Marathoner Jody Stoops, who lives in Yorba Linda, Calif. with husband Mike and their three teenagers–Alex, 19, Bennett, 16, and Claire, 13–is behind the coaching site Cross My Heart Fitness. Jody, 45, strives to help her clients improve their lives through “nutritional, spiritual, and physical training.”
Running Skirt or Capris? BOTH! I love the running skirt capris from Athleta.
Must-have fuel post-run: Vega chocolate protein powder, frozen banana, fresh spinach, and coconut water.
Worst running-related injury: Fractured femoral head requiring surgery (3 screws) right after I got my first Boston qualifier…
There’s nothing we like more than a get-up-and-go attitude, whether we’re talking a 5-mile tempo run or running your own business. With that in mind, we wanted to profile five small (but growing…definitely growing) companies owned by mother runners in this momtreprenuer edition of Hump Day. So check them out, and then check out the giveaway at the end of the post.
ZoLo Creations; debuted in April 2013; $10.50/set, $4.00/card
Founder: Denise Dollar
Inspiration: my travels, my children (named Zoe and Logan) and my life on the run. I’m also old school and love sending cards with a hand written note so this was the perfect outlet for me to encourage people to do the same…
Whether you’re covering 8 or 18 miles for your half- or full marathon training runs, here’s how to add some fun.
-Have a companion (or two or three). If you don’t have a partner training for the same race, have a pal join you for part of your training excursion. Michelle, a mother runner who ran Boston this year, will often run 7 or 8 miles solo, then finish up 12 or 13 with friends. Or break your 20-miler into four 5-mile loops, recruiting different friends to join you for each 5-miler.
-Plan a ride-along. Your children, partner, or friends can bike alongside you for all or part of your journey…
Full race report to follow on Friday, when I think—although I’m not 100% confident—I’ll be caught up on sleep. But before I crash for tonight, I want to give a huge shout-out to our partners at Nuun, who sponsored our Morning. Nuun. Night. We Mothers Run team in the Colorado version of the Ragnar Relay. Thank you for—and hydrating us through—the best girls’ weekend ever.
In the meantime, there’s more of this You Might Be a Mother Runner If…validation at our lovely gallery.
Spurred on by Sarah’s recent trail 10K, the mother runners talk about the myriad joys of off-road races before moving on to answering questions from the tribe. They offer up a solution for Amy, who is debating between slower, heart-rate monitor runs versus running with faster friends, and they urge Amanda to move out of her comfort zone to find a running partner. Listen to Sarah’s theory about why longer races (13.1 and beyond) are like pregnancy, and why Dimity thinks one marathon a year is plenty. Then, in response to Jordan’s question, the gals sing the praises of strength training…