Nervous? Excited? I remember all those feelings as I squeezed back into the lycra for my first buggy run. As a working mum of 2 girls and an England Athletics qualified running coach, here are my top tips to help you get started when heading out with your little one in the running buggy or bike seat.
Don't ignore pain
Make sure you have had your 6-week sign off from the doctor to start gentle exercise. Literally 'walk before you run' and if you experience any discomfort in your pelvis or lower back, then slow down. Build up gradually, especially if you haven't been regularly exercising pre-birth/pregnancy.
Once walking is easy, try a run/walk (2mins/2mins) pattern. Many people have found Jeffing (a run/walk technique) a useful way back to fitness. Couch to 5k is also a popular plan too.
Posture-wise run tall with your shoulders back and relaxed. Lift those knees up and drive your elbow back at 90 degrees. Ideally hold the buggy with one hand and swing the other.
Pelvic floor! It's one of those British things that isn't openly discussed but do your pelvic floor exercises regularly to ensure there are no leaks. Remember running is a high impact sport!