We LOVE Girls On The Run and we’re so proud of the 400+ 3rd through 5th graders who completed the Puget Sound Girls On The Run 5-K race yesterday!
Girls On The Run is a positive youth development program that teaches self-respect and healthy lifestyles to pre-teen girls. The curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools they need to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.
An important part of the program is exercise. At the end of a 10-week program, the girls participate in a 5-K run. Volunteers team up with the girls as “running buddies” to help them complete the 3 mile event – which is a BIG DEAL for many of these kids. Parents and friends can participate, too.
This year I decided to join in the fun and run with my friends, Jeanne and Sandra, and Sandra’s amazing daughter, Nia. Joy promised to come out and cheer us on and Sandra offered to host a post-race celebration brunch.
Then, Joy found out her niece, Grace, was going to be running, too!
“I have an announcement to make! I will be running my first 5-K race on December 1st and I would like all of you to come and watch me!”
We looped through Seward Park and along Lake Washington. Some of the girls finished the race easily – running the entire way – while others relied on their running buddies’ encouraging words for motivation. One way or another, everyone made it across the finish line.
It was wonderful to be a part of such an amazing event where every girl is #1.
Seeing Grace’s happy face at the finish summed it all up.
After the race we headed over to Sandra’s house for a beautiful brunch: Prickly pears and grapes, coffee with egg nog, and delicious “yeasted” waffles made with whole wheat flour and topped with homemade preserves, yogurt and real maple syrup.
What a perfect way to start the weekend!
Girls On The Run currently operates programs in 200 cities around the United States. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer – as a coach, a running buddy, or a supporter on the day of a run. You can learn more about Girls On The Run here.
The waffles Sandra made were so good I just had to get the recipe. It’s from Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone book. Yeast is the key ingredient, giving the waffles a slightly nutty flavor and a light and fluffy texture. This recipe makes delicious pancakes, too, and the batter will store for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.
Perfect girl power food. Thanks, Sandra!
- 2½ tsp. or 1 package dry active yeast
- 1 sp. sugar
- 2 cups lukewarm milk
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1½ cups flour
- 1 cup whole wheat, quinoa, toasted barley or other flour
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 5 Tbsp. canola oil or melted butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 /2 tsp. baking soda
- In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast into ¼ cup of warm water and stir in the sugar. Let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
- Put the warm milk and salt in a large bowl, then add the yeast mixture and whisk in the flours.
- Cover and refrigerate overnight if the weather is warm or elave out on the counter if it's cool.
- Next morning, add the sugar, oil, eggs and soda.
- Cook according to your waffle iron's instruction or on a preheated griddle.