With the increasing reports of attacks on female joggers around the country, runners have been on high alert. We are questioning what changes we need to make to our routines to simply feel safe engaging in our hobby. For some, staying active now involves altering routes and daily schedules, carrying personal safety devices and leaving your favorite tunes behind. But the reality is we can do everything the right way and the risks remain. That's why personal safety expert Julie Barron Morrill recommends all women receive basic training in self-defense.
sgobeck! Becky is a coach with Stillwater Moms on the Run, and we love what she wrote in her post, pictured above: "Friends who: laugh with you, get strong with you, let you know you belong are some of the best friends there are. Here we go, MOTR Fall 2018!" She wins a family 4-pack of entries to Chocoholic Frolic, courtesy of Anderson Race Management. Congratulations, Becky!
There were many great photos to choose from, but not all featured contest hashtags! If you don't use contest hashtags you can't win — and you'll want to win our October prize! October's awesome prize package, courtesy of Scheels, features a personalized shopping experience with a Scheels expert and includes a $300 gift card to use on running gear of your choice as well as a goody bag of running accessories (water bottle, running socks, gu, etc.) We have four great categories: #MOTRonTour, #LoveMyTeam, #PushThrough or #MOTRmemories. And of course, add #MOTRstrong! Click here for more information and contest rules.
Let's face it: Not every run is a great run. And while we may not enjoy every run, we definitely can learn from every run: perseverance, confidence, rest, strength, and the ability to listen to our bodies.
National Fitness Director and Olympian Carrie Tollefson definitely knows the value of a hard run. “We can learn something different from every run, but the ones I learn the most about myself are the ones that don’t go as well as I had hoped," she explains. "They are what my coach used to call 'character builders.' They show us how to persevere."
Remember this the next time you come back from a frustrating run.: Every run will make you stronger. Just lace em’ back up and get after it! Together, Moms on the Run can do this!
Kristen Genet, coach for Blaine and Lino Lakes Moms on the Run, calls the North Shore of Minnesota her happy place. Overlooking Lake Superior, the North Shore is home to the Superior Hiking Trail, a 310-mile trail that traverses the Sawtooth Mountain Range from Duluth, MN to the U.S.-Canadian border. For 16 hours, two minutes and thirty seconds, Kristen experienced the highs and lows — 25,000 feet of elevation changes — of those forest trails to complete her biggest challenge to date: the Superior 50 Mile Trail Race. “There was not one moment in the 50 miles I did not enjoy,” Kristen raves. She is a big inspiration to those who know her, and for that, she is our October Inspiring Member of the Month.