Pregnancy, Ultrarunning, and the Running Dead Ultra 50k

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When I first told people I was going to continue ultra-running while pregnant, most just nodded their heads, kind of like patting a child on the head. Sure, honey. What they didn’t understand and what my close pals did is that I meant every word. I waited until February to pull the trigger on my 6 hour race, Stroll in Central Park, wanting to make sure all my long runs went as planned. The race went off without a hitch, and while I certainly didn’t pull a PR and ran slower than any long run pre-pregnancy, I pulled in 26.8 miles.

That’s when I knew the 50k was doable, but I was close to 31 weeks pregnant when I did the 6-hour race. How much would things change in the next 2 ½ weeks??? Would it make a difference? Ultra Signup teased me, showing me nearby 50ks. Next thing I know I’m signed up for the Running Dead 50k. Not much peer pressure needed there. :P

I’m sure Lia, the RD for Stroll in Central Park and for the 100 miler at the Running Dead Ultra, thought I was nuts. …and if Eric, the RD for the Running Dead 50k and 50 miler, hadn’t heard about my nutty idea yet, he was about to. :P

Running Dead Ultra

Running Dead Ultra

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How to Avoid Running Injuries: 5 Top Tips

 

credit: Jeff Galloway

credit: Jeff Galloway

Jeff Galloway points out there are two primary reasons for running injuries: weak links and stress build-up.

  • For runners, our weakest areas revolve around our knees, feet, calf, Achilles, hip, and glutes/piriformis/sciaticia. Taking immediate action, at the first indication of irritation in these areas, can help you avoid injury.
  • Stress build-up is also common in runners and usually involves one of three situations:
    • Training schedule is too intense with not enough rest periods
    • Adverse Training Components, i.e. pace is too high, too much, or too soon.
    • Running form, i.e. improper stride, forward lean, bouncing high off the ground.

Being mindful of how you run and following general guidelines will often allow runners to maintain a manageable increase without injury.

Wanna stay injury-free? Follow Jeff’s top five tips for avoiding stress build-up and for avoiding injuries.

  1. Take walk breaks more frequently, and decrease your run segments. For example, instead of a 5:1 ratio, lower it to 4:1 or 3:1.
  2. Pay attention to your form. Take shorter strides, and try to keep your feet lower to the ground.
  3. Slow the pace of your long runs. Once again, include more walk breaks.
  4. Avoid over-stretching.
  5. Be careful when running speed sessions. Do not get overzealous and attempt to pull a pace you are unable to maintain using proper running form.

As a Galloway blogger, I am honored and pleased to bring to you the latest tips and advice from Jeff Galloway himself. Follow along, and become the best runner you can be.

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26.5 weeks pregnant!

Pregnant Runner: STOP! You’re Hurting the Baby…

Pregnant Runner: post 18 miler (31w) #pregnant

Pregnant Runner: post 18 miler (31w) #pregnant

“All that bouncing around has to cause brain damage.”

“Why don’t you walk instead?”

“Doesn’t that hurt the baby?”

“How can you run with that big belly?”

“What if you fall?”

“You know, I heard running causes pre-term labor.”

I’ve heard it all the past 33 weeks, more so after the middle of my second trimester. Some are from well-meaning people. Others from strangers. When you’re pregnant, suddenly everyone feels the need to offer up friendly nuggets of advice.

What’s the best way to deal with it? You can smile and nod your head, become confrontational or defensive, or realize that there are still people walking around who just don’t have a clue. I’ve found the best way to handle these well-meaning individuals is to Continue reading