I have been training for a 5k run on April 16th. My first ever I should add! ! ! This was my challenge to myself, and I'm glad I chose this one.
I'm finding that running is giving me a chance to completely empty my mind of all the stress my life as a teacher, student, mother and wife put on me. I believe that my taking just 30 minutes for myself 4 times a week is making me appreciate those around me even more. I feel more organized which in turn makes my life at school much better. I am more focused on the task of teaching math to my students and even feel more in-tune to their needs.
As state testing approaches I am WAY less stressed as I was last year. This will translate to my students and make for a less anxious testing situation for them.
If you've ever wanted to become more active but never thought of yourself as a runner you should try the C25K program from www.coolrunning.com.
I have downloaded the interval mixes from www.djsteveboy.com/intervals.html that go with each run and together it has changed my life.
I may not be a runner for life but I'm at least a runner for now and that's all that counts.
One day at a time! ! :-)