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Fitness Check In {2 months}

It’s hard to believe 8 weeks have passed since B was born. Then again, it feels like forever ago I was walking around with my pregnant belly! Since my last fitness check in I have started back to work. That has made it a challenge to get my workouts in during the week. When I come home all I want to do is cuddle my baby, hang out with my husband, eat dinner, and go to bed early. I have 4 days off in a row so I am trying to make the most of that time. I’m slowing figuring out a schedule that works.

I went to a dance class at the yoga/barre studio that I am using a Groupon for, but it turns out that class isn’t included in the deal, darn! I really enjoyed the one class I attended. The energy was high, the people were nice, and I was doing my favorite thing-dancing! I’m going to keep my eyes open for a deal for that class, {or ask for gift cards for Christmas!} because I had so much fun!

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I am slowing getting back into running. My first run was 2 miles at a 10:53 pace. I didn’t care though, I was running finally! Running has became easier each time I have gone out. I have been running once every weekend and am back up to 3.5 miles. I even saw a mile at 8:30-something I haven’t seen since before I was pregnant! I signed up for my second race of the year, the Thanksgiving Day 10k. My brother has signed up too! I love that I’ve passed the running bug onto him!

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I’ve also been going to barre class when I can find the time. I’ve also been trying to do some ab work on the days I am home. As time goes on, and I get more sleep, I think I will have more energy to workout after work. For now I am enjoying Breck at this age. He is growing each day and his personality is starting to show! I will have his 2 month update later this week after we go for his appointment!

I am pleased with my progress in the past 4 weeks! I am 3 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and I am starting to fit back into my old clothes (which is like having a whole new wardrobe!). I feel good and that is what’s most important!

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Dusting off the old running shoes

On Sunday I charged up my Garmin, dug out my running shoes, and headed out for a short run. It felt awesome to get out all my old running clothes! I hadn’t worn them in so long that they all felt new! I decided to just run- no time goals, or even distance goals. I would just go out and do what I could. I had no idea what to expect and didn’t want to push myself too hard.

I’ll admit, I thought I’d get out there and feel comfortable at an easy pace. Boy, was I wrong. It was tough! As I was running my first mile I questioned how I ever ran 26! I pushed myself to get to the first mile and then I could take a break. I was shocked to see I ran that mile at an 11:00 pace. By how I felt I thought I would have been at least in the 9′s!

After taking a break (I ended up seeing my mom drive by so she stopped to chat) I started mile two. A good song came on Pandora and I picked up the pace. I guess I felt a little more warmed up. I felt much better in the second mile, even with a slight incline, and ran it in 10:45.

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At the end I felt tired, but thrilled to be running again. I know with time my speed will come back. I also know with time my endurance will come back. For now I am just going to enjoy the run. I’ve missed that quiet time, taking in all the sights, smelling the fresh air (or laundry, or the grill, or the smelly trash-ha), and just that sense of accomplishment you get after you finish a run. I need to get my pace back down so I can run with my brother again.

I felt sore yesterday which was something I hadn’t felt in a long time! I loved it! I am already looking forward to running again this weekend! Who knows, maybe I will be able to run just a little bit further & a little bit faster :)

If you had a baby, or taken a significant time off running, how did you feel on the first run? Did it get easier as time went? What  did your training look like?

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!

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33 weeks 6 days

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The baby’s room is coming together

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

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My last run/walk.

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My favorite coworker retired :(

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31 weeks

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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:

 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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 :)

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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!

 

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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!

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24 weeks!

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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!
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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!