February is Heart Month. One of the best ways to live longer is to keep your heart healthy. We love supporting women in their dedication to being active and feeling good about how they look with our athletic clothing line. Sometimes a new outfit is the extra boost that gets you to your next run or walk, spin class, mountain hike, bike ride or stroll along the beach.
Our focus this month is on Sunná and Avery, a mom and daughter team who help each other to be heart healthy, and with every step they create memories that will last a lifetime.
Sunná started her journey to running when she walked a marathon and a half. She met up with other girlfriends and they started to run/walk, and then worked up to running. Now she feels her heart rate elevates faster and it feels better to her to run. Sunná says running saved her life in many ways, by giving her clarity and focus, long-lasting friendships, and the ability to get through a lot of pain and hardship in a difficult time.
Sunná was thrilled when Avery wanted to start running with her. Avery sets goals and Sunná helps her to meet them. When Sweet Spot Skirts asked Avery what was the best thing about running with her mom, she said her mom keeps her going when she wants to stop, and when Avery’s having a hard time her mom finds ways to help her get through it. Avery says it has helped to have her mom to run with because it “makes you go faster if you run with someone”. And when asked how many of Avery’s friends run with their mom, she answered “NONE my mom is pretty special”. Avery also joined the cross country team and enjoys training with her friends while getting better at running. Avery’s next goal is to run a 5k in 25 minutes.
A recent highlight for this mother/daughter pair was during the Resolution Run on January 10th when Avery finished the race first in her age group. She stood on the top of the podium to be recognized, and both mother and daughter felt the pride of a hard-earned accomplishment. The bonus was getting to enjoy the moment together.
Sunná’s advice to other mothers who hope to get their daughters involved in running is to lead by example – if you daughter sees you doing something that makes you happy, she may follow in your footsteps – literally. Also, keep asking if they want to join you on a run, with no pressure just encouragement. Next up for Sunná and Avery is the Worst Day of the Year Run – if they can run on the Worst Day, they can run anytime - together!
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