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Hello... it's me (christine.eliz, now tinkbot)

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I've decided to make it doubly confusing by 1) posting here for the first time in a while and 2) by changing my username. Oops. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  I made christine.eliz way back when I was super new to running and didn't feel like having a weirdo handle as I dipped my toes into this community. Now that I know how strange you all are I have no problem with it! It might help that @tinkbot is also my Instagram handle so feel free to follow me if you want periodic reminders of who I am.

So what's been going on? I know I posted in Loopville that DH and I are expecting our first child - a girl! - in January but I don't think I officially blooped about it. I'm almost 25 weeks (~5.5months) pregnant and entering the phase of discovering that the shorts that fit last week aren't quite swinging it today. I'm feeling really good though and partially attribute that to my OB being really supportive of exercise throughout pregnancy. At our first meeting I told her I "used" to run - meaning that I had been struggling with anterior tibialis tendonitis and then PF for a while, not necessarily because of the pregnancy, which is what she thought I meant - and she made a face and said, "Why'd you stop?" I like you!

The first trimester wasn't horrible but I did have periodic bouts of morning sickness and didn't want to deal with the suddenly hot and humid summer weather. My outdoor exercise waned. I still had to walk the pup but he didn't like the heat either so we definitely enabled each other to be more lazy than we should have been. We would probably walk about 3-6 miles a week.

About three weeks ago I started getting ominous email updates from my baby app about preparing for labor. O.o Commence exercise!!

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The "runs" are really run/walks with varying average paces from ~15min/mile down to around 12:30min/mile depending on how I was feeling. My breathing was decent and I felt like my stamina was better than I was expecting; the things that were getting me were my poor feet and ankles were just like WHAT IS HAPPENING NO and going numb or seizing up. That'll happen when you add an extra 10-15lbs. I was getting some unpleasant side stitches too which is nothing new but I couldn't exactly stumble down the street holding the side of my obviously pregnant belly without feeling like I would get an ambulance called on me. Grin and bear it! Good to practice that, too... ugh.

I also added in some light free weight arm exercises and core stuff. (No abdominals, but I can do obliques and those other supportive core muscles.) I've seen multiple recommendations of planks since they really help with core strength and also train your mind to endure 30sec-1min bouts of severe unpleasantness. I just can't escape you, planks, can I? *shakes fist*

The weather has finally cooled down to true autumn temps so the plan is to do a nice hike with DH this afternoon. I'll be tracking it and adding it to my miles! :)

Hope to see posts from people here. Happy running!

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1 minute ago, gdionelli said:

Good for you - you're going to be one fit mama!

Thanks! That's the plan!!

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5 minutes ago, Flying Tomato said:

Enjoy the planks, I mean enjoy the pregnancy. 

I'll try to do both. Probably will fail at the former but it might make the latter more possible. ;)

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I have never heard of pregnant women doing planks O.o Sounds kinda horrible. But if anyone can do it, you can! Hope you have a nice hike!

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I hope you're able to keep up some sort of exercise routine while pregnant - good for the body and mind!  Good luck to you!

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1 hour ago, AlliKate said:

I have never heard of pregnant women doing planks O.o Sounds kinda horrible. But if anyone can do it, you can! Hope you have a nice hike!

Anyone doing planks sounds horrible to me - yeeecchh. The hike was wonderful :)

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32 minutes ago, Deanna Petcoff said:

I hope you're able to keep up some sort of exercise routine while pregnant - good for the body and mind!  Good luck to you!

Thank you!! I hope to keep it up too!

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You mean pregnancy isn't a Get Out of Planks Free Card?  Geez...why bother, then? 9_9

(Hey, what do you know?  The emoticons work too!  I just might be able to get used to this site.)

Anyway, congrats again on the pregnancy, and I hope you've checked out Runnerteal's blog, because she's just gone through pregnancy, motherhood, and a return to running, though minus the PF and stuff.  And I do like the new username--I'll try to remember to attach it to the lady who took us to that cool bagel joint in midtown Manhattan.

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First thing, congratulations to you both.

Now, not to sound like a simpleton, but wouldn't a pregnant woman doing planks be more appropriate to be called teeter-tottering? ----- think about it---- 

Anyway, stay healthy and best wishes to you and your baby.

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I'm so happy for you, DH, and Chewy! Keep up the exercise, the gal in my CrossFit gym that worked out until a couple of days before she delivered seemed to think it helped her. :S

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So...  No planks? ;)  I find it so awesome that you're continuing to run while preggers!  You were amazing before, but you're becoming more amazing!  Stay strong!

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17 hours ago, atombuddy said:

You mean pregnancy isn't a Get Out of Planks Free Card?  Geez...why bother, then? 9_9

(Hey, what do you know?  The emoticons work too!  I just might be able to get used to this site.)

Anyway, congrats again on the pregnancy, and I hope you've checked out Runnerteal's blog, because she's just gone through pregnancy, motherhood, and a return to running, though minus the PF and stuff.  And I do like the new username--I'll try to remember to attach it to the lady who took us to that cool bagel joint in midtown Manhattan.

Lol, I know, right?? What the heck! And I actually hadn't read her blog yet, so thank you for the wishes and the great recommendation. 

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16 hours ago, eebtool said:

First thing, congratulations to you both.

Now, not to sound like a simpleton, but wouldn't a pregnant woman doing planks be more appropriate to be called teeter-tottering? ----- think about it---- 

Anyway, stay healthy and best wishes to you and your baby.

Pretty sure the belly isn't supposed to touch the ground, otherwise yes, you're right - see-sawing away! Thank you much :)

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32 minutes ago, Running Nole Fan said:

I'm so happy for you, DH, and Chewy! Keep up the exercise, the gal in my CrossFit gym that worked out until a couple of days before she delivered seemed to think it helped her. :S

Oh sheesh, we'll see how long I'll be able to keep this up, haha. But that's encouraging!

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19 minutes ago, Stewmanji said:

So...  No planks? ;)  I find it so awesome that you're continuing to run while preggers!  You were amazing before, but you're becoming more amazing!  Stay strong!

To plank... or not to plank. I'll give it a try and we'll see. Thanks for the encouragement!!

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4 minutes ago, tinkbot said:

Oh sheesh, we'll see how long I'll be able to keep this up, haha. But that's encouraging!

All that matters is that y'all are happy and healthy!! BTW- I meant to ask, is there a story behind the "new" name?

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Just now, Running Nole Fan said:

All that matters is that y'all are happy and healthy!! BTW- I meant to ask, is there a story behind the "new" name?

Sort of. You know how most nicknames happen naturally? Mine was carefully selected in high school and then, to everyone's surprise, stuck. Tink. Although I am the least "Tink-y" person I can think of - no waifish tiny fairy for me - it worked. After many variations in screen names and emails I picked this one and really like it, especially since nobody seems to have it on all the platforms I've tried to sign up for. Not very exciting, but not really random either!

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I thought you were gonna say you were going by Adele. 

Glad you're getting to log some miles, hope it keeps you hanging 'round these parts too. 

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I think you can stop planking as soon as your belly stays touching the ground, which would be cheating anyway. I'm glad you are using tinkbot here. I had a hard time remembering both names.

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My wife really appreciated having our babies in the winter. She couldn't imagine a third trimester in the heat. Good luck with the little one - Moms are awesome!

And planks suck, so if you want to skip a day, you have my permission.

 

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