Welcome to round two of Tales From Another Mother Runner Thursday, where we preview one of the 22 essays and authors in our forthcoming book. While our names are on the cover, the book is a truly celebration of this amazing, badass community: not only does it contain 22 essays from a range of talented writers and mother runners, it has miles of insight, advice, stories, and humor from hundreds of you.
Up today: Jenny Everett, a mother runner who lives in Charleston, SC; she's the mom to the super stylish Sam, 18-months-old, and Pritchard, who Jenny describes as, "a self-centered boykin spaniel and our 6-year-old first born."
My running history: I started running in college as a way to counterbalance my consumption of Black Label (a.k.a. cheapest, most disgusting beer ever). Post-grad, I got a job at Men’s Health magazine, where many of the editors ran at lunch. I caught the bug there and have been running since. Mostly, I stick to 5Ks and 10Ks, but I did complete the Miami Half-Marathon a few years ago. I absolutely loved it — and I have absolutely zero desire to run a full marathon. 13.1 is my —and my IT band’s—max.
And my writing history: I’ve been writing for magazines for 15 years. I started out at Men’s Health before becoming an editor at Popular Science magazine, where I covered health and new gadgets. (Nerdy highlights included test-driving the Segway and a self-parking car.) Later, I was the Fitness Editor at Women’s Health, a health blogger for SELF, and a freelance editor at ESPN. My husband and I moved to Charleston, SC from NYC in 2008, so I’m officially a full-time freelance writer and editor now.
My essay, “Baby Bump and Run”: is a distillation of my first run post-baby, and how running had sustained me—and helped me keep faith in my body—through five years of fertility treatments. It’s easily the most emotional, personal piece I’ve ever written.
In your essay, you write about eating the core of a pineapple to help with egg implantation. What does it taste like? (And where did you get that information?): According to some of the bazillion blogs and message boards I stalked while trying to conceive, the core of a pineapple contains a significant amount of an enzyme called bromelain, which may aid in implantation of an embryo. I cut the core into five portions and ate one wedge every day for five days post-ovulation. (Surely, my husband thought I had officially lost my mind.) The flavor wasn’t bad, but the texture was really off-putting: like chewing on a pineapple-flavored square of jute rug.
Do you regularly run with Sam? Why or why not? No, so far, I don’t. Ideally, I like to run alone I just really enjoy the solitude of solo miles. That said, there are times when it would be convenient to bring Sam along and I think he’s at an age where he’d enjoy it. If anyone has jogging stroller suggestions, I’m all ears.
Favorite place to run: This is easy. Downtown Charleston has to be one of the most gorgeous places to run in America. You zig-zag down historic alleys, enjoy the sea breeze as you cruise along the waterfront, inhale the scent of Carolina jasmine, and admire the pretty-as-a-picture pastel-colored stucco homes. It’s truly dreamy.
How do you handle the Charleston heat + humidity in the summer? My body has adjusted the heat compared to when we first moved down in 2008. But I’m not going to lie, August can be brutal. I stalk my weather app to figure out the least humid days; the heat isn’t as much of an issue as the humidity! I also make sure to stick to shady roads and trails, or routes that take me along the water so I’ll have some breeze. And, of course, I’m super diligent about H2O.
Next up on your running calendar: I’m trying to do a local 5K every month, and am going to sign up for the 10K Cooper River Bridge Run.