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Running a 5K: Getting my pre-baby body back

A woman runs up a steep trail.

A woman runs up a steep trail. (Credit: iStock)

I have a confession to make. I haven't exercised since Maggie was born, almost 15 months ago. Sure, I take her on long walks, but they're leisurely and every few weeks I use the elliptical machine I had to have. When I do exercise I feel invigorated but then something comes up and so it begins — my sneakers start collecting dust again. Between working and spending time with Maggie, exercise was the first to go on my long list of things to do. And I miss it.

So I made a commitment. I am going to run a 5K this summer.

Me, run? Yup, I'm going to try to do it even though it's not one of my favorite activities. I ran a 5K years ago, when I worked out with a trainer and hit the gym at least five days a week. Now that it's been about seven years and I had a baby, my body is completely different. I lost most, if not all, of what I gained when I was pregnant, but I've also lost muscle tone and my stamina is completely different. Running isn't something that comes naturally to me and I have to be honest, I'm a little worried I won't be able to stick with it.

A friend of mine suggested I check out LIFitMoms.com for a training program. It was started by Adele Arkin from Long Beach who was one of the first to introduce Stroller Strides to moms on Long Island. She recently launched a seven-week online training program that features a weekly schedule with an individual plan that you can track using your mobile phone or computer. What sold me is that I only needed to follow the training three days a week and that I'd have a coach encouraging me to stick with it. So, I figured, why not?

This week I'll start the training and one of Arkin's quotes is what is helping me follow through with the 5K: “Motherhood is tough, but mothers are tougher.” I'll be checking in each week about my progress and I'd love to hear tips and advice from other runners about how they trained for a 5K or how you make time for exercise.

I'm ready to embark on this journey. Who's with me?

Tags: healthy living

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