Girls on the Run Blog 2014

Week Ten

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

The last week of Girls on the Run at Lakeside was SO much fun! Our practice 5K was SSSSOOO much fun. A mom did some cool stretches with us as we listened to Adele music! The coaches sprayed us with water to keep us cool. For the finish line we had purple crepe paper. The Lakeside principal gave us party beads as we ran! Our track for the practice 5K was around the whole school 12 times!!! After the practice 5K we had POPSICLES:)!!!

Our final practice was fun too. We had popcorn and Rice Krispie treats. When we were at the party we decorated our Girls on the Run poster board and got our T-shirts for the 5K. The best thing that we got was the 5K medals! The party was so much FUN!!!

I can not wait to tell you about the 5K!!! The girls had so much fun on the 5K. What I loved about the 5K was seeing everybody’s happy faces, running with my dad and running in my pink Girls on the Run cape. My brother ran with my mom which was really cool since our whole family ran. I loved the beads that people gave me, I also liked the collectible pins that they gave us after the race. Thinking of the race I was really tired! I LOVED THE 5K SSSSO MUCH!!!! I also loved Girls on the Run this year!!! GIRLS ON THE RUN IS SSSOOO MUCH FUN!!!

Julia, Huff Elementary, Mountain View

Today is the date of the 5K. Girls on the Run is almost over, but I will remember this experience for the rest of my life. My mom woke me up super early, right when I was waking up. She said she was so excited she had barely slept. I told her I had slept really well and was ready for the busy day ahead. Then we jumped into Coach Ally's car. The car ride was pretty short, so we arrived at 6:03 am. We were ready to run! Then we set up all our poster board and rainbow loom and waited for everyone to get there. My friends dyed their hair and got tattoos. I did tattoos and hair for many people. I went to the hair station to get my hair done, but since my hair is so dark, it didn't show up. Besides, the smell was sickening. We danced a little, too. Who knew my mom was so good at the macarena? We were ready for the race to start. I gave my mom a hug and then the race started. My mom was my running buddy, and we ran most of the race, except for the busy beginning and the hills. We came in at about thirty minutes, despite the hills.

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

I am so sad that this was the last week of Girls on the Run. I had so much fun! I ran the 5K with one of the coaches and we finished in 26:36, which is a personal best. My sister got done faster but it doesn’t really matter. At the 5K, I heard my name announced as a blogger and I was happy. It's funny, my orthodontist was one of the sponsors. I cheered on a lot of my teammates at the finish line. Four of the teachers from my school ran the race and it was fun to see them not teaching us. Our team's tables were right next to my old school, Schallenberger, and my soccer teammates' school, Oster. I really like the finisher pins this year and I hope they will have them next year. I played Sponsor Table Bingo and I got a lot of cool bracelets!

At the team party, we ate pizza and had a lot of popsicles and ice cream. My friends and I had a huge water fight and I got drenched so much that I had to sit on a blanket the whole ride home. I am so sad that I can’t do the Girls on the Run program next year :-(.  I will definitely do the 5K next year even though I won’t be in the program.  I will never forget the tools that I learned in GOTR! Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Megan, Los Paseos Elementary, San Jose

Today we all met in Coach Kelly's classroom. She had papers, stickers, pens and other craft stuff to decorate with. One of the girls brought in some material to make blankets for animals at the shelter. It was such a hot day that we didn't even go outside to play at school. It was nice to be inside where it was cooler and air conditioned. We also made some thank you notes for the parents that made our capes.

Today we were inside again because it was still really hot. We did a really short game and got to fill out a survey on what we liked and didn't like in GOTR. I said I liked the snacks, running was hard but I kept working at it. A lot of girls said they learned strategies for dealing with conflict and liked snacks and didn't like running. My mom said that was funny since we were working on running all the time. I also didn't like that we did a lot of sitting. The games were fun. Then we got to decorate our capes with words. I wrote "mighty megan" on mine and "awesomeness" and "peace." I'm really nervous about 5K the run on Saturday.

5K Day: I am soooooooo proud of myself! I did it and my feet only hurt a little bit. My aunt helped me and my mom did, too. We got there super early, I woke up at 3:00 am in the morning because I was so nervous and excited. My mom had some notes that my physical therapist, my foot doctor and the lady at Athletic Performance wrote to me. I was feeling so loved and happy after reading those notes that I cried a little bit. It was so fun to run the race.  The first hill wasn't too bad and I got to stop and walk when I wanted to.  My Nana and Dad took pictures of me and when I finished I felt so good, but my feet hurt so bad. It was a really great day and I am so proud that I finished!

Samantha, Foothill Elementary, Saratoga

The last week of Girls on the Run it was really hot. We didn't get to run much which was pretty disappointing.  Instead, we walked around in the shade of the school. We also worked on our theme for the 5K-decorated T-shirts. I felt that this was a great idea, since we all weren't the same-----each T-shirt symbolized ourselves.

On the morning of the 5K, I woke up feeling excited. Today was also my birthday party. It was crowded at 5K. People swarmed all over, each in a unique costume. At the starting line, I was tingly all over. I cheered loudly for the people ahead of me. Running, I felt alive and confident. It was an amazing feeling, it was just me and the open journey ahead of me.... People along the way screamed and cheered for us, some of them holding signs for their daughters. At the finish line, I was feeling kind of tired, but person after person kept me going. They rung little noise makers and smiled and cheered, harder than ever.  My dad, the adult who was running with me, timed me as I was running.  I set a new record: I ran the 5K in 41 minutes. I beat my 5K time from last year: 49 minutes.  I was feeling victorious.

The team's celebration wasn't in a private, reserved place and they didn't serve a five-layer cake.  We had our party in a school classroom with a single-layer mint chip ice cream cake. But it didn't matter. The coaches handed out certificates and medals, and I was feeling content all the same. The cake was delicious. Now it just occurred to me---it doesn't matter if your party is something fancy or not----you just need your positive attitude and a group of people you love.

What I really loved about Girls on the Run is that you don't just run. You learn about important life lessons - how to deal with bullies, friendships, and much, much, much, much more. I learned about gossip, and how you should change the subject when someone is trying to gossip to you. I think that's an important lesson in life. I loved being able to share my thoughts about Girls on the Run with everyone. Bye for now.

Week Nine

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

This week we finished our community service project! We put handprints and thumbprints bugs on the Lakeside well cover. We did a lot of running this week! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE 5K NEXT WEEK!!! We also played a really fun game with four people are on the corners of a track and you have a ball and you run to a corner and the other person goes and you keep on going until you reach 24 laps, which is three miles on our track. My friends in Girls on the Run are talking about the 5K, and they our sssooo excited about it! It is going to be hot next week! I hope mom brings the spray bottles.

Julia, Huff Elementary, Mountain View

I can't believe that the 5K is almost here! This week, on Friday we did community services together with a little bit of running. We had three different groups based alphabetically. My first station was picking up trash at our school. There was a lot at the playgrounds and picnic tables. My second station was gardening. Our job was to plant flowers in front of the school. This was my favorite station! My last station was running, but we only had time to do four laps. On Monday, we had our practice 5K. I ran with someone from 5th grade with exactly the same pace as me. However, we kept on getting side cramps (sadly). I RAN 20 LAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

This week we decided on our community project and we did a cooperation lesson. My school's project is a shoe drive so people that don’t have shoes can have them. We already have at least ten pairs of shoes and we are collecting until next Friday. We made posters and flyers so our school can spread the word. I hope that we will have more than 100 pairs of shoes to donate. I am going to donate some, too! This week we did not really run full laps because we did a lot of relays. I think that we did at least three relay games. One of them was really confusing!

Megan, Los Paseos Elementary, San Jose

Today we talked about what it means to be a community. The game we played was fun. It was kind of scary to lean and not know if someone would catch me, but then it was fun. Then we did a kind of relay race with everyone. We tried to run in one big team, but it was hard because some people wanted to walk and some wanted to run. We compromised and walked for one minute and ran for one minute. I'm getting excited for the 5K and our capes!

We did a lot of sitting and talking today. I was really excited about my idea for raising money by having a bake sale. The money would go to Run for a Reason. when we all talked about the different ideas, the one that got picked was to help an animal shelter. I was really sad my idea wasn't picked. My friend and I decided we would do our own bake sale after school is out. Some other girls wanted to paint the school and we couldn't do that one either.  It was a really hot day, so I'm glad we didn't run too mucy.

Samantha, Foothill Elementary, Saratoga

Yesterday was about 98 degrees outside. It was way too hot to run. Instead of running around in the field, one of the coaches brought Otter pops and we walked around the school under the shades eating the pops. After that, we decorated our t-shirts which is what the team chose to do as our theme for the 5K. There were Sharpie markers and 3D paints for us to use to decorate the t-shirts.

On my t-shirt, I put my nickname, Samango, and a picture of turtle - I love turtles! We all signed each others' shirts and had a lot of fun. It was arts and crafty kind of day and I was mildly disappointed that we  couldn't run but it was still very fun to be there in the air conditioned classroom. It was my birthday, too, and I brought brownies as a treat. This definitely wan't a normal meeting but everyone seemed to like it.

Week Eight

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

This week we learned it is okay to choose friends. We also talked about what qualities a friend should have. We learned that everybody is alike but also unique in their own way. We worked on our community service project. When we ran it was ssssssooooooo HOT but I kept going. My mom brought spray bottles and chased us around the track spraying water on us, that helped us cool down. We had popsicles at the end and that helped too. I also supported my teammates by encouraging them to keep on running.

Julia, Huff Elementary, Mountain View

This week of Girls on the Run was so exhausting! Monday we had to run each lap as fast as we could and take a 2-3 minutes of rest before running really fast again. My record speed was 1 minute, 20 seconds for one-fifth of a mile for each lap. I was so tired afterwards! Friday we worked in groups to try and get 15 laps together. Each person in the group was assigned a spot on the lap court. We used a “baton” (actually three of my teddy bears and one of my sister’s) and passed those to our teammates. We had to run as fast as we could to the next teammate, pass them the teddy bear and then wait there for the next teammate to pass it to you. Our goal was to get 15 laps, but since two people stopped running, only I and a 5th grader were left to finish up. We only managed to get 12, so I ran another one to make 13.

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

On Monday’s session, we talked about media images. Our coaches showed us examples of some advertisements and we compared them. They also showed  us a video of a model that gets changed with Photoshop. At the end of that video, she looks so different and the company just should have chosen someone that looks like that. Most grown-ups didn’t get the experience to talk about  things like this and they want to let us know that not everyone is perfect and you are unique in your own way. 

Our team also  had the Practice 5K this week, on Thursday, and I didn’t finish in the time that I wanted to finish in. It was 92 degrees outside and my school has a turf field. Since it was turf it ended up being around 96 degrees. I overheated and I almost fainted  even though I drank one and a half bottles of water. I finished in 40 minutes because my mom/coach told me to walk a couple laps so I don’t faint in the middle of the track. Luckily, the coaches brought watermelon to cool everyone down in the middle of our run. All of my teammates and I felt like passing out at the end because it was so hot. When we went back to the classroom, we got frozen fruit bars and Gatorade

Megan, Los Paseos Elementary, San Jose

The practice 5K was hard, but I did it! I ran with my Principal the first lap. She gave me some tips on running slow so I could go the whole way. There were balloons, lots of water and spray bottles because it was a pretty hot day. Coach Kelly had beads and charms to use to count laps. We made them into a bracelet. Two other teachers from the school came out to cheer us on. I was really motivated when people cheered for me. We all finished and got a balloon and a certificate when we were done.  I am so proud of finishing!

It was a really, really hot day so we practiced in the gym. We talked about advertising and that you can't be like the person on the front of the magazine by buying a product. We did interval training so that we would sprint and slow down to build our endurance. At the end of practice, we talked about costumes for race day. I'm pretty sure we will do a cape. Everyone could agree on that. One girl wanted to do neon animals. We had some pretty fun ideas, but the cape was the one everyone liked the most.

Samantha, Foothill Elementary, Saratoga

Today we ran our Practice 5K. I felt super energetic and excited before running. Once I got started, as I always do when running, I started thinking about a book I'm writing. It helped me keep going and concentrating. The weather was perfect. There was a slight breeze blowing and I felt great.

I kept going and going, shouting an occasional encouragement to other girls I passed or who passed me. On the 11th lap, I felt tired and a little nauseous, but I think that part was just my thoughts.  At the end, I ran as fast as my weary legs could carry me.  With girls holding a banner stretched out for me to pass through like someone cutting a ribbon in a carnival, I ran straight through it and I got to keep half of the streamer!

I helped prepare the banner for another girl who completed the 5K after me. Then I took a snack: a chocolate pudding. To me, chocolate pudding is usually just okay, but today, it seemed especially good. I think when you complete something that you are proud of, everything tastes delicious.

Week Seven

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

In Girls on the Run I learned that gossip does not only hurt people it also hurts the bully too! We ran a lot last week and we were also planning our community service project. We are going to do that next week! I am so excited that four of my classmates are in Girls on the Run, we have so much fun together. My favorite snack on a hot day is POPSICLES!!! Girls on the Run so far is fun and really healthy, not just for your body. GIRLS ON THE RUN IS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

We've already finished our seven out of ten weeks for Girls on teh Run! The lesson topics this week were bullies and it’s okay to chose your friends. When I run, the coaches say that I come back around so quickly that I must have cut through the middle of the field! I am actually just pretty fast and I know they are joking. I can’t wait to run next week, that is when we have our Practice 5K. On our track it is equivalent to 17 laps. During one of our practices, I already ran a 5K in 31 minutes. The coaches said that they will bring a treat on the day of the Practice 5K. I hope to run it faster. It was really hot the day I ran the 5K on the track. It’s going to be so much fun to run with my friends. Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Megan, Los Paseos Elementary, San Jose

We talked about different kinds of bullying which are verbal, hitting, punching, spitting and social/emotional. I knew a lot about this because we talk about it in school. I hang out with nice kids so I haven't had to deal with bullying at school. I think my brother sometimes bullies me. I don't like it because it's mean. I ask him to stop. Sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn't.  Then I tell my mom and dad and they talk to him. I'm glad my friends at school aren't like that.

I learned that it's OK not to be friends with everyone because not everyone is nice, kind or sometimes not my style. I choose my friends because they are nice, funny, silly and playful. I have fun with them. When I'm with my BFF I feel good and happy. We have lots of fun together. One of the girls wore a shirt to practice today that said  "My BFF makes me LOL."  It was perfect because that was what we were talking about. I almost ran a mile today. I'm kind of nervous about the practice 5K next week because my feet have been hurting. My mom said to just do the best I can, but I'm still kind of nervous.

Week Six

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

In Girls on the Run I learned a method to help respond to conflict. We did a lot of running this week! I ran 18 laps and I was sweating so much!!! We also talked more about our community project. We are going to paint a shed (I said that in my blog already). I am also collecting money for the Run for a Reason fundraiser supporting girls who cannot afford Girls on the Run. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THE GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K. I Iike it when I get my hair done, when it is green and pink.

Julia, Huff Elementary, Mountain View

Girls on the Run keeps getting better and better. On Monday my mom wasn’t at GOTR because she had to get ready for our Passover Seder. I couldn’t run because the day before I had fallen down and injured myself so I walked with two of my third grade friends.

On Friday my mom was back. I ran eight laps, although my mom, underestimating me, said I would probably have time to do only six! After Girls on the Run I ran one extra lap and the coaches said it counted, making my total laps nine. Also, someone had an idea that we make a fishtail rainbow loom bracelet (well actually a necklace) for all the laps we ran. Everyone loved the idea and received a special color, so you would know how many laps you ran. My color was a beautiful shade of blue.

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

This week in Girls on the Run we talked about gossip and personal messages. We learned some messages to say to help us feel strong. I have had to use the messages a couple times in my life and  it really worked. When I use these tools, most of the time I feel better and my problems vanish. I ran nine laps which is equivalent to 1.8 miles in 18 minutes.

In the gossip lesson we played a toothpaste game that showed how once you put something out into the world you can’t just take it back. I love Girls on the Run!

Week Five

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

I was on spring break, it was a lot of fun! Here are the ways I stayed active: I went to Big Basin State Park because I had to do some research on Big Basin for my 4th grade report. I also went on a hike when I was doing the research. The hike was very beautiful. Also on spring break I went to the beach with my friend. I really missed Girls on the Run but I was looking forward to getting back. I thought about the cooperation lesson and that helped me to cooperate with my brother during spring break.

Julia, Huff Elementary, Mountain View

This week was okay. Monday was definitely not as fun as Friday. At the beginning of the week, it was pouring buckets of heavy rain. We had to stay inside although our coach joked that we were going to run outside. We played a game where we all worked together to walk the same pace. At first we went slowly, then began to work our way around the circle.

On Friday, we played a game where we worked in groups of two to four people and took turns setting the pace. My friend and I were a little bit faster than two other people in the group and she wanted to have a group with just me and her. However, our coach explained to us that working on a team was an important skill to learn.

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

In Girls on the Run this week we talked about cooperation and peer pressure. We learned a tool to help deal with peer pressure. We played a really fun game for cooperation. We ran for 20 minutes and I jogged the whole 20 minutes.

For the other lesson we had a rainy day so we built with LEGO Friends. We had to build some kind of model that showed something that was important in our life. I built a couch that means that I like to relax sometimes and also a carousel that means I like to have fun on most days.

Megan, Los Paseos Elementary, San Jose

This practice we played a lot of games. The Centipede Circle was hard.  We had to use cooperation and do teamwork to get around the whole circle.  One person was the leader and there were some quiet leaders, too.  It took 15 minutes to get half way done. We also played another fun game.  My clue was a toothbrush. It only took a few tries to for people to guess it. We learned that cooperation means working together to do something. It can be super hard and you need to talk to each other instead of being by yourself since we can't read minds.  It was a fun practice.

I participated a lot more in this discussion. We talked about peer pressure. We learned a method to deal with peer pressure. We did a drill where the coach asked a question that was like peer pressure. We had to say "yes" or "no" and respond to the situations.  Some were pretty hard and some were pretty easy to decide what to say. We talked about different kinds of peer pressure we feel every day. I'm glad my Girls on the Run friends don't put peer pressure on me. We finished with a big group hug and the cheer "Girls on the Run, makes me so hungry when I'm done, that I want to eat a sticky bun!"

Samantha, Foothill Elementary, Saratoga

For a week, I didn't go to Girls on the Run sessions because of the school's variety show. I was in two acts and was an MC. Finally, when I got back, it was the day Kathleen Nestler from GOTRSV came to visit our school to talk about the Run for a Reason fundraiser. When she talked about all the prizes, I thought about what I'd gotten last year - a cool green bag that I always use for hiking. Then, she taught us some new energy awards because we never got to do one this year. We learned the armpit superstar one and the regular superstar one. We were supposed to also run the distance of a 5K, but we didn't have much time. I don't think any of the girls ran a 5K in 20 minutes. I only ran a mile. I was pretty bummed because I like writing and I love to think about my books when I am running. But I know sometime I WILL run that 5K because it's my goal.

Week Four

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

It rained today again! We did a LEGO activity and it was cool. I am grateful about the rain because we are in a drought and we need it. It rains so much in the Santa Cruz Mountains, it is so peaceful....sometimes. I loved the game that helped us express ourselves. We also talked about being thanksful. I said I was thankful for my brother. :) My mom (one of our coaches), brought watermelon for our snack. it was AWESOME! GIRLS ON THE RUN IS
SO MUCH FUN!

Julia, Huff Elementary, Mountain View

I had so much fun this week! On Monday, I was tired because we had piles of work during the school day. At practice I was so out of fuel that I only ran six laps, jogging. Friday was my favorite day. At the beginning our coaches told us to try and run two more laps than we had done on Monday. I thought that would be easy. When my mom said that she would run with me I was overjoyed! I twisted my hair into a French braid, and started running at a steady pace. My mom and I ran at the exact same pace, not too slow, not too fast. We also ran with my friend for a little bit. The laps went by quickly, and soon I was at 13 laps! Then our lesson was over. I went home sweaty and exhausted, but proud of myself.

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

This week in Girls on the Run we talked about personal values and gratitude.  Gratitude is when you are thankful for something, like how you feel on Thanksgiving. Values are things that you believe. It felt good talking about values. People don’t judge you with your values.You get to find out what makes other people unique. During Girls on the Run I feel like I can express all my feelings and people won’t judge my thoughts. During practice on Thursday, I ran 17 laps in 32 minutes and that is equal to 3.4 miles -- that’s .2 more than a 5K!  I was really sore afterward. I got an energy award that week. I felt special in my own way.

Week Three

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

This week in Girls on the Run we talked about our feelings. We played a game when you stand on a piece of paper and the paper kept on blowing away which made us laugh.We got some running done in chasing the papers.We also talked about healthy habits. My favorite healthy habit is running.

I am so excited for the community service project which we will do later this season. We are going to paint the shed that covers the well at Lakeside. I cannot wait to see the shed. It will be fun painting it. My favorite snack is rock and roll bananas. My mom and I are going to put up the posters for the Girls on the Run 5K. I am determined to  raise $500 for the Run for a Reason fundraiser so I can get the Girls on the Run cape, the stuffed
bear and necklace, and help girls who cannot afford to do Girls on the Run without a scholarship. GIRLS ON THE RUN IS SO MUCH FUN!

Julia, Huff Elementary, Mountain View

On Monday, I finally went to On Your Mark in Los Altos (one of the running store sponsors) to get new shoes because my other shoes were causing my heel to hurt. I got really cool purple shoes with even cooler rainbow laces. I was so happy to be able to run again! I ran with someone I didn’t even know. Through running, we became good friends, even though we ran at different paces.

On Friday, we talked about our emotions. We played emotion bingo for the workout. I paced myself well, and ran eight laps! I was exhausted afterwards but I also felt proud of myself. My new shoes were helping a lot.

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

This week in Girls on the Run we talked about nutrition and emotions. We talked about what types of foods you should eat and we saw the two different types of food pyramids: one is a plate and the other is a real pyramid. Emotions are your expressions and the mood that you are feeling. You can get confused with feelings and emotions. I ran five laps on Monday and seven on Thursday. We had rice crackers and bananas on Monday and string cheese and graham crackers on Thursday. On Thursday we got our t-shirts and water bottles for the program so we can all wear something that matches. The shirts are teal and the water bottles are purples. I had so much fun this week and I can’t wait for next week’s sessions. Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Megan, Los Paseos Elementary, San Jose

For today's lesson we wrote down the food we ate and then did a relay. My feet were really hurting. For the work out, we played Go Fish and got to trade cards to get a match. I got three pairs and ran six laps. My mom ran with me for two of them. I got scratch and sniff fruit stickers for each pair.

For the next lesson we finally got to do the bacon cheer! That was so much fun! I didn't like talking about the emotionally healthy topic. It made me uncomfortable. My coach told a story about when she was a kid and didn't get along with a friend and that made me sad. Something like that happened to me, too. We talked a lot this time, so we didn't have as much time for our workout this time. We played bingo and everyone got a bingo before we were done. We got our Girls on the Run water bottles and t-shirts too! We are all going to wear our shirts when Miyoko from Girls on the Run comes next week for a site visit!

Samantha, Foothill Elementary, Saratoga

Being and staying healthy was the lesson for Tuesday. I love staying healthy but sometimes I can't resist the extra chocolate lurking in my room or staying up late  and not getting enough sleep. My teammates and I were supposed to pace ourselves while we ran. I love pacing myself and do it every time I run. Two years ago, when I started Girls on the Run, I made a goal for myself. I would run one side of the field I was supposed to run, then walk the next side. This would repeat. And repeat. And repeat.  Then this very lesson was introduced . This was the first time I learned about pacing myself, running all the way one speed. I LOVED the idea and now I ALWAYS do this. When I ran during the lesson I felt healthy and happy. I felt I could do ANYTHING!

Week Two

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

I love Girls on the Run so far! I like it because it helps me to be a good leader and keeps my body healthy .It also helps me talk positively to my friends and family. I am having a fun time running and eating yummy snacks. We have started talking about our community service project. We are helping our school paint a shed. I am looking forward to running the 5K with my family. The girls who are doing Girls on the Run should be nice, helpful, friendly and kind. Girls should not worry about how fast they run, they should be having fun. GIRLS ON THE RUN IS SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Julia, Huff Elementary, Mountain View

I was really disappointed that I didn't get to run this week. My heel hurt so I had to walk the whole time. I felt so much better when my friend walked and talked with me. At our practice on Friday we talked about not thinking negative thoughts because the thoughts usually aren’t true. We thought of a motion and noise to make when someone thinks a negative thought. Then we started to run (I walked). When we came in after each lap, our coach said something positive to us, and we repeated it. We also received bracelets each lap. I got an extra one for knowing everybody’s name. (I was the first one.) Also, we played a game to express our happiness. We struck happy poses. At the end of practice, we were hot and sweaty. We had a wonderful surprise waiting for us. It was the best part of practice. It was POPSICLES!

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

This week in GOTR, we talked about choosing to be a Girl on the Run and positive self talk. What it means to be a Girl on the Run is that you are positive and always try your very best. Positive self talk is when you say something positive to yourself like “I am beautiful” or “I am strong.”  You never want to say bad things about yourself because it will make you feel that way. You should always try to be plugged into the positive GOTR cord that makes you be who you want to be.

On Monday, we did an activity that acted out what it takes to be a Girl on the Run. We had to memorize phrases and run to a coach on the other side.  On Thursday we did a game where we had to use some negative phrases. In our group we all agreed on a noise that we made when someone said something bad about themselves. My team’s noise was a farting noise and a buzzer noise. I had so much fun this week! I can’t wait for next week!

Megan, Los Paseos Elementary, San Jose

Today we talked about choosing to be a Girl on the Run. I am choosing to be respectful to others. In our workout we did a relay.  Also, I ran 21 laps (small loop) with my partner. We got the most laps out of anyone. My team name was "Fun Runners."
 
At Girls on the Run, we had bananas for snack. On the bananas it said stuff like "runner," "awesome," "GOTR Girl" and all types of fun things. Then we did a game about negative self talk. It was kind of fun because we got to run and our coach made it kind of silly. Then we ran around the big field and did 2.5 miles and said positive things to ourselves when we ran. Then we did three different cheers at the end! We did Go Bananas, Superstar and Girls on the Run is So Much Fun

Samantha, Foothill Elementary, Saratoga

At Thursday's practice we talked about thinking positive about ourselves. After we completed one lap, one of our coaches would shout something encouraging to each of us. Here are some I got: "You are a starfish in the ocean of happiness." "You are a clover in the field of happiness."While I was running, the sun seemed to blaze right through us, filling our bodies with what felt like boiling water. I chatted with a friend about how hot and tired we were, and we stopped for water frequently, but deep, deep down, I felt happy about myself and chanted in my head all the wonderful compliments I got. I came up with some myself. "You are the smile in the depths of my heart." "You are the brightest shining star, the one I can always count on to find my way home."

Week One

Hailey, Lakeside Elementary, Los Gatos

I made a girls on the run cheer that goes like this: “Girls on the Run is so much fun, hanging with your friends the run will never end!” I like that my mom is the coach and we talked about our negative and positive cord. We have 13 girls and we counted how many laps we ran in one day and we ran 172 laps. For snack we had rock in roll bananas which are bananas rolled in Nutella covered in graham crackers. It is so YUMMY!!!! After Girls on the Run I felt positive, strong and HAPPY!!!!! Thank you Girls on the Run!

Julia, Huff Elementary, Mountain View

I am so happy that my mom is a coach! I am looking forward  to spending more time with her. Each lap I ran, I got a bracelet. Check out the picture of my wrist! I am familiar with this, but I still love it because I love bracelets and they make me feel beautiful and strong. I also enjoyed getting to know myself and each other through running. I even learned that one of my friends doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies. Well, then more for me!  Yummy! I also learned that when my heel hurts, I run slower and am cranky the next day. I liked the themes, like the special sparkly Girls on the Run cord that makes you shine! I look forward to learning about new themes, especially ones that make me smile.

There were a few things I disliked too. For example, I didn’t like that my partners didn’t go the same pace as me (one went too fast and one went too slow). Also, my mom didn’t get to run at all. I am excited to continue with Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run was so much fun!

Kaia, Discovery Charter School, San Jose

I have been doing Girls on the Run for three years. I am the only veteran on my team. On Monday, we started to get to know each other and said an adjective that started with the same letter as our first name. I had a lot of fun hearing what the other girls’ names were. It was cool to see how we were different and the things that we did and we don’t like. I was surprised that some girls didn’t like cookies.

On Thursday, we learned about our GIrls on the Run cord and how to cheer somebody up if they have the yucky chord in their head. I ran 10 laps in 16 minutes and I ran the most out of the 21 girls. We did visualization on the girls on the run cord and how it affects us and our attitude. You can get the icky chord in your head when someone is bullying you and you start to believe in what they are saying. We made a paper clip chain and we had 135 paper clips connected together and that is 27 miles. We ran more than a marathon in 16 minutes. Way to go team Discovery!  I can’t wait for next week!  A GIRL ON THE RUN IS SO MUCH FUN!

Megan, Los Paseos Elementary, San Jose

Today was so much fun!  We ran and played fun games. Also, we made up nicknames. My nickname was Mighty Megan because I am very mighty. Girls on the run is so much fun!

For the second lesson we had a snack that was really good. It was chewy granola bars and cuties. Then we did a dancing game. It was confusing at first, but then it was fun. I did some cool poses. The coaches did even funnier poses. Then we ran around the perimeter of the blacktop. When we finished a lap we put a sticker on the coach and she gave us a paperclip to keep track of our laps. I was tired, but my coaches encouraged me to go one more lap. Do you know what I did? I went FOUR more laps! I was so proud of myself and my coaches were proud of me, too. I ran two miles!  I was so proud of myself. I think Girls on the Run is so much fun.  People who like to run should join GOTR!

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