Well, early morning Running Club was a success!!! The girls did themselves proud. 17 girls arrived all raring to go - all shapes and sizes, all different abilities.
It was snowing and very soggy outside so we had to run in the hall. I had a brainwave in the car about running to music to keep different paces and Uptown Funk didn't let me down! They loved it!
We did interval training - they couldn't manage 1 minute intervals as they just shot off like they were running races, but when we talked about 'sustained running' they got the message and slowed down. We went for 30 second intervals and they could only run for two minutes in total. Interestingly, the 'best' runners in the school are the 'best' because they are the fastest, and when they realised they would be working on running slower and for longer, they felt challenged and liked that. One girl regularly does obstacle races in the mud with her dad, so she stood out and enjoyed the challenge.
All of them said they felt more comfortable because it was a girls only club and, as they're the oldest in our school, they wobble a bit in places (!!) and they said they felt less conscious of that.
Taylor Swift echoing down the corridors brought in a few visits from staff members, who said they were coming to join in next week - I hope they do.
Girls, I know you'll never read this, but I told you face to face anyway - you are amazing!! I am so proud - especially of the one very overweight girl who ran and walked the whole time and still looked like a tomato when I taught her maths half an hour later. Gawd bless ya!