We came across this poignant blog post about perimenopause, or the transition to menopause, when one of our members shared it on her Facebook feed. We laughed. We cried. Then we grabbed some chocolate animal crackers and got real.
We salute the author, Jen (of jennlefforge.com), who describes herself as a “40-something wife, working mom and runner…” Jen makes the point that we need to normalize the conversation about this less-talked-about stage in a woman’s life. The time when our ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman's 40s, but can start in her 30s or even earlier.
According to WebMD, the average length of perimenopause is 4 years. “But for some women, this stage may last only a few months or continue for 10 years.” WebMD defines the end of perimenopause as going 12 months without having your period.
So we bring you, Jen’s blog post, “A Middle-Age Girl’s Guide to Perimenopause.”
And we’re curious, have you been able to have these conversations in your inner circles, running groups or other communities of support? We hope so. We know that talking always makes the miles go by faster.
Lisa took part in the 2016 MOTR Healthy Holiday Challenge with her sons, William and Noah, and finished as the top scorer with 277 healthy lifestyle points.
Our January 2017 Most Inspiring member is Lisa with Eau Claire (WI) Moms on the Run, the top scorer in our recent Healthy Holiday Challenge.
As part of the challenge, Lisa racked up points in December for prioritizing healthy lifestyle activities, such as logging cardio and strength training workouts, getting 7 or more hours of sleep, and avoiding sweets (no easy task that time of year!). She even invited her two sons, William and Noah, to join her in the challenge.
“I really thrive with accountability and tracking what I'm doing, so I knew the challenge would keep me active,” she says. “I feel best when I exercise most days of the week, and it really keeps me happy and helps keep the stress levels down.”
Lisa joined the Eau Claire location in 2013, at the suggestion of her friends. Many had joined the year before, and she kept hearing good things. Since then, she’s come love the fact that Moms on the Run provides a scheduled time to take a break from family responsibilities and focus on herself and her fitness goals.
“I’m always coordinating sports schedules for my kids, and it seems right to schedule some time for me to exercise and have fun, too,” Lisa says. “I love that I come home each night feeling positive, relaxed, and energized.
“I also love that the coaches are so positive, interested in each member and encouraging. Coach Shelly has helped me improve my running form and has taught me to sprint without hurting myself. Coach Sarah is always there with an encouraging word or a quick introduction to a teammate I haven't met yet.”
Lisa’s primary fitness goals are to remain strong and healthy, and continue to take part in different activities with her family and friends, including hiking, backpacking, canoeing, charity runs and skiing.
“MOTR keeps me active and strong, and is a very enjoyable piece of my fitness puzzle,” she says.
Lisa with her niece and son after the Leader-Telegram Buckshot Run to benefit Wisconsin Special Olympics. She enjoys taking part in charity races with friends and family as part of her regular fitness regimen.
MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL-- Moms on the Run, LLC, and Anderson Race Management are joining efforts to put on a Mother’s Day weekend event in St. Paul, the two companies announced today.
The “Run Like A Mother 5K, presented by Moms on the Run” is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Lake Phalen. Final details, including the registration site, are forthcoming. Each entry includes a finisher’s medal, tote bag and technical shirt.
This marks the first partnership for the two women-owned, Twin Cities-based companies.
Mary Anderson formed Anderson Race Management in 1996. Today, ARM puts on more than 200 national and local events each year, ranging from 50 to 10,000 participants.
Karissa Johnson founded Moms on the Run, a training program for beginning women runners, in 2008. The company began franchising in 2012, and has grown to 44 locations in six states.
For details on the race when they are finalized, stay tuned to momsontherun.com/partners or follow Twin Cities Moms on the Run on Facebook.