Friday, May 21, 2010

girls on the run!

i try not to use the word "hate" a lot. but,




i've always been really bad at running...i always dreaded the mile run in p.e. and was embarrassed at how slow i was/am. but, i really respect runners and hold them in high esteem for their dedication and commitment.

girls on the run is a way cool national organization (it's in canada too, canuks!) whose mission is "To educate and prepare girls for a life time of self-respect and healthy living." its objective is "to educate and empower girls at an early age in order to prevent the display of at-risk activities in the future. At risk activities include substance/alcohol use, eating disorders, early onset of sexual activity, sedentary lifestyle, depression, suicide attempts and confrontations with the juvenile justice system."

isn't that awesome?

basically, the girls train together for a couple of months in order to prepare for a 5k race. the workouts are fun and uplifting and help the girls learn how to keep themselves healthy. at our school, the girls are in third through sixth grade and they have been working hard to train for their 5k race, which is on sunday.

during the race, every girl has an adult buddy runner to ensure her safety and to encourage her as she runs. i volunteered to be a buddy runner.

did you hear that? let me repeat.

i volunteered

to be

a buddy runner.


i know, crazy shenanigans. what's awesome is that i am actually paired with two of my former students. i taught A and J when they were in first grade and they are still the same sweet, silly and chatty girls they were when they were six. can't believe they're big bad 5th graders now! i'm really excited to be their buddy runner!

but, i'm also really worried about running 3.1 miles. eek! i know, for those of you marathon runners, 3.1 miles is, quite literally, a walk in the park. but for someone who just doesn't run, it's a little daunting. double eek!

go london towne lions! :)


  1. I give you big props! you go! We have this program at my school too.

  2. So I gotta know how this turned out.
    And from one running-phobe to another... you can do it. I, too, dreaded the mile in high school. I could barely make it one lap around our 1/4-mile track. And guess what, 3 marathons later, I'm still alive!


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