In their words…inspiration from our coaches
Randa Patrick, Board Member & GOTR coach on her experience…
I was nervous to become a GOTR coach. I am a runner and I knew I could help with that aspect of the program. But talking about “girl” issues was another story.
What I found out is that I didn’t need to work at talking about the girl issues. First of all, I was a girl living inside the girl box dying to bust out. I would have benefited from a program like this. Secondly, the girls are so full of thoughts and ideas and they aren’t afraid of sharing them. They taught me so much about myself and the girls helped teach each other. Lastly, I enjoyed the other GOTR coaches who coached with me. We would look at each other when the girls said something wise or worked as a team without our instruction. The look we gave each other didn’t need words. We knew it was special and happened naturally.
I felt an excitement every Tuesday and Thursday that is hard to explain. Each girl brought me a new perspective on life, potential and hope. I fell in love with my job ( as a coach).
I left each Girls on the Run session with a runners high.
If you have experience of the sensation of vitality, connection to the next generation and a rushing sense of happiness, you know what it means to be a coach for Girls On The Run. Every time I meet with my girls, we grow roots to each other. We share in each others lives, not just superficially, but through each lesson in character development, we reach each other profoundly. I thought I would be a mentor and what I found was a lot of wisdom and mentor ship returned to me in the form of some very young spirits, my little sisters in GOTR! After 2 seasons as a coach, I can honestly say this is an amazing way to well being and great fun!