Ever wonder how to keep your daughter fit, active and engaged? Santa Fe has a wonderful after-school program to consider, Girls on the Run, open to students in grades 3-8. Besides inherent, obvious benefits (getting fit, becoming more confident, being outdoors), participating girls are gaining something less tangible – but very special nonetheless – feeling free, finding their own expression, their own pace, and unfolding into their own strength.
Running with friends and peers is a wonderful way of building friendships, too. There is a number of gyms that are catering to women in Santa Fe, but when it comes to girls, it is a bit harder to find a program that accessible, affordable – and age appropriate! – that offers a safe space spreading your young daughter’s wings. When running with other girls, there is so much less pressure to perform, or to be cool, or to compete – one can just be! And running is surely one solid way to fitness while in the great outdoors of New Mexico.
Additionally, Girls on the Run offer more than just access to fitness program or exercise – in fact, their work goes much deeper. The mission of Girls on the Run is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living – and girls gather for focused discussions on what it means to be healthy, what it means to be strong.
Marisa Snyder, who is one of several trainers with the Girls on the Run (and also a parent at our school) is an active runner on her own. She offers dialogue opportunities for girls in addition to running time. Her current schedule posted on the Girls on the Run website.