In light of all the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Moms on the Run want to share uplifting stories about what our members are doing to stay active, to continue to crush goals, and to remain in community as a team. If you or your team are doing something fun or unique or cool, please email us here. We'd love to share it with our members.
Sadaf Syeda, a new coach with Oakdale Moms on the Run, became a minor celebrity in her home country of Pakistan last month after finishing a half marathon as the only female runner.
Q: What kind of effect can exercise have on your mental health?
Exercise can have a profound effect on one's mental health. In general, exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which can have an impact on a number of processes...improving memory, mood, anxiety, attention, and a number of other mental health factors. Exercise helps to release endorphins and serotonin, the "feel good" chemicals in our brain. You do not have to achieve the "runner's high" to benefit. It is simply the feeling of relative calm and positivity that we feel after a workout. We can feel it even after the worst run. This is why we get the phrase, "I never regret a run, but I do regret not getting out for a run."
Your body depends on water to survive: Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to function properly. In this video, Coach Sarah gives us five easy ways to make sure we stay hydrated.
Goldy's Run, one of our partner races, has tentatively rescheduled their race from April 5 to Aug. 22 — the same weekend as our MOTR 5K/10K. To continue to support Moms on the Run, we of course would like our runners to attend our race. Therefore, MN Run Series has two options for the members of Moms on the Run who have already registered for Goldy's Run (and don't want to race two days in a row).
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips to help us strengthen our running and fitness. During this time of social distancing and quarantining at home, Carrie wants to encourage us to have fun with our kids. Today, she welcomes her three kiddos to work out with her. Have fun and stay sane!