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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Book Review of Pregruncy: AN ELITE RUNNER’S JOURNEY TRAINING THROUGH PREGNANCY (Review by Crystal J. Casvaant-Otto; book by Natasha LaBeaud Anzures (Author), Marco Anzures (Author)

I was recently contacted by Natasha LaBeaud Anzures, Ph.D. regarding her new book  PregRUNcy ; As a runner and mother I thought it would be an interesting read. Thank you to Natasha for providing me a copy to review.

Book Blurb:

I decided to write Pregruncy as soon as I found out that I was pregnant. Like many others, I have always been fascinated with the notion of exercise during pregnancy, and what the entire pregnancy experience would be like. Years before I ever became pregnant, I would read any articles that came my way about the topic. I was never the person who said that they were going to have a family, or became starry-eyed when thinking about cradling my stomach during the third trimester. No, I have always been more curious about the process of pregnancy. Curious about the stages of growth and how different people cope with the cards that they are dealt. But, I noticed that there were few resources available for the elite runner trying to navigate the world of training during pregnancy. There were morsels of details deep in Instagram posts, but there was no consistent stream of information available that showed what each day of training looked like, and that was what I was on a quest to share.

My husband, who is also my coach, and I decided that I would use my own personal experiences to help others navigate pregnancy. While I understand that this is a very small n-value (n=1) with just me, I also knew that I had not found a resource that chronicled each day of training and the pregnancy experience. I kept thinking about how helpful it would be to know what the whole journey looked like for someone, as opposed to snippets along the way. I also know that my experiences with pregnancy are my own and may not match someone else’s. I wanted to see what was possible during pregnancy. I had heard so many notions about what a woman can and can’t do while they are baking a baby for over nine months, and most of the guidance errs on the ‘can’t’ side without much evidence supporting it.

Marco and I decided that he would also keep his own notes during this process so that we could have two perspectives. He never read my notes during the pregnancy, and I never read his. The notes were combined later so that the “coach’s notes” could be sprinkled in throughout.

What we learned is that the human body can do some amazing things and withstand an incredible amount of pain. We also learned that the healthcare system in the United States has a long way to go in terms of care for pregnant women.

Book Review by Crystal J. Casvant-Otto: 

This book was interesting. I learned I am definitely not an 'Elite Runner' which was a new term for me. and for anyone curious about it, I found this article to be quite helpful: Three Difference Between Elite Runners and Average Runners from the Panther Sports Medicine Blog.  As an average runner (truthfully more of a below average runner); I found PregRUNcy to be fascinating. I'm the mother of 6 who runs a few days a week to maintain her sanity. Running is my happy place and I find that it's easier to be patient when I take a half hour a day to do something for myself. Nathasha LaBeaud Anzuers, Ph.D is very different and running definitely is a passion for her. Running is my side gig and it's her primary gig so I enjoyed viewing things from a completely new and different perspective. Thank you to Nathasha and Marco for sharing your journey with readers. No two pregnancies are alike, but it's fun learning about someone else's experiences! 

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