swim hill swim

I added flip turns back into my repertoire this week. It didn’t even occur to me until the end of my swim Monday that I no longer have a big belly prohibiting my body from folding in half! Every one of the Stroller Posse girls mentioned lower back pain at some point during lunch Tuesday and HK suggested using gentle flip turns in the pool to stretch out the muscles. Fortunately, my husband came home from work early twice this week so that I could swim. I tried both flip turns and backstroke to help alleviate pain and stretch out muscles.
On my way to the pool last night I caught a clip of a Fresh Air interview with NY times blogger Gretchen Reynolds. Her new book The First 20 Minutes discusses everything from wearing high heels to not taking ibuprofen as a preventative measure before a hard workout. I can’t wait to pick up a copy!
I think Ms.Reynold’s main concept is “less is more”. My knee is still hurting from my overly ambitious run Saturday. I need to be more careful as I regain my pre-pregnancy fitness. The problem is, I’m always so excited to be out these days that I’m not as good at monitoring myself as I used to be. At least I know walking is good for my body and I can mix up my routes for extra hills.
Yesterday’s hill with stroller was monstrous. I decided to check out the UCSF farmers market but forgot UCSF is up high! Pushing a stroller up one of these inclines is no easy task. I paused in the middle to snap a picture of Baby A looking un-impressed and was rewarded at the market with early season peaches and apricots. At least one thing is consistent with me: will exercise for food!

the workouts:
2 -900 yd swims following pattern- 100 free, 100 breast, 100 free, 100 back until complete

walking & more walking- averaging 4 miles/day

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