6 Things Sunday

I hope you are having a splendid Sunday. Here's a little bit of what I've been up to lately. ONE Grandma's Marathon is quickly approaching. . . less than one month until the race! Training continues to go well, and I feel so fortunate to be running injury-free! (Strength training plays a big role in this!) I just wrapped up a 78 mile week, which included a 19 mile tempo run on Saturday. It wasn't at tempo pace during the…

Eating Vegan While Competitively Running

For approximately 50 days in March and April, I ate vegan (no meat, eggs, or dairy products). Normally I eat these foods on a regular basis, so this was a big change for me. It was by choice but prompted by my church (Orthodox Christian church) for Lent, as it is seen as a spiritual discipline. (You can read more about it here and here.) I have done this vegan fast in the past but not while running competitively and…

Recruiting the Transverse Abdominis – Postpartum PT

I had my second physical therapy appointment for my postpartum running issues and questions. My take-away from this appointment: it is really hard to recruit the transverse abdominis muscle when it hasn't been firing correctly for some time! If you remember, I haven't had any major issues or pain since having Cullen; I mostly wanted to find out if everything in my core was functioning properly, if there was anything else I should/could be doing to improve my running, and…