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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas for Friends and Runners

Holiday Gift Ideas for Runners and Friends. 

Nox Gear Light Vest-

BSeen LED Slap Band

May Designs Personalized Planners

Rundies from Oiselle

Believe Training Journal

Sparklysoul Head Bands

Buff Headwear

North Face Hats

Anthropologie- Monagram Mug and Volcano Candles

Alex & Ani Jewelry

Momentum Jewelry

Sparkle phone Case :)

Garmin- Watches

Smartwool socks

Reflective Clothing

Thursday, November 10, 2016


Thank You Jill Jillian Parker and Andrea VerHage for speaking truth into a Group of young Girls last night. Your words were a GREAT reminder for all of us. Running Is GREAT some of us LOVE it !! Some us of us kind of LOVE/HATE it haha .. but it really is a metaphor for life. Sometimes it is HARD, sometimes it is EASY and FUN, but either way we have to keep going, keep moving forward, and KEEP GOD at the Center of it ALL !!!.
-Hebrew 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

2016 Zeeland Turkey Trot


Use Coupon Code 'runclub2016' to get $5 off your Zeeland Turkey Trot Registration

I Love this Run/Race. It gets me going on Thanks Giving Morning and helps me feel better about a day that I will spend eating WAY to much food. HAHA 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016


This post is a Simple Reminder !! 
But lets be honest Easier said then Done 

Monday, September 19, 2016


Runner Stories :) Head on over to the HC Cross Country Blog for a series on digging deeper and taking running to the next level. Stories from Past and present Cross Country runners.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday Meal

Monday Meal 

Today's Monday Meal Comes from the Dashing Dish Newsletter. Avocado Chicken Salad. Healthy Fat and Protein make this great for dinner or easy to take along for lunch at work and keep you full all afternoon.

Enjoy !!

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Fly style at XC Camp !!!! 
*This is not a Sponsored post

Thanks to Oiselle (wa-zell) we were comfy and stylish at XC Camp this year !! The Girls and Coaches Loved the style and the Comfortableness of the outfits. 

Coaches and Twinners 

The Tattoos were a big hit !!

Sara kindly Modeled a few things 
Riley was not impressed and figured she should be in the pictures as well haha Silly Dog 

Check out their website and do a little shopping 
Use the discount code listed below for 10% off your first order  

Monday, August 8, 2016

Upcoming Events

Good Morning,

I hope you had a Fantastic weekend !! A Few upcoming events !!!

Beech wood Church Run the Woods 5k

Holland to Haven 1/2 Marathon and Marathon

Park to Park 1/2 Marathon

HC Classic 5k

Have  A Great Day

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Good Morning

Good Morning, 

I hope that you are having a fantastic day so far :) It is going to be a WARM one today, but hey it is summer right :) 

I have been doing a terrible job keeping up with blogging, not feeling like I have had much to say and just busy with life .. 

Today's workout Classes are 

4:00 Mom and Kids Class at Helder Park, Someone will be there to watch the kids on the play ground so the Moms can get a workout, strollers are also welcome. 

7:00 Workout at Tunnel Park, This is a higher impact workout with sand, stairs, running :) always a great time. 

and here's a little workout for you do do at home. 

Have a Great Day 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Groove With ZCS Girls and Rose Park Girls

Zeeland Christian Girls Run Club GROOVE !!!! 
70+ Girls Dancing and Singing and Having a BLAST !!! It was so much fun to see them laughing and jumping and smiling. this is what GROOVE is all about. 

Rose Park Girls on the Run GROOVE 
I coached at Rose Park for the Past 3 years so it was fun to visit them this year and GROOVE with them. 


This week
Tuesday 7:30 Cardio/Combo Circuit at Pure Performance
Wednesday 7:00 GROOVE at Noordeloos
Thursday 6:15 Cardio/Combo Circuit at Pure Performance
Saturday 10:30 GROOVE Fundraiser at Noordeloos

Friday, April 1, 2016

GROOVE-W/ Hamilton Girls on the Run

Thank You
 Hamilton Elementary For letting me Come GROOVE with you It was so Much fun !! 

This is what GROOVE is truly about EMPOWERING Girls and Women to be Strong Confident .


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Running To Get Faster

Running to get Faster.. Don't we all want to set a new PR?  In whatever length Race we are running 5K, 10K or Marathon. I think the Answer is YES !! but what does it take to get faster and run stronger? Well it takes TIME, a PLAN, and COMMITMENT.

  • Give yourself adequate Training Time before your next race 

  • Make a Plan or have someone make a plan for you. I Recently decided to have someone make a plan for me, something that would help me kick it up a notch. Check out these Links to Learn more. 

  • Commiment- STICK to your PLAN !!! 

Cross Training Moves to keep you Strong 
A video posted by Melissa Jo Schrotenboer (@lovetomovemi) on

Follow Up :)


I hope that you are having a FANTASTIC week So far :) 

I just had to share this Follow up Comment to the Post - What is GROOVE ? 

Thank You Heather For the Great Comment :) 

Melissa rocks the DANCEfloor with GROOVE where you get a great workout, while honoring and loving your body in the best way possible!! It is NATURAL to move your way...not really natural copying someone else all the time, right?- Heather Winia 

Photo Cred: Elisabeth Vanderwall Photography

Monday, March 28, 2016

What Is GROOVE ?

What is GROOVE ? 
Groove is a Super Simple Dance, Fitness, Party, Event. 
I will Give you the moves You make them your own and take them all around the space. 

Photo's courtesy of Elisabeth Vanderwall Photography

APRIL 13 @ 7:00 at Noordeloos CRC

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fun little Survey

What are you ? 
  • Currently Anticipating…
    • Spring Races, Gazelle Girl, 5/3 River Bank Run, Bayshore :) 
  • Currently Avoiding…
    • Paperwork and budgeting at home 
  • Currently Coveting…
    • New Spring Shoes for Running and a cute pair
  • Currently Craving…
    • SPRING!!! and SUN and Flowers!!!! 
  • Currently Watching…
    • The Flash and Gossip Girl on Netflix and the Vampire Diaries on TV
  • What are you Reading...
    • Just Finished The Choice 

Give it a Try ... What are You ? Currently ...

Don't Forget Tuesday(7:30) and Thursday(6:15) 
Conditioning Group Class at Pure Performance Training 
$5 Drop in 

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    Staying on Track while on Vacation

    Hey Girls My Name is Melissa and I LOVE Running, I am an Assistant High School Cross Country Coach, Girls on the Run Coach and Part time Fitness Instructor. I have Run a ton of 5ks, 10k's, a 15k, a number of 1/2 Marathons, the 5/3 River Bank Run a few times, and 1 Marathon so far. Last Year 2015 was my first Gazelle Girl 1/2 Marathon and I LOVED it. I also recently wrote this post about Motivation, you can Find it here  Monday Motivation on the Gazelle Girl Blog. Keep Checking into to the Gazelle Girl blog for Inspiration, Training Tips, and all things Gazelle Girl. 

    Today I want to talk you about staying on track with going on vacation. I wanted to share my tips with you because even when I go on vacation still get a run in. Don't get me wrong vacation is a great time to relax and enjoy time with family and friends, but is also a great opportunity to explore new places and see new things. On almost all of my vacations I have always managed to still get in a few runs. When in Mexico they had a gym that I could use or I would run around the resort, in Maui I would run along the ocean because seriously how often does that happen. When I visit my Grand Parents in Florida every Year I absolutely Love Running the beaches in the Morning when the sun is coming up.

    Here are my Tips for Staying on track while on Vacation 
    • Pick a Resort/Hotel that has a Fitness Center 
    • Pick a Resort/Hotel that has paths for walking/running 
    • Look for nearby trails and adventures that you can go on while you are on vacation
    • In your training Schedule Plan for Vacation, make it a lighter running week so that you can go on runs that are for fun and adventure 
    • Look for a Race while you are there
      • I usually look for 5k's because they are short and sweet and bonus if they come with a fun t-shirt from your vacation destination, now you have something cool to tell your friends about
    • If you are going someplace warm, plan your run for the morning when it is cooler and less busy.
      • If you have kids with you this will give you some great alone time. 
      • It will also give you a chance to see some beautiful sunrises, take a picture and #gazellegirl share your adventure with other like minded runners 
    • Remember you are on Vacation, these runs should be fun and enjoyable not about paces, and tempos, and hills all though if you find a great hill while you are out there might as well dominate it :) !!
    • If you are going someplace where you do not feel comfortable running outside,  For example: Las Vegas we went there a couple of years ago and I did not feel comfortable running on my own even early in the morning. 
      • Find a running buddy if you are going with friends 
      • Use the Gym at your Hotel, most of time Hotels have Gyms you just have to look for them
    Have FUN !!! on your Vacation Runs !! #Gazellegirl 

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    What is Holding you back

    I want to get in shape but…. 

    I want to eat healthy but…. 

    I want to workout but I don’t have time. 

    I want to eat healthy but it’s too expensive

    Many of us have multiple obstacles we must overcome, but that is life and if you truly want something you will figure it out and you will overcome. 

    Will it be easy? NOPE. 

    Nothing in life worth having will ever come easy, there will be sacrifices and it just comes down to are you willing to pay the price to be successful? 

    Are you willing to work a little bit harder? 

    Are you willing to wake up a little bit earlier? 

    Are you willing to plan and prep your food on the weekend? 

    No matter what you want in life it is right in front of you, but between you and your goals is a lot of hard work…. you just have to be willing to work for it !!!!!

    I believe in you! 
    Click Here To Learn More

    Monday, February 22, 2016


    ***** NEWS********LOVE TO MOVE MI*****
    Just a Quick update for the Next Couple of Weeks. I have a Little vacation to Florida Coming up and have to update my CPR cert.
    All Classes at Pure Performance are $5 Drop in, Punch Cards are also Available.
    2/23-7:30pm Circuit with Melissa Helder-Schrotenboer at Pure Performance

    2/25-NO CLASS!!!

    3/1-7:30pm Circuit with Sasha Sandor-Fitness at Pure Performance

    3/3-6:15pm Circuit with Melissa Helder-Schrotenboer at Pure Performance

    3/8-7:30pm Circuit with Sasha Sandor-Fitness at Pure Performance

    3/9-GROOVE Time is TBD with Melissa Helder-Schrotenboer at Noordeloos CRC, This is a Donation Only GROOVE we will be donating the $ to the Church and kids are welcome to join in on this GROOVE. 

    3/10 6:15pm-Circuit with Melissa Helder-Schrotenboer at Pure Performance

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016

    Staying Motivated

    Gazelle Girl Guest Blogger Post!!! 

    Check out This post on 
    Gazelle Girl Half Marathon Blog

    This was the original which just has a few more pictures!!! 

    Hey Girls My Name is Melissa and I LOVE Running, I am an Assistant High School Cross Country Coach, Girls on the Run Coach and Part time Fitness Instructor. I have Run a ton of 5ks, 10k's, a 15k, a number of 1/2 Marathons, the 5/3 River Bank Run a few times, and 1 Marathon so far. Last Year 2015 was my first Gazelle Girl 1/2 Marathon and I LOVED it. 


     I want to to talk to you about staying Motivated !!! We have busy Lives with Family, Work, Friends, and maybe some volunteering. Our days can fly by in the blink of and eye and we loose track of time. But we also have Goals!!! or maybe a Bucket list :) Things we want to accomplish whether that be your first 5k or 1/2 Marathon or hitting a new PR in a race. With some many ways to stay busy how do we stay motivated to RUN or HIT our running goals.  

    Here are my Top ways to stay motivated. 

    • Find A Running Group
      • I have a group the always runs on Saturday Morning for their Long run so even though when I want to sleep in Saturday Morning I know they are going to be there

    • Find a Go to Running Girl Friend 

      • Finding someone that you can just run and chat with will make running more enjoyable, not all runs are long or hard so finding a friend that can consistency go with you will help you get out the door and enjoy your run
      • I have give a big shout out to my sister the best running buddy I have and we are stuck with each other :) Love  Ya

    • Sign up for a race or a few races 

      • To stay motivated through the winter I sign up for a few spring races that way I have something to train towards. 
      • I also look for races in fun places, Like I am going to visit my Grand Parents in Florida at the end of February and I found a Coconut 5K to do down there while I am vising. Run on Vacation ? YES who wouldn't want to run along the beach and ocean. 
    • Follow a runner the inspires you on Instagram 
      • I follow a few different runners and bloggers on Instagram that Inspire and motivate me. Seeing their workouts and pictures just helps me keep going. 
    • Get a Running Plan made for you by a Coach
      • I just got my first personalize running plan made just for me with workouts at my paces and for the days that I run. It feels good to know that your workouts are all for purpose and will help you hit your goals. 

    I asked a Few of my Runner Friends to help me with this post and share what motives them. 

    • Energy, feeling better, weight, being able to hit goals to go faster and longer- Jaime
    • What keeps me motivated to run is signing up for 5ks and having my friends signing up with me. I have never been a runner but once I was successful at running my first mile without stopping it made me motivated to try and run another and another. Also, a great playlist helps motivate me to run! - Becky
    • Energy and the energized feeling after a really good run; time with friends; health physically and spiritual and emotional renewal and revitalization; seeing and experiencing creation in ways only possible on foot- Virginia
    • I always keep some sort of goal in mind. A certain pace, distance, or race. Challenging myself keeps me motivated. I would also add that resting and not overdoing it keeps me motivated because I am less likely to burn out. After a few days of active rest (walking, yoga, etc) I end up looking forward to the next time I can get out and run.- Megan
    • The runners high afterwards always makes me feel great. I am also competitive and I love seeing the improvements I am making. And signing up for races is a good way to make sure I keep going and challenging myself.-Whitney
    • The best motivation is races! Runners are a very inclusive group and no one cares how fast you run except yourself. The feeling you have after finishing a race is unbeatable.-Susan
    • I feel great after! Helps my anxiety. It allows this mama time to her self  
      And if you run with a friend it becomes girl time.-Dana
    • No matter how hard it is to get out there (too early, too late, too cold, too hot...), you're never sorry later that you did it!-Jennifer