Reader Whitney emailed me recently with the following concern:
"I am starting to run again four months after giving birth to my first baby. I'm now at a point where I have about 15 to 20 pounds to go. I ran for the first time today. It was scary! The jiggle wasn't as bad as I thought but it was just not what it used to be! Any advice for someone in my shoes?"
As a mom of two young kids, I have been in Whitney's shoes so I can empathize with her. I lost fitness during my pregnancies and I was discouraged and frustrated during my first several runs post-partum. But every week I felt stronger, more energized, and grateful to have some time to myself. So it's important to be patient -- it will eventually get easier!
If you recently gave birth and are ready to get started with (or return to) running, check out these post-partum running tips to stay safe, comfortable, and motivated.