Run / Walk It

Blog by Eva Dunn-Froebig & Guest Bloggers

Eva Dunn-Froebig is the executive director of Run Wild Missoula and has been running since the seventh grade.

Eva moved to Missoula 12 years ago from upstate New York to attend the University of Montana’s Journalism School graduate program. She never dreamed that she would have a running-related job and feels lucky to be a participant in Missoula’s vibrant running community.

Be sure to bookmark this page to see the latest blogs by Eva and guest bloggers who will share their love of running and walking in Missoula on our Run / Walk It blog!

Marathon Training Tips – Post Marathon Recovery

By DAN LYNE-Completing a 26 mile race is an extreme test of endurance t... more

Marathon Training Tips – Weeks 11-16 for June/July Marathons

By DAN LYNE-In my last post, I discussed the need to improve your stren... more

More Training Tips – Weeks 5-10 for June/July Marathons

By DAN LYNE-With Missoula and many other Northwest marathons coming up ... more

How to Start Training for Your June/July Marathon

By DAN LYNE-Believe it or not, it’s time to start training for the Missoula Marathon (July 10) or any number of other Northwest marathons this summer.... more

Running in Missoula

By DAN LYNE-Last summer, I stopped in Missoula, a small city along the Clark Fork River in western Montana. I had heard that Missoulians are very passionate about their running. ... more

To Stay Put or Uproot? SPACE ODDITY

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN - Space. It matters! So when it comes to buying, here are a few start up questions to begin defining the type of space your would like for your home.... more

How Different Would the World Be if Everyone Ran?

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Distance Masters Runner of Year, Anne Audain reflects on the impact of running in our world: “Running gave me the courage to fight the great fight".... more

Get Out of the Cold at the Indoor New Year’s Eve Two-Mile Prediction Run

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Get an early start on your New Year’s resolutions with Run Wild Missoula’s New Year’s Eve Two-Mile Prediction Run on Tues., Dec.31 at 6 p.m. at the PEAK's indoor track.... more

Run through the Winter with RWM’s Boston/Spring Marathon Training Class

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Local runners can stay motivated to run all winter and train for the Boston Marathon with Run Wild MIssoula's Boston / Spring Marathon Training Class.... more

The 7th Running of the Missoula Marathon – July 14

The 7th Running of the Missoula Marathon to Take Place on July 14. Over 6,500 Participants Expected in the Missoula Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Kids Marathon, July 13 – 14; The Marathon and Half Marathon ... more

Challenge Yourself — by Running

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Eva Dunn-Frobig blogs about how to challenge yourself by running. Her own story is shared, along with the story of Brian Boyle, Iron Heart author, as examples. ... more

Missoula Runner Sara Stahl Reflects on Her Experiece at the Boston Marathon

By SARA STAHL - I’m on my way home from Boston. I was among the 25,000 people who awoke yesterday to run the world’s greatest marathon and went to bed having been at the heart of a national tragedy. ... more

Run Wild Missoula Encourages Community to Continue to Run and Honor Boston

Run Wild Missoula encourages the community to continue to run and race in honor of those affected by the violence at the Boston Marathon, including at the Superfun(D) 10k, 5k and 1 mile on April 20 in Bonner.... more

Returning to Missoula Marathon Training After an Injury

By DAVID SCHMETTERLING - Training for the Boston Marathon Marathon in 2010 went great. I was at the peak of my running and poised for a personal record. But then things started falling apart .... more

From Afghanistan to the Back of the Pack

By HEATHER JENNER - While moving from Afghanistan to Missoula was hard, joining Run Wild Missoula and the Back of the Pack was one of the smartest things I've done.... more

Calling All Divas! Join the All-Women’s 5K Run on Missoula Diva Day

By SUE FALSEY - This year's Diva Day festivities begin at 9:30 on October 6 with the All-Women's 5K. Costumes are encouraged, so prepare to be fabulous!... more

Get Fit and Have Fun with National Run@Work Day

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - At noon on Friday, Sept. 21, local employers will host group runs/walks to celebrate national Run@Work Day, with help from Run Wild Missoula.... more

Get into a Back-to-School Running Routine

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Autumn is one of the big running seasons in Missoula, and I find that this time of year is one of the best times to get into a running routine.... more

The Run of My Life: The Hardrock 100-Mile Endurance Race

By JOHN HART - This July, I ran the 100-mile Hardrock race in Colorado. I often thought about the encouragement the Missoula running community gave me in the effort.... more

What Does the Future Hold? Long-Range Planning for Run Wild Missoula

By DAVID SCHMETTERLING - Here in Missoula, we have a successful running club: 1400+ runners of all levels, a fantastic marathon, and more. What does the future hold?... more

Get Inspired by Run Wild Missoula’s Beginner Runner Training Class

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Were you inspired by the Missoula Marathon? Run Wild Missoula will offer a eight-week Beginner Runner Training Class starting Aug. 15.... more

The Clumsy Ninjas Take on the Waterton-Glacier Relay

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - The Waterton-Glacier Relay is a 100-mile race from Cardston, Alberta to East Glacier. My team, the Clumsy Ninjas, were up for the challenge.... more

Missoula Marathon Cool-Down: Set a Post-Race Running Goal

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Scores of competitors from around the world ran the Missoula Marathon last weekend. To keep up the running mojo, try setting a post-race goal.... more

The Run-Up to the Marathon: Ingredients for a Great Race

By TRISHA DROBECK - The Missoula Marathon has a formula for putting on a good race: Focus on participants' experience instead of gimmicks to rack up the numbers.... more

The Run-Up to the Marathon: Missoula Marathon Gear Bags

By WAYNE CHAMBERLAIN - It's the little things, like water stops, first aid, and good food that make a race special. So it is with the Missoula Marathon Gear Bag Program.... more

The Run-Up to the Marathon: Back of the Pack Cheerleaders

By PAM GARDINER - Long after the crowd has thinned, the Back of the Pack cheerleaders stay until the very last (best) runner has crossed the Missoula Marathon finish line.... more

The Run-Up to the Marathon: Co-Course Director Mike Foote

By MIKE FOOTE - As a Missoulian and Co-Course Director, it is so important to me to support so many runners in realizing their goals at the Missoula Marathon on July 8.... more

The Great Pre-Race Missoula Marathon Course Clean-Up

By VO VON SEHLEN - The Missoula Marathon showcases Missoula to runners from all over the world. We need your help to clean up the course and put our best foot forward! ... more

Missoula Marathon Volunteers Have More Fun!

By JERI DELYS - The Missoula Marathon is just weeks away, and the buzz is really starting to hit the streets of Missoula. It's not too late to sign up to be a volunteer!... more

Reflections on Coming in Last Place at the Pengelly Double Dip

By MISTY GAUBATZ - I signed up for the Pengelly Double Dip race with no idea what I was getting myself into. I may even have been mildly intoxicated. Mildly.... more

A Saturday Breakfast Walk/Run on Waterworks Hill

By MARILYN MARLER - Each Saturday at 8, a group of runners meet for the Breakfast Run. Last week, we headed to Waterworks Hill to see spring's latest wildflowers.... more

Pengelly Double Dip Celebrates Missoula’s Trails and Friends

By KEVIN TWIDWELL - In addition to honoring David Pengelly, the 2012 Pengelly Double Dip is a tribute to Micah True, also known as Caballo Blanco of “Born to Run" fame.... more

May 30 Training Run for the Missoula Kids’ Marathon

By KATHLEEN DEVLIN - Hey families! The Missoula Kids' Marathon training run is May 30 at 5:30 at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. There will be music and a Monte visit!... more

Run for Fun with Missoula Youth Track

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Kids in kindergarten through middle school can join Missoula Youth Track, a four-week program that introduces kids to the fun of running. ... more

Start ‘Em Young! The Paxson Elementary School Running Club

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - When my son started kindergarten at Paxson Elementary, I was really excited for him to be part of was the Paxson Running Club.... more

Running a Long Way: The Spokane River Run Ultramarathon

By ANNA RUSSELL - I never thought I would run an ultramarathon, but after racing in the River Run 50K Ultramarathon in Spokane recently, I think I've changed my mind.... more

Safety and Self-Defense for Runners

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - On Monday, Run Wild Missoula and the Runner’s Edge hosted a “Safety and Self-Defense for Runners” seminar. Here's some tips for running safely.... more

Running Buddies Forever: At the Back of the Pack

By PAM GARDINER - A year ago, Carol Drake and Donna Bennett were new runners. Today, they sport a great friendship and matching Back of the Pack tattoos.... more

Catch the Run Wild Missoula Bus to Bloomsday

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Run Wild Missoula’s bus to Bloomsday on May 6 is an easy way for runners to get to Spokane for the race and back in one day. And it's fun!... more

Join Run Wild Missoula’s Tuesday Track Workouts

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Olympian Courtney Babcock coaches Run Wild Missoula's Tuesday Track workouts at Dornblazer Field. All ages and abilities are welcome!... more

Running, Walking, and Connecting at a Conversational Place

By PAM GARDINER - The Run Wild Missoula Back of the Pack is celebrating its one year anniversary. We run, walk, converse, and socialize. Everyone is welcome - join us!... more

Walk a Marathon? You Can Do It with Run Wild Missoula!

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Run Wild Missoula's class will help you train to walk the Missoula Marathon. Learn how to walk more efficiently, increase endurance, and more.... more

So Many Reasons to Run for the Luck of It!

By JEN VON SEHLEN - On Saturday, March 10th, Run Wild Missoula presents the third annual Run for the Luck of It! 7-Mile, 5K, and Kids’ Dash.... more

Photo Finish: Neil Chaput de Saintonge for Run Wild Missoula

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Run Wild Missoula and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography Gallery will host a running photo exhibit that opens on Friday, March 2.... more

Back of the Pack Runners’ Book Club

By PAM GARDINER - A spotlight on books written for the slower runners at the Back of the Pack. John “The Penguin” Bingham is a master of books for the BOP.... more

Ready, Set, Train! for the Missoula Marathon

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Is completing a marathon on your bucket list? Join Run Wild Missoula for its Missoula Marathon training class that begins on March 4. ... more

A Run to Honor Sherry Arnold

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - This Saturday, runners will honor Sherry Arnold.... more

Just Another Missoula 5K Race (or Not)

By SCOTT & DARA ROUSE - The Catchem If You Can 5K takes place on Saturday, February 11 at 9:30 a.m. It features the most unique 5K format in town - and free ice cream!... more

The Importance of Running (and Playing)

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Running is an important part of my life, but it’s easy to put it on the backburner. But I always realize when I get out and run that it makes me more efficient, creative, and energetic.... more

Hear Running Coach Jeff Galloway in Person (and It’s Free!)

By PAM GARDINER - Run Wild Missoula is bringing Jeff Galloway to town for a free talk on Wed., Jan 18. This event will inspire all runners who want to run for a lifetime, without injury. YOU CAN DO IT! ... more

Galloway Training for the 2012 Missoula Marathon

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Marathon running gets more popular each year. Run Wild Missoula's Galloway Training Class uses Olympian Jeff Galloway’s run-walk-run method to finish a marathon injury-free. ... more

My New Year Running Goals

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - I've been thinking about what I want for 2012: My goal is to run a sub-20 minute 5K. There, I said it. It’s out to anyone reading this, so now I HAVE to work toward it.... more

How I Started Running

By WALT MAX - My non-runner friends ask, "How did you get started running?" And I tell them, "It was a '69 Kawasaki 500 H1."... more

My First Last Best Place Finish

By PAM GARDINER - As 2011 winds down, I review my year as a runner. One of the most recent and noteworthy memories was my first-ever experience of finishing last in a race.... more

The Art of Letting Go When Race Disaster Strikes

By ANNA RUSSELL - At some point or another, most runners have experienced a letdown in some form or another. The best thing to do is to learn from it and move on to the next race.... more

Dreams of Running and Running in Dreams – in Missoula

By MISTY GAUBATZ - Recently, I dreamt I was running. As I ran the Turkey Day 8k last week, I remembered the dream I had and I realized I was living the dream while I was running.... more

Diabetes and Running: A Beginner Runs the Missoula Half-Marathon

By GINA BROWN - I am a runner, and I happen to have type one diabetes. But I wasn't going to let that stop me from running the Missoula Half-Marathon.... more

Back of the Pack Runners Welcome New Members

By PAM GARDINER, Wellbuddies Coaching Run Wild Missoula’s Back of the Pack mailing list started up just a year ago. Since that time, more than 100 dedicated runners and walkers have gathered around the mot... more

‘Tis the Season for Cold Weather Running

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG - Kickstart the holiday season with the Turkey Day 8K and 3K Family Fun Run on Thanksgiving Day. The event will be on Thursday, November 24 at 9:30 a.m. Races start near Toole Park on the Ri... more

A Birthday Party Run Wild

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG When it came time to plan my son’s sixth birthday party, it only made sense that it would have a running theme. I eat, sleep, and breathe running, and Milo has become more enthusiasti... more

Galloway Training Welcomes Runners from the Back of the Pack

Pam Gardiner talks about how the Galloway Training method has helped her and other non-traditional runners train for and finish the Missoula Marathon and Half-Marathon.... more

Run Wild Missoula Beer Runs

By PAT CROSS. How did these Beer Runs start? They got their start a few weeks before the 2010 Missoula Marathon, a bunch of us had gathered on a warm Wednesday evening at the North Side Kettle House Brewery for... more

Run Wild Missoula Members Come in All Shapes and Sizes

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG. Run Wild Missoula members—all 1,250 of them, although different—are ALL inspiring in some way whether it’s taking their first steps to start training for a 5K, winning the Missoula Ma... more

Missoula All Women’s 5K Run on Diva Day, Oct. 8, 2011

By SUE FALSEY. For the fourth year in a row, the City of Missoula and Mayor Engen have proclaimed an early Saturday in October as Diva Day--to acknowledge and celebrate the central role of women in this commu... more

Who Will I Find at the Back of the Pack?

By PAM GARDINER. We have been writing about the BOP (Back of the Pack) for several months now, but we have not in the process made it clear who belongs in this group. That’s because the definition is, truly,... more

Missoula Celebrates “Runner Friendly Community” Designation

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG. Most of us in who consider ourselves runners in Missoula already know that we are a runner friendly community, but last week those feelings were validated when the Road Runners Club of Amer... more

Missoula’s Mike Foote, the First American to Finish the 2011 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

By MIKE FOOTE. Missoula's Mike Foote recently ran the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc. One of 2300 runners to run the 108 mile race, Mike finished 11th overall with a time of about 24.5 hours and was the First Amer... more

Running with Co-workers

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG. One of the best things I did when I started one of my first jobs out of college was to start running with my co-workers during my lunch hour. I was the only woman in my office and at least ... more

Ultra-marathons: Running to Find Stick Bee Guy

By KEVIN TWIDWELL. Some people run ultra-marathons for the physical challenge. Others run them for the endorphins. I run them for the Stick Bee Guy. In 2001, I signed up for my first 100-mile race, the Vermont ... more

Running Goals for the Back of the Pack

By PAM GARDINER. We learn, almost from birth, that running is about speed. What is running without the race? What is winning without the gold medal? There is, however, an obvious truth: only one person can b... more

Running While on Vacation

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG. I’ve always found running while on vacation a challenge. As I mentally plan how I’m going to spend my days during an upcoming vacation to southeast Alaska I’ve started thinking about... more

Mind Over Matter: One Runner’s Struggle with Marathon-Induced Hypochondria

BY JENNIFER SAUER. Like its name suggests, marathon-induced hypochondria rears its ugly head as a big race nears, right around the time taper begins. After months of injury-free training, a phantom pain appear... more

2011 Missoula Marathon: Success in Many Forms

By PAM GARDINER. The warm glow of the Missoula Marathon and Half continues to pulsate within the running community. Nearly 4,000 of us lined up on June 10 and went the distance of our choice.... more

The Missoula Marathon – It’s More Than a Race

By ANDERS BROOKER. I know I want to write about this year’s Missoula Marathon, but I am struggling with where to start. There are stories of amazing volunteers, months of training and sacrifice, support from... more

Tackling the Pengelly Double Dip Race: Part Two

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG. When I found myself huffing and puffing even before I got on the M Trail I worried, how was I going to make it up 2,700 feet if I was out of breath in the first few hundred yards?... more

Tackling the Pengelly Double Dip Race: Part One

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG. Those of us in the running world have our “dream races”— a mental list of the races we want to run. One of the races on my list has been the Pengelly Double Dip, a 13.5 mile trail ru... more

Missoula Marathon 2011 – Bragging Rights to #5

By WALTER MAX. The Missoula Marathon has remained my favorite race and I’ve managed to run, hobble, or limp through all four of them to date.... more

Missoula Back-of-the-Pack Runners Rock n’ Roll

By PAM GARDINER. Runners were arranged in order of pace, the racehorses and the plowhorses. We were running the Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon. I asked myself, "Why have I done 13 miles 13 times, and why am I look... more

Missoula Running Buddies

By JENNIFER SAUER. Last year, I suffered one of the most tragic fates to befall a runner: My training partner moved away. A new job took him away a few weeks after we ran our second marathon together. I knew t... more

Missoulians Appreciate the Prefontaine Classic!

By ANDERS BROOKER. This year’s Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, OR was full of Olympic stars and world record holders! If you're a track and field fan, there's not a better venue or a better experience in the ... more

Run Wild Missoula Creates Running Friendships

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG. I witnessed a friendship influenced by running a few weeks ago at the Run Wild Missoula Trail Running Class—all because I was late.... more

Follow Your Dreams

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG. The night before important cross-country meets my college coach would show us a short documentary about 1964 Olympian Billy Mills. ... more

Penguins: “Adult-Onset Athletes” Who Run Slowly

By PAM GARDINER. I'm a Penguin. Penguins are “adult-onset athletes” who run slowly. We waddle. We are, nevertheless, passionate about our sport—at whatever pace.... more

When Do You Run?

By ANDERS BROOKER. My life is running. I don’t know how else to put it. And although it’s my passion, I still struggle to fit in my own runs everyday. Whether you are the runner who is out the door ever... more

I Love That My Son Loves Running

By EVA DUNN-FROEBIG. ALL NEW RUN/WALK IT BLOG. We hope our kids will find something in the world that they are passionate about, but when we can share that “thing” with them it’s like winning an Olympic... more

11 Responses to “I Love That My Son Loves Running”

  1. Jen says:

    Hi Eva!
    Congrats to you and Milo!!! He is so darn cute.
    I look forward to reading your posts here on MIM.

    And that reading….good for him! I missed the Riverbank Run this year due to an orchestra trip, but I heard it was awesome. Thanks for all you do, and what you do to support all of us on the outskirts, also!

  2. carolblodgett says:

    Awesome new blog Eva! Looking forward to your writing…as well as the other runners/walkers in Missoula who will be contributing to this blog. Congrats to you and all your efforts with Run Wild Missoula. The Missoula Marathon being named Montana’s Tourism Event of the Year is a HUGE accomplishment!!! The community of Missoula is blessed to have you and all the runners/walkers that make up the Missoula fitness/outdoor Rec scene! Run Wild!!!!

  3. Daria says:

    This is so exciting! I’m so glad you and Milo have found a shared passion. Pretty impressive he ran in crocs too!

    • carolblodgett says:

      Yea, I would have LOVED to have seen a photo of Milo in his crocs!

  4. Keith says:

    Who knows, maybe running in Crocs will be the new craze…

  5. Tim M. says:

    Nice story Eva, and great race Milo! I miss the days of carefree running. He should have raced in his car slippers, those have always looked fast.

  6. Hey, Eva. Thank you for giving crocs the respect they deserve! Kids can do anything in crocs and insist on wearing them for all occasions – running, horseback riding, hiking, formal wear – you name it! I could not agree more – parents get a particularly wonderful sense of fulfillment when they share a passion with their children. I look forward to hearing more about your joint running adventures.

  7. Awe, Eva! LOVE this. When I was pregs with Margot, Andy and I talked about what our kid would be like…we guessed at a few things and then Andy said, “well, she’ll ski. I mean until she’s old enough to choose her own passions. Like, until she’s 21 or so.” We still laugh about it.

    You are so right on when you say “We hope our kids will find something in the world that they are passionate about, but when we can share that “thing” with them it’s like winning an Olympic medal.” And, I love imagining you running hand-in-hand, crocs sailing off in the cold air.


  8. Joanna says:

    Love this Eva! I’m hoping Asa embraces running as well. I bet Milo was a proud little guy! Asa keeps asking me if he can join me on my runs. I’m usually quick to say “some other time”, but you’ve inspired me to say YES! Even if I can’t go as far or fast as I’d like. Also, I’m totally going to Costco to get the BOB books. Asa loves reading them too!

  9. Pam says:

    Thanks Eva…What a great story!

    My 27-year-old son also loves reading and running.

    I still remember our first organized event, the “Cranberry Walk” in Wisconsin’s northwoods when he was about Milo’s age. Now he is running ultra-marathons and still loving it. And reading the rest of the time.

    I share this because I want you to know you have SO MUCH to look forward to. It just gets better and better.


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