The name of this group is intriguing enough to want to find out more isn't it..? Ultra Mom's on a Mission...Love it and their super cute racing gear! For me when I came across this group I wanted to know WHO these moms were and WHAT they were doing so that I could get involved. I wanna be an Ultra Mom! Today I have the privilege of sharing my interview with Ultra Mom's on a Mission!
We've formed an unbreakable bond, supporting and encouraging one another, training together, and setting goals together." Ultra Moms on a Mission
Joanna: Please tell me what inspired the idea to create Ultra Moms on a Mission?
Ultra Moms: When a group of us first started talking about running a relay, we had no idea that our team would become such an important part of our lives. We first came together in 2010, when MoMs Jessica and Marsha ran a 200-mile relay as part of a mixed (male and female) 12-person team. They loved the experience and talked about one day finding some women to do an ultra (6-person) team, but it seemed like a distant dream. Just a few weeks after their race, however, Marsha met MoM Lindsay at a local 5K. The two raced side by side, finishing seconds apart, and were new friends by the end of the race. It turns out that Lindsay had wanted to run a relay, too, and idea of an all-female ultra team seemed to be closer to becoming reality. Within only a few days they had managed to recruit three more runners, and together the new team signed up to run the Palmetto200 relay race in South Carolina. While their team was complete, it still seemed as if something was missing. We felt a need to do more, so we decided to run for a purpose – a mission! – and Moms on a Mission was born. The entire experience had been so rewarding that we decided to do it again…and again…and again. Some of the MoMs had never met before the team formed, but now we’re inseparable. We’ve formed an unbreakable bond, supporting and encouraging one another, training together, and setting goals together.
Joanna: What mission are you on?
Ultra Moms: Our overall mission is to use running to improve the lives of children around the world. We raise funds and awareness for a different children’s charity for each relay race we participate in as a team. We have supported Amazima Ministries, which serves the children of Uganda through educational sponsorship, feeding the hungry, medical care, vocational initiatives and spiritual discipleship. We also supported Nurture NC, which provides food to students in New Hanover County Schools each weekend and on holiday breaks in order to help prevent childhood hunger. This fall, we will be raising funds and awareness for Girls With Sole, a fitness and wellness program for at-risk girls. We’re also in the beginning stages of hosting our very own 5K in order to raise funds for A Sea of Hope Orphan Ministry, which is dedicated to raising awareness on orphan care and raising money to assist families in the adoption process. We really love working with children’s groups, but it can be hard to choose which charity to run for each time – so we also volunteer with local organizations and at local races.
Joanna: What advice do you have for aspiring moms to get in shape and take care of their bodies?
Ultra Moms: Being moms, we realize how crazy and busy our schedules can be each and every day. For moms wanting to get in shape, commit to it. As the saying goes, if you want to do it, you will; if you don’t, you will find an excuse. Don’t make excuses. Many of us work out first thing in the morning before anyone in the house wakes up. By doing it in the morning, chances are you will get it done. If the mornings do not work for your schedule, find another time. Plan it, figure out what you want to accomplish, and stick to it. Most importantly, have fun! If it is boring, it won’t last. Obviously our team likes to find training partners to keep us motivated. Try to meet a friend for your workouts. You’ll be much less likely to skip out on them if you know someone is waiting for you.
Joanna: How important do you feel a healthy active mom is to her kids?
Ultra Moms: A healthy, active mom is so important for kids to see. We are our children’s role models, the ones they look up to every day and want to be like. By living healthy lifestyles, we are encouraging our children to do the same so they will live longer, healthier lives.
Joanna: What are your current and future goals?
Ultra Moms: We have so many goals! We are always looking to get faster, both individually and as a team. We want to be fast and strong at all of our races, but we also want to be known as supportive and encouraging. We want to motivate more women to race, and we’d love to see more all-female ultra teams at the relays in which we compete. Individually, we also have MoMs training for ultra-marathons, to qualify for Boston, and to finish an Ironman triathlon. Outside of racing, we are focused on hosting our first 5K this year and on raising even more money and awareness for the children’s charities we support.
Joanna: Do you guys have a favorite race you like to run?
Ultra Moms: Do you guys have a favorite race you like to run?
We don’t have a favorite race, but we do have a favorite distance – 200 miles! We are actually looking at running a 263-mile relay in 2014, with each of the MoMs covering over 40 miles, so we may have a new favorite distance after we do that one.
Joanna: How can people connect, get involved and support Ultra Moms on a Mission?
Ultra Moms: Ultra Moms has a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and an email address. Our Facebook page has become a great way to encourage and motivate other runners and moms. We also love hearing about others’ journeys, race schedules, and goals, and we will give shout-outs and online encouragement to people who need it - don’t hesitate to contact us! We also post information about our current missions on our Facebook page, and we welcome monetary donations for our missions. And, of course, we’re always looking for sponsorship's to help cover race expenses, such as entry fees. We pay for all our own race costs out-of-pocket so that the funds we do raise can go directly to our missions; sponsorship's would make it possible for us to compete even more frequently and to help more children’s charities.
What an awesome group of Mom's who we can all be inspired by. They are living as role models to all, working hard to take care of their bodies and supporting children in need mile by mile. Can you imagine running your share (40 miles) on their relay team?
Ultra Mom's on a Mission prove that when we set our sights on goals and work for a great cause anything is possible. They have great advice for Mom's who are just starting out and for those wanting to become "Ultra." It's so easy to find excuses for not following our dreams and goals and I love their quote:
Being moms, we realize how crazy and busy our schedules can be each and every day. For moms wanting to get in shape, commit to it. As the saying goes, if you want to do it, you will; if you don’t, you will find an excuse. Don’t make excuses. "
It's so easy getting caught up "being busy" in our lives that we forget about what's important and do the things that are a priority. Taking care of your body should be a top priority. If you are healthy, happy and full of energy you are fully equipped to be the best mom / woman you can be and then take the best care of everyone and everything around you and also have time like these women to gather as a group and race for a honorable cause. I don't know about you but I am totally motivated after this interview with these ladies and I hope you will join me in becoming Ultra... join a cause... this cause if you'd like and become An Ultra Unstoppable Warrior Mom!!!
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