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.
Apple Valley/Farmington (MN) Moms on the Run Owner Jenna Allerson shares some helpful tips on how to eliminate overwhelm. These ideas are perfect to help us start our new year off on the right foot — and in the right mindset. Listen in!
Four years ago, Karin Munksgaard, a member of Apple Valley (MN) Moms on the Run, chose to challenge herself with running — something she thought she could never do. Not only is it something she learned how to do, but it's helped her thrive with new friendships, confidence, motivation and, despite a pandemic, her first half marathon.
Read our conversation with Karin and learn why she's an inspiring member.
Our Winter Workout Challenge is back! This is a free, fun challenge that will launch Jan. 4. For one week, we will post on our social media, our national Facebook page and Instagram page, one exercise a day to challenge all levels. If you are just beginning your journey, you can choose to do that day's challenge at one time or throughout the day, making sure to complete the exercise by the end of the day. If you are advanced, you can level up and do the daily challenge twice!
Enter to Win Prizes
After you complete the exercise, comment by 10 p.m. on our national Facebook page: challenge completed. (By the way, we also love photos!) The comment will qualify you for that day's prize entry. (We will not be offering a prize drawing on Instagram; so be sure to post on Facebook if you want to be entered in daily drawings.) One lucky winner will be randomly selected to receive our prize of the day — and we think you'll love our prizes. The Winter Workout Challenge will run Monday through Sunday, Jan. 4-10, 2021. Get ready!
Must be 18 or older and a U.S. resident to register. All men and women are invited to sign up. Children are welcome to participate alongside you for fun! By joining in this challenge you are attesting that you are physically conditioned to do so and you accept all liability arising from your participation. Posting on social media (Facebook) is required. If you do not have a social media account you may ask someone to post on your behalf.