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Running has been such a positive energy source in my life, I’ve decided to share that with elementary age girls through Girls On The Run (GOTR).  GOTR is a program created by Molly Brown in 1996.  The program focuses not only on running, but creating positive self-esteem among 3rd-5th grade girls.

Last week I held my first class.  My daughters, Kendrah and Maddie, are helping me out as junior coaches.  We had ten girls turn out for the first class and there was a palpable energy flowing through the gym.  It was so great to see girls with all different strengths, personalities, and abilities working towards their own personal goals.  Sometimes girls feel like they need to look or act a certain way, but the GOTR Program strives to teach every girl to embrace their own uniqueness.

I’m looking forward to a fun season that culminates with a 5K run on May 22nd. I’m sure my 1/2 marathon training will only benefit from this program also.

It’s seems timely that the first snowfall of the season falls on the start of basketball season. Today Beth’s 5th grade girls’ basketball team had their first practice. As the coach, I told the girls I had two goals for them this season, which really are the same as last season; to have fun and to learn and improve.  

For those of you that have followed this blog, you know that Power Power has not only dealt with what we do, how we eat and how we train. It’s also dealt with what we think and how will feel. For these girls it’s just as important to have a positive self-image about themselves and confidence in what they do, as it is to make a basket. I also like to stress teamwork and supporting and encouraging each other through the games.

I enjoy coaching and have been fortunate to coach a number of the kid’s teams in a variety of sports. It’s not just the winning, although I am competitive. I enjoy watching a group of kids work together to accomplish common goals. I love to see the “Ah Ha” moment on their faces when the things I have been telling them finally make sense and they actually do them.

So stay tuned, basketball season has started and we’re in for a fun time.