Friday, September 3, 2010

First Grade Here I Come!! Exercise, Where Will You Go?

Fabulous news! I just got a job Tuesday afternoon as a first grade teacher. I'm excited, nervous and looking forward to starting the year. But wow! I have a disaster of a room to organize and plan for the little ones to be successful and it is taking me a long time and it only feels like I have only made a tiny dent in my work.

Needless to say I haven't worked out since last Sunday. I ran 8 miles in preparation for my half marathon on Labor Day (which is also my 33rd birthday!) and that is all the running I've done. I guess it looks like I'll keep my record streak of half marathon times getting worse instead of getting better ;)

I worry that a lot of my exercise this summer will go by the wayside because of work. I need a plan to keep me in tip-top shape while being the best I can be at school . I know one teacher is a swimmer and we have talked about going once a week to the pool down the street to a master's workout. That's good. School is also by a great running trail. While I think running at lunch will be impossible, it's something I can do after work and then return to work if I need to.

Really though, it's too much to think about! Oh yeah, I also have one more tri of the season, an Olympic distance. And I haven't been on my bike in weeks. It will be fun... real fun! Wish me well blogger peeps!

I know some of you are teachers, how do you fit it in exercise in your schedule?


  1. Congratulations on the job!!! I'm sure you'll do great on your half.

    Have fun and happy early birthday!!

  2. Congrats on the job!! That is great news!!!

    I'm in the same boat as you - new job, trying to figure out the best way to get in good workouts.......


  3. Congrats on the job! A lot of time management is in order, methinks. Good luck with it.

  4. happy early birthday and congrats on the new job.

  5. Congrats on your job! You are brave to teach 1st grade! I taught 4th and 5th graders, but I don't think I could teach the little ones! :)

  6. Congrats on the job! While I'm not a teacher, I have a schedule and life that forces me to have to plan out, schedule and write on my calendar each and every workout, training run, bike, etc. I'm sure once you get into the swing of things you will figure out how and where to fit things in and be just fine!

    Good luck on your Half marathon and Happy Birthday!

  7. I gather with friends (sometimes work friends, sometimes mom friends) and walk around the lake before or after work. I am so flippin excited to get to work with you, lady!

  8. I go into school as early as I can most days and work before school (like 2 hours before) so that I can leave work right after the bell and get to the gym. A few years ago I did the opposite...I went to the gym at 5:30-6am and didn't get to work until 8ish (our bell is 9:15) but then would stay a bit after, I switched because my husband isn't a morning person and we workout together.

    I have been teaching for 10 years - most important lesson: you can't let teaching become 100% of what you do. You still need balance in your life. From September 1st - June 30th you will ALWAYS have more work to do. Set a goal for what you want to achieve each day and accept that you may not even meet that goal. But also set a time when you are going to leave, or arrive, or how long you are going to work at home, and stick to it. The job CAN be all consuming but only if you let it. You have a right to a life and you deserve to be able to lead a healthy life. You will be a better, more effective teacher if you are healthy.

    That being said, the first 3 years are the toughest.


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