In episode 272 of The Physical Performance Show Brad Beer shares a conversation with Jess Stenson (nee Trengove) – Dual AUS Olympic Marathoner + Dual Commonwealth Games Marathon Bronze Medallist: her return to sport postpartum on this Featured Performer episode.
Jessica Stenson (nee Trengove) dual Australian Olympian, dual Commonwealth Games Marathon Medallist last appeared on The Physical Performance Show on episode 34 in December 2016 and a lot has changed in Jess’s world since that last appearance.
We caught up with Jess just after the Rio Olympic Games and from there Jess went on to run in the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast securing the bronze medal, then Toronto where she recorded her marathon PB 2:25:59. A year after that marathon PB, Jess and husband Dylan Stenson gave birth to their beautiful little boy Billy in November 2019. Just as any athlete returning to sport postpartum, they encounter challenges, so did Jess. Jess herself, is a Physical Therapist at Physio Smart in South Australia.
Jess shares her knowledge from her experience postpartum in getting back in shape and back to her best-self; marathon ready.
Listen in as we delve into the following:
- Jess being a mother and how her life changed
- Pregnancy and birth
- Caesarean versus natural birth
- Pot-partum and returning to running
- Fear on going back to running
- Recommended tips for getting back into Strength and Conditioning
- Fuelling both worlds (being an athlete and a parent)
- Recovery period
- Training and bone stress injury
- Jess’s focus now
- Jess’s family and father’s condition
- Plans for ‘Rundies’
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Keep pursuing your Physical Best Performance.
“Get to know your body really well, feel what’s happening as some exercises work for some and not for others.”
“There will be a lot of changes and you have to accept that there would be.”
“Balance is really important.”
“Stand right up on one leg with a ball, close your eyes, twist from one side to other side.” – Physical Challenge
“Break down your goals into little process goals.”- Best Advice
“Celebrate the little wins along the way.”
To follow Jess Stenson
Podcast: Episode 34 of The Physical Performance Show
Linkedin: @Jessica Stenson (Trengove)
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03:43 Introduction to Jessica
05:30 Jess being a mother and how her life changed
08:30 Pregnancy and birth
14:00 Caesarean versus natural birth
18:30 Post-partum and returning to running
22:42 Fears on going back to running
33:58 Recommended tips for getting back into Strength and Conditioning
36:47 Fuelling both worlds (being an athlete and parent)
40:25 Recovery period
42:18 Training and Bone stress injury
45:15 Jess’s focus now
48:05 Physical Challenge
51:27 Best Advice
53:34 Jess’s family and father’s condition
55:20 Plans for Rundies
– AUS Dual Olympian, 5000m & 10,000m Olympic Finalist, Episode 32 of the Physical Performance Show
Kerryn McCann – Winner of the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games
– Irish former track and field athlete
– 3x AUS Olympic Marathon Representative, Episode 60 of the Physical Performance Show
– Aus Distance Running Coach, Episode 120 of the Physical Performance Show
For questions and comments about this Episode
Send to the show host @Brad_Beer
(Twitter) or @brad_beer