If you ever see a group of gals in bright colors and bows, join them. They are part of Moms RUN This Town.
"We're just a group of women who get together to run," explained Member of the QC Chapter, Sarah Greim. "It is 100% girl power. We lift each other up. A lot of times you'll hear women are cutting each other down and I don't know one single woman in our group who would cut another person down based on how they look, what their pace is, or what races they're doing."
Sarah has been a Member of the QC Moms RUN This Town for two years, but she hasn't always been a runner.
"I went to St. Ambrose University to play soccer," she explained. "I didn't play soccer. Instead, I have two knees and I can run."
She received two knee surgeries - courtesy of ORA Orthopedics 10 years ago - and most recently, another one.
"I just had a foot reconstruction surgery and it was one of those - you might not be able to walk as well, maybe not even run - so the fact that I'm able to push past that and move and do what I want to do and at the pace that I want to do it is a huge accomplishment for me, but it took a lot of patience and a lot of time to get back to where I am now."
Sarah and Dr. Waqas Hussain with ORA Orthopedics both agree that's rule number one when it comes to running - whether you are recovering from an injury or trying to prevent one.
"A lot of times, if you do too much too early it puts a lot of stress on the joints," Dr. Hussain said. "A lot of times, our minds are a lot younger than our bodies are and sometimes that tends to catch up with us."
Dr. Hussain added that it's important to know your limits and make a program to gradually work towards your goals. He also said you should never skip on stretching and make sure your shoes fit properly. All of those things can avoid a trip to his office.
"You don't want to get hurt in spring and then have the whole summer and watch your friends be active and do things," he explained. "Our goal is to try to make you feel better and allow you to enjoy your life and enjoy the weather."
That's exactly what Sarah and the Moms Who Run This Town are doing. Sarah's mom is training for her first half marathon this year while Sarah gets ready for four half-marathons, her first full marathon, and another big goal of hers:
"I want to give back to the community in the way I knew best, which is to have a race and direct it myself," she said.
There are four common walking and running injures, which you catch right away. For a full list, click here.