Our girls have been involved with Girls on The Run (GOTR) for the last 4 years. It is an awesome program that teaches the girls important life skills and builds confidence through accomplishment. Each season culminates in a county-wide celebratory 5k. I have watched as the girls have blossomed, building confidence and improving their self-esteem through this program. Each year, they have made comments about how they wished I could run it with them. It truly was wishful thinking as we all knew I was in no shape to even try.
This year, though, Shianne asked me to do it with her. I have been feeling better than ever and if there was ever a time, it would be now. I said, “Yes. Let’s do it”. As we got closer to starting to train, Shianne reassured me that many of the girls and coaches walk, so not to worry. Perhaps she sensed my self-doubt. Because, honestly, I am NOT a runner and was regretting having said yes. I vividly remember being super anxious when we had to do the mile run back in middle and high school. Even though I played sports and was in pretty good shape, I could not do it without taking time to rest and walk. I really only said yes because I couldn’t bring myself to say no and I wanted to support Shianne.
But then I set out to do a training run today and realized something inside of me has changed. I have spent weeks running with the girls and other coaches as we teach the girls lessons about self-worth, self-talk, and finding their inner “start power”. I am quite certain that through all of this, I have learned more than I’ve taught and been coached more than I’ve coached. Because of this, my impossible turned into something I believed I could achieve. And when I believed I could, I did! (while Jeff and the girls ran off to the waterpark on vacation :-))
I am so grateful to be involved in this program. What started out as something I was doing to support Shianne has morphed into a personal journey that far surpasses my wildest imagination..