With January resolutions and new goals for the year, I find myself frequently hearing people wanting to start running or signing up for a marathon! It's so exciting. Rightfully so, I mean running is one of the more reliable sports you can do amidst all the rules with the last two years. A few of my proudest moments were running two half-marathons (Nike women's in SF!) and completing a Spartan Super.. I'm SO tempted to sign up for a new one this year!!
Is anyone looking to start running more? Do you have any marathon/5k/race goals you're working towards?
Not getting into running this year, but definitely doing more cardio. My stamina is so low and with my asthma, practicing cardio really helps. But that is so cool you did two half-marathons and a spartan super! You should totally sign up again this year, are any marathons in particular you want to sign up for?? @Leada_M
omg! Falling down the stairs and having to defer must have been terrible! I bet you're so energized to get back though 🙂 This is awesome. Are you going to be doing the full marathon? And since baby #2... curious if you've had any issues with pelvic floor strength or coordination (i.e. leakage, tightness, etc)? Sounds like Peloton has been a blessing indeed!
@knitriderepeat you are such an INSPIRATION! Wow! I am so thrilled you got cleared to run and even took a post-partum strength training class. You are definitely in the right spot. This feedback is super helpful an I'm sure other running mamas will find your post very useful as well. Question for you - what class/trainer was your Mommy & Me strength training with? I'm always looking for good referrals for patients and it sounds like this was fabulous! Congratulations to you - ROOTING for you from Athletawell!
I was so lucky to find Dancing Through Pregnancy at Yale University during my last trimester. It was twice a week for mamas-to-be. Movement and dance and light resistance band work with a trained instructor. In the hour after that class was the Mommy & Baby Fitness class - in this class we were encouraged workout with our strollers for some cardio and strength. The second half of class was body weight exercises & resistance bands. I started at 6 weeks postpartum and it was one of THE best decisions I’ve ever made. The environment was supportive for nursing mamas and completely judgement free.
@WhollyWellAub THAT IS SO EXCITING! Sending you all the positive vibes starting now. One tip that helped me immensely was carb loading the 5 days prior to it. While everyone is different, just make sure you're going really light if that or just staying mobile and getting all those energy stores up to help with performance come Sunday. Tagging @Heather_C in case she has any dietitian approved tips! P.S. Cliffbar Blocks are an absolute game changer for mid-race electrolytes and energy. Plus they're small and easy to take with you 🙂 Cheering for you!
I've run a few marathons and I'd like to do one more - I had hoped to run it last year but covid had other plans. I'm now recovering from a knee injury so gearing towards next year. My first marathon was amazing - I'm not an emotional person but was in tears at the end (and not only because I was exhausted and didn't want to take another step)!
@kathleenrun that is incredible! I totally get that for last year.. it really put a wrench in exercise plans. What knee injury did you have? And as an experienced marathon runner, how do you like to break up your mileage as you train (roughly)? I always like to ask around to get an idea what people are used to!
Hi Leada! That Super Spartan sounds like a fun challenge.
I’m a lifelong runner with ebbs and flows in activity through the years and right now I’ve got the fire in my belly! I have a life goal to complete all 6 World Major Marathons: Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, London, Chicago, New York. I have 4 left and decided I wanted to try to qualify for Boston this year! I also signed up for the Seven Continent Club to run a marathon on all seven continents. Boston is the only one I plan to be “fast” for- the rest will be running for longevity and enjoyment. I love having running goals to look forward to!
@ThrivelyHealth I actually got goosebumps reading your post. What an incredible goal! I hope you have some cool memory keepsake of each of those.. running on each continent sounds absolutely life changing. Thanks for sharing! It's both inspired me to run in new places and do some marathon exploring!
Forgotten I put my name in for the Berlin Marathon lottery and I recently found out I got in, so marathon #10 is my first international race in September 2022. Haven't run a lot of distance the last 2 years so I'm focusing these first 4 months on building up a solid base. I'm super slow, but as long as I finish the race within the time limit, I'll be happy 🙂
@Reenie how fortunate are you! All this talk about international races really makes you appreciate the universal love for movement and the classic sport of running. Marathon #10-- you are such an inspiration! Definitely recommend building up some baseline strength and kicking in your training as you know exactly how to do. Here for you along the way if anything starts to ache (fingers crossed it doesn't, of course). You are awesome! I feel like once this year is done, we should all share a victory photo after our races!