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Last weekend was Twin Cities Marathon weekend in Minnesota. Congrats to our Fitness Director Carrie Tollefson for WINNING the Women's Masters Division, to our race partner Twin Cities In Motion for putting on an amazing event, and to all of you fabulous ladies who ran your hearts out and left it all on the course — both marathon and 10 mile! We especially loved seeing Jacksonville (FL) Moms on the Run Franchise Owner Amy Magdalein on our St. Paul/Minneapolis course! Check out all the fun photos from our cheer zone.
Did you know July 4th is now the second most popular holiday among runners, second only to Thanksgiving? In many ways, running is the ultimate celebration of the American dream: You give it everything you’ve got, relying on your inner strength — and that of your comrades — every step of the way. How better to celebrate the sport that makes you feel as free and alive as the country you live in?
At Moms on the Run, we want you to get out and run on the 4th of July, before all of your celebrations and backyard BBQs. Plan your run, either by participating with one of our locations in a fun run or selecting your own route or race. We think 4 miles on the 4th sounds ideal, but you can choose your distance. Wear your patriotic colors (or hopefully our cute tank!) and then post your pics, tagging us with the hashtag #FOURonthe4th.
A couple of tips to remember: It’s usually a really hot day, so remember to wear your sunscreen and a sun hat/visor and stay hydrated — drinking lots of water and filling your body back up with electrolytes — so that you can enjoy the rest of the day with family and friends. Happy Independence Day everyone!
Ready for an adventure? No planes, trains or automobiles allowed on this trip. We want to see how far you can go on foot! You'll be embarking on a 30-day journey, so grab your Garmin and log your miles for our Month of Miles challenge, which takes off June 1.
The goal of Month of Miles is twofold: to help you support your local Moms on the Run franchise plus encourage you to log distance every day. (If your local franchise is not participating, or you are not affiliated with a local franchise, please register with our national team.)
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.
Indira Ghandi, the first and only prime minister of India. Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, deemed the "first lady" of track and field and one of the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon. These, and many other women, have changed history.
March is Women's History Month in the U.S., UK and Australia. While it began with a single day — International Women's Day on March 8 — it has been observed in some shape or form since 1911. It was officially commemorated by the United Nations in 1975 and signed into proclamation by President Jimmy Carter. As with Black History Month, organizers for Women's History Month wanted to ensure future generations will inherit an accurate account of the contributions of women throughout history. By highlighting women who have made a difference in history, it opens up that world of possibilities to young girls.
Following is a short list of notable women we found at Scholastic.com who have been an influence in history. There are many others we could add to the list. Who has inspired you?