The obligatory DISCLAIMER: I am in no way a physician or other health professional with a degree or certification. I speak from my own personal experience, research and reviews, so take my words with a grain of your own research, second opinions, run them past your physician, and most importantly, listen to your OWN body, intuition and good sense.
And so to start...
I'm still working to get rid of belly fat after two babies, too! I have noticed a difference though when I do workouts that involve ab and core exercises. And I don't mean just crunches!! No, the more I work on my balance and stability (core), the more I notice a difference in my tummy area. Yoga, pilates and standing ab/core exercises are all great options. I also found this online article from Shape Magazine that has some great ab/core exercise suggestions.
First of all, congratulations on such a great pace for only having been running for a couple of months! I've been a runner for four years now, and for what seemed like the very longest time, a 10:00 pace was my big goal. Once I reached that goal, and more recently, having stuck consistently and unwaveringly to a Runkeeper training plan, my pace has improved vastly! Consistency is key. Stick with it, listen to your body, pay attention to your running form and with time and consistency your pace will improve. Keep up the great work!
I first started out using an app for my iPod Touch, called Couch to 5k (C25K), which starts you out three days a week, and alternates walking and running, incrementally increasing the amount of running you do until you're running a full 5k! I believe it's a nine week program. Since then, I've followed various training plans. I like to follow a schedule or plan to help keep myself on track. It helps not to have to think about it on a day-by-day basis and just look at my pre-planned workout schedule and go.
If YOU have a question you'd like for me to answer, feel free to leave a comment here on the blog or message me. I'm all for sharing my experience to help others achieve their goals!
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