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It’s been a long while since I’ve written anything about running. But as February 19th approaches and I’m staring down the Austin Half Marathon, I’ve been thinking a lot more about training post baby. Of course, my first half was post-baby, but Hannah was 6 months old when I first started. But training at 6 months is different than 6 weeks.

Half Marathon Training Post Baby – Simple Tips

1. Hydrate – I’ve talked about this topic before, but I can’t stress how important it is to be well hydrated especially if you are nursing. As a nursing mom, your body is already draining itself. Top that with working out, and your need for water is essential.

2. Focus on Distance NOT Pace – When you’re starting out, don’t focus on your pace, working on your distance. Pace will come. I’m currently running 1-1.5 minutes off my normal pace. And I’m okay with that. Because the more I run, the faster I will become.

3. Make Running a Family Affair – If you can afford it, I highly recommend buying a jogging stroller. We were gifted a double jogger and I love it. We haven’t taken all three kids out yet, but now that Julia’s school has started back, I’ll be taking Hannah and Joseph out for a stroll.

4. Enjoy Yourself – You aren’t racing against anyone else. You aren’t competing against other runners on the street. You are only competing against yourself. So enjoy it. Enjoy running. Run with friends. Run in fun races. Just enjoy it.

{photo via Tara Chen on Pinterest}

What workouts do/did you do post-baby? Do you have any races planned this year?

*Disclaimer: All tactics/tips are my own personal opinions and not medically backed. Please seek medical advice before starting any running program.

I had so much fun with my half marathon series, that I’ve decided to start writing more about running. I don’t know how often I’ll do running focused posts, but hopefully once a week/every other week. As it progresses, I’d love to hear about what you want to know more about.

The Importance of Hydrating While Running

Ideally, you should hydrate every 15-20 minutes {or 2 miles}. And typically speaking, I do a poor job of hydrating. I’ve never taken water on a 3 mile run. And if I can be super honest, I’ve never taken water on a 5 mile run. Yikes! But I’m working on it and thought I’d pass along my tips.

Why Hydrate While Running:

1. Avoid Muscle Cramps – Your body needs hydration for your muscles to work properly. When you’re running {and sweating} you need to add back hydration.

2. Avoid Headaches – From experience, I can tell you that dehydration headaches are awful. Awful, awful.

3. Avoid Heat Exhaustion/Stroke – Adding hydration {in water or sport drink form} helps keep your body cool and lowers your risk of heat exhaustion/stroke.

How to Hydrate While Running:

1. Pre-run Drinks – I drink water like a fish, but I make sure to drink extra water before longer runs, to make sure my body is well hydrated before I ever start.

2. Run on a Treadmill – As boring as a treadmill can be, they do come in handy. You have your water bottle on hand and can easily stop to hydrate.

3. Carry Your Bottle – Find a good reusable, easy to carry water bottle. Or go a step further and get yourself a water pack. Amphipod makes some great products that fit most every runner’s needs {they are my current favorite}. I haven’t stepped up to a pack yet {though I’m saving my money for it}, so I carry a great bottle that has a hand grip.

4. Run with a Group – Group runs have water stations set up along the route, allowing you to take breaks throughout your run. In my experience, they were at 2m, 5m, 8m, etc.

Do you hydrate properly while running? How do you stay hydrated while running?

*Disclaimer: All tactics/tips are my own personal opinions and not medically backed. Please seek medical advice before starting any running program.

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