I had such a great run tonight after school. I ran with a bunch of 11 year olds who are running 2012 km between them for charity over a few weeks; the route went alongside the Thames near the school between Hammersmith and Chiswick, which was very pretty if very full! I said I was slow so they made me 'rear pacer' ie I had to stay with the very last person and encourage them. Most of the kids zapped off at immense speed (quite scary for any passers-by as there were about 30 of them) but the very last person all the way round was a rather overweight lad who could barely run for 20 seconds and walked most of it (despite my exhortations!) but he did complete it. We got a great cheer when we arrived back at base. The funny thing was that the run was set at 4.5km, but because I kept running back and forth and round this boy as he was walking and I couldn't run that slowly (which must've driven him mad!!) I clocked up over 5km on my Nike+ !
It was great to help someone achieve something like that, but I admit that the most satisfying thing was when the email went round asking for staff to help run with the kids, for once in my life I could actually say 'Yep - I can do that!' And the atmosphere among the staff was great too - after all, we were all runners, who as we all know are a fantastic bunch of people!!
I get to do it again next week - and the week after!!
To think I get paid for this too.....