Passions for running, travel and learning are coming together this winter for Pat Mosey, science teacher at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Savage. A veteran marathon runner, Mosey will soon be running in one of the most inhospitable climates in the world as she participates in the 2015 Antarctica Marathon on March 9.
Being an educator, Mosey is not missing this opportunity to teach her students – and anyone else who wants to learn – more about Antarctica. Activities in the science classroom have included a live webinar with Antarctic researches, and Hidden Valley’s running club is working on running enough miles (8,925) to get Mosey all the way to her destination. Plus, she’s been keeping a blog to document her preparation for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Read it at http://moseyonisd191.blogspot.com.
Here some questions and answers with marathoner and science teacher Pat Mosey.
What made you think to run a marathon in Antarctica?
I have always enjoyed running outside. Unless I’m stuck on a ship or in a dangerous city, a treadmill is my last resort. I prefer running in colder temperatures during the fall and especially the winter. My mom, at 89, has been on every continent and shared all the excitement of Penguins on Antarctica. I try and tie my races into a vacation, learning experience or chance to get together with a family member. When I heard that there was a marathon on Antarctica, I immediately put my name on the waiting list. I’ve traveled and run in the Arctic Circle and now would like to run at bottom of the Earth.
Besides running a lot, how are you preparing for the unique challenges of this marathon?
I love running in the winter. I like to be the first person to put my footprints in the snow. So I get up between 4 and 5 a.m. each day. Weekends I sleep in. I’ve been running in snowshoes and cross country skiing in front of my house on Prior Lake. Also, I’ve been trying different types of clothing for below zero temperatures. I’ve been researching on-line from past races and what life is like on this continent.
What's your marathoning history? How many? Other continents?
To date, I’ve completed 34 marathons, in 15 states. I’ve run while on vacation in Europe (Iceland, Norway, England and Scotland), and South America (Galapagos Islands and Ecuador). All of my marathons have been in North America.
Are you using this experience as a teaching tool for your students? How?
Yes, our PALS Mileage Club has been running since Oct. 1. They are putting in the miles that it will take me to travel from Hidden Valley to Antarctica. We estimated about 8, 925 miles. To date (Dec. 19), we have completed 1,076 miles.
I’ve had my students jot down questions about Antarctica, what they want me to find out or test. Here are some of their responses:
- Do Penguins dance like they do in the movie?
- Do they travel in packs?
- What is the tallest glacier? How thick is the ice?
- What is the average temperature?
- When you sweat, does your sweat freeze?
Many want me to bring back a picture.
What else should people know about this adventure?
My sister is traveling with me and is running the half marathon. People always laugh and say that they always see me running. So if they want to hang out with me, they have to run. So a few years ago I had t-shirts made for my kids, who have always been competitive athletes. Their shirts say “I run to be with mom.”