Ok, I've been M.I.A. since school started back in August. I feel like since school has started, I've literally hit the ground running & haven't stopped!
We got a new Reading series this year & we, the Reading teachers, didn't receive our teacher manuals until after the students started school. Therefore, I've felt like I haven't really been prepared for the school year. I'm having to take it one story at a time...one week at a time. I feel like I'm not on top of my game, which really worries me when it comes to our state test in the Spring. I, once again, have received Level 5 status as a teacher in Tennessee...the highest status a teacher can receive based on state testing & in terms of growth. I would love to maintain this status, but I just feel like I'm doing nothing but trying to stay afloat.
Sometimes I feel like this little guy.
Anyhow, since school has started, my injury & running have really been improving! I started seeing a chiropractor that practices in Active Release Therapy (ART). Basically it's massage with movement and going deeper to the problem. I discovered that my knee run was collapsing inward as I ran.
The chiropractor has given me some extra hip & glute strengthening exercises to build upon what I had learned in physical therapy. In the beginning, I was going to him every week. Now my visits have been anywhere from 2-4 weeks apart. I have been very pleased with the progress we've made!
To make a long story short...
I've been training for the St. Jude Half-Marathon that takes place in Memphis on December 7...that's 32 days away! This past Saturday, I ran my longest run since my injury...12 miles!!! I'll admit, I do have to take some brief walk breaks & keep an eye on my knee. But thanks in part to Rocktape, I can run pretty much pain-free! I have come a LONG way just since Labor Day weekend, that was the first time I'd even run 6 miles!
I will be running for the children as a St. Jude Hero. To date, I have raised $500 for the children. If you would like to donate to a great cause, please visit my fundraising page: http://heroes.stjude.org/jennifermarcum.