Iâ€™ve been rush-rush-rush with work, but the BEST part of my day was definitely when I got to take a break and coach Girls on the Run. Today was the Practice 5K Day!
Some coaches choose to â€˜build upâ€™ the end-of-season 5K a little more than othersâ€¦ I am definitely in the â€œLetâ€™s get excited for the 5K!â€ camp. GOTR is really a self-esteem program more than a running program, but I want my girls to be PUMPED for the 5K. I also donâ€™t want the girls who are more inclined to walk laps than run/walk to feel underprepared on 5K day, either.
Thatâ€™s why I make a HUGE deal of out the first Practice 5K. Now, itâ€™s not a race against each other, but it is a race against yourselfâ€¦ I always say the goal is to have fun while giving it your best. We also donâ€™t shout out finishing times because I think that create competition.
We have, however, a fun finish line for each girl. Coach Kristien (aka Husband) really liked that part. I snapped a picture as each girl finished and will include it in their photo album at the end of the season.
And once they finish, they get â€œPower Runner Ringsâ€ (plastic rings from Target) and squawkers to help cheer in their friends. We also had snacks and cookies.
Although I didnâ€™t tell them their times, I did notice the lead girl finished in about 25 minutes! Insane, right?! Iâ€™m jealous of her skills. :) The other girls took about 35 â€“ 55 minutes.
And although I didnâ€™t run the entire thing, I did do about 1.25 miles with the girls and had NO LEG PAIN!!!! Some of the girls know that Iâ€™m injured and they were very happy to see me running again. As was I!
Onto the meals of the day thus farâ€¦
Breakfast was a double portion of cereal, almonds, a banana, and almond milk:
And Part I of lunch was this HUGE hummus and veggie wrap. I ate most of it in the car as I drove to GOTR.
Mmm. Tasted as good as it looks!
Iâ€™m about to rummage in the fridge for Lunch Part II and then I need to get on the roadâ€¦ Iâ€™m driving north for a Girls on the Run event. Iâ€™m speaking about Operation Beautiful. Iâ€™m excited for the event, but itâ€™s going to be a long night!