. Now I need to be home and in the shower by 6:15ish or else I am staring down a late night workout! The key really is to put it all on my calendar!
Yesterday I didn't go to the gym because it was chickie's first day of 2nd grade and I wanted to be home to do all our first day traditions...pictures, cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and lots of hugs and kisses! I gladly trade my workouts to show my family that they are important to me!! The girls were both wiped after a long first day, so this meant that I didn't start as late as I usually have to! The plan was for 3 circuits of weights hitting my whole body with 10 minutes of sprints in between each circuit. The result....
This morning I was back to the early morning routine of 5am gym time...5 miles with 1 mile warm-up, 3 miles of 30-60-90 pick-ups, 1 mile cool down. After doing faster speeds I am the least patient with the cool down. I have to really resist the urge to push.