We conquered a new adventure this morning. Strolla Mommas. Melissa, friend of mine from church, told me about this exercise class in Central Park where you come when you want(no pre registration), pay 10 dollars, and you push your stroller while the instructor instructs you just as if you were in an exercise class.
My first question, "Is there anyone with a stroller like mine in the class?" The obvious answer was no! So Melissa, "Do you think I can do it?" "Probably, its flat, we just go around the Great Lawn doing the exercises." I figured it was worth a try. Exercising, meeting other moms, no need for childcare, why not?
So this morning we left the house at 9:52 am to make a 10:20 class. I knew where to meet and we made it just fine with time to spare. I can probably leave at 10 next time and be ok.
It was fun. It kicked my butt. It's not that the exercises are really hard but think of what I was pushing. 35 lb Jack, 18 lb Lillie and almost 19 lb Elliott... and that's just the kids! I have no idea what the stroller weighs but it's not light! I made it and did everything the other ladies did. I was always in the back of the line, there was a small distance between me and the person before me, but I did the best I could to keep up. It didn't take long for me to be breathing heavy and wondering how long this was going to last.
We made 2 laps around the Great Lawn then we took a little side trail so we could run up some stairs a few times and run a lap with out the strollers (the instructor watches the kids) and at the end we went to this little circle area, next to a pond, and did some stationary exercises. At this point the older kids got to get out and run. Jack had a good time. He helped pass out the stretchy things for one of our exercises and he picked them back up as well. He rode and had a snack while I was doing the other exercises. I was kind of surprised he did so well. The entire "class" is an hour, plus the 20 minutes it takes me to walk there each way.
So, will I work up enough motivation to go back next time? I think so. I do think it's cool that I get to exercise in Central Park and don't have to worry with trying to find child care. And who cares if a kid cries or needs a few minutes of attention. We're all moms in the same situation and every one understands. I think it's a pretty good deal.