May 1, 2015: PE

As we continue to build our running endurance towards 2 miles, this week the distance we are running is 1.5 miles (12 laps).  When we reach two miles of endurance we will back off and shorten runs to increase wind capacity for speed.  Many still walk and run, this is fine for third grade.  Walking and walking and stopping and walking is not what is expected to occur as they have been working on building endurance and stamina during this school year.  A normal walk around our circuit is measured at 2 minutes and 30 seconds.  This pace was achieved by a slow walk around our circuit.  It translates to 20 minutes for an 8 lap 'mile'.  I council them that a 20 minute time shows no running effort and is not acceptable.  I give no absolute other than I do not expect them to walk the entire distance, therefor they should finish faster than 20 minutes for 8 laps.  Here is an example of one third grade class.   Last week they were asked to run 10 laps.  This week they were asked to run 12 laps.  Below is from the week prior where they ran 8 laps and then 10 laps.  They will reach the maximum 16 laps of distance at the time of this writing.   
Here, side by side are the two times at the 8 lap mark.  The first time is at the end of the whole run, the second time is at the 8 lap mark out of 10 laps.  Blank times mean they were absent for the run.  Injuries preventing continuation are noted.  DNF means, 'Did Not Finish'.  Multiple DNF's affect grading this term.

Runner:      Time 1  8 laps           Time 2  during 10 laps      
      1                  8:17                                8:13
      2                  9:10                                9:44
      3                  9:48                               10:53
      4                  11:02                              9:59
      5                  10:32                              9:59
      6                  12:03                              9:10
      7                   9:58                               9:16
      8                   Injury                             13:54
      9                   17:52                             11:43
      10                 16:58                             13:06
      11                  12:58                             14:06
      12                  11:49                             13:12
      13                  14:20                             13:49
      14                  13:43                             14:23
      15                  16:58                             17:34
      16                  13:41                             17:48
      17                  13:48                             17:48
      18                  15:19                              17:00
      19                  20:21                               DNF

If you would like to check to see how your child is progressing, just send me an email.

Robert Briglia