18 weeks

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Happy St Patrick’s Day! Hopefully you remembered to wear your green today!
The start of another week means it’s time for a new update!

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.

Workouts: Last week I was only able to get one yoga session and 2 runs in. My 9 miler on Saturday was pretty good up until mile 7. We ran in the afternoon and pizza for lunch was a bad idea. I had to run/walk mile 7 & 8 but ran the last mile home. Since I have zero time goals I was happy with this run!

Symptoms: I’m starting to feel really full after I eat. I have to eat smaller meals.

Movement: I really am feeling those flutter type movements now! So cool!

Food Aversions/Cravings: Fresh foods taste really good, but they always have!

Sleep: I get about 8-10 hours a night so I can’t complain.

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: I finally found jeans that fit me! I found them at the Gap & they had their friends and family sale over the weekend. I also picked up a gender neutral outfit from the Paddington Bear collection.

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: Planning a gender reveal party!

Training So Far

Sometime last summer my brother mentioned wanting to run the Flying Pig half. I knew I wanted to take a break from the full (two years in a row it just about killed me!), so I offered to train with him. For his birthday I got him a gift card to a local running store to get him fitted for shoes. He got his new shoes in January and we were ready to run!

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David hasn’t ever trained for a race before. I think the one or two 5k races he has ran he just kind of went out there and did it. We are following a 3 day running plan but really have only been running twice a week. He works, goes to school, and coaches so it is hard for him to fit everything in. Plus, add my work schedule into the mix and we are squeezing runs in when we can!

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After that run above David started having pain in his foot. We took about 10 days off running and he focused on rolling out his foot and continued riding a bike to keep endurance up. We slowly started to come back and since then (knock on wood) he hasn’t had anymore issues! I’ve got him hooked on using a foam roller. I told him now he is a real runner :)

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This past weekend we ran 8 miles at a local trail. We stuck together for the first half and then he took off. My pace is about :30-1:00 slower now, which I am ok with! I’ve told him many times if he feels the need to speed up then to go for it. The second half of the run he was running at an 8:30-8:45 pace. I was happy to see that! His goal has always been to finish but if he runs like that on race day he will have no problem running a sub 2!

My goal is to still run the Pig half at 24 weeks pregnant. I do not have any goals what so ever. I just want to be at the starting line with my brother and I want him to be waiting for me when I cross after him! My race may turn into a run/walk or I may be able to run the whole thing!

I’ve really enjoyed the time with my brother. I’m glad my passion of running has rubbed off on him! He just might get addicted just like I did!

A Much Needed Update

:blows dust off this blog:

I’m back!  I took a long hitaus due to writers block, busy schedule, & fatigue.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you may have seen my recent announcement. ..

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We’re having a baby!

We found out in early December and we are due August 18. The first trimester I was most nauseous but never got sick. The only aversion I had was coffee which was tough because I was tired all day. We got to hear the heartbeat at our first appointment which was at 8 weeks. It was such a beautiful sound! I continued to workout and run when I felt like I had enough energy.

Once I hit the second trimester I felt much better! I wasn’t nauseous anymore and my energy was back! Running is feeling better every week (my 8 miler yesterday was awesome! ) and I feel good after a workout. My pants don’t button anymore and I’ve been living in leggings and dresses. Over the weekend I bought a Belly Band so I can wear my normal pants again, which I’m happy about!

I’m 17 weeks today. Time feels like it’s flying by! I’m going to start doing weekly updates every Monday.
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Weight gained: At my 16 week appointment last week I am up 3 pounds.

Workouts: running 2-3 days a week and am cross training 2 days a week.

Symptoms: constant bathroom trips is really the only one I can think of!

Movement: I’m starting to feel those flutters and I’m loving it! I can really feel the baby when I’m lying down or sitting still.

Food Aversions/Cravings: No real adversions. Now cravings is a different story! I love lemonade and drink my little Trader Joe’s juice box every night with dinner. Also, if I see something one TV that looks good I want it, like the Pop Tarts I bought a few weeks ago. Lucky Charms is another but I have caved to that one…yet!

Sleep: I get about 8-10 hours a night so I can’t complain.

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: People noticing my tiny bump!

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: Finding out the gender in about 3 weeks! I’m ready to start the nursery!


I have so much more to blog about like my personal training business I’m starting up, training for the Flying Pig half with my brother, a couple DIY projects I’ve done and more! Hopefully I still have some readers out there!

What a year..

I remember Andy telling me at the beginning on 2013 that it was going to be my year. He was right,  in more ways than one.

My career:
I was struggling with my job and having a difficult time passing my interpreting test. It wasn’t but a few weeks into the new year when I found out I failed my test for the second time. At that time I didn’t realize it was a blessing in disguise.  During that time I was helping my cousin with his goal of losing weight by sending him weekly workouts. 

It was then I realized I had found a new passion.  Hearing how a workout left him sore but encouraged him to keep working hard made me happy. It was then I decided I needed to look into the personal training field. 

After months of studying I passed my certification and became an ACE certified personal trainer. 
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During that time I also landed my dream interpreting job. While I do miss the school hours I used to have I couldn’t be happier with my new job. I’ve had the chance to interpret some pretty neat jobs and I love my coworkers.

Running:
I started 2013 out with a new 5k PR which started a trend for the year. Just about a month later I achieved a new 10k PR. I was training for the Flying Pig and ran a half as part of training and surprised myself with a new PR of 1:40.
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The Pig didn’t go as planned but I learned a lot during that race. I am stronger and way more determined than I thought. That race lead me to signing up for a fall marathon. 
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Training in the summer was no easy task. Training alone made me appreciate my running group more. I’m still so proud of my training. 

My greatest running achievement hands down this year was finishing the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon at 3:54. I’ve been chasing that sub 4 for 2 years and it felt great to get it!
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Also, I set a goal of running 1,000 miles. I hit my goal a few weeks ago. Just to show how far I’ve come I ran 250 miles in 2011, 750 in 2012, and 1k in 2013.
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There were so many other things to love about this year- our California vacation,  trips to the lake, the Kenny Chesney concert, friends having babies, celebrating at weddings, and just enjoying the life I’ve been blessed with. I don’t think Andy realized what he meant when he predicted this year. It was a year to remember.  I can only hope 2014 follows suit!
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What was your favorite memory of 2013? What are you looking forward to working in 2014?

(Posted from my phone. I’ll add links later!)

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