New Runner? Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K Race Was Made for You
by Stacy Spitler, Member, Kent County Girls on the Run Board of Directors
On Sunday, April 17, 2016, women from around the country and the block will meet in Grand Rapids to do their thing, running a half marathon or a 5k. Some will be running their very first race. Among the reasons that Gazelle Sports created the Gazelle Girl is this: to actively encourage new runners to participate in the sport. If you are on the fence about signing up for Gazelle Girl this year, see if you can turn off the “not enough” thoughts running through your mind and make the decision now to do it for your best physical and emotional self, and to support four Kent County charities that inspire and empower girls and women in Kent County, One of those charities is Kent Country Girls on the Run, where we envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Still questioning your possibilities? Try one of the Girls on the Run lessons tonight when you get home from work, during a break in your day before the kids get home, or first thing tomorrow morning. In the lesson, we ask the girls to run or walk a few laps in silence with the invitation to just be with their thoughts and practice centering themselves in the moment. So, now it’s your turn. Are you willing to take a short break, go for a quiet walk or run and consider all the many, many ways that you are totally and completely enough, just as you are?
Are you ready to sign up for Gazelle Girl this year? Sign up before March 1 and save yourself some money.
Still need some encouragement? Take a moment to read this thoughtful, empowering message from Mandy Murphy, director of training and development at Girls on the Run International.
Bloom Where You Are: The ‘Not Enough’ Fallacy
Recently, I witnessed some conversations among several women that brought to light our society’s ever-growing mentality of “not enough.”
I never seem to accomplish enough in a day.
My house is never clean enough.
I don’t dress stylishly enough.
I can’t seem to get on top of things at work.
I don’t give enough individual time to my kids.
I am not fit enough.
I wish I felt like I was a better partner.
I will never be able to do enough to have an impact on the deteriorating environment.
I am not in tune enough with what is happening in the world.
How is it that I and so many of us have grown into the clothing of “not enough” and subsequently have decided that these clothes will become our most comfortable and regularly worn outfit? Where did I get this outfit anyway?
By thinking that we are not enough, we set ourselves up to constantly try to be “enough”. . . and spend a lot of our life energy trying to close that gap between where we perceive ourselves and where we think we should be.
As I reflect on these discussions, it occurs to me that this “not enough” thinking is an undercurrent of so much of our lives. It is one of the very things that lowers our self-worth and robs us of a joyful and confident life.
By feeling or thinking that we are not enough, we set ourselves up to constantly try to be “enough.” We always feel “less than” and spend a lot of our life energy trying to close that gap between where we perceive ourselves (not enough) and where we want to be (enough).
But what if that gap doesn’t really exist? What if you are fully enough, just as you are in this very moment?
I know. When I said this to one group of women I got some pretty “yeah, right” looks. I have certainly felt my share of “yeah, rights” to this possibility. But with some conscious attention to how many times a day I hear a “not enough” thought or an awareness of feeling “not enough,” I am beginning to see that those thoughts are more auto-speak than reality. Maybe I am and we all are fully ENOUGH, just as we are.
A theme within the Girls on the Run curricula is providing girls the experience to feel enough—wholeheartedly and completely enough—so that they can strengthen their confidence and develop an unshakable sense of self. Over time, life brings us many messages that poke holes in this unshakeable self. We have to continually work to become aware of our escaping confidence and to strengthen our inner core by taking on new challenges, re-committing to the things that bring us joy, re-evaluating our priorities, or taking some time to be quiet and listen to our “I am enough” voice within—all the while, cultivating self-compassion.
In one Girls on the Run lesson, we ask the girls to run or walk a few laps in silence with the invitation to just be with their thoughts and practice centering themselves in the moment. Likewise, would you be willing to take a short break, go for a quiet walk and consider all the many, many ways that you are totally and completely enough, just as you are?
This Blog post first appeared on “Bloom Where You Are”, a column from the professional development department of Girls on the Run International. These columns share thoughts and insight about wellness and personal development intended to help every woman recognize and activate her limitless potential. Mandy Murphy is the director of training and development at Girls on the Run International. Mandy has worked with individuals and groups as a life coach, specializing in living authentic and mindful lives. She founded a Girls on the Run council in Durham, NC, and has worked in the corporate sector developing and facilitating leadership training. She is grateful to be working with an organization whose mission she wholeheartedly embraces.