Peaches & Herb’s “Reunited” has been stuck in my head since last Monday. I flew into LA late last Sunday night, and early Monday morning flew with the KIPP Academy of Opportunity staff to Houston for the KIPP School Summit. I was greeted by Ashley and Alaina who were already in Houston for a leadership training. They surprised me with balloons, flowers, wine, cards and a cute graduation stuffed animal. I love those girls! Summit was such a fun way to celebrate the end of such an intense summer. We went to an Astros Game, bonded as a KIPP LA region at Lucky Strike, Karen delivered the best Art PD session, we were inspired to go from Good to Great by Jim Collins, celebrated 20 years of KIPP with Mary J. Blige and Common and were encouraged by our little KIPPsters to keep fighting the good fight. The experience was truly inspirational.
We got back to LA on Friday afternoon. I did piles on laundry, went grocery shopping, ran a nice slow beach run and ate Kogi at First Fridays. It felt so good to be back on the beach. Saturday morning Brent, Ellen and I ran ten miles on the beach and ate brunch with Sarah, Alaina and Anna at Playa Provisions (restaurant review coming soon). Sunday morning I was back at Lululemon for my 43rd run with Kathy and the Lululemon group. We ran our nice eight mile loop.
And this morning I was back at CLARE Foundation’s Back on My Feet group. So many of the runners have improved in the past six weeks. A bunch of them are gearing up to run the Long Beach Half Marathon in October. I’m signed up too! Right now I’m sitting on my couch drinking coffee before heading over to school for a day full of meetings. School starts in a week!