Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Making the Most of Our Mileage

So um, yeah.  Run Swim Bike Cook 2015?  Fizzle, fizzle, plop.

Sorry.  I hope that it went well for the rest of you.  Ben, your triathlon your training is inspiring; Susie, you outwalk us all; Michelle, I love your swim lessons, and Christy, carry on!

In all honesty, I tried.  Definitely knocked off the run, probably made it a third of the way through the bike, cooked some borscht, but never even got in the pool.  Life simply got so crazy that I couldn't find the time.

So what kept me so busy?  Ironically, in large part I was occupied with tracking miles--just not my own.  You see, at the end of February Brooklyn decided to start a Mileage Club at her elementary school for her Girl Scout bronze award.  When she initially brought up the idea, I tried to dissuade her, knowing full well how much work her project would entail.  In spite of (or perhaps because of) my protests, Brooklyn persisted.  I'm sure glad she did.  Her vision was greater than mine.

Yes, Mileage Club has been a huge amount of work for the entire family.  Yes, we spend our evenings sorting charms and laminating punch cards.  Yes, Annika and Eli get dragged to the school every day so I can track laps, and yes, that totally messes up naptime.


I have witnessed such growth.  I have seen Brooklyn show tremendous courage in approaching her school and local businesses for support of her project.  Initially terrified, she has developed confidence and demonstrated commitment.  I have watched the entire school community come together through this Mileage Club, with the principal standing right beside the U.N. student council as they punch cards and award charms.  I've stood in awe gazing at a running track packed full of motivated students, but mostly I dole out punches and high-fives in a furious frenzy to keep up with these amazing kids.  In the words of one adorable (and sweaty) third grader finishing a lap, "That was totally worth it!"

And then there's Talia.  That girl has grit!  She amazes me.  Every recess she comes out and runs the entire time, sticking with it even while her friends break to play.  Today, she and another little second-grade boy were the first two students to "Run the Rainbow"--completing 96 laps around the track.  I did a few calculations and figured out that Talia has run an average of 11.5 laps every recess since Mileage Club began--that's 2.6 miles per day.  Wow.

Talia with her entire rainbow of punch cards.  The students have been blasting through the cards so quickly that we've had to add new colors!
So, um, yeah.  My personal Run Swim Bike Cook 2015 may have fizzled, but the collective mileage for Crestridge is totally inspiring.  I get warm fuzzies thinking about the positive impact on students' physical and emotional health, both now and in the future.  It doesn't seem like that long ago when I was punching Mileage Club cards at Dixie Sun elementary when Brooklyn was a kindergartner and Talia was just a tag-a-long.  At the time, it seemed like a pretty mundane task, but look how it's grown.  Who knows?  Maybe some day another motivated young student will latch onto the idea and continue to spread the joy of physical activity.

Preparing Mileage Club cards at home--a family affair.

Our very own Mileage Club visionary, Brooklyn McCall.

Our school principal, Ms. Schmid, has been tremendously supportive.  I love Crestridge's commitment to their students' entire well-being, physical as well as intellectual.
Brooklyn's classmate Ellis is off and running!
Mrs. Keith, a first-grade para, is our school running guru.  Do you like the work aprons?  Many thanks to NomiAnn.
Our friend Elena rounds the track.
Talia, chock full of commitment.
Meanwhile, some of our Brownie Girl Scout friends (West, Luna, and Nadia) take great care of Annie.  She's quite popular as the Mileage Club mascot.

Talia with her teacher Ms. Muhlecke and some other students.
Totally worth it.


Crys said...

Awesome. More awesome then run, bike, swim.

michelle said...

Love the mileage club and that you changed priorities!

I did finish, but I realized a couple of things. 1. I don't like cooking fruits or veggies. I don't mind eating them, but the less work, the more likely they are to get eaten. Cooking (as basic as it was for me) was the hardest part of the challenge. 2. Worrying about completing mileage in my limited time, my swimming techniques suffered. 3. Biking alot on a stationary bike makes me feel motion sick. 4. I am so glad the weather warmed up this past week and the sun is coming up early. I am ready to just enjoy the exercise and be outside--no training goals or logs to keep.

Susie said...

Congratulations on a job well done to your entire family! That is pretty spectacular. Nothing to feel guilty about.