New Jones Center fitness center opens, offers free access for a week

Jones Center fitness center

To celebrate the opening of the new Tyson Foods Fitness Center, the Jones Center is giving everyone in the community FREE access to the fitness center from Tuesday, May 30th, to Sunday, June 4th, to try it out. Mark your calendars so you can enjoy all the new goodies with zero cost! What’s new: The [...]

The Movement Dance Studio starts new Mommy & Me class on Feb. 2

the movement dance studio

Hooray for starting out SMALL! The Movement Dance Studio, one of our new sponsors here at nwaMotherlode, has opened a new “mommy & me” class for ages 2-3 and you and your tiny dancer are invited to join the first class on Feb. 2nd! If you’ve been considering having your little one start dance class, [...]

Downtown Runaround coming up at The Jones Center!


The first Springdale Downtown Runaround, a 5K/10K race, is coming up on Oct. 8. It’s a family-friendly event that includes a 1-mile fun run. And let’s not forget the after party! After victoriously crossing the finish line, you can expect refreshments, music, raffle prizes, games, inflatables, and more. While running, you’ll get to see best [...]

Marathon Mama: Top 10 list of etiquette rules for race day

hogeye starting line

By Beth Gallini, marathoning mama of 2 It’s here – race week for runners participating in any of the Hogeye Marathon races! There can be a lot of assumed knowledge at races and that can be intimidating to newer runners. Much of this knowledge can be learned with experience, but it can be hard to [...]

Marathon Mama: How can you protect yourself during a run?

marathon mama protection from injury

By Beth Gallini, marathoning mama of 2 Most runs are fairly uneventful and go as planned. But what happens when something goes wrong? What happens if something happens to you or someone you are running with?  What can you do to protect yourself? I used to pay little attention to protecting myself while running and [...]

Marathon Mama: The aha moment & how to improve your running

Runner girl

By Beth Gallini I was recently talking with a friend who completed her first 5K last fall.  She had never run before and her goal leading up to the race was simply to finish.  She didn’t care about her time or pace and didn’t pay any attention to her husband’s talk about trying to finish [...]

Marathon Mama: How do I know if I should skip a run?

skip a run

By Beth Gallini, mama of 2 and marathon runner Every runner has times when they don’t feel like going for a run. We all have times when we don’t know how to fit it into a busy day, we feel tired, we would prefer to sleep in, we think it’s too cold or hot outside, [...]

Marathon Mama: Is a GPS watch worth the investment?

gps watch

By Beth Gallini, marathon runner and NWA mama In theory, running should be pretty easy and shouldn’t require much more than some comfortable shoes, right? Right…except that once you get interested in running, you learn about everything else that can help you on your runs or improve your training: technical clothing, better shoes, specific socks, [...]

Marathon Mama: 5 steps for building an annual race calendar

2016 running track

By Beth Gallini, Northwest Arkansas mama of two and marathon runner Welcome back, running mamas!  As we gear up for the Hogeye Marathon again this year, I am excited to be back here writing about one of my favorite topics – running! As always, I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions [...]

Fitness: Video workout for lower body

Happy Wednesday, mamas! If you’re rushed and don’t have time for a full workout, you can always find a YouTube video that matches up to the amount of time you have available. A little exercise and toning definitely beats none at all. The Blogilates channel on YouTube is extremely popular, and it’s a great way [...]