Empowering Young Girls Through Running

Girls become women, but empowered girls become women who change the world.

I am passionate about all things that are associated with empowering our young people and, being the mom to two daughters, I’m especially passionate about those programs that are aimed at young girls. Combine that with my passion for running and fitness and you have Girls on the Run, or as those of us immersed in the program call it, GOTR.

Girl Empowerment + Love of Running = GOTR

Girls on the Run is a¬†non-profit organization “dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.” The program uses running and special curriculum that teaches life skills to build confidence and self-worth within the girls as well as team work and a sense of accomplishment. One of the best things about GOTR is that it can be offered in any size of community. Our small community (population 432) even offers it. My girls have both participated and I have been a “Run Buddy” for the past several years, running alongside the girls in the annual end of the season 5K. Here I am below with my daughter during this year’s 5K.

Coaches must undergo certification and often times personally foot the bill for the training and all materials. Local chapters (ours is Girls on the Run Nebraska) do fundraising annually to help offset the cost to the participating communities as well as to provide scholarships to the girls. No girl should be turned away because they can’t afford to pay the participation fee!

Enter in: ShopWithScrip. ShopWithScrip is a fundraising tool that takes all the hassle out of the mix! It’s an earn-while-you-shop style fundraiser. The formula is simple:

  • The retailers sell the certificates at a discount to ShopWithScrip
  • Families and individuals buy the certificates at full face value and redeem them for full face value
  • Your organization gets the difference as revenue

The typical percent earned is 5%. It’s that easy! The only catch is that you might have to pre-plan some of your purchases, however that’s not really a catch because even retail giants such as Walmart and Amazon participate.

Here is an even better explanation:

I’m joining forces with ShopWithScrip to raise funds for Girls on the Run and I’d love your help! If you’re game, follow these simple steps:

  • Go to www.ShopWithScrip.com and click How to Enroll, then click Join Your Scrip
    Program.
  • Enter your enrollment code for the program you’d like to support. If you’d like to help raise funds for Girls on the Run, please contact me for an access code!¬†
  • Fill in all required personal information and click ‚ÄėI Accept.‚Äô
  • Choose two security challenge questions from the list and provide answers.

That’s it! Super easy and super effective! Have you ever tried a program such as this for fundraising? Have you heard about or participated in some fashion with Girls on the Run?

Until Next Time,
Meg

***Please note, this post is sponsored by ShopWithScrip. Through my affiliation with the Sweat Pink Ambassador community, I am fundraising for Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering young girls through running. All monies fundraised are donated to Girls on the Run at the conclusion of the campaign. Thank you for your readership and interest in forwarding Girls on the Run’s mission of: “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.”

Just Thinking Out Loud

Here I was thinking that I needed a blog post. What should I write about? What is inspiring me at this very moment…? Then I realized that it is Thursday and we all know that Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud! So in the name of random thoughts, I’m linking up with¬†Amanda at runningwithspoons.com!

Random Thought 1: Did I ever mention that I made my 100 mile goal in March? Well, I did but it wasn’t pretty. I slacked off in the beginning and middle of the month and had to run quite a few miles in the final 10 days of the month to make it happen. Because of that, I was burned out and have already taken way too many days off in April and have been sporadic at best. But I got back to it on Sunday with a nice 6 mile run and have managed to get in a pretty good run daily since then. I even did intervals this week and I HATE intervals! On the bright side, it’s so nice that the sun is up earlier and there is nothing more beautiful than running towards a colorful sunrise!

Random Thought 2: Our relocation is getting closer and I’m starting to panic! I like to plan… and to have things scheduled… and to be prepared. This buying and selling of homes is so up-in-the-air! Contingencies upon contingencies, my goodness! Lining up closing dates so no one has to be homeless for a week, and don’t even get me started about packing! I just can’t wait for it to be over.

Random Thought 3: I start my 21 Day Reset¬†with Laura Peifer next week and I am a little apprehensive about it. The first week means no sugar – no sugar substitutes, etc. I know I am always saying how I need to quit the sugar, but now that it’s looming… I just hope I can stick to the plan. It’s only 7 days and then I can have a little sugar (I think anyway). The reason why I never try detox or reset or any other crazy elimination plan is because I don’t want to give my kids the wrong impression about food. The good part about Laura’s 21 Day Reset is that the meals still look fairly normal. She provided a recipe book as a guide and I can find things in it that I don’t even think anyone around my house will even notice! I’ll update you off and on during the next 3 weeks about my progress.

My daughter’s favorite color of the moment is lime green

Random Thought 4: My 11 year old daughter is participating in a Girls on The Run Chapter at her school this year. They run their practice 5K next week – yikes! I hope she doesn’t hate running afterwards! It sounds like in practice they never track distance, so I’m wondering if any of the girls can actually run a 5K…But, as my husband says, I’m not the coach, so just trust it! I signed up to be her “buddy” at the real 5K coming up in May. I’m pretty excited about it and hope she is too. I think I’ll get us some matching wild socks (I’ve been wanting a pair of compression socks…) and probably complementing¬†Sparkly Soul headbands!

There you have it! Four completely random Thinking Out Loud thoughts from me on this great Thursday.

What crazy things have you been thinking? Have you ever tried a Reset? Any advice on moving?

Until Next Time,
Meg

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Linking Up With #TheFitDish

The Fit Dish with Jill Conyers and Jessica Joy

Hi everyone! Today I’m linking up with Jill Conyers and Jessica Joy on The Fit Dish! Today’s optional topic is to share my favorite healthy recipe. While this is not necessarily my favorite (I just¬†tried it for the first time yesterday), it is a¬†healthy snack, they are pretty delicious, and definitely worth sharing!¬†

A little background…..We put on a 5K/10K race Saturday and had a lot of bananas left afterwards so I googled “healthy banana recipes” and found one for 3 ingredient banana cookies. Yep, I said THREE ingredients! I adapted the recipe from The Burlap Bag via Pinterest.¬†

  1. Bananas (I used 3 smaller size ones)
  2. Quick Oats – 1 cup (more or less if your dough is sticky)
  3. Chocolate chips (I used dark chocolate)

**confession: I added about a teaspoon of brown sugar and a handful of raisins because that’s just how I roll

That’s it, my friends (unless you want to add extras like raisins, cinnamon, nuts, maybe peanut butter…)

Then you just bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Delish!

My husband said they are good, but that you can’t really call them cookies.¬†

Simply dump the oats on top of the bananas and mush!

They don’t look pretty, but they are delish!

 

I need to work on my food photography skills, but you get the gist that these “cookies” are super easy to make!

Have you made these before? What are some of your favorite banana recipes?

Until Next Time,
Meg