We cheered wildly for Team Best for Babes So Cal member and nursing mom, Lacy Naud, when she completed her first “ultra-marathon” in early April–50 gorgeous but grueling kilometers (31.4 miles) that challenged but did not dissuade her from reaching her long-held goal. Lacy ran for her own daughter and for the millions of moms who every year are prevented from reaching their personal breastfeeding goals by the Booby Traps(R) – the cultural and institutional barriers. Her commitment to herself, her daughter, and the Mother of All Causes is unflappable and proof that together we can change the culture and the course of our collective health!
Lacy’s got a super-charged passion for fitness and for fueling the fight to give moms the support they need to succeed – -but Team BFB is for anyone who cares about their Babes, big and small, to race to beat the booby traps and put prevention first! From the Marine Corps Marathon to a 5k walk, run, ride or stroll, in your hometown, Team Best for Babes is putting the heat on the Booby Traps! To join or start a team near you, go to www.bestforbabes.org/team-bfb.
Here’s Lucy’s big day in her own words:
Two years ago I was on a path to complete my first ultramarathon but during the early stages of training I happily became pregnant. With a passion for fitness, I dove into a prenatal exercise plan and finished a marathon at 21 weeks pregnant. After taking a break from running to give birth to my beautiful girl, I resumed running about 4 months postpartum and started on the grueling path to rebuild my running base.
Running postpartum was a game-changer in my running career. Nearly all of my training runs have been behind a stroller, some runs as long as 15 miles (with plenty of mid-run playtime out of the stroller and booby-snacks for my girl!). When I needed home hill training I strapped my daughter in our ergonomic carrier and hiked up Cowles Mountain taking full advantage of the training opportunity the
additional 25 pounds of cuteness provided. I was determined to go after that ultra goal.
April 7, 2012, I headed to Anza Borrego State Park, San Diego County, to take on my first 50K (31.4 miles). The out-and-back course had a mixture of terrain…single track along the Pacific Crest Trail, a more than 2000-foot drop into the desert, a run through the beautiful desert scenery of Box Canyon, and then the climatic 5+ mile climb back up via Oriflamme Canyon. I faced more challenges, physical and mental, in that race than in any other race I have ever run. Thinking of holding my daughter afterwards kept my feet moving relentlessly forward for a finishing time of 8:01:06. I was proud to wear the Miracle Isn’t the Bra racing tank and to help raise awareness of BfB’s growing cause. I’ll be wearing that tank again for the upcoming PCT50 Trail Run…50 miles in a stand against the Breastfeeding Booby Traps™!
Lacy hits the ground again on May 12 for her first 50 mile race. To sponsor Lacy visit her personal page at: http://teambfb.bestforbabes.org/2012/socalbabes/
What Booby Trap would you race, run, or walk to Beat?