- Although you spend hundreds of hours every year dedicating yourself to a selfish pursuit, your day job has more meaning in a single day than some people experience over an entire career.
- As a teacher, you are first and foremost a student. You can therefore remain a student-athlete for the majority of your life!
- The mental and emotional exhaustion incurred by this line of work strikes a nice balance with the emotional calm and physical exhaustion of running.
- A true competitive runner is happy to forgo potential income for time to dedicate to the sport. As a teacher you can use the more humane work schedule of the school year in order to train hard when class is out of session.
- Model healthy eating and exercise habits for your students.
- Stress management. As a competitive runner, you may be more stressed out by your after hours pursuit than your actual job. Teaching will keep you grounded because other people's futures are dependent, in part, on your ability to further them along with their personal and academic development. When your job is stressing you out on the other hand, nothing feels better than clicking off some sub 6 miles around the neighborhood!
- As distance runners we have a unique experience with stamina. Furthermore, we know from science that your body tricks you into believing that you are too tired to go on well before your body has run out of reserves of glucose and other energy sources. So basically yes, our knowledge and attitude are assets to the profession.
- Just as you are setting challenging goals for your students, you are setting challenging goals for yourself. You can talk about goal setting and perseverance in your own life and some students may relate to you because of it.
- Work with other runners! Ok, this is true of many jobs. However I have worked at several schools and always found running fanatics such as myself who understand the lows of injury and the highs of success.
- Finally. There is always the chance that you will appear on TechingCenter. Nuff said.
My name is Marshall Genn. I split my time in between teaching and running. I aspire to help students break out of generational poverty and to run fast. That said, this blog is about running fast.