Monday Motivators: Allergic to exercise

Allergic-Exercise

Last Week: I met my goal of 6 miles last week. Barely. I very seriously considered withstanding the allergy ridden outdoors for only one mile today. But I sucked it up (the snot in my nose that is) and did two.

This Week: I have 3 goals this week (YIKES!). Here they are.

  1. I’m going to cut back to a goal of 5 miles. My calves are tight, I’m feeling my right achilles and I’m only getting more pregnant, after all. This feels like such a pathetic goal… Yet, there it is.
  2. I seem to average ~4500 steps/day outside of my active miles. Why not go crazy and set a goal of 5000 steps/day? These steps won’t be quite as “athletic” so I’m not too worried about aggravating my calves.
  3. I’ve also landed on two hip/butt strengthening exercises I would like to ease into. My goal is to do them twice this week. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but I want to make extra-specially sure this does more good than harm.

Join the party! Choose your favorite way to link-up:

  1. Write a post describing your fitness goals for the upcoming week and how you did meeting last week’s goals. Include a link to this post somewhere in your post and a pingback will show up in the comments section below.
  2. Write a post and comment on this post with a link to your post.
  3. Share your goals as a comment on this post, or on Facebook, or Twitter, or whatever.
  4. Read through the comments and help motivate others.

Read this post for a little background on the birth of Monday Motivators.

Photo Credit: Achooo! by GollyGforce is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Text added to original

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Running for three

Today I ran/walked the 8th Annual Benicia Run for Education. Jason was registered and planned to walk it with me, but instead chose to stay home and rest after fighting a stomach bug for most of the week. That meant I had three people to carry 3.1 miles: myself, Ruby in the stroller and the baby (in my uterus).

I alternated between walking and running. I’m finding that it’s actually easier on my muscles to run than to walk at any pace even mildly faster than quite slow. When I try to walk briskly my calf muscles quickly tighten up and it hurts a surprising amount. I’m naturally a midfoot/forefoot runner, so it makes sense that switching to a running motion feels different. Running can be a bit more of a cardiovascular workout, but I go so slow (i.e. walking pace) that it’s not that big of a deal.

Although I have to admit, I did feel pretty cool “running”, while also pushing a stroller, at nearly 8 months pregnant. Please keep that in mind when comparing my 5K finish time of 50:05 to my 10K finish time of 50:06 from 2011.

About 5 minutes into the race Ruby started bugging me to get out of the stroller, and with about a quarter mile to go I finally let her loose. The crowd loved her and she loved the attention. I debated letting her sleep in this morning and run/walking the race without the extra weight and inconvenience a 3 year old adds. But watching her excitement as she ran to the finish line was definitely worth it.

Stroller-Toddler-Run

The race itself was followed by the 2nd Annual Muffins & Mimosas post race party with the Benicia Mom’s Group. Looking forward to many more in the years to come!