GOTR Girl Blog 2012

Girls on the Run: Week One

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View

This week we started Girls on the Run at Bubb. The first lesson was really fun. I liked it because not only did we run, but we also got to learn about each other. We learned that everyone likes chocolate chip cookies and to paint. The actual workout was fun. Lesson Two was also really fun. I also liked the jog/walk sticker for silly bands trades. At first I ran really fast, but then I slowed down to talk with some of my friends.

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

Hi! I am in third grade and this is my first time doing Girls On The Run! The first thing we did at the first Girls On The Run was play a fun game!Then we played another game that I really liked! At the end, we ran for ten minutes and my name for our coach was “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Sally!”

On Friday, the first thing we did was sit in a circle and talk about feeling good about ourselves. Then we ran for 20 minutes! It was so hot outside! I felt great because I ran 8 laps! I’m so excited about future meetings of Girls On The Run!

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

Yes, finally I get to start another year of girls on the run. Out of the three years I’ve participated in GOTR, this year my mom is a coach. Today, one of the coaches read a letter from Molly Barker; they showed a picture of her too. Like always, I loved the snacks they had for us. First we played a name game. Then we were off to the track where we kept playing the game. Since I was walking, a lot of people passed me which was ok. To finish the lesson off we first did some energy awards, then we got to say, cheerfully, “Girls on the Run is so much fun.

“I’ve been so excited because it was the second day of GOTR. We played a great game. It was a fun and exciting experience! Yippee!!!

Week Two

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View

Today really tested my memorization skills. I had a great time trying to remember the items on the list we got. It was great because I learned why other girls my age chose Girls on the Run. For the work-out, I was paired with someone I barely knew. Because I wasn’t feeling 100%, we split the amount of laps and did 5 laps together (1.25 miles). We joined up with another team that had both of our really good friends on it. It was really fun.

Unfortunately, I missed lesson 4 because I was sick.  So, I will write more next week.

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

My second week of Girls On The Run was so fun! We got to play a great game. We didn’t get to run because it was raining but it was still a really awesome workout. At the end of the day, my group got a banana peel energy award for our encouragement to our teammates!

On Friday, we started out by going around the circle and talking.  After that, we went running for twenty minutes. Every time we passed a coach, they would give a mark on our hands and a positive comment about ourselves.Then I got an energy award! It was because I did some awesome running and was really encouraging to my teammates. It was so fun!

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

Another interesting day with GOTR, one girl went around the circle and said every girl's name in the group. Later during the day with GOTR, I was assigned with a girl I never knew. I learned that she loves to run. We had to split up seven laps between us. I did three walking and she did three running.  We ended up doing six laps all together; and not seven since, we had to finish the rest of our day doing cool down stretches and an energy award.

We had an amazing event occur, but I will talk about it later after the workout. The amazing event I almost forgot to mention. . . . While we were walking, it looked like snow in Cupertino. Cupertino doesn’t get snow. But it sure looked like it from my point of view. How did this happen? You ask. It was a bunch of small flower petals bunched up together that fell from the trees, which looked like snow while we were out on the field running and walking our laps!

Week Three

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View

This week of Girls on the Run was about being healthy and talking about nutrition. The work-out was sort of a mix of two things: pacing and a fun game. I ran with my former neighbor for the six laps (1.5 miles) I ran.

We talked about how emotions really are not good or bad. The warm-up was a bit confusing. In the work-out, we played Emotional Bingo. I ran five laps (1.25 miles), (we only had 15 minutes), and got four bingos!

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

This week at Girls On The Run was great! First, on Wednesday, we learned about eating healthy and the different food groups. I really liked the games! Then, we ran and we got jelly bracelets for every match we could make with the healthy habit strips of paper! And of course we ate a snack!

On Friday, we had a substitute coach because our coach couldn’t be there. We started out by stretching. Then we talked about how it’s unhealthy to keep your emotions in and about how you need to let them out. Then we played a game. After that, we ran. It was burning hot and I was so relieved after it was done! We tried to get bingo but I didn’t. We then got our GOTR shirts and body spray.  We had a really good trail mix for snack and then left. I can’t wait until next week!

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

At GOTR we talked about healthy eating and played a game. My friend had the flu, so she wasn’t at GOTR. Now down to the track. Wow, three laps my second best!!!

We talked about being emotional is healthy and played a fun game. Like usual we were off to the track. I ran with my teacher, and an old friend.  Towards the end of GOTR, while I was running I fell and scraped my hand. Ouch!!! But I got back up and I was ok. In closing, “Girls on the run is so much fun.”

Week Four

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View

This week Girls on the Run was really fun! We talked about being grateful. I liked the warm up relay. It was fun and kind of challenging. I really liked the workout because I could process my thoughts. I ran 10 laps (2.5 miles) in 25 minutes.

For the other lesson we did a lot of relaxing and reflecting. I really liked relaxing because I usually don’t get very much time to relax. My schedule is really busy. The work out was good, but it was hard not to talk at all. I ran six laps (1.5 miles) in 15 minutes. The wrap up was fun because we got to lie on blankets and relax.

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

On Wednesday at Girls On the Run, we talked about gratitude. We played a fun game. We then did a silent run where we weren’t aloud to talk to each other. We were just thinking to ourselves about all the things we were grateful for. It felt kind of weird not to talk to anyone.

On Friday, we talked about relaxation.  We talked about how we could be running while being relaxed. We started out with a stretch and then ran for 40 WHOLE MINUTES! It was really tiring. Then we went into the cafeteria and lay down for the last ten minutes. We just laid there very quietly and closed our eyes. t was a very relaxing day!

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

Today was a day of thanks (not thanksgiving). We talked about what we were thankful for. Our group filled up a whole poster. It was a fun relay. Then we walked or ran for forty minutes. I did six laps. I went through the alphabet, saying each word in my mind that I was thankful for as I was doing my laps around the track in silence.

We talked about our values. For our warm up we did a fun game about agree and disagree. I ended up running six laps, my goal was three. Like always, we ended the day with our famous cheer “Girls on the run is so much fun.”

Week Five

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View

This week, we talked about values and cooperation. The warm-up was really fun but I was very disappointed that the warm-up was over. The work-out was also really fun. We only got to run for 25 minutes, so no one was able to run the full 5k.  However, I ran 10 laps, 2.5 miles!

Today we started the lesson with a game about a centipede. I really liked that game. For the warm-up we played Tracktionary. Some of the words were hard to figure out. In the work-out, I really liked that we could help our teammates out to finish all 90 laps! I helped a couple people including a girl who had a hurt foot.

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

On Wednesday’s Girls On the Run, we started with a game where we had to do some jumping jacks. Then for the workout we tried to run a 5k, but I only ran ten laps. Two laps away!

On Friday, we started by playing a fun game. Then when we ran, every time we came around the track, a coach would tell us something. After we ran, the letters on our arms spelled I KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR ME! The next day was my birthday, so then everybody squeezed me into in a big group hug. It was really fun!

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

I wish I was there at GOTR on Monday, but I wasn’t.  If I was there, I would’ve had a lot of fun.

I love Thursday not because it’s almost the weekend but because I have GOTR! For warm up today we did a relay.

Later that day, we headed off to the track to do our laps with a fun activity while we were running and having fun. Like always, we ended with “Girls on the Run is So Much Fun.”

Week Six

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View

This week was all about standing up for ourselves. In the warmup we had to yell. I loved the workout. I managed to do all of the statements and run (1.75 miles).

Lesson 12 was sooooooo fun!!! I really liked the tube relay. Then in the workout I ran 6 laps (1.5 miles). During the laps, my friends and I made up situations to think through ideas we talked about during the warmup. After the work-out, we wrote down some situations, including teasing and name calling.

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

Lesson 12 was super FUN! The Tube Relay was a cool group activity. We had to run on the blacktop because the field was too muddy from all the rain. Then at the end we got in our groups and put the words together to make situations out of the words. 

On Friday we talked about how gossip hurts everyone, even the person that is spreading it. Then we played a game to demonstrate that fact. Since the field was still wet, we did this fun running activity where you run around the blacktop and for every lap we got an egg. Each egg had a toy in it, and my favorite one was a bouncy ball and a hairbow. That was my favorite activity!

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

Today we learned some cool statements. For the warm up we split up into four groups for the game. While we were on the track, I ran with someone new. She was really nice and had a pretty name. I did four laps, plus the laps I did for the mile run, so in total I did 7 laps!

Today for warm up we played telephone and we played freeze tag. I really liked that, today was all about gossip. Then we went on a scavenger hunt working all together to find what was on the list. Then we ended with “Girls on the run is so much fun!”

Week Seven

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View

Lesson 14 was all about a common school problem: bullying. We did a warmup where we came up with different examples of bullying. In the work out, I did all of the laps, plus 1 more (9 laps, 2.25 miles).

Lesson 15 was awesome! Not only was it fun, but it taught me really useful skills. The work out was AWESOME!!! I saved two people, and was never tagged.

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

Wednesday was great at Girls On the Run!  We talked about dealing with bullies. In the warmup we played a game to learn about bullies. In the workout I had a great time because my friend and I helped a girl and encouraged her to run instead of walk. I was proud of myself.

On Friday, we talked about friendship. We split into two teams and played some games that I liked. When we were running, a coach would try to tag us. I was really proud because I ran my most laps, twelve!! I was really happy.

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

In our lesson we talked about bullying. We were split up into groups on different kinds of bullying. While I was on the track I thought if I was a bully before. We talked about how to prevent bullying too. I realized that there is so much more to do with bullying than I thought. We deeply discussed bullying and its effects. It is not a pretty thing to do.

I missed the other lesson this week. I wish I was at GOTR but I was performing on stage. Only if I was not performing I would surely be at GOTR.

Week Eight

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View

This week we ran our first 5k!!!!!!!!!!  I was so excited. For the short warm-up, we danced! It was fun, even though I couldn’t hear the music very well.  The work-out was stellar! I was having so much fun; I barely noticed how tired I was. The hair bands were cool and when I put them in my hair, it nearly stretched all the way to the end of my ponytail.  I was one of the first people to finish!  We got certificates and ice cream-scented bubbles in the end.

This lesson was a medley of two lessons. For the warm-up, we did a freeze-tag sort of game. It was really hard to touch by our ears. Then, we did three other games. My favorite was the shuttle run. I loved going slow at first, then sprinting to the front.

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

On Wednesday at GOTR, I ran a 5k!  My friend and I ran together the whole time. We paced ourselves really well and we finished first! We had a great time! There was music, water and Gatorade, and even a really cool finish line we got to run through! It was a little embarrassing because a lot of teachers came to watch. I felt really good and was really proud of myself.

Friday was really awesome because we just got to play games!  First we played “Leader of the Pack.”  Then we played “Pairs Walking” and “Walkabout.” Then we got to pick from several games and play what we wanted. I did an obstacle course, played statue, and red light green light. At the end, we got to make fruit kabobs and put chocolate syrup on them. Also, we got to put a marshmallow on them. They were delicious!

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

Monday, we did our practice 5k run. I did 14 laps instead of 10 laps (5k). We had lots of fun running and getting leis. Today we ran out of time for an energy award, but that’s ok. We finished the day with our cheer, “girls on the run is so much fun.”

Today we talked about how ads make an impression on girls. We saw that they left out information that was very important. We looked at ads in the magazines and saw what information they left out. While we were on the track, we wrote down strong positive words in a GOTR girl for lap counters. here were some great words like embracing, smart/educated, skilled etc. Today was a very fun day for me and some other girls too.

Week Nine

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View
 
This week, we did a lot of non-consecutive-lap running. Before that, we learned how to be critical about ads. I could think of a lot of information that was left out. For the workout, we did interval training. I really liked it because we had to run the entire lap, and then take a break. I was barely tired when it was over.

The next lesson was really fun. I loved the games I felt that my team was really trustworthy because we were all on task, and no one was hurt. The warm-up was fun. I went first, so I watched most of the time.The workout was the best. I loved the relay. It felt good to cheer on my teammates and to be cheered on.

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

I think Wednesday at GOTR was so useful.  We talked about how ads in magazines and on TV aren’t fully true and that people in the ads don’t actually look perfect in real life. We took a look at some people and how they were changed using things such as Airbrush and Photoshop. We ran sprinting laps and I ran five. We also played a game. I now know that things in advertising aren’t always true.

On Friday, we discussed our community service project. We decided we are going to have a shoe drive. We will put buckets and posters around the school and anyone can donate used or new shoes. I’m really excited about our project!

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

Today we did community service for my school. Since our walk-a-thon is here, we helped make the cards for running. Some people cut and delivered, while others tied the knots on the cards. It was really fun, especially when we made small mistakes. After we finished the cards we made these disks. We wrote what inspired us on the disks, some people wrote funny things, while others wrote very serious things. These disks were our tickets out to the track. After we ran one or two laps we came back, and by that time we had finished.  Before we went home the coaches gave out the prizes for raising money for GOTR.

Week Ten

Samantha
Bubb School
, Mountain View

This week, we had our 5k! I was super excited, even though I had to get up really early. I ran the 5k with some of my friends from Bubb and I finished in 38 minutes and 14 seconds. Next year, I want to try to run it non-stop and under 30 minutes. After the race, I was soooooo happy but disappointed that the race was over. I was really surprised that I wasn’t very tired after the run. On Monday, we had our final celebration. We all got notebooks that said “Anything is possible…” on it. Inside was a letter from one of the coaches (none of the coaches daughters got a note from their parent).  Everyone got 4 or 5 Molly Awards. One of mine was the good leader award. We did a game where we each had something that represented us, and everyone tried to guess who brought it when it was drawn out of a GOTR bag. I brought in one of my favorite books with a soccer medal as a bookmark for something that represents me. Girls on the Run has been so fun and incredible. I wish that the season went on longer.

Lexi
Daves Elementary, Los Gatos

I think GOTR overall has been amazing. Unfortunately, my foot was hurting the day of the 5k. But when it started, all the pain went away and I ran great!  I also loved dying my hair and putting on tattoos. I also got tons of necklaces. I think GOTR helped me make the right decisions and do the right thing. I also realized during GOTR that I am a great runner. I never knew that I was. I am so excited to come back next year and have a great time again. I hope lots of other girls will choose to do GOTR, too.

Isabel
Eaton School, Cupertino

The big day (5k) was extremely fun because I got to run with my friend and her brothers. While we were crossing the FINISH line we all put our hands up, as if the Giant’s won the World Series. I felt amazing after crossing the FINISH line, plus I got my best time. After the run we took a few pictures with my teacher/coach. Since I was so hungry, we went to one of my favorite places to eat, and took a nice long nap.

The celebration was another heart beating event.  The first thing I did at the celebration was chase down the pizza man twice trying to get his attention to deliver the pizza at our school and to give him the tip. Trust me, it a lot harder than you think. We ate the pizza and had our rewards; Since it was so heartwarming, I think I shed a tear. If I could I would do the program again. I don’t think all good things must come to an end; sometimes it’s just not fair.

Over all it was a great experience! I wish I could stay another year, but I’m going to 6th grade. But I will always do the 5k because I believe in myself!

 

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