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Starting training again - running and paddling

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golemmings Mon 21-Sep-09 14:08:49


OUr baby girl is now 4 weeks old and I'm looking to get back into training.

I'm mostly a kayaker - flat water racing - but started running last summer and was loving it until I got too light headed and wobbly to run at 10 weeks pregnant. I raced until I was 5 months pregnant and then carried on coaching until 38 weeks - mostly on the bank but occasionally paddling too.

In labour I had a grade 3 tear and was told by the midwife not to paddle until I've seen the gynaecologist (which isn't until Janary sad) but I think that's probably over cautious. Does anybody have any advice or experience?

In the meantime I'm planning on starting running again - with a view to entering the Telford 10k at Christmas. last year it took me from August to Christmas to build up to that distance and I was stronger and fitter then. Is this too ambitious?

Is there anything I should know before I start?

liath Tue 22-Sep-09 07:59:45

The one thing I would advise is to maybe speak to a physio about what exercise to do as some might advise that running too soon might damage your pelvic floor, especially if you had a bad tear. Good luck.

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