Body After Baby: Run the pounds off

Monday is here again! Time to look back on the week and see how we’ve done, along with set new goals for the week ahead! I started running with Lucas last week and I’m loving it. We have some nice trails (smooth paths, really) around here and the weather has been so perfect. I also lost a pound, and I’m happy to say that I’ve lost all my baby weight!  It’s funny how your body really does change after having kids. I can say that I’m back to where I was weight wise pre-pregnancy, but I definately can’t say that I look the same. My hips, those gosh darn stretch marks… you know. 
Do I have any other runners here? Any running mom bloggers? I find that running is the best workout for me and something that I get the best results from. I feel like it’s safe to say that I can run for 20 minutes and get a better workout than if I were to use the elliptical for an hour. Running is an awesome total body workout. It’s also a great stress reliever!  I’d love to hear who else is running with (or without) their kid(s)! 
If you’re not a runner, give it a shot! Running is one of those things that you’ll probably have a love/hate relationship with. At least that’s how it is with me. Running is hard, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes. The easier it becomes, the more you run, the more you love it. The more you run, the better your body looks, the more you love it. Get my drift here? 🙂
Signing up for races is a great way to motivate yourself. Start with a 5K (3.1 miles) and if you like it, set your goals higher for a 10K or maybe even a half marathon?! I know those numbers can sound daunting, especially if you’re new to running, but I promise it’s something that you can accomplish.  Cool Running and Runners World are two of my favorite running websites that have great running plans for newbies all the way up to advanced runners. 
If you’re a runner, or want to become one, please share! I’d love to hear who’s running out there, what your favorite running blogs/websites are, and what your running goals are! 
And if you want nothing to do with running, that’s fine too!  How did you do last week? How is your ‘Body After Baby’ coming along? What are you struggling with this week, and what have you been successful in? If you’re participating in this challenge or want to join us, please do! It’s fine to hop on in anytime at all, share with us your goals, and get support and encouragement for other moms! (If you’re new to my blog- please feel free to read the previous Body After Baby post!)  You may tell us anything you please in your Body After Baby post, but I encourage you to talk about your goals for the week, your progress that you did (or didn’t make) how you’re going to reach your goals, and anything else you want to share! 
Assuming Mister Linky works this week (for goodness sakes!) leave your Body After Baby post link so we can all visit you, cheer you on, and help keep you accountable! Please remember the rules when using Mr. Linky- make sure you leave your post link url, and link back to my blog in your post.
Happy Running! Or walking, or swimming, or biking, or elliptical(ing), or whatever!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

12 thoughts on “Body After Baby: Run the pounds off

  1. Hi
    Hopefully Mister Linky is working and my post is there. So glad you are enjoying running again. Not a runner myself, short burst are okay but longer runs cause me to become panicky, probably from too much adrenaline. Thank you for hosting!!

  2. What a timely post! My post today is all about running a marathon!

    I have the Nike+ for running and I love it. It does all the work for me as far as tracking time, pace, distance, etc.

  3. I love running! I've run two half-marathons in the recent past and would love to run another one this fall. I'm pretty slow and didn't train as much as I wanted to, but I finished! Running is awesome and it's my favorite exercise, seems the most effective for me too, as long as I don't increase my calories. 🙂 Running rocks!! 🙂

  4. I too have this love/hate relationship with running! I love it when I first start out but then when I don't notice a change in “inches” or “weight” I get discouraged and stop! Which I know is the wrong thing to do! I've started back up again…Let's hope the “hate” part of my relationship with running doesn't get the best of me like it has in the past! Adorable son by the way and I love the name Lucas! Defiantly one of my #1 boy name picks! My honey and I have been trying for baby “M” #1 for 11 cycles now…hopefully it won't be much longer!

  5. A LOVE/HATE relationship it is!!!! ha ha……I run everyday for a little over an hour…..

    I am SO EXCITED for my new RED BOB Stroller Strides Jogger to come tomorrow!!!

  6. glad to see I'm not the only one with this sort of relationship. ha! 🙂

    Alyson you run everyday for over an hour??! YOU GO GIRL! Do you run with your kids? Alone? Early in the morning or evening? That's so awesome you're getting a BOB!

  7. Ran with my new BOB today for the first time and it rocked. A little over two miles. I am doing intervals still but it just gets easier each time. I run with other moms from my Moms Group. It is awesome and our kids are close in age so usually when we finish they play while we do abs and strength training exercises.

    Alyson, I saw a red Stroller Strides BOB on eBay… is that where you got yours?

    Stephanie

  8. My sister runs a lot. I would love to start running after my baby is born but around here I am kind of limited as to where I can run so I'll probably just return to the gym.

  9. ooo! just found this post! I am a competitive runner for my city's track club and I LOVE it! I ran 6 miles 6 days/week while pregnant with Baby C and even ran 4 road races (winning 3 out of 4 of them!).

    I started running again pretty soon after having Baby C but now only run about 5 days/week–so much tougher with a jogger! I've done a few speed workouts with it but man-oh-man is it ever hard. I think it pays off on race-day though when all you have in front of you is you (not your baby jogger) and you can race to your baby at the finish line! Such a sweet reward at the end 🙂

    Anyway, I absolutely love running and hope to share the gift of running with my daughter!

    Thanks for posting such a positive view on running post-baby!

  10. wow a lot of runners here.
    I'm a newbie runner. ran my first 2 mile race this past saturday.
    wanting to sign up for another series of races but just don't have the $50 to put on it yet so just training for it now.

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