Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips to help us strengthen our running, fitness and health. Today, Carrie encourages us to vary the surfaces we run on — training on softer surfaces such as wood chips, grass or gravel — to help our joints and our body absorb the pounding.
At Moms on the Run, we strive to inspire the next generation of healthy families. One thing that makes us different from a gym is the option our members have to bring their kids to class. Since 2015, Mary Meyer and her three children have been regular attendees of Burnsville/Lakeville Moms on the Run, so much so that before her middle child was two, Grace had the warm-up routine for Moms on the Run memorized and would perform it before running errands with her mom.
"Mary has the most positive energy and always comes to class with a smile and ready for a challenge," shares Franchise Owner Kim Burggraaf. "She is so friendly to all, and while she can run pretty much any pace, will adjust her pace to keep someone company and carry on a conversation and/or provide that encouragement to a teammate. One of the attributes many of us probably admire most about Mary is her amazing dedication and consistency in attending classes through raising three young kids. And what is even more incredible, is how she involves her kiddos in the process.
"If you want to see an example of the positive impact that leading an active lifestyle and involving your kiddos in that active lifestyle from an early age, Mary's story is it!" exclaims Kim. "Her children truly love being active and value the importance of movement and getting outdoors. It is a beautiful thing to witness. Such an inspiration to us all!"
In honor of Mother's Day, read more about Mary and her desire to model an active lifestyle for her family.
For most of us, mileage and pace are our focus as we lace up and head out on the trails. We may even throw in some weights for strength training to help build muscle. But if you haven't yet incorporated Pilates into your routine, you may want to do so.
Pilates has a ton of benefits for runners. It emphasizes muscular endurance, flexibility, posture, coordination, balance and breathing — all essential for runners. Pilates has similarities with yoga but concentrates on training the body's core: abs, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thighs, glutes, etc.
Today's video is Part 4 of our Ask Coach Carrie series with Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson. Eliza Z. asks: "Can you give us tips for best running form to minimize injury and maximize speed and efficiency?" Listen in as Carrie shares some great suggestions!
To watch any previous training tips, please search our blog archives (to the right) by topic under Training Tips or find Moms on the Run on our YouTube channel.
The success of our community depends on the strength of the entire village. Moms on the Run welcomes Everbrook Academy to Minnesota with two new locations — Woodbury and Savage — and as a 2021 #MOTRkind sponsor. We love options for healthy families. Read on to learn more about Everbrook and their innovative STEAM-powered curriculum.