Today was the first day of Spring Season of Girls on the Run! This season is very different than the Fall because I’m now a HEAD COACH (the Husband is my assistant coach), and I’m at a new school with new girls.
The Husband and I were nervous and excited. We spent last night prepping our materials and planning out minute-by-minute how we wanted the first day to go. Of course, we got a little off schedule and unexpected things popped up, but it went very smoothly and everyone had fun – which is the ultimate goal, of course!
The Husband is a hit… Thank goodness for cute English accents.
We arrived a little bit early so we could walk the track with my Garmin 305 on and see how long it is.
After introductions and rules, we played a name game and a getting-to-know-you game. At one point, all the girls were lined up to start a game, and I quickly went down the row and snapped a First Day picture of each of them (with nametags on). I’m going to use the photos as ‘flash cards’ to help me learn their names quickly (I am really bad with names!).
Then – we ran! The first day is pretty low-key, so I urged the girls to just run 4 or 5 laps. Some coaches choose to focus less on the running and lap counting than I do, but I’m a stickler for laps. GOTR is about more than running (or walking or skipping), but I also want the girls to feel trained for the 5K so they don’t feel out-of-shape and miserable. Most of the girls ran 4 or 5 laps today distance but one girl ran 6 laps, which we determined was about a mile (a little over). I was so proud of her!
Pre-GOTR lunch was a veggie burger (Morningstar brand) with pickles and cheese and an apple:
And post-GOTR, I had some yogurt.
I better get back to work… I have a book to finish!
I was planning to do a long run today, but the end is so-so-so-so close with the book and I’d rather finish it up NOW than drag it out a few more days. :) A rest day is needed, mentally and physically.