|"Springtime" in Montana ... aka still winter|
|Construction season in Vermont|
|Ready for the springtime build|
This spring Sophie and I have been working with Girls on the Run for our second year in a row. The program helps young girls prepare for 5km run while building confidence, friendships, and a healthy lifestyle. Two days a weeks we join a group of girls from FloodBrook Elementary school for a few hours of fun running, games, stretching and lessons about teamwork and the community.
|FloodBrook Girls learning about advertisements and brainstorming ideas to create their own.|
|This one made my day! An advertisement for "Olimpian" Sophie aka Doph with her teammate Erika aka Ruka. Even though the girls sometimes forget that I am not an Olimpian, they definitely help make me believe its possible :)|
|Mile 22 Girls on the Run water stop|
The SMS T2 team also had the opportunity this week to help build a new playground for the FloodBrook Elementary School. On Thursday, Sophie, Andy and I joined a crew of almost 100 other volunteers begin construction on the new structure. The site looked like this when we started:
|Lots of volunteers ready to build!|
|This is only about half of the playground which was too big to capture in one photo.|
|Our pride and joy... the infamous "look down"|
|Awesome shirts for all the volunteers!|
On Friday I headed up to Freeport, Maine with Annie Pokorny to help with a Fast and Female event featuring Kikkan Randall at the L.L. Bean flagship store. Fast and Female aims to empower women through sport by building confidence, leadership, and healthy lifestyles. I always really enjoy helping with the Fast and Female events and jumped at this latest opportunity to travel to the coast of Maine for a double "Power Hour" day.
|Welcome to Maine! I made sure to pick up some tasty lobster while in Portland. This guy was named Orange.|
|Giant conga line through the L.L. Bean store|
|Just a little shopping run|
|Annie and I found some time to do a little shopping ourselves. As it turns out you can actually fit an entire person into the trademark L.L. Bean large tote.|
|Kikkan helping inspire the next generation|
|An awesome group of ambassadors to help with the event. Big thanks to L.L. Bean for hosting and providing cool hoodies and shirts for the girls!|
|Outside for the afternoon sesh|
|Practicing our Olympic ski jumping|
The construction season has more than a few parallels for nordic ski training. Our race season is built around the winter months and the rest of the time we focus on building. Building strength, building endurance, filling in the weak spots, and preparing as best we can for the next race season. However, the "construction season" is about more than building fitness. It is about helping build those same communities that support me, the SMS T2 team, and sport of nordic skiing. From young girls who send notes of encouragement, to local businesses, friends and family who offer financial support, it is an entire network of people that help make us successful as individuals and as a team. Thanks to everyone who helps us do what we do!