At Moms on the Run, we strive to inspire the next generation of healthy families. One thing that makes us different from a gym is the option our members have to bring their kids to class. Since 2015, Mary Meyer and her three children have been regular attendees of Burnsville/Lakeville Moms on the Run, so much so that before her middle child was two, Grace had the warm-up routine for Moms on the Run memorized and would perform it before running errands with her mom.
"Mary has the most positive energy and always comes to class with a smile and ready for a challenge," shares Franchise Owner Kim Burggraaf. "She is so friendly to all, and while she can run pretty much any pace, will adjust her pace to keep someone company and carry on a conversation and/or provide that encouragement to a teammate. One of the attributes many of us probably admire most about Mary is her amazing dedication and consistency in attending classes through raising three young kids. And what is even more incredible, is how she involves her kiddos in the process.
"If you want to see an example of the positive impact that leading an active lifestyle and involving your kiddos in that active lifestyle from an early age, Mary's story is it!" exclaims Kim. "Her children truly love being active and value the importance of movement and getting outdoors. It is a beautiful thing to witness. Such an inspiration to us all!"
In honor of Mother's Day, read more about Mary and her desire to model an active lifestyle for her family.
For most of us, mileage and pace are our focus as we lace up and head out on the trails. We may even throw in some weights for strength training to help build muscle. But if you haven't yet incorporated Pilates into your routine, you may want to do so.
Pilates has a ton of benefits for runners. It emphasizes muscular endurance, flexibility, posture, coordination, balance and breathing — all essential for runners. Pilates has similarities with yoga but concentrates on training the body's core: abs, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thighs, glutes, etc.
Midway through the summer session of 2019, Shakopee Moms on the Run member Kristin Carlson was diagnosed with leukemia. Throughout her battle, which included hospitalizations and month-long treatments, she realized that Moms on the Run gave her the strength she needed — both physically and mentally — to fight for her life.
Shakopee Moms on the Run Franchise Owner, Angie Burgess shares: "I'm happy to report that Kristin is currently in remission and has stepped back into her role as assistant coach and has worked hard to gain back what she lost, physically, while she was fighting cancer. I could not be more proud of Kristin's determination, persistence and resilience throughout the past couple of years."
Read our conversation with Kristin and learn why she's our inspiring member of the month.
Imagine moving across the world to a foreign country, where you are not fluent in the language nor know many people. Jacksonville (FL) Moms on the Run member Mariko DeMeyer did just that 15 years ago, when she moved from Japan to the United States. She says people had a hard time understanding her English and she often felt embarrassed, so she isolated herself, never considering the idea of joining any American groups or clubs — until she saw a Moms on the Run ad on Facebook. What happened next surprised even her. Read more of Mariko's story and learn why she's our inspiring member of the month.
Lakeville/Burnsville (MN) Moms on the Run members all live a bit vicariously through fellow teammate Karen McKinley's adventures in running. From Disney races with festive costumes to rugged trail running adventures to smaller scale unique hometown races across the country, Karen is always up for the next adventure.
Not even a pandemic could stop her. "Covid cancellations made planning her adventures a bit more challenging in 2020," said Lakeville/Burnsville Moms on the Run franchise owner Kim Burggraaf, "but somehow Karen managed to still find a few racing opportunities. We joked a bit that if anyone would find a race open in 2020, it would be Karen, and she sure did!"
Kim added: "Karen is always up for an adventure and comes to every meetup with the best positive outlook and cheery smile, encouraging all around her in the process. Her passion for seeking out running adventures, enthusiasm for life, and dedication and grit to staying the course and finishing her miles is such an inspiration to us all!"
Learn more about Karen's story and why she's our inspiring member of the month.