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Enjoying the summer

 It has been way too long since my last update. My baby bump is growing by the day! Today marks 34 weeks, which leave about 6 weeks left until his due date! We are really close to getting his room finished and getting all those little things done before his arrival! We just got back from a long weekend at the lake and it was exactly what we both needed. It felt great just to relax and float in the water. I should make more trips to the pool! I’ve done some shopping, it’s just so hard not to walk out of Carter’s without some kind of little outfit! Plus, I’ve found really great deals there! A few weeks ago I had my baby shower, which my best friend Lauren did a great job of hosting! I will have to blog about it soon! I haven’t ran in a few weeks because it hasn’t felt all that great, even though I have a support belt (Thanks Jené !) but it does help with walking. I am still going to the gym 3-4 times a week for PE class, which is a lot like Cross Fit. I ride the bike for cardio and still lift weights. That is what feels good to me most of the time. I look forward to running again this fall after I get the all clear from the doctor. Plus, it has been super humid so the cooler temps will feel nice. I did mention to Andy the other day that I do miss those long runs of 16-20 miles. I know it won’t be long till I get back there!

Since there is no better way to catch up than through pictures, I thought I’d add some of all the fun things I’ve been doing so far!


33 weeks 6 days


The baby’s room is coming together


One haul from Carter’s. Not too bad for $19!


My last run/walk.


My favorite coworker retired :(


31 weeks


Andy and me at the lake! Crazy to think next year the little guy will be joining us!

Flying Pig Half Marathon

This may just be my favorite race recap! My brother came to me last fall and said he wanted to run the Flying Pig half. I told him I would love to train with him and that it was totally possible to get him to the starting line in just 16 weeks. I already decided that I was going to take a break from the full so it was the perfect opportunity to run the half! When I found out I was pregnant in December I said as long as my doctor gives me the green light I would still run this race! I felt so lucky to be able to run during the whole first trimester and continued on to the second. On to the recap!

It just so happened that my cousin Stacey was going to be in town for the Pig. I was more than excited to run with her as well since it was her first Pig experience too! My brother picked us up at 5 am to make it to the starting line early. I knew I’d have to make a porta-potty stop before the race started so I was happy to get up early! We waited about 10 minutes in the line and made our way back to the corral. On the way back I was stopped by a news crew. One of the anchors is pregnant as well so she saw my bump and asked me if I would mind being interviewed, which of course I agreed! The interview was SO fun. That pretty much made my day! My best friend saw it on TV and posted a picture on my Facebook:



1175260_10202441912063676_1948587698723690343_nAndy downloaded the interview so we can show the baby one day!

Once we got to the corral we had about 10 minutes till the start. I told my brother to run his own race and gave him some last minute advice. The gun went off and we crossed the starting line. That is when I lost him. I ran with Stacey for the first four miles. I was feeling good running at a 9:45-10:00 pace. I was running more off heart rate than a specific pace. My goal was to just finish. I really wanted to run the whole thing but if I felt like I needed to walk then I was going to walk.

Stacey was feeling a little tightness in her hamstring so she told me to go on. I left her at about mile 4. We were getting ready to come up on one of my favorite spots on the race, 7th street! The street is full of people who always pump me up! The crowd is the best at that spot! I knew my family would be coming up soon so I kept an eye out for them!

I had flashbacks to last year as I was making the hill climb. I remembered how bad my legs felt at that point (about 6 miles) and how GREAT I was feeling this year. I made the turn into Eden Park and saw my family. I asked how David was doing and they said he was doing awesome which made me happy. I switched  water bottles with Andy and made my way up the hill.

I kept my head down and just focused on one step at a time. Before I knew it I was up at the top of the hill and was making my way to the spilt. Again, I had flashbacks to last year of when I really debated about going with the half marathon runners, so this year it was nice to be on the left side of the street! I ate my first GU at mile 9.

My pace was in the 10′s while going up the hill. The downhill descend did bring my pace back into the upper 9′s. I thought the downhill might feel nice but was I wrong! My quads were burning the entire time! I knew the end was near so I just kept trucking along. I grabbed an orange slice from a volunteer, so refreshing!

I had pretzels with me so during the last few miles I kept snacking and drinking water. I was still feeling really good as I was heading into the 12th mile. I felt like I needed a restroom stop but since I was so close to the end I just kept going. I feared it would be hard to start back running after stopping!



I made the last turn before the finish line and all I could do was smile! I did it! I ran the whole 13.1 miles while being 6 months pregnant and I felt great! I crossed the finish line at 2:13, which is my slowest half, but I could not be more proud of that time!


Oh-and my brother ran an amazing first race! He crossed the finish line clocking in at 1:53! Such a fantastic time as a first timer on a hilly course! I’m curious to see how fast he would be on a flat course :)



The Pig has a special place in my heart. It was my first, and second, marathon. It’s in my hometown, it’s fun, and it gets the whole city involved! I will tell my son about this being his first race. I hope that one day he gets in on the fun and does the kids fun run!




Pig week + 24 week update

It’s my favorite week of the year,Flying Pig week! I love the excitement and engery the city gives off.  Even though I am only running the half this year I am still looking forward to the race! It will be my brother’s first half! I’ve really enjoyed training with him. It’s been fun to see him improve so much!

Since I will be running this race 6 months pregnant I do not have any goals except to finish. If I feel like I need to walk then I will walk.  I’m hoping I feel great on race day. I’m taking it a bit easy this week with weight lifting so my legs are fresh. Andy is working on designing a shirt for me to wear and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with!

24 weeks!


Weight gain: I’m up 7 pounds(from my 20 week appointment)

Workouts: Another great week! I ran 3 times for a total of 14 miles, and made it to the gym 2 times. It was the first week of the two week taper.

Symptoms: Occasional heartburn.

Movement: He loves to kick! It’s getting to the point where I know what makes him move. I will never get tired of feeling him! He is really active in the morning up until about 11. He starts moving around again in the evening.  Sunday he was extra energetic and kicked/punched all day long!

Food Aversions/Cravings: Still loving fresh fruit, plain bagels, and cheeseburgers. We’ve been grilling out every weekend and I love it! Grilled /baked chicken continues to gross me out.

Sleep: I’m getting sick of just sleeping on my right or left side. Every time I turn over I wake up. But other than that sleep is good!

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: I found a shirt to wear for the race. I really liked the For Two Fitness tanks but I couldn’t get passed the $50 price tag for a shirt I’ll sweat in (and will only wear for a short time!). I found this top at Marshalls for $13! It even has the scrunchie sides like a maternity top.Now I just need to iron on the graphic Andy comes up with!

Looking forward to: Starting the nursery! We have a plan, sort of. I’m just eager to start!

Belly button: It’s still in but looks different.

Wedding rings: still on

Mood: Happy most of the time but I’m now finding myself to get a bit grumpy if I don’t get to eat on time. My work schedule is different everyday and sometimes I get to eat lunch at 12, and sometimes I don’t have a chance to eat until 3. Pregnant and hunger is a dangerous combo!

Happy or moody? : I’m happy for the most part!

21week update + the big reveal

Well I’m officially over the half way mark! It’s all down hill from here! This past week was very exciting!  We finally an our first ultrasound on Friday and we had a small gender reveal party on Saturday.  I’ll have a whole post about thr party, it was fun to plan!


Weight gain: I’m up 7 pounds.

Workouts: This was a great week for workouts! I got two circuit training sessions in as well as two runs. I had to run 5 miles inside on Wednesday but our pace of 9:05 made up for that! Sunday my brother and I ran 10 miles and I felt great! I never had to walk which was totally different than last week’s 10 miler!

Symptoms: I’m feeling a little bit of heartburn. When I do I eat a spoonful of ice cream and that seems to help!

Movement: He loves to kick! On the ultrasound he was moving like crazy! It was so fun to watch his feet move all around!

Food Aversions/Cravings: A juicy orange hits the spot, and so have plain bagels and plain cream cheese! Grilled /baked chicken continues to gross me out.

Sleep: Still sleeping good. A pillow between my legs is the best way for me to be comfortable.

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: We found out that it’s a boy! Both Andy & I thought girl so we were shocked (in a good way)! I’m so happy to have a son! My nephew just might be the most excited:) Of course after I found out I had to pick him up an outfit!


Looking forward to: So many things! Figuring out how to decorate his room, and finding a name for him! I also got the ok from my doctor to run the Pig half so I signed up! I’m having Andy design a shirt for me! (Any suggestions???)

Belly Button In or Out? In

Wedding Rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time? I am pretty much happy all the time.

Workouts & 20 week update

Today is a Cincinnati holiday, it’s the Reds Opening Day! This means spring is here and I couldn’t be more happy about that!  Unfortunately we won’t be heading to the game today but I’m looking forward to catching a game soon!

Last week I had a great week of workouts! I went to sports conditioning & circuit training at the gym, ran 5 miles on Thursday then 10 miles on Sunday (more on that below), and even went to a new prenatal yoga class. I was pleased when I looked at my Daily Mile chart :)

I cannot believe I am 20 weeks today, aka halfway done! I definitely popped last week. I could feel everything stretching! 


Weight gained: I’m up 3 pounds (@16 weeks). I don’t have a scale at home so I won’t know any more until my 20 week appointment, which is Friday!

Workouts: As I mentioned before it was a great week.  My 10 miler yesterday went well! I ran a 5 mile loop track that was perfect, there was a restroom! At mile 4 another runner chatted with me. He was training for Boston which will be his 104th marathon!  Unbelievable! I made a pit stop halfway through and ate a snack. Eating during a run is different during pregnancy for me, I cramp much easier.  The second half of the run I took it easy. I walked a few times but overall felt great! I feel fortunate that I can still run. Running is a passion and a time to clear my head. I hope I can continue for a while!


Symptoms: My lower back was tight, which is why I went to yoga (which was awesome! ). I’ve also been feeling some round ligament pain but those have subsided.

Movement: This baby loves to kick in the morning!  I also feel kicks in the evening.  The weird part is when it feels like a flip!

Food Aversions/Cravings: Oranges!  The juicier the better! Also bbq anything tastes really good! Only adversion is plain baked chicken.

Sleep: Most nights I sleep just fine.  Last night I woke up at 330 to go to the restroom and couldn’t fall back asleep.  Then at 4 I was super hungry so I ate a snack. I finally fell back asleep around 5 :/

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: We bought a crib! Andy is anxious to set it up!

Belly Button In or Out? In

Wedding Rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time? I am pretty much happy all the time.

Looking forward to: Ultrasound this Friday! We will find out the gender at our little reveal get together this Saturday!