School leadership and running, or 1/2 Marathon, are generally not used in the same sentence.
This summer I decided to run the BCS 1/2 Marathon. I ran a 1/2 marathon a few years ago (before I turned 40) and then after that race I didn’t run for about 8 months. Someone reading this who is an avid might think that 13.1 miles is no big deal, but for me this was huge. Not only was it a commitment, but I had a fear of running the race and then not pick up my running shoes for another 8 months. I had a fear that I might not be able to make it 13.1 miles.
This race had a purpose for me. I had asked my brother in July if he’d run the 1/2 with me. He’s an avid athlete and decided that he’d run the full marathon instead. We both joined Team Mercy Project to raise money for Mercy Project, (take a moment and read about this project) as we prepared for the race.
As I finished the race these were the faces on poster about the last 300 yards of the run. These faces filled me with emotion….this is what we were raising money for. This is why I…..ran at 5am many mornings (thankfully with a good friend), endured sore legs, sweat, and even shed few tears.
Doesn’t your school leadership have purpose? Either as a teacher leader or campus leader? What is it about leadership that fills you with emotion? What is it that you do which pushes you beyond what you ever dreamed was possible? What do you fear? What pushes you to be your best?
There are similar faces that bring emotion to my face on a daily basis at school.
What will you do this year to push yourself to limits you didn’t think was possible?
What faces will you see that bring emotion to you?