Author - Melissa Stone

Cara light logo

  Melissa is a new mom, back to running, and feeling great.  Like most moms, is trying to get used to her “new normal” by finding the balance of being a new mom, and being a competitive runner. She works at Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) in Strategic Partnerships and Corporate Wellness.  She is also a personal trainer, triathlon and running coach, and just launched the first Strollers in the Front 5k Training Program at CARA.  She is super excited to work with moms of all levels and show them that they can stay or become fit with and without baby.  You will see her out on the Lakefront with and without baby. Say hello if you see her.   CARA is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run—farther, faster, better, for life.

Master Running with Kids - Stroller Entertainment 101

Now this is where it gets interesting.  Running with a child not only requires the motivation to get out the door, but now you have to take your child’s attention span into consideration.  While it can be a ton of fun, it can be a bit tricky.

Here are a few tips that I received from some of my friends, Amy and Laura who often run with their little boys.  These tips will help me master stroller entrtainment when Grace is old enough to start expressing her opinion on our our fitness plan...

Posted on September 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melissa Stone

Run plus one - Your new Stroller Workout

Staying fit through pregnancy is highly recommended and has many benefits. It also takes major dedication as our bodies change and we are preparing for two.  As my daughter entered the world 10 days late, with fairly easy labor, and can absolutely attribute my smooth labor to being fit.

When I'm asked by other mommies when they should start again, it’s tough to tell because of everyone is so different.  Every woman needs to listen to her healthcare provider and her own body as some wom...

Posted on September 12, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Melissa Stone

Running for 2! How to run while pregnant & Giveaway

Like anything with pregnancy, it depends who you are talking to when looking (or not looking!) for answers. Naturally, running while pregnant, there are many opinions out there as well.  Me, I love to run.  I get upset when I miss a run.  It’s my own time and I enjoy being out on the road.  I was training last summer for the Chicago Marathon and had only a few weeks left to the race when we found out we were pregnant.  I was worried about having to stop but I was told that my body was alre...

Posted on September 05, 2012 at 10:00 AM by Melissa Stone