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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 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 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 22

Day 1 

Forgot pedometer but usual:7:00 am  20 minute moderate walk, 40 minute moderate walk, followed by 15 minute brisk, then busy all day at home, non-stop

Day 2

6:00 am  15 minute walk, other walking

11: 15  barre, pushups and rows (only one set each)

Total steps: 8000

Day 3

7:05 moderate walk 20 minutes, 30 minute moderate walk, 13 minute super brisk walk/jog

4000 Steps

10:00 am Trip to Brooklyn Children’s Museum and lots of sprinting after Mateo

11,000 Steps total

Day 4

7:00 am Brisk walk 13 minutes, brisk walk 6 minutes

8:30 10 minute brisk, 5 minute brisk

10:10 – 10:50 brisk walk and errands

Pedometer: 6704 Steps

running about 10 minutes while chasing Mateo in the hallway.

Day 5

Great day for my body: I had a massage!  

Leisurely walking and shopping, 8 minutes walking while carrying sleeping Mateo. He is getting super heavy and at least my belly is starting to support him a bit when I hold him, unfortunately I can’t breathe….

Pedometer: 6704 steps

Day 6

Walking, some brisk, most moderate.  Not sure if I cleared my pedometer but at least 5000 steps, maybe more

Day 7 

6:00 am 15 minute brisk walk

6:20 ran 3 loops around Cadman Plaza park and light stretches. Super winded running up the very, very tiny incline on the running path loop.

8:10 15 minute brisk walk

Pedometer: 7021 Steps

2:50  Super brisk scootercise to go teach Creative Movement class at 3:15, detour down a hill since Mateo now loves riding his scooter (too) fast down hills.

5:00 Scootercise the long way home, by way of Harry Chapin playground with some swing pushing and a lot of jogging to keep up with Mateo

Pedometer total: 10462 Steps  (feel like it was a million more steps, all that running today

Week 12, Day 6

Today I was going to go running, but it was rainy and cold. I did a stair workout instead. 7:50 – 8:20 — 30 minutes stepping, running up stairs and bounding up stairs 2 at a time. The stepping is a bit of an aerobic step routine. Did 4 and 1/2 sets of that with the stairs in between. Light stretching and 4 rounds of sun salute late once Mateo would let me do it. He seems no longer so interested in joining me, but he did do one somersault.

Pedometer: 3723 Steps — I don’t think it measures as accurately with the irregular body movements and the workout felt much more intense than those 4000 steps indicate. 

Lot’s of cleaning, but no more walking other than around the apartment. I should see how much I actually do when just being at home….

Second Workout Log

(I need a new title for these, any suggestions?)

7:00 am Run: 30 minutes, through Brooklyn Bridge Park, near the cove to the hill at Columbia Heights. Hill 4X’s, ran home.

7:30 am 5 rounds Sun Salutations, side plank obliques (5X), back extension (Code name: Banana Boat or Charlie Angels), stretches, one arm rows (2 sets 12 repetitions-11 pounds), one set shoulder flys (or was it two? This is why when you do an activity log on your own, it’s better to write it right away instead of waiting until your eyes are bleary at 9:20 pm)

8:45 brisk 15 minute walk followed by moderate warmups with client.

10:10 am brisk 35 minute walk with stop at bank and grocery store to buy onions.

3:10 pm slow walk with toddler

3:15 pm brisk walk carrying 25 pound toddler in the Ergo baby carrier.

3:40 taught Toss Your Toddler dance class (run, jump, leap, fall, roll, toss, skip, bounce, jump, etc.) 

4:40 Pushups and kicking balls

6:10 Brisk walk home carrying 25 pound toddler and 4 cans of cat food.

7:00 pm Kitchen stuff.

Pedometer total: 7539 steps from 3:00 pm until 9:15 pm.