Team Coach, Megan Searfoss from Run Like A Mother, has run over 20 marathons and numerous 5ks, 10ks and triathlons throughout her running career. She uses running and her blog as a way to show women of all ages and sizes how they too can run to find balance in their lives.
1. When did you start running?
I started running when my oldest daughter was two as it was the easiest, quickest form of exercise, especially as a new mom. I quickly learned that not only did it help me physically; it became a wonderful outlet to calm the stresses of motherhood.
2. What’s your favorite thing about running?
Running is always available and rarely can I find an excuse to not do it, so convenience makes it my favorite.
3. Do you have a favorite way to run?
I run with whomever, whenever—by myself, with my girlfriends, or with a training group; each has its benefits. The solo runs are helpful to work out personal issues, relieve stress and I use to build mental toughness both for racing and for life. Running also serves as my “Girls Night Out” social vice. I have teenagers and don’t get out much in the evening and so running with my girlfriends is important. I would much rather socialize on the run; it is productive in so many ways. Group running keeps me motivated especially when there is a goal; I love the camaraderie of training.
4. Do you have a favorite memory from a race?
Watching the finish of the first ever Run Like a Mother 5K is my favorite running memory. Seeing so many women celebrate at the finish line showed me how special running can be.
5. What does running Boston mean to you?
The Boston Marathon has been special to me on so many levels; competitively, emotionally, and spiritually. From my first time I qualified, to the year of the tragedy and then coming back in 2014 to prove to the world that we were Boston Strong, Boston always delivers the experience of a lifetime. Also, last year, I returned to Boston after a serious injury, so it was important to get back on the road. It is always an honor to be on the road with the world’s best athletes and also those competing for the first time.
6. What is your favorite post-run snack?
100% a recovery smoothie; I make with Stonyfield Organic Yogurt. Getting a quick blast of protein and quality carbs is an excellent way to recover from the run and prepare my body for the next workout. Smoothies are easy to make and ingest as I am usually on the go as soon as my run ends.
7. What is your favorite Stonyfield product?
Gotta go with the Greek!
8. What does being a mother and a runner mean to you?
To me, they are meant to be together. Running has been with me almost as long as I have been a mother and I am hopeful to have it for the rest of my life. It is honestly the fabric in which my life has been pieced together. Running has taught me to be resilient to whatever challenges I have as a mom. Additionally, as a mother of three girls it is important for me to show them that fitness isn’t a hobby but a necessity. I love involving my family in my running goals and showing them the opportunities you can have when you train and put effort towards something. Running is a tried and true friend, a confidant—keeper of my emotions and stories. When I am older, I will look back at my life as a mother and a runner and I believe there will be no differentiation between them. Run on!