In the lead-up to April 18's Boston Marathon , we knew we wanted to follow a few mommas running the illustrious race. When I found Adrienne Ramsey, 32, of Hingham, Mass., I knew we had to profile her: She's run Boston several times...but this year she'll be less than three months post-partum. Yup, you read that right: Adrienne gave birth to her first baby, Jack, on January 22. If she's not inspiring, we're not sure who is!
Best recent run: Because my training for the Boston Marathon started late this year, I was nervous about my 20-miler. With my running club’s support and my friend Leann as my sherpa, I ran from Ashland to Boston College. Running the course brought back happy memories of last year’s race, and it motivated me. Finishing, I realized that completing Boston was in reach and I felt gratitude for how far I have come in these ten weeks.
Oh, baby: I ran until I was 38 weeks pregnant, maintaining some fitness. Ten days after Jack was born, I ran the hardest five miles of my life.
After working so hard to improve my speed, at times it’s a bit frustrating as I claw my way back. Then I remind myself that Jack did not emerge into this world until after four hours of pushing, and reclaiming my running is much easier than that!
What Would Mary Do? I first met my coach, Mary, through her blog. When I realized I wanted to try to run Boston after having the baby, I asked Mary to coach me so I wouldn’t injure myself. She is my first coach in my six marathons, and the best gift I have ever given myself. With my life being so unpredictable now, I love logging into Training Peaks and seeing the orderliness and consistency of the training plan.
Where in the world…: Traveling a lot for work, I’ve run all over the world. The Eiffel Tower to Versailles race is the highlight of my running career. I happened to be in Paris for work and decided to sign up. I loved the children on the sidelines holding signs that read “Courez!” [“run”]--I felt a part of something bigger than myself.
Getting over the hurt: I became pregnant with Jack a week after running Boston last year. Many think I planned it that way, but truthfully, I didn’t think I could stay pregnant. I had miscarriages in December of 2008 and ’09, and I threw myself into Boston training after each. It was the ONLY thing that got me through two years of trying to conceive and the losses. My body had failed me, and marathon training allowed me to stop hating my body.
Can’t run without: I will only run marathons in a running skirt. My years of wearing a kilt in high school have convinced me skirts are more
I just need to sleep: The first six weeks of Jack’s life, running was my caffeine. I have MS [multiple sclerosis] and typically need 8 to 9 hours of sleep a night to function. Clearly, my little newborn did not allow for this. However, I found I was functioning better on less sleep if I exercised. I knew the day would be better if the run was completed.
Follow this mother at: http://runninginhingham.blogspot.com/