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San Francisco Celebrates

Hello San Francisco

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Hello Third Trimester

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I spent the past few days enjoying the cool, sunny weather that’s an anomaly in San Francisco for this time of year. I just so happened to time my trip with that of the Pride Parade, so I spent part of Sunday scoping that scene.

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Everyone was full if love and I overheard the most interesting conversations.

Since I arrived early, early Sunday morning, I had a full day to explore. I trekked over 8 miles by foot, ate at some great restaurants, saw the parade, got a Thai massage, got some new shades, and just enjoyed the local neighborhoods and shops.

First up, the Plant Cafe at Pier 9 on the Embarcadero. I always run past this place, but I’d never been. I hit up their brunch, but got the veggie burger. It was so much food, but I was hungry so I thought it was a good bang for the buck.

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The burger had beets in it which resembled a rare burger at first site. It was delicious none the less and quite filling. I tried my best to eat it all, but I just couldn’t do it. The bread was the first item I ditched to make room for the other goodies.

The carrot-apple-ginger-lemon juice was the perfect morning detox. Followed by a cookie for the road. 😉

Next up, was the parade and lots of colorful people!

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I walked along market street and took in the sites and sounds, and then I made a break for it. I left my shades at home, and wouldn’t you know, it was like the sunniest day in the history of San Fran. Not really, but it felt like it. Maybe it was all the pasty flesh that was exposed during the parade that made everything seem so bright.

Also i left the most important piece of exercise equipment at home- the sports bra, so I had to pick up one of those too.

I went for some retro Ray Bans in brown with polarized lenses. I feel like a hipster when I wear them.

Next up, I headed over to the Nob Hill/Russian Hill hood. I love the cafes and shops around Polk Street. My feet were about to fall off, so I popped in for a Thai foot massage. The only problem was that I could not relax. I was laying on my back and couldn’t stop thinking about how pregnant women shouldn’t lay on their backs or they will compress their nerve, this, that, or another. Le sigh. I was being dramatic. It was for 30 minutes.

I also thought about how I could get a 90 minute massage in my Thai village for less than $3. Yes, that’s no mistake. $3. That’s enough to make me move back. And I’m not being dramatic here.

A quick snapshot from San Francisco Street I think. I tried to avoid the hills as best I could, but I got stuck climbing to the top.

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I trekked back towards Union Square and stopped at the park to put my feet up and enjoy the weather.

Dinner was a Somavar Tea in Yerba Buena Gardens. I got the Japanese Tea Service.

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I am a big fan of the Yerba Buena Preforming Arts Center next door. I’ve seen some really cool and really bizarre films and dance performances there. The last few trips though haven’t aligned with any good shows.

What are your favorite San Francisco neighborhoods to explore?

Be well,
Carolyn

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Swimming for Two

I am swimming for two, walking for two, yoga-ing for two, and definitely eating for two, but I’m to the point now where running for two is out of the question. 

It’s my back.  Out of no where pain that made each step painful.  Is it the position of the baby?  An old injury flair up?  A combination of the two? 

Who knows? 

But the pain was bad enough that I pulled the running plug two weeks after the I Love Mother’s Day 5k

I’m happy that I was able to run pain and injury free until 23 weeks pregnant, and I’m even happier that I have the sport of swimming (and yoga and spinning) to keep me occupied for the next 3.5 months. 

So last week, I dusted off my goggles and found my old, “fat” swim suit, and dove head first back into the pool.  I managed to complete 4 swim workouts and a day of yoga/spinning.  I also had two back to back rest days thrown in. 

I even joined some friends for a swim practice where I felt like Dara Torres making a pregnant comeback.   We swam around 3,000 meters, and I was moving and a grooving in the pool.  I joked with the coach when he would say, “and do this set fast” that I had only one speed and it’s called, “pregnant.”  I enjoyed the team practice, the “push” of swimming with others, and the camaraderie.  Next time though, I’ll be taking it a bit easier.  I’m not going after Olympic records here. 

For those days when I’m in the pool alone, I like to have my workouts planned.  The National Training Center in Clermont, FL posts almost daily workouts for A, B, and C swim groups on their blog.  Definitely check out their site if you’d like some swim workout inspiration. 

Since I like to spend around 45 minutes in the pool these days, I’m sticking to the C group workouts.  Here are a few sets that I did this week:

600 warm up (200 swim/100 kick x 2)
400 (50 kick/50 pull/100 swim x 2)
9×50 w/:10 rest (descend 1-3, 4-6, 7-9)
1×50 easy
4×150 pull w/:20 rest
4×50 with paddles only w/:30 rest (FAST!!!!)
300 cool down (50 kick/50 non-free/50 free x 2)
*2600 Total*

400 choice warm up
2×300 w/:30 rest (50 kick/100 swim, repeat)
3×200 pull w/:20 rest (strong effort)
3×150 w/:20 rest (50 free/50 non-free/50 free)
4×100 swim w/:15 rest (descend 1-4)
100 cool down
*2600 total*

600 warm up (100 swim/50 kick, repeat)
4×100 w/:30 rest (25 drill/25 swim, repeat)
300 pull (3/5 breathing pattern by 50)
6×50 pull w/:15 rest (1 FAST, 1 easy)
3xDown/Out/Over w/:60 rest
300 (25 kick/25 drill/25 swim, repeat)
100 cool down
*2500 Total*

And in case your curious, here is the latest pregnancy progression photos from 9 weeks to 24 weeks.  Today, I’m 25 weeks pregnant. Holy Shit.

 

And today is the first day that I woke up without back pain.  I just knocked on some wood (and now Lucky is barking like crazy). 

Be well,
Carolyn

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