Running Mom Inspiration + Mizuno Shoe Giveaway WINNER!

First, I just want to say thank you so much for everyone’s supportive and encouraging comments, tweets, and messages regarding yesterday’s post.  It was really great to hear about all of your experiences dealing with similar frustrations with returning to running (especially those returning postpartum).

I’ve heard so many stories about females becoming faster after giving birth.  I didn’t get a chance to experience the full extent of this as I had just started PRing again (my son was 11 months old) when I found out that we were expecting child #2!

But there are a lot of females that get considerably faster post-baby.  One great example is Jen from The Local Elite.  I recently discovered her and her blog (and love both!!)!!  She is insanely fast and hopes to qualify for the Olympic Marathon Trials.  Check out her pre-pregnancy and post-baby PRs – they give me so much hope!!

  • 5k Road: 16:40 (pre-pregnancy 18:20)
  • Half Marathon: 1:18:05 (pre-pregnancy 1:25)
  • Marathon 2:51 (pre-pregnancy 3:14)
PS. Jen just ran the Columbus Half-Marathon (as a training run – not an all out race) and finished in 1:21:09 (which is a 6:15 pace).  She finished 50th out of almost 10,000 runners and was the 8th female to cross the finish line.  Amazing (especially since it was just a training run for her!).  Congrats, Jen!


The randomly selected winner (via is ABBY!  You have one week to contact me to claim your prize before a subsequent winner is chosen.  Please email me at!

PS. Little guy was 5 weeks old yesterday!!

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    1. Glad to hear that your return to running went well and you are back enjoying all the joys of parenting and jogging! Happy running!
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    2. Sydney Harrison says:

      What a lovely child you have!!! Happy 5 weeks little man :-)

      Keep Growing.
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    3. Ava Grace says:

      How adorable the little kid is!! You are really blessed with a cute baby.

      Happy five weeks. Cheers :-)
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    4. happy 5 weeks! so adorable! those split times are awesome! i couldn’t even imagine!
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    5. Awww thank you so much! I’m so glad we found each other online! We must meet up in person someday!
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    6. 1. your baby is precious!!
      2. i LOVE jen!!! she is a beautiful person! and of course is crazy fast and inspiring to boot!!
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    7. aww what a cutie :)
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    8. Happy 5 weeks, he’s such a cutie!! And I know you can gain your speed back, you are a rock star!
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    9. Happy 5 weeks little guy! Too cute!
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    10. You had me and LOST me with the adorable adorable little guy.
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