Tebow Bill

Should homeschooled student athletes be allowed to play school sports? As a former student athlete and a former teacher, both in the Chesapeake Public School System, I have several opinions on both sides of this issue.

Thursday a bill, known often as the “Tim Tebow” bill would home school students the right to play school sports was blocked in Richmond. This bill refers to the Heisman Trophy winner and now NFL quarterback, Tim Tebow, as he was a home school athlete.

According the 2012-2013 Virginia High School League rules of eligibility, student athletes are to be enrolled with good academic standing at the school they represent. Good academic standing according to VHSL means a good grade point average . But with a good grade point average in public schools also comes social pressures, academic pressures, pressures of higher course loads and requirements, and the responsibility of being an independent learner. All which prepare the student for future life in a college setting or employment environment. I could argue that a home school student has less distractions and less pressures in their day to day life making their learning environment more desirable.

Families of homeschool and families of public school students pay equal city taxes. Shouldn’t they each be afforded the right for their respective students to enjoy sports?

Parents of homeschooled children, I do have a question for you. Do you feel that the school zone you live in is good enough for athletics but not academics? Why do you feel so? Is the problem with education? Or is the issue at hand simply allowing your student the same opportunities as a student who attends a public school?

According to an article featured about Pilotonline on Thursday, 29 other states have allowed home schoolers to join in school sports teams. As for now Virginia is not one. Do you think we could or should be next?

Happy Debating
Jess

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Love

Happy Valentines Day to you all! I wanted to take today to give recognition to the people and things in my life that I L๐Ÿ’—VE!

I love my family

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I love my friends

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I love to exercise

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I love cocktails

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I love my job

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I love hip hop

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I love the beach

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I love to love

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Love comes in all forms. I hope that you are spending the day today with people who you love or by spending time doing something that you love.

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X๐Ÿ’—X๐Ÿ’—
Jess

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Running New Roads

Have you ever run a path by foot that you usually take by car? I have been doing that this week. I have moved for one end of the beach to the other. I am now in the same neighborhood as several of my friends. It’s funny running by their houses and not stopping. Usually I’m coming this way by car.

I found myself weaving in and out of the neighborhood streets. Noticing things from a different vantage point.

I’m minutes from the boardwalk by foot, the closest I’ve ever been. I made my way to the beach in record time. It didn’t even take me 2 full songs to get there! I made my way to the sand and snapped a few shots of the waves rolling in.

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Maybe these new paths will lead to new opportunities.

Happy Running
Jess

This Tuesday Let’s Get Rocked

“Do you want to get rocked?”

The beginning of this video starts with a teenage kid running away from life and responsibility. Sometimes I run to get away from life as well.

“Let’s go all the way” whatever Def Leopard is insinuating here, I prefer to relate it to a long run. Let’s go all the way… to the finish line! The lyrics make you want to jam and hopefully jog! And if the lyrics don’t get you moving, maybe the one armed drummer, Rick Allen, will inspire you!!!

A flashback song is always a good way to mix up a playlist and a workout. Especially when you are racing to more current tracks, a throwback can be a great surprise in the middle of a 5k or 8k as you are probably sprinting for most of the race.

Let’s Get Rocked
Jess

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Do you ever feel like you can’t take one more piece of bad news? Thursday was that day for me. A friend lost her job, another friend lost their mother, another friend had a neighbor loss a child, another friend found out her dog has cancer. All very difficult things to face. Any one of those tragedies would be more than enough for one person take. Sometimes our burdens can be heavy and hard to bear. This is when I call upon my faith and trust from above. I am not sure anyone could overcome these things without it.

As I sit here winding down my day thinking of my own stresses, I struggle to find the silver lining. As I think a little more, I am reminded of small miracles I witnessed today. A toddler’s voice, a great cup of coffee, great friends by my side and stopping their day to come to my rescue, and even a Good Samaritan offering help. My mind begins to turn from negative to positive and know that today was just one day. And this day is almost over. It doesn’t represent my week, or month, or not even my year. These things may happen to us, but do not define us.

Tomorrow is another day and I will be ready to tackle whatever the day might bring. Rain or shineโ˜” Tragedy or triumph.

Like running๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ, life can be tiring and may push you to your limits. Write off a bad race/day and get back to it the next time around. Who knows, maybe the next day will bring you enough joy to make up for the day that was too much to handle.

Kick back and remember the lyrics to this popular Bobby McFerrin song.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy
๐Ÿ˜ŠJess

Rest or Run

If you feel bad should you still workout?

This week I’ve been feeling wiped out, fatigued, body aches, sore throat, etc.

I decided to take some time off of exercise. I am focused on getting healthy. I have been loading myself up with vitamin c, Emergen-C packets, hot and spicy noodle soup and anything else to kick this bug. Besides I still have Several weeks until my next race, so there is time to amp up the training after I well.

How do you decide to rest or run?

Happy Health
Jess

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Tuesday Tune Up, Catch My Breath

About this same time last year, I mentioned Kelly Clarkson and her song Stronger when writing about my Shamrock 1/2 marathon run. I played that song several times during the 2:30 hour race. The song had very empowering lyrics and a great beat to help you push to the end. Her new single, Catch My Breath is inspiring me even better than that! The song was mentioned last week in the my new running playlist. If I didn’t know better, I could argue that these lyrics are referencing running.

Interpret for yourself here :

I don’t wanna be left behind Distance was a friend of mine Catching breath in a web of lies I’ve spent most of my life Riding waves, playing acrobat Shadowboxing the other half Learning how to react I’ve spent most of my time Catching my breath, letting it go, turning my cheek for the sake of the show Now that you know, this is my life, I won’t be told it’s supposed to be right Catch my breath, no one can hold me back, I ain’t got time for that Catch my breath, won’t let them get me down, it’s all so simple now Addicted to the love I found Heavy heart, now a weightless cloud Making time for the ones that count I’ll spend the rest of my time Laughing hard with the windows down Leaving footprints all over town(favorite verse) Keeping faith kinda comes around I’ll spent the rest of my life Catching my breath, letting it go, turning my cheek for the sake of the show Now that you know, this is my life, I won’t be told it’s supposed to be right Catch my breath, no one can hold me back, I ain’t got time for that Catch my breath, won’t let them get me down, it’s all so simple now

References to time, distance, breath, footsteps.

Catch My Breath, by Kelly Clarkson is a must for a running mix.

Happy Catching Your Breath and Letting It Go!
Jess

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