Coaching since: Winter 2013
The thing that has surprised me the most about the coaching is the vast array of personalities that I get to work with, and how well they all mesh as one team. The barriers from social groups and cliques seem to crumble when the girls get together.
It’s important for women to mentor girls because I believe that every girl should have a place where she can feel confident and safe. A place where she can push herself to try and achieve new things.
A fun fact about me…I love to get out of the city and into the mountains; winter, summer and fall. I have summited the highest peak of the lower 48 states, Mt. Whitney at 14,505 feet in the winter!
Coaching since: Summer 2013
When you’ve practiced a sport for years, it’s easy to get focused on time, technique, and performance. Those are important, but the Title IX girls have reminded me that there is also joy in the act of running. Every Tuesday, each girl I mentor teaches me to let go and enjoy the run.
Let’s face it. The transition from childhood to adulthood is hard. There are specific challenges for girls at this age as they define who they are, and who they want to be. Our coaches can help girls by providing a safe, healthy place to explore this stage of their development.
Take our coaches: we’re different personalities, but we all approach club with the same spirit of friendship, compassion, and healthy competition. It’s my hope that every girl sees this, and finds ways to incorporate these qualities into her own life.
Fun fact about me: When I’m not running, I’m usually planning my next trip. Exploring new places, meeting new people, eating new food—I love traveling!
Coaching since: Fall 2010
I am surprised each season by the impact the program has on girls mentally and physically. This is especially apparent at our end of season 5k where every girl that starts the race finishes, regardless of their ability at the beginning of the season.
It is important for women to give back to the community and to give girls the tools to grow up to become well balanced, successful and happy women.
Fun fact about me: I enjoy baking, gardening and whistling.
Coaching since: Fall 2016
Currently, I am a senior biology major at Boston College. After I graduate this May, I will begin to pursue a Master of Public Health this fall at Tufts University School of Medicine. Ultimately, I hope to attend medical school to become a physician. I have been active my whole life. I have played many sports including basketball, soccer, softball, and tennis. However, I can never see my life without running. After deciding on Boston College, I talked my way onto the cross-country and track and field teams by explaining my passion for running and improving to my coach, Randy Thomas. I am so glad I was given the chance to compete all three seasons my last four years at Boston College and I hope to finish my collegiate career with personal bests this spring! I plan on continuing to run competitively until I can’t run anymore!!
Besides running and academics, I am passionate about exploring Boston, trying different foods, playing with my puppy, and attending concerts!
Growing up I was known to play a sport, quit the sport, try another, and quit that one as well. As an adult, life circumstances changed and I set a goal to run a mile. I remember every day hitting the pavement, losing my breath, but kept trying, and pushing. Three months later I ran my first 5K, and will never forget that feeling of crossing the finish line.
I have been running consistently for five years now, including three full marathons, and while not every run is easy, every run brings me a sense of mental clarity and empowerment. The feel of the wind on my face, and feeling alive and sharing that with others and Title IX Girls has been a blessing.
In addition to coaching with Title IX, Meghan is a registered yoga and currently teaches at Yoga studios in Cambridge and Greater Boston area.
Coaching since: Winter 2013
Over the years, I’ve learned how much of what we teach these young girls about trusting themselves, practicing self-care, reframing difficult moments into positive ones, and so on, are all the morsels of mindful life lessons, we as adults can benefit from learning, relearning and regularly practicing in our daily lives. In turn, Title IX Girls vibrate with all the joy running has to offer back onto coaches with each and every stride. I feel very grateful and proud to be apart of this amazing community organization, and to practice what I preach to the girls in other areas of my life.
I am an Art Therapist and Mental Health Counselor, working as an In-Home Therapist within the diverse Latino community within greater Boston. Since finishing Graduate school at Lesley University, I have been committed to learning Spanish and being fully immersed within various cultures. I have had several opportunities to fulfill my travel bug syndrome as I’ve enjoyed venturing to Latin and South America. I’d like to believe that I have a soul connection with the country of Colombia.
In order to keep my roots planted amidst the life of being a busy bee, I always carve out time to lace up my running shoes and go for a run, practice yoga, make art, eat pizza, play backgammon, live life outside my comfort zone, and spend time with those whom I love dearly.
What has surprised me most about my coaching experience is how positive the girls are week in and week out. Even if they are having a tough week, they always have a smile on their face. They constantly remind me that even though it’s important to set goals and run your best, it is even more important to have fun while you are doing it. Their smiles, laughter and fun bring me back each and every week.
It is important for women to mentor coach Title IX Girls Running Club because I want the girls to know they can do anything they aspire to. Mentors encourage the girls to set goals, to support each other and to be true to themselves. These traits can be applied throughout their lives and hopefully one day they can go from Mentee to Mentor and continue to have a positive influence on others in their lives.
I love, love, love being in the mountains! Hiking, skiing, camping – no matter what activity I am doing, there is no better feeling that being at the top and looking out at the mountain below you, you feel on top of the world!
I am happy to be coaching girls at this young and impressionable age. Running has been a big part of my life since I was in grade school. I can’t remember a time since then when running didn’t play a part in helping me develop into the person I am now. Running helps physically and mentally and I am happy to be a part of the beginning of these girls running careers, to witness their growth and joy. Our Title IX Girls work hard all season to accomplish a goal of finishing a 5k at the end of the season. Running with them helps me as much as it helps them and being with them on their journey until they cross the finish line is what makes me come back for another season.
When I’m not coaching, I love being in my kitchen creating treats that others love to eat.
Coaching since: Spring 2012
I think what has surprised me most about the coaching experience is how beneficial club can be for me as well as for the girls. I can be having a terrible day or week, but somehow club always turns it around.
I think it’s important for women to mentor Title IX Girls because we’re helping to impart some of the life lessons we’ve been able to learn through running. We’re not just telling girls to go run a bunch of laps and they’ll be better off for it… We actually run with them to show them how much running means to us and to help them use running and mindfulness to work through a lot of the issues that they may be facing.
A fun fact about me: I’m working toward running a half-marathon in every state. Currently have 10: MA, RI, PA, AK, CT, NJ, OH, ME, NH and NV