Monday, April 30, 2012

a blueberry muffin kind of morning

We had nowhere to go Saturday morning so I made blueberry muffins.  Blueberry muffins are probably one of my all time favorite foods.  When I was pregnant with my first there were times in the first trimester I would be sick, but starving and would work up enough motivation to make blueberry muffins and then eat like 5 of them.  I have this great cookbook--King Arthur Flour's Whole Grain Baking--I love that out of the 2-1/2 cups of flour 2 cups of that is whole wheat, but they don't taste heavy.  My husband even approves and he's kind of picky about whole grains.  This morning I may or may not have eaten 3 of them.  I really wanted another, but then I practiced some self-control and stopped.  And we ate all of the muffins before I took a picture :(.  

I went on a run afterwards to make myself feel better.  Although, I probably did the most walking today of any run since I've been pregnant.  I went out 15:10, but it was like 18:25 coming back.  I didn't really hurt, but was just a little light headed.  There was a cool-ish breeze, but the humidity is high.  It was only like 55 degrees, so pretty comfortable running weather.  And this is why you should match all your layers of clothes--I ditched the longsleeve and ended up with this:

But you know what not a single person saw me on my run.  I live in the country and the country roads were pretty quiet on Saturday morning.  And that's quite the face I'm making, yikes!

And here's proof that I know how to match my clothes at least when I want to.  And the sweater is covering my maternity shirt with 3 safety pins because it's still way too big, but I don't have any shirts to wear.

Friday, April 27, 2012

workouts, peanut butter cups, and salads

I have a confession to make.  Until last night, I had not run since Saturday.  *insert ashamed face here*  I had chosen not to run Sunday or Monday because of a twinge in my right hamstring that wasn't quite normal.  And then, well, here's my excuses, Tuesday and Wednesday were hot, like in the 90s and well I made the decision to not run because I am not use to the heat, being pregnant and all.  I guess I did go for a 1/2 mile walk on Wednesday pulling the boys in the wagon.  And I did my 10 minute pilates for arms once.  I had meant to be doing my prenatal yoga video and trying to find some other video workouts, but instead I was lazy.

My run did feel good last night.  I decided that instead of picking a distance, I am just going to run for 30 minutes.  I'm hoping that this will help curb my self-competitiveness.  So last night was the first night of this and I ran 3.25 miles in 30:00.  Which is about a 9:15/mile pace.  It's nothing speedy, but I'm reminding myself I am growing a baby and that's more important than running fast.

I ran across a GREAT leg workout today on Run Like A Grl's blog.  The workout it from Sarahfit.  It was quick and very effective.  And best of all I can do it pregnant :)  Although I'm not going to be able to do those pile jumps for very long.

Sarah also has the written version of this workout on her blog.

So with this pregnancy I am craving sweets and vegetables.  I have been eating a TON of mini reese's peanut butter cups and salads.  The salad balances out the sugar right?  I had my second prenatal appointment this morning.  And I gained 3 lbs in the last month for a total of 5 lbs at 13 weeks.  Boo, I was hoping to do a little better.  Maybe I should lay off of the peanut butter cups.  Or work out a little more.  That works too.  Here's two of salads from this week.
I think I had more veggies than lettuce!

My take on Greek Salad--spring greens and romaine; marinated olives,
tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese drizzled with a vinaigrette.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Anti-Inflammatories Slow Tissue Repair

This was the title of an article that caught my eye as I was perusing the latest Runner's World articles.  Intrigued  because ibuprofen has always been a standard recommendation for running injuries (at least what I've heard).  In fact, when I was dealing with a hamstring issue in college, the trainer told me to take 4 ibuprofen 3x a day (so 12 total a day!)  But now reading this article, I may have to rethink how to deal with injuries.  It did say, however, to deal with inflammation and pain that NSAIDS can help with swelling and pain, but to only take them for a day or two.

See the whole article at Runner's World here

Monday, April 23, 2012

Leprechaun Chase 10K Race Recap

{This race is actually from March 10, 2012 before I started the blog, but wanted to add some recent races that I can still remember clearly}

I found out that I was pregnant the end of February.  I signed up for the race the beginning of January know that there would be a chance that I would be pregnant.  We had been doing the whole not preventing thing.  But I didn't want to miss the race if I wasn't pregnant and decided if I were a race like this would be good motivation to continue through pregnancy.  This is my 3rd child, but I didn't run through pregnancy with my first 2 because I wasn't in shape before I started and then got lazy.  Anyway, I signed up and two weeks before the race I found out I was pregnant.  And it turns out I was much more nauseous with this pregnancy than my first two.  I slogged through the miles leading up to the race and was regretting entering because I was going to do so horrible (you know such happy thoughts).  But I did go and it was much warmer than I expected.  Like 65 degrees March 10 when average is in the low 50s.  Needless to say, there was a lot of overdressed runners.

The race actually started at the Strategic Air and Space Museum inside the hangar.  Which was nice because registration was all inside and we were sheltered from the very gusty wind.  However the starting line was very, very tight and even though they asked us where we expected to finish we were not lined up according to speed.  Everything else had been organized up to this point, so I was surprised that the starting line was not better organized.

Oh, and before I go any further, I need to explain how this race worked.  We lined up according to gender and the ladies started 5:30 before the guys.  The "chase" then began and the race was to see if a guy or girl crossed the finish line first and the respective gender got a free beer after the race.

So I was stuck behind a lot of super slow people so I spent most of the first mile trying not to waste all of my energy but still zig zagging through people to get a comfortable pace.  I missed the first two mile markers so I wasn't sure of my pace until mile 3 (I just run with a regular old stop watch) and discovered that I had run the first 3 miles at a 8:01 pace.  Which I was shooting for closer to a 9:00 min/mile pace to make sure than I wasn't running too hard.  I felt strong and comfortable.  My breathing was not too hard, I wasn't cramping so I just went on.  Mile 4 was a little slower, but I don't remember exactly what and I don't know for sure about 5 and 6, but I finished in 50:08.  I was super excited, especially not knowing what to expect from a 10K (I hadn't run a 10K since the one I ran on the track in college, 5 years ago) and being pregnant (and nauseous).

And now running a 10K again, I really like the distance.  I'm looking forward to running more in the future, but those will probably have to wait until after baby, because my mileage fell off significantly after that race.  But I don't know if I'll run this race again, the format frustrated me.  It's more for fun than seeing how well you can do I think and I don't do races just for fun very well.  It was a beautiful course, but I wish the race was a bit more competitive than silly.

And a guy won by the way.  This was the 3rd year of the race and the first two a girl won it.  The same girl who won last year ran it this year, but she actually just competed in the Olympic Trials for the marathon and I don't think she had the speed she needed this year, but still ran a great time of 37:52.

Leprechaun Chase 10K
Overall 389/1747
Sex 124/1158
Age Division 19/181 

a sore hamstring and a lovely day

After my race on Saturday my right hamstring has been sore.  Just the right now and it doesn't feel like normal  soreness.  So I think it might be a little strained :(  I didn't think I did it at the race, I never noticed it hurting.  I did do a prenatal yoga video for the first time on Friday so maybe that threw it over the edge.  Anyway, I'm bummed because it is BEAUTIFUL here today and I can't run.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

In the Zone 5K Race Recap

My husband I ran a 5k this morning.  This was a small (48 runners) local race in its first year.  But it was super organized and I didn't have any complaints with how the race was run.  It was a loop on bike trails and through residential streets.  Most all of it was on pavement although there was a short stretch on gravel.

I went in the race with very low (therefore slow) expectations.  My training is basically just running at whatever pace I can and only 2-3 miles with an occasional 4 miler in there.  Which is what I do when I'm baking a baby.  So anyway I wasn't stressed or anything.  I just went to run for the fun of it. I did a very short warmup (maybe 1/2 mile) and it was just enough to work the kinks out my legs and let me stretch.  And another trip to the nasty park bathroom. Where thankfully I was the only one in there because there are no doors on the stalls...awkward!  And we were off.  I went off pretty easy, making sure that my breathing was in check.  I knew the pace was a little quicker than I have been training, but nothing crazy.  I ran the first mile in 7:55 and then 8:07 for the second so it would've been 8:23 for the last 1.1 miles.  I finished in 24:25 which got me 6th female.  I honestly was super excited.  Running pregnant has been hard for me so to do better than expected just make my day.

My husband likes to run 5ks occasionally, but he doesn't like to train.  (He draws the line when I ask him to run 10ks or 1/2 marathons with me)  So in the last 2 weeks he ran like 3 times and only about a mile each time, but he managed to run a 21:18 for second place overall.  They gave prizes to the top 3 male and female.  Well second place was $30.  He was pretty excited to get his entry fee+some back.  He's frugal like that.

Sadly I forgot to take any pictures this morning and the wife of the guy in the tank top took this picture.  They're friends of ours from a Young Marrieds Group we go to at a local church.  I know I look so super enthused but it's a good profile shot of baby and me.

In the Zone 5K
24:25 (7:52/mile)
6th female

Friday, April 20, 2012

Race and Foods not to Eat

I have a 5k tomorrow morning.  My second race since being pregnant.  I'm 12 weeks now and my first was a 10k at 6 weeks.  Too bad I was still running on fitness from before the positive pregnancy test in the first one.  I'm really going to have to work on not being too competitive and beating myself up over the results tomorrow. My times are all over the place so I just need to do it for the tshirt and the enjoyment.

And Baby is so darn picky.  It's gotten a ton better in the last few weeks, but I still can't eat spaghetti sauce.  So much for my carb loading tonight.  haha.  O well, I'll just have to remember to not eat spaghetti sauce for o the next 6 months.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I Run

I have not always been a runner.  In fact, my mom used to call me "Miss I Hate to Run."

But my dad was a runner.  He ran all through high school and college and continued many years after.  So I knew a little about running.  My dad taught me.

I was a soccer player.  But soccer is only one season in high school and not two, so on a whim I went out for cross-country.  I had run three 1.5 mile runs before my first practice.  The first practice we ran 4.5 miles.  Somehow I made it, competitive I guess.  I didn't make it through most of the two a days.  My coach just laughed at me. (Not in a mean way, he was really very sweet).  I made it through the season.  I managed to not get injured and because of the lack of girls, I ran varsity.  I never got last and lowered my times throughout the season.

Running a season of cross-country didn't make me a runner.  Becoming a runner is in the mind.  Becoming a running is when running becomes so entwined in who you are that you cannot separate yourself from running.  Runners run because they love to run.  There are many reasons that people run, but runners are different in that they don't just run for the health benefits, or to lose weight, or get in shape.  Runners run because they can't not run.  Runners are not necessarily fast or in great shape.  They don't always win races, if fact they may come in last.  I'm not putting physical standards on being a runner and anybody can become a runner.

No, I became a runner in the winter after my first cross-country season.  I became a runner when my friend Hanna and I would go on hour long runs everyday because we wanted to.  We ran and enjoyed the camaraderie and the beauty around us.  I still remember some of those runs.  I became a runner when I ran for me and not because someone told me to.

Running brought me closer to my dad.  He would go on my long runs with me in the summer and on weekends.  Our runs were where we talked, where we connected.

I ran 4 years of cross-country and a year of track in high school and a year of cross-country and track in college until I quit school to get married.  I don't regret quitting school, but I do regret quitting competitive running.  I was on my way up when I quit and I don't know how far I could have gone.  I have run in the last 5 years since I got married, sometimes more consistently than others.  But there has never been a season where I don't think about running.  I am happiest when I am running.  I can't not run.

Now 2 kids later and 1 on the way, running is different, but I have dreams and goals.  I want to be fast again and someday I will.  Here I'm going to share my running story.