- May 07, 2019
For this Weekly Fourcast, we caught up with Jaybird ambassador Sherry Traher, a Utah runner, mother and creator of @crazy_mother_runners. Sherry was a dancer through high school who could never imagine loving running. But in college, she started taking short jogs at the suggestion of her sister, as a way to get fresh air and relieve stress. Encouraged by how she felt, Sherry continued upping her distances, doing her first marathon and continuing to run through pregnancies, babies, and a move to Utah, where she fell in love with mountains and trails. Now Sherry balances life as a mother of four with life as a runner. Next up? The Squamish 50-Miler in August.
Follow Sherry @crazy_mother_runners.
Sherry’s Recommended Podcasts:
Harder to Kill, Episode 77: Women Are Not Small Men with Dr. Stacy Sims
Stacy Sims wrote one of my favorite books, “Roar,” all about women’s physiology. Hormones affect women through our training and it’s nothing to take lightly. She breaks it down in this podcast and it’s eye opening!
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations, Deepak Chopra: Creating Harmony
Because it’s Oprah and Deepak! They remind me how to be patient, loving, compassionate, and to find harmony. Don’t we all need more of that in our lives? I do. Moms definitely do.
Rich Roll Podcast, How Des Linden Won Boston: Lessons on Big Goals, Showing Up, and Loving the Work
Her perseverance and dedication is infectious and gives so much inspiration. She talks about trusting the training and always showing up. Mentally and physically. #strongwomenyo
Moms and Murder, Interview with #IMomSoHard
These ladies are hilarious. Life as a mom is hard so you have to laugh about it! This will put a smile on your face.
Describe yourself as a mother.
I decided to let my four children describe me as a mom. Our youngest are twin, eight-year-old boys. Ford said, “Fun, helpful, kind, loving. Good at making food. That’s all I got.” Luke said, “Funny. A person that likes to yell about chores. Really nice. Really likes to help us.” Madelyn is 12 years old. She said, “Funny. Loving. Kind. Good at dancing. Always wanting to help. Fun to be around.” Sophia is the oldest at almost 16. Her response: “Strong, caring, listens to all I have to say, gives good advice.” Glad to hear my kids kinda like me.
Why is it important for your kids to see you live an active lifestyle?
I realized before I had kids that exercise was my medicine for mental clarity. I put my health and fitness as a priority in my daily schedule. Nobody is happy and well take care of if mama isn’t happy and healthy. That might mean a 4:30 a.m. wake-up for trail time, or a quick strength workout with my kids outside after school and work.
My children watch everything I do and listen to everything I say. They soak it all in, the good and the bad. I try really hard to show them that being strong and healthy is a lifestyle that is so rewarding. It can be as simply as cranking music in the kitchen and having a dance party to packing up and going on a big hike. They’ve learned to appreciate the quiet of nature and fresh air. They see that I put my health and love for fitness as a priority.
I don’t push my kids into sports at a young age. I let them figure out what they love and make them beg me to sign them up. My oldest girls have found their passions. Sophia is a state-winning swimmer and Madey is a track star. I love watching their passion! I know they’ll continue those healthy habits because they love the way it makes them feel to work hard and see results. It’s not about the way we look. It’s about being healthy and happy. I don’t do many things correctly, but I think we got this part down.
The Weekly Fourcast is a series of curated podcast recommendations from our athletes, ambassadors and employees. Every week, we’ll drop a new list of four shows and episodes that you need to hear, direct from the Jaybird crew—the perfect audio fuel for the week ahead.