So You Want To Start Running...Again! My Journey from Tired to 10K
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Great value! See All Benefits. Just as with having a child, there is no return policy, no take-backs, no second thoughts — a 10K race has been signed up for and ready or not I will be at the start line in a month. And, as any writer would do, before tying my laces, I did my research. I spoke to friends who have run for years. For any mums out there struggling to find the motivation to get going, I would recommend working your child into proceedings. Particularly if your child is a toddler or older. But how to push through that first mile barrier and start to make serious progress? I turned to another mum for help.
She gave me some top tips for new runners.
Set a small goal that is achievable to start yourself on your running journey. Short, high intensity bursts are a great way to build confidence and endurance. The wrong shoes can cause injuries. The best way is to find a fellow new mum who has the same fitness interests or goals.
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I see so many new mums who meet in the studio and share the childcare so one jumps into class while the other one trains. Again, finding a buddy keeps you motivated and accountable.
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Buggy fit is also great in the early days so you can do some activity with your baby or investing in a run buggy or a sling so you can go on long walks while your baby sleeps. The first mile is always hard. Resistance and weight training are vital and crucial to support running and develop leg and core strength to prevent injury. Strengthening your glutes through leg and butt focused exercise can be your secret ingredient to increasing speed and stamina for longer distances.
More than any physical benefits the mental release and strength exercise gives you means you can conquer the world, any late-night feeds, teething issues and obstacles the early days of motherhood throws at you.
Again, the chemicals and endorphins released by exercise means you can approach every moment more positively. On a physical level exercise will strengthen you for all the carrying, lifting and charging around you will do in the early days. Go to the loo, get some friends to come and cheer you through the tough moments and get yourself a banging playlist Oh and some good headphones to listen to it through!
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