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Training for a 5K

I am training for a 5k with my sister and other girls in my school. On the first day of training we met all the other girls on the Girls on the Run team.

We played games to get to know one another. We practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We try running outdoors on warm days, but sometimes we run inside in the auditorium when it's cold.

We stay after school for this program. We have 14 girls on the team, and we have four coaches. Each week, we try to make the distance we run a little longer. We make increases of about 50 to 100 yards.

We all try to run our best. We all really like it. When I first went to Girls on the Run, I couldn't run a mile without stopping. Now, I can run 3.1 miles which is a 5k. At the start of each practice, there is a new lesson. For example, we learned how to stand up for ourselves and that gossiping hurts everyone.

We always do warm-up exercises before we start, like squats. We even manage to do planks. It is one exercise where we balance our body like a board on our elbows and toes. This is really hard to do, though some kids think it's easy. When you run, you need lots of water. We always have a bottle of water with us.

At the end of each practice, the coach will pick one or two girls who really pushed themselves and let them know they did a great job. Those kids get an energy award.

There are many kinds of energy awards, but my favorite is when we do a bridge. A bridge is when you put your hands together with someone else like an arch. We all try to practice regularly but sometimes one of us will miss a lesson.

We always encourage one another. Teamwork makes the dream work.

The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that uses running creatively.

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