Girls (and REALTOR) On The Run... another finish line crossed!

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

"And though she be but little, she is fierce."
~ Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare

~ and mom in Awe of her Daughter who starred in today's
Girls On The Run of Central Maryland 5K. 

GOTR Central MD HoCo Fall 2019

It was one cold morning in central Maryland today, and super tempting to stay under a cozy, warm pile of blankets for just five more minutes when the alarm went off at 6 am. But when you have worked hard for 10+ weeks, when you've trained to run the distance, when you've prepared mentally and physically, when you have made the commitment to show up, you only hit that snooze button once. You jump out of bed and into your layers of running gear, you fuel your body with a bowl of warm oatmeal, you lace up your sneakers and you head to START!

And that is just how things played out at my house this morning.

Today was the Fall 2019 season-ending 5K event for the Girls On The Run of Central MD, and it was one spectacular event! Organization was top-notch, the course just right, and the support phenomenal. My daughter and her best friend LOVED the program, and today's 5K race. As their buddy runner, I couldn't be more proud! They paced themselves. They enjoyed the race. They sprinted across the FINISH line with a huge smile! 

If you are not familiar with GOTR (Girls On The Run), this sums today's celebration up nicely:

"At GOTR of Central Maryland, we celebrate the limitless potential of our girls and inspire them to be joyful, healthy and confident. The 5K event is the crowning moment of their participation in this life-changing program." 

I encourage you to find out more, to consider donating, volunteering, coaching and/or running an end-of-season event with your daughter. You will both take away so much - I promise. The program builds/boosts confidence, it encourages, supports, provides coping skills, opens dialog, embraces, nurtures... and may just ignite that passion to run, to race, to become better, bolder, and to believe that you can do anything.

The runner's high is real and so worth it... that's what she said - little but fierce. And she's right!  


*Images courtesy of Ajay, a photographer local to Howard County who doesn't only take pictures, but captures moments and composes photographs beautifully. I can't wait to share more of his work with you, in the meantime, check @ajay_ig out on Instagram.* 

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Thompson Company, REALTORS

16910 Oak Hill Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905
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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD, who has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers in Montgomery and Howard County, MD (and beyond) for 15+ years now. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running, hiking, and treasure hunting, and is very much addicted to coffee. 


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Andrea Bedard I love to see girls compete... little ones and older!!

and I love that quote...."And though she be but little, she is fierce."

I have a workout jersey with that saying....

Dec 08, 2019 03:23 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Andrea - yes, it may be easier to stay under-the-covers when it is cold, that determination will pay off now and in the future.  A great success story. 

Dec 08, 2019 05:06 AM #2
Mimi Foster
Falcon Property Solutions - Colorado Springs, CO
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

So many things about this post bring joy to my heart. Congrats to all of you for finishing, and nice shout-out to the photographer.

Dec 08, 2019 09:17 AM #3
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I love the quote, too, Barbara Todaro, just got a bookmark with it for my daughter. It suits her perfectly.

It always feels sooo good after the run Michael Jacobs. It does seem easier at times and first glance, to just stay in bed, to not run, or tackle *insert anything that may be uncomfortable/a challenge/take hard work*, but it pays off in more ways than one when do get up and do it. Thank you!

Thank you so much Mimi Foster! The little collage of pictures don't do the photographer & his talent justice since most were taken with my phone! I had to include a link to Ajay's Instagram profile. He captures moments just beautifully.  

Dec 08, 2019 05:04 PM #4
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Andrea Bedard, You are the perfect role model for your girls. Love the concept of GOTR. So proud of you. 

Carol Williams Suggested for SCS.

Dec 09, 2019 04:23 PM #5
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland for your beautiful comment and for always cheering us on! 

Dec 10, 2019 10:16 AM #6
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

How wonderful! What a great orgaization and wonderful that you were able to be a buddy runner. I bet your smile was the biggest of all.

Dec 14, 2019 06:18 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Andrea. I like that saying too and really enjoyed this. You go.

Dec 14, 2019 06:58 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Andrea Bedard -  I love this type of event.  It is a wonderful way to inspire girls and women.  Great way for mother and daughter to achieve together.

Dec 14, 2019 07:32 PM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Andrea:

Congratulations! What a great event. You are such a good role model!

Happy Holidays!


Dec 15, 2019 11:38 AM #10
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Thank you all very much for your comments & kudos & support! I truly appreciate it! 

Dec 15, 2019 06:59 PM #11
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Andrea Bedard ,

I loved your post and so glad that Carol Williams featured it in her Second Chance Saturday Series as I missed it! Great concept of GOTR and you make an excellent role model that affects so many! Congratulations on all of you finishing and loved the shout out to the photographer!

Dec 16, 2019 06:23 AM #12
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Oh, thanks for letting me know Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, I wasn't aware that Carol included my post. I'll have to stop by to say thank you!

My daughter is hooked, and will be signing up again for the Spring GOTR season. And I'll be right there cheering her on. Happy Holidays Dorie! 

Dec 16, 2019 09:44 AM #13
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