So today was the big Panther Run day. I was extremely proud of my kiddos! They all finished and only a few had a small amount of tears. I ran it with them...twice. I ran once with the boys and once with the girls. I ran at the back so that I could play clean up. I had to help kids who had fallen pick up their shoes and get them back on. It always amazes me how kindergartners can fall and for some reason their shoes come off every time! I also was grabbing the kids who were crying and holding their hand encouraging them to run or at least jog. All in all, it was a great event.
The good news is...one of my boys placed first. Very exciting for him! I was glad he won because he is one of my low socioeconomic kiddos who tries so hard to succeed in all that he does and literally has nothing at home. He deserves it...all the way! At the same time I had many students crying after the race because they did not "win". So I sat them down and spoke about my own experience with running and that it doesn't matter if I come in first or not. To me all that matters is that I finish and that I can honestly say I tried my best and didn't give up. I told them that I am not a very fast runner, nor very good at it but that I practice all the time and don't give up. Oe of our vocabulary words is "determined", so I said "What is the word that means you never give up?" and they all said in unison "Determined." I think they felt a little better after my talk because then one of my little girls (who is just so adorable) came up to me and put her hand on my back and she said (in her little mouse voice)"Mrs. Reed...I came in last. I was just about to console her and then she said "But don't worry about me...I'm ok with it just like you." So sweet that little pumpkin is.
So I did not get home until 5:50 tonight and had to skip crossfit. That's ok...I'll make up for it. I got in a little bit of a workout carrying around a little girl who had sprained her ankle. The wheelchair t school was already being used by a 5th grader who also sprained his ankle. This is not part of my job description, however there is not much teacher's won't do for the good of their students. I play nurse, mommy, counselor, referee, judge, you name it...I do it. But I love very second of it (on most days)!
Breakfast: Paleo Smoothie (I use egg white powder for protein)
Snack: Peach and walnuts (I am giving up the dried fruit to see if that fixes the belly)
Lunch: Roast Beef
Dinner: We are going to Rob's parents house to watch them eat a pizza (one of my weaknesses) while we enjoy steak and vegetables.
I am also going to throw in a few paleo cocktails. Hell! I might even throw in more than a few it was a long day of whining that I dealt with today.