Hello, members of the SGE council! How was your week? My week was incredible. My Cross Country season started last Monday. My friends call me silly, but I’m super extroverted. I’ve only seen my BFF like two times since last March, and she’s the only person I’ve seen. Cause covid obviously and I just want to stay safe. And this last week has been the best week I think I’ve ever had. I’ve cried a few times out of happiness. We have to wear masks *all* the time. Whether we are doing hill sprints, 9 miles or just standing and stretching. Which is really yucky especially since we have a ton of rain where I live so the mask just gets soggy and we breathe it in and then can’t breathe and it’s this whole dramatic event and all of us are complaining and our coaches tell us to be quiet since we chose to do the sport and have to suffer the consequences and blah blah blah. That’s enough about running (for now XD).
Fun fact time! Did you know lightning strikes Earth 6,000 times per minute? I guess you could conceivably fly around and get stuck in lightning all the time. I have to wonder what area gets the most lightning though….
SGE question of the week: Does Sophie have a lot of depth to her character or is she flat and shows no personal growth, as some say?
Advertisement time! I think this one is addressed to me since I don’t know any other runners that are on a running streak. I think it also was from a few weeks ago, and I didn’t do it in the last post so I’m so sorry. For any of the rest of you, you can keep reading if you want to/are interested in running. Here’s the post:
“Ok hey so this isn’t an advertisement, but I was wondering how you started running? and like….what motivates you? How do you run every day? Once, when I was running (I really want to start again) there was a white van, and it slowed down when it was on the same street as me…I sprinted up because being a girl and all, seeing white vans is scary. and it went on the same street as me, so i sped up and ran to an intersection, and when I got there, the white van turned around and went back the way it came, I think. I’m 90% sure it was a human trafficker. And I’m terrified to run now, so that’s why. Also, it’s like 0 degrees where I live, so running is pretty hard cause it’d be freezing. But I know you’ve got a 200 day+ running streak, and I’d love for you to write about that!!”
(Me, Bailey again):
Hehe, my favourite topic! Running, and practically the only thing I do when I have time. I started in 7th grade. All the years before that I thought running was stupid and only losers do it (newsflash, that is so not the case, and some of my best friends that I’ve ever had have been runners. And they are incredible humans). I started that because I was a couch potato and I didn’t do anything. I wasn’t overweight or anything, but I knew that if I continued on that path I’d become really unhealthy and I didn’t want that to happen. In 7th grade, I only did sprints and was still kinda opposed to it. I figured I’d give running distance a try in 8th grade and had a ton of fun with the people. During 8th I also did soccer. Then freshman year of high school I chose soccer over distance. I had a really bad experience (bullying by the coach, toxic team, etc that I don’t really want to go into) and then I decided to manage a different team Sophomore year. The seasons were at the same time so I couldn’t do both. I was still running every summer though. Why did I share that story? Partly because I wanted to. The other reason is that as you can see it hasn’t been something I’ve always done. You can start running at any age and you don’t always have to. You can not do it for a while and come back to it. You’re right. I’m over 200 days in my running streak. Actually, I have 243 days (including today), and started it July 1st after a one-month break from my last one. It’s mostly a stress release for me. I have a lot of things to deal with every day (like everyone) and I’m trapped at home. I love the fresh air and the pushing myself to be better and knowing I become stronger every day, so that motivates me. With that being said, I’m smart about it. I take short-run days where I only run a mile. And other long-run days where I take it at a slower pace than I normally would. Don’t attempt a streak unless you know you can handle it. You have to know your own limits and you have to eat right and get enough sleep or it can lead to negative impacts such as fractures and overuse injuries. That sounds pretty scary (in regards to the van). I don’t know where you live, or if there has been a history of those sorta people, but try not to worry too much about it. It only happened once, nothing happened and from what it sounds like, it was in the past. I’ve had that sorta thing happen a lot. I don’t know why, but cars (or rather any vehicle) like to slow down when they are right next to you, and then speed up when they are past you. It really p.isses me off because oftentimes I just want to cross the street and I can’t because there is this giant thing in the way of me. If you don’t feel safe running you can get, pepper spray, a phone case with a built-in taser (if you have a phone), a loud whistle, telling people where you are running, running with people, varying your route, etc. There’s a lot of protection stuff that you can do just in case. Personally, I don’t carry any of that or do it. Probably I shouldn’t admit that for many people out there, but it’s not like any of you know where I live. I live in a relatively safe area and am under the motto that if anything happens to me, I’ll deal with it then or afterward. I won’t go down without a fight and I know my capabilities. Maybe that’s not the best strategy, but it works for me. I know some people worry every day about it and stress themselves to the point of paranoia. I don’t get that. It’s okay to be worried, but if you are that worried, learn to protect yourself. For the 0 degrees thing, (I’m not sure if it’s at freezing in celsius or way below in Fahrenheit). Definitely bundle up. And if you are going to wear a jacket to try and keep your core warm, try a water-resistant coat rather than a waterproof, because that traps *all* the heat in and you end up overheating. Make sure you are also covering your hands and ears and any other part of you that loses heat at a faster rate. Anyways, thank you for writing in! I definitely was long-winded and could’ve shortened this, but…. I hope that those of you reading this enjoyed it at least a little. I’m sorry if you didn’t. And I’m sorry for any eyestrain you got while reading my essay on my running life basically. XD
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Well, folks, this is the end of the post. I’m surprised you made it this far since it was super long (without me meaning to have it this long- but fangirling about running too much). I hope you have an amazing rest of your week and see ya for the next council post next week.
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Wow, that certainly sounds… fun. Breathing soggy mask air and all. I’m going back to in-person school tomorrow. I’ve never had a first day of school in March before.
I think I’ve read that before! I would assume rainier areas get more lightning, or places with monsoon seasons or something. I live in Washington DC, so i wouldn’t know.
SOPHIE HAS A GREAT ARC IN THE FIRST THREE BOOKS BUT A LOT OF HER GROWTH IS ERASED BY BOOK SIX AND I’M UPSET ABOUT IT
Yeah, I used to do “running” in third, fourth, and fifth grade. I say that in quotes because in reality, what I would do was run around the corner, where the coaches couldn’t see me, and then walk the rest of the way and talk with my friends. I am exercise-resistant.
The other day, I took a walk to my old school and I was terrified that I was gonna get hit by a car. Then, when I was like, two minutes away from my house and thinking I was in the clear, I stepped off the curb and almost got hit. It was scary. The lady who was driving yelled at me. I was sad. Also I spent ten minutes pressing the wrong button at a crosswalk and wondering why the stupid light wouldn’t change. So that was a good time.
Bailey, I hope you never have to beat up a creep who tries to abduct you.
Oh plz tag me! This is such a cool post and don’t worry about fangirling about running, I love doing it too 😂😂
Oh i do have a question tho about your steak. So let’s say you go on a road trip and you’re in the car all day. You don’t have time to run before you leave out once you get there. Do you start your streak over of just let yourself have that day off?
Oop I’m sorry. Apparently I’m bad at replying to comments.
Added you to the list!
Ummm well I mean that’s never happened. At one point we were in the car and arrived at our location at 11:50 pm. My rule is that it has to be at least 1 mile to count. So I put on my running gear and ran.
If I miss a day, my streak is over.
…I saw it coming but I’m honestly disappointed that it’s Reika because the Southern base arc has been going on for like, half of the aired episodes/nearly a quarter of the entire show and I’m sick of it. I just want happy Rintaro back.
I’d make a great kamen rider, I want to be dead and as a female there would be a 90% chance I’d die.
Please don’t worry about me I’m fine.
I’ve been saying “how’s life” in place of “how are you” (no real reason, just happened randomly) and Jonathan has started specifically asking me how’s life I’m thrilled I love it. Then I ran into this meme
I love that at work we have people like Octdros that are all “sir” “ma’am” “miss” and “mister” and then there’s me “Oi eejit” “sup nerd” “aight dweeb” “bloody weeb” (this is a joke, clearly)
My week was good. My acting teacher made the whole class send her a video of us doing a scene from Juno. PURE TORTURE I’m not even a teenager yet and AUGHHHHH THE ROMANCE AHHHHHHH *continues to scream*
My week was ok. And Sophie 100% has depth!! Proof? Every single page of every single book she’s in
Late!! Look at me. I promise I’ll be on time next week. (Cause I decide the time! Mwahaha)
Oh my gosh I get you I had lunch at school with 3 other people and was like in seventh heaven.
Been diving down a rabbit hole of Mars stuff because Perseverance and her friend Ingenuity.
I actually know this one! It’s some lake in Venezuela? The way the mountains are situated by the lake it blocks a lot of thunderstorms from moving past or caused thunderstorms or something so yeah. Don’t know the name of the lake though so I’m very unhelpful.
Sophie is like the definition of character growth. Princess, to witch, to evil princess-witch, to good princess-witch, to satisfied princess-witch, in a drastic oversimplification. I love Sophie.
I watched most of the hunger games movies. That, folks, is how you adapt a good books series. Six of Crows, Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles… take note. You too, SGE, I just figured you wouldn’t need it. (I don’t know why I’m rambling about something so obvious you all know this)
Uh, yeah, that’s a wrap.
Well aren’t I late! I think Sophie had a LOT of growth in the first half of the series, but then it did a flip and now she’s flat again :/ LIKE WHY WHY W H Y
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