Running after pregnancy
Local mom sets example of fitness after pregnancy by running Madison Mini Marathon
The UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology encourages women to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle at all stages of life—including before, during, and after pregnancy. However, many moms find it difficult to maintain a fitness program in the months following pregnancy.
According to Michelle Moreau, a mom who challenged herself to run the 13-plus mile Madison Mini Marathon not long after the birth of her first baby, it’s helpful for new moms to have a fitness goal to look forward to.
Moreau said she had struggled with running in the past, and hadn’t run further than the five-mile Crazy Legs Classic prior to learning about the Mini Marathon. In past years, she had attempted to start running more without much success.
After hearing about the Mini Marathon and a training program offered by Madison-based shoe and fitness apparel store Fleet Feet Sports, Moreau renewed her motivation to tackle a longer distance race. She took the leap, signed up for the Mini and the training program, and hasn’t looked back. She ran her first Mini Marathon in August 2011. Since then, she has completed two more half marathons.
Moreau credits the “fantastic” Fleet Feet training program and coaches with helping her stay on track with her training and providing a great support group during her preparation for the race.
Moreau is so enthusiastic about the Mini Marathon that she was signed up by last November for this year’s race, and has actively recruited family and friends to run alongside and share the experience with her.
When asked about her favorite part of the race, Moreau highlighted the finish line celebration and the segment of the race that runs through the UW Arboretum. “This race is fantastic because it hits all of my favorite parts of Madison,” Moreau said.
The UW Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is proud to be the official charity partner of the 2013 Madison Mini Marathon and inspired by the thousands of participants—especially moms like Michelle Moreau—who have come out over the years to support healthy women and healthy babies in our community and set healthy examples for their families and friends. The department would like to remind supporters that there are many ways to support women’s health through the Mini Marathon, which includes a 5K and a kids’ race in addition to the half-marathon. The department is also partnering with YMCA of Dane County to provide a 5K training program, available to all community members, to help people like Michelle who would like to start running, but find the challenge intimidating.