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

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

When it Comes to Running in the 2nd Trimester, Not All Pregnancies Are the Same

I’m well into my second trimester now (21 weeks) and felt the inspiration to share some updates about my attempt to continue running while pregnant. If you read the second trimester installment of Salty’s What to Expect from Running When You’re Expecting, you’d think that in the second trimester you’ll completely forget you’re pregnant; everyday will be a good day; you’ll be able to get your mileage back up to where you were before more » Read more

Can You Keep Running While Pregnant? The Quick and Dirty Answer

Running and pregnancy. There is so much confusing information out there. Is it ok for you to keep running when you have a bun in the oven? Let’s consult the experts. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in their 2002 report on exercise during and after pregnancy (which was reaffirmed in 2009), states that most women with uncomplicated pregnancies can adopt ASCM recommendation of 30 minutes of moderate exercise more » Read more

To Run or Not to Run: First Trimester Butterflies

The past 13 weeks have been markedly out-of-character for me. I’ve been sleeping a lot and skimping on the running.  I’ve been taking long, drawn-out, three-hour naps (whenever I can and wishing I could be whenever I can’t). I’ve eaten more Kentucky Fried Chicken mashed potatoes with extra salt and drank more V-8 juice than I ever thought possible. I haven’t made it through a single night’s sleep without having to get up and pee more » Read more

A Salty Baby Story

So, yeah, I finally had a baby! After 8 long days of periodic false labor (regular contractions that peter out and don’t turn into real labor) I went into real labor two days after my due date, on November 30. This made it fun, because not only were we super excited to discover if we were having a boy or a girl, it was also super exciting to see if more » Read more

3rd Trimester: What to Expect from Running When You’re Expecting

In my 1st trimester post I discussed the finer points of morning sickness, extreme exhaustion and adapting to running during pregnancy. In the second trimester post I talked about how relatively great you’ll feel. As I finish writing this last installment about the third trimester I’m 39.5 weeks pregnant … and feel like it! And what does that feel like? Read on! Read more

2nd Trimester: What to Expect from Running When You’re Expecting

As promised, your favorite pregnant runner is back with our second installment of What to Expect from Running when You’re Expecting. This time I’m here to tell you of all the wonderful, and perhaps not so wonderful, things you might experience while running during your second trimester. While the first trimester was all about surviving fatigue, nausea, constipation and other fabulous hormonal effects, the second trimester is often a blissful three more » Read more