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This month's inspiring member is proof that it's never too late to learn to run. Sue Dale was turning 59 when she joined Cottage Grove Moms on the Run — having never run before. Five years and several 5Ks later, Sue says her daughter, her coach and her teammates at Moms on the Run are the reason she now loves running.
Cottage Grove owner Charlyn McDanold shares, "Sue is always encouraging others and comes to class each week ready to give 110 percent. This year she is doing her first Winter Running Session so there is no stopping her. That takes a lot of dedication! Along with MOTR she also goes to the gym every morning to cross train and it shows, because every time she raced this past season she increased her pace. What I love the most about Sue, besides her dedication and commitment, is that she is always there for her team, to support them and to cheer everyone on."
Read on to learn more of our conversation with Sue.
by Karissa Johnson,
CEO and Founder, Moms on the Run
It's MOTRvate time, and I'm excited for myself and for all the women in our program who are going to take great strides toward their health goals this month. I want to share with you all the reasons I love MOTRvate!
I need to get MOTRvated!
Truth is, I need external motivation. Turning health "chores" into a game just makes it more fun. I get POINTS for eating veggies? Yes, please!
I'm only competing against myself
Okay, so I get that there is a prize if I get the top score, but I have absolutely zero chance of winning. And it doesn't matter. I like the idea of setting my own "doable" goal each week and seeing if I can get there.
My youngest son is highly competitive. I'm embarrassed to admit that there are certain athletic activities he doesn't want to participate in because "he can't win." Ugh, I would think I have failed as a parent if I didn't have two other more sensible children! While he's still learning, personally I find a high sense of accomplishment in setting small goals and getting them done, and this leaves me more motivated to reach the next goal even if it may be slightly more challenging.
by Coach Sarah,
Eau Claire Moms on the Run Coach and MOTRwell program facilitator
Did you know that sugars are routinely hidden in common household foods such as salsa, mustard, spaghetti sauces, mayonnaise, chicken broth, salad dressings, crackers, peanut butter, bread, bacon, and beef sticks? It’s no wonder we crave sugar and feel out of control with it at times. It is now estimated that Americans consume anywhere between 17-40 teaspoons of sugar a day! Am I the only one that thinks that’s crazy?! Picture a teaspoon of sugar. Now picture yourself eating 17 of them a day. Gross.
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips to helps us improve our running and strength. Today's training tip is: Get out the door! Whether you live in the northern region, like Carrie does, or in the south, sometimes just overcoming the excuses, putting on the shoes and heading out the door is exactly what we need. Listen in! (And please forgive Carrie for the shaky camera!)
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips to help us improve our running and strength. The latest question in our Ask Coach Carrie series comes from Carrie of St. Paul, and she asks: "Can you talk about training for the mile?" Listen in as Carrie shares her excitement for this type of race and training for speed. Here's a little secret: This type of training is already part of your Moms on the Run workouts!