The 2018 Winter Olympics are over, culminating in incredible feats of athleticism and spirit, heartbreak and victory. At Moms on the Run, we’re continuing to celebrate the Olympic spirit — but for another reason. We’re excited to announce Carrie Tollefson, a 2004 Olympian and career runner, is joining our team as Fitness Director.
Researcher, Author and Speaker Brené Brown, in a Ted Talk on the Power of Vulnerability, said, "We can't practice compassion with other people if we can't treat ourselves kindly."
Valentine's Day may be a day for Hallmark cards, candy hearts, chocolates and roses, but what if we actually treated ourselves kindly every day? Rather than falling into bed at night, completely exhausted from our day, what if we made it a habit to implement a little bit of love and attention toward our own body, mind and soul?
When moms are thrown into crisis with a child who is critically or chronically ill, or face the diagnosis of a child with special needs, their entire focus goes into doing everything they can for their child. Along the way, moms tend to lose themselves, and the idea of self-care becomes non-existent. That's where Heart Strides, a national nonprofit organization, steps in — literally. Heart Strides provides new running shoes to moms caring for children with a critical/chronic illness or a special need, removing the barriers to self-care and arming moms with the message that they matter.
Jacksonville (FL) Moms on the Run owner and head coach Amy Magdalein has dreamed of running the New York City Marathon — the largest marathon in the world — for years. She was inspired by her mom, whose first marathon was in NYC exactly thirty years ago. On Nov. 5, Amy succeeded in running her bucket-list race by crossing the finish line at 4:05:22 — and crushing her former marathon PR by 30 minutes!
Ahhhh... that glorious moment you cross that finish line of the big event you've been working toward for so many months. It can feel like your training is over! But there's one more important consideration of your time and effort: recovering well.
Doing this the wrong way can not only lead to injury but it can have a negative impact on your next big event or even your next few casual runs.
Becky Collins of Shoreview/White Bear Lake Moms on the Run lost 20 pounds in 18 weeks, making her our “Biggest Loser” of the 2017 summer running season in the Twin Cities. How did she do it? She attributes her weight loss to her triple weekly runs with Moms on the Run, biking, walking, hiking and participating in the new MOTRwell nutrition program.
Becky began her journey with Moms on the Run in 2010. She joined after receiving a flyer in her mailbox the year her daughter graduated from high school. Seven years later, she says Moms on the Run has become her social life and her stress relief.
“I have developed amazing friendships through this group,” notes Becky, who works full time as V.P. of marketing for a parking equipment and technology company. “It’s my one time of the day when nobody wants or needs anything from me.”
Becky has long struggled with her weight. At one point in her life, she weighed 100 pounds heavier than what she weighs today — a proud 139.
She admits her weight was like a rollercoaster — up and down depending on what diet she decided to try next. But it was not sustainable; she felt hungry all the time, which gets old, hard and frustrating.
Enter MOTRwell, a nutrition program piloted by Moms on the Run this summer.
“The MOTRwell program offered me exactly what I needed: different ideas, taking things to the next level, really learning how to eat better in a healthy way, but most important the ‘why’ — why things work together they way they do,” she explained.
Somewhat leery of starting yet another diet, she decided to give it 30 days. A month later, she was hooked. She had a ton of energy and had never felt better. And the bonus? She wasn’t hungry, either.
“I feel like now, I eat more than ever and I’m not craving the stuff I did before," added Becky. "Yet, I'm not depriving myself of things either. At my son's wedding last week, I ate a piece of cake. I don’t call this a diet; I call this a lifestyle change.”
Becky’s running also has benefited from her increased energy and health. She set out on a 12-mile run this summer, but ended up running 15 — her longest run ever — because she felt so great. She is registered to run the TC 10 Mile and the Monster Dash 10 Mile this fall. And for the first time ever, she bought herself running shorts.
“Will I continue to lose weight?” asks Becky. ”I don’t know. I’m ecstatic where I am. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. I have never felt better. If I lose more, that’s just a bonus.”
For her efforts, Becky received a $150 prize package from Run N Fun at the annual Celebration Banquet on Aug. 25.
We're fortunate in the Twin Cities. We live in a fitness-minded culture that is supported by local, state and grassroots efforts throughout the seven-county area and beyond. We know cold, crisp winters, but we also know how to build community and support everyone’s ability to achieve a healthy lifestyle. In 2017, Minneapolis-St. Paul was even ranked the "fittest city in America" by the American College of Sports Medicine.
This fall, Minneapolis and St. Paul host one of the nation’s top 10 marathons, the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, in additional to a full weekend of fun for spectators, racers and families. This community celebration is the culmination of pride for our “fit” cities, and the opportunity for all individuals and families to celebrate their active lifestyle.
Starting Saturday, Sept. 30, our smallest friends show their inner athlete as they toddle, crawl or dash to the finish line. What a perfect way to share your values with the children and loved ones in your life. As moms, aunts and influencers of the little people in our lives, we have the opportunity to share our passion for running, community and good health. Here are a few conversation starters you can use to talk to children about their race-day experience:
To learn more about the events, food, music and activities taking place the weekend of Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, visit www.tcmevents.org.
Twin Cities in Motion (TCM) has been the region’s premier running event company since 1982. Its mission is simple – ignite everyone’s inner athlete. TCM is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that organizes 27 races throughout the year, including the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, a Top 10 U.S. marathon, to provide opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and experiences to live an active, healthy lifestyle.
Here's your chance to take home the lifestyle performance tee and our medal! Sign up for our virtual 5k/10k and participate any time through December. Register today to reserve your spot!
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This is a great exercise to activate hip, abdominal, spine and pelvic floor muscles. Add an exhale as you lift and you will also get activation of your diaphragm.
Read the full article "Runner's Six Pack" for additional exercises.
Today's Training Tip Tuesday comes from our platinum sponsor HealthPartners. Lauren Loberg is one of their physical therapists and certified clinical orthopedic specialist with TRIA Orthopaedic Center. Lauren says that foot strength and mobility is a crucial yet often-neglected component of a runner's strength and recovery regimen. Additionally, if you have muscular imbalances or dysfunctions in your feet it can result in injury. You can improve your foot health and run stronger and longer by incorporating exercises into your routine.
Toe Spread and Press
Read the full article "How to Stop Foot Pain with 7 Easy Exercises" for additional exercises.