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Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, shares one of her favorite running terms: Fartlek! This fun word is Swedish for "speed play," a form of interval or speed training that can be effective in improving speed and endurance. Listen in as Carrie takes you through a fartlek training exercise.
We also like this article about fartlek training.
If you've ever had a massage, you know the relaxed feeling you get when you're done. But, is it worth the money? Are there actual benefits of massage for runners? Learn more about recent scientific research that actually supports the idea that regular massage can boost muscle recovery and be a valuable training tool to help you run your best.
Intervals. They're a huge part of our training at all levels at Moms on the Run. Today, National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, talks about the importance of intervals. An interval running plan alternates between periods of intense, fast paces followed by less intense recovery periods. This style of running aims to maximize your aerobic fitness while minimizing your overall time spent exercising.
There are many benefits to moving your body, including:
Our Month of Miles Challenge is designed to help you stay motivated and accountable. Move your body every day: running, jogging, intervals, and walking all count (walking is encouraged!). Each week you'll set a goal to maintain or increase your distance at least 10 percent. Your challenge goals are personal — you'll start right where you are and your only competition is YOU!
For less than $10 a week, you will receive regular inspiration and support from our Moms on the Run coaches and teammates. Your entry in this challenge will include all of the following:
While this is a personal challenge, we'll also be tracking our total miles as one big team! Let's see how far we can travel together!
Join Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, for part 3 of our stretch series. Today's stretch focuses on our hip flexors, a group of muscles in the area where the thighs meet the torso. Tight hip flexors can cause hip and lower back pain, especially in runners. And because of the role that they play in lifting the legs, tight hips can interfere with a runner’s progress. Extended periods sitting at a desk or in a car can also contribute to tightness in the hip flexors. Grab your mat or our final stretch!