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Prenatal workouts to supplement running

Benefits of exercising when pregnant

When I was pregnant, I continued running for as long as possible. I made my way to 37 weeks, 3 days — just 10 days before my daughter was born. Actually, the very day before I went into labor, I did do some short bursts of jogging mixed in with my 4 mile walk around […]

Running and breastfeeding: what you need to know

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The choice to breastfeed or not is a very personal one. If you choose to and are able to breastfeed, know that you don’t have to give up running to feed your baby. I’d heard the whispers throughout my pregnancy. “Running decreases breast milk supply” and “you cannot be a distance runner and successfully breastfeed”, […]

Five fun fitness ideas to get your kids moving

As a mom, my main goal in life is to raise my child well. I want my son to live a long, healthy life. And sadly, there is something scary out there threatening all our nation's youth: childhood obesity. Childhood obesity rates have tripled over the past three decades, and today, close to one in […]

Running when pregnant

Congratulations! You are pregnant. Now what? Should you ditch your running shoes for a box of chocolates and the couch? No way! Experts agree it’s good to exercise while pregnant. But the questions that remain are how much and how often? The answer: it depends on the person. I enjoy local races and have dabbled […]

Tips to fit in fitness when traveling with kids

It’s hard enough to stick to your fitness routine while traveling but throw in caring for a family and it can be near impossible to fit in a workout. Plus, we often travel as a family to spend time together, not just to hit the hotel fitness center. As I write this, I am traveling […]

Homemade energy gels for runners

During long training runs, many runners turn to pre-packaged sports drinks, bars, gels, and gummies to refuel. These processed, neon-colored “foods” are convenient and provide the right balance of carbs to protein, but they’re also often filled with preservatives and artificial flavors. Shouldn’t we be giving our bodies natural fuel when we’re asking so much […]

Baby on board: jogging stroller safety and comfort

Having a baby is quite a life change, and for runners, the days of hitting the gym or the roads for hours at a time — at any time — become a distant memory. About a year ago, I had my first son. I ran through my entire pregnancy and I was eager to continue […]

Race Goals and the Running Connection

How many of you run for the joy of it or to actually beat a record? When it comes to marathon running, I have always judged my performance on how I feel and whether I finished. I may get upset with myself if I know I haven't followed my training plan and end up with […]

Data comparison of Garmin 305 and Garmin Forerunner 610

As a treat for my PR in the Wisconsin marathon 12 days ago I bought myself the Garmin Forerunner 610 to replace my trusty 5 year old Garmin Forerunner 305. I was looking forward to wearing a watch vs a brick, reduced heart rate spikes and more fun, not to mention the 305 “menu” button […]

Running and Blogging Again

I guess it's been some time since I blogged about running but I've been running silently for the last year until the birth of our two beautiful daughters Madison and Reese on July 12th. Last year I ran a PR for the Chicago marathon of 3:48:56 after building to a monthly mileage of 170 miles […]