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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Birthday + 25 weeks update

May 6 is a great day. It’s the day I decided to make my way into this world!  Every year my birthday just comes faster and faster! Some how I’m turning 28 today. I’m feeling really thankful this year. I’m growing a baby boy, have a fantastic husband, have a great family who came to support my brother & me at the Pig (which went great! Recap soon!), and am feeling pretty darn happy!


25 weeks!

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Weight gain: I had an appointment yesterday I’m up 11 pounds. Right on track!

Workouts: I ran a total of 19 miles, 13.1 of which were the Flying Pig Half Marathon. I took it easy to save my legs for the race.

Symptoms: Occasional heartburn.

Movement: He loves to kick! I actually felt him kick during the race. I’m pretty sure he was running with me!

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: still sleeping great!

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: I made the news for running the half while pregnant! It’s a fun memento to have. We saved the file to show the baby one day! We also registered at one place. We are slowly working on his room. The rug came in yesterday and we bought paint samples. I passed the glucose test which is good!

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Looking forward to: Picking a paint color, & finishing the registry.

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

Wedding rings: still on

Happy or moody? : I’m happy for the most part! But if I’m hungry I get grouchy :)

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!

Long run + 23 week update

I forgot to post yesterday! I was too busy watching the Boston Marathon :) Those runners always amaze me. Way to go Meb!

This past week was my longest run of my half training,  12 miles. I was nervous that it wouldn’t go well. I made sure to run a hilly route to get ready for the Pig. I actually surprised myself and felt great up until the last mile, which included a long, steady incline.  Luckly the first half of the Pig has the hills and the second half is down hill/flat. I’m feeling more confident about running 13.1 miles while being 6 months pregnant.  So funny how my perspective has changed!

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Training gets easier from here. Our last long run is just 6 miles. My brother& I are ready!

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23 weeks: I’m using a picture from Easter.

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

Workouts: This was probably my best week yet! I ran 3 times for a total of 21 miles, and made it to the gym 3 times. I hope to do the same this week!

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!

Food Aversions/Cravings: Still loving fresh fruit, and plain bagels. Cheeseburgers have been sounding really good too. I blame the beautiful grill out type of weather!  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: We walked around Buy Buy Baby over the weekend to see what they had. Talk about overwhelming!  So many decisions to make! My best friend locked down a date and place for the shower. I know she will throw a great party!

Looking forward to: figuring out his room and getting a start on the registry. I want to start painting soon!

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

Wedding rings: still on

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

A busy weekend + 22 weeks update

Where did the weekend go?! I’ve know for months this would be a busy weekend because I signed up to volunteer for two different events Saturday& Sunday. 

Saturday,  I volunteered at an event called Cinderella’s Closet. It for girls who can afford a prom dress. I worked at this event a few years ago and was happy to finally get back there! It’s very rewarding to see a girl’s face light up when she finds the dress she looks beautiful in! I was done by 3:00 and I went home to get ready for my mom’s birthday grill out.

Sunday was another busy day of volunteering.  My work was hosting Deaf zoo day! I got to interpret a few different shows and even got to feed a giraffe! 

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It was a gorgeous day here yesterday so I was happy to spend the day at the zoo! I finished at about 2 and stopped at Destination Maternity to find some new tops, since mine seem to be getting shorter! Andy & I spent the afternoon doing some yardwork and cleaning up the porch furniture.  I wanted to soak in all that sunshine while I could!

I didn’t get my long run in but I’m okay with that. I was exhausted! 

22 weeks:

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Weight gain: I’m up 7 pounds.

Workouts: I made it to the gym twice, ran once, and walked around our hilly zoo yesterday. I’d say that was a good week!

Symptoms: Occasional heartburn.

Movement: He loves to kick! Actually while I’m writing this he is moving all around!  I saw my first outside kick!

Food Aversions/Cravings: Still loving fresh fruit! I’m on this new kick of plain bagels with Trader Joe’s organic whipped cream cheese, so good!  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.

Stretch marks: None

Fun Things from the week: My mom and Andy’s mom got to feel him kick over the weekend.  He also kicked for my best friend,  Lauren. He kicked so hard it made us both jump! It’s cool to share that experience with my family!

Looking forward to: figuring out his room and getting a start on the registry. We still want to walk through Buy Buy Baby to check out their selection.

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

Wedding rings: still on

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