Moms on the Run is great because of the women who are part of our family. In an ongoing series, we'll feature an Ambassador who will share her story with you. Today we feature Anna Carlson, who runs with Roseville (MN) Moms on the Run.
Our youngest daughter Maya has a rare brain condition called lissencephaly, or “smooth brain syndrome.” When she was two years old, she started going to a specialized therapy that helped her learn how her body could teach her brain to do movements rather than the other way around. She worked on a series of very small steps to get to a larger movement and her therapist commented that for Maya, learning one complete movement was like running a marathon. And that’s when I started to run. I thought if Maya could work so very hard on something, I could too, and so my husband joined me in the Couch Potato to 5K plan that we found online.
Port Washington (NY) Moms on the Run duo Nicoletta Gargas and Laura Neville have been friends for more than a decade and running partners for just over a year. One year after joining Moms on the Run, they ran their first half marathon to celebrate their half-century birthdays.
Nicoletta shares: "I still cannot believe that we ran a half marathon. It seems so surreal. Thanks to Moms on the Run and my amazing friend and running partner, Laura, it was possible. I also need to mention my husband, Tom. He was very supportive!"
Read on to learn as Nicoletta shares more of their story.
Because friendship is part of our motto, we love to hear stories of how our members connect on the trails. This month's Most Inspiring Members from Shoreview (MN) Moms on the Run connected on the trails with similar pace times, but it was the journey of international adoption that cemented their friendship. When one person's life challenge can be used to help another person through that same experience, everyone benefits, and Krista and Cari are an example of that. Read on to learn more about each of their stories.
What do you do if you're training for a marathon and on the day you are signed up to do a 17-mile trail race, a freak April blizzard cancels your plans? Well, if you're this month's Most Inspiring Member, you run anyway, of course!
On May 5, Eau Claire Moms on the Run member Sarah Kleven will run the Eau Claire Marathon. As part of her training, she signed up for the 2019 Zumbro Endurance Run, a trail race that takes place in southeastern Minnesota's bluff country featuring high bluffs, deep river valleys and rugged terrain. Unfortunately, race organizers ended up cancelling the race because of a spring blizzard that wreaked havoc in the area. Sarah was devastated.
"I checked my email at 3 in the morning and may have shed some tears," Sarah recalls. "I've wanted to run Zumbro for a couple years. It's been on my radar ever since I watched some of my MOTR friends do it."
Our Moms on the Run story is quite special: What started in a park with a group of moms just wanting to run a simple 5K has transformed into a nationally franchised running company with 50 locations in nine states. We have helped transform thousands of women's lives, and in turn, the lives of their families. Welcome to Moms on the Run. If you've been searching for the motivation to get your start as a runner, this program is for you! And if you've been running for years and want additional challenge and motivation, we have advanced training for you, as well.
Watch our story, then find a location near you to join us! We welcome women of all ages and all levels — and, you don't have to be a mom! If you're a bit hesitant to try us, we have a great opportunity for you. Many of our franchises nationwide will be offering a new variety of trial programs or trial classes this month, so check out our locations page to contact the franchise nearest you. If you don't see one, why not contact us about starting up a Moms on the Run in your community?