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Come to order!  It’s time for a Girls on the Run brainstorming session.

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The Husband (also a former GOTR coach) and I sat in on a brainstorming meeting with some GOTR Charlotte board members this afternoon.  We’re trying to think of ways to improve GOTR and make the experience even better (if that is possible!) for our girls and volunteers.


The brainstorming session was organized in the SWOT format.  SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.  Strengths and Weaknesses addresses internal aspects of the organization, and Opportunities and Threats deals with external issues.

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Kind of fun to think about SWOT in your own life – what are your S’s or W’s and O’s and T’s?


GOTR kindly served us dinner!  Yum.  Moe’s catering.

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I asked Henry if he had anything to contribute, but all he said was, “Goo-goo, ga-ga.”  Henry’s Strengths = Surfing on his belly.  Weaknesses = Lets toots rips in quiet conference rooms.  Opportunities = Anyone who likes cute babies.  Threats = Cold diaper changes.  It’s a hard life.

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Guess who got to take home leftover Moe’s and is enjoying Dinner #2 right now?  Me me me.


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  • Jessica October 15, 2012, 8:34 pm

    “Lets toots rips in quiet conference rooms. ”

    This made me laugh! (Quietly since my almost 3 month old son is sleeping 😀 )

  • lisa fine October 15, 2012, 8:46 pm

    I love that you get to be so involved in GOTR. One day I’d like to be on a committee of some kind. I imagine it’d feel really good to look at an organization from the big picture, and getting to talk about its direction for the future.

    Love your four choices for Henry! So cute.

  • Alexandra October 15, 2012, 8:47 pm

    I saw that there is a GOTR chapter not far from where I live and I am intrigued! This sounds like such an amazing organization and one that I would love to be involved in! Out of curiosity, how much of a time commitment is it to be a GOTR coach? I would love to do this but only of it is something I could manage and commit to 110%!

    • Heather October 16, 2012, 11:32 am

      If you are not able to coach a team, you can participate as a running buddy (the running buddy doesn’t lead exercises, she runs with the girls and keeps them motivated-much less of a time commitment) or volunteer the day of the 5K. They need many, many volunteers for all kinds of jobs from face painting to handing out medals and everything in between. I would encourage anyone to volunteer the day of the race. It is extremely motivating and moving!!!

      • Alexandra October 17, 2012, 10:06 am

        Thanks so much for the feedback, Heather! I am going to email the local chapter and see how best I can get involved! I have been looking for a way to volunteer in my community and this sounds right up my alley!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery October 15, 2012, 8:57 pm

    Aww that’s such a cute picture of Henry!

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human October 15, 2012, 9:00 pm

    Henry looks like he’s practicing a yoga pose! I bet he’s better at it than I am 🙂

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 15, 2012, 9:11 pm

    Did you guys decide to stop coaching GOTR this year in fear it would be too much with Henry?

    • Caitlin October 15, 2012, 10:40 pm

      Yeah. It would def be too much right now.

  • Claire October 15, 2012, 9:51 pm

    Love that you included the “Find your GOTR Council” link! I am halfway through my first season as a GOTR coach thanks to your blog 🙂

  • Rebecca October 15, 2012, 11:33 pm

    One or two of the groups in one of my classes had to do SWOT analyses for their projects. I didn’t know what it was until a few weeks ago! I read the title of this post and wondered if it was the same thing. It was! 🙂

  • Sana October 16, 2012, 12:24 am

    I know GOTR has an amazing impact on my local community, glad you are a part of an awesome organization.

  • Corrie Anne October 16, 2012, 12:29 am

    Hahaha!!! I love Henry’s SWOT analysis. I had to do a lot of those in my grad classes… I should be applying that to my job now!

  • CJ @ Fill the Well October 16, 2012, 12:32 am

    I’ve never come across the SWOT model. I’ll be using this! Laughed out loud at your description of Henry’s SWOTs 🙂

  • Anne October 16, 2012, 7:40 am

    I so badly want to get involved with GOTR but have been struggling with a stress fracture for months and months and months, so frustrating!

  • Molly @ RDexposed October 16, 2012, 8:12 am

    SWOT…I’m having internship flashbacks. Not ready to go back there yet. 😉

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 16, 2012, 8:43 am

    Hahahaha Henry sounds like the life of the party! And I’m a new GOTR coach in Chicago and we were talking at practice last night how we think when assigning coaches, councils should try their best to have a parent or teacher as at least one of the coaches. All four of us (we have 2 teams of 15) are mid-20’s and it’s a little more difficult to keep the group listening and focused on us because they respect us less than a parent or teacher.

    • Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot October 16, 2012, 9:56 am

      We have a teacher and a parent coaching our group and we still have the respect issues 😉 I feel like we’ll probably get it figured out by the last week! Good luck with your group, I know they are getting more out of it then you probably realize 🙂

  • Laura Z October 16, 2012, 9:26 am

    Just want to say you have the most beautiful baby! He’s adorable and gotten so big. You are a great Momma.
    Next Just want to add even though we have different lives. I’m in my 40’s, no kids, I don’t listen to NPR. 🙂 I love reading your blog. Your are fun. Can’t put my finger on it but yours is one of my favs.

    • Caitlin October 16, 2012, 10:12 am

      Thank you!!

  • Bernadette October 16, 2012, 11:15 am

    Henry is Planking!!! All the cool kids do it!!

    I Love that kid!!

  • Sara October 16, 2012, 11:51 am

    I love Moe’s! It went out a couple of years ago in my hometown (too much competition). Anyway, they would always yell WELCOME TO MOES when you walked in and cheered. I loved the atmosphere!

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 16, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Toots, tehee. Henry’s got the Superman belly surfing thing DOWN!

  • Irene October 16, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Does pumping make you starving? My baby is 7 weeks and I seriously can’t. Stop eating

    • Caitlin October 16, 2012, 1:59 pm

      Not anymore but I remember this feeling around the 2 month mark.

      • Irene October 16, 2012, 2:50 pm

        Good to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel because I can’t stop and I still have a good 20 pounds to drop…ugh

  • jen October 16, 2012, 8:52 pm

    i just wrote a marketing plan for the gym last week based on SWOT. 🙂

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