Monday, June 25, 2012

I'd rather eat junk food and take a nap.

This way my thought this morning and it was only 9 am.  I knew that if I was going to run, I'd have to go this morning with the stroller because it's supposed to be crazy hot (and it's super humid today.)  I've been dreading running because for the last week, my runs have felt awful---super tight muscles and mostly walking.  But I didn't eat junk food--I ate a bowl of cereal and an orange.  And I couldn't take a nap--my children were awake.  So I kicked myself out the door.

And you know what?

My run didn't suck.  My legs felt a little tight a little less than a 1/4 mile in, but that's on an uphill and an amazing thing I ran, I felt my legs start to loosen!  

I was running super slow.  The first mile was 10:51 (but that was all against the wind also).  I stopped then and took a drink of water and stretched.  My legs still felt good and the mile back was in 9:41.  I only went 2 miles, I don't want to overdo it and have my legs start feeling like crap again.

So encouraging!  Maybe I will make it through my race.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012


It's been a long day.  My husband has been gone (unexpectedly) since 7 am.  I was very quickly losing my patience with the boys. (and the only reason I'm not now is because they are in bed).  I'm tired and I just want to cry, but I don't even have anything horribly wrong.  It's just one of those melancholy feelings.  We've been super busy all week and I haven't had much time with my husband and I don't think that is helping.

I had a sucky run today.  Two miles--mostly walking.  I had the boys in the stroller and it rained last night so the gravel was soft and my legs were tight 1/8 of a mile in and I just hope that this goes away so I can still run.  I'm not ready to give up running at 21 weeks.  Walking is too slow.  And I may or may not have hid out alongside of the road to pee after only a mile.  I guess I should start carrying toilet paper ;)  And I promise, I peed several times before I left.  I ordered a support belt yesterday so hopefully that helps out with that problem as well.

So I am a running nerd and love watching videos and reading about running.  And today I was watching a bunch of videos and seriously every time someone won I'd want to cry for them I was so happy for them.  I realized that it is because they have achieved greatness.  They conquered every obstacle, they fought and they did it.  I have never been a great runner, really by most standards I have only ever been mediocre.  However, that is the great thing about running--you can do it to simply compete with yourself.  But seeing people be great is pretty amazing.  I have struggled to be in good shape since I quit running competitively 5 years ago.  I am nowhere near where I was (and I quit after only 1 year of college (NAIA) running ) and I really believe that I could have been much better.  I was on my way up.  Someday (most likely post babies) I want to achieve my own greatness.  I want to be the best I can absolutely be.  I want to quit making excuses and do it.  I want to develop self discipline that I currently lack.  But most of all I want to run fast, because running fast makes me happy.

O and when Ashton Eaton broke the world record in the Decathlon at the trials, I about lost it.

Some of the videos I watched I wasted a lot of time :S  Especially since I also watched the 2008 NCAA women's XC championships...but Sally Kipyego's third straight individual title is pretty awesome.

Billy Mills wins gold at the 10,000m at the 1964 Olympics.

The 1993 Women's 1500m World Championships.

Women's IAAF World Championships 2011 3000m Steeplechase.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Honor How You Feel Today

The hardest thing that I have found about running during pregnancy is I never know how I am going to feel today.  Sometimes, my runs are amazing and I come home encouraged and I can't wait to run more and start planning longer runs in my head and the next day BAM I feel like crap and I cramp and need to walk and have to cut it short.  Today was one of those days.  I was going to run a easy 3 miles (all by myself! No stroller or dog), but by about 3/4 of a mile I was experiencing a little cramping in my lower abdomen and I decided at the mile there was no way I was making it 3 miles.  So I turned around.  I'd walk a few seconds every once in awhile and then I could run a little again.  Running a little slower was better, but still a little cramping.  I'm not exactly sure what caused it but I have 2 theories: 1) dehydration--for some I was having problems stomaching water today and didn't drink as much as normal and 2) Baby is growing and I think the bouncing on the bladder was getting to me (even though I pee about 3 times before I head out).  I came home a little discouraged...but I decided instead of moping I would do some of a prenatal yoga video (Crunch Yoga's on Netflix) and the instructor reminded us to "honor how you feel today."  Today may not have been the day, but maybe tomorrow will be.  And that's all I have to go on.

Oh and so I can't chicken out.  I am officially registered for this race.  I'll be 24 weeks pregnant and I am confident that I can listen to my body and no overdo it.  My husband has been registered since it opened, but I didn't think I should (and then I don't think I could have done it safely), but I know I'd be mad if I didn't.  So Baby will get to run race #3 with me :)  You can read about my other races with Baby on Board here and here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

It's a hot one

It's supposed to get up to 98 degrees today.  I was determined to get my run done this morning or else I most likely wouldn't.  I'm the queen of excuses when it's super hot.  I ate a quick breakfast of a mini bagel with peanut butter and granola...and something else, but I don't remember what!

The boys weren't quite in as big of a hurry as I was so we didn't make it out the door until 8:30ish.  The thermometer said 75, but it felt very toasty.  I went 3 miles.  No strange aches or pains, so glad for that.  My first .5 mile was 5:44--which included refereeing a fight, picking up hats 3 times.  I may or may not have yelled at the boys, "You guys are making this run suck!"  The next mile was with the wind, which always makes me feel strong, but I knew that I was going to have to turn around and run that mile straight back into the wind, but I did that so that I was be cooler on the way home.

so a breakdown as I remember (I don't have a gps...just a plain old stopwatch :) )
(times listed are total times at that point)
.5 mile 5:44
1 mile 10:19
1.5 mile 15:04 
 (water break {stopped watch})
2 mile 20:??
2.5 mile 26:?? (includes 30 seconds walking before I started again)
3 miles 31:38

Total 31:38  

I'm happy with that for 1.5 miles against the wind and a toasty day with the stroller :)

Water break at 1.5 miles
Post run

Saturday, June 16, 2012

3.5 miles

I haven't run much at all this week, resting up my ankle.  But after a 2 mile run and no pain, I decided to try for 4 miles today.  My husband dropped me off from home (so our dog and the dog we're dog-sitting wouldn't follow me), and to be on the safe side I decided to go the 3.5 and I could always tack on the extra .5 if I felt good.  I've been running with the stroller a lot lately and I think that it is making me stronger. (yay!).  I was able to run a faster pace than usual, felt good, and only took one walk break (and that's when I saw a dog...I am terrified of dogs I don't know and I live in the country where dogs are not usually kenneled or leashed and don't see runners often).  My breathing felt fantastic today (that's how I gauge how I'm doing pregnant), but my muscles were definitely a bit tight.  I probably could have stopped and stretched, but once I started I didn't want to stop.  I was plenty tired at the 3.5 so I decided not to push the last .5 and just enjoy running a little faster than I have.

Mile 1: 9:18
Mile 2: 9:45 (with walk break)
Mile 3: 9:16
.5 Mile: 4:30

Total: 32:48 (for a 9:22/mile pace)

I can tell running is different now when I am super happy to keep it under a 10 minute/mile pace for short runs.  I feel so much better staying more active even though I have managed to gain just as much weight already. :/  My midwife wasn't too impressed my last appointment, but it's the same as with the boys and I gained under 30 lbs with both of them.  I'm frustrated that she said anything at all...but apparently she is known for that.  I'm not exactly sure where I am now, but as of 18 weeks I was up 10 lbs.

My lovely 20 week belly picture...

Thursday, June 14, 2012

way too much sugar

1.  I don't even want to think about how much sugar I ate today...peach gummy rings, a doughnut, ice cream...and I'm sure that's not all.  I need to practice a little self-control (even if I am pregnant ;) )  The doughnut was for a good cause though.

2.  My 18 month old had to get shots today :(  It just breaks my heart, but he cried when the nurse stuck him, but has been perfectly fine ever since.

3.  That same 18 month old dropped a shampoo bottle on my foot (mostly empty!) and HOLY COW DID THAT HURT!  The pain immediately radiated through the ball of my foot and in fact it still hurts to walk on and  that happened over an hour ago.

4.  I have quiet evening to myself tonight.  My husband is on call and is out fixing people's power and the boys are sleeping.

5.  I haven't run in 2 days because of a stupid reoccurring injury I have.  And it seems only rest helps :(

6.  I'm pretty sure I'm going to sign up for a 4 mile trail run next month (I'll be 24 weeks pregnant).  I need some motivation.  I ran this last year and loved it and would really miss not running it.  The boys and I did make it 4 miles last week, so I'm up for the challenge.  I need to just sign up so I can't chicken out.

7.  Our dog dragged this poor little guy up to our house.  The shocked fawn ran away and I'm choosing to believe that its mother found him or I would cry.

8.  This video totally made me cry.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Happy National Running Day!!!!

This is the first year that I've actually know about it and I'm sad that I've never gotten to celebrate it before.  What a cool celebrate something I love so much.  I haven't run yet, but I will later (and will probably be regretting it since it's currently 87 degrees, but I can't not run on National Running Day).  My husband said we should celebrate with cake.

Today I will run because:
1) I can.  I am 18 weeks pregnant and I can still run.
2) I like dessert an awful lot but I don't want to gain a gazillion pounds this pregnancy.
3) I love to run.

And I will leave you a with a picture of the bump.  Baby is definitely growing :) Oh and you can't see it, but I'm wearing my super cool shirt, it says:  "I ran and ran everyday and I acquired a sense of determination, a sense of spirit that I would never, never give up, no matter what else happens the triumph can't be had without the struggle." -Wilma Rudolph

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A List

1.  It's hot today.  And summer isn't even fully here.  I think I might melt when summer is fully upon us.  And it's so hard to motivate myself to do anything when I'm hot and sticky.  I'd rather just read about other people running.

2.  It's easy to dream about training hard and racing while I'm pregnant---and all the workouts I'll do, because I don't actually have to do them now.

3.  My 4 favorite foods right now--watermelon, yogurt, frozen fruit, and salad.  Listing it like that makes me look really healthy, but really it's deceiving.  If I would just eat healthier, I'd probably be doing pretty good.

4.  Hammocks are perfect for summertime.
My 18 week belly

5.  I'm in a dilemma on whether I should sign up for a 4 mile trail run next month.  It starts at 9 pm so you finish in the dark (unless you're fast).  I did it last year and it was a ton of fun.  But I have this thing about not doing things, unless I can do them well. *sigh* pride.  Anyway, I'm trying to decide if I can do it without overdoing it.

6.  Speaking of races, I keep bookmarking my *someday* races for post-pregnancy.  I need races or else it's too easy to not run or slog through my runs.

7.  I go back and forth between excitement for baby #3 and terror.  Why am I doing this again!?

8.  I discovered "drinkable" yogurt at Wal-mart last week and found that I'm loving it for post-run. That and oreos :)

9.  I have been adding lime to my water since I got pregnant and it's hard for me to drink just plain water now.

10.  And speaking of dilemmas, I can't decide if I want to find out the sex of this baby or not.  We didn't with our first, but did with out second...and my husband doesn't want to and I think I want to, but I go back and forth.