What can I expect from a MIM workout?
The Griffith Park Team meets at 7:30am to warm-up and hear about the day's route.
Usually, the MIM workout will be the longest workout of your week so you will go a nice, easy pace. This is a great time to catch up with your fellow MIMs, get lost in your thoughts, or enjoy a little personal time. Coach Lucie and her assistant Karen run with the group to keep everyone on course, to check in, and to offer running feedback and advice. At the end of the run, the group will do some core/strength work if there's time. Then we stretch together, targeting running specific muscles.
We are usually finished with our workout at 9am. We use the time from 9-9:30am for a guest speaker or a discussion on health/fitness related topics. Each week, 1-2 MIMs volunteer to be "snack moms" and bring a small healthy post-workout snack for the whole group. MIM ends at 9:30am - I know that you all have families to get home to so I am sensitive to ending on time.
The Encino Team workout is 1 1/2 hours long and focuses on shorter run distance with more strength work. The group meets at 10:00am for a warm up and run/walk workout, followed by strength work using resistance bands, body weight exercises, and environmental props. The session ends with stretching and a brief announcement period.
What should I bring/wear?
Wear comfortable athletic clothes and shoes. Members are encouraged to wear their pink MIM singlets as this makes your more distinguishable when the park is crowded.
A digital watch (any model/brand) is a must have for our workouts. GPS watches are great, but not required.
Bring water that you can carry with you (sport gels or chews are advisable for more strenuous runs)
A towel or blanket for post workout stretching
a hat and sunblock during the hot summer months.
Do we bring our kids?
No. MIM is designed to help moms carve out time for themselves to meet their fitness goals. Workouts are not suitable for children or strollers.
Can walkers and beginning runners join?
Yes. MIM welcomes runners and walkers. Those who are currently walkers but wish to begin a running program will receive individual attention to help achieve those goals. We also have a hike team for those who prefer not to run.
Can we wear music devices?
For many of our members, MIM is an important time to rejuvenate and recharge. The weekly run workout is a perfect opportunity to chill out for a few hours and enjoy some personal time - often music is a powerful relaxation tool. While we encourage you to get to know your fellow MIMs, if you would like to bring some music that's fine. HOWEVER, please use music devices with caution - we are running on roads shared by cars, cyclists, and other runners so you need to hear your surroundings. Low volumes are encouraged or using just one ear bud. Please note that MUSIC DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED ON THE TRAILS where you must be keyed in to your surroundings.
Is the team competitive?
No. MIM is a recreational running team. We do not compete against each other or other teams - we encourage support and friendship. Runners who wish to become stronger and faster will be coached to do so, but our overall mission is fun, fitness, and philanthropy!
Do I have to be a mom to join?
No. Women of all ages and abilities are welcome to join MIM. You do not need to be a mom to join - but keep in mind that most of our members are moms so we tend to talk a lot about our kids!
Where does the group meet?
The Griffith Park team meeting spot varies each week so that we can take advantage of the many types of terrain throughout the park. Our primary meeting area is at the Autry Museum (across from the LA Zoo). We also meet at the Old Zoo, LA Live Steamers, and Mineral Wells Picnic Area.
The Encino Team will meet at Balboa Park.
What if it rains?
MIM meets rain or shine. We're moms, we're used to tough conditions. Only in the case of extreme weather or air quality conditions that could pose a risk to our safety would practice be canceled. When possible, we will relocate practice.
How big is the group? Do you have pacers?
Each season, we welcome 20-25 members to our team. This small number allows very personalized attention and coaching, however it does not lend itself to large pace groups. Typically, members run in small groups of 2-3 runners.
What is the philanthropy part of Moms In Motion?
We do not raise money for a specific cause or set fundraising goals. However, each season the team supports a local charity with donations of time, goods, or money. In the past we have supported LA Family Housing with holiday gifts for their teen program, we have volunteered at races, we have donated books to LA Childrens Hospital, and more. Each season we do something different.