Is Breastfeeding Slowing Me Down? Lactation and Competitive Running

Is breastfeeding slowing me down? To be clear, the benefits of breastfeeding for my son and me outweigh any short term negative impact on my speed. Fortunately my livelihood does not depend upon running so I am free to make that choice. Running is a key component of my lifestyle, however, and I have lofty personal goals! I’ve been sitting on a plateau of essentially identical 5k and 10k times more » Read more

Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Winter Running with Babies and Pets

Oh baby, it’s cold outside. Like, realllly cold outside.  We are talking snot icicles. Snowy eyelash mascara. 5 layers of running clothes and a sexy gaiter face mask. Yea, it’s winter in the northeast! As of this writing it was 6 degrees with about 4 inches blanketing the streets of Columbus, Ohio. Icy patches made my 3 miler a bit treacherous. In a few days another clipper is supposed to more » Read more

Ask-A-Salty: Returning to Running After a C-Section

Ask-A-Salty is the feature where YOU ask the questions and WE give you the answers! (If you have a question, you can ask us here.) Today’s question comes to us via Basil: So my friend and running coach had a c-section (her first baby) 11 weeks ago and has been returning to running/training over the past 6 weeks. She’s been good about building back slowly, but is still having some more » Read more

An Interview with Julia Webb

As many of you know from Catnip’s recent post or various other sources, Julia Webb broke the world record for 10k run “pushing a pram” at the Run Like Hell 10k in Portland, OR on October 26 by over four minutes! We were very excited to get the opportunity to talk with Julia about her recent race, running with a stroller, balancing training/parenting/working schedules and many other things! The questions more » Read more

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 PostsA Salty Baby Story Salty’s Postpartum 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