Saturday, July 28, 2012

I am so excited for the Olympics.  I'm sitting here watching the opening ceremony and trying to imagine what it would be like to be one of those athletes walking in.  The atmosphere looks so fun :)  I love how all these countries come together for the Olympic games and of course I love a good competition.  Although, I must admit I've never even heard of some of the countries...and I couldn't tell you where in the world so the others are.  I'm just bummed I have to wait another week for the track events.  At least I have gymnastics to keep me occupied in the mean time.  It's also a bummer that we only get network tv so I miss out on some stuff too.  Anyway, I am just giddy over the Olympics...I'm looking forward to just sitting around and watching Olympic coverage when my husband is gone next weekend.  He and two friends are going to Colorado to hike Longs Peak.  I'm super jealous, I would be hiking it too if I weren't pregnant.  When we stopped preventing pregnancy in January, I was hoping that maybe I wouldn't get pregnant for awhile so I could do the hike this summer, but I'm 26 weeks pregnant instead.  Maybe next summer :)

How do you like our old school TV, we even still have a VCR!

I'm really starting to look forward to our little guy getting here.  I'm due in 14 weeks, but if he takes after his brothers, he'll be here in 12-12.5 weeks.  Eeek...I still have a bunch of projects I want to get done.  I wish I had half the motivation to accomplish things when I'm not pregnant.  It's so much easier to bend over.  I'm working on a baby blanket right now.  I've knitted a blanket for each of my kids and I think that it's the single best way that I bond with baby before birth.  I love sitting there feeling Baby tumble around inside while working on the blanket and dreaming about baby {and watching Netflix...}
26 weeks!
My husband got a meal on the company tonight since he worked enough overtime so we had a late night treat :)
Bacon Cheeseburger and fries...and of course the slushie.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

I'll just pretend it's fall

I am so over summer.  I am so done with heat.  I am so done with sweating by just sitting.  And I am so looking forward to fall.  To the crisp fall weather, to sweatshirts, to soup and apple cider.  To pumpkin flavored things.  And a baby in my arms.  So I made applesauce and sat in the air conditioning and it felt just a little like fall {until I look at the thermometer...}

Apples from the in-law's tree

Cut out all the bad spots. {Which for most of them was 1/2 the apple}

Throw the apples in the crock pot with a splash of lemon juice,
brown sugar, and a cinnamon stick

Cook on low for 6ish hours, mash it up and voila!  A little taste of fall
in midst of the heat wave.

Monday, July 23, 2012

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

I was so honored and seriously cried that Katie from Run Inspired nominated me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  I was so touched that my little blog is reaching someone :)  A few months ago, I found the wonderful world of running blogs and soon jumped on the bandwagon.  I love reading other people's and I've enjoyed dabbling in the blogging world.  I have always felt a connection with Katie, because we are both pregnant right now.  (She's a few weeks ahead of me).  It's so nice to hear about the journey of running through pregnancy from other people.  I won't lie, it's hard, but there is so much motivation in other people's stories.

And since I have been nominated, this is what I have to do:

  • Display the award logo somewhere on your blog.
  • Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.
  • State 7 things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
  • Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.
So without further ado, 7 things about me:
  1. I got married at 19, pregnant with #1 at 20, delivered a 7 lb baby boy at 21, got pregnant and delivered a 8 lb 2 oz baby boy at 22, bought our first house at 23, and now we're expecting baby boy #3 at 24 (due November 2!).  
  2. I cry way too easily.  I have been know to cry when I'm sad, upset,  nervous, angry,  hurt, frustrated, and happy.  It's embarrassing sometimes.
  3. When I started cross-country my freshman year of high school, I stunk.  I ran into my coach this last weekend at a race and he told me that his first impression of me the first week was, "you're in the wrong sport."  But he  was a good enough coach to never let on...anyway, I stuck with it and ended up taking 2 minutes off of my freshman times, my sophomore year and became the #1 runner on varsity for the rest of high school.  I also ran in college (the one year I went to college...)
  4. I quit college after one year to get married.  I was never interested in a career and was going to college because I thought it was something I had to do.  I have now been happily married for 5 years and a stay-at-home mom to two boys and one on the way.  I have never regretted quitting school, only that I quit running competitively.
  5. I could happily live off fruit--strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, mango, cherries...
  6. My husband teases me for being a pessimist...but he's an eternal optimist so we balance each other out.
  7. I dream big.

My nominations....{I hope if you don't already read these blogs, you check them out.  They are seriously some amazing ladies}
  1. Hungry Runner Girl...Janae is the blogger who got me hooked on running blogs.  She is so sweet, genuine, and real.  She is also pregnant right now, but runs crazy mileage and I just love reading her new posts. {And she is the reason for many of my doughnut cravings!}  I can't wait to see how her running goes after baby.
  2. C is for Courtney...Courtney runs marathons, but is currently battling injuries and I love how she isn't making her give up and she's fighting to get back to the running she loves.
  3. Ms. Fit Runner...It is so inspiring to me to hear how Katie balances running (fast!) and being a mother to 3 small kids.  Instead of making excuses on why she can't, she does what it takes so she can.
  4. NYC Running Mama...Michele is another pregnant runner who was getting great mileage in, but recently started battling pain while running.  I'm looking forward to reading about her getting back in shape, because I'm sure she'll rock it.
  5. Pace of Me...Jessica is another running mommy.  I am so inspired by these women like her who are mommies and run and get great training in.  This post she wrote on goals and getting where you want to go was so good for me.  I bookmarked it to revisit when I'm ready to start crushing post baby goals.
  6. Ricole Runs...I love her fun, happy personality that shines through her writing.  I'm inspired that although she is struggling to find her running mojo right now, she hasn't given up and she's getting it back.
  7. Run Inspired...Katie is the sweetie that nominated me, but she definitely inspires me as well!  I love hearing about her pregnancy and how excited she is to be a mama.  She has stayed so positive and run several half-marathons without getting down that her times are slower.  I love reading her pregnancy updates and I am super excited to hear about her training post-pregnancy.
  8. Shut Up and Run...seriously the title says it all, but I often laugh out loud at Beth's brutally honest and hilarious posts.
  9. This Runner's Trials...Another mommy runner.  Her little guy is 8 months old and I am so inspired by how Jen deals with the difficulties of motherhood and still keeps running.
  10. Run Pretty Run Fast...Robyn is seriously fast and I love reading her recaps of races and workouts, and it inspires me to get back to some of those hard workouts post-baby.
  11. Lindsay on the Go...Lindsay is diabetic, but she doesn't let it stop her from running.  I am seriously inspired by people like her who don't make excuses and just do it.
  12. Mile Posts...Dorothy is a mommy to 3 and one fast and determined runner.  She does most of her runs with a stoller {from a single to a triple!} and I so admire that she doesn't make excuses and she runs anyway, because it is what she wants to do.
  13. Just a Colorado Gal...Heather is an adventurous spirit and I love reading about her latest adventures.  She is training for her first marathon and I enjoy following her journey.
  14. Katie Runs This...Katie is currently in the middle of moving to a new state to pursue a job that lets her work with her love of running.  I am so excited to see how she goes through this transition.  I love how running is truly woven into her.
  15. Chicago Runner Girl...Britt is super fast and I have been following her journey from burn out and on her way back up.  I admire that she doesn't give up on her goals, but is reevaluating and taking the best course of action she can to get those goals next time.
Thank you again to Katie for nominating me, I am so honored.  

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Midsummer Night's Trail Run

July 14, 2012
9:00 pm (bring your own headlamp!)
24 weeks pregnant
3.65 miles
35:33 (9:44/mile)

With our friend Tim.  And wow, you can tell I am retaining water.
  I didn't look nearly this swollen ever with my 2nd.  I think I also
need to invest in some new running shirts during pregnancy.
You know ones that fit a little better.
This is the second year of A Midsummer Night's Trail Run, but it is super well organized.  My husband and I ran it last year and even in it's first year, the glitches were minimal and didn't affect us at all.  When registration opened for this Donovan signed up and I didn't.  I had myself talked out of it.  And really at that point I shouldn't be doing it.  I would have run too hard.  However, about a month ago I ran 3.5 miles and it felt easy (the race is 4 miles) and then I started toying with the idea of running it again, because it is just so fun.  Well long story short I decided to sign up and got a 4 mile and a 5 mile run in beforehand.

This race is really a true cross-country course.  It is run on trails at a local park.  However, these trails aren't normally trails and they actually go out and mow the course.  I live in a pretty flat area of the country.  Seriously, most of you would laugh at what we call hills.  But for me, this was a hilly course.  No big hills, but lots of little up and downs.  And I don't even run little up and downs normally so this was hard for me.  But actually the hardest thing was the footing.  The grass was a little long (like maybe they had mowed last week) and quite rough.  My ankles were killing me by the end of the race.  I was super careful to watch where I was going!  Being the second year, it was a lot better attended and got a lot more competitive!  I didn't use a headlamp.  I don't like extra stuff like that and I was off the trails and back on the lit part of the course by the time it's dark enough to need it.  (I knew this from experience from last year).  And there was a lady right in front of me who had one.

The race was supposed to be 4 miles, but because of an irrigation pivot going over part of the course, it was shortened to 3.65 miles.  I didn't know this until after the race, which was great because I finished stronger than I expected.  I ran the first mile in 8:55 (which is a little faster than I have been) and I went through 3ish miles at about 29:00.  I don't know if the mile markers were right because of the shortened course.  I was super thankful for my support belt and I didn't have to pee during the race!  Thanks to a trip to the porta-potty and the cornfield.  No shame for the pregnant lady.  My legs were very tight, I think from the hills that I'm not used to.  I started to feel the muscles in my hips and below my belly (again, I think from the hills) and made myself slow down a little to keep baby safe.  I walked about 5 steps twice and there is a staircase in one spot I walked up (to make sure I didn't fall too!) just to keep myself from pushing too hard.  I had a strong finish.  The course was a lot smoother and a downhill to the finish.  I ended up finishing in 86th place in 35:33 (9:44/mile).  My goal was as long as I was feeling all right to stay under 10:00 miles and I did that :)  My husband finished in (I think) 39th place in 28:40 (?)  The results haven't been posted yet so I'm going off my memory.  My crazy husband has not run at all since June 9 when he did the Warrior Dash.  He likes races, but not training.  But for not training I thought he did great.  He pushed pretty hard and isn't feeling great today though.

Donovan on the course.

Post race.

So my conclusions are:
-Running races pregnant is frustrating.  It's hard to not race and push really hard.  I was frustrated with certain people beating me and my husband just looked at me and said, "How pregnant are they?"  And while I know that's very true, it's still hard.
-Those 16-18 extra pounds I'm carrying around make a big difference too.
-I won't run this race again pregnant.  The course was much harder than I remembered and the footing is just precarious enough that with relaxin in my joints, it would be super easy to sprain an ankle.  It's also quite competitive and I'm competitive.  So it makes me frustrated and honestly I probably ran a little hard.  After the race my belly was really tight for a long time.  My lower stomach muscles (like under baby) were sore all night as well.  Also it is in the middle of the summer and it's hot.  So if I'm pregnant and Donovan is running, I think I'll volunteer to help out, then I can still be involved without risking my body or my baby.
-Proper hydration helped tons!  I was drinking at least 96 oz of water/day all week and I felt great during the race.  Post race, I immediately drank a bottle of water and a bottle of gatorade.
-I have big goals for this race next year!  Seriously goals that scare me, but I know are possible.  I can't wait.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Running and Running Form

Today I got up bright and early (truly!)  I was at least partially awake since 5:00 am (when my 3 year old needed to go potty) and got out of bed at 5:30 am.  I wanted to get 4 miles in today.  But that didn't happen.  I forgot my maternity support belt and I wish I hadn't.  I did think of it just a couple of minutes in, but decided, "Oh, I'll be fine.  Running has been going better."  Ha, famous last words.  I really think running has been going better because of it!  Baby bounced on my bladder, I had an on and off crampy feeling in my lower belly, and my lower back and hips hurt.  I truly think the belt helps all of those things and therefore I won't forget it again.  And my shorts--they didn't like my pregnancy thighs.  Time to retire those shorts until post baby (weight-loss).  I did get 3 (super slow) miles in.  Better than not running, but not a run that makes me feel better (like I had hoped).  And I may or may not have refueled with a doughnut.

I have always struggled with running form.  When I first started running my arms were too high and I looked down too much.  Then my arms were too low, but at least I looked up.  And now it has kind of evened out, but my arms still have issues.  I run with my shoulders too much (and am much too tight) and don't simply swing my arms through the shoulders.  Fortunately my feet/legs aren't too bad...Anyway, I ran across these videos.  They are a thing of beauty.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Week in Pictures

A rare picture without the binky in his mouth.

My favorite breakfast:  greek yogurt, frozen fruit and granola, but
now baby is getting picky and doesn't like yogurt anymore.  Boo :(

Refueling with a smoothie.  Yum.

"Take a picture of me, Mommy."

My new flip belt.  I had no way of carrying my phone with me.
Test run #1=success.  And holy moly from the front I hardly look pregnant.
I got a few pictures :)

We even had a 4th of July bash at our house, but I failed miserably and
didn't take a single picture!

Blueberry pancakes.

23 weeks!  Right before our run.  I had the boys in the stroller as well.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Good runs and an ultrasound

Running finally started to feel better this week.  My muscles did not tighten up the second I started running to never loosen up again.

I changed some things this week.
1)  My friend Google told me that muscle cramps during pregnancy could be caused by the increased weight and/or dehydration.  So I drank lots more water, especially since it has been so hot and did all my running in the morning.

2)  I upped my potassium intake.  Why do you need potassium you may ask?  Well according to the University of Maryland Medical Center:

"Potassium is a very important mineral for the proper function of all cells, tissues, and organs in the human body. It is also an electrolyte, a substance that conducts electricity in the body, along with sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is crucial to heart function and plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function."

Bananas are your classic source of good potassium, but I don't like bananas so I needed to find something else.  So I found this list and was surprised to see how many thing I liked were on the list.

3)  I gently stretched throughout the day.

I even got a 4 mile run in on Saturday.  I hadn't run over 2 miles for quite awhile, but with my trail run coming up in 2 weeks, I decided that I needed to really test my legs out.  It felt great.  I picked the hilliest (of the flat) routes and set off.  I took it easy and finished in 38:26 and didn't have to walk {yay!}.  I'm hoping to run under 40 minutes for the race, but I'll have to see how I feel that day.  I'm not going to risk Baby just to run a little faster.  

I think that my new maternity support belt helped tremendously.  It kept Baby off my bladder so I didn't feel like I needed to pee every step.  But I also think that reducing the pressure helped my hips and legs.  Definitely worth the investment.

And our big news is 
It's a BOY!
And not a shy little boy, this is the first thing we saw.

This makes boy #3 for us.  O boy, o boy :)  Now to pick a name...