Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine

Sometimes being a Girls on the Run coach can be tough. Like this day (pictured) when it absolutely POURED rain.  Not a drizzle, not a typical Pacific Northwest rain storm, but a full on downpour, that just happened to start right as we were headed outside.

These moments, when things don’t seem to be going our way, can be challenging!  And sometimes we have found as coaches that when our girls don’t seem to be focused or listening it makes our  job hard.  We refocus, we keep trying.

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This day of the rainstorm we persevered. We did our warmups in the covered area and low and behold when it was time to do our laps, the rain stopped!  It all worked out.  And what we have noticed as well is that sometimes when things are chaotic and it seems like the girls are not listening, they are actually absorbing the lesson.  At wrap up, they end up making really insightful comments.  They are actually getting it!  It all seems to work out.

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Of course, this is the beauty of the GOTR curriculum.  It is structured so well that it takes into account the fact that the girls will sometimes be fully present, sometimes they will be splashing in puddles.

We knew going into this that the girls would get something out of this program. But a wonderful surprise is how much this program is teaching us coaches!  We are constantly reminded to be in the moment, to be flexible, to support one another… and when life gives us a stormy day, dance in the rain!

This blog was created & submitted by the coaches at GOTR’s Ridgecrest Team B program site.