Keep those New Year’s Resolutions going strong! Welcome to MOTRvate28, our new 28-day healthy lifestyle challenge for the month of February. It’s everything you liked about our former Healthy Holiday Challenge, with local team accountability to add to the fun*. If you are in one of our southern U.S. locations, you may already be in your active training season and can use this as an extra motivator. If you are in one of our northern locations, use this challenge as a way to prepare for the spring running season!
Today, National Fitness Director and Olympian Carrie Tollefson is here to answer another question for our "Ask Coach Carrie" series. Debi asks: "What are good strength training or cross-training options to help improve running and prevent injuries? I’m really lacking in the strength training department and want to focus more on it in the 'off season'." Click here or on the photo below to get Carrie's best tip. #trainingtiptuesday #askcoachcarrie
We have two great challenges coming up to motivate you in the new year!
First, our Winter Workout Challenge is a free, fun challenge that will launch January 7. For one week, we will post on our national Facebook and Instagram pages 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! (For example, 50 squats becomes 100 squats.) After you complete the exercise, you will post on our national Facebook page: challenge completed x1 or x2. This post will qualify you for that day's entry; one lucky winner on both Facebook and Instagram every day will win a coveted #MOTRstrong knit pom hat. The Winter Workout Challenge will run Monday through Sunday, Jan.7-13.
Our platinum sponsor UCAN sat down with our own National Fitness Director and Olympian Carrie Tollefson, to chat about a wide range of running topics. The next time you head out for a run, put the airbuds in and listen in on this fun video, where you'll get to know Carrie and learn about her love for the running community and how she got into the sport. You'll also hear a funny story about the first time she decided to beat her older sister in a race, and how she loves to encourage us Moms on the Run to stay hydrated!
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."