RACHEL DRAKE- Ultra Running in Postpartum

Today I am speaking with ultra runner Rachel Drake. She is the mother of a 1.5 year old, a two time top 10 finisher at UTMB races (7th at CCC in 2019 and 6th at OCC in 2023), Black Canyon 100k champion and was 2nd at the Golden Trail World Championships in 2020. Outside of running, she has her MD PhD from Oregon Health and Science University and is starting residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Utah. She feels most joyful moving through the mountains and sharing the outdoors with her family Tyler, Lewis and Teddy.

We Talk About:

-dealing with disappointment

-accepting your pregnant body

-finding supportive providers

-expectations versus realities

-eating and breastfeeding

-running in a postpartum body

-rehabing from a stress fracture

-incorporating strength training

-doing what your body knows

-lower mileage training

Time Stamps

1:00 Introduction

4:28 thinking about pregnancy and running

8:30 having supportive providers

10:08 managing expectations

13:10 RED-s with lactation

16:40 redefining normal

24:09 dealing with a stress fracture

30:00 perspective as a medical professional

34:30 strength training

40:01 progressing the conversation

51:48 Western States Endurance Run

56:05 time management

59:13 choosing anesthesiology 

60:23 rapid fire questions


IG: https://www.instagram.com/carriepagliano/

Website: https://carriepagliano.com


IG: https://www.instagram.com/rachelraedrake/

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Podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/4crvjxt2cerL03iRgP5iJ8

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