Tara Sabo, 33, gave birth to her second child this summer (a sweet little boy, Evan, just a few weeks ago!), and as she adjusts to life with two, she can't help looking forward to resuming her running. “For the first time since giving birth, I got out today for a one-mile walk with my toddler in the jogging stroller,” says Tara, who lives with her family in southwest Michigan. “The whole time I was walking, I was thinking about what it will feel like to run -- really, truly run again! I miss it! I miss the challenge of training, the thrill of crossing the finish line. And as I walked, I wondered when will be up for all that again."
Best (sort of) recent run: I think my best recent run was the last one I did while I was pregnant, at roughly 7 ½ months. I was proud of myself for making it that far, even if I was only clocking about a half mile before I had to stop and walk. Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to running again, hopefully in July when I get the all-clear from the doc! I’m already dreaming up a race schedule and researching new running shoes.
From Power Walker to Runner: I hated running. Never, ever would I be a runner. But I was a power walker. And then one day, power walking wasn’t enough. So I started jogging for a few seconds here and there. Then seconds became minutes and minutes became miles. Suddenly, I was a runner. That was in 2005. It’s 2014 and I’m still running. (And loving every minute of it!)
Mother Runner & Coach: I’m a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Best part about helping others? Seeing them smile. Seeing them reach their full potential. Seeing them do and achieve things they once couldn’t.
My go-to post-run fuel: I love an iced latte after an awesome run. But if I can’t get that, I usually down an ice-cold glass of water followed by a banana or an apple with peanut butter.
Run in the rain, or stay inside on the ‘mill: Rain. Undoubtedly, the rain.
My favorite way to cross-train: I teach Spinning, Kettlebells and a Circuit Sculpt class. And I love all three.
Song I jam out to during a run: I used to spend hours crafting the perfect running playlist, but these days, I tend to fly without music, choosing instead to get lost in my thoughts. But back in the day, Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” was the first song I’d listen to. Always.
Beer or wine: Wine. For sure. I’ve never been a beer drinker.
Can’t-go-without piece of running gear: I love, love, love my FlipBelt! It doesn’t jiggle, wiggle or ride up and it holds everything I need for a great run: fuel, phone, keys, etc.
Most memorable mile in a race: The last mile of the 2013 Chicago Women’s Half Marathon. I ran it with my mom and she was ready to quit, but I talked her through every last step and she finished strong. So proud of her for pushing through the pain and fatigue. So glad we could cross that finish line together.
My worst running injury and how I dealt with it: I’ve been fortunate to not have many running injuries. A little IT tightness here and there, that’s for sure, but nothing the foam roller hasn’t been able to fix. Honestly, being pregnant and loving to run—definitely not a bad thing, and you can totally run while you’re pregnant—but your running game changes and you definitely have to cope with slower, lower miles. The mind wants to go but the body can’t, and that’s a total challenge, albeit a positive one. But still. It’s hard! I can’t wait to start running again like I used to!
Best part of calling myself a runner is ... Having physical proof that my body can achieve what my mind believes.
My running, in three words: Run. Happy. Always.