The idea — to journal her workouts — started out slow and simple. A couple of years ago, members of Eau Claire Moms on the Run were given notebooks. It took two years, but Joleen Bauer of Eau Claire Moms on the Run filled that journal. We love her commitment and desire to make a change — one day at a time, and for that, Joleen is January's Most Inspiring Member. May this idea inspire you too!
For a little background, Eau Claire franchise owners Sarah and Shelly shared: "Our theme over the past year has been Progress over Perfection. As women, there are times when doubt or disbelief can creep into areas of our lives, and our fitness journeys can be one of those areas. Sometimes, it can be hard to see the bigger picture. Using a journal to track your progress can be a great way to see the small but significant changes that we choose to make day to day. A couple of seasons ago, we handed out Moms on the Run notebooks to our members with the intent that they would use them however they saw fit in their lives. Recently, one of our members, Joleen, filled every page of her journal. We were so inspired by her that we asked her to share a little bit about what her MOTR journal meant to her."
West Fargo Moms on the Run coach Kayla Hiedeman says her West Fargo group is the reason she is who she is today. "MOTR has been a blessing in my life! These ladies — and running — have gotten me through some of the toughest times of my life and MOTR has been there to celebrate the highlights."
In her nomination, West Fargo owner Eileen Pruis shares, "Kayla's ability to be encouraging and always smiling makes her a great inspiration to those she runs with." That's why Kayla is our most inspiring member for December. Join in on our conversation to find out a little more about Kayla.
White Bear Lake/Shoreview Moms on the Run member Amy Bell says, “If you want to restore your faith in humanity, run a marathon.” Such a sweet mantra coming from someone who thought she’d never run more than 20 minutes around the neighborhood. Today, she has run three Ragnar races, nine half marathons, countless shorter races and, last month, she finished her third Twin Cities marathon — and the one of which she's most proud. “Amy’s positivity and ‘one-foot-in-front-of-the-other’ attitude is an amazing example for so many who think that they aren’t cut out to run,” raves fellow coach Jennifer Fink, who nominated Amy. “She is absolutely an energizer bunny.” And for that, Amy is our Most Inspiring Member for November.
Kristen Genet, coach for Blaine and Lino Lakes Moms on the Run, calls the North Shore of Minnesota her happy place. Overlooking Lake Superior, the North Shore is home to the Superior Hiking Trail, a 310-mile trail that traverses the Sawtooth Mountain Range from Duluth, MN to the U.S.-Canadian border. For 16 hours, two minutes and thirty seconds, Kristen experienced the highs and lows — 25,000 feet of elevation changes — of those forest trails to complete her biggest challenge to date: the Superior 50 Mile Trail Race. “There was not one moment in the 50 miles I did not enjoy,” Kristen raves. She is a big inspiration to those who know her, and for that, she is our October Inspiring Member of the Month.