My typical morning routine for the past six months has consisted of going into work from 5:30am - 7:00am to complete uninterrupted "deep" work, getting a quick 30-45 minute workout in, and then returning to work. When it's decently nice outside I like mix up my workouts by going for a short run in our community. I believe by going for a run outdoors gives me an opportunity to be visible in our community, model healthy living to our students, and clear my mind for the rest of the day's work.
Last Friday I did my normal loop around Tama and I saw some kids walking to their bus stops. When I run by our kids I typically slow down my pace, take out my headphones, and wish our students a good day. But on this day I was feeling extra outgoing (it was Homecoming Friday after all) so I asked the kids if they would like to be a picture. Their faces suddenly lit up and they eagerly accepted my invite.
Later in the day I visited the elementary school and, randomly, encountered all six students at different points during my visit to the building. What I noticed was that each student had a huge smile on their face and waved at me immediately after I entered their classroom. One student even asked, "Do you always run?" Based on the students' overwhelmingly positive responses, I believe this is another great way to build relationships with students, as well as model the importance of staying active and physically fit.