I am linking up with In This Wonderful Life for Midweek Randoms!
On Saturday, Mr. Howard flew down to San Diego to help drive my brother's car up to Northern California, because they had too many cars and not enough people. I was going to be home with the kids by myself Friday afternoon and all day/early night Saturday. My mom knew I needed a break BIG TIME and offered to take the kids with me to the Discovery Museum. My sister was able to come with us too. I am going to have to do a separate post on that because I have the most ridiculously adorable photos to share, but here's one of my mom and Izzy:
That night, my brother and his girlfriend moved in with us! The kids are SO excited!!
The training group I am using has three groups: (1) Runners (NOT ME!), (2) Run/Walkers, and (3) Walkers. I really considered doing the walker group, but figured I'd give the run/walk group a try and see...worst case scenario being that I'd have to move back down to the walker group. Well, the first day went really well. With the help of my awesome friend Leslie, I did a 5 mile/run walk. Our intervals were set to a 1.5 minute run and a 1 minute walk. And I was able to keep that up for 5 miles. I'm majorly impressed with myself because when Leslie first told me she had set our intervals to 1.5 to 1, I thought there'd be NO way I could keep up. I was thinking I could probably handle a 1.5 min run to 4 min walk ratio. Ha! (When I'm doing my own workouts I usually run until I'm tired...walk until I'm rested...run until I'm tired...etc. So I had never done a consistent interval run and I think interval running is a LOT harder than doing it the way I was doing it before. But obviously, the interval running is much better for building endurance. We averaged about a 14 minute mile. I don't think that's too bad for my first official training.
On Monday I headed back into work to start getting my classroom ready. The nice part about teaching middle school is that I don't have as much actual classroom type prep before school starts (pocket charts, bulletin boards, stations, directions, signs, labels, etc.), but I did still have some cleaning, organizing, lesson planning, and furniture arranging to do. This was my classroom when I arrived Monday morning, after a summer of being empty:
Thursday will be the first day of my first group of fifth graders' SENIOR YEAR of high school. Wow! I already told the high school principal he needs to send me tickets because I wouldn't miss their graduation for the world! I can't even believe I have been at my school site now for 7 going on 8 years.