This past April, more than 20 local moms braved the rain to cross the finish line of the Redbud Classic 5K. One of those moms, Carrie Chlebanowski of Edmond, says the experience was truly an investment in herself. “If we aren’t strong, and if we aren’t focused on our own self care, then we run the risk of the whole ship sinking. We are worth the time and the attention. For our family and for ourselves.”
Carrie was one of more than 100 participants who signed up to be part of MetroFamily’s Strong Together fitness initiative, designed to help women of all ages and abilities take control of their health and well-being.
In conjunction with runhers women’s association, MetroFamily is kicking off a second Strong Together training program on Monday, August 25. runhers is a local nonproﬁt organization dedicated to empowering women to discover, design and activate their version of a healthy and happy life. Participants will receive encouragement and support as they follow runher’s Sofa2Success© program, an eight-week 5K training program designed to help participants increase physical activity and endurance. Participation in the program is free and Strong Together members will train for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 18 in downtown Oklahoma City.
In addition to being able to participate in group training runs, participants will receive weekly emails outlining the training program, providing tips and offering helpful advice.
MetroFamily’s website will feature four local moms who will blog about their experiences, sharing stories and encouragement. “runhers is very excited to partner with MetroFamily and the Susan G. Komen for The Cure Organization for this year’s Race for the Cure 5K,” said Sheila Kidder, runhers’ Director of Special Projects. “Our Sofa2Success© program is a great fit for the Strong Together women, who will be taking some big steps in getting ready to participate and complete this program and 5K event!”
“Breast cancer affects so many lives and to help with support, research and awareness is something we look forward to,” adds Sara McCauley, Nationally Certified Running Coach/CPT and Strong Together group trainer. “Supporting and helping women is at the root of our organization.”
MetroFamily will host a welcome meeting to share information with those interested in participating. The meeting will be offered twice to allow participants to choose the most convenient time for their schedule. Interested moms can attend on either Wednesday, August 20 at 7:00pm or Saturday, August 23 at 11:00am. Both sessions will be held at Belle Isle Library (5501 N. Villa, Oklahoma City). The welcome meetings allow participants to ask questions and meet other participating moms.