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A lesson to listen and go at your own pace…

Fitness is important to me and as a mother of three, I want my children to learn the importance of health.  I lead by example and understand the importance of emotional health and how that can even affect our physical health.

I was blessed enough this year to finally coach a girl’s program called Girls on the Run.  It’s a program that is designed for girls that are in 3rd through 5th grade.  Their mission is :  We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

As a coach, we go through training and they tell us that we will experience personal growth and learn more about ourselves in the program.  It was an extremely rewarding year. I was able to share the coaching responsibilities with two fellow coaches and we had fifteen girls in the program.

We work together in the topics each week and then incorporate physical exercise and stretching  also.  We finish out the year with running a 5K in a group of around 13,000.   Before the final run, we have a practice run.  The range of girls in their confidence level varied greatly.  The exciting lesson we reminded the girls was to listen to their own bodies and pace themselves.

This is a great lesson for us to take with us in life as adults too.

So no matter where you are at in your journey to being healthier, remember to listen to your body and pace yourself.



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