Ginkgo’s Training Log 8.24.14

This week was all about going outside of my comfort zone. Not necessarily in miles run. Not necessarily in pushing my pace or getting on the track to do intervals. Rather, to begin making running more ‘social’ again and check in on the reality of why I am doing it. I have to be honest with myself and make sure I’m not becoming a running machine simply to maintain a more » Read more

5 Post-Long Run Flapjack Recipes

Runner’s World recently posted an article about those flaky, syrupy, delightfully light yet sinful delicacies. Pancakes. Griddle Cakes. Hot Cakes. Flapjacks. Whatever you like to call them. I’m not a huge fan of breakfast foods (eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls and the like are not my favorite; it takes a while for my body to wake up and heavy items like such usually result in some immediate GI discomfort for this more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Training Log 8.17.14

This week has been a super exciting one! We welcomed our little niece, Cameron Eliza Lindamood, on Tuesday! Family has been in town and there have been lots of hospital visits (My sister had to stay a few extra days. She had a c-section since the little babe decided to be breech!). Besides one big spill on Thursday’s run complete with big old cuts and scrapes that look really sexy more » Read more

When Healthy Becomes Unhealthy: Orthorexia

Chances are you’ve heard of Anorexia nervosa. Bulimia nervosa. Binge Eating Disorder. Maybe even EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified). Long-distance runners have some tendencies to flirt with eating disordered behaviors; after all, we’re somewhat obsessed with health, nutrition and exercising.  That’s all fine and dandy, unless it’s taken too far. For some, our personalities and obsessive running habits enter into the dark side, leading toward full-fledged, diagnosable mental illnesses. more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Postpartum Training Log 8.10.14

Hey guys! I finally feel like my miles this week are worth a training log post! I’ve been slowly working on amping up the miles and increasing pace, and now that I’m seven weeks postpartum, I’ve officially gotten the clear to train for the Columbus Half Marathon, which will be October 19th! I’m super pumped to be back to feeling more like myself (minus a few residual effects like engorged/full more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Baby Story

“I know there is a lot of stigma and really, the word is ignorance, behind pregnant women and exercising […] and the truth is, it’s good for the mom and the baby.” -Alysia Montano, after running an 800-meter at the USATF championships in Sacramento at 34 weeks pregnant. Alysia Montano, an American middle-distance runner and five-time USA Outdoor Champion who has conquered the 800 meter distance in a sizzling 1:57.34 more » Read more

Ginkgo’s Training Log 6.14.14

Counting down the days until Baby Sexton arrives! I’ve been transitioning to what I call “running walks”. I run (approximately a 9:45 minute pace these days) for about 5 minutes, walk about 2 minutes, run again about 5 minutes (you get the point) for a 2 or 3 mile loop. Between the growing pressure, Braxton Hick’s, and immediate urge to pee every time I leave the house (no matter how more » Read more

Pregnant Running Inspiration: Kara Goucher

“So my advice to you when your pregnancy comes is to calmly let your running take a backseat for a while. For however long it takes. Meanwhile, embrace your pregnancy for all it’s worth.” As my feet pounded heavily on my attempted run today and I felt out-of-breath and hopeless just two miles in, I got to wondering how the Kara Gouchers of the elite running world handled their pregnancies? more » Read more

5 Ways The End of Pregnancy is Like the End of a Marathon

At about 4 weeks before my due date, I’m gearing up for the final push and getting ready for the biggest finish line of my life –  you know, the one with the stirrups and IVs, the hospital gown and that itty bitty newborn that’s all mine (oh, and my husband’s!) who might look like an alien for the first few days, but he’ll be the cutest gosh darn thing more » Read more