What inspires you? There are a lot of things that can provide inspiration – seeing other people accomplish great things, overcoming adversity, even the sheer beauty of nature can remind us how lucky we are to be alive. For me meeting people, hearing their stories as to how they tried something they knew nothing about and then went on to impact other lives.
I heard about this group called Moms RUN this Town and I wanted to learn more. I reached out to Pam Burrus who is the founder of Moms RUN this town.
I asked Pam how she got started with running, Pam said ‘I started walking with a bunch of women and I trained to walk before I had kids, but I got a little bored with ‘just’ walking. So I started to run from mailbox to mailbox but I got winded easily. I realized by doing this I was doing intervals. So I decided to sign up for my first 5k which was a community 5k at the courthouse in Fayetteville.’
‘I love the sense of community with running and meeting people. As I was running more and more I realized I needed a club to run with as I felt a little insecure about my running. When I went to my first run club it was mainly men, I didn’t know much about the sport or what to wear – like compression socks – I was real nervous. So I decided to train on my own and I got up to a distance of 15k and then I had my first child. And of course I stopped running. So I decided to start running again this time with friends only I sucked in more friends. I then decided to start a running group for new moms as I began to meet more mothers that liked to run’, Pam replied.
‘So I bought the domain name and I found that a lot of women needed support. Its grown to 700 chapters nationwide and roughly 17k facebook followers’, Pam stated.
‘Recently I was told a story where this lady got off a bus on a recent trip to an event, she saw a banner that said ‘Mom’s and she walked up and introduced herself and she thought our group was so inviting as they took the fear out of the experience for her,’ Pam responded.
‘So I’ve expanded to Moms and Dogs – now Dog Moms run this town..’
I asked Pam about her motivation to run/walk – Pam said, ‘’My best friend was active and my mom’s cousins did the Peachtree Road Race every year. When they would come to our family 4th of July party with their Peachtree Road Race shirts on it made me curious about the race.’
‘When I got married my husband did the Peachtree Road Race and I fell in love with it as everybody was having fun and it seemed like anybody could do it. So the following year I decided to do it but I walked the whole thing. I decided to stay active and I started walking 15 miles a week. I did the 3 day 60 mile Susan Komen walk and from all this walking I got to the point where I was faster than my husband and the following year I beat him in the Peachtree Road Race’, Pam replied.
‘I started running in 2008, which was the year of my first event. My favorite events are the Georgia Publix Marathon because it’s a hilly, miserable course but it was a mental win. The next one is the soldier marathon as the support is great’, Pam replied.
I went on to ask Pam if she uses technology to track her activities, Pam stated ‘I go online to plot my runs where everything is calculated and I save the runs to my GPS watch.’
Pam went on tell me about the negative side of running, ‘It became obsessive, running became my life, so I had to step back as it was stealing away family time. So my new campaign is just run for fun’, Pam replied.
I asked Pam what advice she would give someone new to running, Pam said ‘I would tell them about intervals because people beat themselves up about not running far enough.. Do lengthy runs with shorter walks.. Also weight train, the core is important – strength train.’
Thank you Pam, its amazing to see how you took something that made you nervous and built a network to share and inspire others. See you on the Trail or Road!