Get Your Sprint On with Olympian Shannon Rowbury

Shannon Rowbury, Olympian and Mama-Motivator. Photo courtesy of Shannon Rowbury

Shannon Rowbury, Olympian and Mama-Motivator. Photo courtesy of Shannon Rowbury

by Guest Blogger, Hal Lifson

Shannon Rowbury is a two time Olympian and 1500-meter Bronze Medalist, so if anyone knows how to motivate a mom to run, it’s Shannon. Here are Shannon’s tips to help you begin a running program.

  • Pace yourself. Don’t worry about doing lots of miles.
  • Running on a track is great because you don’t have to worry about cars, but a lovely park is good, too.
  • Stretch before and after you run to avoid injury.
  • If you wear an iPod, don’t run in the street. Use the time running to think about things going on in your life and work. It’s such productive “me time.”
  • Walk if you need to.
  • Run first thing in the morning! For busy moms, you get it out of the way.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Never give yourself an out for more than a day or two. Keeping a running journal motivates you to “earn your journal entry” for the day.

Shannon trains with her boyfriend Pablo Solares and runs all over the world. She loves seeing new cities while “on the run” so if you’re taking a vacation this summer, follow Shannon’s example. She and Pablo also have the Imagining More Foundation for furthering young women in athletics and the arts.

Shannon ranked #1 in the U.S. in 2012 for the 1500-m.

Shannon ranked #1 in the U.S. in 2012 for the 1500-m.

This week Shannon races at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Her goal? Make the team heading for Moscow in August for the World!

Bright hope for the US Team this summer. Photo courtesy of Sunny Bak

Bright hope for the US Team this summer. Photo courtesy of Sunny Bak

Why not visit Shannon’s website and follow Shannon on Twitter @shannonrowbury to let her know how your running program is going this summer?

Hal Lifson is a Beverly Hills resident, pop culture historian and publicist. Follow @HalLifson and visit his website HalLifson.com.

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Cynthia Baseman

Cynthia Baseman is the author of 'Love, Mom: A Mother's Journey from Loss to Hope.' She writes about motherhood, the environment and education.

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  1. 25th June 2013 | MAMACITA says: Reply
    Shannon is fantastic. She is so pretty and so athletically talented. What a combination.

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