Yesterday at run club, we were blessed with good weather and were able to take the girls outside. We started club by having them either run bleachers or laps to warm up before we stretched together and went outside to the track. All the girls completed one lap to further our warm up before running relays. We ran two relay races around the 1/3 mile track, one with two legs and the other with four legs. We then cooled down with some stretches and had snack.
Last week at Run Club, it was very chilly but the girls voted to have our club outside. We started by warming up in the gym, doing stretches the girls picked out. We then moved to the track outside where we had all of the girls run or run/walk three laps (equaling one mile) before being able to play on the playground.
This week at Run Club, we took the girls to the Green Line, something they are always very excited about. As always, we started our time by warming up before walking the short walk to the Green Line. The girls pair up with each other and with a coach and run or run/walk down to the designated bridge where we stop.
During this Run Club meeting, we had a very small group of girls. Because of this, we decided to do something a little different. Instead of having a set number of laps or time to run, we played running games the entire time. One girl suggested warming up by running stairs 5 times. Then, we ran a few variations of relay games, played a running version of tic-tac-toe, and set up an obstacle course.
The weather last Thursday was wonderful and we took the girls to the green line for full advantage of the fall day. As usual, we changed and warmed up before breaking off into small groups, pairing girls with coaches. We walked to the green line and spent about 30 minutes on it. On the green line, my group ran for 30 seconds and walked for a minute, a successful strategy that we will try with all the girls soon.
This week at run club, we followed the usual agenda getting them changed, to the gym, and warmed up. Then we took them outside to the field and ran a couple of laps before playing a game. This game was a version of red light green light (run on green, stop on red) but we added in different exercises for the green light (squats, lunges, etc.) to switch things up.
This was our first day of run club for the semester. We introduced the girls to ourselves, to each other, and to the rules of run club. We followed the ABCD of rules that they do in gym: Act Safely, Be Prepared and Positive, Cooperate, and Do Your Best. We went over the schedule of what every Thursday would look like and took them outside to play a game called Streets and Avenues.
I listened to a brief orientation about Memphis Tilth and the St. Paul Garden before heading out to the garden where I watered, weeded, and planted. I was supervised the whole time and was able to see a demo of what to do and ask questions when necessary. Overall, I had so much fun doing something new while still feeling like I was making a needed impact.
Yesterday I served with More Than a Meal at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. This is a service where anyone who wants a meal can come in, attend a worship service if they wish, and have dinner. The dining room is set up with tables and each person sits down and is served by the volunteers. Once we serve them the plated food, we have the opportunity to sit down and talk with them. The way that dinner is set up makes it much more engaging than a traditional soup kitchen. I had a really great time talking to two of the men at my table and felt that we really bonded over dinner.
Last Tuesday at run club the weather was warm enough to have club outside. We had an especially small group and each coach paired up with two girls for the duration of our workout. We warmed up and then alternated walking and running for thirty minutes. Once that was complete, we cooled down, had snack, and did homework. We will be completing a 5k with the girls in May and having the girls active for thirty straight minutes was a great practice for that.