Ginkgo’s First Postpartum Half Marathon

If you kept up with my posts last spring and summer, you may have realized that my world has been flipped and turned upside down as of late. Our first son, Connor, was born on June 22, 2014, and my priorities, including my running, have all changed significantly in the past couple of months. Finding time to train with a four month old isn’t exactly an easy task and functioning more » Read more

Running and Breastfeeding: Mastitis

About a year ago, Salty wrote a information-laden post about breastfeeding and training: Got Milk? Running and Breastfeeding . Since that post appeared, I’ve had my own baby and have been exclusively breastfeeding for the past three months, which has brought me back to reading this post several times. I want to ensure that my milk supply and quality are not being affected by my desire to train for a half more » Read more

Fast Food: Coordinating Racing and Breastfeeding

OMG, friends! Can you believe Salty Running has been silent on the topic of boobs for almost a year now?! We are certainly overdue to break that streak! Salty’s already given us the low-down on training while breastfeeding but racing is an additional logistical challenge. How do we deal with the boobs so that baby gets his milk and mommy gets comfortable to race? Related PostsSalty’s Postpartum Running Update – Week more » Read more

My Postpartum Running Journey – So Far

Baby JB is almost 12 weeks old! And I’m nearly 8 weeks into my new phase of running. I had a pleasant, “medically boring” pregnancy, running through 35 weeks, but initial recovery from birth was not quite a cakewalk. After a marathon 53-hour labor, I had some significant wounds that made just about everything other than eating quite painful, even requiring my re-admission to the hospital. But as they say, time heals and more » Read more

Got Milk? Running and Breastfeeding

Boobs. It’s one of our favorite topics around here and, surprisingly, one of the top Google searches that leads readers to our site. Well, not readers like you; rather, dudes looking for women runners with bouncing boobs (true story!). Here’s the post they get. Anyway, this isn’t that kind of boob post. Today we’re talking about boobs doing their job. You know, breastfeeding. Most research on breastfeeding and exercise focuses on the effect more » Read more

The Comeback Series Gets Personal

If you’ve been following along with my comeback from having baby #3, at this point you might be wondering what the heck happened to me. I was updating my logs and then I stopped. I alluded to an injury, but never explained what it was. Today I am going to fill you in. Comebacks are not always linear. There are often ups and downs. Setbacks happen and then are followed more » Read more

The Loneliness of the Competitive Running Mom

There are moments when I’m acutely reminded why it’s so unusual for nursing mothers of three small children to attempt to become elite amateur athletes. Is it just me, or is the time of life when we are parents of small children a time when we actually have every excuse in the book for throwing our hands up and surrendering the fight? To quit the hobbies that make us ourselves. more » Read more

5 Things New Running Moms Need

Did you hear the good news? Oiselle wearing, pro runner, Picky Bar and Believe I Am founder, prolific blogger and Runners World columnist Lauren Fleshman had her baby on Monday. Mazel Tov! You might have expected some nod to Father’s Day in this Friday 5, but instead, inspired by Ms. Fleshman’s little bundle, I decided to make this one a nod to mother runners. (I swear it has nothing to more » Read more

Salty’s Training Log – 6.8.13

Sometimes even the boss needs a break. The demands of three kids and other life stuff got on top of me and I needed a little vacation from Salty stuff. Sorry I’ve been m.i.a. with the training logs. I missed one and then thought I’d catch up the next week and then missed another and now it’s been over a month since I last posted a log. EEK! In that more » Read more

Salty’s Postpartum Running Update – 22 Weeks

It was a typical week for me lately, save for yesterday. We piled the whole family into the car and headed to our local Y for their annual fundraising 5k. Although I am far from PR or even respectable racing shape (relative, of course) I couldn’t resist participating in this race to support the Y which offers my family so much and give my registration dollars to a great cause. more » Read more

Salty’s Postpartum Running Update – 21 Weeks

Just a few days until the 5 month mark. It really is flying by. Baby is growing leaps and bounds and so are my big kiddos. They each got a pair of their first real running shoes and they call them their “really fast shoes.” It’s so cute. They wear them every chance they get to demonstrate how fast they are. This will get put to the test this coming more » Read more

Salty’s Postpartum Running Update – Weeks 19 and 20

I was working on last week’s training log and then the bombs hit and then my training log seemed like the dumbest thing on earth to spend any time on. I just couldn’t deal with it. And even this week, as the other Salty Bloggers have noted in their own logs, it still feels so inconsequential. But, as Mint said, the show must go on. In the face of all more » Read more

Salty’s Postpartum Running Update – Week 18

Baby is rolling over and jumping in her little jumperoo thing and playing in the exersaucer. She plays with toys and interacts with us. It’s awesome! It’s a little sad in that my youngest is no longer that blobby newborn that I can place on my bed and trust she’ll be there when I get back. But, she’s developing perfectly and for that, I am so grateful! As for me, more » Read more

Salty’s Postpartum Running Update – Week 17

This was a weird week. At the beginning of the week I felt really blah. I felt unusually tired and unmotivated. I was really down about things and didn’t feel any of the usual joy I feel about spending time with the kids or *gasp* running. I even emailed Clove mid-run on Monday while I was nursing the baby to report that even a run wasn’t improving my mood. What’s more » Read more