Moms can Run Wild next Friday – then get a pedicure

The Run Wild Missoula Running Clinic for Women is not just for moms, but sure sounds mom-friendly. Its invitation even includes a special mention that the clinic takes place during “mom hours” – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 23.

Here’s the invite:

Are work, family and life responsibilities cutting into your running or walking time? Do you need a day of running, relaxation and friends? Renew your running and renew yourself at the Run Wild Missoula Running Clinic for Women. The day (during “mom” hours) includes lunch, a group run in Blue Mountain Wilderness Area, running clinic led by Olympian Courtney Babcock and use of PEAK Health & Wellness, including sauna, hot tub, pool, indoor track and exercise machines. Optional spa services such as massages, pedicures, manicures and facials will also available.

The cost for the Friday clinic only at PEAK Health & Wellness Center is $60.

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The Girls Way is up and running in Missoula

Girls Way The paper has a cute story about the new Girls Way center in Missoula today. The center is a nonprofit that provides fun and fitness to girls ages 10-18.

Business reporter Jenna Cederberg was there for for the first class – a rock ‘n roll ballet class.

For more information call 830-3018

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Physical education trend has kids taking classes online

Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is only the latest school to allow students to take combined health/physical education classes online:

In one semester, students complete 40 written assignments, which cover topics such as body composition, nutrition and the benefits of fitness. At the same time, they must log 60 activities, which their parents verify.

The article reports that some students are thriving under this new, non-competitive model. After all, it lets students themselves choose their own activities.

And therein lies the rub for me. I admittedly don’t have a competitive bone in my body. I’ll do my level best at Scrabble or chess, but if my best turns out to be worse than my opponent’s, I really couldn’t care less.

And back in high school, I despised P.E. I took every opportunity I could to skip it – usually to go snowboarding instead. Physical activity wasn’t the problem. Doing activities that didn’t interest me was the problem.

And that was also the benefit. If not for high school P.E., I would never have tried playing volleyball, cricket, softball, soccer or any other of the countless number of sports I suffered through over the course of four years. Thanks to P.E., I discovered unexpected affinities for things I wouldn’t have tried otherwise (hello weightlifting!) and interacted with other students in a way that I wouldn’t have otherwise (and in a way you simply can’t match on a computer).

Those are experiences I’d like my own daughter to have. Sure, I can kick a soccer ball around with her in the backyard, but I sure wouldn’t be the best teacher. And I could enroll her in an after-school sport, but given the expense of the classes and equipment, not to mention limited time, she would only be able to try out one or two new sports a year.

So I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that her physical education includes actual physical movement and practice with her peers – and that maybe sometime in the course of her school career, she will discover a love for some sport or other activity that will keep her moving her whole life.

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Get a sneak peak of The Girls Way nonprofit fitness center

Missoula has been abuzz all week with the news that the new fitness center for girls is ready to open.

The Girls Way is a nonprofit organization that offers classes in fun things like yoga, zumba and oola (those last two are like dance aerobic classes), as well as seminars and workshops on topics of interest to girls ages 10 to 18. The center and its mission spins off a similar concept director Stephanie Boone originally offered through the Women’s Club and which met with resounding popularily.

Tomorrow you can see for yourself what all the buzz is about as The Girls Way holds its Grand Unveiling and Sneak Peak Aucution. Friday, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., there will be food, drink, music and fun – and an auction featuring dozens of donated items, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to fund scholarships to The Girls Way for girls from low-income families.

And Saturday the center will official open at 9:30 a.m., with a ceremony featuring Missoula Mayor John Engen scheduled for 9:45 a.m. From the time the doors open until they close at 4 p.m., visitors can check out 15-minute sample classes, the Hellgate Roller Girls and former Olympic gold medalist Eric Bergoust, take tours and sip Black Coffee Roasting Co. coffee and nibble Le Petit Bakery pastries.

Makes sense, given that The Girls Way is Black Coffee and Le Petit’s new neighbor in the Home Resource Center. The address is 1515 Wyoming St. Ste. 300.

Oh, and did I mention that girls can attend classes at The Girls Way for FREE for the rest of February?

For more information, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.

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Getting to kindergarten and back

One of the truisms I’ve discovered about motherhood and blogging is that whenever a lot of blog-worthy stuff is happening, that’s when I have the least amount of time to write about it.

So it’s been these last few summer-packed weeks (the first day of Autumn will not arrive until Sept. 23 – and I’m CLINGING to summer ’till then). It’s been a whirlwind of school  shopping, home improvement projects (insulation really does help our household cope with these chilly mornings), surprise visits from out-of-state friends, cookouts, playdates and, most jarringly, kindergarten preparedness.

Kindergarten has brought with it new equipment (backpack, check), new faces, and a new schedule I haven’t yet figured out how to manage. I’m sure we’ll find our routine over the next few weeks – just in time for something new to come along and shake it up again.

In the meantime, thanks to the most recent Middle Ages column from my colleague, Michael Moore, I’m paying particular attention to the part of our routine in which we get plenty of exercise and free play time outdoors immediately before and after school. Now that Willow goes to school within biking distance of our home, I’m determined to bike us there and back every school day, rain or shine. When it snows, we’ll walk.

This takes a lot – LOT – longer than driving or catching the bus, of course, because when kids get outside they get distracted. By newly ripened apples, yellowing leaves, newly spun spiderwebs, chittering squirrels and even unusual looking rocks. But that’s what I love about it.

– MM

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Exercise addiction shared by mother, daughter

“Mom, have you seen the infomercial for the Mari Winsor ACCELERATOR Pilates tape?” my toned and trim daughter asked me on the phone.  “I was tempted, and I knew you would be too.”

I had heard of the new addition to the collection of Pilates DVD’s this wonder woman developed.  But I had decided, quite practically, that it involved extra equipment and was too complicated; I was entirely satisfied with the Advanced Circle Pilates set.  I have accepted my body, just as it is—supplemented, that is, with a staggering heart rate and muscle toning routine, daily.  My name is Kathleen Clary Miller, and I am a workout-aholic.

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Much ado about abdominals

“What does it mean when someone refers to abdominal muscle appearance as ‘six-pack’ abs?’ I asked my 25-year-old daughter, who breathes only to find the next exercise regimen.

Kate’s gone from to Bosu Ball Aerobics class to Zumba workout; one might say from A to Z. I knew she would be my optimal information source.

“A six-pack of what?” I elaborated. “Beer cans lying sideways? Diet Coke?”

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Isn’t it the perfect day for a stroll?

Today I got an e-mail from Stephanie Topp, who started a Stroller Strides franchise in Missoula about a year and a half ago.

“I was out walking on day with my son and I thought to myself, man, you would think there was a program for moms and their kids,” she writes. “So when I got home I googled Mom and Baby Fitness. The first thing on the list was Stroller Strides. So I requested the franchise information and was very impressed with the program.”

I had heard of Stroller Strides before but wasn’t sure exactly what it was until Stephanie dropped me a note. It’s basically what it sounds like – a fitness program for moms with stroller-age children. The cool thing is, you don’t have to find someone to watch the kids while you get exercise. And, you get to hang out with other moms. Stephanie says a typical class has four or five moms.

Stephanie took special training in order to lead these classes, which are offered five days a week, with a class each in the morning and another in the evening.

Give Stephanie a call at 370-9374 or send her an e-mail at for more information.

– Tyler Christensen

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