Girls on the Run-Starting Line

I feel like I can’t catch my breath sometimes. I’m constantly going from place to place: school to work to school to home to club meeting to dinner to study. I’m trying to tackle everything on my agenda for the day, and I feel my chest rising and falling, to the point where everything gets jumbled, and unfocused. I feel like I can’t make it; when suddenly- I did it. I finished the week, I submitted all my assignments, I sit down and I take it all in.

“Should I even apply to the internship…why would they want ME?” “I can’t take on another responsibility…I have so much going on..” “What if I let them down?” These are the thoughts that race through my mind as I sprintĀ from place to place. The pressure to succeed in college can seem overwhelming between all of the things that you have to juggle. Beyond that, the pressure on students across the country to “get it right” is at an all time high. It’s a stage where I am told to get a job right after graduating, yet I struggle to accomplish my goals for today. How do I let strive for my long term ones? It is the little victories that I have to celebrate day-to-day that help me realize how far I’ve come, and how far I can keep going.

This is where I am excited to announce that I am working with a program that helps local girls overcome these same obstacles. Girls on the Run of the Big Bend believes in empowering young girls to believe they can accomplish anything they set their minds to. The program is based around encouraging young girls to set their eyes on a goal (completing a 5k) while lifting themselves, and the girls around them up. Ultimately, it’s instilling in them values about self-confidence, determination and intentional friendships with other girls. The program can seem intimidating for those, like myself, who are not experienced runners. However, the goal is not to train the next generation of fitness gurus, but to train the next generation of strong girls to believe in themselves. I’m excited for this opportunity, as I will be working closely with program coordinators, participating in fundraising events, recruiting volunteers, as well as leading an event myself. I can see that this will challenge me. My hope is to see the achievement I have made at the end of this race, and gain a better understanding of this wonderful community.

Here’s a photo of me at this weekend’s find your fitness event 1/29. Katherine Walker (right) and I were getting the word out about girls on the run and recruiting volunteers. It was very successful!