Ali on the Run Show Episode 195: Mary Johnson, Founder of Lift, Run, Perform, on Postpartum Life and Running

“I’m just winging it.”

Mary Johnson (perhaps best known as @itsamarython on Instagram) is the owner of Lift, Run, Perform. She’s a running coach and a strength coach who also works at Ranfone Training Systems. And she just had a baby! Mary’s first child, Eli, is five months old, and on this episode, Mary very honestly talks about what the past five months have looked like for her. She talks about the highs and lows of new motherhood, explains her strategy for getting work done as a work-from-home mom, and opens up about her expectations vs. the reality of returning to running postpartum.

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What you’ll get on this episode:

  • Mary talks about how she’s feeling at 20 weeks postpartum, and shares her take on expectation vs. reality (3:00)
  • On seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist (12:10)
  • On finding, develoing, and harnessing new-mom confidence (15:00)
  • Mary talks about having to get a D&C after giving birth (17:45)
  • On being a work-from-home entrepreneur mom, and getting back to work after baby (26:00)
  • Mary talks about coaching a group of women to run sub-3:00 marathons this fall (42:50)

What we mention on this episode:

Mary Johnson on Episode 122 of the Ali on the Run Show

Postpartum return-to-exercise recommendations

Abby Bales on Episode 49 of the Ali on the Run Show

Abby Bales on Episode 139 of the Ali on the Run Show

Reform Physical Therapy

Superhero Muffins

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One Response

  1. Thank you, an awesome podcast! Really enjoying all the topics you guys have discussed. I really agree with everything said, most importantly Postpartum. I really had so high expectations for myself and they all just shattered! I realized that I’ve lost so much strength in the first 2-3 months that I thought I am never going to recover from that. Fast-forward almost a year later – I’m still nowhere near where I want to be physically but the work I’ve done is absolutely huge and it pays off, definitely. I’m probably at around 75% of my initial form. So I encourage everyone to listen to your wonderful podcast and, don’t lose motivation and trust in yourself!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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