Pregnancy, Running, Identity and Purpose

We’ve talked about changing running identities before. Life changes, we change, our running changes. Sometimes that means change of scenery, and I myself went through this as I transitioned from the track to the roads after college. Maybe it’s the transition from road racing to trails or back to the roads. There are so many ways we adapt our identity throughout our running lives. Lately, I’ve found myself struggling with my more » Read more

Which is Harder: Labor or a Marathon?

Which is harder: going through labor or racing a marathon? Why is this an age-old question? Maybe people compare them because they seem like similar events. Both require dedication, as well as physical and mental stamina. They take months of preparation and are an accomplishment to finish. Now that I have run over a dozen marathons and given birth to three kids, I realize there’s no comparison! Birth is a more » Read more

Oh to Be a Pregnant Runner: Running and Trying to Conceive

This past spring, whenever I went to CVS for a pregnancy test or prenatal vitamins, my receipt included a coupon for tampons. (Other purchases warranted different coupons.) “Nope,” said CVS with a sneer. “No baby this month.” It was like a slap in the face. Because dammit, CVS, for months you were right. I was originally optimistic about the ease of transitioning from serious runner to mother-to-be because of how more » Read more

Last Run

If I had known last Sunday was going to be my last run, for possibly a long time, I would have gone further. I would have savored the fresh air, enjoyed the scenery despite running down a sidewalk near a business park, and relished the heaviness of my breath and tiredness of my legs. Instead, I took it all for granted, assuming I would wake up the next morning and more » Read more

A Non-Pro’s Guide to Timing a Pregnancy Around Running

Like any major life decision, deciding when to become pregnant can be difficult. Besides the fact that timing it perfectly isn’t always possible, there never seems like an ideal time. This is true even if you know it’s something you really want and even if, on paper, it seems like the logical next step in your life. But unlike other life-altering events, such as moving, changing jobs, or getting married, more » Read more

Should Pregnant Runners Follow Training Plans?

In the few days after learning I was pregnant with my first child, I wondered if should stick with my training plan. I quickly found, however, that was not going to happen. From morning sickness and fatigue in the first trimester to increasing back discomfort and round ligament pain in the second and Braxton-Hicks contractions in the third, I found that listening to my body and running just for the sake of getting out more » Read more

On the 7th Day of Christmas Running Gave To Me: a Healthy Pregnancy

Here at Salty Running, we know moms-to-be can keep running as long as their pregnancies are normal. But I knew I wasn’t exactly going to have a “normal” pregnancy, at least not mentally. When I first saw those two pink lines, I admit that negative thoughts of inevitable weight gain and reduced mileage flooded my mind, despite the blissful joy of realizing I’d been blessed with my little “nugget.” Running more » Read more

A Chat with Liz Blackwell on Racing, Pregnancy and More!

You can see the 13-mile marker in the distance. You look down at your watch and goosebumps rise on your arms; you’re about to nail a huge PR. Just as you look up, a woman passes you. A synapse fires in your end-of-the-race-foggy brain. Is that lady..? No! Couldn’t be. Wait … a sec … OH. MY! That lady is definitely pregnant! If you raced the Rock n’ Roll L.A. more » Read more

C-section Complications and Runners

With cesarean deliveries accounting for about one in every 3 births, many of us soon-to-be or new running moms will find ourselves facing a return to running after a c-section. It is my goal to help you make your running comebacks as soon as and as smoothly as possible! Last week, I questioned the standard c-section recovery recommendations, which require 6-8 weeks off running.  I believe it is acceptable to more » Read more

Does C-section Recovery Time Apply to Runners?

According to the CDC, in 2013, C-sections accounted for 32 .7% of US births[i].  That’s one in three births, people.  No matter how fit we runners are, even we are very likely to deliver our babies via c-section. However, as runners, there’s one thing we are also likely to do: disregard medical advice, especially when it comes to things like rest and recovery time. Those recommendations are for average people more » Read more

8 Rules for Running After a C-Section

I kind of think I’m invincible. I’m willing to guess many of you can relate to this feeling.  I live an extremely active lifestyle, running about 50 miles per week, bike commuting 6 miles each way, and walking my dogs at least 3 miles a day.  I was able to run (ok, waddle would be more accurate) throughout pregnancy thanks to encouragement from Salty’s pregnancy posts. I even ran 6 more » Read more

5 Running and Pregnancy Tips … for Men!

“WE’RE pregnant!” Uh, come again? We’re pregnant? There are very few circumstances when this statement is cool. Two pregnant women standing next to each other berating someone for calling them fat? Totally cool, especially if followed with “you __hole.” A not-pregnant person standing with his or her pregnant surrogate or adoption birth-mom-to-be? Way cool. “Hey guys, Maureen and I got married 2 years ago and just celebrated our 32nd birthdays and guess 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

It’s Okay to Stop Running During Pregnancy

The great thing about being a woman in distance running today is that the stigma is gone. Not only are we allowed to participated in events of all distances, it’s becoming more and more acceptable to do so during that magical time called pregnancy. Thanks in part to a number of elite runners who ran while gestating, experts espousing the benefits of continuing to run during pregnancy and sites like more » Read more

How to Stay Motivated to Run While Pregnant

You’re pregnant – congratulations! As a Salty reader you’re probably aiming to maintain an exercise regimen during your pregnancy, but for anyone (pregnant or not), motivation can be hard to find — especially when hormones cause you to need multiple naps or puke unexpectedly. Ugh. Here are a few tips to keep you on the fitness wagon during your pregnancy. Read more