Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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I have been spending my early Wednesday mornings helping coaching the track team at my kids' school.  I am in charge of the running section....and the concept of PACING is not one that is easy to teach kids aged 9-12.  They all have 2 speed: Too fast followed shortly by walking.  To be fair a rare few are fast and don't crash before the second lap but the majority just go out way to fast and crash before the end of the first lap.  Now one lap is only 0.25 mile!   I am trying to explain to them the idea of pacing and how they could benefit from it..starting slower and finishing strong but they struggle with the starting slow part.  To force them to start slower I don't allow them to pass me during the first lap and most of them are not happy with this rule.  Today I decided to test them and let them go.  Oh that was a huge disaster...most of them crashed before reaching the half way point of the first lap.  I got a few kids who also like cutting corners....trying to teach them that cheating is not going to do them any good in the long run for everything in their lives.  Work in progress.  If I get through 5 kids that will be a success! 

My running has been ok....until today.  I was awaken with sharp pain in my darn knee.  I have no idea where it was coming from I got up and put weight on my leg and felt the pain.  I ran with the kids and it was ok but I decided to not push it and not complete the mileage after track practice like I usually do.  Here's to hoping it will do the trick!

Puppy news...
Well it is actually Puppies news
Meet Ruby AND her brother Duke!

That's right 2 puppies are coming home!
We adopted a boy also!
Last week I got an email from the breeder with an update on Ruby and I asked if they had found families for all the puppies.  She told me they still had 3 males.  I asked if one of them was more laid back and she said yes and sent me his picture....that was enough for me...

All I needed is to convince Bill.
It was actually pretty easy.  His main concern was and is what to do when we go on vacation.  I agree that it will be harder to get help with 2 dogs but vacation is not a huge part of our lives.  We don't take long vacation every year.  Obviously this year would be a year where we would likely skip a visit to Quebec...
The next scheduled night away from home is in June for the San Diego RnR half marathon.  I got some time to figure out what to do.

Ruby and Duke will be here Saturday morning and I cannot wait!!!!

Tomorrow I am going on an all day field trip with my son who is in the 4th grade.  He is the one who has the over the top teacher I mentioned before. She sent a note to the parents who are coming to help for this to remind us that field trips are not a vacation.  No fun allowed...that would be a real shame for 9 yrs old kids to have a little fun.  Seriously.  She told the kids that they can bring hats because we will be walking outside in the sun all day..BUT they are not allowed to wear the hats in the bus.  What?...I cannot wait for this year to end.  I cannot even keep up with all the rules that she has.  Maybe I should wear a hat just to see if she will make me take it off when I am on the bus.... :)

OK got to run....working in an hour and I am watching team Canada men's hockey and the score is 1-1 in the 3rd....making me really nervous.... come on now!  They have the worst referee for this game... Russia is out....that is good...its looking like team USA will win that is also good. 

And SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as I type this!!!! Oh Canada!!!!

Tomorrow big day: USA-CANADA for the gold in women's hockey...this should be epic...wonder if the teacher will allow me to look at the score on my phone while we are in the bus.... :)


Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Cute puppies! What a fun addition to the family, I bet the boys are loving that.

Lindsay said...

Ha, Caroline. DO it! Wear your hat and check your phone. You have a dark side after all. ;-)

I have to say that I think your son is pretty amazing for putting up with all the craziness. Big kudos to him. Just a few more months...

The new puppies are very cute. I am having pet envy right now.

..:danielle:.. said...

our golden retriever is duke also! love. so cute.

Boston Bound Brunette said...

I love the puppies already and I haven't even met them! Please wear the hat and check the phone on the field trip!! You made me laugh on that one!

Terzah said...

My son runs just like that--he sprints, then he walks, then he sprints, then he walks....My daughter, being more cautious anyway, actually listens and managed to run two miles without stopping in the Turkey Trot last fall. But her brother still beat her with this headlong approach.

I'm loving your Olympic posts on FB. So fun! And I love the puppies. I can't wait to see the pictures as they grow up. Two dogs is always better than one.

Teamarcia said...

Oh yes, I swear all kids start out running like that. Be still my heart those pups are adorable! When my mom's retriever died we got her another one and it helped the heartache a lot. They are so precious. I'm so glad you're getting Duke too! Irresistible!

Jim ... 50after40 said...

I hope you know I'm not very happy with you right now. The continued postings of the cutest puppies ever is gonna push Michael over the edge, and I have no doubt we'll be bringing another one home very soon. Thanks for nothing. Too much cuteness!!!

Annet said...

I just read this... and the women's hockey game today was. simply. amazing. All of Canada is in love with that goalpost. Seriously. And I was all depressed thinking it was over with 2-0 and 3 minutes left and boom and then another boom. Such great playing. Esp by Poulin, who I assume is from your belle province. Hope you got to see most of it and hope the teacher was half-decent.