Week 37 — I’m still running (jogging) and feeling good

Day 1: 4 rounds of the sun salutation (my belly is in the way and it doesn’t exactly feel good, not sure why), 2 sets lunges, 2 sets deep, deep knee squats (can I labor in that position? I hope so, but it does make the contractions super intense. At least that’s what I remember from the last time.),  2 sets pushups on my knees (belly to floor), 2 sets rows and one set each of shoulder fly and rotator shoulder fly (this works the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder joint). Some stretching during the day.  35 minute walk while pushing stroller, some sprints after a tennis ball while we were at the park and lots of just being on my feet and moving around. 10 minute walk. 

Day 2: 30 minute run. 4 loops around Cadman Plaza plus there and back. I went a bit fast since I kept on passing the same gentleman (grey-haired- I hope I’m still running when I have grey hair). He was going in the opposite direction so we would pass each other twice a loop and my competitive spirit came out, so he was going just a little bit faster than me, but I was going faster than I would have if he hadn’t been there. I did feel more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions as I ran (maybe 4 or 5 during the run and a few more as I cooled down). The last loop I ran much slower since my competition had left. I felt good, I wasn’t out of breath although my legs felt a bit heavy, maybe from the lunges yesterday.  Oh and my pelvis was a bit achy as I was running, but it felt better after I had run a bit, I kept the Kegel muscles active and kept the transverse abdominis active also (that’s the natural girdle muscle, activated by pulling belly button in towards your spine, or think about hugging your baby inside your womb with your abdomen).

Day 3:  6:05 AM 10 minute brisk walk, 4 minute jog, 40 minute walk, 15 minute brisk walk.

11:15 leisurely one hour walk

2:00 25 minute brisk walk pushing stroller. my arms were very tired after the walk from pushing the stroller.  Later in the afternoon 2 ten minute walks to and back from park with some climbing and sliding.

Day 4: 6:05 AM 10 minute brisk walk, 2 sets of lunges, 2 sets of deep knee squats, 2 sets of pushups, 6 minute jog. Super tired after a poor night of sleep. All of this felt good, good to be able to do, but I was happy to sit and rest for an hour on a park bench while reading (achy pelvis when I stood up to walk, felt better after walking a bit). 10 minute brisk walk later, plus 20 minute limping walk to playground, very painful, but after being in the playground for awhile the hip worked itself out.  

Day 5: 30 minute run with 4 loops around Cadman Plaza Park, Felt great to do it and good doing it.  I am getting thinner actually, or I seem to be. The baby is growing fine but my arms and legs are getting thin, weird…. 2 sets of rows and 2 sets of shoulder flys.  More walking later in the day around Fort Greene Park.

Day 6: 20 minute walk to Fort Greene park plus additional walking in park.  

Day 7: 25 minute run with 3 loops around Cadman Plaza Park and a jog down to Brooklyn Bridge park, pushups and modified pull ups in the park (2 sets each) and 2 sets of lunges. Late in day a couple of 15 to 25 minute walks.  Overall this week I did a lot of activity, feels good to still be able to do so much activity.  I am glad I kept running during this pregnancy!

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Week 36- Whew almost the end!!!

Day 1: Lots of walking.  7:05 AM 20 minutes walking moderate, 40 minutes moderate walking and leg stretches, 15 minutes brisk walking.  1:00PM 20 minute brisk walk, 15 minutes in bank, followed by 20 minute brisk walk. 30 minute rest followed by 15 minute brisk walk. hour later another 10 minute leisurely walk. Lots of walking: 1 hour or more, miscellaneous leisurely walking. 

Day 2:  6:05 — 10 minute brisk walk followed by lunges (front, back and side), 2 sets deep knee squats, 1 set of pushups on bench, 4 minute run.   7:05 15 minute walk  9:45AM 15 minute brisk walk. 11:30 AM 2 sets of one arm rows.   Later in day 10 minute stroll and 10 minute stroll to and from park.

Day 3:  7:05 AM 20 minute walk, 40 minute walk and leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walk. 11:50  25 minute brisk walk. 2:00 25 minute brisk walk both pushing stroller which left my arms tired.  

Day 4:  6:05 AM 10 minute brisk walk followed by 2 sets of lunges (front and back), 2 sets of deep knee squats, 2 sets of pushups on a wall and leg stretches, then 4 minute run. 10:30 AM 25 minute brisk walk.  later in day two 10 minute leisurely walks.

Day 5:  25 minute run 3 loops around Cadman Plaza and 20 minute walk from Brooklyn Heights. The run felt really great, as if I could do more even though I hadn’t done much running in the last two weeks, no super strong Braxton Hicks contractions during run either.  1 sets one arm rows and shoulder flys 2 sets.  Various walking 20 minutes and 20 minutes pushing stroller.

Day 6: Early afternoon: 10 minute brisk walk, taught 30 minute Sling Your Baby class at the NY Fit Mama event in Prospect Park at the picnic house (that was fun and still easy to do, but I was more winded than the moms carrying their babies), 10 minute brisk walk. In the evening 10 minute speed walk, plus various stairs and other walking, plus sat during a music concert, impossible to sit still and Braxton Hicks contractions during almost every song…Not labor though, but I’m definitely getting more in the late afternoons and evenings so I must be getting close. I need to pee whenever I have one of those Braxton Hicks contractions which can be a problem…

Day 7: 7:10 AM 20 minutes walk, 40 minutes walking, 30 minute brisk walk.  10:15 AM 15 minute brisk walk, plus other walking for an hour, interspersed with a little bit of sitting.  Strong kicks and squirms from the little one in the belly.

Week 35 – the pulled muscle week

Day 1:  Still having the abdominal muscle or ligament pain. Not a good sensation, but gets better with rest. 7:05 am 20 minute walk, followed by 35 minute walk followed by leg stretches and 20 minute walk.  1:30 PM  40 minute walk while pushing stroller, 20 minute walk home later.

Day 2: 15 minute brisk walk 8:45 am, 30 minute leisurely with errands.  more walking (1 to 2 hours worth)  4:30 PM 15 minutes to Cadman Plaza and 15 minutes home with a few sprints after Mateo in between. Belly slightly better

Day 3: 7:05 AM  20 minute walk, 50 minute walk with stretches, 20 minute walk.

11:45 PM 30 minute walk to Atlantic Avenue.

1:15 PM  30 minute walk home from Atlantic avenue.

8:30 PM Mateo tried to climb on me and my belly muscle (or ligament) flared up again. Super painful for the rest of the night, led to very bad parenting!

Day 4:  8:00 am 20 minute walk, 11:25 AM 45 minute walk. Belly felt better, mostly good, but rested all afternoon to keep it feeling good.

Day 5:  12:40 – 5:00 walk and play in park, but I kept it as low key as possible since I had insomnia the previous night and was quite tired, but belly felt pretty much healed.

Day 6:  Absolutely nothing!!!!  Mother’s day and I hadn’t slept well and had a cold.

Day 7:  8:30 AM  30 minute walk, two sets of light theraband presses and rows, 11:50  10 minute walk, 12:15- 1:00 stood or walked in playground which involved some lifting of Mateo, belly seems fully healed.

Week 34 — Realizing my limitations

Day 1: 7:05 AM — 20 minute walk, 35 minute walk, leg stretches, 15 minute brisk walk (so hard now!)

11:00 AM — 20 minute leisurely walk, push swing, partial pull ups on swing set, 

4:00 PM — various sprints in park to catch Mateo

5:30 PM– 15 minute walk home

Day 2:  6:00 AM — 16 minute brisk walk (can’t do the same distance in 15 minutes anymore), no running with client, I just can’t do it at his pace anymore, I’m too heavy. 

8:10 AM– 10 minute leisurely walk followed by another 10 minute leisurely walk

10:00– 30 minute leisurely walk

11:30 — 2 sets pushups on knees (belly hits floor now), 2 sets rows (10 pounds), lunges, deep knee squats ( 2 sets, starting to strengthen for labor now, super deep squats) , plank and hold, and plank and lift one leg, stretches.

12:00 –15 minute walk, 

4:30 pm — 10 minutes to park for playing, sliding, rock throwing, etc.

Day 3: 7:05 AM  20 minute walk, 35 minute walk moderate pace, at the end of the walk, I seriously considered taking the elevator up the 3 flights of stairs, leg stretches,  17 minute brisk walk home (again can’t do it in 15 minutes anymore, too hard)

11:45 AM — 30 minute walk to gymnastics class for Mateo, sat for one hour, 15 minute walk to ice cream shop (I ate a sorbet, very good), 20 minute walk to Fort Greene Park, sat mostly for another 45 minutes or hour, then played actively with Mateo (slides, climbing, walking a lot) for another 30 minutes and 30 minute walk home pushing stroller and sleeping Mateo.  Way too much walking even with all the rest in between locations.  Completely exhausted when I arrived home.

Day 4:   6:00 AM 16 minute brisk walk — planned on running with client, but just couldn’t make myself do it. I just know that I can no longer do it as I have been doing it. I am sad about that but I am also being realistic.  8:10 am 10 minute walk, 10:30–  45 minute walk through and around Park Slope. Again overdid the walking a bit, completely tired and then took Mateo to park at 1:00 for about 1 and half hours with me participating in some sliding and climbing. 

Day 5:  8:15  AM 40 minute jog with 4 loops around Cadman Plaza Park! I was so happy to have done it and proud of myself, even though throughout the run I was having to work very hard to keep myself going mentally!  Ran into my former running partner and chatted for about 10 minutes then ran the rest of the way home. The rest break was actually very good for me, recovered fully and was ready to do more.  2 sets pushups, 2 sets rows, stretching and planks, 1 set shoulders.

3:00 PM went to MOMA, ate late lunch and walked around a bit, super tired though after the morning’s workout and walked super slow until I needed to sprint at one point to catch Mateo before he ran too far away from me. That sprinting after Mateo is when my pelvis/ hamstring muscles actually, really hurt. It’s so difficult to do now, but still must be done on occasion to keep him safe, but he is slowly beginning to understand that he can’t do that as much as I used to let him.

Day 6:  Went to Brooklyn Children’s museum, leisurely walk for 20 minutes to subway, then walked around Museum, Mateo completely overtired, but he walked 10 minutes to the bus stop and then fell asleep on bus.  My exercise: carrying sleeping Mateo 20 minutes from bus stop to home since all cabs were off duty or full…. Later in evening some wrestling with both Mateo and husband. At night strange pain on right side of abdomen– not the usual Braxton Hicks or round ligament pain, but quite painful and continuous, woke up later and called the midwife to rule out the scary possibilities. Seems to be just a pulled muscle or possibly a bruise from the girl inside kicking out against my son sitting on my abdomen….

Day 7: 8:43 AM —-17 minute walk leisurely, felt my abdomen pain as I walked, also felt it earlier in the morning when I picked up Mateo.  Pain went away as I sat, returned during 17 minute walk home. It’s gone after I rested an hour.  It seems I need to take it easier than I have been. I guess that’s a good thing to during by the middle of the 8th month!!!!!

Week 33 – Oh my aching pelvis

Okay, this week, in general, my pelvis has been aching. The bones must be shifting a bit especially around the sacrum. Also, my legs have given up on my a couple of times, not so that I hit the floor, but they have buckled out from under me, mostly when I need to move quickly or change direction all of a sudden. This seems to be connect with my hamstring muscles feeling overstretched and sore all the time (I’ve been using lots of tiger balm on them). They seem to be over stretched from the shift in bones and the increased lordosis (the curve in the lower back is exaggerated). I’ve been focusing more on Kegels and abs to counterbalance that tendency.

Day 1: 7:05 am 2o minute moderate walk, 45 min moderate walk, leg stretches

8:25  20 minute moderate walk

4:00 PM carried Mateo from Harry Chapin playground to our house, he fell asleep halfway home. Also, carried his scooter.  Took over 20 minutes carrying the extra weight and my legs and arms were dead afterward.  

Day 2: 6:00 AM brisk walk 16 minutes ( it now takes an additional minute to do the same walk I used to do in 15 minutes — I am getting slower), 

6:20   ran to park (5 minutes) and back, did 4 sets of lunges and 2 sets of pushups (on bench). 

8:10 20 minute walk

11:00 20 minute walk

1:30  20 minute walk

Day 3: 7:05 AM  20 minute moderate walk followed by 35 minute moderate walk (hill and stairs 4 flights are now very challenging)

8:25  15 minute very brisk walk

11:00  Slow walk with stops to Brooklyn Heights (30 minutes walking with break in the middle)

2:00 25 minute walk

Day 4: 6:00 brisk walk 16 minutes, 

6:20 ran to hill (5 min.) couldn’t run the hill, can’t do it anymore at my client’s pace, did 4 sets of lunges, 2 sets of wall pushups, 8 minute run back, leg stretches

8:05 10 minute brisk walk followed by 8 min brisk walk

9:30 1 hour walk across Park Slope while running errands

5:00 PM 20 minute walk to Brooklyn Heights 

Day 5: 35 minute run around Cadman Plaza Park – 4 loops! It was so difficult!  Also, it’s not a run, it’s a jog at this point. Still felt good to do it. Did 2 sets of one arm rows, 2 set of shoulder flys.  Lot’s of cleaning.  More walking 20 minutes and 20 minutes later in day. 

Day 6:  Light walking.

Day 7:  15 minute walk, 15 minute walk, 10 minute walk, 20 minute walk.  Light day.

Week 32

Day 1: 7:05 AM 20 minute walk moderate pace,

7:30  40 minute walk moderate pace, ended walk with 4 flights of stairs, super winded for the last flight.  Leg stretches.

9:00 AM  15 minute brisk walk

11:00 AM 15 minute, followed by 10 minute walk, moderate pace, followed by shopping and walking up and down stairs and sprinting after Mateo as he tried to escape the Century 21 department store.  3:30 PM 15 minute moderate walk

Day 2:  6:00 AM  15 minute brisk walk, 20 minute workout- one hill, two sets of lunges, 1 set of pushups, short set of squats, and leg stretches.

8:00 AM 15 minute brisk walk

11:00 AM 15 minute brisk walk

11:30 taught Sling Your Baby dance class. Full out aerobic workout!  followed by chasing Mateo and running and jumping with him.

2:15PM  15 minute brisk walk.  

All in all that was a lot of exercise for one day!

Day 3: 20 minute walk, 30 minute moderate walk, 20 minute walk.

11:30  30 minute walk with some running after a scooter, 

1:30-3:00  lots of walking and errands, followed by ball and frisbee playing (light running)

Day 4: 6:00 am  15 minute brisk walk, ran one hill, lunges front and back, one set pushups on wall, stretches

8:00    20 minute walk, ( I can’t remember the rest of the day, it rained I think and I was too tired to cook.)

Day 5:  Morning run for 25 minutes, 3 loops around Cadman Plaza at my pace, so it was very nice and my breathing was comfortable!  2 sets pushups, 2 sets one arm rows, stretches.

Afternoon: went to Prospect Park, chased a scooter full out sprint at least 2 times, maybe closer to three. Played frisbee and other various ball and balloon games, walked a lot.

Day 6:  As little as possible, about 20 minutes walking.

Day 7: 8:45    15 minute brisk walking, 15 minute brisk walking, lifting of boxes while I organized storage unit

2:00 15 minute walk and another 15 minute walk and foot reflexology session (most wonderful thing to do during pregnancy)

Week 31 – the hard to breathe week

Day 1:  6:00 am  15 minute brisk walk, run to park and one loop around Cadman Plaza park. I can no longer keep up with my client, I’m just too winded too easily with the extra 23 pounds I’m carrying and the Braxton Hicks contractions are very noticeable, they went away when I slowed down, hate to slow down, but it’s only for a couple more months and then running without a belly can begin again. I did two sets of lunges and one set of bench pushups. Ran back 5 minutes.  

7:25   30 minute moderate walk, some stretches

8:25 15 minute brisk walk

Walked around the Museum of Modern Art, carried Mateo from F train station at York street home. Really difficult with all the stairs!  

Day 2:  8:45 am  15 minute brisk walk

11:30 am taught Sling Your Baby™  dance class. Felt good to move in a dance way, but winded!

5:30 pm ran up and down the hall kicking a ball for about 15 minutes or more.

Day 3: 7:00 am  25 minute moderate walk, 40 minute moderate walk, leg stretches,  

8:25 am 15 min. brisk walk

11:30   30 minute brisk walk with stroller, Mateo on scooter.

2:00 30 minute walk with Mateo sleeping in stroller.

5:45 Mateo on scooter and me walking briskly to keep up with him, 10 minutes to park, threw rocks into the water and walked across rocks — good balance exercise, much climbing on the playground equipment and sliding down slides, 10 minute walk back with more balance work while walking on the train tracks that can still be found in our neighborhood streets.

Day 4:   6:45 am –15 minute brisk walk, short run to Columbia Heights hill, one run down and up – definitely a rating of 9 on a scale of one to ten with ten being extremely hard, I was completely out of breath, but it only took about 2 minutes to recover, so not so bad – did two sets of lunges and 2 sets of wall pushups, 10 minute run back, leg stretches.

9:35 am – very brisk 30 minute walk – felt good to do even after the early morning activity.

11:45 am – moderate walk about 20 minutes

Later in day various sprints to catch Mateo, some activity putting together a bookshelf. So winded just all the time, the uterus is squishing my diaphragm muscle and I can’t even sit relaxed or it gets squished and I can’t breathe.

Day 5 : light walking

Day 6: more walking, moderate not very long distances, flew a kite

Day 7:  15 minute walk brisk, 25 minute walk brisk, two more 10 minute walks, stretching,

Week 30

Day 1:  7:00 am: 20 minute walk, moderate. I was super winded walking up the hill to Columbia Heights. The 20 extra pounds and 7 months of pregnancy is starting to take it’s toll.  30 minute moderate walk, 15 minute brisk walk, leg stretches.  Later in day 1:30 15 minute walk and scootercise, frisbee playing and jumping off a wall.  3:30 more walking and following Mateo around a playground. 5:00 long walk home with stop in other park to throw rocks (I didn’t throw any). Super tired before I arrived home, just not off my feet enough.

Day 2: 6:00 brisk 15 minute walk, 6:20 ran one hill, two sets lunges, 1 set wall pushups, ran back along promenade, all took approximately 25 minutes, leg stretches,

8:00 15 minute brisk walk

1:15 30 minute slow walk carrying sleeping Mateo in the Ergo on my front, while the baby kicked in my belly. Super tired legs after that. 

Day 3: 7:10  15 minute brisk walk, 40 minute walk moderate (but now the moderate pace walk is becoming challenging, especially when walking up hills or stairs), 15 minute brisk walk.

11:45  30 minute brisk walk pushing stroller, 

1:00   40 minute walk, tennis, 10 minute walk. –Legs super tired by end of the day.

Day 4:  6:00 am  15 minute brisk walk, 8:00 am 40 minute slow walk and errands.  Manhattan walking with various shopping, legs were super tired.

Day 5:  Cleaned and mopped all day. short walk to neighborhood park, hit a couple of tennis balls.

Day 6:  40 minute jog (my pace is no longer the pace of a run), two sets pushups on my knees (7 reps/ 10 reps.), two sets rows.  Some yoga stretches.  10 minute walk to bus.  30 minute walk from Atlantic terminal to Prospect Park, some walking in park. 30 minute walk back from park.  Exhausted.  

Day 7: 15 minute brisk walk, 30 minute walk moderate.

Week 29

Day 1:  Walk to Brooklyn Heights and back with errands. 20 minutes each way. Sick

Day 2: Sick but 6:00 am 15 minute brisk walk, 6:20 run and pushups for 25 minute (only ran 2 loops), 15 brisk walk home. Leisurely walking between 12 and 1:00 pm

Day 3: Still sick. Long walks, 30 minutes, 20 minutes, on feet running errands for 40 minutes, 35 minute brisk walk, all while pushing stroller,

Day 4: Still sick. 15 minute brisk walk, 10 minute brisk walk, 15 minute moderate walk.  Afternoon, two 15 minute brisk walks.

Day 5: Scootercise and but mostly pulling scooter with Mateo on scooter 15 minutes. Still sick

Day 6: 30 minute leisurely walk and errands. Still sick.

Day 7:  Still sick, but better, 15 minute brisk walk, 40 minute brisk walk with quick errands.  15 minute walk, taught Creative Movement class: lots of running and jumping and rolling.15 minute walk home. Super tired when I got home; carrying 20 extra pounds is such a challenge!

Week 28

Day 1 (March 17th): 15 minute brisk walk, 45 minute moderated walk, 20 minute fast walk. Scootercise to Cadman plaza park and around to Henry street, to Hicks, to Columbia Heights to home. Did sacral balancer exercise for pelvis and it really helped my achy hips!  

Day 2:  ran around playground

Day 3: 15 minute brisk walk, 2 loops around Cadman Plaza (again rested during middle loop of client’s workout) 1 set bench pushups, ran back, 10 minute walk. Again went to Brooklyn Children’s Museum carried Mateo 10, 10 minutes then walked brisk 10 minutes, carried Mateo 10 minutes. Stretches and foot exercises.

Day 4: 20 minute moderate walk, 10 minute walk 30 minute walk, playground sliding and climbing. (see Two months later…

Day 5: 35 minute run with trip to farmer’s market after 3 1/2 loops around Cadman Plaza,  pushups (2 sets of 7) rows (2 sets of 8 pounds), shoulder flys ( 1 set 5 pounds), sun salutes, side plank, heel raises, table top with knee lift. Felt great after workout. Fort Greene park, playground and walking.

Day 6: wiped out after yesterday. Cleaned, rested, stretched a little. sprinted to catch bus to go to Fort Greene park, Felt the ligaments near my uterus cramp up, not good, kept it low key rest of day and walked a bit. 

Day 7: 15 minute brisk walk, ran to Columbia Heights hill and ran up it once, 2 sets of lunges – really felt those in the quads, ran back to clients, 20 minute leisurely walk home, taught Creative  Movement class. Leisurely stroll home after class.