Jenna Spivak, who will be running the 2013 NYC Marathon, shares her experience as a Girls on the Run NYC SoleMate.
Last week I ran my last long run, before the really long run. Running 21.5 miles is the farthest I had ever gone. I felt tired, I felt sore, I felt accomplished. But most importantly I felt prepared for the marathon. Supported by my Girls on the Run family, I was given advice along the way. From training plans, to group runs – access to informational sessions from health and fitness experts to fundraising tips – I have felt confident throughout this entire process.
And I realized, as I slowly walked home (making my mileage for the day closer to 22), that the same support I have received from Girls on the Run is what they provide to girls every day.
Just like my coaches who helped guide me from mile one, the GOTR coaches support their girls throughout the training season. They use fun, experience-based curriculum to teach them to be joyful, healthy and confident. Girls learn that they are unique, strong and talented – and to embrace it.
As I approach Marathon Day, I think that this is how the girls must feel as they approach race day. Excited. Confident. And ready to conquer the world.
How lucky I am to be supporting such a great organization, and getting back support in return.
See you at the starting line.
Check out Jenna’s fundraising page here.
If you are interested in becoming a SoleMate, go to gotrnyc.org/solemates-program for more information and registration.