Interested in starting up a new running habit? Wanting to
get back into tip top running shape postpartum? You should check out a running
club that's geared specifically for mothers. As a newer runner I can attest to
the camaraderie that's developed through running with a group of girls. Running
clubs allow you to sweat together, laugh together, and have a focused
conversation with each other. It all sounds good, right? How do you find these groups
and what should you look for?
First you need to decide if you want to run with or without your child(ren). There are
clubs that offer stroller runs where you bring your kid(s) with you. One of those programs
is called Fit4Mom
(formerly known as Stroller Strides). Fit4Mom offers five programs: one pregnancy
program, two stroller workouts, one postpartum program and a program that is free of
charge and acts more like Moms Club. Fit4Mom does have a fee that varies from location
to location. For more information click here
and enter your zip code.
If, however, you'd rather use the run as your "me" time then consider joining a club
that promotes running sans strollers. There are a lot of them out there but each state is
different. When I was researching groups for this post I noticed that the policy for most
of these clubs is kind of a "come as you are" attitude. Yes, that means stroller or no
stroller, runner or walker, whatever you're comfortable doing you'll be accepted. Why?
The most important thing is that you get active!
In the meantime check out these clubs and resources:
- This site is kind of like a hub of everything motherhood and fitness.
There are local fitness groups that do everything from running to yoga.
- Similar to Moms in Motion,
seeMOMMYrun, is simply a hub of all things active and local, "free online social
networking for active moms."
- Moms Run This Town is a free
group that's nationwide. You can locate a group by visiting the site.
Women's Running Clubs -
- Another Mother Runner has compiled a really
great list of running groups by state.
Kim Date 9/5/2013
One of the drawbacks of living in a smaller town - none of these groups exist! Maybe someday when my life is a little less hectic I will start one!