Moms RUN San Jose

For Moms who run, by Moms who run…Moms RUN this Town!

Mystery solved! What happens on an MRTT group run?

We’ve had a lot of new mother runners join us recently – so exciting!!  But also so scary….What if I I post about wanting to meet people for a run and no one responds? What if I am the slowest person on a group run? What if I do find someone to run with – what do we talk about for an hour (or more) while we’re running? I don’t know about actually “meeting” people who I only know from a Facebook group…

Moms RUN this Town, San Jose is NOT just a Facebook group! We actually ENCOURAGE members to meet for real runs…in person, on a trail in the area, with their kids (if they have them).  Why? Because running is more fun in a group! And as moms, we understand that speed is relative (just like we know that numbers on a scale don’t mean that much). We also know what it takes to get out of the house for a run, especially if you’re bringing the baby and the toddler and the double stroller…and the 7 year old on a bike…and the dog….

So what actually happens when you get 2 or more mother runners together for a group run? Well, it goes something like this…

Group Run Meeting time – 9 AM-ish – there is always a little lee-way to account for explosive diapers and tantruming toddlers. Sometimes we meet earlier depending on the day (weekday vs weekend) or the distance (5 AM start for those long runs!) or if moms need to get back to the house at a certain time (to get ready for work or so their partner can get ready for work or to be there before the kids wake up).

Who runs with who? Here’s where people can get really nervous because we’re talking PACE! The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines pace as “the speed at which someone or something moves”. In our chapter, we have some pretty speedy mamas (8 minute miles or less) and we also have some not so speedy mamas.  I  fall into the latter category and I am totally fine with that! If a tiger were chasing us, you can thank me for keeping the tiger busy so you can get away. Yeah, I’m just a nice person that way! Being “slow” is really relative – I may be slower than an 8 minute miler but I am faster than my two year old!

For group runs, we usually divide up into pace – sometimes formally but most of the time, naturally.  We will all start off together then eventually the faster moms go ahead and the rest of us do the run at the speed that we are comfortable with.  Sometimes we’ll say before the run, “OK, we’ll meet back in an hour” and people run out for 30 minutes then come back for 30 minutes. That way, everyone meets back around the same time and we can all stretch and talk.  Sometimes, we’ll say before the run, “OK, we’ll all do 5 miles” and then people run the mileage in however amount of time it takes them and usually people wait until everyone is back.  The faster ones take the time to stretch and socialize while waiting.  Starting together and ending together is a usually a given during a group run.

Sometimes though, there might be only one person whose pace doesn’t match the rest of the people meeting up. What then? No one wants to hold the others back or kill themselves trying to keep up. This is where we get creative because we don’t leave our mamas behind!  In this scenario, the faster moms will periodically double back to check on the mom running behind her –  encouraging her or just making sure she’s doing OK – then run ahead again. This way, the speedy moms get in more miles and the not so speedy moms know that they aren’t left behind. Win-Win for all!!

Most moms usually find something in common to talk about during their runs.  After all, we are all health minded women who have a care-taking role in our families.  A conversation that starts with, “So, how do you run this town?” could lead to finding out all the races a mom has done or all the activities she takes her kids to during the course of the week or her favorite place to workout or go for a date night.

After the run, some moms just leave after stretching. Most moms, if they have kids with them would let the kids out to play and have a little playdate.  Sometimes moms grab lunch or coffee.  Running is a boost not just physically but also mentally and socially. I am not a sola runner (I’ll do it if I have to) – the “runners high” is always so much “higher” when I am running with other people!

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Our group run this month…we broke up into 3 pace groups, ran for an hour then got coffee – a GREAT way to start the day!

So don’t be scared of a group run!! It’s OK if you’re the slowest person there or if you don’t know anyone in the group you’re meeting up with.  By the time your run is done, you’d be surprised with how far and/or how fast you ran and how easy it is to make a new friend or 15!

So, when you are joining a group run???

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Why wait until Monday?

I’ve been cleared to run since last week but I was going to wait until Monday, June 1st to do anything official with my fabulous Moms RUN this Town moms only running group.  You know, because if you’re going to start something, the best time is really on a Monday…and if you miss that Monday, well, you’re just going to have to wait until the next Monday, or at least until the next major holiday or season change…

But then this happened…..

"I thought of you..." - seriously, it made my heart so happy!

“I thought of you…” – seriously, it made my heart so happy!

So, I will be up at 5 AM tomorrow and meeting Kristan and some of our other lovely mother runners for a group track run. This is why I LOVE MRTT!! Who else can get me out at the crack of dawn for my first postpartum run? Thank you, Kristan for motivating me and reminding me that a new beginning can start at any time on any day!

See you in 5 hours!!

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15 minutes could lead to a new blog post….

OMG…it’s been over a year since I last posted…how did that happen?

Well, if you really want to know….we welcomed another baby this past year (who knew having 4 kids would make life so crazy busy?!), my hubby had a crazy busy overseas travel schedule, and our San Jose MRTT group has grown and grown (we’re at over 800 members right now) to the point that we now have 3 chapter leaders (including myself) to keep up with all the races and running that our crazy busy mother runners have done! Hmmmmm….crazy busy this past year has been!

Not only has this blog suffered but so has my running…the momentum was lost…until I read this:

http://runhaven.com/2014/12/01/15-minute-rule/

The 15 Minute Rule not only works for running (or working out of any type) but also for blog-posting!! WOOHOO!! And of course, for deciding the best insurance…

So while this post took a bit more than 15 minutes (mainly due to a fussy baby), it’s done!

Ready...get set...WRITE!!

Ready…get set…WRITE!!

And now, I have so many thoughts about what to blog about next…we have tons of new members who have done some fantastic things (running and non-running related) that I would love to share with you. We’ve also made some really terrific connections with local races and businesses.  My personal goal this year is to beat my 2:30 half marathon time…I am hopefully going to get my clearance to start running again 4 weeks then training begins!!

What can you accomplish in 15 minutes?

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Little Baby Fast Steps Going Up the Hill

This was my mantra at the 2014 Big Sur International Marathon this past weekend.  “Little baby fast steps going up the hill”….say it with a steady cadence and it can get you up those big hills on Highway 1 with pretty decent form.  This was a FUN race! Yes, I said FUN because when you get 40-some mother runners together at 3 AM on a Sunday morning to run 26.2, 21 or the various distances of the relay…well, you get delirious, giddy FUN!!  Add in the beautiful views that you can only see from running on the “ragged edge” and what you have is a definite “bucket list” race that is challenging and oh-so-satisfying at the end.

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I signed up for this race because I was awake and on Facebook when registration opened.  It had only opened for 5 minutes and I get my first message from one of the moms from our San Jose Moms RUN thi town group. “Hey, are you going to sign up? It’s going to sell out soon!”  Conversation went back and forth: relay vs. 21-miler vs marathon, haven’t done that mileage before, girls weekend or bring the family, are the hills big or really, really, really big?

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In the end, I went for the 21-miler and thought I would use it as a gauge to see who well I would do for my September marathon.  I didn’t do too badly for my first over half-marathon length run.  One of the moms who I was running the 21-miler with injured her leg at the race so I did mostly run/walk with her…well, it was more like a run/walk/sing/dance/yoga/chant mantras/take pictures kind of race.  Anything to keep our legs moving for those 21 miles! We ended up getting separated towards the end and that was hardest part of the race for me.  Running sola after having 17 miles of conversation and fun…well, it just wasn’t the same.  I did catch up with another MRTT member who was running with her husband and that kept me going until the last mile when they decided to sprint to the end while I kept to my steady plod.

The finish was incredible though! 21 miles RUN and DONE!!

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3 months…seriously???

My last post was January…when I was full of energy and enthusiasm for a new year and new start….<sigh> Short-lived!!

It’s like dieting…except everyone gets a notification when you decide to eat a whole pizza pie with a diet coke and then it gets posted on Facebook as your status….

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I have been exercising though..well, running, at least! I have the Big Sur 21-miler this weekend.  I didn’t really follow a training plan, but I did get in two 18-mile runs in the past month.  This will be my longest run to date and will probably be a good indication of how I will do in my marathon.

As far as long distance runs go, I am definitely a newbie.  I much prefer 5Ks and 10Ks and have limited my half-marathon races to just one a year.  Thirteen miles is pretty far and the thought of going farther than that just seemed ridiculous in my mind.  Seriously? Thirteen miles is FAR!!!

But after doing a few half-marathons, that thought comes in…well, what’s a few more miles? Another hour or so of running? It can’t be that bad…

Oh, but it can be…

The first time I ran 14 miles, it was so sad! Like watching those stop animal cruelty videos featuring Sarah McLauchlan over and over again for a 20 min 1 mile run….I ran 13 miles with a few friends from my moms running group (moms RUN this town) and then one friend stayed with me while I ran the last mile on the track. My head wasn’t in it…I didn’t want to run over 13 miles….I didn’t want to do it…what would that mean in my life if I could…if I did…I didn’t think I could do it.

And then it was done….

And I was OK – legs were sore, I felt a cramp coming on, but it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.  I AM ABLE to run over 13 miles!!  And then, I wanted to to do more.

So my first 18-miler was actually pretty good…despite cramping on the last mile, I felt ACCOMPLISHED! So when the opportunity came up to run another 18 miles, I was said, “Sure!” just to make sure I could really do.  Of course, I did these long distances with some of the best mother runners in San Jose.  The conversations and encouragement were definitely instrumental in getting me through the miles.

Now, I am a few days away from running 21 miles…I am pretty sure I can do it. And if I can run 21 miles, what’s another 5.2 more in a few months?

Oh, did I mention this race is in HILLY Big Sur???

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It’s been so long…I can’t even think of a good title….

Hello and Welcome to the 1st blog post of 2014!!

Are you still out there, oh, loyal followers?  I hope so!

It’s been 9 months since I had my 3rd child and 9 months since the San Jose Chapter of MRTT celebrated it’s 1 year birthday (yeah, I timed it that way!  =) And I gave myself 9 months to get “adjusted” to life as a mom of 3…well,the time has come so I am BACK!!

But changed…being a mom of 3 is definitely harder than being a mom of 2…don’t let your friends fool you! They say the transition from 1 to 2 is the most difficult but I beg to differ. I’ve definitely had to rearrange priorities to accommodate having two school age children and an infant.  And yes, the baby does just go everywhere – ballet class, gymnastics class, piano class, art class – and he probably doesn’t get as much floor time or reading time as my older kids, but I like to think he is still learning things and having fun.

I’ve been back to running since I was about 3 months postpartum due to having a c-section.  But even that hasn’t been the same. I’ve run a few 5Ks , did the Title 9K again (great race!) and did the Mermaid Serena 10-miler.  I even did the Warrior Dash again! However my “Inner Competitor” seems to be missing.  All those races I did “just because” – just because a bunch of my lovely running mamas were also running it, just because I had committed to it last year, just because the price was right to do a race I hadn’t done before.

But I haven’t felt the need improve my speed or increase my distance.  With all the hormone changes that comes with pregnancy, not to mention all the stress of daily life, running has been enjoyable but not FUN!!  Like life with 3 kids – enjoyable but not FUN!!  It’s become something I “have” to do. And yes, when I do it, I like it.  But if it wasn’t for my Moms RUN this Town group, I wouldn’t have run as many miles as I have postpartum.

Now some of you might say, “That’s OK! Just enjoy the run!”  You are probably the same people who say, “Don’t worry about the dishes or laundry! Just enjoy the time you  have with your kids!”  And while I do feel/think this way for the most part, I also know that the dishes need to get washed and the laundry needs to be done – it’s hard to enjoy your kids when they don’t have any underwear….

So, with 2014 already underway, I am on a quest to find my Inner Competitor…not because I am a competitive person, but because I want to my “drive” back!  I want to find that passion that I had when I first started running.  So with that being said….

I signed up for a marathon!!  Oh yes…I am BACK!!!

How true! Now to figure out that name of this little baby….

How true! Now to figure out that name of this little baby….

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Books from Bug Virtual Race

Virtual races seem all the rage right now.  You can run a virtual race any time, any where – that’s the beauty of it! If you’re going to run the distance anyway, might as well get a medal for it, right?  One of my favorite sites for virtual races is the Fit4Life Race Series – great bling and they have tons of virtual races to keep you motivated if bling is your thing!

This past Thursday, August 15, 2013, the San Jose Chapter of Moms RUN this Town participated in a virtual race started by one of our virtual members.  I call her a virtual member because she lives in Washington, but really, Crissy is a true San Jose Mother Runner!  She’s one of those runners who travels for races and she’s been down to the SJ area enough that she qualifies to be one of us.  Now, if you ask her, Crissy will tell you she’s “just a wogger” but Crissy is much more than that!  Crissy is one of our most inspirational members! She created the Books from Bug Virtual Race to honor the memory of her daughter, Halleigh, who passed away due to epilepsy when she was 14 years old after battling the disease from the age of 8.  Crissy has also run 34 half marathons in 22 months to remember her precious, Bug.  All the proceeds from this virtual go to buying books which are then donated to hospitals, schools, libraries, shelters and other places to benefit kids age 3-14.  Since Crissy started the Books from Bug Virtual Race, books have been donated to facilities in 8 states and 2 countries.  Such is the power of a mother runner’s love!

As a mom who has also lost children, I know how devastating it can be….the sadness of losing  someone who you birthed can be paralyzing and numbing.  For me, running was what started me moving again. The simple “left foot, right foot” movement kept my sadness from totally consuming me and allowing me to move forward – not running away from the pain, but each footstep a way to honor my babies, my empty arms and make meaning of that pain.

For our Books from Bug Virtual Run, we had 7 mamas come out and run.  It was a beautiful summer day and we met at great park with an out and back running trail.  We each went our own pace, did our own miles and in our own way, honored Halleigh and all the babies and children who have left us too soon.

Our lovely mamas and kiddos after our run! Plus, the awesome medal and swag.

Our lovely mamas and kiddos after our run! Plus, the awesome medal and swag.

“Running in the New Normal”   for Lucas and Larissa, written Sept 2006.

Running through the Fall

Leaves crunch under my feet

Left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot

Steady rhythm

Like a heartbeat

or the flap of (angel) wings.

I think about my babies

Born too early, born too small.

They will never feel the crisp autumn air

Or see the brilliant golds and reds against

a cloudless blue sky.

I have to see for them

Feel for them

A memory of lost opportunities

Lost What Ifs

Lost Possibilities

Lost Little Lives

How can I go on?

Left right, left right

Through the pain

Left right, left right

Through the sad beauty of death

Lack-luster red and gold beneath my feet.

I look up, I look ahead

Trusting that this season will pass

Leaves crunch under my feet

Left right, left right

And I move forward.

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Running MAD…The Right Way

Summers can be hectic and this summer was no different for our moms at the San Jose Chapter of Moms RUN this Town.  Our race calendar has been full with several of our moms doing local races as well as larger races like Ragnar.  Our chapter has also grown to over 230 mother runners!!  WOOHOO!!!

Two weeks ago, we had  25 running mamas participate in MRTT’s 2nd Annual Summer virtual race, RUNNING MAD!  We had an “Alice in Wonderland” theme for this race and let me tell you our mamas are MAD about running!  We were originally going to have a 6 AM start for the half-marathon runners to beat the heat, but these mamas then requested (that’s right, they ASKED for it!) to start at 5:30 instead!!  CRAZY MOTHER RUNNERS!!!  Here they are at the start…

Running before the sun rises doesn't phase these Crazy Awesome Mother Runners!

Running before the sun rises doesn’t phase these Crazy Awesome Mother Runners!

Our 10K and 5K runners started at a more reasonable 7 AM.

We're ready to run this MAD Race!!

We’re ready to run this MAD Race!!

Some of our moms brought their kids with them (older kids as well as the little ones in the strollers).  Some of our moms ran for time and some enjoyed a lovely early morning walk with some great swag at the end!

Mad Swag!!

Mad Swag!!  We had a medal, a koozie, and a Running Mad for Boston bracelet. Not shown are the nail polish, Burt’s Bees lip gloss and lip balm, various yummy energy bar samples, a hair tie and other little treats!

 

We all enjoyed some post race refreshments at the end.  We had some lovely mamas who came to cheer us on and who brought yummies to enjoy as well.  If there is a reason to wake up early and run, these mamas are IT!!

This past Friday, we also hosted a running form clinic at a local running store, Running Revolution.  The clinic was sponsored by Newton Shoes.  Brad from Newton Shoes explained to us as well as showed us how the correct running form can really improve your ability to run longer and faster.  I definitely learned a lot!  Some of the drills were funny but when done right, you can really tell the difference.

So, "left, right, left, right" and not "right, left, right, left"? =)

So, “left, right, left, right” and not “right, left, right, left”? =)

High knee drill – I’ve only seen this done in the movies….

No, we are not doing the Sloppy Swish dance from SNL…it’s a running drill!!(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBzG0CCAx4U)

Yes, mother runners know how to have fun on a Friday night!!  Raffles and refreshments ended this clinic on a high note (and by “high”, I mean “great” – we’re not “those” kind of moms!).

Our fall race calendar is getting full and there are still some great races to be done in August!

On a personal note, I have just started back to running after having my babe in April.  Yes – it was a long hiatus and I am paying dearly for it, but I have enjoyed sleeping in and nursing these past few months.  After a few “false starts”, I feel I am back in the game and my mind is set that I am getting back into my usual running routine.  I have a few races scheduled for this fall – the Title 9K, SJ RnR, the Mermaid 10-miler in SF – so I need to get to running!

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Spotlight: Sturdy Girl Sports

This is a new segment called “Spotlight” where we review companies and/or products and tell you a little about what running moms like to buy, wear, and use on our runs.  Not that we’re high maintenance or anything, but I know my running mamas have very specific needs and wants when we are “running the town” so if we like something, we’re pretty sure you will too!  And if you don’t, please let us know! And if you want us to try your company/product, we’d be more than happy to do so – just contact us at sanjosemrtt@gmail.com!

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Our spotlight today shines on Hilary Heath of Sturdy Girls Sports.  I “met” Hilary when I inquired about her great line of women centered performance wear for our 1 year anniversary party.  Hilary generously sent us two of her performance shirts for us to add to our raffle for our party.  The lovely mamas who won her shirts LOVED how the material felt, it’s sweat wicking ability and and the great design.  I interviewed Hilary via email to find out more about her and the Sturdy Girl brand.

MRTT: Hilary, you gave up a career in high tech to start the Sturdy Girl Brand.  How did your previous career help you in your new endeavor (or did it)?  What made you decide to take the leap from high tech to sports bras?

Hilary:  I started my high tech career in software sales and later moved into corporate marketing roles.  I went from small start up software developers to progressively larger and broader companies. Over the years and across the different companies I held a variety of marketing positions from product marketing to program management to strategic alliance type positions. I felt like I had a good grasp of all the different skills required to start and manage my own company.  I took the leap when the last company I was at starting reducing headcount in order to trim down before being sold off to another company. It just felt like the right time to start career number two.  My husband gave me the final push and said “I think you should do it. If it doesn’t work you can go back into tech, but you’ll regret not trying and you’ve been talking about it for a while.”  Let me just say, I am grateful to have a supportive husband!

MRTT: You’ve really taken into consideration all the things about bras that women have been complaining about for so long and have fixed them WHILE making the bras stylish and beautiful.  What was it like when you finally realized, “This is it! This is the sturdy girl bra!”?

Hilary: I have to say I breathed a huge sigh of relief!  I went through many prototypes and my factory over in Taiwan was growing wearing of sewing and resewing all the modifications.  I think what really made it come together was during a trip to my factory when I put on a prototype and wore in front of a whole room full of people. I just stood up there in front of everyone in one of my bras (my factory project manager, the factory owner, the lead sewer, etc…) and showed them the issues that needed to be corrected and they were clearly able to see what I wanted done.  I’ll say it was a little embarrassing but the very next prototype was the final one!

MRTT:  You also make performance tops and bottoms – what were your inspirations for those pieces? What problems do they correct that other brands won’t (i.e. have you found the cure for “camel toe”? =)   Are they made using the same technology as the Sturdy girl bras?

Hilary:  Honestly, I only wanted to design and make sports bras in the beginning but two things sent me down the path of adding to my line. First, I learned that you have to purchase minimums of each fabric and those minimum quantities are actually quite high.  Sports bras don’t consume a lot of fabric and even more challenging is that mine use 4 different fabrics not including the elastics and trims.  So I needed to find a way to use up the extra fabric in a logical way.  Second, I signed up to show my gear at a running retailer trade show and I realized that my mannequins would have nothing covering their bottom parts if I didn’t design bottoms for them!  In the end, I LOVE the way the shorts, capris and pants came out!

In terms of problems that they correct, I realized that I didn’t like shiny, sheer material used in many legging or pants, I didn’t like the potential for camel toe, I didn’t like the drawstring and I never had enough pockets. I decided I was going to address those four things.  I was able to get my hands on an extraordinary fabric that is super soft with just the right amount of compression and density.  The pattern was set up to allow for the right amount of triangular space in the gusset so that camel toe wouldn’t come into play. The extra zip pocket on the lower leg of my pants is just right for stashing an id or money or a key, so that you can use the hip pocket for stuff you need to easily access while out on a run or while in the gym.  I started looking at silicon grippers to replace the drawstring and learned there are about 1,000 different varieties!  But in the end I went with a soft, small silicon gripper that was good at holding the bottoms up without feeling like it was pinching anything in.  In the end I put a considerable amount of time and effort into the bottoms even though they weren’t part of the original plan!

MRTT: Some of the members of our Moms RUN this Town Chapter are nursing moms.  Have you thought about making a bra that would be more conducive to nursing moms?  We have moms who will nurse before a run, run with their baby in a jogging stroller then nurse afterwards (or if the baby is getting fussy, stop their run to nurse, then continue).  Needless to say, current sports bras are not the most nursing friendly and wearing a regular nursing bra is not really comfortable or supportive.

Hilary: I think that is a great idea!  The challenge however will be designing a supportive running bra that comes apart easily for nursing.  Anytime you add adjustable parts you introduce the chance for bra failure (something coming apart unintentionally during a run) and you also introduce the chance for chafing since adjustable parts have connection points and those connection points are often where friction develops.  But I’ll put some thought to it!

MRTT:  I love how your apparel addresses women’s workout needs for something comfortable, supportive and stylish while also taking into account your social and environmental footprint. I know a lot of our moms take that into consideration when making a purchase.  Was finding this balance (of great clothing and being socially and environmentally conscious) something difficult to accomplish?

Hilary: Everything in life and work is a trade off.  I found a great factory that is owned and run by a women (kind of cool) and she felt strongly about meeting all labor and environmental requirements in order to be certified. I could pay much less and make more money by going into countries that don’t care, but I decided the trade off was worth it to me. Because my company is private, I am not under pressure of investors to show a greater profit.

MRTT: What is your favorite workout to do? What is your favorite workout outfit (i.e. which style bra/top/bottom)?  I’m thinking along the lines of, “you’re not only president of the Sturdy girl brand, you’re also a client”!  Maybe I am dating myself so if you don’t remember that commercial, here’s a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuRLGdGnqSU&noredirect=1.

Hilary:  Irma, I totally remember that commercial!  It’s awesome.  Maybe I should put together a YouTube video myself!  Ok, here’s my answer.  My favorite workouts seems to change depending on the season but overall I really love to do long, weekend runs with my friends so we can just talk and run and generally catch up with each other.  In the summer I really love to go on long hikes with my friends for the same reason.  Plus it feels great to get to the top of a mountain peak and then look at the beautiful view from the top.  Where I live in Boulder County Colorado is filled with amazing hikes!  In the summer I also break out my road bike and do lots of cross training.  What I love about being on my bike is that I can cover so much more ground than I can running.  Overall, you can tell I am a bit of an aerobic junkie.  As for my favorite outfit, I will just say that I wear all my bra styles and like to trade off between them.  I like wearing the tank style bras in the spring/summer under a light weight cycling jacket because the two layers are just right for warding off the wind.  I like wearing the prints because they feel pretty even if they are under another shirt.  It’s like my little secret. For the bottoms I probably wear my capris more than any of the other styles because they work in so many different types of weather.  I wear the pants all the time when I am not working out – which is kinda funny – but they are comfortable and flattering and I just find that I wear them all day long.

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Well said, Hilary!! I know my running mamas are enjoying their Sturdy Girl tech shirts. Next time, Sturdy Girl has a discount code, we’ll be sure to post it on our Facebook page so you can try one and be Sturdy Girl too!

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And Life Runs On…

It’s been weeks (months?) since my last “real” post, before the Boston Marathon bombing, before having a baby (oh yeah, did I mention I had a baby about a month ago?), before life changed…

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Link to original image here

Well, if growth is measured by my pants size, then yes, I have chosen to grow!  Oh, if only…

Change and I are not friends – especially when it comes up quick, with no warning.  Yet, even if change comes slowly (like over 9 months) and with a “heads up” (or “down” – haha! birthing joke!), accepting and adapting – the “growth”  part – is a difficult process for me.  Isn’t that where the term “growing pains” comes from?  Yet change is an inevitable part of life – whether we want to or not, we change every day of our lives – sometimes for better and sometimes for worse; sometimes on purpose and sometimes due to factors not in our control.

One of the positive changes that come with running is weight loss.  We’ve had several mamas lose a significant amount of weight through running (in conjunction with healthy eating and other lifestyle changes).  Having other mother runners to keep you motivated and accountable is a definite bonus of being part of a moms running club!  I can’t wait to start running again and begin my change process from “Jabba the Hutt” to “anything that doesn’t resemble me wearing a suit of jello”.

Christy H. is one of our newer members.  She joined our chapter, and was so motivated that she started her own chapter in Morgan Hill/Gilroy (a community south of San Jose). As the chapter leader of the Morgan Hill/Gilroy Moms RUN this Town, Christy is now inspiring other moms to run and be involved in community and national races.  Christy writes about her adventures on her blog, Adventures in Christyland and on her Facebook page.  If you’re in the Morgan Hill/Gilroy area and would like to join the Moms RUN this Town Chapter there, click here.

Christy's Before and After pictures - WOOHOO!! Go Mama!!

Christy’s Before and After pictures – WOOHOO!! Go Mama!!

Despite all the awfulness that can happen in this world, we can still make positive changes in our lives and in the lives of others.

Last month, our mamas ran to remember those people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and helped raise money for the victims through the national MRTT “Boston-Run-Remember” shirt sales.  As a national moms running group, MRTT raised thousands of dollars for the Scott Rigsby Foundation.

San Jose MRTT - BOSTON STRONG

San Jose MRTT – BOSTON STRONG

Life runs on…change is inevitable….growth is optional…but easier if you wear your Wonder Woman outfit….

Yes - mother runners are wonder women!!  (Thanks Bernadette G. for letting me use your B2B picture!)

Yes – mother runners are wonder women!! (Thanks Bernadette G. for letting me use your B2B picture! And no, “Robin” is not part of our MRTT chapter! =)

 

 

 

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