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

Cocoa’s C-section recovery log: week 4

This week was crazy. We left on Friday for Oklahoma. My husband has a 6 week training course there, and since I am on maternity leave, we figured I might as well come along.  So he secured us temporary housing, and we loaded the baby, our 2 dogs, and ourselves into the car for a cross-country drive. The seatbelt across my incision area has been far from comfortable. My entire 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

Cocoa’s C-Section Recovery Log – Week 1

  I could have come up with the right words if I had been able to go for a long run.  The longer my run is, the more I find answers to whatever questions may be on my mind at the start of the run. In fact, I am pretty sure if world leaders went for a 20 mile run together, they would find a way to make world peace. 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

Ginkgo’s Baby Story

“I know there is a lot of stigma and really, the word is ignorance, behind pregnant women and exercising […] and the truth is, it’s good for the mom and the baby.” -Alysia Montano, after running an 800-meter at the USATF championships in Sacramento at 34 weeks pregnant. Alysia Montano, an American middle-distance runner and five-time USA Outdoor Champion who has conquered the 800 meter distance in a sizzling 1:57.34 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

5 Ways The End of Pregnancy is Like the End of a Marathon

At about 4 weeks before my due date, I’m gearing up for the final push and getting ready for the biggest finish line of my life –  you know, the one with the stirrups and IVs, the hospital gown and that itty bitty newborn that’s all mine (oh, and my husband’s!) who might look like an alien for the first few days, but he’ll be the cutest gosh darn thing more » Read more