Days since my release from 26 years in prison: 45
Time I woke: 4:15 am
Journal of activities:
For the first time in longer than two weeks, I woke without any pain on my ankle. I left the house early so that I could squeeze a long run before I would have to drive to San Francisco State University to teach my fifth class. I always look forward to spending my Thursdays at the university library, where I work quietly. Today I knew that I would have to work alone because Carole was scheduled to work at the hospital. My run went really well. I ran 12 miles, which was the longest I’ve run since my injury and I felt fine. I returned home and got ready, then drove into the city. A reporter from Germany met me at the university to interview me for a German magazine about my experience of talking at the TEDx event last spring. I spent the rest of the afternoon working on preparations for my class in the evening. I looked forward to a vibrant discussion with my students. Two guest speakers were scheduled to join me, and both had served long stretches of time in the juvenile justice system. Unfortunately, when I concluded the class, I walked away feeling dispirited, as if I let the students down. I have high expectations of inspiring the students to want to learn more about the criminal justice system, but in order to reach my goal, I must work harder with more extensive preparations and class exercises. I learned from the class I led tonight, and I’m determined to improve. Business Insider published a wonderful article about my friend Greg Reyes and me today.
- Time: 4:45 am
- Lenght of time: 2.2 hours
- Miles run today: 12
- Weather: Beautiful and sunny in Petaluma
- Consecutive days: 5
- Cumulative miles since day off: 40
- Pushups today: 0
- Cumulative pushups for month: 0
- Annual marathon tally: 6
I’m grateful that the pain in my ankle subsided and that I’m feeling closer to a full recovery.
I met with a journalist from Germany today and also with all of my students. I also had two guest speakers attend my class. One was DeAngelo Cortijo, the other was Frankie Guzman.
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