Ok, you are 3+ months postpartum, tested yourself (passed the test I posted two weeks ago or you got cleared by your pelvic floor therapist for running), and you feel like you are ready to go. There is just one big question:
HOW TO START THIS RUNNING JOURNEY?
Should you just go out and run for 20, 30, 60 minutes? No, please don't! As fun as this might sound (to some ;-)) it is much better to take a progressive approach and ease your way back or start out slow. But how, Eva!!! No worries, I got you covered:
BEST RUNNING PROGRAMS FOR MOMS
So, here we go, these interval training programs are my favorite running programs for moms and will help you start (back into) a fairly intense sport that your body needs time to adjust to after pregnancy (even if your baby is not a baby anymore and you gave birth months, years, decades ago):
Both of these programs are awesome! I did the N2R because it has the added bonus of a strength component in it which I think is extremely important when it comes to running.
AND A FEW NOTES
Two more things I want to add here:
1) You don't need to follow them to the T
See those programs as guidelines. I want to quote my Nike Run Club App (great app for when you are through with one of those two programs) here because they hit the nail on the head: “You’re in charge of your plan, so you can take days off when you need to. You can adjust workouts to fit your weekly schedule, or modify pace and distance based on how you’re feeling.”
2) If something feels off: STOP
You are working your way through one of the programs and all of a sudden you feel pain, you leak, you feel weak, … Or you are sick, you are not in the mental state to run, … All of this should be taken seriously. Take a break from running, find help, and take care of your body. Not working out can be just as important! Being mindful about the signals your body is sending you is crucial to be able to run happy, safely, and healthily for a long time.
As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. I’m here and I’m more than happy to help!
Disclaimer: Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any type of exercise program!