What’s that sound?
That’s the sound of me catching my breath. Whew!
What an extremely busy chaotic fun tiring and rewarding spring I have had. With my kids I’ve just brought to close a season of soccer, lacrosse, track & field, Girl Scouts, and Girls On The Run coaching. As busy and exhausting as we have been since February and as happy as I am to have some time to breathe and look forward to summer break, I miss my Girls already. If you haven’t been involved with the Girls on The Run program I highly suggest looking into it and finding a way to get involved. It’s geared toward girls in 3rd-5th grade and is part empowerment/self-esteem training and part running training. We started in the freezing wet cold of February and ended last weekend with a Celebration 5K run and party. India was in 5th grade this year so she joined in and I coached her team of 15 rowdy, fun-loving, complicated and sweet girls. Here’s a little snippet of my girls learning about their inner beauty and grasping with their physical and mental challenges and strengths. Thanks to my brave co-coach Darcy and all the support staff and parents who helped us have such a successful season. Our school had 2 teams and all 27 girls finished the 5K.
The girls braved the sleet and freezing temperatures to cheer on the coaches, teachers and parents who ran the Gazelle Girl half marathon in April and then luckily we had warmer weather for our practice 5K a few weeks later.
Final Celebration 5K race day, crossing the finish line with my smiling running buddies, and my lovely team.
I will never forget the inspirational, weepy, made-for-tv-movie moment of the entire stadium and 2400+ runners waiting for the very last finisher of the race to come through the stadium to finish her run. She was a member of our team and this was a huge accomplishment for her. The second we saw her enter, our team stormed the track and ran the last lap with her, clapping and chanting “Go Gracie!” and before long many other runners from other teams were joining us on the track and the stadium joined in our chant. It was a beautiful testament of our girls’ empathy and team spirit. I think it was a shared moment of many of the girls (and coaches) to realize the personal growth we have all made together.
And finally our whole gorgeous team, coaches, directors, parents and teachers who celebrated with us that day. Whole bunch of girls on the run…thank you ladies!