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Guest post by Moms on the Run Coach Gabe Cox
So, you're training for a race. Whether it's a 5k, a half marathon or the full 26.2, the physical training begins months in advance. But there's one area of training that you cannot overlook: mental training. Can you see yourself at the finish line? What time is on the clock? How do you feel? What’s going through your mind? What is the crowd like? Who’s with you? These questions are great visualization exercises to prepare yourself for an upcoming race and assist you in affecting the outcome.
Today, our National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, shares three types of raises that work our shoulders, arms and back. It is important to have a strong upper body while running to help propel you forward. The front raise, lateral raise and rear debt raise are isolation exercises that strengthen the entire shoulder with an emphasis on the sides of the deltoid muscles. Watch her video below and do each exercise 15 times.
For today's Training Tip, our National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, introduces circle lunges — lunges to the front, side and back. This is a great exercise to work all the different muscles on your legs: quads, adductors and abductors, hamstrings and glutes. Watch the video and then complete three sets of five reps on each side. Ask your coach for a replacement exercise if you have knee issues.
It's not too early to begin thinking about our end-of-season celebration events and our 2019 Team Challenge! Which Twin Cities franchise will send the most women to our end-of-season celebration events on August 23rd and 25th? It's based on percentage, so your team size doesn't matter! Register now and help your team win. Our first place franchise will win a night out for their whole team, and additional prizes will be awarded to second and third place teams. Plus, early registration will get you the following incentives:
We invited a writer from Twin Cities Moms Blog to one of our classes. It was a cold, rainy spring Minnesota day — not exactly the best day for the first class of spring season. Billing herself as the "Only-Runs-On-The-Playground Lady," Maureen was a bit nervous and excited. But she was about to learn what makes Moms on the Run so different from other running groups.
"The accountability and the energy that came with the other moms at Moms on the Run was just what I needed to know that I could actually learn to run," Maureen writes. "I left that class not only with a boost of long lost confidence, but I also left the class feeling the need to return."
Read more about Maureen's experience here.