Did you know that stud earrings can be sooo heavy that they make you too tired to run?? Yep. It’s true. Must be. I learned it from a fifth grader.
Know what else? It takes 36 trips around the bus loop to equal a 5K. No, really. Learned that from a 5th grader, too.
So when and how did I learn these life-changing facts from the fifth grade gals?? Well, I traded in my adult running buddies for the pint-size version this week, as I headed out to meet a group of young ladies (and their coaches) who participate in the Girls On The Run program.
|GOTR with a token BOTR!|
You see, one of my goals for 2010 was to start volunteering as a running buddy for Girls on the Run, an organization designed to teach girls about empowerment through healthy choices, with a 5K race at the end of the season.
I was introduced to GOTR last December, when I met one of the group's local coaches, Billie, and watched the girls run their 5K with their buddies. It was the coolest event! If you missed that post, you can read it here (along with the vibrams guy, but that's another story!).
Fast-forward nearly a year, and finally I get to be a running buddy! This week, I met one of our school's groups, and had a great time chatting with the girls as we did this ....
|This was our walking warm-up.|
We walked, ran, and chattted for several laps around the bus loop, leading to the 36-lap factoid. It went something like this...
Me: I wonder how many times we'd have to go around to get to 3.1 miles?
5th grader: 36!
5th grader: Definitely!!
This came after learning about the earring issue.
My little buddy, apparently, as she informed me that her (mom's) BIG earrings (cute little blue studs) were making her soooooo tired that she couldn't possibly run today.
Really? (I had a lot of A-ha! moments while hanging out with these little ladies!)
When I questioned this, she threw her head back, chin out, big grin, put her hands to her little ears, and said, "See?!?" How can you argue with THAT???
Me: My! What BIG earrings you have!
And there you have it.
Never argue with a 5th grader.
Next week, I'm off to meet another local group (who knows what I may learn next??), and then we'll all be practicing for our upcoming 5K event.
Want to do something
completely designed to encourage healthy choices
Be a running buddy for
YOUR local Girls on the Run.
(Yes, there are international councils, too!)
What are you waiting for??
Orlando friends, we're looking for running buddies
for our December event.
We'll be running the Reindeer Run 5K through Sea World.
Elf hats, jngle bells, Shamu, Santa Claus,
and LOTS of little lady runners.
Please e-mail me asap so we can get you registered.
Happy running, friends....
Own it. One run at a time.