I think that girls have it tough in middle school. It is difficult for them to really know who they are and act authentically and appropriately. Running will hopefully give them some self confidence to make good safe life choices. We spend some time after the run discussing how we fuel during the run and when we are finished. The girls write on the board some words to describe it. They all like to take their turn writing. While we run they are also thinking of adjectives to describe the run itself.
The first week, only a small number of girls came out. The second week of running, the numbers doubled. With two high school girls to help and 10 runners, the group is quite dynamic. I lengthened the run on Monday, and it turned out to be a little too long. The second running day was much better. We had snacks that day too. Snacks was one of the drawing features of the group.
Until next week.