A few Saturdays ago was our big Girls on the Run 5k. This is always my favorite part of the season, when the girls finally achieve what they’ve been working towards all season.
I haven’t said much about Girls on the Run on here (well I didn’t say much of anything on here for a couple months). To be honest, I really debated about doing it this year. My plate was already full and even though the lessons are already planned, it’s a big time commitment. This was especially true this year because two of our previous coaches weren’t able to coach this year, leaving me with a lot more responsibility.
After a lot of thought, I decided to do it. It’s such a great program and if I didn’t coach, I’m not sure our team would have happened at all. With so much negativity in our world, it’s important to me that if I can make a difference in someone’s life, I will and I truly believe Girls on the Run makes a big impact.
I’m not going to lie. It was stressful balancing it with everything else in my life. It became even more difficult when pregnancy fatigue hit hard and some practices I had absolutely no energy. Luckily the other two coaches were fantastic and it was a great group of girls. Most practices ran smoothly.
I’m not going to post pictures from the race out of respect for the girls’ privacy. I will say that they all finished and I couldn’t have been more proud. I’ve ran with the same girl the past two years and I was excited to do our third 5k together. I was a little nervous because she’s the fastest girl on our team but I was able to keep up with her until the very end when she sprinted towards the finish line.
I will share these two pictures to encourage everyone to get out there and volunteer or at least do something nice for someone else. Girls on the Run is such a great program and I’m proud and grateful to be part of it.
A letter one of the girls wrote:
Dear girls on the run coaches,
Thank you for taking time out of your day to spend time with us. This program encourages me to run after school on days I don’t have girls on the run. The other girls on the team help my star power shine bright even though I have rough times at home. The stop and take a breather technique helps me a lot a home and school. Thank you for all the fun you plan for me and team. Don’t forget me and I won’t forget you.
If that’s not rewarding, I don’t know what is.