Back in February, I blogged about becoming a coach for Girls On The Run. At the time I had no idea what I was actually getting myself into. I’ve worked with girls and female focused curriculum for the past six years, but there was never a strong emphases on physical activity. So teaching a lesson with an athletic component was totally new to me.
About a month later I blogged about my first day as Coach Minnie. It was on this day I knew the next 10 weeks of my life were going to be life changing. Our workout/lesson topics included Having Gratitude, Bullying, Body Language, Eating Healthy, and many others. All of the lessons and training sessions led up to the Girls On The Run DFW 5K that took place this past weekend.
Many of our girls were nervous about running the race and possibly coming in last. But I assured them that they would do great. Throughout the program, I reminded them about breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. I also told them that when they get out there on the pavement, to not worry about anyone else. They were instructed to focus on themselves and do their best. “Everyone’s 100% looks different and I want you to give your 100%“ is what I told some of them, whom I knew were a little concerned about how they would perform.
The girls did fabulous and I am still smiling from ear to ear about the GOTRDFW 5K. I invited some of the ladies from Black Girls Run to be buddies for the girls who did not have an adult to run with them.
Unfortunately, I didn’t run the entire race. Due to the dog attack that happened two weeks ago, I’ve been easing my way back into running. I did run the last mile with one of the girls.
I can go on and on and on about race day and the GOTR program as a whole. But I won’t I’ll just share some pictures.
Monisha Randolph is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach and the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha or to purchase a copy of her book please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Feel free to follow her on Twitter and join her Fan Community on Facebook.