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A Pregnant Perspective on Professional Running

A pregnant perspective on professional running…or in simple words-“what pregnancy has taught me about being a professional runner.”

When I think about the term “professional”, I envision a person performing their job to high standards, which is something that I always felt like I did. However, it took training while pregnant for me to really take a hard look and re-evaluate my pre-pregnancy training.

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Sarah’s 2013 New Balance autograph card

This is both embarrassing and humbling at the same time. Don’t get me wrong. I held myself to high standards and expected the very best of myself each day…but now I realize it was only in certain aspects of my running career. Basically, I suffered from what I like to call the “distance runner mindset” (did I just say ‘distance’ runner? I mean ‘middle-distance’, obviously!). The “distance runner mindset” is the internal need that many endurance runners feel to get in their weekly mileage through the routine of long runs, workouts, etc. The sole focus of the “distance runner mindset” is on running/mileage. Continue reading

Welcome to Virginia


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So-long Solana (Part 2)

We kick off 2016 with Part 2 of So-Long Solana – an explanation of our hiatus, blessings, chaos and changes over the past month and a half. If you have not yet read yesterday’s post, please go do that now.  It will help you better understand the moments that have led to this point …

As we begin 2016, three major changes are happening in our lives:

  1. I am leaving ElliptiGO
  2. We are moving to Northern Virginia at the beginning of winter
  3. We are moving in with Sarah’s parents.

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See My Schedule – No words. Just Work.

Post By: Darren Brown – Husband/Coach/Father

Schedule 20 weeks

In light of the recent (but not surprising) revelations by Dick Pound and WADA regarding the systematic doping in Russia, and possibly other Nations/Federations, I will simply post Sarah’s schedule this week … no comments.  We’ll let the HARD WORK of this 21-week pregnant woman speak for itself in terms of dedication, commitment to clean sport and hope for a better future … Continue reading

see my schedule - 20 weeks


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See My Schedule – “Ohh, we’re half way there …”

Post By: Darren Brown – Husband/Father/Coach

New Balance GNO Sign

Sign outside the New Balance GNO event Sarah traveled to NYC for

This week, I had originally planned to write about how training had gotten back on track after overcoming Sarah’s early PGP issues; how we had avoided another travel-induced setback; how Sarah seemed to be entering the halfway mark in good spirits, excited about her progress and fitness.  I mean, everything about the prior week of training told us this was where we were headed. We were wrong … Continue reading

Weights in NYC


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See My Schedule – Travel & Training at 19 Weeks

Post By: Darren Brown – Father/Husband/Coach

As mentioned last week, we entered this week knowing that flexibility and adaptability would be paramount.  The last time Sarah traveled cross-country, she started to notice the onset of her PGP (SPD).  We knew that another long flight this week could potentially cause those issues to return, and worse, if we weren’t careful.  We also knew that there would be some shifting that had to take place in our regular “routine” based on an early flight Wednesday, long day Thursday and early flight Friday.  With all that in mind, we entered this week fully accepting that it may be a less-than-ideal week of training … and that this would be “ok” as long as she came out the other end healthy and feeling good.  Here’s what the week looked like  and a few quick insights into new modalities, double-runs (*gasp*) and unfortunate circumstances that happen at just the right time … Continue reading

Sarah MB Push-Up


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See My Schedule – Return to Running

Post By: Darren Brown – Husband/Father/Coach

Last week, the onset of PGP (Pevlic Girdle Pain – AKA SPD, Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) caused us to remove running and lifting from the last four days of Sarah’s schedule, replacing it with even more cross-training and corrective exercises.  This allowed us to combat the pain while still keeping volume up.  It seemed to work, as Sarah’s pain level decreased significantly by the end of the weekend. Turn the page, and this week, we began to build some easy running and weights back into the schedule.

We took this week day by day, adding in one piece at a time; then, sitting back to see how Sarah’s body would react to the stimulus. This is a new process for me. Having worked together since 2012, I had become accustomed to how Sarah’s body & mind would react to certain stimuli.  Now, however, I am having to learn this process all over again … and the worst thing I could do at this point would be to rush it.  We have a lot of time and made Lake Mead 3/4some really good progress this week. We continued to perform the corrective exercises alongside a heavy volume of cross-training, but also managed to run a solid 30 miles (across 5 days), with a long run of an hour and even some strides added in on Friday.  We continued to avoid lateral movements and completed her two planned quality workouts on the ElliptiGO. Overall, we are very happy with the week’s training. Continue reading

Sarah's 2016 Schedule 1-7


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See My Schedule – 16wks pregnant, 7wks of workouts

 “We cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can always adjust our sails to reach our destination.”
– Jimmy Dean

Post By: Darren Brown – Husband/Father/Coach

Below, you’ll find the first 7 weeks of Sarah’s 2015-2016 training schedule. This is something we plan to share weekly from here on out as we make our way through the next 5 months.  The schedules you see in these posts, while not far off, won’t always be what was originally planned. Instead, what you’ll see will be what Sarah actually accomplishes.

Typically, the only glimpse of an athlete’s routine that you get is a rundown of their “best workout ever” or one where they “nailed it”.  Perhaps you’ll even see a video or snapshot of a form-perfect stride in motion. That’s not what you’ll find here. Here, you’ll find the good, the bad and the ugly. Continue reading