Dr Erika Patel (OBG) started running roughly 5 years ago with the purpose of losing some weight and getting healthy. She has run numerous short distances and completed the Berlin Marathon in 2018.

In November 2019, Erika was referred to Coach Parry after falling pregnant… 

…Her goal was to remain fit and healthy without excessive Partum weight gain and help shed light on Female Health during pregnancy but leading by example.

As an obstetrician-gynaecologist, Erika has extensive knowledge of female physiological changes during pregnancy. She combined these powers with Lindsey’s knowledge of exercising during pregnancy that he learnt as part of his post-graduate training as a biokineticist, to guide them through this journey. 

Running through pregnancy

The intention was to run/walk through to the final trimester and transition to aqua jogging and cycling. While the walking component increased and there was some aqua and cycling. 

Erika was able to run through just about her entire pregnancy, constantly being monitored, checking on baby and making sure both Mom and Babe remained healthy at all times…

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in India were the toughest challenge for Erika to overcome. Only having a 200m driveway to run on, the constant turning did place too much stress and lead to some pubic pain which needed managing.

Post-Partum, was more of the same. Erika’s goal was to run a 21km (half marathon) just 21 weeks Post-Partum. 

We had a focus on building strength, with a gradual build-up, focusing on run/walk and using her heart rate to guide intensity.

Making sure you do the correct strength training is important. The good news is we’ve created a free strength training plan for runners that you can download by clicking here.

Smashing a half marathon just 21 weeks after giving birth

Erika and Lindsey were left speechless when she cruised her 21km in 2hrs24min.

It was time to set some goals and the 1st target was to work towards a new 10km PB (58min at the time). 

With her usual grace and determination, Erika churned out the work, seldom deviating from the script.

Race day arrived and Erika smashed her lifetime PR by 5min, running 53:43 and now her friends won’t believe that she is on a strict run-walk training plan

Onto the next goal, and since runners just can’t stop setting goals, Erika would like to get under 50min for 10km, under 2hrs for the half and get back to running another Marathon in 2021.


With a passion for high performance sport – Lindsey Parry is one of South Africa’s most widely recognised coaches. Having led a team to the London, Rio and Tokyo Olympic Games as well as the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, the Gold Coast & Birmingham, and coached both triathletes and runners onto podiums of some of the world’s most illustrious races, Lindsey has a unique ability to understand what it takes to succeed at any level and thrives on coaching, motivating and inspiring others to do the same – whether it’s on the track, on stage or behind a mic.

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