Mama Runs

#Run4Walker

#Run4Walker

Continuing with the general theme of my life that is “overcommitting myself” I signed up for my first trail event, The Drakensberg Northern trail 40K challenge. I should add that when I signed up I didn’t even own a pair of trail shoes and had never done a trail run before.

Life's not all downhill

Life's not all downhill

The increased impact when you run downhill requires greater eccentric control to decelerate your legs as you hammer down the hill (some of us more heavily than others).

Climb every mountain

Climb every mountain

So, I’ve decided to take-up with some of the local mountain goats and take my running off road, which means I need to increase my hill training. With much enthusiasm, and little sense, I sought out some serious climbs, and paid for it.

The long walk/run to freedom

The long walk/run to freedom

By adding pre-determined walking intervals I was running faster during my run splits and walking faster during my “breaks” as well. I feel that this strategy is a safe and effective way to start running when you are starting from the couch. It allows you to build up mileage slowly while decreasing your risk of injury.

Running with a "mom-bod"

Running with a "mom-bod"

Starting to run after giving birth to two kids- although gratefully not at the same time, as my sister-in-law did with her twin boys- is a strange experience. It’s like finding yourself suddenly driving a very different vehicle.  You feel like saying, “There’s been a mix up, I didn’t order a station wagon, where can I upgrade to a sports model?”