After joining Minneapolis Moms on the Run last summer, Jennifer Leeson (Jenny, or "Frisky" to her derby friends) has transformed the way she thinks about food, her body and exercise. In the process, she has dropped 100 pounds and is training for marathon number 14 — the first since her early 20s.
"Jen is one of the friendliest, most positive people I've ever met," Minneapolis franchise owner Karissa, who nominated Jenny, shared. "I was so inspired by her outlook and determination the very first time I met her. I cannot even imagine Jen without a big smile on her face and just being around her would bring encouragement to anyone." As a busy emergency room nurse, wife and new mom, Jenny's story will leave you inspired. Read on for a fun Q & A.
Maple Grove Moms on the Run was featured this month in an articled titled "Fitness and Friendship: Maple Grove Moms on the Run offers fitness to busy women" in Press & News.
Franchise owner Sheila Kenyon summed up the 'why' of Moms on the Run at the end of the article: "Maple Grove moms should join Moms on the Run if they are looking for a community within their community where they will feel supported in their fitness goals, want to surround themselves with positive, upbeat women who enjoy being involved in their community, and just want to have fun."
Jen Dyrhaug is like a lot of women who join Moms on the Run — she never thought she'd run a marathon. What makes her story so unique is that simply breathing is a daily workout. Jen has cystic fibrosis, a genetic, fatal disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits her ability to breathe. Every day, she must take medication and complete treatments to prevent thick mucus build-up in her lungs. Running a marathon should be impossible for Jen, yet she's ready to run two in 2019.
Kristen Genet, one of Jen's MOTR coaches who nominated her, shares, "Jen is such an inspiration. Despite managing breathing issues and cystic fibrosis, she sets huge goals and works her tail off every single day to achieve them. I can not wait to cheer her across the finish line of her first marathon this year!" Read on to learn more of Jen's inspiring story.
Last week, our training tip featured a full-body exercise. This week, we're focusing on the biceps, the muscle on the front part of our arm between our elbow and our shoulder. Our National Fitness Director Carrie Tollefson shows us three different exercises we can do to help make our biceps stronger. Take a look here or click on the photo below. #trainingtiptuesday
Want a full-body strength workout that you can do quickly before your run or on an off day? Today, our own Olympian and National Fitness Director, Carrie Tollefson, shares a great exercise that works your legs, back, biceps, shoulders and triceps. Click below or watch here. #trainingtiptuesday