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Cambridge Fall Classic 5K with Fit Flock

By Kristina

Last Sunday, I ran the Cambridge Fall Classic 5K with the Fit Flock team of chefs and bloggers.The Fit Flock is a joint effort between the American Lamb Board and to celebrate lamb as a nutritional and flavorful protein option. Fit Flock provided us with race bibs, shirts, a team tent, and an after-party at the Smoke Shop.

The Cambridge Fall Classic is part of a seasonal 5K series along with the Winter Classic, Spring Classic, and Summer Classic. It follows the same course as the An Ras Mor 5K and is easy to get to by T (Red Line to Central Square) or by car (because Cambridge parking permits aren’t needed on Sundays). The course is also easy for spectators to navigate. My husband and toddler cheered for me on Mass Ave at the start of the race and again near the end of the race.

Bib and shirt pickup went smoothly. I appreciated that the race staff allowed separate day-of pickup with teams. We spotted a Fit Flock member dressed in a full lamb suit on Main Street as we were looking for parking, and he was right next to the pickup table. Parker was a bit befuddled by the lamb though!


withthelambI headed over to the start, where I spotted Nicco, Ellie, and Lexi from Commonwealth sporting their Fit Flock shirts. It was Nicco and Ellie’s first ever race! We chatted for a bit, and then we were off!


The weather was surprisingly humid for mid-September, so the gradual uphill for the first 1.5 miles felt difficult. Seeing Ethan and Parker gave me a much-needed energy boost there!


Finishing felt great! I ran this race over a minute faster than I did the An Ras Mor 5K, so I was happy to see that improvement.



Post-race, we headed back home so Parker could eat and nap. Parker loves the lamb tagine from the Baby Led Weaning cookbook (pictured below from meals earlier this month), and we look forward to making more lamb dishes for him (starting with the LEON Naturally Fast Food lamb and apricot balls!).


Thank ewe, Fit Flock!

blogger flywheel class

By Kristina

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Today was another big post-baby fitness milestone: the first spin class! I took a blogger class via Blog and Tweet Boston, opting for the spin one with Catie Macken. I’d taken Azure Campbell‘s Flybarre class with Jen and my sister the week before, and that kicked my butt just as much as it did when I tried it for the first time earlier this year (with pregnancy modifications).

It was great to see familiar faces like Danielle, Jessie, and Elissa when heading into the studio. I chose a bike in the back–was really glad that they let us choose our bikes this time. Spin felt a lot better than I expected it to. It really is so much easier without an enormous baby bump, heartburn, and decreased cardio ability. I couldn’t hit some of the higher RPMs but could handle the recommended torq (and, with my newfound mommy upper body strength, felt a lot better in the arm song than I expected). I like that all past performance data is saved for you so you can make accurate comparisons and track progress.Since the last class I took in June, I improved my total power by 52, average mph by 2, and average torq by 2. I was really surprised to find that I’d gotten my highest total power ever in spite of not being in shape.

I found Catie very motivational, with easy to follow cues and a good variety of speeds and resistance. It’s hard to have spin workouts that feel like all hills or all sprints. Her playlist was fun too–a little Justin Bieber, a little Taylor Swift, and a little rock. She offered helpful tips such as “think of it as a forward-backward motion, not up and down” and direction on how to position our upper bodies. She also offered us earplugs at the beginning of class. I didn’t take her up on it, but some other bloggers mentioned that they’d had trouble understanding her and wished they’d taken them. We only saw the Torqboard at the beginning of class and during the final races during the last song. I’m glad she did that because I didn’t feel demotivated by it (which I may have done if it had been shown a lot).

Some promos that are happening this month (from the Flywheel newsletter):

We’re thankful for two years of flying with you, Boston! To celebrate, we’re offering you an unlimited wheel membership for only $220 per month, or you can become a FlyPlus+ member (unlimited Flywheel & FlyBarre) for only $270 per month – that’s $50 off our regular rates! Sign up now – this amazing offer expires on November 30.

December’s cold. Warm up with a free class, on us! For every 4 times you ride in November, you’ll get one FREE wheel credit to use in December (if you pulse 4 times, you’ll get a free barre credit). See the front desk to get started!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary class. I was not paid to do this post. All opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.

first run back

By Kristina


…and first blog post back since IB exams, the end of the school year, and the birth of my son Parker. It feels like an eternity since I was plie-ing and planking through a Flybarre class. It feels like an eternity since I last did my Sunday routine of Market Basket + Costco + cooking + lesson planning. It feels like an eternity since I last taught in my classroom. I know these things will all come back in their own time (well, teaching is coming back in January 2016 whether I like it or not), but the prospect of rebuilding feels scary.

I stopped running pretty soon into my pregnancy. I can recall every single run I did because there were so few: one CRC long run, two runs on the beach in Tampa, a Super Bowl Sunday 5K, one neighborhood run, and two Barry’s Bootcamp classes (prior to doing double-floor). As I made the switch to spin classes and prenatal yoga, I thought that getting back into running shape would be difficult after giving birth. I’m surprised that getting back into running shape, though difficult, seems so much easier than rebuilding the teaching and life routines.

After lacing up my shoes and getting out on the Alewife Greenway path earlier this week, I realize that it’s because I already know what it’s like physically and mentally to train for races. The crunch of the gravel under my feet and the crisp fall air felt liberating, bringing back memories of running along the Esplanade with the JQUS Running Club and racing fall 5Ks like the Mayor’s Cup and Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K. Though my legs felt like jelly and I was slogging along at three minutes per mile slower than last October, I felt joyful to have that familiarity back. I know that strength and endurance will come back and that I will be proud to cross the finish line of the 2016 Run to Remember–which will be my first half marathon as a mom.

However, I miss the other major familiarity of fall–back to school. For the first time in eight years, I haven’t prepared my classroom, syllabus, and lesson plans for a new crop of students. I wake up not to a 5:30 a.m. alarm but to Parker’s cries. My days are no longer regimented in chunks of 47 minutes. My T pass hasn’t been used since July 30. IB coordinator meetings and school leadership team meetings no longer take up their spots in my Google Calendar. The familiarity came back a bit when I visited school with Parker last month. Seeing colleagues and students was exciting, and I was glad to see that my room setup still looks the same (even my Star Wars SBG and growth mindset posters remained). One of my colleagues asked how maternity leave was. I replied that it was like being hazed by a very cute dictator and that as hard as teaching could be, it was still way easier than taking care of a newborn!

Four weeks later, motherhood has gotten much easier. I don’t miss school as much now that I’m developing routines with Parker and my mom-friends. My mind feels like it’s getting used to this new mental workout of motherhood and I’m getting psyched for the next stages of the journey!

Flybarre @ Flywheel Sports

By Kristina

I have enjoyed taking Flywheel spin classes and was excited to get the opportunity to try Flybarre classes, which started at the Back Bay location in February 2015. I was given a 5-pack of classes in exchange for my review. I have taken a lot of classes at other barre studios (Exhale, Bar Method, and Pure Barre) so I was curious how Flybarre would compare in intensity and style. I was also excited to try it as a pregnancy workout because it’s a good way to keep up strength in a low-impact, modifiable way.

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After I made my first reservation, I received an email with the following information. This is helpful for getting familiar with the studio and making sure that everything goes smoothly.

Thank you for reserving a mat in your first FlyBarre class. We’re so excited to pulse with you!
We recommend you arrive about 10 minutes before the start of your first class. When you arrive at the studio, here’s what you’ll need to do to make your first class as smooth as possible:
-Check-in! You’ll see computers when you walk into the studio. Just enter your Flywheel Username and confirm your mat number.
-If you need to, change your clothes in one of our changing rooms.
-Put your belongings in a locker – they have combinations so no need to bring a lock.
-You will need to grab two sets of weights, a lighter and a heavier set; we recommend 1 lb and 2lb or 2lb and 3lb.
-Grab your FREE towels.
-Head into the classroom.
-Find your assigned mat.
-Let your instructor know if you have any injuries or if you are pregnant before the start of class. They’ll give you modifications for each exercise and talk you through everything.

I also saw that there are sitters available via a recent e-newsletter. This would be great for attending class as a new mom!

We’re teaming up with Sensible Sitters, a childcare referral service where you can find and book sitters when and where you need them, to make it even easier for you to FLY with us!  Members of our #FLYfam can now get 15 hours of sitting for the price of 10 hours.  Great to use for the Fly Challenge!  To redeem your hours, create an account online and reference FLYMOM when booking.


Reserving Class
Each class has 18 spots that are bookable starting on Sundays for the following week. You can reserve via or via the app. Classes start as early as 5:30 a.m. or as late as 7:30 p.m. Some times are convenient for scheduling a doubleheader (Flywheel + Flybarre). There are 45 and 60 minute options. The instructor location and barre heights (34” and 35” are specified). There is a 32” barre as well, but that is located near the instructor mat. I thought I would need the 32” barre but found that the 34” was just fine. At Bar Method I sometimes had to sit on a riser and in Pure Barre I sometimes had to stick a ball under the barre to be able to reach it during round back. 

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At the Studio
Upon arrival, you can check in at desk, use the computers, or use the phone app. Checkin can be hectic if there is a Flywheel class starting around the same time as your Flybarre class. The Flybarre studio is located behind the Flywheel studio. There are ample lockers (the blue ones have outlets for charging your phone or other electronics!) and two benches to sit on while waiting. There is filtered water (cold or room temperature) available, so bring your own bottle. However, there are no dedicated changing rooms so you will have to change in the bathrooms or showers. There are towels, hair ties, hair dryers, deodorant, mint, and lotion available. Sometimes there are apples or bananas available for a post-class snack.

Unlike other barre studios, you do not have to wear grippy socks because you will be standing on your mat or the hardwood floor during class. Most people wear leggings and a fitted shirt or tank. I have seen some women wearing shorts, but wouldn’t recommend it because some of the movements need more coverage.

Before class, you can collect two sets of hand weights outside the studio. The weights start at 1 lb and I think they even went up to 8 lbs. Mats are already arranged in designated barre spots that are labeled with numbers. On the barre above each spot are balls and two resistance bands (I think gray is lighter resistance than black). You do not have to put your weights away after arms or clean up the mats, balls, or bands after class–this saves a lot of time! Additionally, the mat reservation policy saves you the “get to class early to get a prime spot” time and prevents overcrowding.

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I took Power 45 class with: Jennifer Garner, Stephanie Rodolico, and Azure Campbell. Instructors will usually greet each client and ask about injuries, but I got there early to talk to the instructors about pregnancy modifications. I really liked that the instructors maintain a high level of rigor in the class but always made me feel welcome. Azure was especially helpful with modifications and with checking on me during class. I felt really motivated by her and can see why she has a following at Vim Fitness (where my sister belongs). I’ve gotten a lot more sensitive to instructors who motivate their students with statements about getting bikini bodies or thinner thighs, so I appreciate the focus on developing strength and persevering through tough sequences.

The order of exercises was different than than of Exhale, Bar Method, and Pure Barre (all of which go warmup -> planks -> arms -> thighs -> seat -> round back -> flat back -> abs -> stretch). The first time I took class, this definitely kept me guessing!

  • Warmup: This included side lunges, toe touches, plank sequences with leg lifts and side dips.
  • Barre Abs: To do this, we lay on the mat with our feet tucked behind the barre and held onto the band that was looped around the barre. I have done a similar exercise at Exhale (as a modification of the curl). I put a ball behind my back for support.
  • Seat: In all three classes, we did seat on the floor from a tabletop position. Isolated leg lifts (straight back or to the side) targeted all areas of seat. I had a really tough time with this because of lower back and hip pain. I especially struggled with “fire hydrant dog” and other exercises that also targeted the outer hips.
  • Arms: This is the hardest arm sequence I have ever experienced in barre. I have no shame in admitting that I went with 1 lb weights. We used the bands wrapped around the barre for exercises like rows or shoulder raises, then moved to weights. The weight work involved a lot of focus on the shoulders. The dynamic arms sequence was less painful and actually kind of fun!
  • Thighs: This was more familiar to me. It included plies on the mat (sometimes combined with arm exercises), flat back chair (OUCH), and plies with turned out feet and heels up. I had to take lots of breaks here–the order of exercises definitely fatigued my muscles fast.
  • Abs: This didn’t feel as long as some other end-of-class ab sequences that I have done. Each instructor put a different spin on the exercises. Similar to barre abs, I put a ball behind my back for support.
  • Stretching

The classes are smaller than the other classes I’ve been to. However, the hands-on corrections weren’t as frequent. The movements and transitions are quicker than other classes I’ve been too, and I felt that the workout is definitely well-designed for exhausting each muscle group. The music was great, and the instructors all kept the exercises timed to the beat and offered countdowns. Overall, Flybarre is a great addition to the Boston barre scene!

1 class $28
5 classes $125
10 classes $235
20 classes $430
Monthly (requires 3 month commitment): $220/month
Monthly + Flywheel (requires 3 month commitment): $280/month

Prudential Center (very close to the T entrance/exit and Barnes & Noble)
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199
Twitter: @flybarre | Instagram: @flybarre | Facebook: Flybarre
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Yoga Download

By Kristina

When offered the opportunity to review YogaDownload, I jumped at the chance to try it. I was provided with a 3-month trial in exchange for my review. I have always loved running, barre, and spin, but haven’t balanced those activities out with enough stretching and yoga. Now that I am pregnant, I stopped running because of back pain and discomfort. Several friends recommended prenatal yoga, so I started going to O2 Yoga (which offers a 7:00 p.m. Sunday class with Barrett in Somerville and a 5:45 p.m. Wednesday class with Devon in Cambridge). I liked the idea of supplementing these studio classes with an at-home practice via YogaDownload (projected from my computer via AppleTV onto my living room TV). I already have a yoga mat, blanket, blocks, strap, weights, and a decent size space in my living room to do workouts.


As a teacher, I have to be at work by 7:30 a.m. Most morning studio classes are just finishing at 7:30 a.m. or later, so it’s not possible to attend these, shower, and eat breakfast prior to school. With YogaDownload, I can finish a class in my living room by 6:15 a.m. and still get out the door by 7:00 a.m. I also like that YogaDownload is convenient for maternity leave and for when my baby will be in daycare and I won’t be able to attend as many studio classes as I did pre-pregnancy.

YogaDownload offers a wide variety of styles and easy ways to find classes to fit your needs. I was initially most interested in the following:

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  • Prenatal Yoga
  • Postnatal Yoga
  • Yin Yoga
  • Restorative Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Barre

I ended up doing mostly prenatal classes to alleviate back and hip pain. During pregnancy, I’ve attended yoga and Pilates classes at soul.train as well as barre classes at Pure Barre and FlyBarre. At those classes, I have asked the instructors for modifications, but don’t feel confident enough to make modifications for these classes on YogaDownload. I was also nervous about doing some of the yin and restorative poses after hearing that I’m not supposed to lie flat on my back for extended periods of time.

What I Liked

  • The class times vary from 12 minutes to 80 minutes, so it is a lot easier to fit in shorter classes than it is to block out time for a 75 minute or 90 minute studio class (not to mention the travel time to and from the studio).
  • Each video is summarized in an easy-to-read way. Especially helpful for prenatal: each class has a description that explains its purpose (e.g., alleviating back pain, positioning baby).

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  • Users can download classes (up to 5 per month with subscription, or pay by download). Though I used the AppleTV to project videos, I would appreciate this feature if I were taking my computer on a business trip and wanted to do yoga in my hotel room. Similarly, the options for audio-only classes or audio with slides classes would be good for travel yoga via phone (if not taking the computer).
  • Users can select favorites, create a wish list, read reviews from other users, and make notes on specific videos. This makes planning a workout schedule and searching through the multitude of classes a lot easier.
  • Other features: printable pose guides, a blog, free online classes, channels, and playlists.

I think the monthly membership would be optimal for users who are exploring lots of new yoga styles or have the discipline to do an at-home practice. The options to purchase specific classes or packages seem like they would work best for a user who already knows what he/she likes or only needs a few videos at a time. For example, I would recommend the Prenatal Yoga Package for pregnancy followed by a monthly subscription for postnatal yoga and getting back to a regular yoga routine (vinyasa, etc.).

Blogger Class at Endurance Pilates & Yoga

By Kristina


A few weeks ago, I went to an Endurance Pilates & Yoga class with Blog and Tweet Boston. Endurance Pilates & Yoga opened in January 2015 in the South End (close to Flour and Jaho). Founder Julie Erickson brings over 20 years of experience (including four Pilates certifications and an Ashtanga yoga certification) to this new studio location. The studio offers group Pilates classes and private lessons on the mat, reformer, and Cadillac, as well as barre, TRX, vinyasa yoga, and HIIT classes. The variety of classes suits all types of fitness enthusiasts. Julie is an avid runner, and I appreciated that she knows how to build strength and flexibility to complement running. Additionally, most classes are very adaptable for pregnant clients and the studio will eventually offer prenatal yoga.

Julie led our blogger group through a mix of mat Pilates, barre, and vinyasa yoga. A stickler for proper form and alignment, she gave accurate cues and adjustments in all three workouts. She made sure that we could all access the exercises and differentiated for those who needed more of a challenge or modifications. The mat Pilates class was my favorite of the three. I like the traditional exercises and that we targeted arms, legs, and core. Julie’s directions also ensure that you work hard and get the most out of each exercise. She designed her own format for barre (which seems more like traditional ballet barre exercises than the other formats I have tried) and uses portable barres rather than wall-mounted ones so that clients don’t rely too much on the support of the barres. The barre exercises alternate with cardio bursts such as jumping jacks. I’d be interested to see what a full barre class experience is like. Like the mat Pilates, the vinyasa yoga was traditional and familiar. The sequences we did felt good after the toning and strengthening we did beforehand. After our class, Julie did demonstrations of TRX and the Cadillac. She also led small groups of us through a few exercises on the reformers. In my few minutes on the reformer, I could immediately see why celebs like Jennifer Aniston swear by it! I look forward to coming back to try more Pilates classes in the future.

Disclaimer: I attended this class free of charge and received a coupon for a private lesson. I was not paid to write this post.

happy first birthday flywheel!

By Kristina

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Flywheel’s Prudential Center location has just turned 1! I’ve gone a few times via ClassPass, Pact, a blogger class and the first-time-is-free class. From October 8 to October 12, there were lots of theme rides and goodies such as salads, tote bags, and cold-pressed juices to celebrate. I attended Melinda‘s Thursday J. Lo-themed class and ended up on the bike next to Elissa from Style-Wire.

I’ve been a fan of Melinda ever since I started taking her Core Fusion Barre and Sport classes at Exhale. Both her barre and spin classes will make you *work*, but since they are peppered with hilarious stories, they go by fast! The barre ones fill up notoriously fast, so I was glad to snag a spin class spot. Melinda went around to greet everyone in the studio, and she mentioned that she’d changed her playlist to include Elissa’s request for “First Love”–that was really nice of her! The playlist covered all eras of J. Lo, from On the 6 to A.K.A, and the ride included a good mix of hills, tapbacks, and sprints. True to Melinda-style, the ride was tough, but her motivational tactics helped keep our minds off how much the 35-torq hills or the 6-pound arm song hurt.

After trying other spin studios, I grew to appreciate Flywheel’s torq- and RPM-based instruction much more. It makes it much easier to push oneself vs. just guessing what “super heavy” or “flat road” mean. I also like being able to see my progression through the stats that are available on the website (miles pedaled, power, etc). I still sometimes have to modify the torq level in order to keep up with the recommended RPM levels though–one day I hope to be able to keep up!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary class I was not paid to do this post. All opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links in this post.

health & fitness: the teacher perspective

By Kristina

It only took seven years, but I think I’ve finally escaped the dreaded “back to school” downward spiral into missed workouts, eating takeout for dinner, and guzzling down Starbucks every morning. Getting back into the classroom is like going into an HIIT workout for your brain (if only that translated to an HIIT workout for your body too). With 5:30 a.m. wakeup time, onslaught of lesson planning, and piles of papers to grade, working out and cooking time are often the first two things to move to the bottom of a teacher’s priority list.

I’d resigned myself to this downward spiral and found myself trying in vain to cook more and to exercise more. However, cooking complicated meals wasn’t sustainable. Neither was going to late yoga or early barre classes in Boston. I just got exhausted trying to drag a yoga mat and backpack home on the T at 9:00 p.m. or more prone to buying breakfasts at Flour or Starbucks after a 6:00 a.m. class. Following typical health & fitness tips doesn’t necessarily spell success under teacher constraints. “Work out in the morning before the rest of your day happens!” is harder to do when your work starts at 7:30 a.m. rather than 9:00 a.m. (and if your workplace doesn’t have a shower). Even when I belonged to Boston Sports Club and aimed to arrive close to 5:30 a.m., I felt rushed trying to fit in the workout + shower + breakfast before trying to beat the early-morning rush to the copier at school. “Eat six small meals a day” works better if you have a bit more flexibility than a typical teaching schedule (in which lunch is only 20 minutes and classes sometimes come three in a row).

This year, I’m simplifying my cooking and workouts so that they don’t take as much effort. No more excuses like “well, I *could* be healthy if I worked a 9-5 job or as a freelancer.”

1) Cook Simply.
Cooking can get very gourmet and foodie real fast, but a school night can’t be the time to start cooking Momofuku recipes. I’m adding to my repertoire of non-complicated meals that will reheat easily and last through the week. I save recipes from my favorite food blogs to my Evernote Recipes notebook and tag them so I can search for them later. I plan out meals on Saturday, shop on Sunday, and prep on Sundays while listening to podcasts or reruns of my favorite shows in the background.

Some of my faves lately are Nom Nom Paleo’s sweet potato hash and spicy tuna cakes, chili, zoodles with meatballs and sauce, Pioneer Woman’s smashed potatoes, steel cut oats with apples sauteed in butter and cinnamon, and lettuce wraps with turkey, sweet onion, and red pesto. Pictured below: 1) fried egg, smashed potatoes, avocado, and tomatoes from our plant 2) chili and smashed potatoes 3) results of a Sunday cooking spree 4) scallops with zoodles, corn, and cauliflower rice 5) sweet potato hash with sausage avocado sauce.

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2) Move More + Efficiently. 

I still run and go to lots of boutique studios (spin, barre, Pilates, etc.) but make sure that lesson plans are done first or that I allocate enough time to finish lessons in the evening if I do an afternoon workout. Exhale Spa has 3:00 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. barre classes that are way less packed than their early-morning or after-work classes. Going to these early-bird classes makes it easier to get home early to cook a healthy dinner and still be in bed at “teacher bedtime.” I also live near soul.train, so going to a 6:00 p.m. class works for my schedule because I’m home at 7:02 p.m. (not 7:45 p.m.)

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Using Pact keeps me accountable to doing five workouts a week. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to five 90-minute yoga classes or running 10 miles every day. I also try to fit in more walks when I can. Sometimes I take the T a bit earlier and get off at Charles MGH so I can walk a little over a mile to school. I enjoy the peace and quiet of Beacon Hill and the Public Garden in the mornings, and people-watch if I do the same walk on my evening commute. I sometimes fulfill my gym Pact by walking to Kendall Square using RunKeeper (a 30 minute walk counts too!). My husband and I sometimes go for evening walks so that we can have some “us” time, fresh air, and just talk (rather than just collapsing in front of the tv).

Hoping that these simple routines get so ingrained that I won’t lose sight of them by the time the Term 1 grading rush hits me!

Btone Trigonometry

By Kristina

Today I took Emily’s class at Btone. When we did torso twist, she excitedly referenced an old standby from Algebra 2: All Students Take Calculus to explain the boundaries for range of motion on the exercise (90 degrees from one’s nose to the mirror). Imagine that your nose is the origin. For facing the alley, that’s quadrant 1 (where all trig functions are positive) and for facing Newbury St, that’s quadrant 2, where sine is positive.

I love that she incorporates fun explanations for clients. 🙂


bright spot in my heart

By Kristina

My frustrations with teaching and leadership often come from the amount of mental energy and worry I expend when concerned that folks won’t follow through. With Running Club, that happens when I worry that a) students won’t show up or b) the majority of the workout will be spent trying to coax those who are phoning it in or giving up.

Today I have been so swamped with already taking a 6:00 a.m. Btone class, doing IB exam administration, proctoring MCAS, and dealing with various IB items that I did not have the energy to do the Running Club workout. I thought of canceling because my co-coach was out today, but when I saw the group of six who showed up, I realized that they would do the run + strength training if given clear directions.

I told them “do the Mass Ave run in 13:30 [30 seconds faster than last week]” and come back for strength training. The portion on the river (which I asked them to do) is 1.9 miles. The warmup and cooldown from school to the river makes the total run about 3.2 miles. When they came back, out of breath and sweating, they reported that they did it in 13:21 (7:02/mile). They willingly did a modified Pumps & Iron workout (10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 of burpees + crunches + squats). I didn’t have to reprimand anyone for slacking once.

There was no worrying that the boys would start walking and come back 30 minutes late, get lost, or bail on the strength training. All I had to say was motivational stuff and countdowns for how many sets or reps they had left.

I think this is what it feels like to teach in a good school.


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