My Experience of Running During Pregnancy: The Second Trimester

I’ve finally made it to the second trimester and ‘Junior’ is growing. This trimester for me has consisted of reducing morning sickness, less exhaustion, Junior starting to move whenever I stop, reintroducing strength training, bra shopping once a fortnight and the introduction of the ‘Ralk’ (Run and Walk).

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My Experience of Running During Pregnancy: The First Trimester

Every pregnancy is different, every runner is different and there is no one size fits all.  I have many friends who have had very different experiences to me, from stopping running as soon as they found out they were pregnant, to running a half marathon in their 2nd trimester and running through to 36 weeks pregnant. During the Boston Marathon last year I ran with a woman for a few kilometres who was 17 weeks pregnant and on track for a sub 4 hour marathon! Then there are the elite runners who continue to train and compete throughout their pregnancies.  Throughout my experience I have learnt that people will be very quick to give you their opinions, the research is limited and only you truly know your body.

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What is over-striding?

Over-striding is when your initial point of contact with the ground is in front of your centre of mass. When this occurs there is an increase in vertical ground reaction force and braking impulse.  

So what in the name of Paula Radcliffe’s bobbing head does THAT mean? Well, thanks to my fellow countryman Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion, we know that “every action has an equal but opposite reaction”. You may have unwittingly experienced something like this when telling your partner you were going for “one pint” after work and, having stumbled home eight hours later, found all of your personal belongings on your front lawn in a bin bag. Opposite? Yes. Equal? I’m not so sure… but I digress.  

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Five reasons why I need a running coach

I hear different reasons why running doesn't need any direction. “Running is something everyone can do.” “Running is easy.” “Everyone is ‘born to run.’”

I am a Podiatrist with RunFix. Working with runners is my day job and has shown me that a running coach can be key to the success and enjoyment of running. My own enjoyment of running comes from two things: achieving a goal I set for myself and running with friends. My run coach and the group we train with provide both!

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The 122nd Boston Marathon

Twelve months ago I was getting ready to run the race that I had been dreaming of for ten years, the Boston Marathon. As I walked around the race expo, soaking up the atmosphere and collecting my hard earned race number, I had no idea just how much the Boston Marathon was going to test me and push me to my limits.

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How to avoid your next running injury

Whether as an exercise to get fit or to exorcise your demons, running is a very popular and accessible sport. What better way to talk yourself out of sending a dog dirt sandwich first-class delivery to an annoying co-worker, than to sweat out your frustrations with a lap of the tan? When the chaos of modern life has swallowed up your existence, who’s always waiting for you by the front door promising a small slice of ‘me-time’? Good ol’ Mr (or Ms.) Running Shoes.

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