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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


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“Quack, Quack, Waddle, Waddle”

Post By: Sarah – Wife/Athlete/Mother

Am I … *gasp* … waddling?!

Sadly, that was actually a legitimate question that popped into my head around the 15 week pregnancy mark. Waddling. Me. Yes, the idea was preposterous. I was only 15 weeks pregnant! Waddling is a term saved for those last few weeks before delivery. You know, when your belly protrudes to levels you never thought possible, you can’t see your feet and are retaining more water than the Hoover dam. At least that’s what I always thought … 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

Negative Pregnancy Tests


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“I don’t suck!”

Post By: Sarah – Wife/Athlete/Mother

I knew something was off. It was not evident in my everyday life, but definitely in my training and racing. As athletes we are very in-tune to our bodies. We notice when our bodies feel off in training. We are also hypersensitive to any physical changes in our body. Hence, I knew something was off.

This feeling is what ultimately made me drag myself to the doctor’s office for blood work. The doctor’s office, the place I would rather avoid at all costs. The same doctor’s office that would later reveal the real cause for my less-than-par races that concluded my season.

Let me start at the beginning. Continue reading


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Runner’s World – Sarah Brown Gears Up for Baby, Olympic Trials

Recently, we sat down with Alison Wade of Runner’s World to talk about the announcement, the weeks that led up to it and our approach to pregnancy & training going forward.  Read the full story on Runner’s World Online and see their tweet about it below …

Sarah Brown New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

2015 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix
Boston, Mass Febuary 8, 2015

Despite March 21 due date, Sarah Brown hopes to compete at the track trials next July. Continue reading