Putting on the Running Shoes

It’s time for me to put on my running shoes.

First, I mean this in the most literal way: after running The Canyonlands Half Marathon back in March I’ve been really lazy. I just haven’t been able to drum up much interest or excitement about running. Participating in Rainier To Ruston helped but I just keep finding other things to do.

Unacceptable. Especially if I want to get fast and kick butt at the Huckleberry 5K in about a month (Sprocket and I are in it to win it). Time to get moving. I’ve never done interval training before so this ought to be kind of interesting.

Second, I want to get running (ha!) on an organization to promote community fitness. Back in Oregon I volunteered for Girls On The Run and loved seeing the transformation in the girls as they went through the program. As useful and needed as the program was in Corvallis, I see the need here ten times over. I haven’t given up on starting a GOTR council here in Shoshone County but the national program wants $7,500 a year plus the head of the council needs to travel back east for training. A similar program for boys, Let Me Run!,  runs $1,200 a season. Shoshone County only has about 12,000 residents.

I’m kind of torn between wanting to be a part of each of these programs as the already have a structured educational component to them. The Girls on the Run website lists its core values as:

We live our lives with gratitude. We are honest. We maintain balance in our lives. We are tobacco and drug-free. We seek the positive in life’s challenge. We live outside the “Girl Box.” We are open-minded. We positively assert ourselves. We make our best effort always. We live with intention in the present. We strive to improve our self-awareness.

In practice, I found these to actually be expressed in ways the girls (3rd-5th grades) could understand. The twenty-four meetings (twice a week) covered a range of lessons (GOTR Los Angeles has a list of the lesson titles). Having been through the process once, I’d make some tweaks to the content but by and large they were awesome and well put together.

Let Me Run! was specifically designed for boys but sounds like it has similar goals:

Our goal is for the boys to….Develop a sense of pride, belonging, and purpose. Be able to identify and express a wide range of emotions. Learn to be a better friend and identify true friends. Be able to define success and competition in healthy ways. Experience a test of endurance and personal goal setting. Expand their knowledge on various topics so they can make better physical, emotional, and mental health choices. Possess a larger understanding of various community and global needs. Discover a greater awareness of their gifts and the gifts of others.

I haven’t seen this program in action but it sounds promising.

I’m kind of conflicted on whether I actually want to segregate the boys and the girls at all. Our town’s tiny and it really might not be practical to split them up. Additionally, I’m not entirely sure that separate teams in something like running where it doesn’t really matter is something I want to encourage.

If anyone happens to still be reading this post, I’m trying to think of a good name for the organization. I’d like to emphasize “fitness” and or “wellness” (or any synonym). I don’t want it to be too kid focused because community fitness includes young adults, parents, and seniors as well. I don’t want it named after our town in case it ever expands to other towns in the Silver Valley.

I love “Silver Strides” because strides could be either running or walking (or generally progressing forward) but am shying away from using “silver” because of it’s connotations of old people (even if everything here is Silver Something). Everything’s kind of stuck until I think of a name. So I’m thinking.

 

1 thought on “Putting on the Running Shoes”

  1. I love this idea! It sounds like with your experience you could pick and choose which concepts you want from each organization and build your own. I’m lame at coming up with names, but I’m pulling for you!

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