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The MOTHER’S GUIDE to RUNNING

AS A MUM WHO RUNS, YOU WILL LIKELY ENCOUNTER OBSTACLES, NOT LEAST SLEEP DEPRIVATION, TIME PRESSURE AND A HEAP OF GUILT. BUT THE REWARDS ARE WORTH IT. CLAIRE CHAMBERLAIN REVEALS WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE THE EFFORT…AND HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Everything changes when you become a mother for the first time, but it needn’t stop you from running!

The MOTHER’S GUIDE to RUNNING

AS A MUM WHO RUNS, YOU WILL LIKELY ENCOUNTER OBSTACLES, NOT LEAST SLEEP DEPRIVATION, TIME PRESSURE AND A HEAP OF GUILT. BUT THE REWARDS ARE WORTH IT. CLAIRE CHAMBERLAIN REVEALS WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE THE EFFORT…AND HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

As soon as you become a mum, it quickly becomes clear that running just got that bit more challenging. While donning your trainers might be the furthest thing from your mind as you get to grips with feeding, nappies, crying and making a sandwich/ cuppa one-handed (because your newborn WILL NOT be put down), there will come a time when you are yearning to shut the door behind you and run. And then come the allimportant questions: how do you make time? How do you find the energy? How will you squeeze your (possibly lactating) boobs back into a sports bra? It might seem impossible, but with a little planning, it is perfectly manageable. What’s more, it is totally worth the effort and actually one of the most selfless things you can do as a mother.

“Running after having a baby is not easy and I don’t for a second think this should be underestimated,” says Bernadette Dancy, senior lecturer in health and physical activity at St Mary’s University, London. “But it is not impossible, it does get easier and it is so rewarding. The amazing thing about the human body is it adapts and responds to demands by getting stronger and fitter.”

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We’re getting into marathon-training mode in the March issue of Women’s Running, out now! Join in our #BigMarathonChallenge with one of our three targeted 12-week training plans - you’ll find part one in this issue. We’ve also got an eight-move workout designed to get your body ready for marathon running. Using your commute to get some miles in? Find the right rucksack for you with our test. Elsewhere in the issue you’ll find a guide to running for new mothers, be inspired to smile as you run, and try three fresh recipes from Clean-Eating Alice. Plus, we’ve got all the usual great gear reviews, inspiration and quick training advice.