This morning I volunteered to run as a “Buddy” in a local Girls on the Run (GOTR) event.
GOTR is a non-profit I’ve heard about for a few years now but I never really looked into it because, well, I don’t have girls. My hands are full these two knuckleheads.
(This is a shot from our quick Christmas card photo shoot yesterday.)
Anyway, when a friend from the gym who is a GOTR coach asked for volunteers to run today, I decided to step up. I was planning on running anyway, and I thought this would be a good way to learn more about what GOTR was all about.
Running Buddies are one way you can volunteer. According to the GOTR website:
Ready. Set. Go! Lace up your sneakers, put on your GOTR gear and get ready for a 5k experience unlike any other. The excitement in the air is palpable as the girls meet their teammates, get their pictures taken, chant “Girls on the Run is so much fun” and squeeze in a final energy award before heading to the starting line. Your girl may want to hold your hand, skip, sprint or walk, and no matter what she chooses, you’ll be the support she needs along the course. And at the end, when the finish line comes into sight, you will never forget the look on her face as she crosses and realizes that, indeed, she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to do. Ready to run? Take the first step today.
I was paired with a 6th grader who was, and I quote, “feisty and fast.”
My initial reactions was… Whoa! Can we define fast? ‘Cause fast I am not! But the GOTR coach assured me we’d be fine.
And we were! I don’t want to share any personal details about her on the blog, but she was great. It took about a mile for her to warm up to me, and (I think) realize I could keep up with her, but after that, we chatted about her Dad, camping, and army aspirations.
Here she is wearing the GOTR cape sprinting to try to beat her Math teacher.
It was nice getting to know her while running on a gorgeous December morning and I loved the energy at this event. I think this is going to be a yearly tradition for me and I’m going to look into ways I could get more involved.
It also got me thinking about ways I can motivate and inspire my boys too. As they get older I’m finding it harder and harder, but I’ll save that for another post.
In other news…
- Last night was family date night, and we took the boys to see The Lion King downtown.
We had a blast even though the kids complained all week about “having” to go — I was about to murder them. Once we got there, however, and the show started they were mesmerized. It was a little long for the 6-year-old (he fell asleep during one of the solo performances in the second act) but other than that, it was a wonderful experience.
- Friday night was a real date night. The Husband and I went to Maggies Farm for dinner and drinks. It was just what we needed after a long week.
- Speaking of, work has been keeping me busy in the best possible way, and I love my new job.
- I’m also back 100% at the gym and started following Comptrain’s open athlete programming. I have to scale a lot of it, but it’s challenging me, and I’m really enjoying it. After nearly two months off of lifting and CrossFit post-hysterectomy, it feels good to be pushing myself again.
Other than that not much has been going on in my world. By the time I get home in the evenings after fighting rush-hour traffic, I’m pretty-much done which is why you haven’t heard from me much. I rarely even get on my computer mid-week at home anymore. Although, that’s about to change because I make a lot of gifts out of photos and such for the holidays and they are sneaking up on me!
It’s going to be a crazy month for sure.