Teaching, Running, & a Numb Bottom

January 15th, 2007

I have always loved cold weather. When Tony and I lived on Palomar Mountain, CA, I loved the snow and snuggling. Nothing beats a warm fire, a cup of hot cocoa, and snuggling. Today, it is 27.8 outside. Icy, drizzling, and miserable. One of those days you just want to wear your footie pajamas and walk around with your blankie.

Speaking of pajamas, we had a great time in ours yesterday. The three of us sat on our bottoms for 11.5 hours and watched the extended versions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Honestly, these are 3 of my favorite movies. Gotta love Sam Gamgee. He’s my favorite character, by far. It was a very nice day and one I would like to repeat…in about 5 years or so.
I finally got back to running yesterday. I have been on mandatory rest (*grumble grumble*) for a week due to a shin splint in my left shin. I have been feeling like a grounded teenager for the whole past week. Tony wanted me to run on the rubberized track at the local junior high. I didn’t run fast, but I did get in 3 miles. I was scheduled to run 12. *sigh*
My training schedule this week says I am supposed to run 36 miles. *sigh* I know that is impossible when I am nursing my leg back to health. Maybe I can get in 20+ this week? That would be great. My 1/2 marathon is coming up in less than 2 weeks. At this point, I don’t know if I should sign up for the full marathon in Feb. or just try for another 1/2. Stupid, stupid leg. This happened last time, but with my foot. Ahhh!
School is going well..mostly. Our wonderful son can be SO STUBBORN at times. There are days that are “picture perfect” and then there are days where I think someone replaced my great, little guy with a mule in jeans. What a combination to give a kid. My temper and Tony’s stubborn side. I am sure that my mother is laughing at me wherever she is.
We are finishing up with 5th grade pretty soon. There are so many things to learn in the 12 years that we attend school. I wonder so often whether I am doing everything that I can. Am I teaching enough? Will he be ready to go out into the world? Will he know everything he needs to to be a man and make something of himself? It is so easy to doubt my abilities. I know there are holes in his education. I just hope that I fill them better than most educational institutions would.

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