Andrea Feldkamp, Riley County
I love to run and have generally been running 2-3 miles per run about 5 days per week. About 3 years ago, I hooked up with another runner, and we decided to tackle a half marathon (13.1 miles) together. The experience of setting a goal, taking time to train, and consuming the right types of food made a difference. I achieved a personal-best time. Together, we achieved our goal and set a new goal for another half-marathon.
For me, running is a great way to relieve work stress. When I became pregnant, I still continued to run. Obviously the length and intensity of my runs changed to accommodate my pregnancy. I competed in my final 5K (3.1 miles) while 6 months pregnant. I think my physical activity contributed to a relatively easy labor and delivery.
Post-baby, it has been tough to set aside time to run. Our Extension work schedule requires creativity and flexibility in workout times, and an infant can demand much of the remaining time. Now, I am running about 3 days per week and hope to eventually work back up to my 5-day time-frame.