Monday Motivators: Just having a baby

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Last Week: I met expectations. I walked 3 miles. I did my hip/butt strengthening exercises twice. And I squeezed out 5100 steps/day vs. my goal of 5000. This makes for a really exciting post. I know.

This Week: My only goal for this week is to have a baby. I recognize that this is not a smart goal since I have no actual control over my ability to meet it. Really I’m just giving myself permission to take it as easy as I want to. And have a baby if that’s what happens. Because, you know, nothing says “taking it easy” quite like childbirth.

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: Labor by Bradley Gordon is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Text added to original

Monday Motivators: Cheat

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Last Week: Was almost a success. I averaged 5400 steps/day vs. a goal of 5000, and I did the hip/butt strengthening exercises ONE time. I fell a little short on my active mileage goal, with 2 miles instead of 3 at the Crohn’s Crusher 5K. We cheated.

This Week: I’m sticking with the same goals as last week.

  1. Walk/run 3 miles. Hopefully I’ll have an easier time getting out now that I’m off work and have the whole day available for napping. Walking! I mean walking!
  2. In addition to the 3 miles I’m going to shoot for 5000 steps/day again.
  3. Actually, let’s go crazy and shoot for twice with the the hip/butt strengthening exercises.

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: Racers cross finish line in 5K run for Navy Chief birthday by Official U.S. Navy Page is licensed under CC BY 2.0 / Text added to original

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.

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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!