Showing posts with label Girls on the Run. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Girls on the Run. Show all posts

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I Just Can't Stop

Today was my favorite race.

You know the race that I have never ran.  That's right: Girls on the Run Fall 5k.  Ok. Well it is tied for favorite with the Girls on the Run Spring 5k.  

I volunteer at both of them every year, and I love it.  I love it so much.  I always sign up to be a course monitor so I can cheer the girls on and see them in action as they experience the benefits of running on their confidence and self-esteem.

I drug my sister-in-law, Amanda, out of bed at 6am to join me.  I think she may have been a little reluctant at first but at the end of the morning we both on such a "feel good" high.

We were fortunate enough to get the dream job as a course monitor.  We were stationed immediately at the front and then transitioned to the first station right before the finish.  Best of both worlds.  We wished them the best and then we brought them home.  

For an hour, we stood there and cheered, screamed, danced and clapped for over an hour.  It was so inspirational.  I always get a little teary.  It's not your typical race, it's probably more than half of the entrants first race and the other half their coaches and personal cheerleaders.

Worth it!
Course Monitor Fail!! Get that Semi off the course!
awesome dancing....naturally

It totally exhausted me, but I spent the rest of the day shopping, watching home videos, eating know, the usual.

Now, I am just spending some time with my boo, Goliath by the fire roasting marshmallows.

Do you have a favorite race?
Do you volunteer at any of your local running events?
How was your Saturday?

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Invest Your Love

Saturday was the Fall Girls on the Run 5k, I signed up to volunteer. I
swear if I don't run this as a coach, I will always be volunteering.
If y'all don't know what GOTR is google it or look up the Spring 5k
recap in the blog history.

It's an amazing organization, that I really wish I had the time to be
more involved with. For now, I will just have to be a course monitor
twice a year. It was wicked cold, the wind was absolutely frigid. If I
hadn't promised to be there I would not have been outside, let alone
running in it. More than half of those girls looked absolutely
miserable. Lucky for me, the runners had to pass through my
intersection three times. The evolution of misery as the miles passed
was such a beautiful metaphor. On their third pass, they were in the
finish chute-and seeing them realize "hay! It's over and it wasn't
THAT bad!" was totally legendary. Why? Because no matter how many
races you do, no matter how good you get: you always feel that way in
the chute.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Girls on the Run 5k

What an awesome race! For those of you who don't know what Girls on the Run is all about, here's their goal:

To educate and prepare girls for a life time of self-respect and healthy living through running.

You can read more about them, their events and get involved HERE.

Of all the races I've been to, this one had to be in top five-and get this: I DIDN'T EVEN RUN IT! Yeah, I know right? I signed up to volunteer as a course monitor, and I had a blast. It was so weird to be on that side of the racing experience, but it was incredibly motivating. For many of the girls, it was the first 5k and for the rest? They were most likely experienced roadsters pacing with a preteen as a "running buddy."

I've seen their bright green shirts at many, many races and always wanted to get involved somehow. I even *foolishly* applied for a board job. I AM a girl on the run, am I right? When I found them, I knew I NEEDED to be involved somehow. Well, I had to start somewhere. Now, I have my bright green shirt and maybe, hopefully one day soon I'll be running side-by-side with a tweener on her first race.

In a race where everyone's Bib was #1 and no timing chips, it becomes increasingly clear that just by being there you're winning. Is that corny or what? It's cornball cheese because it's true. BUT it was a race, so of course there was a winner and guess what? A woman won. Isn't that like unheard of? Especially in a 5k, I did some research and a woman has never won any of the races I've competed. And not only did she win? She dominated. Admittedly, when she ran, nay sprinted by my post I got chills. I'd like to buy her a beer or maybe a protein shake, and just talk about her form.

There were two other participants of note: The fifth place finisher, and one of the last finishers. The kid that took one of the top ten spots was as tall as my femur, had thick glasses and was wearing basketball shorts to the ground. He reminded me of that kid in Jerry Maguire, ya know this one. He didn't even look old enough to be running alone. Not only did he run the course alone, but he finished alone. One of the last girls to finish was part of a giant school group, they all wore matching shirts, and all of them but her had finished. The course was set up so that you ran adjacent to the finish for about three hundred meters in a loop around a parking lot. When the sole remainder of their team approached the last three hundred meters they all jumped back on the course with her, and supported her to the arch marked "FINISH!"

What. An. Awesome. Race.