Posts Tagged ‘women’s running group’

Run Momma Run is about celebrating and connecting women who run. It’s about supporting each other on our common quest for healthy lifestyles, fitness and our sometimes crazy sport.  In the middle of celebrating, however, I was thrown a curve ball: breast cancer. For nearly all of this last year my quest for health became a quest for survival, physically, mentally  and emotionally. The experience throws you off, to say the least. I am 7 months post treatment and I am still adjusting to all that took place. It was 9 short weeks from diagnosis to surgery to radiation. As quickly as that storm blew in, it packed up and moved on. But it left me wondering “Did all that really just happen?” Although it shook my confidence, and as I try now to balance my new, healthier life, I find that I like the new me. I’m a little softer around the edges and more tuned into my senses. Life is full of surprises and many of them change you. Change is a good thing. And so is evaluating where you are with your health. Take a look at our health check-in giveaway as well as my breast cancer prevention check-in below:

Mizuno Holiday Giveaway Extravaganza!

To celebrate  health, fitness, running and the wonderful connections I’m making with Run Momma Run, we are kicking off a boat-load of giveaways from now until January 1st. First item to giveaway, is some amazing top-of-the-line Mizuno Running Shoes!

How To Win!

For a chance to WIN, comment below or on our Facebook page what area of your health you could improve on. It could be eating better, sleeping longer, having more down time, committing to a race goal, committing to slowing down a bit, drinking less soda, more water….whatever! Enter by midnight Sunday, October 21st and we’ll pick a random winner.

The winner will pick a model and color from our list of available shoes!

Breast Cancer Prevention Check In

As we all know October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  We at Run Momma Run thought it might be a good time to remind you of the things we know most of you are doing right to cut your chances of getting breast cancer as well as something you might not know.

Breast cancer isn’t just one disease. There are many kinds of breast cancer and within those, many subcategories. Surprisingly, young women tend to get more aggressive breast cancer.  This is confusing to many because cancer is usually a disease associated with aging. The thought process is that young women are not frequently screened, therefore, once diagnosed, their cancer is more advanced. So, encourage your younger girlfriends and relatives to get familiar with their breasts so they can recognize any changes. The recommended age for mammograms is 40. Noticing a change in your breasts happens at any age.

After doing a lot of studying on the subject over the last year, I wanted to share what seems to be the top 4 key things we can do to keep breast cancer at bay. Luckily for us, most of us fitness freaks are already in line with these prevention tips. If you’re slacking in one area, however, this month is a perfect time to focus on it and make some changes.

1.   Lose Weight  Extra pounds increases your chances of getting breast cancer by 40%. One study showed women who gained 20-30 pounds after age 18 had a higher risk of postmenopausal breast cancer than women who gained no more than five pounds. 78% of doctors polled recommend patients drop pounds to help fend off the disease.

2.   Exercise More  With as little as an hour and 15 minutes a week of brisk walking you can reduce your risk by 18%. Imagine what running does!

3.  Drink Less Alcohol. Having two drinks a day ups your risk by 21%.  Most doctors recommend limiting yourself to 3 drinks a week. There is a “dose response” to keep in mind, the more you drink, the higher your risk.

4.   Reduce Toxins Eat lots of fresh fruit and greens, preferably organic, avoid cigarette smoke, and exposure to gasoline by-products.  Breasts are like sponges: they absorb things quickly, including toxins. One mom had her breast milk tested and it came back positive for flame retardants, pesticides, and ingredients found in jet fuel.  Really?

One of the things I really enjoy about living in Eugene and surrounding myself with runner momma’s is that many of these things are already in place. I notice how people care about themselves, are active, who live with intention and care about others.

Thanks for letting me share with you today and don’t forget to comment to win!


Read Full Post »

Nicole Teter-Downin Talks with us Aug 9th & Sporthill Dress Giveaway!

2-Time Olympian, American indoor 800m champ, owner of EWH & super cool runner momma!

Let’s celebrate women’s running with our 2nd Thursday Post-Run Coffee & Chat. We have two special treats for you! Nicole Teter-Downin, owner of the Eugene Women’s Half Marathon, Olympian and 10-year record holder for the women’s indoor 800m, will be joining us for a runner-momma Q&A. Details!

Sarah & Jessicca post-race high!

Have you ever run a women’s race?

I’ve ran the Eugene Women’s Half Marathon a few years ago and it was my first all-women’s race. I run with women every week and I LOVE the energy, comfort and encouragement it brings me. Multiply this by a googleplex and you have the feeling of running in an all-women’s race. The folks at the Eugene Women’s Half have done a fantastic job of tapping into the power of women runners and the awesome vibe of track town. But don’t believe me, read it for yourself. Recently, we had the exciting opportunity to give away three entries to the race. For a chance to win, women wrote in to tell us why they love to or would love to run an all-women’s race. I started crying when I re-read them this morning to write this post (I’ve copied some of them below). From finding their inner athlete to letting their daughters know they can do ANYTHING… from tapping into the power of the female spirit to helping their bodies bounce back from childbirth, the reasons are many, beautiful and us!

Here’s some of the awesome reasons!

JH-Nothing more powerful than being a women. Throw all of us in a race together and the expereince is epic!

DL- Strong, powerful women running along side each other is exhilarating! No matter your speed or experience, your weight, your goals or the shape you’re in, you always feel supported with fun, fierce women beside you.

ES- I love setting a good example for my daughters and hope they will run it with me when they are old enough. (The mimosas are great too!)

JT- Being encouraged by strong, courageous, beautiful energy.

CS- I’m hoping that at least a few passer-bys will think it’s a regular race but the women are just beating everyone else. 🙂

EM- Would love to run this since we moved to Oregon in February! Trying to set the active example for my two daughters 🙂

JZB- Sensing a lot of beautiful “mommy energy” 🙂

SRL- The experience is completely different for a women’s race. You aren’t running for the race. The meaning of the race is different. You are running for health, empowerment, to be a positive influence for your children and friends. Every woman has her own reason for being there and the energy in amazing. I ran the inaugural race and was injured last year. I have volunteered each year and would love to run it this year! I love hearing my 3 year old daughter cheering for me out on the course and at the finish line!

GP- I can’t run it this year darn it! But last year’s experience was amazing. The vibe on the course was so uplifting. I saw compassion for fellow runners I’ve never seen in another race. It was also incredible to see husbands and kids lining the course with their signs and cheers of support for the runner mommas in their lives! Even if you don’t win the drawing….sign up to run! It’s so worth it! By far one of my favorite race experiences!

MW- I would love to win this race because it’s some “me” time! running is so good for the mind, body, and soul and EXPENSIVE!! haha..

KM- I want to run because when I run people ask me what I’m training for and I tell them LIFE. I’m going to run this race as one more step in this amazing journey.

MSS- I have always wanted to be an athlete!! Now that im divorced running is something just for me! Now I can truly say im a happy healthy athlete. My goal was to run a half marathon before I was 30 so I guess I will just have to wait a month! See you all there!

RC- I posted an ad on the fridge for this race after I had my baby 16 months ago. I didn’t run it then because I wasn’t in good enough shape. Now, our finances are tight, so its not likely I will be able to enter without this.  I’m a full time pre-nursing student with a 4.0 juggling mommyhood, breastfeeding, wifedom, and everything else. I’d love this entry because I’d love to prove to my son that mommy can do anything, and inspire my husband to get fit and healthy to.

LM- 18 months ago, I couldn’t run a mile. I decided to run 12 races in 2012 to motivate myself to improve and then maintain my fitness. I assumed that most races would be 5ks with maybe a 10k thrown in there toward the end of the year. So far, I’ve done 7 races including 3 10ks since Memorial Day. Would love to stretch myself even further by finishing a half this year. I love the idea of women’s races and have had my eye on this race for years but the fear of failure and $ have kept me from registering. Would LOVE to win an entry and make myself face my fear.

RY- Showing my daughter you can really do anything, even when it seems impossible! And for my own personal victory!

RD- I started running 3 years ago and have completed the Eugene’s womens half both years it was offered. As of weigh in today I’ve lost 67 from my heaviest and I’m down 20 pounds since running in last year’s race. I would to run the race again this year so see if my time has improved with my weight loss. Hopefully it will!

AL- I ran the inaugural race but i had just had a baby for last year’s. I desperately need motivation for training and getting back into shape post-baby; this would be perfect. I love the atmosphere a woman’s race has.

CW_ I am new to this area (Corvallis) and am amazed by the number of strong, vibrant and beautiful women here. Women have tremendous power when we stick together. I would love to be a part of such an amazing event and experience it with all these awesome women. Talk about an inspirational race!

KM- I have never been athletic. Ever. But weighing my heaviest after the birth of my son 18 months ago, I decided being fat and sluggish just wasn’t an option. So, I started running. Or, as I called it at first, ruking. A combo of run/walk/puke. After my first 5k, I was hooked. A few months ago I found myself training for my first ever half marathon. Each time I’d show up for a training run I’d just giggle to myself. Me? Training for a half? Wtf?! But train I did — with many supposed friends doubting my athleticism along the way — and successfully ran the Happy Girls Half! Proud doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt after. Overwhelmed at my amazing journey and accomplishment. And a surprising feeling — disappointment. Huh? Apparently, this new runner gal inside me is a tad competitive. I wished I’d run my race faster! I MUST do this again! The Eugene Womens half is the perfect opportunity to prove to myself (& all those that doubted me along the way) that I am indeed a runner. A REAL runner. And dare I say, an athlete?! It must be all that awesome girl power along the way 🙂

DC- Beautiful course and awesome company.

CK- Because I’ve run a marathon or half-marathon during both of my pregnancies thus far, and I’d love to run another with baby #3!

SK- Had my first born just 5 months ago, this race would be a great motivator for me to get back into running!!

TH- WOMEN, the most powerful being on the planet. Together on one day showing exactly what we are made of – determination, strength and zeal. Love to be a part of the sisterhood. WE ARE STRONG, do you really think a man could handle giving birth to a baby?

TB- The best part of a woman’s race? Being surrounded by inspiring woman who are doing inspiring things for themselves, nothing more powerful and moving than that!

SH- A year and a half ago I’d never run a whole mile. This year I did the Hippie Chick 1/4 marathon and absolutely LOVED the all-women’s race atmosphere. It is so empowering to be among women (especially the woman who was nursing as she walked to the start line!). I’m from Eugene and would love to get to make the hometown connection in an all women’s race. I especially love the idea of running through parts of the town where I used to define myself as the nerd, not the athlete. It would be such a crowning moment of the new me.

MS- It is so empowering and amazing to run with all women, I want my daughter to grow up knowing the sky is the limit and together we can accomplish ANYTHING!

LF- Laura Faiszt I love, love, love this run. The last time I ran it was right after I had gall bladder surgery so I had to walk most of it. I would love to do this again while I am healthy. I love the energy at all women’s races and this is one of my favorites!

Are these awesome or what? We’d love your feedback on women’s racing – why do you do it or want to? Oh, and don’t forget about our event with Nicole Teter-Downin and Sporthill Dress Giveaway!

Read Full Post »

Leah, Chelsea, Tanya, Deb and Tara sportin their runner's high!

As evidenced by most of my blog posts and FB chatter, I love my running buddies and I love yappin it up with coffee after a good run. Thanksgiving was fantastic because it started off just this way with a gorgeous morning run on the river trail with 3 of my BRFFs (best running friends forever). More BRFFs showed up for coffee after our run on the way to their Turkey Trot. So there we sat sipping coffee; 6 women doing what they love, sans kids, endorphins raging. Caffeine was the high on high.

Then came the aha moment. An epiphany on a holiday? That beats eggnog on Easter.

We’ve all talked about runner’s high, but I finally figured out WHY it’s so good. Sitting around with girlfriends, after working up a good sweat, forgetting what time it is, everyone on the same ‘page’, responsibility-free, just for a while – it makes us feel like we did when life was simple and friends were foremost. College or high school days, hanging out on the lawn. Timeless togetherness. The good hair days when we were more concerned with which jeans looked good on our waist than which jeans have the elastic button waist for our 4 year olds. Easily passing the time…and maybe passing something else.

So I declare 7:20am to be the new 4:20pm because it was about that time the four of us were watching the sunrise on the Willamette River as we crossed over it on the Autzen Foot bridge, heading back toward the coffee house and the warmth of  post-run conversation. It felt more intimate because it was Thanksgiving morning and we had, for a few hours, escaped the kids, the turkey prep, the table-setting and the in-laws. And heck, with a few extra miles, those jeans still look pretty good!

Read Full Post »