Using Running as a Tool for Good

Everyone has the capacity to make a positive impact, and I believe it’s important to seek out opportunities to use your talents in a beneficial way. This spring, I began my second year as a coach for “Girls on the Run.” For those who don’t know, “Girls on the Run” is an after-school program that uses running to inform 3rd-8th grade girls about relevant topics, such as self-confidence, bullying and gossip. Throughout the season, the girls meet to discuss these issues while training to run a 5k. As a coach, it’s inspiring to see the girls start to believe in themselves and their abilities, while working towards a common goal as a team. 

However, the benefits aren’t just for the girls. As a coach, I have had amazing learning experiences alongside my team. At the risk of sounding cliché, I have gotten just as much, if not more, out of the program as my girls did. They motivate me to become a better role model, and they remind me of what it’s like to be a kid and to have a carefree, positive outlook on life.

Girls on the Run isn’t just training for a race. It’s an experience that gives girls the tools they need to become strong, confident leaders in a world that may sometimes overlook them.  On a personal level, it allows me to convey the importance of healthy living, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.

Until next time,

Jenny

If you would like to get involved, visit girlsontherun.org to find your local council.

Written by Jenny Beuschel, 2016 Fitness Ambassador