I ran my first 5K on December 1st. Ever since then, I’ve been running 2.5 to 3.5 miles four times a week around my neighborhood. I have to admit I’m getting bored. Before my feet even hit the pavement, I’m exhausted. I think I’m ready for a new challenge – perhaps intervals to increase my speed or a longer distance?
It’s times like this when it really helps to be encouraged and inspired by other moms who are good fitness role models – moms like Sally Bergesen, founder and owner of Oiselle Running. Sally is a mom, a business owner, and a really fast runner (she ran a 5K in 17:06!).
Oiselle (pronounced wa–zell) is the french word for bird. It “alludes to that feeling of weightlessness that most runners know and love. That sense of flight – when your legs go fast and your heart goes free.” Based in Seattle, the company offers stylish and “simple” running apparel for women.
My favorite item in her collection?
Here’s what Sally had to say about her company and her passion for running…
ME: How old are your kids?
SALLY: I have two daughters, 5 and 8 years old.
ME: How long has Oiselle been in existence?
SALLY: The kernel of the idea (better women’s running clothes) started in 2004, about six months after my 2nd daughter was born. I got rolling on first prototypes in 2005, incorporated the company in 2006, and our first season was Spring of this year, 2007. I had “precipitous labor” with both my girls (under 2 hours on both of them.) Let’s just say the labor on Oiselle has been quite a bit longer, but not without some of the same sharp pains. ;)
ME: What “kind” of athlete are you and what events do you participate in most often?
SALLY: Running chose me, not the other way around. I wasn’t really good at any other sport. I tried biking for a while (my husband is a Cat. 1 road racer), but no go. Fortunately, I love running. Yes, I love to race and go fast. But it’s always been more about the good feelings and confidence I get from it. It’s 100% solo time. Time to think. Time to get away. Time to ravel and unravel problems in my head. I never wear an iPod. I don’t have anything against it. But I don’t think your mind works quite the same. Nor do you get that same sense of pure freedom. Just you and the elements.
My running is also my social circle. Every Sunday, a group of us get up — wind, snow, or sleet (last Sunday, for example) and meet for 12-ish miles, and coffee afterwards. Other than just hanging with my husband and my girls, it’s the highlight of my weekend, and I never miss it if possible.
I’d like to try a triathlon next year. Everyone tells me if you wear a wetsuit, you sink less (which is what I feel like when I swim.) We’ll see. If there’s one thing running has going for it, it’s efficiency. You get it done, and you get back to your life. And I know THAT is something every mom can relate to. ;)
Sally also gave me this great tip for getting rid of side cramps when you’re on the run…
“Sometimes there is no cure for side cramps other than not running until they go away. But one trick that an elite runner once taught me was – when it happens – to breathe very deeply, not just in your lungs, but so that your breath pushes out your abdomen as well. This “deep breathing” helps loosen tight muscles. I’ve done it many times, and believe it works.”
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* UPDATED * The winner is #25 rebecca. Congratulations!