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It can be a vicious cycle — that menstrual cycle. It makes you feel sluggish and tired, craving terrible foods, keeping you from running and getting your workouts in. Or, heaven forbid, you’re on it come race day! There’s no magic pill to give you your energy back (or your happy-go-lucky disposition)…but you can eat foods to lessen the blow.

So. what are the best foods to eat during your period?

I asked nutritionist and Mother Runner of two Betsy Johnson. She says, first you need to make sure you’re eating ENOUGH to ward off cravings and feel energized (especially after a workout and at dinner since those treat temptations seem to haunt us after 9 p.m.). …


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It’s marathon taper time and you’re feeling cranky, tired, and sore.

You’re running less so how is that possible? What the heck is going on?

We call this marathon “taper tantrums” and they aren’t unlike the temper tantrums we’re used to as mother runners. It’s because your body is tired and, well, hungry in a way (aka depleted) and needs rest and restoration (just like when your kids are melting down because they need a nap or a sandwich.) The marathon taper can be, well, kinda scary. Because all of a sudden you get these aches and pains, you feel rundown and sick, you’re lethargic, and many people panic that the lack of running will hurt them on race day. …


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Mother runners have been keeping secrets. Hiding things behind closed doors and kitchen cabinets. And, here I’m revealing all:

The best nutrition for runners.

First, let me reveal this about myself. I’ve been a bit of a minimalist, simpleton, what have you, when it comes to nutrition for runners. I never used gels or GUs on my long runs. I hardly ever refueled after a workout. And, hydration got as fancy as a water fountain on the path of a run.

But I have converted, my friends. I have seen the light and the difference nutrition science has made in the sport of endurance running. Proper nutrition for runners can help you go the distance and recover faster so you can do it all over again. Prior to using the best nutrition products available today, I’d be really drained after a workout and accepted that most people would be after doing 22 miles or an intense track workout. …


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Woman running with child in stroller on gravel path.

Mamas, stop looking. Here are the best running strollers for mother runners on the market.

This is according to mother runners. These babies lighten your load, and offer a smooth ride and lots of storage. After many unofficial studies and polls, I’ve rounded out the top four running strollers — listed in order of desirability.

Speediest: Thule Urban Glide

Katie, mom of one, who ran a 5k at a 6-minute clip with her baby in tow says she is “obsessed” with this running stroller. It’s lightweight, easy to maneuver, smooth and Thule has amazing customer service. According to Katie, “the front wheel on my first one wasn’t functioning properly after about 1,000 miles and they sent me a brand new one no questions asked!” Also, it’s easy to collapse using just one hand. Here’s the con. It isn’t cheap. …


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This is according to mother runners. These babies lighten your load, and offer a smooth ride and lots of storage. After many unofficial studies and polls, I’ve rounded out the top four running strollers — listed in order of desirability.

Speediest: Thule Urban Glide

Katie, mom of one, who ran a 5k at a 6-minute clip with her baby in tow says she is “obsessed” with this running stroller. It’s lightweight, easy to maneuver, smooth and Thule has amazing customer service. According to Katie, “the front wheel on my first one wasn’t functioning properly after about 1,000 miles and they sent me a brand new one no questions asked!” Also, it’s easy to collapse using just one hand. Here’s the con. It isn’t cheap. …


Woman running on a track.
Woman running on a track.

We are all real runners…regardless of how much we run, how far, or how fast. But it’s much easier to tell that to others than to believe it for ourselves. Why? Because of Imposter Syndrome. Those with Imposter Syndrome doubt accomplishments as real successes and often pass them off as flukes or good luck. When we fail, we actually feel shame.

You feel like you don’t belong

I have a friend, let’s call her Gina because that’s her name, who has been running since she was a kid. She’s really talented. She’s headed to the Olympic Trials for the marathon. Her passion for the sport is unwavering. …


Woman running on a track.
Woman running on a track.

We are all real runners…

…regardless of how much we run, how far, or how fast. But it’s much easier to tell that to others than to believe it for ourselves. Why? Because of Imposter Syndrome. Those with Imposter Syndrome doubt accomplishments as real successes and often pass them off as flukes or good luck. When we fail, we actually feel shame.

You feel like you don’t belong

I have a friend, let’s call her Gina because that’s her name, who has been running since she was a kid. She’s really talented. She’s headed to the Olympic Trials for the marathon. Her passion for the sport is unwavering. …


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The perks of running in hot weather and tips to beat the heat.

Baby, it’s hot outside.

And you’re running in hot weather. You’re awesome, Mother Runners!

If you’re like me, you can fall into the trap of thinking your paces running in hot weather should be the same as those on a cool autumn day. Think again.

I remember one incredibly hot summer day when the heat index was well over a hundred degrees and I couldn’t get out to do my 12x400s on the blistering track until the hottest part of the day. It was miserable. I made it through but my splits were way off. That’s when my Mother Runner friend reminded me that running in heat and running on a cool day is like comparing apples to oranges. …


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So, what’s the purpose of a long run?

Even if you’re just training for a 5k, you still need to do a long run. I’ll tell you why.

About a year after my son was born, I decided to get more competitive with my running. I sought the help of coach, Bobby Holcombe, founder of Knoxville Endurance, and told him my goal was to run a sub-18 minute 5k.

I had chosen this goal because I thought the training would be less time-consuming than for a marathon. Low mileage. No weekend long runs.

I was wrong. Turns out every runner should be doing a weekly long run. Why? Because running long makes you a better, stronger, and faster runner. How amazing is that? …


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Running with a stroller is difficult to say the least. Often when I’m pushing the double BOB stroller up a hill, I hear my daughter taunt “Mom, are you even running right now?” Yes, yes I am, sweetheart. But the workout is no joke.

In fact, studies show that running with a stroller doesn’t just feel hard — it is hard. One study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that running with a stroller results in a significantly higher heart rate, perceived level of exertion, and lactate concentration. …

About

Whitney Heins

Whitney Heins is the founder of The Mother Runners, a place where moms who run or want to run can find information and inspiration to chase their dreams.

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