Well it’s official – the spring 2013 session of Girls on the Run ended on Friday with the girls running their 5K. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but it was amazing! From the time I arrived until the start of the race I spent my time spraying glitter in hair, placing temporary tattoos and tying ribbons. All of the girls so excited to get all glammed up for the run.
I spotted some of the girls from my school and I could tell they were nervous and excited all at once. There were little sisters and brothers running around waiting to cheer on their big sisters. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, were holding signs up for the girls. The atmosphere was magical.
The first girl finished in 25 minutes! Crazy! As each girl finished we gave them their medal and certificate. I was so proud watching all my girls finish!
Since Friday, I have been reflecting on the last three months with these girls. Even though they sometimes drove me crazy, it was worth it to see them accomplish the 5K at the end and gain so much confidence in themselves doing it.
Here is a little look back at our time together:
Since the weather was so nasty this year, we spent a lot of time in the gym. This wasn’t ideal, but we made it work. During this particular day, the girls earned stickers and hair ties for X number of laps completed. The girls had a great time competing against each other and trying to earn all of their prizes!
Again – due to the weather we had to come up with a service project that let us stay indoors. This year the girls made a fleece blanket which they donated to Youth Emergency Shelters & Services (YESS). They also all made hand-written notes to the girls as YESS that were encouraging and positive!
Toward the middle of the session, the girls ran a practice 5K. They took a short break here to pose for a picture for me. They all did a great job finishing the entire 3.1 miles that day. We celebrated with animal cookies and Gatorade at the finish!
I am so lucky to have coached this group of girls and I will never forget this experience. I hope I can continue to be a part of Girls on the Run in the future!