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Girls on the Run: The Next Generation


I am back from my hiatus!  I think my last blog post was somewhere in the late summer time frame? While I might have been slacking on my blogging, I was definitely not slacking in other areas of my life – trust me.  It’s been non-stop the past few months – new job, new certifications, new classes, new recipes… but I will save some of those items for my next posts.  You know, sometimes you have to let the suspense build a little.

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Teen Coaching-up the girls

Teen and I just wrapped up another season of volunteer coaching for Girls on the Run at our local YMCA.  In case you have never heard of Girls on the Run (GOTR), here is some info from their website:

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

We believe that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, and can change the world.

Girls on the Run is an after school program that uses volunteer coaches who work with girls over a few months to build their confidence in life – and their confidence in running!  The program culminates with a large 5k at the end of the program where the girls run or run/walk the course with a “running buddy” (often a family member or family friend).  The program incorporates life lessons into games – and gives the girls an opportunity to open up to a new circle of friends and coaches.  Some of the lessons we discuss include: healthy eating, healthy lifestyle choices, honesty, anti-bullying, kindness, encouraging others, and how to overcome life’s obstacles.

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All smiles after the 5k was completed!

As a parent (*it feels kind of funny to be able to say that now*), this program teaches all the values you would want to instill in your daughter.

The most exciting thing about the GOTR program – is watching the girls’ running levels evolve.  For many of the girls that we have coached, this was their first (and hopefully not last) foray into running!  They had no idea how long a 5K was – and when we tell them it’s 3.1 miles – you see the fear come over their faces.  “I can’t do that. That’s soooooo far. Running that far is impossible.  Will I get lost on the course? Will I die?”  Yup  – the coaches have heard it all.

GOTR practice is not complete without a little dance session…

The good news – “Yes you can run or walk that far.  It’s only 3.1 miles and have a few months to train.  You will enjoy running that far when we are through with you! And no, you will not die or get lost on the course.  We will be out there sweating with you the whole way!”

Girls on the Run makes the impossible seem possible.  We follow a training plan prescribed by the program – with a few little modifications that might arise due to weather or time change.  We take what might be a daunting task – and break it into achievable segments that will build the girls confidence.  The best part of this program – it is not about how FAST you run; this program is all about getting moving!!  Run, walk, skip, hop, jump rope – we don’t care – as long as you keep moving.

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Now – let’s flip the script.  Is there any tasks or challenges out there that you thought you couldn’t do that you overcame?  I have several things I thought I couldn’t do – but now I have accomplished!  Running a marathon (up to 7 completed now I think?), BodyFlow certified (I once hated yoga and now I LOVE it!), Crow pose, and most recently BodyCombat certified!  On a personal level – I am now a mom!  Let that one marinate for a little bit.  The girl that said she would never, ever, no way, no how, not over my dead body, ever-ever-ever having kids….  Yeah that girl had a kid.  And it might have been my best decision to date, sleepless nights and all.

Ok, so let’s hear it.  What are your fitness challenges?  Did you have a plan for overcoming those challenges?




One thought on “Girls on the Run: The Next Generation

  1. Awwww I love this! I coached for GOTR last spring and had a blast doing it! It’s such a fun program and I’ll never forget crossing the finish line with the last girl on my team. Also, I’m currently that never-ever-ever having a baby person, and it’s cool to know that if I ever change my mind it will be worth it 🙂

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