Suzy Slane Pulls No Punches About Running Postpartum and Mental Illness


Today I’m catching back up with Ms. Suzy Slane.

Suzy Slane on Race Day

Suzy is the kind of person that pulls no punches.

She’s real and honest and raw on her blog and her social media, so it’s no surprise that we went deep during our chat today.

Going Race Crazy

When I talked with Suzy the first time, one of the things that she said was that she loved running but really didn’t like racing very much.

Her logic was that she liked the running and training so much that she didn’t want to race because that would mean that she would have to take some time off to recover after pushing it for a race.

But if she “just” trains and doesn’t race? She can run all the miles she wants without pushing so hard that she needs time off to recover.

In the past few months, however, she’s flipped the script a bit and run a few different races.


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Training/Racing Postpartum

Suzy has renewed her focus on racing a bit this year and is pushing herself in an attempt at going under three hours in the marathon for the first time.

And she’s doing this while still being a new mom for the fifth time.

When Suzy was training for the Phoenix marathon, which she didn’t end up running for a few reasons, her baby was only a few months old.

Some women may not even be back to running yet at that point, which is totally fine, but to be pushing your limits and training hard while also nursing a baby and not getting the best sleep is something that flies counter to much conventional wisdom in the western world.

Suzy knows her body and made a conscious effort to not overdo it. But she also is of the belief that the human body is capable of a lot more than we give ourselves credit for, so training for a race (and aiming for a new PR) a few months after giving birth is totally doable.

The Struggle with Mental Illness Continues

When I talked with Suzy a couple of years ago, she was very open about some of her struggles with depression and anxiety and the role that running plays in helping her get through life.

This time, we talked about some of her struggles again but she also opened up about the difficulty of being a caregiver for someone with a mental illness.

Suzy’s husband is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and obviously something like that can put stress and strain on any relationship.

Suzy has gotten more intentional about setting boundaries in her life in order to “put her oxygen mask on first” so that she can be there for her husband and her family.

And running is a big part of that.

By prioritizing herself and her running, Suzy is better able to take care of herself and her husband (and their family) when the times are toughest.

Suzy Slane, Post Run

Suzy Slane


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If you want to connect further with Suzy, I would definitely encourage you to check out her website and say hi on Instagram.

Suzy Slane is nothing if not real, open, and raw about the ups and downs of daily life. Today she's back on the show for a little Round 2, and not surprisingly, we got personal pretty quickly. #runchat Click To Tweet


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