Barb Carpenter – NTC Park Head Coach
SPARKLE FINGERS to our Spring 2013 Coach of the Season, Barb Carpenter! Nominated by the girls on her team and chosen by our 5K Committee, Barb has been an inspiration to the girls on her NTC Park team for the past 5 seasons.
When Barb got involved with GOTR in 2011, she thought that it would be about young girls meeting new people and making friends. She was excited to learn that it’s so much more – for the girls AND her! She enjoys watching the girls participate in lessons and share meaningful stories with the group- seeing their growth throughout the season and their excitement to run makes her proud to be their coach. She loves to hear girls who didn’t want to run at the beginning of the season ask “How much time do we have left?” or “Do we have time for one more lap??”
It’s hard for her to choose a favorite GOTR memory – she has so many! She enjoys when the girls share stories about their days, when girls who didn’t think they could run 3 miles first complete the team’s Practice 5K, and the different ways her team shows their GOTR spirit every time they meet. One memory that stands out to her is when a team member’s Grandma was unable to run a 5K with her. When asked who she would like to run the race with instead, the girl replied “DEFINITNELY Coach Barb!” WOW!
Barb is proud to be a part of our Girls on the Run community in San Diego, and we are honored to have her participation. In order to share her fount of GOTR knowledge with the world, we asked her to share some tips for our girls!
Coach Barb’s Tips for being Happy and Healthy
1. Exercise at least 3-5 times per week (just get out there and be active!)
2. Eat Breakfast every day…eat healthy…stay hydrated
3. Get out of your comfort zone & learn something new!
4. Smile & laugh A LOT!
5. Most importantly, ALWAYS believe in yourself!
Thank you, Coach Barb!
Written by GOTRSD Staff