Friday, May 29, 2009
Run With Richard: Classroom Welcomes Canadian Teachers with a Jogging Tour of London
As teachers, we're constantly telling students how important it is to be healthy, stay active, drink water, play sports and focus on the academics. But we're not so great at taking our own advice.
I am a classic teacher and recruiter. I pick up some new exercise routine, go hard-core for a few months and then find myself swamped with work and...well, you know how it goes. I've tried running for years, do it for a few weeks (oh the torture!) and switch over to dragon boating or working out at the gym or whatever passing phase I happen to find myself in. I always come back to running though. It's just so easy. It's free. It's a great exercise routine to take with you when you travel. Who needs a gym when you have two feet and a pair of running shoes right?
Anyway, all of this is to say that I am running again, but this time I'm following the Couch to 5KM program. It's a very light, easy way to become a proper jogger within 9 weeks.
Richard is one of the directors of Classroom Ltd and a serious runner. He runs all the time. Rumour has it that he just did a 10km run with 12 000 other runners in London and came in 36th. 36th!!!
Richard would love to take our teachers on a jogging tour of London, but we've never quite managed to get it sorted. It's just another thing to organize in our very busy days.
Now that I'm determined to stick to this whole running thing, I've asked Richard if he'll take us all on our first jogging tour of London. You see, our office is at Oxford Circus, so we are right at the heart of downtown London. Regents park is right around the corner. It's a great place to jog.
Richard loves the idea, so this year we're doing our first ever Classroom Canada Run With Richard on November 2nd, 2009 at 6pm. How silly does this sound?!!
It will be silly, I know that much for sure. Richard has a very dry, British sense of humour. He's witty, smart and an all round good sport. His task is to come up with a 5km route where he can show our new arrivals (and perhaps even some of our other teachers) a different view of London. I've already told him that he has to go slow. I'll likely be telling him that every day until we actually run. And will be panting it while we run!
If you're already a jogger and one of the Classroom Canada teachers then your task is easy. Show up. Jog. Simple.
If you're not a jogger but like the idea, you might like the same program I am doing. You start off nice & slow, and these podcasts are free to download. I feel like I have my very own personal trainer, and it's free! And really, it's pretty easy. I have a bad back, wonky knee and orthotics, and I can do it. So I'm sure you can too.
What do you think? Will you, or would you, run with Richard? let me know so I know if this idea is worth all the effort, or if it's just another zany idea...
Happy Friday! I'm off to run now.
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