Returning to Trail Running After Baby with Amy Leedham aka Amy the Punisher

Today I speak with Amy Leedham, trail and ultra runner runner. She is a Solomon sponsored athlete who represented the USA at the 2018 Trail Running World Championships. After dealing with some injuries, she got pregnant and had her daughter in July of 2020. She ran and did strength training during her pregnancy and thought everything was normal until she started to run 11 weeks postpartum. Even 9 months postpartum, she was still unable to run. She talks about her experience trying to get physical therapy care postpartum and her struggles dealing with insurance and conflicting opinions. 

Amy openly shares her struggles with her birth and the struggles she had getting the care she needed postpartum. So many of us can relate to her story.  You don’t want to miss the interview!

We  talk about:

-returning to run postpartum

-struggles getting physical therapy postpartum

-feelings of isolation

-challenged to finding help

-how she finally found help

-following programs without external feedback 

-thoughts about having another child

Time Stamps

1:00 introduction

4:57 expectations with postpartum return to run

7:05 greatest challenges to get back to running

12:58 medical advice she received

16:48 feedback form her blog post

19:00 finally getting help

28:00 what she wishes she knew sooner

32:40 advice for past and future self

37:50 defining fitness






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