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GOTR Coaches Training!

August 27, 2012

*My apologies to Kelsey – there are no pictures today*

Hey everyone! Guess what today is!?!? My first day of school!!!

My friend asked me what I planned on wearing today… seeing as I have 1 class for an hour, I’m thinking workout clothes?! Haha, first day of school is so different by your 3rd year of law school!

Anyhoo, I had a MUCH more exciting day on Saturday! I had coaches training for Girls on the Run!!! As you all know, I’m running as a solemate for the Chicago Marathon, which means that I’m fundraising for their organization here in the Chicagoland area.

Girls on the Run


Girls on the Run actually has 2 programs: Girls on the Run, which is for 3rd – 5th grade, and then Girls on Track, which is for 6th-8th grade. Here is the idea behind Girls on the Run from their website:

Over a period of 10-12 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their inner confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique. 

We had our coach training at a local library that was actually more difficult for me to get to than I anticipated, it took an hour to get there and I was a few minutes late! haha I’m not a fan of being late! It was fine though, the group was much larger than I’d anticipated! There are tons of sites all throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, so women working in all those areas were at training.

It started out with a video of Molly Barker, who founded Girls on the Run. It was actually very inspirational and I was definitely tearing up listening to her story. We spent the rest of the morning listening to our leaders as they went through how Girls on the Run lessons work and important information for coaches. Then we broke for lunch, they’d ordered some delicious looking pizza! Luckily they warned us ahead of time that there would be pizza for lunch, so I brought along a salad with salsa, avocado and black beans. Simple, but it worked.

After lunch was the fun part – we actually got to practice giving a lesson! I was intimated just doing it WITH my whole group of 5 to another group, haha it made me nervous for when I’ll actually be going through the lessons with real 8-10 year old girls staring back at me! Training got me very excited and a little nervous to be a coach – it’s really happening!

I haven’t been assigned to my site yet (several others at training hadn’t either, which made me feel better), but I can’t wait to find out where I’ll be placed. I am SO EXCITED to start working with the girls! I grew up going to an all-girls summer camp and I was a counselor for one year. I really miss working with kids.


The best part is all the things they say; girls at this age are so open and honest so I can’t wait to hear their responses to some of the questions in the lessons, such as issues surrounding body image and gossiping.

If you’re interested in getting involved with Girls on the Run in your area, there are actually many ways to do so without the time commitment of being a coach!

You can…

  • Run in the semi-annual 5K (your registration goes towards the organization)
  • Run as a running buddy, which means you’ll be paired with a girl to help her through the race
  • Volunteer at the race: just like any race they need volunteers at registration, aid stations, etc.
  • Run as a Solemate to raise money for Girls on the Run through fundraising
  • Or just contact them to ask to volunteer! I know here in Chicago they need volunteers for their annual Gala, which is another very short time commitment!

See the Girls On the Run website for more information and to find your local organization!


Do you do any volunteer work?


Do you have or spend time with younger kids? Any funny things they say?

42 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2012 6:22 am

    Can I please be in school for grad school and not have to work during the day? Only 1 hour of class in workout clothes soundsss amaaazzzinnnngggg!!!

  2. August 27, 2012 6:28 am

    I love GOTR. It’s a great program. I’ve run as a buddy a few times with classmates of my son and the last two years I’ve been one of the lead volunteers at the finish line (the Northern VA GOTR race is HUGE!) I’d love to coach, but that has to wait until my boys are older LOL.

  3. August 27, 2012 6:40 am

    I love GOTR too.
    I’m helpIng teach a kids yoga class this fall. I adore their brains and how they think/laugh.

    • August 27, 2012 8:54 pm

      That will be fun to teach a yoga class! I remember my friend started yoga in high school and we all thought she was crazy… haha now I love it!

  4. August 27, 2012 6:54 am

    This is absolutely awesome. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences!

  5. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale permalink
    August 27, 2012 7:14 am

    I SOOO wish we had a GOTR in my area!! It sounds like SUCH a great organization! (Anything getting girls into sports to help socialize and boost self-esteem without the negativity of cliques, etc is always a good idea!) I would LOVE to start a council, but they’re so expensive to get off the ground. I’m going to continue looking for similar concepts in my area though.
    Enjoy your first day of class!! 🙂

    • August 27, 2012 8:57 pm

      Definitely look for similar organizations, I’ve already heard of a couple others here in Chicago!

  6. August 27, 2012 7:37 am

    It’s awesome that you’re in law school and still managing to find time to volunteer with GOTR. You’re an inspiration Katie! 🙂

    Right now I’m volunteering with an RD at the hospital and starting in the fall I’ll be volunteering at a local nutrition practice + a prediabetes education program, so I’ll be pretty busy with that on top of my school work. I’d love to help out with GOTR in the future though – maybe once I’m done my schooling and internship!

  7. August 27, 2012 7:39 am

    Welcome to the GOTR family! I’ve had a great time volunteering and coaching for the organization. One thing I’ve noticed is that my girls were obsessed with the lesson/moto “Running makes me…” and then they always said “poop!” Yep, they are quite aware of the running runs. 🙂

  8. August 27, 2012 7:57 am

    Happy first day of school!!! And wonderful meeting you yesterday! And I really wish I was going back to school.

  9. August 27, 2012 9:40 am

    At my former internship, I did an interview woth GOTR, and I love the program! I wish I had different work schedule, because then I could volunteer with them!

  10. August 27, 2012 10:04 am

    I used to work in a daycare, and yea – the things that can come out of a child’s mouth. One comment could have me giggling for hours!

    I’ve done a bit of volunteering with the St. Leonard’s Society (works with youth on probation/in the criminal justice system) and Hopes Garden (eating disorder resource centre in London) – volunteering is just so rewarding.

    • August 27, 2012 9:03 pm

      Those sound like great organizations, and St. Leonard’s Society sounds really interesting!

  11. August 27, 2012 10:07 am

    Great to meet you yesterday and I am so happy to have found your blog! I will be reading and following your marathon training….very exciting.

    I am definitely interested in being a running buddy for the 5K!

    • August 27, 2012 9:04 pm

      It was great meeting you too, Sierra! I really enjoyed chatting with you, haha I LOVED your personality!

  12. kelsey permalink
    August 27, 2012 10:29 am

    Ugh, where are the pics?! Don’t worry I still read it…only because I need to stalk you.

  13. August 27, 2012 12:05 pm

    Bahahahahaha first line of this post. So good.

    Does volunteering at the gala mean I get to dress up and be pretty?? Because if so, I’d be all over that. I should really probably find a way to volunteer with GOTR in general, because I totally feel you on missing hanging out with kids. I worked at camp for two summers + one week, and though I love what I do now, being a counselor was one of the best experiences of my life so far. I’d give nearly anything to be able to take the entire summer off so I could continue working at camp.

    • August 27, 2012 9:06 pm

      Being a counselor really was incredibly rewarding, I’m glad you enjoyed it too! And you should definitely look into volunteering with GOTR!

  14. August 27, 2012 12:55 pm

    YAY for the first day of school! That is why I loved Grad school too–no one cared what you wore (I taught a bunch of fitness classes in between classes, so I always wore workout clothes.hah), and you have like 2 hours of class /day. AWESOME!

    • August 27, 2012 9:07 pm

      Haha I know, I looooove wearing workout clothes to class! Lol although I do feel silly when people are coming from work and have suits on… but then I just think how uncomfortable they must be! haha

  15. August 27, 2012 1:11 pm

    Happy first day of school! 🙂 I hope it goes well and that you enjoy your classes.

    I’m so glad to hear the GOTR training went well too! I’m sure this is only the beginning of a wonderful adventure for you!

  16. liverunlaughyoga permalink
    August 27, 2012 1:35 pm

    I did back on my feet for a few months from may-july. It was a lot of fun. Have a great day

  17. flighttorun permalink
    August 27, 2012 2:52 pm

    thank you so much for bringing this up! i have just contacted my Girls on the run council here on Oahu!

  18. August 27, 2012 4:42 pm

    Woot, Happy first day of school! I will be joining in the “fun” about a week and a half after you! I know once I get into the schedule it will be okay, but man oh man, I’m not too excited at the moment!
    I am also flippen impressed that you are in law school and also doing this with Girls on the Run! What a fantastic program it is, and it’s something the girl I babysit for could really benefit from and also enjoy

    • August 27, 2012 9:13 pm

      Haha, yea the first day is rough, but I’m hoping to get into the routine, I know we both will!

  19. August 27, 2012 9:05 pm

    Happy first day of school!! Girls on the Run looks like something I would LOVE to do if I had the time 😦 Can’t wait to read more about your coaching adventures!

  20. August 28, 2012 12:05 am

    I hope you had a great first day today! I almost always wear workout clothes to campus; all of my classes are block, which means they’re 2.5 hours. There’s no way I’m going to uncomfortable for extended periods like that! It’s funny though, because during undergrad, I always used to “dress up” for class (not really, but I *needed* to look put together), and now I just don’t care! I’ll even go to class straight from a workout looking completely disheveled (and smelling lovely). I’m sure my classmates love me. 😉

    Girls on the Run is such a wonderful organization! I actually volunteered at the 5k last spring and had a blast. I’d love to be a coach someday too. 🙂

    • August 28, 2012 4:50 am

      Haha the problem with law school is half the people are in suits because many have internships and part time jobs! Lol I’m okay looking like a workout bum though!

  21. August 28, 2012 6:06 am

    i’m so jealous! i want to volunteer with GOTR so badly, but i can’t make it work with my schedule 😦 maybe i’ll start a running group with my students so i can at least feel like i’m doing something! i volunteered so much in college and i miss it. hope the first day back was great! congrats on being a 3L.

  22. August 31, 2012 3:11 pm

    Volunteering with GOTR is awesome -you will have a great time! I was an assistant coach in Orlando two years ago and loved it. I wish my work schedule was more consistent so I could coach up here….
    If my schedule works out I may volunteer or run at the 5k at the end of the season though. fingers crossed!

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