I felt a connection right away to Malise because of her southern roots. I'm talkin' the gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice kind of southern roots. We both have hot sauce running in our veins! And at our house it was against the "law" to throw out the Tiger Rag. If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's ok. All the LA natives know.
Each time I visit Malise's blog, Carolina Mama, it seems she is up to something new. She must be the busiest bloggin' mama I know. After you read See Mom Run! ~ Malise, visit her blog and see what new thing she's up to! I think it may involve a submission for a reality TV show.
(Malise in white cap with her twin boys)
When and why did you start running?
My Daddy started us all running when we were young - elementary school. (I am one of five children.) He used to wake us up to calesthenics, running, hot tea, newspaper and Devotions.
How do you motivate yourself to go for a run?
I've always enjoyed it. Sometimes crave it. Typically, I would ‘just do it’ as my exercise. Today when I am less motivated, I think of the challenges I have had to get back in running shape and that motivates me! Knowing my Daddy would be proud; knowing my boys are watching; knowing I'll feel like a million bucks afterwards!
How many times a week do you run? 3 times a week.
Love to run no matter - treadmill and I are friends. Yet, I love to run on the beach and on trails. Outdoors motivates and invigorates me in different ways because it is more freeing. The treadmill is a place where I can challenge myself against the numbers and push harder.
What do you think about when you run?
Time in solitude is a spiritual thing to me. However, I love my iTunes, too. And I love to dream and goal plan. Sometimes I turn on my iPhone and Voice Memo myself a Story outline, ToDo List of things I think or writing topics I think of while running. When on the open trails, I often pray.
What physical benefit do you enjoy most from running?
I feel like I can conquer the world!
And I know it helps me look great. Yes, then I can eat dessert (all things in moderation)!
What are your running goals?
Having met my “Run A Marathon” goal, right now my goal is a strong 10k again. Run 5Ks and 10Ks. May consider ‘the races’ again. Main goals are exercise, feel great, look great. Wellness all the way!
Yes, I love everything! I am fortunate in that I love to try new sports and usually I love everything. Recently, at the 4th of July Parade with our children, we all climbed the big outdoor rock climbing wall! I loved it! It had been ten years since I have climbed like that. Very fun. I love yoga, pilates and strength training classes. 'Keeps it interesting.
How has running helped you be a better wife and mom? Balance. Wellness. Perspective. Energized. RoleModel.
What is your #1 tip for a mom who wants to start running?
Just Do It - Jeff Galloway. www.jeffgalloway.com is how I ran my first Marathon. He is a proponent of "Running Injury Free." That is important especially for new runners who are gung ho.