Will running ruin your knees? What if you already have bad knees? Most knee injuries, like other running injuries, occur because of overuse. Research suggests that knee injuries are often caused by weakness or instability elsewhere in the body, especially the hips. That’s why strengthening the knees often involves exercises for your quads and glutes. Tune in today as our National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, shares two exercises to help strengthen those knees and keep them happy. Next week, she'll be back with two more!
On average, July is generally the hottest month across the United States, so when we head out to train, we need to make sure to care for our bodies and stay hydrated. Listen in as Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, shares her tips about running in the heat.
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips regarding how to strengthen our running, fitness and health. Tight calf muscles are a common problem for runners. You can decrease your risk of injury by prepping the calves in advance of a run with a series of simple stretches.
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For nearly a year, Woodbury (MN) Moms on the Run member Pam Tuft couldn't run for more than a few minutes without pain resulting from plantar fasciitis, a common running injury that occurs due to inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. Thanks to accountability from coach Kristina and her teammates April, Becky and Amber, Pam is back in action and says she couldn't have done it without her second family.
"Pam has consistently pushed year after year, setting a goal and achieving it," shares Woodbury franchise owner Kristina Ticknor. "She not only pushes herself to reach her goals, she inspires others to try new things and is a true example that sometimes you just have to get a little out of your comfort zone. In the Fall of 2019 she suffered plantar fasciitis, but she didn't let that stop her toward her fitness goals. She continued to push doing intervals on her bike and keeping up with strength. We really kept up with rehab and gradually got her back to running. The start of 2021, she decided she wanted to do another half marathon despite saying she would NEVER run one again. This girl works hard, always pushes to the end and I can't imagine our team with her."
Read on to learn more of Pam's story and why she's our inspiring member of the month.