Monisha's Minute: The Teacher Learns A Lesson…

Well folks, I turned the Big 3 Oh yesterday! What a blessing it is to see another year of life. While running on the day prior I made an interesting observation that I plan to activate in year 30.

I’ve started training two of my students for the Dallas Half Marathon. One of my students asked me multiple time last school year to train him for a race. I told him not until he quits smoking. This summer I spent 6 weeks in Golden, MO and upon my return to Dallas I learned that J had stopped smoking and another student wanted to run as well. I agreed to run with them once a week. We went to Run On! and purchased them running shoes and planned out a training schedule where the reading teacher, principal, their mentor, and myself would run with them once a week.

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So the day came for my first day to run with them. I was so excited! So excited I ran right out of the house without eating any breakfast. I met up with them near the school and we headed out for a 4 mile run. About 3 miles in, I hit the wall. The certified running coach bonked! It was like the aerobic switch flipped to anaerobic and yelled “Chile’ Please!” at the same time. One thing about running is you can’t fake fitness. You might can pull it off in the gym, but not on the pavement. As I slowed down I thought to myself “How in the world can I teach them about running if I don’t practice what I preach?” It was a great but brutal lesson to walk the talk.

How does this connect to life? I feel there are so many things about life that are easier said than done. In fitness and in life I challenge you all to walk the talk because people are looking up to you for guidance. To all of my health bloggers, tweeters, and FB’ers, live the life you blog about. Because when the rubber meets the road you will have to put up or slow down like I had to.

I had to be honest with my students that Ms. Monisha did not follow her own directions and let this be a teachable moment to always eat before a run.

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So next week, I’m going to go to sleep extra early and eat a champion breakfast so I can give them the business! Gotta’ redeem myself and show them Ms. Moe ain’t no punk!

Love, Peace, and Sweat

Monisha R.

Monisha I. Randolph is a Senior Contributing Blogger for Sporty Afros. Founder of Runner’s Revelations, Monisha is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach  specializing in running clinics and training programs for beginner runners. She’s also the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha  please visit Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations and join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook.

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