Returning to Trail Running After Baby with Amy Leedham aka Amy the Punisher
Active Mom Postpartum
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 childTime Stamps1:00 introduction4:57 expectations with postpartum return to run7:05 greatest challenges to get back to running12:58 medical advice she received16:48 feedback form her blog post19:00 finally getting help28:00 what she wishes she knew sooner32:40 advice for past and future self37:50 defining fitnessCONNECT WITH CARRIEIG: https://www.instagram.com/carriepagliano/Website: https://carriepagliano.comCONNECT WITH AMYIG: https://www.instagram.com/amy_the_punisher/The Active Mom Postpartum Podcast is A Real Moms' Guide to Postpartum for active moms & the postpartum professionals who help them in their journey. This show has been a long time in the making! You can expect conversation with moms and postpartum professionals from all aspects of the industry. If you're like me, you don't have a lot of free time (heck, you're probably listening at 1.5x speed), so theses interviews will be quick hits to get your the pertinent information FAST! If you love what you hear, share the podcast with a friend and leave us a 5 start rating and review. It helps us become more visible in the search algorithm! (Helps us get seen by more moms that need to hear these stories!!!!)
Amy Leedham is my friend, she’s one of my athletes, she’s a wife and a mom, and a badass runner to boot. We recorded this conversation in-person a couple weeks ago and I’m excited to share it with you. Amy told me about her nickname, The Punisher, and how it came to be, we dig into different elements of her personality and how they manifest in various aspects of her life, and we discuss how her relationship to running has evolved over the years, in particular the past two. Amy also describes the challenges she faced in returning to running after giving birth to her daughter Aila, she shares her best advice for other mothers who might find themselves in a similar situation, she told me how she’s developed a renewed sense of gratitude for being able to run, and a lot more.This episode is brought to you by:— Tracksmith. Tracksmith is a brand for committed runners like you and me. They aim to celebrate, support and contribute to running’s distinct culture in everything that they do, from offering considered and original products for training, racing, and recovery, to creating experiences that make running more rewarding, more connected, and more meaningful. When you shop at tracksmith.com/mario and/or if you use the code Mario22 when you check out, you’ll get free shipping on your order and 5% of your purchase will go to the Tracksmith Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to give more people the opportunity to participate in Track & Field. — the morning shakeout Patreon community: This is where shakeout superfans can support my work directly, interact, and also gain access to exclusive content like The Weekly Rundown, which I co-host with Billy Yang, a monthly "Coaches Corner" discussion, and other fun perks. You can join for as little as a buck a week at themorningshakeout.com/support.Click here for complete show notes, sign up here to get the morning shakeout email newsletter delivered to your inbox every Tuesday morning, and/or join our growing community on Patreon, where for as little as a buck a week, you'll also gain access to exclusive content like The Weekly Rundown, my Patreon-only podcast with Billy Yang, a live monthly Coaches' Corner discussion, the occasional “emergency pod,” and other perks that pop up from time to time.Music and editing for this episode of the morning shakeout podcast by John Summerford. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Episode 82: Amy Leedham on the Road Back to being "The Punisher"
Runners of The Bay
Amy Leedham, professional trail runner, 2:48 marathoner, architect and sustainability consultant, wife, and mother to Aila, joins the podcast to talk about her postpartum journey and how she balances running at a high level with work and now motherhood. Some highlights from our conversation: ⚽️ Love for running started on the soccer field 🦄 Going to school in Boston inspired her to run the marathon 🐿 Pursuing a demanding career as an architect and carving out a specialty in sustainability ⛰ How she got her start as a trail runner ⏳ Her approach to setting work boundaries, working efficiently, and finding time 😫 Going from breakthrough races in 2018 to a stress reaction in 2019 🤰 Challenges of being pregnant and postpartum during COVID 💪 Having to be her own research to learn how to heal and strengthen her body after pregnancy and giving birth You can follow Amy on Instagram @amy_the_punisher, on Strava, and read more about her postpartum journey here. You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @runnersofthebay Check out our website www.runnersofthebay.com and send us an e-mail at email@example.com. This week’s episode with Amy Leedham is brought to you by: EverAthlete, the online strength and mobility training community for outdoor enthusiasts! Visit www.everathlete.fit/ and use code ROTB50 to get 50% off your first month! Music is California by The Spectacular Fantastic. Mixing and editing by Brian Walters at Singletrack Sound.
Amy Leedham is a Solomon sponsored trail and ultrarunner, and now a mother to an 8-month old. In this episode, we discuss how expectations of both pregnancy and having children can vary from reality, and the challenges that arise from that, including returning to sport at an elite level.
28: Amy Leedham on Competitive Racing, Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum
Run Hard Mom Hard
This week we talk with Amy Leedham - a Salomon athlete, sustainability consultant and new mom to an 11 week old little girl. We get to hear about her evolution into ultra running, how she became a sponsored athlete and many fun stories about big races overseas (OCC, IAU World Championships and CCC). She had a tough 2019 with a hip injury that prevented her from competing in most of her goal races and soon after found out she was pregnant! Amy shares what her pregnancy was like, the birth of her daughter, Aila, and her return to running postpartum. She talks on how she had to readjust a lot of her expectations of running while pregnant and she shares a bit of her fast birth story (she puts it into terms of showing up ready to run a 50 miler but instead the race was an 800 m sprint). Amy honestly talks about the hard times of early postpartum days and how she is slowly starting to build her fitness back up. She is focusing on strength, protecting her hip to prevent more flair ups as she gets back into running and is mindful of her energy balance in these early postpartum days, always asking herself if certain exercises will fill her tank or drain it. It was a blast chatting with Amy and hearing her stories. And we were so inspired by the running she’s done and the big goals she still has and will no doubt achieve once her body is ready and the world opens back up. Like her instagram handle implies (@amy_the_punisher) she has a knack for pushing hard and punishing herself and friends in the best way when it comes to moving down the trail, so I think she’s going to use this newfound mom strength to keep punishing and doing great things in the mountains! Give this episode a listen via the link below or search “Run Hard Mom Hard” wherever you get your podcasts. Don’t forget to subscribe and share this one with your mom tribe! Thank you!! ***A huge thank you to this week’s sponsor: GIRL GET AFTER IT! Girl Get After It is a wellness community that brings womxn together through sweatworking events and gear that gives back. They are all about womxn supporting womxn, creating diverse and inclusive community, fostering connection and getting after what it means to be healthy. Go check out their CUTE apparel and be a part of this amazing girl squad movement! Plus, 10% of all profits are donated to a nonprofit that helps make a difference in women and girls lives all around the country! Use code “RUNHARD15” for 15% off your order and follow them on instagram @girlgetafterit Show Notes: Find Amy on Instagram Amy’s Blog Her Sponsors: Salomon, Inside Tracker, Equator Coffees Amy’s Favorite Race: North Face Endurance Challenge San Francisco 50 Miler Amy’s Favorite Meal: Burmese Chicken Soup --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/run-hard-mom-hard/message
CCC Recap with Michelle Barton and 9th place CCC female finisher, Amy Leedham. Michelle and I discuss her season along with chatting generally about how my CCC went. Amy and I discuss some course specifics and her CCC in good detail.
Episode 43 - Caitlin Landesberg, with Yiou wang, Anna Mae Flynn and Amy Leedham
The Training For Ultra Podcast with Rob Steger
Episode 43 - Full interview of the founder and CEO of SufferFest Beer, Caitlin Landesberg. Take a few minutes to catch up with Yiou Wang (while she runs and hikes). Hear from two great runners on how their weekend races went with Anna Mae Flynn and Amy Leedham. Happy training! Training For Ultra Gear! www.TrainingForUltra.com Training For Ultra X www.Patreon.com/TrainingForUltra
Episode 38 - Amy Leedham Interview w/ John Kelly Update
The Training For Ultra Podcast with Rob Steger
Had a great time interviewing Amy Leedham. She's a gifted trail runner and continues to improve. Also had a chance to catch up with John Kelly to hear about his 2018 races along with crewing the Barkley Marathons for Gary Robbins. Episode 38 Sponsor Big Foot 200 By: Ryan Chukuske https://publishizer.com/bigfoot-200/ Training For Ultra Gear www.TrainingForUltra.com