One year ago, Woodbury Moms on the Run member Andie Christopherson committed to bootcamp in the fall and HIIT training through the cold winter months in Minnesota. She hadn't been as consistent the previous summer and wanted to get on track. She's so glad she did. As the pandemic hit and classes went virtual in the spring, she saw improved gains in her strength, endurance and running —resulting in her ability to train for her first half marathon this spring and 10 mile this fall. Read on to learn more of Andie's story and why she credits her team for helping her through 2020.
As a retired nurse of 41 years, St. Cloud (MN) Moms on the Run member Melanie Neubauer has spent her life helping others. This year has been no exception. Consumed with caring for her in-laws after medical emergencies in Arizona and now in Montana, Melanie has stayed committed to running — and her St. Cloud Moms on the Run team — despite the distance.
At Moms on the Run, we're passionate about our belief that "healthy moms make healthy families." Jacksonville (FL) Moms on the Run member Andrea Benitez, who is training for her first marathon, recently shared this inspiring message regarding a conversation she had with her young daughter. Kudos to all of you who are modeling fitness and self care to your families and friends.
"My daughter rode her bike alongside me while I ran today. She asked me if I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and a runner. (She called me a runner! Like it’s just who I am and was always meant to be!) She also asked me if tomorrow is a “running day.” Even though she grumbles because I may not be there when she wakes up, I know I am teaching her an important lesson in self care, not selflessness. All too often women and mothers are encouraged to give up themselves to serve others, especially their children. What a gift we give them when they see us breaking that cycle. Moms on the Run plays such an important role in opening that world up to so many of us. Thank you."
Ronda Willsher wanted to set a big goal before she turned 60. So, this self-proclaimed never-runner decided to tackle a 5K. With the encouragement of her sister, MOTR veteran Molly Wellik, Ronda took on the Learn-to-Run program with Burnsville Moms on the Run, ran her first 5K at the MOTR end-of-season race on her milestone birthday — and was hooked. Two years and many 5Ks, 10Ks, a few 10 milers and now a half marathon later, this 62-year-old exemplifies inspiration to her team. "I've heard a few of our members say, 'I want to be like Ronda when I grow up' just as a pure compliment," observed Burnsville/Lakeville Owner Kim Burggraaf. "She really does inspire so many around her." Learn more about Ronda's story and why she is July's Most Inspiring Member.
In light of all the recent events surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Moms on the Run want to share uplifting stories about what our members are doing to stay active, to continue to crush goals, and to remain in community as a team. If you or your team are doing something fun or unique or cool, please email us here. We'd love to share it with our members.
Sadaf Syeda, a new coach with Oakdale Moms on the Run, became a minor celebrity in her home country of Pakistan last month after finishing a half marathon as the only female runner.