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The third time's a charm for Holly (above, left) our July KIND Most Inspiring Member!
A new participant with White Bear Lake and Shoreview Moms on the Run, Holly says it took her about three years to work up the courage to join: "I wouldn’t join by myself until I could find someone to do it with me. I needed a lot of hand-holding. It was very scary for me."
That's where Holly's good friend and co-worker Rachael (pictured, above right) came into the picture. The two joined together, unsure of exactly what to expect.
"Holly has completely embraced the ‘Fitness, Fun and Friendship’ motto, says head coach Beth Jensen. “She and Rachael both bring their sparkling personalities to our Learn to Run group. Holly is always up for an extra group run and takes part in our themed classes with flair. It’s not hard to have a blast while being active with Holly and Rachael!"
When she decided to join, Holly says she was realistic about the expectations she placed on herself. Initially, her goal was to get off the couch and move. The only running she’d done before was for gym class. And she admits she hated it.
What’s different today?
"Running is now an addiction," Holly says. “I am healthier, more energetic and much more confident. Now I love to run, except at the beginning of the week. That's when I have to face a new interval challenge.”
In the future, Holly plans to run a marathon. For now, however, she’s going to finish enjoying this year’s accomplishments.
"I love being a part of Moms on the Run," she says. "From the runs to the boot camps, the time spent is filled with a lot of laughs, stories, agony, sometimes even tears, and most of all, friendship. Had I known how much this whole experience would bring me, I wouldn’t have waited."
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By Beth Jensen
Moms on the Run franchise owner and head coach
There’s nothing like crossing a finish line and realizing you’ve reached -- or even crushed -- a goal you’ve been working toward; it’s amazing!
But what happens when you don’t meet your goals? Injuries, race conditions, race course and various life challenges can all get in the way, resulting in the failure to reach a goal. How do you go on? What are the next steps? How do you deal with the successes of others when you didn’t quite achieve your goal?
Yes, I’ve failed to meet my running goals. More than once. And this is my five-step plan for dealing with it:
And remember, the things you have to fight the hardest for in life will result in the sweetest victories!
Looking for a supportive, all-women's environment to help prepare for your next fitness goal? Check out Moms on the Run to find the location nearest you.
Beth Jensen is a franchise owner and head coach with two Moms on the Run locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, White Bear Lake and Shoreview. A former NCAA Division I cross country student-athlete, she spent six years in the U.S. Air Force and has completed 17 marathons, including two Boston Marathons. She resides in Vadnais Heights, MN, with her husband and four children.
There’s strong. And there’s #MOTRstrong, when running with other women gives you a leg up on the rest. It's that special "awesomesauce" that powers you through the next training run or race, or helps you along other life challenges in your path. This year Moms on the Run has challenged you to share what makes you feel connected, confident and STRONG through the 2016 #MOTRstrong Instagram Contest. Special thanks to Renewal By Andersen of the Twin Cities for help rewarding our June prize winner.
June 2016 Prize Winner: Natalie of SeeNatalieRun
Congrats, Natalie! She wins the 10K Tandem package: 2 free 10K race registrations for the second annual Moms on the Run race experience and 2 quarter-zip MOTR tech pullovers, sponsored by Renewal By Andersen ($170 value).
Here are a few of Natalie's pics tagged with #MOTRstrong:
June 2016 Honorable Mention: Courtenay of momsbeworkinit and Christina of cmmowry1
Here are a few of Courtenay and Christina’s #MOTRstrong posts from the past month:
Ready to Join the Fun? #MOTRstrong Instagram Contest Review
July #MOTRstrong Prize
Women Run Together: 2 free registrations to the 10th annual Women Run the Cities (choose from 10-Mile Run; 10K Run 5K Run or Walk) and 2 WRTC 10th anniversary t-shirts. Winner may invite a friend or family member to run with her (a $165 value). We will highlight monthly winners on our Facebook page.
Not on Instagram?
Not a problem. You can still join the conversation for FUN on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest when you use the contest hashtags.