Eat Fast Run Slow: My Postpartum Running “Plan”

Contrary to Shalane Flanagan’s cookbook title, my advice for women returning to running after having a baby is to Eat Fast and Run Slow. Multiple Salty moms have given advice about returning to running after having a baby. I’d like to offer an additional perspective, framed in the context of a loose training plan. Loose because after having a baby your body will literally be loose! But, more seriously, loose, because more » Read more

Parsley’s Training Log – 12.18.16 (8 Weeks Postpartum)

This new “training block” (I use the term loosely, since I just have broad goals set for the second 6 weeks back running) has gotten off to a great start!  First block I established my standard run distance to be 30 minutes, with one 45 minute long run.  This block I’m trying to establish my standard run distance to be 45 minutes, with an hour long run.  I’ve also been more » Read more

Parsley’s Training Log- 6 Weeks Postpartum, 12.11.16

It’s all about the boobs.  That’s what governed my running the past 6 weeks.  I forgot how much life revolves around baby eating, especially if you’re breastfeeding.  While I physically felt pretty good and ready to ramp things up, it wasn’t always possible timing wise.  By the time you nurse/pump/drain your boobs so you can actually run, you may have run out of time to actually get out the door! more » Read more

My Experience with Racing After a C-section

I came on board Salty Running late last year to share my experiences with returning to running after recovering from a Cesarian birth. I shared my first few training logs and three posts about running and C-section recovery: 8 Rules for Running after a C-Section Does C-Section Recovery Time Apply to Runners C-Section Complications and Runners Now that it’s been a year, I wanted to share my experience with racing more » Read more

Cocoa’s C-section recovery log: Week 2

A friend of mine told me that every day after a c-section you feel 100% better than the day before. Well, I have a lot of “100%’s” to go until I feel decent again, but she was right. Every day is 100% better than the day before… UNLESS I overdid it the day before, in which case I take one step forward and a half step back. I’ve had 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

Introducing Cocoa!

Hello Salty readers! I am excited to be joining the Salty bloggers. I benefited greatly from reading Salty’s training logs during pregnancy, and having undergone a recent c-section, I wanted to give back a little and provide my own training logs during recovery.  C-section recovery has been addressed a little bit on Salty running before, but I am hoping to go into more detail about my recovery. I also really 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

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

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? Read more

My Postpartum Comeback: Triple 5k Race Report

Although my major (running) goal for the next two years is to qualify for the Olympic Trials Marathon, my true race love is the 5k. It might be a case of familiarity breeding affection (after all, I spent 7 seasons of high school and college cross-country racing 5ks), but I love the blend of speed and endurance. It doesn’t hurt that 5ks are plentiful; if you have one bad day then redemption is right more » Read more

5 Things Every Runner Needs to Know Before Getting Pregnant (Again)

I was trying to think what to write about this week as Mother’s Day approached and I remembered a Friday 5 I wrote way back in spring of 2012:  5 Things Every Runner Needs to Know Before Getting Pregnant. I thought maybe I’d be lazy and rerun it, but then as I read it, I realized there was so much more to write on this topic, specifically what we runners need 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