A few years ago, I made a transition from teaching high school English to middle school. My first year was tough. I didn’t have my own classroom, so I moved from period to period with the students, all of my materials traveling on a small, plastic cart through crowded hallways. My organizational skills suffered, I struggled with finding a direction for my curriculum and classroom management was challenging.
The prospect of running long distances is intimidating. It's why we tend to heap praise on those who complete long journeys — because the power it takes to endure anything through pain is amazing.
Hurling derogatory generalizations at the American press, heaping large amounts of hyperbole on agendas of all sorts, and outright lying when it’s most convenient have become common practices among President Donald Trump and his defenders. At campaign rallies like the one he held in Arizona (in the eighth month of his first year, mind you), Trump plays all the hits and projects himself as the savior of whomever “real” Americans are supposed to be. Trump and his base can blame dishonest and biased media coverage all they want for whatever slights they believe they are bearing, but a truly well-informed electorate is one whose citizens cull a number of information sources of all stripes and watch their leader's actions to see who he truly is.
If you’re looking for a boost to your running routine, it may be as simple as the technology you use. There are plenty of options in the app world for runners who want to see all information possible, including but not limited to: calorie count, steps, mileage, pace, heart rate, and lap times. Some apps even work in conjunction with wearable technology to provide such feedback instantly, but those often come at a price. If you are a runner who would prefer the bare bones of a simple, solid run day after day, then these three free apps may be just what you need.
A few years ago, I encountered the mother of someone I grew up with. After catching up, she remarked that she remembered me as the kid who, while the other kids were outside playing sports, was perfectly happy inside with a book. I can't deny that she was right.