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

Got questions? Just ask!

Got questions? Just ask!

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 pain near the incision when she does any tempo work or longer stuff (like 8 miles). Have any of you (or anyone you know) returned to running and training after a c-section and experienced this? She’s trying to figure out whether it’s not a big deal and she can keep pushing through it, or whether she should back off a little to give it more time to heal.

We were really excited to field this question, since c-sections are one of the few pregnancy-related topics Salty Running hasn’t covered.  And as it turns out, several of the Salty bloggers have been there and shared a great discussion about their recoveries.  Peppadew takes the helm after the jump!
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When It’s OK to #sweatlikeagirl and When It’s Not

Pit stain is normal if you are working out. Not so normal if you are just sitting around watching TV.

Pit stains are normal if you are working out. Not so normal if you are just sitting around watching TV.

Many women worry that they sweat too much. How much is too much? It’s a tricky question with a more complicated answer. Before we explore this issue, let’s be clear on one thing: sweating is normal. In fact, sweating is needed. It’s your body’s way of cooling itself down. So, one of the first things you can do if you think you might sweat too much is recognize that when you are running or working out in general, it’s ok to have some arm pit stains or sweat dripping down your back or sweat in places that make you look like you peed your pants. It’s normal!

What is not normal? I can tell you firsthand.
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Clove’s Big Announcement!!!

I was here for DB and now he's going to be coming back for me.

I was here for DB and now he’s going to be coming back for me.

I’m going to need bottles.  Lots of them.

So let’s let the cat out of the bag, and quickly.  I won’t be needing baby bottles, I’ll be needing water bottles.  Lots of them.  ‘Cause Clove’s been accepted to run BADWATER.

Yes, the Badwater 135, the mysterious, storied, painful, beautiful, at times completely unfathomable, Badwater.  135 miles across Death Valley, from the lowest point in the continental US (the Badwater Basin) to the (almost) highest, the Whitney Portal.

Not the news you might have been expecting when you heard I was back.  I get it. Read more

Jasmine’s Training on the Treadmill Log – 2.8.15

My new employer. Office even has showers, which changes everything.

What’s it like for a sub-elite runner training almost exclusively on a treadmill?  This training cycle we’re featuring Jasmine as she works toward a sub-3-hour marathon by hitting the ‘mill instead of hitting the road!

I just got back from a stressful weekend in Michigan. If you’ve been following along, you’ve read about me taking a new job in the suburbs of Detroit, which adds a whole new challenge in the middle of a training cycle. This weekend I went to do some scouting so I am ready to find a place to live, so I can start to finalize my relocation plans. All of this is going to happen in 2 weeks! Man, this is a stressful experience. Everything about it is stressful. Just what I need smack in the middle of marathon training! Read more

Readers Roundtable: The Guy Who Got Chicked! (And His Crazy Response)

This guy in the 2010 Iowa Games Tri looked none too pleased when passed by Hannah Roeder, who went on to win the women's field!  Img via Phil Roeder on flickr.

This guy at the 2010 Iowa Games Tri looked none too pleased when passed by Hannah Roeder, who went on to win the women’s field! Img via Phil Roeder on flickr.

Salty Running might be a women-focused site, but man-oh-man, do we ever love men!  They’re our friends and dads and husbands and sons, and they make especially good running companions for those women who train on the faster side.  They give us little flutters in our hearts and make us roll our eyes, and best of all is when they make us laugh!

And nothing makes me laugh more than when a guy gets upset after I pass him.  Oh, you boys and your silly egos!

Even the most non-competitive runner gets a little thrill when she passes someone. It’s not necessarily anything personal, of course; it’s just a natural response to feel a little positive energy.  As someone who’s been passed many times myself, I don’t take it personally when someone passes me, but not everyone is so magnanimous.  Especially when it comes to guys getting passed by us.

So today let’s talk about guys’ reactions to getting chicked!

We want to know what is the craziest, weirdest or funniest thing someone has done when you passed them (or attempted to pass them) in a race or a training run! 

As always, we’ll share our own answers in the comments!

5 Reasons to Get over Your Commitmentphobia and Register for that Race!

fri5Here’s the situation: you’re planning out your race schedule for the next year and there are an overwhelming number of options. There are races you’ve done before and loved, races you’ve always wanted to do, races that are close by and others that are in exciting and possibly tropical locations. There are hilly races and flat races that almost guarantee a PR, races highlighted in your favorite running magazine and local races that send you weekly emails informing you of your last chance to get this awesome shirt!

Once you’ve narrowed it down somewhat (a personal and big no thank you to my alma mater’s indoor marathon) how do you know when it’s time to actually COMMIT and sign up for that darn race?! Read more

Dear Diary: Today I Ran Like a Boss!


Dear Diary (that so happens to be signed by Lauren Fleshman), Today I ran and it was amazing!

Training journals: most of us keep one in some form or another, whether it’s electronic or old school pen and paper. In it, we log every thing we’ve accomplished during our training week. We document the miles logged, the reps completed, and even what we didn’t do on our rest days.

But when is the last time you recorded how you felt about what happened during your day, not just the details of the events themselves? I bet a lot of you kept diaries when you were little girls and possibly well into your adolescent years. I know I used to. So when did we start focusing more on what we did rather than how we felt about what we did? Read more

#RunningLikeaGirl Isn’t Always Pretty

If you're expecting to look like hot stuff in your race photos, you'll end up with disappointing race photos AND a disappointing race, Flickr Commons image by Armyman.

Expecting to look like hot stuff in your race photos? Expect to be disappointed. Flickr Commons image by Armyman.

I love getting that email notification telling me my race photos are in. Surely this time I will look like the powerful lithe running goddess I am, I think to myself! And then I click on the link and sink further in despair as the slideshow proceeds. My hopeful thoughts quickly turn to self-loathing. Do I really look that manly? Why is that stuff flapping over there? Do those shorts even fit? Am I dying?

How many times have you thought, “why do I always look like *#@$% in my race photos?!” If you’re like most of us, many many times. Many. Many. Times.

Here’s the thing. Except for the occasional accidental amazing shot, the vast majority of your photos should look like *#@$%!  And by *#@$%, I mean not like a posed #selfie, but badass and GETTING. IT. DONE! I’ll illustrate why below!
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A Salty Guide to the Standing Desk


Sitting =

Sitting is the new smoking.  We read it all the time and we’ve even written about it here.

For me it’s been one of those things I’ve read about numerous times, but I have had a hard time doing anything about it. I’ve researched various models of standing desks for more than two years and never quite found anything that fit my needs or finances.

That said, after last fall’s training season, I realized that I really need to get out of my sitting pattern if I am going to train at a high level. Or even medium level. I often sit for 10 hours a day (if not more), and only get up 3-4 times a day for a couple of minutes at a time. After I hit age 40, it started taking a toll. After hard workouts in the morning, I would get up after a few hours of sitting and would feel excruciatingly sore. You know the feeling – you get up, workout hard, then sit for hours at work. You get up for a glass of water and AI-YI-YI your hammies, hips (insert  your problematic body part) scream in protest.

It was time for me to do something.

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Readers Roundtable: Post-Run Showers!

What's your shower policy? Flickr Commons image by stevendepolo.

What’s your shower policy? Flickr Commons image by stevendepolo.

You ask us questions and we answer! Today, we’re going to try something new. We’re asking you a question and we’d love your answers in the comments!

Our first question is about showers. We know some runners who insist on showering immediately after running and others who … well … might go a little longer in between showers. Some have tricks to get more mileage between showers (get it?!), while others couldn’t even fathom the notion of wanting to do that. So we ask you:

What is your personal post-run shower policy? Do you shower after every run? Do you shower immediately after every run? Do you have tricks to get more mileage between showers? Care to share your personal record of runs to shower or miles to shower ratio?

I’ll share my answer in the comments too!

Jasmine’s Treadmill (mostly) Training Log 2.1.2015

I try to break out my wooly mittens at least once a week to keep things interesting.

I try to break out my wooly mittens at least once a week to keep things interesting.

I guess this is the first followup post in a series on training for a spring marathon almost entirely on a treadmill. I’m not that boring. I do try to make it outside once a week. Right now, that once a week is Sunday when I meet my running club gang. They run in freezing rain, snowstorms and shine. This week week we ran in a snowstorm, and I went with some faster guys in the front. Seventeen miles with these guys was not my plan. It just sort of happened.

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5 Reasons Running is Better than Football

Super Bowl weekend has arrived! And that’s great news for those of us hoping the media will shut up about Tom Brady’s balls and start focusing on more important matters, such as lost puppies and heroic horses.

All the hype of The Big Game got me thinking about the sport we obsess over.  Football is great and all, but anyone who ran cross country in high school knows who really rules the fall sports season.  For many of us this Sunday’s main event (and main excuse to binge on nachos) is our long run, and while the pregame show is debating deflating, I’ll be icing my butt and feeling superior to those guys on TV who painted their bulging beer bellies to match their team.

I can think of so many, but for your Friday, here are 5 reasons running is better than football! Read more

Learn to Race Your Best 5k!

Getting closer to getting the hang of the 5K Road Race

Getting closer to getting the hang of the 5K Road Race

Though a long-time runner, I am somewhat of a newbie racer.  Nearly a year into my tenure as a competitive local road racer, I still find myself learning things about how to race the 5K, my distance of choice, every single time I do it. Yes, I wrote “learning how to race.” For, much to my surprise, it turns out racing a distance is not only about bolting at the gun and trying to run it as fast as you can. If you race the same distance again and again, you will find your body and mind respond in certain ways at certain points in the race. Make note of this my friends, and remember it well! This is priceless fodder for directing your future training and mental preparation, and can help unlock the full potential of your fitness.

You have to learn to race your best 5k by racing 5ks!
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Can I Train for a Sub-3 Marathon Exclusively on a Treadmill?

If you can't handle this, then training for a spring marathon up north means lots of treadmill time!

If you can’t handle this, then training for a spring marathon up north means lots of treadmill time!

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of running in the cold. I really can’t tolerate much of it. I can maybe handle one or two runs a week in sub-freezing temperatures before I scream for mercy. Yet here I am training in the midwest for a spring marathon. I’m running Pittsburgh in about four months. Last year was the winter that made us question everything we believe in as Northerners (polar vortex, anyone?). Despite our historically snowy and cold winters here in Cleveland, I picked a spring race with a booming American development program: I don’t want to just finish it, I want to crush it and run significantly under my current PR of 2:58:54.  The Pittsburgh Marathon barely comes when the snow has melted, and that doesn’t leave winter-wusses like me much outdoor time in final weeks leading up to the race. That means making progress as a runner while training mostly on the treadmill for several months.

So here I am wondering whether one can run a fast marathon on the roads off of almost nothing but treadmill training?

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Time off? On Purpose?! Why You Need a Scheduled Running Break


During your break you can swap track loops for carousel loops like I did last month!

Recently Salty wrote about overtraining and Cinnamon and Ginger have posted about forced time off due to work obligations and injury scares, but today I’m going to talk about choosing to take some time off from running. That’s right, the site dedicated to serious women’s running is recommending that you … stop running. On purpose.

I know. I know You’re probably thinking, “OMG, I am going to get so slow! I’ve worked way too hard to let my fitness slide!”  Nope, not true. In a standard break of 2 weeks, Dr. Jack Daniels estimates I will lose just 30-40 seconds from my recent 18:19 5k time. 4 weeks off? Just 70 seconds slower. That’s as soon as you start back, mind you. In the long run, I believe a break will make you faster!

So keep reading. I promise not to make this boring and you might just come away from this one scheduling your next break from training! Read more