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Mother runner Jody Stoops' all-time favorite race: San Francisco Marathon I've completed it for the past 5 years!

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.”

Best recent run: The San Francisco Marathon was my best recent run because I got my BQ!
Best recent run: The San Francisco Marathon was my best recent run because I got my BQ! (Here she is running this year's Boston Marathon)

Running Skirt or Capris? BOTH! I love the running skirt capris from Athleta.

Morning or Night? Morning! No way am I going out for a run when the rattle snakes and coyotes come out here in Southern California!
Morning or Night? Morning! No way am I going out for a run when the rattle snakes and coyotes come out here in Southern California!

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. I had to be on crutches with no walking or driving for 6 weeks. Lots of soul-searching and prayer kept me focused and positive. It was a great learning lesson to power through.

Best part about being a runner and coach: Running the race alongside those you are coaching and watching them cross the finish line! I love helping others reach their goals and find the power within to accomplish them.

Follow This Mother on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog Cross My Heart Fitness.

9 responses to “Follow This Mother!

  1. This is the right blog for anybody who hopes to understand this topic.

    You realize a whole lot its almost hard to
    argue with you (not that I personally would want to…HaHa).
    You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject which
    has been written about for decades. Wonderful stuff,
    just wonderful!

  2. Jody is AWESOME and I am so happy she was chosen for this piece. She is an incredible person, mother, friend and trainer. I am privileged to say she is my personal trainer but honored to say she is my best friend. She has helped me develop a love of running, finish races with distances that I never thought were possible and helped me lose 60 lbs. she is defiantly a mother runner to follow!

  3. Jody is definitely a Mother Runner to follow! Not only is she an amazing, knowledgeable runner/coach, she is a wise & fantastic mom to her three awesome kids, wonderful & committed wife to Mike and THE best, most thoughtful forever friend!!Thanks for inspiring me in all aspects of my life, Jody! I love you!!

  4. What a great story and mother runner! Jody I just hopped over to your website and I love it! I am an expecting mother with a 3 year old and i work full time. I loved how you prioritize things and focus on working around your family! I run because God blessed me with the ability to do so and I think it is awesome that you encourage others to do the same!

    And the picture of the rattlesnake gave me nightmares:-)

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