Class Review: Mom in Balance Outdoor Bootcamp

I don’t know why I waited so long to try Mom in Balance, a fitness class for pregnant and postpartum women. I was probably put off by the word “mom’ in the name. (Since I am not yet a mom.)  But if that’s holding you back, try to get over it. I’m glad I did.

Mom in Balance is an outdoor bootcamp company that offers classes in parks around New York including Fort Greene Park, Battery Park, Prospect Park and Central Park.

Some of their classes combine pregnant and postpartum folks and some classes are exclusively for one stage or the other.

I fit squarely in the pregnant camp and I tried a combo class for the first time last weekend.  It was a gorgeous summer morning and if I hadn’t been pregnant I would’ve loved to go for a run (I’ve been running while pregnant but at 37 weeks, it’s not so much a workout as it is a way to get somewhere really slowly) so I was thankful for the opportunity to spend time in Central Park under the guise of fitness.

I assume I eventually did a lunge

The class I took had approximately 12 people; four were pregnant and eight were new(ish) moms. For most of class we were split into groups: pregnant and postpartum. Largely, the two groups did the same activity but the pregnant women used modifications or a lower intensity. Here’s what went down:

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How I feel about working out in the winter (told through gifs)

I do not like the cold. That’s why I take dressing for a winter run so seriously. These are my deep, dark thoughts about working out in the winter (or any temperature below 50 degrees).

When my alarm goes off and it’s still dark outside

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My 2018 racing schedule (so far)

Happy 2018, friends.

Unlike everyone else, I have not started out the new year with a fitness frenzy. I have run a grand total of ZERO miles in 2018. In fact, my last Strava entry is from Christmas Day; I did a 3-mile jaunt in Kyoto and haven’t hit the pavement since. But sinful as it may be to say:  I love running. (Which means sometimes I hate running and that’s normal.) So I’ve signed up for a few races to make sure I get back on track.

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River crossing mid-run in Kyoto
River crossing mid-run in Kyoto

Here’s what I have signed up for so far. Are you registered for any of these? Any must-race events I should get on my calendar?

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Network Security Steps

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Since some sites that attempt to surreptitiously install malware might also attempt to monitor access to web browsing activity, it is critical that both employees and customers have access to strong, encrypted web browsing experiences.

Encrypt your traffic with HTTPS

HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) uses a public key infrastructure to authenticate and encrypt each connection between a browser and server. This ensures that no parties can modify or modify the data that is being transferred.

It is important that visitors to your site have this protection enabled on their browsers, while there are other measures you can take, with the use of services like Fortinet online which specialize in protection against network threats as ransomware and others.

We recommend that all web browsers support HTTPS, including Chrome, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari and Firefox. To learn how to enable SSL on your browser, see: https://www.w3.org/Protocols/https

Enable two-step verification

Two-step verification requires a secure connection for people who are using a web browser to access your site. This prevents unauthorized people from using your account to access your site or to take over your account.

Note: By enabling two-step verification, you provide assistance to stop an unauthorized person from using your account. We encourage you to enable this feature on your site as soon as you become aware of any attempt to gain access to your account. You should not require a user to register and prove his or her identity prior to granting access to your site.

To enable two-step verification, navigate to the security settings for your account and click on the “More” link. Click on “Enable 2-Step Verification”.

To know more about the steps required to create two-step verification, see our website for information on how to create and use two-step verification.

If you are unable to enable two-step verification, you can also view this screen shot to help ensure you’re clicking on the correct link:

Choose which devices, if any, you will allow to access your account. If you have multiple accounts with various permissions, choose only one of them, not both.

Enable SSL for your Web site

We strongly recommend using SSL/TLS to secure your site because you cannot monitor access to your site while your visitors are encrypted. If you are using the same SSL certificate for all your sites, encrypting all traffic on the site will increase its security and reduce your certificate’s validity period from the standard 180 days to a maximum of 120 days. See More Info.

Your site can be a showcase for your business, so it’s important to encrypt your traffic. There are a number of providers that offer free SSL certificates, including GoDaddy and VeriSign. You can also obtain certificates through Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla. GoDaddy and VeriSign also provide free certificates for non-commercial use.

If you use the OAuth protocol to manage your login credentials for your site, then setting up SSL for your login credentials can be straightforward.

All the workouts: NYC Marathon Training Week 16

Most training plans include a tapering period 2-3 weeks before a marathon. This means you run less, and slow the eff down in fitness and ideally in life. The theory is the work is done, your strength and endurance are built and it’s too late to try to work on speed. Now it’s time to relax and get/be healthy. The goal is straightforward: Show up to the marathon well-rested and eager to run.

I’ve heard the taper can make you go crazy. Some dub the moody response some runners have “Taper Tantrums.” I figured I’d have some issues here, but it’s not what I predicted. I expected to feel the desire to run more than I was permitted to and to feel frustrated and nervous about the lack of mileage, but au contraire. All I want to do is sit on the couch, forget running, take some naps and eat pretzel croissants from City Bakery. (I’m averaging three a week. Too much?)

wedding photo
I would like to interrupt this complaining with a gratuitous wedding photo!

I ran 4 miles yesterday at a 10-minute per mile pace (on the slow side for me) and it was a workout, not a casual jaunt in the park. Everything feels HARD.  I’m still sore from the 21 mile run. Which was like, 10 days ago. So I’d say things are going only OKAY. I feel DONE.

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