Hey friends! I am back, but in a completely different form. My son, William Carl, was born Monday, June 19th, and life has been a whirlwind ever since. After twenty-six point two hours of labor he was lying in my arms and I became a mother.
I am a full-time critical care nurse, who, in my spare time, loves to pound the pavement around the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. I am originally from Wisconsin, and ran for the University of Minnesota where I learned how to run smart, healthy, and happy. I enjoy writing about my adventures in running and what I have learned from racing. I hope to be an inspiration to other women to reach high!
According to US News and World Reports, 15 million Americans work the night shift. And according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, one-fifth of all Americans work in the evening, at night, or on a rotating shift. I’m one of those people. Here is the story of how I adapted to training while working night shift.
I started as a nurse about seven years ago. The first job I landed was a day-shift only position. Sure, it’s not easy to wake up at 4:30 a.m. to squeeze in a run before work, but it’s relatively normal and something most runners have to do at some point. Less than a year later, I landed a better position for my career, but one requiring me to rotate from day shift (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.) to night shift (7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.). I was young and didn’t have a family to worry about or anything like that, so I just went along with whatever the scheduler needed. Read more >>
When I was 34 weeks pregnant with my first child, I was visiting my tiny hometown. Every fall a church on a main road sticks 4,000 crosses in their front lawn to serve as a representation of aborted babies.
My run took me right by this church, and there was a man walking towards me. As I passed, he said, “I’d hate for you to add another cross there” while pointing at the church lawn. It took me a while to digest what he said, I just smiled and waved as I passed him.
Then it hit me in the gut. This guy just implied I was trying to kill my child because I was running!
A good friend of mine told me this story and I still can’t believe it. Pregnancy can be an anxiety-ridden time, especially for first-time mothers. Our heads are often swirling with questions: How does this work? When does this happen? Why is this happening? What should I do for this?
And everyone, from friends to strangers like the guy above, seems to have an opinion. And what’s worse, is that they are more than willing to share it, even when we don’t want their opinion or advice. That’s true for everything about pregnancy, including running.
I feel like I’m finally growing up. I’m 29 years old and, after my first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage last year, I’m pregnant again, seven months along to be exact. I mean, I am almost 30, it’s about time I grow up, right? But for real, pregnancy has left me amazed by what the human body is capable of and it has also made me humble, count my blessings, and think a little more deeply about my life, including where running fits in it.
I haven’t always had a healthy, balanced relationship with running. Going into my first pregnancy, before my miscarriage, I told my husband all about how I wanted to be super-fit and not gain any unnecessary weight. I wanted to be like super-woman, pregnant style. But I think the realities of pregnancy have taught me that running is about much more than keeping me fit-looking or as fast as I can be. Read more >>
Spring is in the air! I went into this race being 28.5 weeks pregnant and had absolutely no idea what was going to happen. Lately, some of my runs feel decent, and I am averaging around 8:30-8:45 minute mile pace. Other days, I can barely hang on to a 9:20 and require numerous walking breaks. There’s no saying how I’ll feel on any given day.
My expectations for this race were out the window and I was prepared to just enjoy it no matter how I felt!
I have yet to post a training log since my training has been anything but exciting these past few months being pregnant. But, I thought I would highlight a random week of my fabulous pregnancy running!
Week 26 of pregnancy:
Monday: Back from a day of traveling home for baby shower #1, got on the treadmill at 8pm and ran 1.5 miles. Baby Turmeric wasn’t feeling it today, so we called it quits.
Tuesday: 6 miles at 8:34 pace, feeling much better!
Wednesday: Off day… working a few nights in a row wears me out lately. A typical night at work gets me around 10,000 steps, so lately I consider that a win!
Thursday: 4.5 miles at 8:52 pace. Took it easy today.
Friday: 7 miles at 8:48 pace! Not incredibly “far” but I will take it! Felt great, and it was beautiful outside.
Saturday: 1.5 miles + leg workout at home (squats, lunges, resistance band exercises)
Nothing crazy this week, but I was happy to run over 20 miles! My goal is to run off of feel, not over-do it but still remain active and healthy.
Well, here I am, already halfway through this pregnancy. I remember when I first discovered I was pregnant, I frantically googled and researched “pregnancy” to learn all the things I should expect. I was trying to figure out how other women felt at different points in their pregnancies so I could compare that to how I felt. I wanted to know everything. Was my belly showing more than normal? When should I start wearing maternity pants? When would my boobs stop hurting?
Looking back, I was nervous and wanted some reassurance, and I devoured Salty’s What to Expect From Running series. But, knowing how much I enjoy reading about other expectant mom’s experiences, I thought I’d add a footnote to Salty’s more general posts about running and pregnancy, to add a little more context. Read more >>
Ah, the easy run. In theory easy runs are so simple; just run, well, easy! But in practice they’re very difficult to get right. What exactly is “easy” when it comes to running, anyway? Is it a pace? An effort level? Is it an objective measurement? A subjective one?
Salty took care of explaining some of the basics in her post on easy runs. She explains why it’s important to run easy for: a) recovery from workouts and races; and b) building an aerobic base. I want to dive a little deeper into easy runs. Let’s explore more about not only why it’s important to get them right, but also how! Read more >>
Miscarriage sucks, in so many ways. It’s really one of those indescribable events in someone’s life that no one thinks they’ll ever have to experience until it happens, but when it does, it is absolutely gut-wrenching.
Last year ended up being one where we had to keep the faith, waiting and hoping for better news ahead of us. But that can be so, so hard, especially when everyone around you seems to be achieving all the things you want now. And for runners, this limbo of an extended period of trying to conceive is also, often, limbo for our running goals, which adds to the feelings of loss and frustration.
Photo by Ben Blair
Gabriele Grunewald, Gabe to her friends, is a professional runner and three-time cancer survivor.
Yes, you read that correctly. In fact, it was her first bout with cancer that inspired Gabe to see how far she could go in running. Before that, she never really thought a professional running life would be possible for her. But surviving cancer made her focus and she adopted a “Why not me?” attitude. We’ve been so inspired by Gabe’s courage, openness and determination in despite of all her obstacles and we know you will be too! Read more >>
Some days, I wish I had an office job where I could walk into work in a cute skirt and blouse, coffee in hand, hair done, makeup on, knowing exactly when I was going to take my lunch break, when I had my first meeting of the day, and maybe even when I could pee.
That is not my job.
I typically arrive at work with a coffee that rarely gets finished until 1am, my hair half-wet, and I don’t bother wearing makeup, since I’ll probably sweat it off anyway. I don’t usually get to pee until six hours in, and well, let’s be honest, I take a nap on my lunch break, usually around 3:00 a.m.
I am an ICU nurse. I work from the time most people are finishing up dinner to the time they leave for work. And running helps me cope with the stresses of my job so much better.
Six years ago, I ran my first marathon. After racing on the track or cross-country, running a road race, particularly one so long, was a shock to my system. I ran like a deer in headlights for the entire 26.2 miles. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. In fact, it took me three marathons before I figured out (the hard way) that going out hard as I was taught to do in college, is a death-march sentence in a marathon. I knew there had to be another way of achieving my time goals. But what was it?
I looked to my training log for the answer and there I realized that some of my best and favorite workouts were progression runs, runs that finish faster, sometimes much faster than they started. So I decided to apply what I found to be successful in my training to my road-racing. Why not? If it worked for my workouts, racing negative splits might work well for me too in the marathon and maybe even other distances. Read more >>
Everything happens for a reason. These are at once the best and the worst words ever.
Usually, people say this when things don’t go their way, and they really don’t know what else to say. For me, it was all I had to hold on to ten months ago. It was what kept me going, even though I hated it.
One year ago, October 2015, my husband and I found out we were pregnant for the first time. We were ecstatic. Everything was going to be perfect. Until it wasn’t. At 12 weeks, we went for what we thought was going to be a normal ultrasound, and walked out completely blindsided. How could this happen to us, two healthy, young people who did practically everything right? Our OB kept our hopes up. She told us, it wouldn’t take long to get pregnant again. She told us to try to go back to our normal lifestyles once we let ourselves grieve and heal.
After a few months of grieving, naturally I decided to train to race a marathon. Read more >>
Hey Salties! I am so honored to be here! You can call me Turmeric, which is known for many healing properties. It seemed like a great choice, as just under a year ago, my husband and I experienced a miscarriage. I have spent these last ten months recovering and healing. The hole in our hearts will never be completely filled, but we are doing our best to patch it up. Our grief brought us closer than ever as a couple, and we have learned to never take the small things for granted!
I am originally from a town called Waukesha in southeastern Wisconsin, just outside of Milwaukee. I began running in middle school, when I showed up for cross-country practice thinking we were literally going to be running across the country. The coaches told my parents I was too thin to run, that I needed some meat on my bones. Little did they know, I had been athletic since I was about 6, mostly as a speed skater. I was determined to prove them wrong. Read more >>
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