This past weekend, I was lucky enough to serve as part of a two-girl support crew for three of my friends who ran the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. The weather was gorgeous, the company was delightful, and the event was logistically flawed but nonetheless magnificent. On my way home in the car, it occurred to me that teaching and marathons have more than a few commonalities.
Teaching is like running a marathon because…
- …even when you do it well, you will be in pain and agony, and you’re going to need to end the day wrapped up in a blanket watching bad movies and eating sugar.
- …without the right preparation and training, you may finish, but you’ll be sucking wind the whole time, and you may end up hurting people.
- …many folks are watching you, and they all simultaneously 1) admire you for trying and 2) think you’re an idiot.
- …if you don’t have a support team, you can still make it, but you’ll cry more, and you’ll probably end up in the hospital.
- …when all is said and done, what matters is not your time or your self-discipline or your sweat; what matters is the open-hearted courageousness of the attempt, the people you loved and who loved you through it, and the beautiful bits of humanity that you witnessed along the way.
So run! For crying out loud--run for your life! Go! Go! Go!