I get by with a little help from my (fitness) friends

My mind is spinning this morning – overwhelmed by the group of kids and adults I call friends. Last night, just before Fitness Club, I learned that my dad was not doing well. He had gone in for an outpatient procedure, but experienced complications. There was nothing I could do about it (my sister is the amazing hospital-sitter and was already on her way to be with my mom and I am the worrying pacer who passes out at the mere thought of blood).  I had a full workout planned for Fitness Club and it would be too late to cancel or ask for a sub coach. As Fitness Club families arrived, I was greeted with hugs and a we’re-all-in-this-together-so-let’s-do-this excitement. What a treasure to be surrounded by a group of people who are compassionate and pull me when I want to just sit and worry! WHAT A NIGHT! I had promised the kids and adults a Halloween workout and told them to wear white. All participants were divided into 4 teams. Each team received a map with areas of activities circled, a list of activities they would find around the school grounds, and a marker for checking off what they accomplished. This was not a race, but they were encouraged to go through each activity quickly so they would have time to hit all 11 stations.  Thank you to Hege for coming early and helping me set up! The first stop was to run down, one at a time, and grab three glow necklaces, break them to start the glow, put them on, and then race back so...

Better Together Some More

Last night, at Fitness Club, we paired each person with another person. The pairs were then given instructions to stay together – running, jogging, walking – for 8 laps (this is a little more than a mile in the parking lot we use). Additionally, they had to go at conversation pace. All of the pairs were given 4 nonsense words or places and had to take turns telling a story connecting them together. Once they ran out of story, they could talk about anything else they wanted. I’ve written before that we are Better Together. Last night was this at the one-on-one level. Participants who are usually dragging feet, complaining something hurts (my hair, my toe, my stomach, my ankle) are smiling and actually jogging with their partner. The partners, who are usually sprinting to finish the workout, are actually smiling and coaching their partner. A couple of the pairs last night included a parent. I am careful not to pair a parent with their own child when we do any kind of team activity as this is difficult on both the parent and the child. I learned a long time ago that my own child isn’t a fan of my coaching until he learns the difference between coaching and parenting! When the pairs finished, there were accolades all around. Kids high-fiving kids, parents high-fiving kids (their own and others), praising each other in front of the group. What just happened there? I think in my head about these moments. Are we building future athletes or are we building future leaders? Are we building kids and adults who can...