Stories

Every woman and every girl inspires us. We are deeply grateful to those who have shared their stories about breakthroughs in their lives, the ways in which they have overcome fears, beliefs, or events that once kept them from connecting with their inner strength and recognizing their amazingness. Some of these stories are stories of pain and how a women or girl triumphed over it. As you read these stories, rather than focusing on the pain, choose to focus instead on the triumph and the ways that others have overcome what may once have seemed impossible to overcome. Let's celebrate their triumphs!

Mistreatment and abuse in childbirth

My experience with child birth consists of mistreatment, abuse, physiological torture and poor suturing. I remember my labour pain started very early in the morning at around 5am, I had my usual walks and then had a bath. I started parking all...

how to move on.

I grew up in a middle-class family outside of town about 15 mins it wasn’t too far out of town in case you needed something but far enough away that it was quiet. So, growing up out in the middle of nowhere was hard and I made little to no...

Great job

Wow! sometimes I look back and tap my self in the back , and say “ Great job laura , you have gone so far .” Now I feel terrible I feel alone . Why does life have to be this way? Dont you ever have a feeling no one has your back when you...

Restored, Renewed, Reborn

Trigger warning: Before reading this post, please be aware that it contains references to rape, including childhood rape. we are just trying to make it in life and are out of ideas. We need a miracle from God, we are homeless and trying to...

Girls on the Run has changed my life!

I started as an intern for Girls on the Run Sierra’s in 2017, and have loved every minute of it for many reasons. My passion for this program as spread like wildfire- first with my husband Erick, and many friends and family members have all...

Gourdy Run

Love the Gourdy run, so much fun. Got outside walking with son & daughter & the dog! Great cause health is so important. Thanks for the inspiration. ~ Photo credit: Image courtesy of Girls on The Run International.

Gaining Confidence

Before coming to Girls on the Run / Heart & Sole (GOTR/H&S), I was a college intern with little experience coaching girls let alone girls who were in 6-8th grade. I was really nervous and had a fear of talking to the girls, afraid that...

GOTR is transformative

I signed up to be an assistant coach at a school where I was substitute teacher. I wanted to build experience as a student teacher and having been a runner since I was a teenager it seemed like a no brainer. What I discovered was GOTR was so...

Your Words and Ideas Matter

When I started coaching two years ago, I went into it with the hope that I would inspire my GOTR girls. Little did I know just how much they would inspire me! It’s never too early to discover that physical activity is fun, that your words...

Running Changed My Life

My story isn’t specifically about GOTR but it’s about girls empowering girls and how running changed my life. I was not an active kid. Then, I spent much of my adulthood reacting to life, rather than choosing my path. I definitely was not...