Girls on the Run Blog 2013

Week Ten


Dessa, Almaden Country School, San Jose

I thought the run was so fun. It was a beautiful day outside, and i couldn't wait until the start of the  race. We warmed up feeling active and ready to run. When the race started it was really crowded, so I started off nice and easy but i still jogged. Then it started to clear up. When I was finished, I looked at my time and I went from 49 minutes in the last 5K to 33 minutes this year. I was really proud of myself. When I had some water and a snack, I started to pass out waters to my friends who just finished. I thought GOTR was a lot of fun and a good program to learn how to stop bullying, think positive etc. Girls on the run is sssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooo much fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

We arrived at the 5K really early! 6 am. First I got my hairsprayed and a GOTR tattoo. Then I said hello to some friends from other schools. Then it was time for the warm-up. We stretched, danced, and got excited for the race! After that we went into three groups by the starting line: walkers and strollers, running for fun or speedsters. My sister, mom, and I went in Running for Fun. The first mile was a bit hard but my mile two I was having fun and it was going great. It felt so good to cross the finish line! I felt like I accomplished so much! It was an amazing experience!

My final thoughts about Girls on the Run: I thought GOTR was super fun! I learned a lot of useful information that will help me with my friendships and having a healthy mind. It also helped get me a lot faster and better at running. All the lessons were helpful and fun. The running was always done in a creative way that made it even more fun. I encourage all girls to join GOTR because it is a great way to meet nice girls, learn new things, and have lots of fun. I will be sad because this is my last year doing GOTR because next year I will go to middle school. I loved this program and I know you will too.

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

On Monday, we talked about advertisements in magazines and the messages they give to girls. After telling us what we were looking for, the coaches divided us into groups and gave each group an ad. We were supposed to answer some questions that made us realize the messages in the ads were not healthy. For our workout the coaches told us that we were trying to run a whole lap without walking. After every lap, we would write on our sheet of paper something related to the messages of the lesson.

On Thursday, the last day of Girls on the Run, the coaches gave us each a thank-you card. We were supposed to write a note thanking the person who got us involved in GOTR. I wrote a letter to my mom/coach. After that, the group was divided into three smaller groups. All the groups formed a line, and the first person in every line got to sit in the “hot seat.” Everyone would run past them and shout out a positive adjective.Then the next person in line sat in the seat, etc. Then we got to run while the coaches called us grade by grade to the lunch tables to give us our shirts, bibs, and info sheets.

When the race day came, all of us were excited and sleepy from getting up so early on a Saturday. Many of our team (including me) got our hair dyed. Our group had green bandanas that everyone was signing at our team table. Twenty minutes before the 5K started, my mom and I headed over to the front of the start line. When we finished the race (my best time ever!), my mom took the camera from my brother and dad. She took pictures of everyone on our team crossing the finish line while my friend and I ate coffee cake. Overall, it was an amazing final GOTR year. Girls on the Run is so much fun!!!!!!!!!!!

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

I learned a lot from Girls On the Run this year. I met so many new people, not just fifth graders, but other grades too. I also got to know my friends who were in GOTR better. But, GOTR also changed how I acted. Now, I engage more in the conversations in school, and I don't talk negatively anymore. I learned to feel good about what I accomplished that day, and I also learned to be a better friend. My parents always tell me that I am a really good friend, but I feel that I am a better friend to my friends after GOTR. I listen to my friends if they have problems, or if they just wanna talk, I give them my full attention, and I help them do their best. So, in a way, GOTR has changed my life, and my friends' lives. I have shown them how a true friend acts, and I hope that they use this in the future. I was a fifth grader, so when I go to middle school in the fall, I will use these lessons to make friends, and to even make my other friendships more powerful. I will not give up, or use negative self talk. I wish they did this in middle school.
So long, Erin

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

From the first lesson, to the last lesson, GOTR has been amazing! I would look forward to it every Tuesday and Thursday. In my opinion, I think we ROCKED the 5K on Saturday! I had a blast, and I hope everyone else did along with me! Before I had started GOTR, I thought a 5K would be impossible. Now, it’s possible! Thanks to the wonderful coaches, I achieved my goal, and I couldn’t be more proud! We also won a spirit award, thanks to our awesome team! I will miss the coaches, the running, the games, the fun, and writing these blogs every week. I hope everyone does GOTR next year, or for the fifth graders, they can do Girls on Track next year.  Over these weeks I am proud to say that we have worked really hard and we have all gotten to know each other better. On the first day of GOTR we were all strangers except for a couple of people. Now, we are all friends!  Although I am sad to say this is my last blog, it sure was fun to write it. I hope everyone is plugged in, because I sure am.

Sydney, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos

The 5K finally came! We had to get up super early and arrived at Vasona Park at 6:45 am. We had really cool spirit wear made by coach Holly. Each girl got to wear feathers down their arms with a pink duct tape sign on their back that said something about Girls on the Run. My sign said “GOTR makes me soar the skies!” When the run began my mom started her timer. I was hoping to beat my time from last year, but I ended up coming in with the same time.  The run was challenging, but I am proud for running most of it.

Even though I have been in GOTR for three years, I still plan on doing it again next year. I know most of the information, but it is always good to remind myself about plugging into the positive Girls on the Run cord. Once I get to junior high, I hope to come back to be a coach helper since I have a younger sister. I can’t wait for our big GOTR ice cream party this Friday to celebrate with all my friends.

Week Nine

Dessa, Almaden Country School, San Jose

Tuesday was about bullying. We had an envelope that had words in them and when the coaches said a sentence, we had to pick the right word to fill in the blank. You would sprint to the cone and back. I thought it was cool! I thought it was a relaxing sort of day.

Thursday was all about friends. It was sort of like game day. We played three games. My favorite game was sort of like freeze tag. The coaches would try and tag you while you held four cards. When a coach tagged you, you would give onecard to her. To unfreeze someone you would give her a card. I love GOTR!!!!!!!!!!!

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

On Tuesday at GOTR we ran our practice 5K.  A 5K is 3.1 miles (16 laps). It was really fun because each lap we got one nail painted or a silly band!  But, it was also kind of hard. It was the longest run we had done in GOTR this year. Our whole team finished in under an hour. We were very proud! 

On Friday we talked about advertisements. Advertisements are not healthy for a Girls on the Run girl. They try to trick you into buying things so they get money. Sometimes they even leave out important information and lie. My advice is to not always believe what you see in an advertisement. For the workout portion, we did interval training. We ran one lap going fast without stopping. Then we rested for two minutes. We kept doing that for about 5-6 laps. I thought it was really fun. I can't wait for next week!

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

I can’t believe week nine of GOTR is over already! That means we only have one more week left! On Monday, we didn’t run at all. Instead, we worked on preparing our community project. Our group is doing a shoe drive with the whole school for our community project. To prepare, we had to decorate boxes to put the shoes in for each class, make posters, and write a short speech to perform to every class. The coaches brought in paper shoe shapes to decorate and stick on the boxes. Two 5th grade girls came up with a short and funny Q&A type speech. My friend and I performed it to a kindergarten class and they laughed and laughed. It was so cute!

On Thursday, we learned that it’s OK to choose our friends. After that, we played a game where a coach would read a statement and, depending on how you felt about it, you would either slump or skip over to another coach. It was funny to see all the girls pretending to cry and slumping. When the game was over, we played tag on the track! The coaches were all “it.” My mom picked up a tree branch and pretended to be a tree! One of the other coaches leaped out at us just as we left the water station and made us all scream. It was hilarious! Girls on the Run is so much fun!!!!

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

On Monday, we ran a practice 5K. It was really fun. The coaches told us to have a running buddy, so I ran with my friend until her dad came. My mom is a coach, so she helped other girls run the mile by encouraging their spirits. Once my friends’ dad came, I ran with both of them. After two laps with my friends’ dad, my mom came and joined us. I talked with my friend, while my mom and my friends’ dad talked about races they had done. It was really tiring, but it was really fun. My mom kept us going by telling us after two laps that we were ¼ of the way done. Later she told us when we were ½ of the way done, and then ¾ of the way done. To keep ourselves busy, my friend and I asked each other questions that are simple, like what’s your favorite color, and other questions like that. Every lap, one coach would write a letter on our arm. We had to run eight laps, so the coaches wrote the word AWESOME! on our arm with an exclamation mark for the 8th lap. It was so much fun, and in the end the coaches gave us a CONGRATULATIONS, YOU RAN A 5K ON MAY 6! certificate. It was the best lesson ever. 

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

Here’s the thing. In life, you’re going to come across many advertisements and magazine covers with beautiful and skinny girls on them. They’re probably going to be airbrushed, so never compare yourself to the pictures. Being super skinny actually isn’t healthy. Being healthy and just the way you are makes you more beautiful. So just be yourself. We also learned about the importance of working as a community. It’s not easy, but it’s worth the effort. Just like our activity. It wasn’t easy holding everyone up, but we managed. I hope these lessons follow each and every Girl on the Run, and each coach in life. It will make your lives a whole lot easier, and I know we can all accomplish that. I for sure know this because we are no ordinary girls; we are very special.  We are Girls on the Run, and we are happy about that!

Sydney, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos

This week we worked on our community service project and I am really excited about it! We are doing a collage of a big sun that says “Inspire” in the middle. Each girl will paste onto the sun a word that inspires her by being in the Girl on the Run program. For example, we will use words like “strong,” “friendship,” and “gratitude.” When we are done, we will donate it to the local non-profit store called Caroline’s. People can come in and buy raffle tickets. The raffle winner gets the collage and the money will go to a local children’s charity, such as Hospice of Santa Cruz or Jacob’s Heart. I hope a lot of people come into Caroline’s to by a raffle ticket! The store is located at 402 Trout Gulch Road in Aptos. It feels good to give back to our community. Here is a photo of us working on the collage.

Week Eight

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

On Tuesday at GOTR we talked about how you can choose your friends. Friends can either bring out the best in you or bring out the worst in you. It is better to be around people who bring out the best in you. For the workout portion we played a big game of tag. The coaches were it. When a coach tagged you it was like someone was putting a negative influence on you. When a girl unfroze you they were putting a positive influence on you. It was super fun!

On Friday, we started our community service project.  To me, community is people working together to accomplish something. Our GOTR team is a community. We care about each other and help each other. Our project is collection shoes to give to an organization called "From Our Feet." From Our Feet donates shoes to people in Africa who don't have shoes. It is a really great project!

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

Monday was all about community and working together. The entire group of girls made a circle and held hands. Every other girl leaned in and everyone else leaned out. We all kept each other balanced, until people’s hands got sweaty (gross) and we were struggling to hold on to each other. Then all 30 of us gathered around a cone. We then played a game of tag that demonstrated community. For our workout, the coaches produced a huge poster that had a phrase on it about being a Girl on the Run. Every time we finished a lap, we would cross out one of the letters. Our total number of laps as a community equaled something like 54 miles!

On Thursday, we had our practice 5K (10 laps). One of the parents brought us an entire chest full of ice. The coaches moved the “water station” to the shade and stocked up on spray bottles, leis, necklaces, and cow bells. They would ring the cow bells whenever a girl was finishing a lap. It was incredibly loud. A few of us did even more than a 5K.  Girls on the Run is so much fun! ;)

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

On Monday, we looked at advertisements. We all got into groups, and each group got an advertisement. We were asked to notice and write down the purpose is of the advertisement, who created the advertisement, and tons of other stuff. It was really fun, because you got to take time to look at things in a different way. For example, we looked at a shampoo ad, and saw how it made it look like the girl who used the shampoo was pretty and popular without saying what was in the shampoo or how much it cost. An ad for V-8 made it look like you would get a 20 inch waist, which is not realistic at all. Our workout was to do one lap at the same pace, and never stop running during that lap. It was really hard because it was hot. We could only stop at the end of our lap, and we got a two minute break. We decided to wait until next week for our practice 5K.

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

This week was a great week, even though the weather was very hot. We rocked the practice 5K, and we made awesome stars for the classrooms!  This week was definitely one of my favorites because it’s not everyday we get to run three miles and decorate beautiful stars for classrooms. I can’t believe GOTR is almost over this year. I want it to last longer! We get to learn amazing lessons and we can work out at the same time. I can’t wait to find out the lucky winner of the grand prize! We will definitely rule the 5K at Vasona. I saw the beautiful star and card at my classroom, and I have to say, it looked fantastic. I hope the classroom I made things for is enjoying them! The whole team worked very hard, and I am glad to work with such a great group. GOTR is a group of hard-working, sweet, and generous girls! I can’t wait for next week!

Week Seven

Dessa, Almaden Country School, San Jose

On Tuesday I wasn’t at GOTR. On Thursday 3rd grade just finished our S.A.T. testing, so a few of us were tired. I was one of them. The 5th graders were on a field trip so our group only had 15 out of 25 people. That affected the workout a little. Again we had to run laps around our school while crossing of letters of a big sentence. Once all the letters got crossed off, we were done. Before we started running, my stomach started hurting a bit, but I thought positive thoughts about myself and started running. At first my stomach didn’t hurt and I thought about running instead. Later it started hurting more and I tried to keep running but I had to walk often. At night I got the stomach flu. This week just wasn’t the best for me.

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

On Tuesday at GOTR we talked about gossip. Gossiping is talking about other people behind their back or spreading rumors. Usually they are not true. One way to stop gossip is to tell the person "Where did you get that information?" or "How do you know that is true?".  Also you should not spread the information any further. We also talked about once the information is out you cannot get everybody to forget. My favorite example of this is if a pillows feathers get out of the pillow you will never get every feather back in. All the feathers are like gossip. Even if you try hard, a few people will always know what you said. For the exercise portion, we went on a scavenger hunt with a partner picked by the coaches. It was fun to work with a new partner and get to know them better. I was absent from GOTR on Friday because I was sick, but I am really excited for Tuesday!

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

There is one word to describe Monday- hot. Our group got to move to the shade of a tree on campus. We talked about the different types of bullying. Then we divided into groups so we could write down causes and effects of bullying, like the questions you have to answer for school about the Revolutionary War, or whatever! Then we met under the tree again to discuss what we had written on our papers. Once we were done talking, all of us had to get out from the shade (groan) and start our workout. The coaches gave us worksheets with questions to fill out after we ran each lap.

On Thursday, it wasn’t as hot, but it wouldn’t have mattered if it was hot, because we only had a short time to run. We were working on our community project, brainstorming what to do and how to do it. We are going to coordinate a shoe drive with the entire school participating. The shoes are going to Africa or Asia, to people who can’t afford shoes. When the coaches told us we only had 10 minutes to run, we just took off sprinting around the track. It was fun, like Girls on the Run! Hey, that rhymes! :)

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

On Thursday, we talked about how it’s okay to choose your friends, meaning that you don’t want to be friends with someone if they are mean or judgmental. You want to be friends with a kind, caring person. Then for the workout we played a really fun game of freeze tag. The coaches were the taggers, and they tried to chase us. We had cards that we gave them for the game. It was a different way to get our bodies moving, and it was really fun.  Girls on the Run means so much to me, I love it, and it is so much fun. It teaches me to be a better person, and teaches me what to do if I’m ever in a troubling situation. I have learned so much from GOTR and I’ll be sad when I can’t do it next year.

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

Bullying is sad, and sometimes, people don’t even know they’re a bully.  Bullying can even be excluding people, which happens a lot. Make sure to tell the bully to stop, very firmly. If they are actually physically hurting you at the moment, it is vital that you separate yourself from their grip however you can. Push yourself out if you have to because you can get seriously hurt. I feel a lot safer now that the GOTR coaches explained what to do in certain situations. If you are being bullied, tell an adult immediately. This is not “tattle tailing.” Also at GOTR this week, we learned that we are allowed to choose are friends. Although we can choose are friends, this doesn’t give us the right to be rude to other people who aren’t our friends, or exclude them. If you exclude them, you are actually bullying them. Make sure to remember to do unto others, as you want them to do onto you. I can’t wait for another informative and fun GOTR meeting!

Sydney, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos

On Wednesday we talked about bullying. We learned that there are three types of bullying: physical, emotional/social, and verbal. We had a chance to break up into groups and talk about types of bullying. My group talked about emotion and social bullying, which these days can be easy to get away with because of the Internet. We learned the most common type of bullying is verbal name-calling. I think it’s important to talk to a parent, teacher or someone you trust if someone bullies you.

On Friday, we talked about choosing our friends. I leaned that people can bring you down and be negative not only by what they say, but also by the tone of their voice. Some people try to be popular by putting people down, but I also learned that you can be popular by being nice and being yourself.

Week Six

Dessa, Almaden Country School, San Jose

On Tuesday we focused on standing up for ourselves. The challenge was trying to pass something to your team without using your hands. It was very hard!!! Then we focused on some statements to help us communicate. We used those words for our warm up. I thought it was weird to yell the words out loud. The workout was nice because I felt it was a nice, easy running day.

On Thursday the lesson was about gossiping. The first thing we did was play a game to demonstrate gossiping. I really liked that activity. I loved the warm up because I liked how one of the coaches told us a gossip and I got to tell it to my friend. My friend had to stop the gossip. Thursday was the best day so far.

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

On Tuesday at GOTR we talked about peer pressure.  Peer pressure is when the people around you are pressuring you to do something you don't want to do. A way to stand up to peer pressure is to stay true to what you believe. For example, if someone says your favorite pants are weird you shouldn't stop wearing them.  If you think they are cute than stay true to your opinion. You can respond to this person by saying, "I like these pants. I think they are cute."  For the workout we were supposed to run at our own pace. The point of this was to not be pressure to run too fast or too slow. 

On Friday we talked about standing up for ourselves. We talked about how if you ignore a problem it won't go away. Then we learned some strategies to stand up to a problem. During the workout we learned a strategy that tells the person you are standing up to exactly how you feel, your specific reasoning and what you want them to do instead. I think this is a great strategy. I am really excited to learn more next week.

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

As the sun beat down on us on Monday, the girls at Eaton learned about standing up for ourselves. The coaches told us we had to get a ball from one end of the line to another using only our elbows. After trying (and failing a lot) both teams got the ball to the end of their lines. After we played this game we then yelled out some phrases to help us stand up for ourselves. Quite a few of us remembered it from last year and we all yelled out the words with the coach. Then we played a revised version of a game where a girl got up and ran to the front of the line, shouting out one of the phrases. For our Workout, we ran as many laps as we could until 5:00 and the end of Girls on the Run arrived.. For each lap, we were given a pink slip of paper that had a phrase on it. On Thursday, we were introduced to the concept of gossiping. The message? Don’t do it or else. We played a game to illustrate how gossip gets around. Then we had a scavenger hunt! We worked together and had a great time. Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

On Thursday we talked about gossip. We talked about how gossip can hurt someone, and it’s not just the person who started it who is at fault, it is everyone who chose to spread the gossip around and not stop it. We played a really fun game that told us how to stop gossip. It was really fun, and the game really helped me feel more confident about not spreading rumors. Then we went on a Scavenger Hunt, where we had to find some items. I thought it was really fun because I got to hang out with someone whom I didn’t really know, so I got to know her better. In that lesson I learned that even your friends and parents might gossip, but you should remind them that it might hurt the person’s feelings, and they may feel very sad, so it is better to stop the rumor before it gets very far.

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

I love how every week I learn important lessons at our Girls on the Run meetings. This week’s lesson on gossip and how to deal with a gossiper was very informative. I feel that this was one of the most important lessons yet. Although it may be tempting to gossip, it just isn’t right. With gossip, nobody wins. Just let the gossiper nicely know that the information is no one’s business but the person or persons it’s about. When you gossip, you might actually not know you are. Just telling someone something rude about someone else that isn’t his or her business is gossiping. I enjoy every single Girls on the Run meeting because of the great lessons, not just because they always include delicious and nutritious snacks. GOTR girls are the nicest, smartest and strongest girls thanks to these wonderful and resourceful lessons. I can’t wait for the next GOTR meeting! It’s going to be awesome!

Sydney, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos

On Wednesday, we talked about standing up for ourselves. I think that standing up for myself means being assertive when someone does something that makes me feel uncomfortable. We split into two groups and talked about useful words we can use to respond to someone that’s bugging us. It was hot that day so we got popsicles. On Friday, we talked about how gossip can hurt people. It’s important to remember that once gossip gets out there, you can’t put it back in. The exercise with the string was really fun and will help us remember that gossip hurts everyone.

Week Five


Girls on the Run participants having fun at Escondido and Almaden Country School

Dessa, Almaden Country School, San Jose

On Tuesday we focused on team work and on working together. Before we went outside we made did an activity that I thought was a bit strange but it worked. The warm up was jump rope. At first I was a little confused about why we would use a jump rope for working together. Then I realized that we had to jump through it as a team. I was happy because I love jump rope. The workout was running laps with beads in your hands. The goal was trying to run about two miles: two miles is 10 laps/beads. I ran my two miles in 25 minutes. You were also allowed to run laps for other people. I ran three extra laps for people. I was exhausted after that.

On Thursday we talked about peer pressure. We wrote down things people may say. The warm up involved a peer pressure scenario given by a coach. The workout was that you had a paper with a phrase and every lap you ran you would cross off a vowel.

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

On Tuesday at Girls on the Run we talked about body image. I think body image is how you think about your body. For the warm-up activity one person laid down on a piece of paper and another person would trace them. In the drawing of your body you had to write things you like about yourself on the inside. It felt good to write down good things about yourself because it shows how great you really are. For the workout part for each lap we did we got a streak of colored hairspray. It was so fun!

On Friday we talked about teamwork and cooperation. For warm-up we played a really fun game of jump rope. It took a lot of teamwork, but we finally found a strategy that worked where we could succeed. For the workout portion, each girl got some beads. You got rid of one bead for each lap. Our goal was to get rid of all the beads.  If you wanted to you could take a bead from someone else and run a lap for them.  Because we worked as a team we got rid of all of the beads!  We were so proud!

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

Time flies, as my teacher and coach would say. It’s already April and week five of Girls on the Run. On Monday, we talked about cooperation. With one of our coaches leading us, we made a “thunderstorm” with our hands and feet. All of the 5th grade girls, including me, were swapping smiles- we’d already done this at science camp. After that, we had to all run through a jump rope that was being turned by two of the coaches. The rules said that if one girl touched the jump rope, everyone on the team had to go back to the other side and try again. We kept trying and failing, so the coaches changed the rules a tiny bit. It was a lot easier with the rules changed and way faster. As an April Fools’ Day joke, the coaches told us we had zero time to run. There were mouths hanging open and stunned expressions all around the circle. There was a ton of time left, actually.

On Thursday, we discussed standing up to peer pressure. We learned about a stretegy to deal with peer pressure and practiced it by dividing into pairs and running over to where one of the coaches was standing. After that, we got to run. :) Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

On Thursday, when we started Girls on the Run, I was ready to do my best. The lesson was on peer pressure, so we did some skits about peer pressure as a warm up. The coaches also told us that if there was ever a time when we felt peer pressure, we should use some techniques that we learned in Girls on the Run to deal with it. For the workout we each got piece of paper that had a phrase with all the vowels bolded. What we had to do was run around, and every time we ran a lap we crossed out one of the vowels. The goal of the workout was to run at the same pace the entire time. It was really hard to do that considering when I usually run I do not stay at the same pace the entire time. It was a really fun GOTR day on Thursday.

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

Working together is a very important thing, but it can also be tough. You may not always get along with the people you are working with, but if you are flexible and open-minded, it will be easy. With all the laps we ran and the bracelets the coaches tied up for us, we found out we could walk all the way to Santa Cruz. That just shows how far working together can get you. There is also another important thing we learned this week. Two words.  Peer. Pressure. Peers are people your age, and they can pressure you into doing dangerous and irresponsible things. Your peers can pressure you into doing the certain dares, other challenges, and many more things. Make sure you listen to the little voice in your head that tells you if it’s the right thing to do. If someone is trying to pressure you into dong terrible things that can hurt you or someone else emotionally and physically, then you need to tell a trusted adult. We’ve all heard of the phrase “ tattle tailing.” If it’s important, you need to tell a trusted adult immedietly. This is not “tattle tailing.” A trusted adult could be one of your parents, your teacher, or even a coach. This week was incredible, and I had a great time with my friends. I can’t wait for the next GOTR meeting!

Sydney, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos

On Wednesday we talked about cooperation. Cooperation is about getting along with each other. We did many activities that involved working together to achieve our goal. I think that cooperation is a part of making decisions and dealing with friendship. On Friday we talked about peer pressure. Peer pressure is when someone pushes you to do something or say something you don't want to do. We learned the steps that we must follow when we are being peer-pressured. I will try to remember to use these steps the next time I'm being peer-pressured.

Week Four

 

Dessa, Almaden Country School, San Jose

On Tuesday I wasn’t at Girls on the Run. On Thursday we skipped our running warm up and went straight to the workout. The workout was running laps. This week we talked about your inner feelings. Every time we ran a lap, to keep us motivated we would get a sticker. Every time we got three stickers you would get a goodie.. I ran 12 laps! I got a necklace, a bracelet and a hairclip. In the beginning I had a bad cramp in my side, so I walked a few laps. Then my cramp got better and I started running.

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

On Tuesday at Girls on the Run we talked about gratitude. I think gratitude is being grateful for things. During the running portion, we wrote down one thing we were grateful for each lap. It felt good to write down things I was grateful for and to hear other people's ideas.

On Friday we talked about relaxing. It is good to relax once in awhile to unclutter your thoughts and calm down. We talked about ways to relax and de-stress and had some good strategies to use when you have too much on your mind. I am very excited for the next Girls on the Run lesson!

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

GOTR has been awesome so far. On Monday, we learned about gratitude. The coaches had us play some games to think about gratitude. When we hit the track, we learned that we had about 40 minutes to run. We had to think about gratitude. In the 40 minutes, my friends and I ran nine laps! We would have run more, but the coaches didn’t want us to run more than nine laps, so they asked us to walk the last lap. I wish we had 40 minutes to run every time!

On Thursday, Kim came and told us about the Run for a Reason Fundraiser and showed us all the fabulous prizes. Everyone was very excited about the necklace prize! Then we talked about body image. All of us drew gingerbread cookie-like pictures of ourselves and wrote words describing our inner beauty. Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

On Monday, when GOTR started, I didn’t feel like running. I was tired from school, and running around at recess, so I wasn’t feeling very happy or energetic, like a Girl on the Run should be. But when we started the lesson, I realized I should be grateful that I am able to go to school, and that I have legs, so I can run around. The lesson was about being grateful for what we have and what we are able to do. It was a really good lesson and it made me feel good about how many things I am able to do. For the running portion, we ran laps and thought about gratitude. It was a great lesson.

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

This week we focused on two very important topics: gratitude and body image. Gratitude is also another word for showing that you are grateful or thankful. Now let’s talk about body image. Every girl is unique in her own way, and she should embrace that. These are very important things to learn about. Along with those two things, we ran a crazy number of laps on Monday, and we learned about the Girls on the Run fundraiser on Tuesday!  Who wouldn’t want to ride in a limo? I hope we raise a bunch of money for this awesome program!  Every girl at Girls on the Run gets so much out of this experience, and I feel that this fundraiser is our way of saying thanks. They also have great prizes!  This week’s practices were also extra important because of Easter. I know we’re all going to eat a lot of chocolate bunnies and jellybeans, and we don’t have to feel bad about it because we had great workouts this week! This week was amazing, and I hope we have a fantastic week next week! I can’t wait for another week of Girls on the Run ….. not only to be with my friends but to learn all of the great things that GOTR is teaching us!

Sydney, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos

On Wednesday, we talked about gratitude. Gratitude is about being thankful for things, people, and circumstances in our lives. Many of the girls brought up the fact that they are grateful for their friends. I happen to agree with this. My friends are important to me because they are always there for me. This lesson reminds me to appreciate my friends and my family. On Friday, we traced our hands and filled them in with positive comments about ourselves. For example, I wrote “I’m a fast runner” to encourage myself. The lesson taught me that we all have internal beauty.

Week Three

Dessa, Almaden Country School, San Jose

This week was all about nutrition and eating healthy. On Tuesday we did a warm up. The warm up was sort of like baseball. On Thursday we talked about having healthy emotions. This was my favorite warm up that I did so far.The workout was running laps while reading a piece of paper and thinking about how you would feel if you were in that conversation. I ran 11 laps in 15 minutes. I was so happy. Then we had snack and I gave a superstar award to a coach. I gave the award to her because even though she had a brace on her knee she still ran with us.

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

On Tuesday at Girls on the Run we learned about being healthy physically. Some of the ways we learned about were exercising, eating healthy, and drinking lots of water. We then played a game where the coaches quizzed us about being healthy physically. Some of the questions were simple, but some answers surprised me. During the workout portion we all got a paper that stated different ways to stay physically healthy. Each time we completed a lap we had to number what we thought was most important. I thought getting exercise was most important because it makes you feel strong and happy. On Friday we learned about being emotionally healthy. The most important thing I took out of this lesson was that emotions that we sometimes think are bad like angry, sad, or frustrated are not bad emotions. Sometimes it is good to feel these emotions. During the workout portion we had to think about emotions while we ran. So far I really like Girls on the Run. I am getting excited for the 5k!!

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

Where does the time go? We’ve passed week three in Girls on the Run. Monday was very fun, with a great lesson and a great activity.  The day was devoted to eating healthy. The game we played was super fun; way better than the real thing. Some of the questions were easy and some were harder.  A lot of the questions that my coach, aka Mom, read were harder than I expected. Despite that, I loved the game. The coaches didn’t have any activities for us to do while we were running, which I thought was nice since we had been doing a ton of activities while we ran in earlier lessons.

On Thursday, we talked about being emotionally healthy. It was funny to watch the coaches act out different emotions for us and be really dramatic. One of the coaches is my teacher, and it was very weird to watch her, because in class she’s all business! The activity we did while running was interesting. Then we ended with our chant: Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

This week we talked about healthy habits and healthy emotions. I like hearing about all of this because it made me realize what is good for me. Healthy habits are like getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night, brushing your teeth two to three times a day, and eating healthily too. When you eat healthily you should not have as much dessert as vegetables and you should have lots of protein. We played a warm-up game that was really fun because everyone helped each other answer questions. I was tired at the end of Girls on the Run because during the workout, we had to try and pace ourselves. We started out slow and if we liked our pace, we kept it, if we didn’t, we went a bit faster. So far, this has been a really fun GOTR year, and I love doing it.

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

This week was great!  We talked about emotions, and how to control them. We played fun games including one where we identified emotions, and of course, we ran lots of laps and had an amazing time!  Now emotions, everyone has them.  We learned that we can’t let them control us.  We can’t let emotions make us do things that we’ll regret later. Even though it’s hard, we have to learn to control them. I will admit that I too can get out of control sometimes with my emotions, but I learned this week that I need to control them and also learned different ways to control them. This week was super, super, super awesome.  Girls on the Run always has great messages, so you have to keep your ears open at the meetings. Girls on the Run had a fantastic week, and I can’t wait for next week!

Sydney, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos

On Wednesday we talked about taking care of our bodies. I liked that day because I love eating and enjoy learning what foods are good for me. I was disappointed I did not get a time to “bat” at the softball game, but I did get a chance to help my teammates answer questions. Then I ran a whole mile. I was tired, but proud that I was able to run that far. On Friday we talked about being emotionally healthy. I learned that all emotions are healthy and that’s it’s okay to feel them. Emotions are not good or bad, but comfortable and uncomfortable. The important thing is how you deal with your emotions. It’s good to be open and talk to a person you trust when you are feeling an uncomfortable emotion.

Week Two

 

Girls on the Run participants having fun at Escondido, Eaton and Baker!

Dessa, Almaden Country School, San Jose

This week we talked about thinking positive sayings about ourselves such as “I’m so beautiful” instead of “I’m so ugly.” On Tuesday we did a warm up and a workout. The workout was basically running laps except when the whistle blew. When the whistle blew you would go to a cone and do what the paper said. We did that for at least 25 minutes. Sometimes I had to slow down because I got tired. I also got a superstar award from my friend. She said why I got the superstar award and it was because I kept running and when I got tired I still jogged.

On Thursday, we wrote some sayings on slips of paper, some had to be negative and some positive.  Then we stretched and did a warm up. The workout was with the papers I talked about a second ago. You were to run half a lap and get 1 slip of paper from the coaches and run with a partner and read them your card while talking about it. You would keep doing that until you get to the coaches again and get a new card and partner. I thought that one positive saying was very funny because it said “I am weird… in a great way.”  Girls on the run is so much fun!!!!!!!

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

On Tuesday at GOTR we learned ways to choose to be a Girl on the Run including having to respect yourself and others. We got a list of things that we can do to be a Girl on the Run. I already did some of the things, but there were some new ones I will definitely try. During the running portion we ran to stations and did different little workouts and activities. I had fun but, it was very hot outside!

On Friday, we talked about ways you or others could say or do negative and positive things. It was very interesting to hear what different negative things girls can say to themselves and others. Most of the girls could think of a time when a few of those things had happened to them. During the workout portion we ran for awhile. In the middle I got a cramp and walked for a little. Next time I will know not to eat too much before I run. Overall this week was very fun!  I am excited for next week! :)

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

Monday was so hot that it felt like the middle of summer, not spring. Even before we got onto the track, we were all sweating as the sun beat down on us. The lesson was great, and I think it helped a lot of the girls in my group realize that GOTR isn’t just about running laps. Our activity was fun but tiring in the heat. We had to figure out a way to run together as a group, not as individuals. All of our teams found a way to do it together.  My favorite phrase on the “I choose to…..” paper was the one about getting a lot of sleep. I am definitely planning to do that.  In my opinion, it was awesome that we had to stop every once in a while on the track and do a worksheet with the others - it gave all of us a chance to rest. I have to give credit to my mom (and coach) for helping me get through the tough last laps. Thanks, Mom!

On Thursday, it wasn’t quite as hot, thank goodness. After discussing negative self talk, we got rid of the negative things by running through a tunnel made by everyone and dropping the “negative cards” into a box. It was very fun. We then hit the track, running until 5:00 pm. Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

It was really hot out when we started GOTR on Monday. It was 72 or 73 degrees outside and I had to do something later so I didn’t want to run about. For the talking portion of GOTR we talked about what it means to be a Girl on the Run. We got a piece of paper that had sentences, we then divided into three groups and each group got part of the list of ways we could be a Girl on the Run. It was really fun to run around even though it was hot because there was wind blowing and we just ran as fast as we could. I loved being at Girls on the Run that day and I thought it was one of the best lessons I have learned. I liked thinking about how I can choose to be a Girl on the Run. Go GOTR!

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

Girls on the Run was terrific this week!  We talked about our unfortunate negative thoughts, but in the end, we threw them away! Running to the different cones, and doing the activities on the papers was a blast. It was also fun doing the exercise where someone runs under the bridge of hands, then throws their negative thoughts away!  Running laps was also pretty great.  Being a Girl on the Run is about being confident, supportive, and just feeling good about yourself. We went into detail about that subject this week.  Everyone had smiles on their faces, and they were laughing super hard. Seeing how joyful and happy everyone was, I became ecstatic! Every Tuesday and Thursday I look forward to going to Girls on the Run after school. Girls on the Run is amazing, and I love writing this blog every week about how much fun we had. In all, I think that we had a wonderful week, and I can’t wait for next week!

Sydney, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos

On Wednesday, we learned about what it means to be a Girl on the Run, it is a choice that girls have to make. Choosing to be a Girl on the Run will prepare you for the future. We ran around the track and every time a coach said stop, we would run to the nearest station and do a small activity about choosing to be a Girl on the Run. I was really hot during that activity. I wish it had been a little bit cooler.

On Friday we talked about positive and negative self-talk. Sometimes I think I’m stupid, but this lesson helped me turn it around and be positive about myself. Next time, instead of using negative words, I will turn it around into a positive, and I will encourage my friends to be positive too!  

Week One

GOTR participants at Baker Elementary!

Dessa, Almaden Country School, San Jose

On the first lesson of Girls on the Run (GOTR) I was very excited, but when I walked into the portable I realized that I was one of the younger girls there. I was a little bit shy, but I soon got to know the older kids better. The first game we did was that you have to put an adjective in front of your name. Mine was Dearful Dessa. Next we stretched and did a running warm up. I was happy that we got to run. We played a getting to know each other game during warm up that  made me meet a lot of new friends. The actual workout was really fun. We got to run laps and when you passed somebody you would say “ Keep it up “ or “Nice job.”

The second lesson on Thursday was also fun. The lesson was about thinking positively not negatively. Soon we got to go outside and do a running activity. I really enjoyed the activity. It was my favorite. You had to run to the cone and back and when you come back to the cone you would write a positive feeling on a board. The first week of GOTR started off shy, but soon got better!

Elena, Escondido Elementary, Palo Alto

Hi!  I'm Elena, a 5th Grader at Escondido Elementary School in Palo Alto.  On Tuesday, our first day of Girls on the Run, I was very excited to start.  That day, we got know the other girls in our group.  It was good to get familiar with the other girls. During our run, it felt good to talk to the other girls and get to know them.  On Friday, we talked about feeling positive and negative and ways we can change feeling negative to feeling positive.  I will definitely use the strategies we discussed when I am feeling negative.  During our workout, I felt good because I got a lot of exercise.  I like Girls on the Run because you get exercise and learn valuable lessons.  I am looking forward to next week!

Elisabeth, Eaton Elementary, Cupertino

GOTR is a lot of fun this year. We played the “name game” on Monday, which was interesting since the girls came up with a bunch of adjectives that I would not have thought of. After the activities, we only had time for two laps around the track, which was disappointing. I wanted to run more…just after we had gotten warmed up, we had to stop! On the bright side, everyone had good running shoes, and almost everyone had a water bottle!  On Thursday, we talked about the positive and negative cords. I think people who get moody a lot should listen to this lesson. The activity that we did on the track (where we wrote down something that could help us get plugged into the positive cord each lap) was fun. My favorite thing that someone wrote was, ”Eat pie!” Compared to Monday, we had a ton of time to run. One of my friends, who has never been in GOTR before, ran seven laps! I was very proud of her. Girls on the Run is so much fun!

Erin, Nixon Elementary, Palo Alto

I started Girls on the Run off by feeling tired. Even though I knew I was supposed to be happy and lively and all that, I wasn’t feeling up to it. That all changed when we started the lesson. We started with a name game in which we had to come up with an adjective that starts with the same letter of our name. It was fun learning people's name with funny or thoughtful adjectives. I now know tons of people I didn’t know before. For the running portions of Girls on the Run, I ran with my friends. To keep myself busy, I asked my friends questions about themselves and what they like or liked to do. At the end of the day, I felt good because I learned more about my friends that I won’t forget in a hurry. Girls on the Run means to me a time when girls can run with or without a friend. In the beginning of Girls on the Run we stretch, talk and we get warmed up. I took Girls on the Run last year so I know what they talk about, but I think the lessons they teach are still important.

Haley, Baker Elementary, San Jose

Girls on the Run was amazing this week! We each got to know each other better, we made up hilarious names, we all learned how to love ourselves for who we are, and we ran lots of laps on the track! It felt invigorating running all of those laps, and I’m glad I was able to run with friends. Girls on the Run is empowering, and it’s got a great message. Every girl is special in her own way, and we should all embrace who we are. Girls on the Run teaches us that we should love ourselves for who we are, and who we are is amazing girls! I am excited for the next Girls on the Run meeting! I can’t wait for the 5K race at the end of the season! In my opinion, Girls on the Run had a terrific first week, and I’m sure that everyone has the Girls on the Run cord plugged in! I know that I do.

Sydney, Rio Del Mar Elementary, Aptos

This is my third year doing GOTR and I was looking forward to running in my new shoes. The first day we did “getting to know each other” activities. We have a really big group this year and it took a long time to go through all the names. I was anxious to get started with the running. On Friday we talked about plugging into the positive GOTR cord. Even though I have heard it before, this lesson always inspires me to be positive. Then finally we got a chance to run. We wrote down positive thoughts on a white board after finishing a lap. I wrote “I am a fast runner!” It felt good to be running and I am looking forward to making new friends. I am starting to think about who will be a good running partner for me. Peace out!

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