Obstacles in running come in all shapes and sizes, including little pint-sized humans. For all the joy and life they bring, there are also some challenges facing mother runners. Between sleepless nights, recovery from childbirth, the mental weight of care-taking, moms could use some help. How can we support mother runners and help them thrive?
In this episode of the A to Z Running Podcast, we unpack obstacles mother runners face with the owner and content curator of themotherrunners.com, Whitney Heins. We also dive into how you can support the mother runner in your life.
The World of Running
We discuss and applaud the career of Dathan Ritzenhein as he announced retirement from professional retirement this week. You can hear an interview on the A to Z Running Podcast from Dathan on episode 7. He also shares about his coaching in our article, “How to Lead Others to Success.”
Main Topic: Interview with Whitney Heins
Guest Background: Whitney Heins
Whitney Heins is the Founder, owner, and content curator of themotherrunners.com. Running was an early passion as Whitney started at only 6 years old. She is now married to a competitive runner and is a mom of 2 kids. Whitney has the goal of qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the marathon with a sub-2:45 time.
She gave an awesome guest post on our blog, Obstacles Mother Runners Face and How to Overcome. We reference this in the conversation.
In addition to the obstacles mother runners face, we also discuss what friends, family, and coaches can do to support the mother runner in their own lives. Whitney also mentions looking forward to reading The Passion Paradox, a book we certainly recommend as well!
One of the things that Whitney mentions in the podcast is “Mom Guilt.” Check out the Mother Runners article which dives into the topic even more HERE.
In closing, Andi talks about her reflections and references her guest post on The Mother Runners, Mindgames, Motherhood, and the Olympic Trials Marathon.