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3 Mar
Photo credit: Danielle Walquist Lynch, via Flickr

Photo credit: Danielle Walquist Lynch, via Flickr

This morning, I woke up before the sun came up. I got dressed, put on my running shoes, and drove to Seattle Center. Then, I voluntarily ran 3.1 miles.

This is not something I ever thought I would do. Running seemed pointless. I didn’t understand why people would force themselves to do something so unpleasant. However, before I even finished the race, I found myself wondering when I would have a chance to do it again.

I ran with several of my friends from my teaching program, and since education is pretty much the only thing I think about at the moment, I very quickly began making connections between running and teaching, running and learning, running and the education system… You get the point

Learning: Many students think reading or math (or any other subject) is boring, pointless, and unpleasant. It may be painful at first. You may stumble. You may fall. But if you keep getting back up, and trying – you will get there.

Teaching: I was lucky enough to have awesome friends pushing me and keeping me going.I used iPhone apps and GPS trackers to motivate myself. As teachers, we have to either be those motivators, or find what works for our students. Sitting next to them giving encouragement, or finding a program that helps them learn – there are many paths to success, but all paths need support.

Education: Ten Thousand people showed up for this race. TEN THOUSAND. If ten thousand people can get up before 6am on a Sunday, park, gather, and run a carefully organized race course, then why can’t we make schools better? What can we learn from this?


The most important lesson I learned – don’t give up. When I started training, I couldn’t run a mile. Now, I can run 3. It feels great!


Meal planning

21 Jun

One thing about keeping a food and activity journal – I am thinking more about both food and activity than I usually do.

Before the quarter started, I made it my goal to plan my meals a week in advance. I have an Excel spreadsheet. So far, I’ve followed it pretty well, only deviating when I realized I had tofu in the fridge that needed to be eaten. There’s not much food sold on campus that I can eat, so I need to make sure I’m packing myself enough healthy food to make it through the day. I can’t do that if I don’t plan ahead.

Want to see my plan for this week? Sunday’s not on here because I needed to give myself one day off.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Breakfast eggs Baco-Cheese Corn Muffin, coffee, banana Baco-Cheese Corn muffin, coffee, banana Baco-Cheese Corn muffin, coffee, banana waffles coffee, muffins
Lunch Cottage cheese, veggies Black Bean Enchiladas, green salad Black bean enchiladas BLT Pasta Turkey Wraps BBQ
Snack Yogurt, almonds, granola bar apple, yogurt, granola bar carrots & hummus, almonds
Dinner Black Bean Enchiladas, green salad Fried Rice BLT Pasta Pizza Chicken Fajitas Date Night

I promise I wrote this before classes began, and I had no idea we would need to keep a food journal.

Partially because I was thinking about my activity log, and partially because it was a beautiful day and I was feeling stressed, I walked home from the U-district today instead of catching a second bus like I usually do. It was a beautiful walk, and I got home in about 30 minutes, feeling rejuvenated. It’s awesome what a little cardio can do for your outlook on life.

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