Today was the first day of Spring Season of Girls on the Run! This season is very different than the Fall because Iâ€™m now a HEAD COACH (the Husband is my assistant coach), and Iâ€™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 â€“ which is the ultimate goal, of course!
The Husband is a hitâ€¦ 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). Iâ€™m going to use the photos as â€˜flash cardsâ€™ to help me learn their names quickly (I am really bad with names!).
Then â€“ 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 Iâ€™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 donâ€™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 workâ€¦ 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 Iâ€™d rather finish it up NOW than drag it out a few more days. :) A rest day is needed, mentally and physically.