Ready, Set, Run!

We have been practicing our ENERGY AWARD cheers all summer and we CANNOT wait to start our Fall season! In the spirit of starting the season, we wanted to share our TOP THREE tips for getting ready for the season.

STRETCH! One of the most important parts of any workouts is stretching your muscles. But why stop there? Not only do we want to encourage our teams to stretch our muscles we also want you to s-t-r-e-t-c-h your comfort zone. Go into this season with an open heart and an open mind and you will be amazed by how much these lil’ GOTR girls will help you stretch and transform into the best version of YOU! Whether you are a coach or a parent, your GOTR girl(s) has her own unique way of learning the lesson and demonstrating her knowledge. Ask her questions! When you challenge her to think critically about what she is learning, she will in turn challenge and teach you.

LEARN TO LOVE THE EMAIL *DING* NOTIFICATION! We here at Girls on the Run of the Rockies like to keep you in the know! Throughout the season we will send you a 411 to make sure you have all the information you need. Coaches, don’t be afraid to send the parents an email to recap the week. Parents, don’t be afraid to reach out to your coach or the GOTR Rockies staff when you have questions, concerns, praise, or even an inspiring story. We love to hear from you and we will try our best to make you love our emails with engaging and important content.

START TRAINING! One of the most rewarding parts of the season is seeing every single GOTR girl finish the race that they have been training for, the only thing sweeter is seeing her complete it with the ones that love and support her. While all coaches are registered to run already, parents, friends, the mailman, your sister’s friend’s roommate’s mom can also register to run. CLICK HERE to register to run! Need help with a training plan? There are a few apps and a few online training plans that can help you get going. Couch to 5K is a free app that will get you to your goal in 8 weeks OR you can CLICK HERE for an online 10 week training plan. You don’t have to be a runner to have fun and celebrate the season!

5 Reasons to be a Coach…

It is not easy to pick *just five* reasons why coaching is so rewarding but we did our best! Here are 5 reasons (in no particular order) why we think coaching ROCKS!

SERIOUS GIRL POWER! Now, more than ever, girls need strong role models. Being a GOTR coach gives you the chance to mentor a group of girls and show them how much your star power can shine at any age. Girls on the Run has already done all of the leg work of creating the curriculum and detailing each lesson down to the minute. Your job is just to enjoy the experience and make sure you are doing your very best to communicate the lesson while bringing in your own pizzazz!

YOU CAN RUN A 5K TOO! If you are like me, a 5K is a LOFTY goal. I never thought I could run more than two minutes. I tried apps and plans but running was my arch nemesis… then I started coaching at Girls on the Run. I told myself that if these girls can train and run a 5K, I can too. I started running at practice. I would run a lap and then walk and chat for a lap. I loved when the girls zoomed by me and shouted, “GREAT JOB!” I was motivated by my team, I worked in some running on the days when I wasn’t coaching, and I did it! From coaching, I set bigger goals for myself and have been able to achieve them.

IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in others’ lives but also help you feel fulfilled- mind, body, and soul. You will go through these lessons with the girls and you will be surprised with how much you will learn! As you reflect on what you are teaching the girls, we want you to bring your own experiences to the circle. The girls want to connect with you and the more you can bring your own experience and share what makes you special, the better!

YOU DESERVE TO HAVE SOME FUN! Being a GOTR coach is fun! Having 10-15 bright, smiley faces greet you after school twice a week is the best destressor. You can check your worries at the door and focus on the immense value you are bringing to the lives of the girls on your team. For 90 minutes twice a week, you only have to think about your team and their energy- we want our GOTR girls to be okay with feeling every emotion so we talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly and help the GOTR girls work through their triumphs and struggles which makes us, as coaches, feel AMAZING!

YOU CAN CHANGE GIRLS’ LIVES! By volunteering your time and energy to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident, you can make a lasting impact on their lives. One parent told us, “This has been a very positive program for my daughter. She is now standing up for herself. She used to be bothered by girls saying mean things, not anymore…” We aren’t just teaching running- we are teaching girls to set goals and work towards them. We are teaching girls to stand up for themselves. And we are teaching girls to grow up to be strong women!