If you're newer to Moms on the Run, you may not realize that we've only been around for 12 years. Now 50 locations around the country, Moms on the Run has a unique story of how we came to be. Recently, Karissa Johnson, founder and CEO of Moms on the Run, was featured on the Harvest Growth Podcast. While this podcast is geared to those who are interested in business best practices, it's a great conversation about the story behind the business and what makes us different from just another running club. Listen in!
We truly have some rock stars at Moms on the Run. Beth Jensen, franchise owner and coach of Shoreview/White Bear Lake Moms on the Run, is one of them. You've heard her name before. In August, we named Beth as Twin Cities' Most Inspiring Coach for 2019 (read her story here). At that time, she was training for two big fall races: a 50K and a 100 Miler. Two weekends ago, she ran the Savage 100 — a 100 mile trail run in a suburb of Minneapolis. With incredible crew support from her Shoreview/WBL MOTR team, Beth hit the trails in the middle of the night. But it's what she would do over the next 76 miles that would show her rock star status. Spoiler alert: She didn't cross the finish line the way she had hoped. Battling a shin injury, cold temps, nausea and mind games, she was disappointed in the results. But she nearly ran a triple marathon in 26.5 hours, and throughout her miles, taught the rest of us how to be a smart runner and listen to your body — and that is what truly makes her #MOTRstrong. We asked Beth to share her race story, and here is her report.
Congratulations to all the runners who participated in Twin Cities Marathon on Oct. 6! We had more than 200 women participate in our marathon and 10-mile training programs, designed by our National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson. We hope all that awesome training helped you to crush your goals!
Thank you to our runners who joined us at our cheer station along Summit Avenue and those who volunteered at our booth at the TCM Expo.
Here is a fun video of Carrie running past our cheer station at mile 23. She smashed her sub 3 hour goal for her second marathon, with a finish time of 2:51:56. Impressive! And click below for more fun photos!
Two years ago, if you would have told Sarah Hammer, a member of Eden Prairie (MN) Moms on the Run, that she would not only be a runner but an ultra-marathoner, she would have told you you were crazy. With the help of Moms on the Run, Sarah has completed five ultras and her goal of finishing a 50-mile race by the end of 2019. We found her story so inspiring we named her October's Most Inspiring Member. Read on to learn more of Sarah's inspiring journey, in her own words.
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.