Saturday, February 24, 2018

RUN NEW ROUTES | Starts March 29

RUN NEW ROUTES | Starts March 29

Tired of running the same loop around your neighborhood? Looking for accountability partners in an unintimidating atmosphere?

RUN NEW ROUTES is a new class format. The group will rotate various trails in the Madison-area for four weeks. Group will meet on Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm.  Locations include: Cap City Trail in Madison, Lower Yahara River Trail in McFarland, Pheasant Branch Conservancy in Middleton and Upper Yahara River Trail in DeForest.

One hour class includes a dynamic warm up, thirty minute run, cool-down and full body stretching. All paces (and walkers) welcome; group will run an out-and-back route so that the group sticks together.

Starts Thursday, March 29 at 6:00 pm at Olin Turville Park in Madison
March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19

Investment in yourself: $50

Check payment available to avoid processing fee – email runningdivamom@yahoo.com to reserve your spot.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Ladies Half Marathon Running Group with Running Diva Mom

Ladies Half Marathon Running Group with Running Diva Mom
Starts Sat, March 10 @ 7am || 11 weeks
Investment in yourself: $99-149


This running group is designed to take runners from the 5K to the 10K or half marathon in eleven weeks. We will meet together once each week. Parks/locations will rotate in Sun Prairie, Deforest and on Madison's Eastside.

Class starts on Saturday, March 10. First class will meet at Running Diva Mom Studio in Sun Prairie. Class meets for eleven weeks at 7:00 am on Saturday mornings. This is a combined class. The half marathon group will meet earlier on Saturday mornings, as the distances increase.

There will be class, but no instructor on April 7 (Please consider running the Parkinson's 5K that morning.). A full training program with locations will be sent to participants during the week of the first class. Must be able to run/walk 30 mins at first class.

This non-competitive running group is geared towards women of all paces and abilities. Everyone will run/walk at their own pace and an out-and-back route will be planned, so that the entire group can stick together. This is a very encouraging and fun atmosphere and is perfect for runners that have run a handful of 5K races.

We will be training for the Run Madtown Twilight 10K in Madison on the evening of Saturday, May 26 and the Half Marathon on the morning of Sunday, May 27. This race is optional and is not included with your session registration.

If you are interested in avoiding the processing fee, please reach out to runningdivamom@yahoo.com to purchase your session by check.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Women Working on Wellness - Starts March 5

Women Working on Wellness | Fitness & Weightloss Accountability Group with Running Diva Mom
Run, Walk and Run/Walk training options available!
March 5-26, 2018

Investment in yourself: 


Participants will receive:
- Three week calendar with an introductory running or walking program and wellness challenges to be completed on your own
- Personalized daily step goals
- Weekly private individual weigh-ins virtually with your coach
- Gain additional accountability by sharing your daily step count and food log with the group (optional)
- Daily group fitness check-ins, weightloss & nutrition tips and motivation from your coach
- Private Facebook group for motivation from other participants and your coach

Participant with the highest percentage of weightloss will receive a FREE ENTRY into the April online accountability group.

If you would like to avoid the Eventbrite fee, please email me at runningdivamom@yahoo.com to pay by cash or check.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Stronger Strength Training Playlist

Need to mix up your strength training routine? The next time you are working on your arms, pushing those legs or strengthening your core ... push yourself to my Stronger Strength training playlist.


Replacing your running shoes

Ever wondered how often you should be replacing your running shoes?  This is a general guide to figure out when it's time for a new pair - based on your mileage. Always consult a professional at your local running store and listen to your body to prevent injury. The general rule is to replace your running shoes every 300-600 miles. Walking and running mileage both count towards wear.

Hey moms, you are worth it!!

Did you set a crazy goal after the new year ... think you can't achieve it? 
Did you register for a race that scared you ... are you still scared?
Think you're too busy with everyone else's commitments ... that there's no time left for you?

I'm here to show you that your goals are possible. Your dreams can be a reality - and will be. And that you are worth it. The time is there, you just have to find it.

I'm a busy mom of three with two day jobs, a thriving coaching business, three busy kids (ranging from 2-14 yrs) and an understanding spouse who supports it all. I am not a natural-born runner, but have completed more than 60 half marathons & 14 marathons in the past decade. I love showing other women that they are capable of anything and motivating them throughout their journey.

If you're in need of a custom training program - running, walking or for that scary first marathon - I'd love to work together to develop a schedule that will work with your family's schedule. I will also check in with you weekly for the duration of your program.
Message me or comment below to get started.

Girl, Wash Your Face | Book Review

If you are looking for some motivation during the dreary month of February, "Girl, Wash Your Face" gave me a kick in the butt.  Rachel Hollis is the lifestyle author at The Chic Site and I've been identifying with her words for the past couple of weeks. I received an advance review copy of her new book and .... it rocks, people! I eagerly flipped through page after page until this mama was up way too late past her bedtime.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
In each chapter Hollis reveals a lie she once believed about herself. Self-doubts as a mother, wife, friend ... woman. She shares the deepest stories of struggle and triumph and then reveals her tips that helped her overcome those feelings about herself.  I laughed and I even cried a little bit as I read her raw emotions on paper.

I identified with her as a busy mompreneur and long-distance runner who is constantly learning about herself, how to push boundaries and how to "do it all" while making your family, your spouse .... and yourself happy in the process.  I loved this book and already know who I'm sharing my copy with.

Whether you are struggling with finding a fitness routine, finding balance or finding yourself ... you will enjoy "Girl, Wash Your Face". Rachel has shared her gifts of honesty, humor and motivation all in one book. Go enjoy it ...

Not talented; just tough.

I came across this quote (from Gymaholic) recently and I can't stop thinking about it. I really identify with it.

Quote: Gymaholic

Like many of us, I hated running the mile in gym class. I thought it was because I wasn't a "runner" or an athlete. I told myself that it was too hard and it must be easier for everyone else. That little girl just didn't know how to push herself outside of her comfort zone. I was too shy to try out for extra-curricular activities, until my parents nudged me along to do so. Even then I only went through the motions and never really put in the effort. I am not a naturally-gifted athlete. I didn't like playing basketball in junior high school. My stomach turned as I was in line to bat in gym class. I was awkward on the tumbling mat. I was not coordinated enough to hit a tennis ball. I was not driven enough to chase a soccer ball down the field either. 

As an adult, I've learned a lot about myself.  I was right ... I am NOT a naturally-talented runner. I'm not a gifted athlete. The awkwardness and the fight are what make the journey so rewarding for me. I work hard at it every day. I show up. I push. I struggle. I improve. I see results.

I put in the work.  I do what I ask of myself. I can do "hard stuff".

Life has thrown me several curve balls over the past decade -- in and out of my running shoes. I've struggled, I've learned, I've grown. But I never gave up. Running has proved to me that I am stronger than any obstacle that stands in my way. I don't have to better than anyone else. I don't have to be faster than the girl next to me at the gym. I don't have to outrun everyone else on the trail. I'm competing with myself and the obstacles that stand in my way.

I'm not talented. I'm tough.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Lake Monona Loop - April 22 Group Training Run

Mark your calendars! Are you training for the Lake Monona 20K or ever wanted to run around Lake Monona? Running Diva Mom will be hosting a group training run on Sunday, April 22 at 7:00-10:00 am.
Participants will be supported and guided around the twelve mile Lake Monona Loop. Fee for each runner is $40.
Email me at runningdivamom@yahoo.com and I will "keep you in the loop" (see what I did there?!) on details.