Episode 1 of “Run Mama Run” was one of the toughest to film and is still one of the hardest to watch. While those who truly knew us and knew our intent, approach and purpose showered us in support, those who don’t, sometimes didn’t; And often times could be downright ugly. We faced that negativity head-on when it was unavoidable and, together, persevered through some harsh and hurtful criticisms. Continue reading
It’s a development that still has its skeptics but one that has been given a boost by elite female athletes like professional runner Sarah Brown, who gave birth last Friday after training throughout her pregnancy and is now set to compete at the Olympic Trials in July.
“Initially, we approached the guidelines with much caution,” Artal said. “Over the years, it progressed to where we said, ‘It’s okay to exercise in pregnancy.’ It was not until this past year that we said, ‘It’s also okay to engage in vigorous, intensive exercise, provided there are no complications of pregnancy.’”
Read the whole story by Kelyn Soong of the Washington Post HERE
An elite runner can face a lot of surprises during training. But 1,500-meter specialist Sarah Brown got the shock of her life when, after some lagging weeks of training with no apparent cause, she discovered she was pregnant—despite using an intrauterine device (IUD) as birth control. (IUDs are typically 99 percent effective.) Due March 22, Brown, who lives in Solana Beach, California, with her coach and husband Darren Brown, is taking it all in stride by keeping on track to make her goal of competing at the 2016 Olympic trials next July. “If the odds can be so stacked against me getting pregnant and yet I still manage to find a way,” she recently wrote on her blog, “then who’s to say that I can’t beat the odds again?” We got her to weigh in on the joys of cross-training, adaptability and starting new chapters. Continue reading
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
By: Mary Pilon
In July, 28-year old Sarah Brown was coming down the stretch of the 1,500 meters Diamond League race in Monaco, and she knew something was wrong.
“I was battling for last place,” Brown said. “I remember thinking, ‘I don’t care what place I get. I just want to cross the finish line and stop. I love racing and the fact that my mind got to that place, the pain, it just felt like my legs were made of sand and that there was no oxygen running in my body.”
Her typically strong finishing kick was nowhere to be found, and she finished in last place, 4:09.17.
Brown had recently hit personal records in both the 800 meters and the 1500 meters. Her 2015 season was supposed to be a smooth ascent toward a bid for an Olympic berth to the 2016 Summer Games in Rio. But a month before Monaco, at the U.S.A. Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Brown had a series of headaches, which she had dismissed as a head cold, perhaps due to anxiety. Continue reading