Sports and Health

Why I run

Growing up I never thought of myself as sporty or athletic– that was my sister. She was coordinated, aggressive and an all-star athlete like my dad. I considered myself to be...

My body does not define me.

As a teenager and a young 20 something I suffered with body dysmorphia. I was the skinny fat girl. I had a childhood that no one should ever have, a multitude of pain-struggle-abuse-pain...

Steel is often Strengthened By Fire

Steel- Noun: a hard, strong, gray or bluish-gray alloy of iron with carbon and usually other elements, used extensively as a structural and fabricating material. Verb: mentally prepare...

Remembering My “Star Power”

I have been a Girls on the Run Head Coach at Ashlawn Elementary for eleven years. I first became involved with Girls on the Run when a close friend of mine – who was a Coach –...

Success in Every Step

Running has been part of my life since I was a teenager. I really could not imagine my life without it. It has brought me peace of mind, kept me in shape, and helped me build positive...

Running for Post Traumatic Growth

My name is Bunny, like a rabbit, but I am more commonly known as “Ally’s Mom.” Being Ally’s Mom is both an honor and a challenge, as she is exceptionally bright…and equally...

The story of GOTR WORCESTER and ME

I’d like to start my story by sharing a little bit about myself and my reasons for wanting to share this great program of Girls on the Run with every person I have ever met. It is all I...

Tales from the Back

I am not a runner. In fact, running is very far outside my wheelhouse and something I tend to emphasize when people say they can’t coach or join GOTR because they don’t run. I remind...

All the Medals Look the Same.

When Julianna joined our program last Fall she was 9 years old, weighed 185 pounds, and had Type 2 Diabetes. Julianna was in and out of foster care because her mother was going through...

You Can Do It!

Girls On The Run changed my life by encouraging me. When I started I couldn’t run very far. I didn’t think I could run a 5k. Through practice and the people who encouraged me I...