It's been almost a week since my last post! Where did the days go? Mostly, my days were consumed with my preschool job, trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, planning my youngest son's fifth birthday party, and not running.
I'm finding that I really like working with preschool-aged kids. The problem is, I'm not educated enough to teach my own preschool class. I am only qualified to be an assistant. Never mind that I'm educated and certified to teach a class of 34+ students... as long as they are in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Which leads me to...
What Do I want to be When I grow Up?
I have to be honest and admit it's difficult to take a back seat in the classroom and let someone else be the up-front person. I love being the one who holds the kids' attention, who reads the stories, who teaches the letter sounds, who manages the the behavior, and so on.
Let's all say this together: "Control Freak"
As a result of these conflicting desires, I'm trying to figure out if I should pursue earning enough units in Early Childhood Education to become a lead preschool teacher or concentrate on eventually finding another job at the elementary school level.
Hmmm... no need to rush but I do like to have all my ducks in a row. OK Bloggers... once again, can you say "Control Freak"?
My Baby's Fifth Birthday Party
My sweet baby boy turns five tomorrow. Today we had his family birthday party. I don't know why I bothered trying to plan the party... turns out my independent little man had his own plans. Mr. Big Stuff picked out the decorations, the party favors, the colors, the theme, and the food. He even picked out and wrapped his own presents.
It was hard to back off and let his five year old mind make his plans, but Mr. Big Stuff is a "big guy" in a small package (which is why I call him Mr. Big Stuff). I have to say, with a little guidance and a little help wrapping, he did a great job! He even cleaned up most of the trash after the party. Yes, you read that right... he cleaned up!
I'm seeing a theme here: This control freak is learning how to not be in control of everything.
And this lack of control freakyness has played its part in my running...
I spent the last couple weeks taking a break from running. I've been riding my bike, doing the elliptical, strength training, and reading about running. I'm trying to be wise. I'm trying to follow the example of some of my fellow bloggers. I've been trying to get my heel/foot in better shape so I can start out fresh with my running group. It was a test of my will-power to not run but I managed.
Finally, on Saturday, I ran. My group had a three miler scheduled and I decided to do it. It went well and I really, really enjoyed it! My heel/foot didn't bother me much during the run. As usual, I feel it now- post run. It's not as bad as it has been at its worst. It's also not as good as it's been at its best. It's the type of pain that is annoying and somewhat a hindrance but not unbearable.
So, do I live with "annoying" and ""somewhat hindering"? Or do I strive for pain-free, running bliss? Do I take the time to see if barefoot and/or minimalist running is going to solve my foot problems? Or do I get fitted for custom orthotics and hope for a quicker fix?
I don't know. The control freak in me wants a solution now. The sensible side of me would like to fix the source of the problem and not just the symptom.
Your Opinions Regarding Orthotics
Do you or have you ever worn custom orthotics? Do/did they help?
If you live in the San Diego area and have had success with orthotics, who do you recommend in terms of podiatrists or other doctors?
Your Opinions Regarding Recovery Socks
I've been looking into getting a pair of compression/recovery socks. Do you use them? What kind do you use and why?
Good night my Running Blogger Friends! I look forward to reading your thoughts. Meanwhile, it looks like I'll be running in the rain this week. We are supposed to get a few big storms sweeping through the area. Woo-hoo!!