Whether you started early in life or relatively recently running can quickly become an invaluable part of your life.
I started running relatively early in life with my mom and her “running friends.”
Little did I know at that time how important having my own group of running friends would become to me someday. Even if at this point most of them are virtual.
Fast forward through high school, college, grad school and many, many more years of running, two career changes (engineer to teacher to now), and two children. Now as a certified personal trainer and running coach, pregnancy and postpartum corrective exercise specialist, and eternal student of all things running and movement science, I help women ditch the cycle of injury and burn out and finally make real, consistent progress towards their goals.
While I haven’t run another marathon since becoming a mom (yet), I have PRed in every other distance since. I look at the race photos from that hard earned, pre-baby Boston Marathon and KNOW I could smoke her.
I think it’s partly the experience and education I’ve built up and partly because I’m a mom.
Because of, not in spite of.
In motherhood, now more than ever, I have to train with efficiency and strategy!
Efficiency first! The engineer AND the mom in me thrive on efficiency. No wasted time or effort!
Having babies also brought to light some biomechanical inefficiencies. They reared their ugly head in the form of constant hip, knee and back pain and pelvic floor symptoms. I had it all!
I firmly believe these inefficiencies were holding me back from reaching my full potential well before my child bearing years. For many women the stress of pregnancy simply reveals the invisible ink that was there all along. Addressing those inefficiencies not only eliminated my symptoms, it made me a stronger, more efficient, and more powerful runner overall.
In Running for 2 U, we will look at the changes in your body during pregnancy in the context of running biomechanics and create a strategy that fully supports your body for as long as you want to continue running in this pregnancy AND for a successful return to running postpartum all while addressing potential inefficiencies that may have been there all along. Win, win, win!