Tips for Completing a Marathon after Pregnancy
This is a guest post written by Lauren Dzuris. Lauren runs FindMyCarSeat, a Convertible Car Seat website that also offers Booster Car Seats to make car seat shopping easier on parents by giving them all the advice and tips they need to keep their little one safe!
We all have our goals that we want to complete. Whether you’d like to make a certain amount of money with your new business, or you’d like to run your first marathon, it takes both motivation and dedication.
Although you may be feeling a little out of shape after your pregnancy, you are more than capable of getting back into shape. You can start training on a daily basis, and accomplish your goal of completing a marathon. Don’t think it’s possible? Try a few of these tips and see how it is!
Wait at least six weeks: You definitely want to get the OK from your OB/GYN. They will be able to tell you if you’re healed enough to start running. Once you get the ok, you’re good to run.
Have a plan: It is important to come up with a plan. This will keep you on your toes and let you know what you need to do to accomplish this goal. Are you going to do this with a friend or family member for motivation? Have you found where you want to run this marathon and how you’re going to train? Ask yourself all the important questions to figure out a plan.
Figure out your deadline: When is your deadline? You can figure this out by learning when the marathon actually is. You should be able to do a little more than 26 miles in order to complete it.
Rest: Running mile after mile is exhausting. Make sure you get your rest. It is important to get at least eight hours of sleep each night, although since you’re training so hard, it wouldn’t hurt to get more like ten hours!
Stretch: Stretching can increase your weight loss and your flexibility so make sure you do this right before you warm up, and maybe stop half way through to get a really good stretch in now that you’re warmed up.
Increase distance: Make sure you increase your distance steadily. By increasing a half mile a day, you’re not really noticing the extra work you’re putting on yourself daily. Do whatever you can in a day, and if you can’t go any farther, don’t push yourself. If you push yourself too hard you’ll want to give up, and you may result in an injury.
There are several tips you can use to help you complete your marathon. Most importantly, have fun, think about how you can cross of the goal you’ve complete, and show your family that you’re a strong, and healthy new mom.