“Running teaches us to keep moving forward, one step at a time,
“Just the week prior I was running alongside Chevis and she was telling me all about the family trip they had planned the next week,” said Waconia head coach Deb Lensing. “She was living a life just like the rest of our Moms on the Run -- planning vacations and enjoying the summer. But when Chevis lost her son, we all felt her pain, as losing a child is every mother’s worst nightmare."
Lensing and the other Waconia MOTR teammates decided to dedicate a weeknight workout to Chevis by wearing green (Daniel’s favorite color) and sharing their photos in social media with the hashtags #MOTRstrong and #Run4Daniel. Next up was a local Fourth of July race, where the team again dressed in green and dedicated the miles to #Run4Daniel. Much to the surprise of Lensing and her team, Chevis and her husband, Dan, showed up in green to also run the race.
“This was just one week after the loss of their son,” Lensing added.
Chevis continued to inspire her teammates as well as other Moms on the Run locations by showing up for weekly workouts. She also kept her commitment to run the Ragnar Great River Relay, painting her toes green and inspiring everyone on her team to run through the night and fight the fatigue, hills, heat and humidity. The team crossed the finish line together, while keeping #Run4Daniel and #MOTRstrong top of mind.
Thank you, Chevis! You -- and through you, Daniel -- are true inspirations!
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August #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.
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Stacy (front row, second from right) with her MOTR teammates at Women Run The Cities in September 2015.
"This program has completely changed my life," Stacy Reichert of Ham Lake, Minn., recently told her local newspaper about Moms on the Run.
How did she go from hating running to completing four half marathons, three Ragnar relays, and the 2016 Grandma’s Marathon? It took plenty of hard work and determination on her part, mixed with what's been described as the “awesomesauce” found in Moms on the Run: built-in accountability and the support of other local women.
Read more about Stacy's journey in recent accounts from the Quad Community Press and HealthPartners.
Today, some six years after joining the program, Stacy is a MOTR coach, helping other women who are just beginning their fitness journeys. Thanks for giving back, Stacy!
3 Tips To Help You Embrace Hills
By Jennifer Fink, Moms on the Run coach
"Don’t waste the downhill!" This was my mantra for the first five years of my running career. The women I coach through Moms on the Run heard my chant on every downhill. I would proudly proclaim that I could walk up the hill and more than make up the time by burning the downhill.
I still love the downhill, and will continue to share and preach my affection for the exhilaration of the ride. But toward the end of last year, my perspective changed. This quote seemed to sum it up perfectly:
"Most of us try to avoid hills, but what is so good about that? Think about it. Flat tires, flat hair, flat returns, and the ultimate, flatlining. LIFE HAPPENS ON THE HILLS. They’re an opportunity to prove to yourself that you are stronger than you ever imagined. If you never attempt the ascent, you’ll never know the thrill of swooshing down the other side. Be a hill seeker." (author unknown)
Whether it is in life, or on a run, hills don’t go away. They wait for you. So, how can you use them to become stronger and more confident?
Here are my tips to help you embrace hills:
What would you do if you realized you were strong enough to do it?
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.
Jennifer Fink is a coach with two Moms on the Run locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, White Bear Lake and Shoreview. Since she first started the program six years ago, she has shed 40 pounds and become the Queen of Motivation. She has run 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, six Ragnar Relays and the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon.