Want some fun exercises you and your kids can do together? Karissa Johnson, founder and CEO of Moms on the Run, is excited to bring you a kid-friendly full body workout video starring her and her son, Kai! This short video (six minutes) is sure to get the heart pumping and some smiles as you and your kiddo break a sweat together. Click here to watch the video.
Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips regarding strengthening our running and fitness. Today, in the midst of all the unknowns regarding the COVID-19 crisis, it's impossible to know how to plan our training for upcoming races. We want you to have race goals to look forward to, yet we realize some of those races are being postponed or cancelled. Today's training tip helps remind us to be flexible, follow our training plans and continue to stay active!
We love witnessing how women's lives are transformed through Moms on the Run. That transformation is evident in Erin Rheault's life. A part of Forest Lake (MN) Moms on the Run, Erin went from a non-runner in 2011 to head coach in 2018 to franchise owner in 2020. She has learned running is not only beneficial physically, but it has proven to be her greatest therapy and closest community. Read on for a conversation with Erin to learn more of her story.
Spring training is coming up quick, and we asked Carrie for a sneak peek at the training plans she has in store for our intermediate and advanced runners. This year, she says, it's all about the Tempo Run! We also asked her to tell us about why she feels tempo runs are such a great asset to our training regimens and will make for fun classes together. Read on!
By Olympian Carrie Tollefson, Moms on the Run National Fitness Director
That run that hurts so good? Welcome to the tempo run. It is a workout that is not only beneficial to our training but, if done properly, we will walk away feeling better than we did going in. It is one of my favorite runs and one of the best workouts we can do to build strength and develop a huge cardiovascular base.
Who should do a tempo run?
All of us should do tempo runs. A tempo run is a training run done at roughly 30 seconds slower per mile than your current 5K pace. I also like to refer to the pace of a tempo run as short answer pace, meaning when we are in the middle of the tempo run we can say a few words at once but not tell our life’s story.
What is a tempo run?
A tempo run is a run that is done at lactate threshold pace. It is that pace that a lot of runners forget to work. It is in between easy and hard and so important.
by Karissa Johnson,
CEO and Founder, Moms on the Run
It's MOTRvate time, and I'm excited for myself and for all the women in our program who are going to take great strides toward their health goals this month. I want to share with you all the reasons I love MOTRvate!
I need to get MOTRvated!
Truth is, I need external motivation. Turning health "chores" into a game just makes it more fun. I get POINTS for eating veggies? Yes, please!
I'm only competing against myself
Okay, so I get that there is a prize if I get the top score, but I have absolutely zero chance of winning. And it doesn't matter. I like the idea of setting my own "doable" goal each week and seeing if I can get there.
My youngest son is highly competitive. I'm embarrassed to admit that there are certain athletic activities he doesn't want to participate in because "he can't win." Ugh, I would think I have failed as a parent if I didn't have two other more sensible children! While he's still learning, personally I find a high sense of accomplishment in setting small goals and getting them done, and this leaves me more motivated to reach the next goal even if it may be slightly more challenging.