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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 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 14

Week 14, Day 1

7:05  20 minute walk

7:35  35 minute walk

8:25  35 minute walking and errands

10:30  20 minutes run/walk while pushing stroller

Week 14, Day 2

8:45 brisk walk 15 minutes,

10:45  30 minute brisk walk and haggle with dry cleaners over how to iron the shirts and cost

11:30   30 minutes ballet barre, inversion, pushups, one arm rows, stretch

12:00  run around with Mateo, running, walking across blocks, and jumping- big jumps, 

1:00  15 minute walk

Week 14, Day 3

7:05 20 minute walk

7:30 40 minute walk slow/moderate

8:25 15 minute brisk walk

12:30 in store sprinting to catch Mateo and Evander (probably 5 minutes, but it felt like 10)

5:30 15 min walk in rain while carrying Mateo

Week 14, Day 4

6:00 15 minute brisk walk

7:10 10 minutes brisk walk, rest 5 minutes, then another 10 minute brisk walk

8:30 10 minute brisk walk

10:15 ran errands and walked home 45 minutes

Week 14, Day 5

Various stretching, downward dogs, tunnels, camel, pelvic lifts, headstand, planks, side planks with Mateo stretching and doing tunnels. About 30 minutes.

Week 14, Day 6

Not sure if this is when it occurred, but I believe so, I haven’t found it recorded elsewhere and I know I ran loops in Cadman Plaza later in the week: stair workout 30 minutes, 5 minute stepping alternate with bounding up the steps 2 at a time 4 rounds of 9 bounds.

Week 14, Day 7

15 minute brisk walk, 1 hour doing errands (40 minutes total walking), 15 minute walk pushing stroller,(rest hour) 15 minutes pushing stroller again

Week 12, Day 2

10:00 am — (no pedometer, Mateo wanted to borrow it and only walked 2380 steps in the morning, not enough for a young child, too much stroller time)

11:15 am — Muller barre, not a ballet barre, but a modern barre, based on the Muller technique created by Jennifer Muller of Jennifer Muller / The Works modern dance company. (I studied with the company and was on scholarship there in what feels like a completely different life). It felt wonderful! I mean better than wonderful, fantastic! My back didn’t even flare up. That’s why I had left dance for a few years; I have a herniated disc that pushes on both the left and right nerve roots and caused excruciatingly, debilitating pain for a couple of years, but no pain this time. I guess by having a child, taking the time off from dance, then starting to dance bit by bit with Mateo and changing the classes as he got older allowed my body to adjust and myself to get back to a bit of dance. Of course part of the motivation is the little one is my belly, I’m sure he/she enjoys all the movement. 

I also did pushups, rows, an inversion, stretching and a little relaxation.

Spent the rest of the day cooking, and prepping to cook with dancing with Mateo in between.

Week 11, Day 6

Morning run, not sure how long since I added 4 errands in the middle of the run: 1 1/2 loops Cadman Plaza Park, bank on Montague Street, over and down to Jay Street to Sid’s hardware, continued down Jay to Sands Street, to Pearl Street to buy bagels, then back to Jay Street to buy Orange juice… I didn’t run the last block home…  Sun salutations and light stretching: quad on belly, bow pose, inner thighs.

Steps: 5854  3 miles

6:00pm brisk walk with a couple minutes jog, then more brisk walking for 25 minutes to bring the stroller to meet Guillermo and the sleeping Mateo at bus stop.

Pedometer total: 8268 Steps

Wednesday

7:50 – 28 minute run. 5 loops around Cadman Plaza. 2.8 miles Sun Salutations – 4 rounds, one arm row (11 pounds 12 repetitions), shoulder fly ( 1 set 3 pounds), light stretching.

Pedometer: 4941 Steps

10:00 – 12:30 – Walk, ran errands

Pedometer:10319 steps

10:15 pm –light stretching.

Monday

8:45 Brisk walk 15 min. 

Leisurely walks and light stretching

11:00 am taught Sling Your Baby dance class, did wall pushups

12:05 brisk walk 10 min.

12:30 brisk walk 10 min then more leisurely walking until 1:30

2:40 Scootercise (for definition see Lynne’s fitness adventures) and then carrying scooter and toddler.

3:15 Toss Your Toddler class

4:15 light walking, some scootercise and some carrying toddler 5:45.

Pedometer:16749– didn’t wear during Toss Your Toddler class

Saturday

5:30pm – leisurely walk in the rain. 

9:00pm – light stretching with Mateo, some flipping of him over the shoulders. Some backward somersaults beginning with him lying on me.  A couple slow leg lowering with Mateo pushing.

Pedometer: 0 steps

Saturday

light day!

7:35 – 8:25 ran Manhattan bridge to Brooklyn Bridge to Tillary street, back through Cadman Plaza.  4.35 miles according to Google Earth. 

Pedometer: 7957 steps.

Stretched while playing marble maze and cooking breakfast (oatmeal).

2:30 – short walk to store, forgot pedometer.

10:30 light stretching