In light of all the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Moms on the Run want to share uplifting stories about what our members are doing to stay active, to continue to crush goals, and to remain in community as a team. If you or your team are doing something fun or unique or cool, please email us here. We'd love to share it with our members.
Kira Covill, owner of Sloan's Lake (CO) Moms on the Run, came up with a great idea to increase her distance during the shelter-at-home order in Colorado: she set up a chart where she'll check off her miles during COVID-19. Her goal is to run three to four times a week, and add one additional mile to each run.
Q: What are some of the best ways to support yourself emotionally during times of high stress like this?
A: I have been telling clients that the only thing we can control right now is how we take care of ourselves (or try, right?) Sleep, drinking enough water, moving your body, and having some form of routine. Some people also find meditation, relaxation, yoga, or mindfulness helpful. There are great apps out there that are free, as well as many places offering things for free during this time. (Note: I have some of these on the Iris Mental Health Facebook page). Even just 5 minutes can be helpful.
Q: How much news consumption do you think is healthy in times of uncertainty?
A: While we need to be informed, we don't need to be listening to the same things over and over. Getting a brief update once or twice a day is fine, as is asking someone who you can trust who may not be as triggered or obsessive about it to give you an update can be helpful. Also, make sure you are getting information from legitimate sources. Limit social media, and hide or unfollow sources that are triggering. Same goes for friends/family on social media; on Facebook, you can "snooze" someone for 30 days, so that you will not see their posts (and they have no idea!).
We asked Coach Sarah to share some simple nutrition tips to help us keep our families healthy. In this video, Sarah offers ideas for fun, kid-friendly snacks that are easy to make and good for them, too.
Shayla Goodstein, a member of Jacksonville (FL) Moms on the Run, is referred to as the team's number one head cheerleader, according to Owner and Head Coach, Amy Magdalein. She shows up at races she's not running with signs to cheer on her fellow teammates, she is a consistent member at practice and she is constantly a listening ear to anyone on her team. Coach Amy concludes: "Shayla is consistent and one of our biggest fans always spreading the MOTR love!" Interesting enough, simply showing up at her first class was a huge step out of her comfort zone. Read more of our conversation with Shayla and learn why she's an inspiring member.
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips to help us in strengthening our running and fitness. Our members who have been with us through at least one training season realize how important proper form, breathing and other mechanics are to running and to help reduce injury risk. For others who are heading out to run for the first time or after a long hiatus, it's important to start out slow. Check out this quick tip and follow Moms on the Run for expert tips on this fun sport.