Student: How was your marathon?
Me: (still not sure how to answer this in one sentence) It was really hard, but it was good.
Student: How far was it?
Me: A marathon is always 26.2 miles.
Student: (aghast) You ran 26.2 miles Sunday and you're at school today?! How long did it take you?
Me: Five hours and fifty-one minutes. (Getting ready to explore a teachable moment wherein we talk about missing our goals but still learning from and enjoying our experience.)
Student: Wow! I can barely run a mile! Aren't you sore?
Me: A little. That's why I took Monday off. But I feel pretty good today.
Student: (amazed) Wow.
And then I realized...marathoners may know my time isn't stellar, and I may know I missed my goals, but I'm not trying to impress anyone. I'm just trying to be true to myself; my students often remind me that it takes courage even to begin, let alone to finish, no matter the result.
Finishing 26.2 miles is an accomplishment, no matter how long it takes, and I've done it twice.
|Speaking of the kids, I've received some very sweet gifts this year, some handmade!, but my favorite may be the Hanukkah gelt. The boy who gave it to me kind of snuck it into my hand and said, "Happy belated Hanukkah, Mrs. Kearney." So thoughtful!
|Mmm, the spa had comfy robes and everything!
|I got chocolate-chocolate, vanilla, salted caramel, and chocolate-vanilla. Yum!
|Yes, I got this tan line in December. DECEMBER!
I'm also absolutely exhausted. My legs feel so ready to run this week, but my body is in total recovery mode. I've gone to bed super early every night this week, and I honestly can't wait to sleep all I want on Saturday; maybe I'll have a little run Saturday or Sunday evening. I feel ready for it!
(I'm also contemplating something insane but more on that later. I need to take stock of myself first.)
So that's it. I'm lying low, relaxing as best I can, and chipping away at school stuff (lots of grades and parent meetings before break). Break is so close I can taste it!
How do you celebrate/recover after a big race?
What's the most thoughtful gift you've ever gotten from a student or friend?