Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Its been awhile since I've been to Gym Class, and this year, Monday's visit to Mr. Young's class at the LP Elementary School will be the first of quite a few. In the past I visited kids in their classrooms. However, this year I wanted to take a different approach. Being active with kids and working along side those who are already promoting activity and healthy choices, seemed to be a more effective way, naturally. On Monday I visited 4th and 5th grade gym classes.
This project is a bit free form, but the intention will always be clear: I think role models are really important figures in our lives. In the environment of gym class and school, an athlete can be a meaningful, local and real life example to learn from. I know this reads a bit like NPR's "This I believe," but I am excited for what another year holds.
The theme for Monday's class was cooperation and teamwork, hence the ball between our heads while doing a push-up. Not easy - give it a try.
The next visit is slated for the end of October once I am back home from a National Team Training Camp in Utah.
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Sunday, September 19, 2010
Participants of the Jackrabbit Trail run started in the cool fog Saturday morning, passing along the beaded Kenyan gecko from runner to runner from Paul Smiths to Lake Clear to Saranac Lake to Lake Placid and ended at Keene's Rock and River Inn and guiding service.
While on the trail just past the beaver dam:
I had some special company at the end of my run in addition to the ladies above. Jenna, a student and Bill Koch skier, whom I met at the Lake Placid Elementary school last year, joined me for the last mile or so. Getting to go for a run and chat was great fun. I hope we get to do it again some time!
Here's the crew that finished out the last leg of the run from Mountain Rd. on Rt. 86 to Rock and River. Well, actually I was the only one to join in for the last leg. The others were having such a great time that they continued on leg after leg of the journey to make it to the end.
Posted by h a l e y j o h n s o n at 5:32 PM
Friday, September 17, 2010
If you think you can do a thing or you think you can't do a thing, you are right.
I listened to a St. Lawrence University Sports Psychologist Professor speak today about Motivation. A lot of what she had to say I had heard many times before, but it never hurts to revisit the things that drive you forward.
Posted by h a l e y j o h n s o n at 4:40 PM
Sunday, September 12, 2010
A fundraising trail run will round out this week of training. Myself, along with a couple dozen or so other local folks, are running on the historical Jackrabbit trail to help raise funds for Reason 2 Smile. [See earlier post.] This small, but growing organization is raising funds to help financially support orphaned and impoverished children in developing countries. Currently, Reason 2 Smile is contributing to the Jambo Jipya School in Kenya.
For more information about Reason 2 Smile check out:
Posted by h a l e y j o h n s o n at 8:55 AM
In NSA's efforts to understand the process of reaching Peak Performance they've gathered area resources, among them local professionals, alumni and Olympic athletes, to help inform their community about a variety of elements that go in to reaching such an optimal state as students, as athletes, as human beings.
On NSA's website: Understanding the Process of Achieving Peak Performance: theme for the 2010-2011 school year
This Friday a Professor of Psychology from St. Lawrence University, Cherly Stuntz, will speak about motivation.
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